Volume 1, Issue 5 Oak Grove Elementary September 21, 2009 The Nutshell Keeping You Informed about Oak Grove News and Events Newsletter Title Writers-in-Residence Update Upcoming Events Sally Foster Sept. 21 Track 4 begins Track 4 Richard Krawiec is scheduled to be at Oak Grove working with the 4th Sept. 25 tracks out grade classes the week of September 21st and October 2nd, 5th and Yearbook October 7th-9th. Cover Contest Oct. 1 submissions Richard Krawiec has published two adult novels (one nominated for a due National Book Award), a collection of short stories, four plays, a Meet the screenplay, a poetry book, a chapter book for children and 2 Young Oct. 3 Cary Fire Adult biographies, including one on Yao Ming which was cited as one Department of the "40 Best" books by the Pennsylvania Librarians Association, Sally Foster Oct. 5 Tracks 1, 2 and is used by Florida as part of their Language Arts curriculum. He & 3 begins has published hundreds of short stories, poems and essays. His Track 3 magazine feature articles have won national and regional awards. He Oct. 16 writes a monthly column for Raleigh News and Observer. Mr. Krawiec tracks out Jellybeans has received Creative Writing Fellowships from the NEA and the NC Oct. 17 Family Night Arts Council. He also wrote the Beginning and Intermediate Fiction Oct. 21 Early Release Writing curriculum for UNC-Chapel Hill, where he teaches online. Sally Foster Oct. 25 Richard recently received the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award orders due Performance from UNC-Chapel Hill for the Fiction Writing class that he teaches at Oct. 26 by Seona UNC. Oak Grove is very lucky to have Richard Krawiec to work with McDowell our 4th graders! Wake PTA Nov. 22 Healthy Richard Krawiec's writer residency is supported by a grant from the Lifestyles Run United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Inc. Additional support is provided by funds from the North Carolina Arts Council with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Please send articles to firstname.lastname@example.org.The next bi-monthly issue of Yearbook Cover Contest The Nutshell will be sent The yearbook committee has launched the Yearbook Cover Contest for the October 5, 2009. 2009/2010 yearbook. This year's theme is "P.A.W.S." Students are invited to submit artwork that best illustrates one of the P.A.W.S. traits. All students have received paper and instructions/rules in art class. Turn in your artwork by October 1st for a chance to win a free yearbook! Finalists in each grade will be invited to display their submissions at a reception in their honor and receive a certificate. Questions? Contact the yearbook committee at email@example.com. The Nutshell Page |2 Attention Parents! Please consider voting for Oak Grove as the Best School in America. If we win, we'll get $20,000! Pass this along to friends and family. So far we have a few votes, but the top school only has a few hundred votes! We can beat that! Here's the link to vote: http://www.care2.com/schoolcontest/3701888?refer=13032.03.1253146761.972111 Come Meet the Cary Fire Department The Cary Fire Department is hosting a National Fire Prevention Week Safety Day at Fred G. Bond Metro Park on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. This is a free event for the whole family. Throughout the day Cary Fire Personnel will be on hand showing off a variety of Cary's fire apparatus. Other safety agencies including Cary's Police, CERT Team, Cary EMS and Cary's Inspections and Permits Department will be available to issue kids’ ID's and provide valuable safety information for your family. Barring an emergency or any unforeseen circumstances, Carolina Air Care's helicopter is scheduled to drop in for a visit. From 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, kid's can compete in the Kid's Combat Challenge. In this event, children run through an obstacle course for an official time competing in their respective age groups. The course consists of seven obstacles including a 22' inflatable slide, a stop, drop-and-roll station, crawl low in smoke simulator, dummy drag and house fire simulator. Age groups include 3, 4, 5, and 6 year olds, 7, 8, and 9 year olds and 10, 11 and 12 year olds. All participants receive Survivors' T Shirts while they last, and those that win their respective age groups will be awarded trophies. A trackless fire truck ride will be on hand to entertain the younger kids and parents who have never grown up! Join us for Family Night at Jelly Beans! The Wake PTA Council is happy to Oak Grove will be at Jelly Beans for a family announce the 2009 Wake PTA Healthy fun event! Saturday, October 17th from 5pm Lifestyles 5k Run / Walk on Sunday, – 7:15 pm (but you are welcome to skate November 22, 2009. longer at no additional charge). Join the some of the PTA executive Admission is $6 per child ($1 extra for in-line skates). We will have items for raffle as committee for this fun event! You can well. You may see your favorite teacher or find more information at Ollie there as well. www.pta5k.org The Nutshell Page |3 Relink your VIC for Oak Grove! Every time you use your rewards card on HT products at Harris Teeter, Oak Grove receives a portion of those funds! Go to www.harristeeter.com and look for the link: “Together In Education” For more information, go to the Oak Grove School website, click on PTA and then click on Collectibles. Remember our school code is 2674. Sally Foster is Here Notice Date Changes September 21 – 25th for Track 4 (they will get reminders when they track back in from October 19 – 23) October 5 – 16 for Tracks 1, 2 and 3 From the Media Center – The Media Center is starting a Birthday Book All orders will be collected on October 23rd. We Program. This program allows parents to are hoping to consolidate this for everyone this purchase a book for the Media Center in honor year. of their child’s birthday. The birthday books are currently in the Media Center for selection by If you have more than one child at Oak Grove the student. A bookplate will be placed inside the book. The student will be the first person to and only need one packet, feel free to email check the book out. The book will be returned Mandy Patterson at to the Media Center to be used by other firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our students in the future. Each month, the Media best to ensure you get only one packet. Center will send home a letter for all upcoming birthdays during the month. Please feel free to Thank You! contact Ms. Rosser or Ms. Wagner with any questions. (387-4475) Did You Know? Box Tops for Education Can Expire! Each Box Top for Education has an expiration date printed on it. After that date, the box top cannot be redeemed and is worthless. Please be sure to check the dates and submit them in plenty of time so they can be sent in to the company for redemption! The Nutshell Page |4 Campbell’s labels for education promotion and contest! Linked customers! Use your VIC card to purchase participating Campbell’s products, and Harris Teeter will donate 1 label per unit. This is for every customer who is linked during the month of September to a participating Together In Education school. Here is your reminder to Your VIC Card TODAY! Support local schools at no cost to you. Relink! For more than 30 years, Labels for Education has awarded free educational equipment to schools across the United States in exchange for proof-of-purchase labels from the Campbell's family of brands. Now, it's gotten even easier to score cool stuff for your kids' schools. Buy one of these popular Campbell brand cookbooks and earn 125 points for your school's LFE account. That is not a typo: Each cookbook is worth 125 LFE points! After you complete your purchase on the checkout page, you will be directed to another page where you can instantly credit the points you've earned to the school of your choice. Get started now. You not only are helping out your favorite schools, but also are getting cookbooks that help you plan and prepare every meal for your family and friends. There are so many to choose from- visit the link below to view. Thank you for your support! http://lfecookbooks.com/ The Nutshell Page |5 National Childhood Cancer Foundation “Cure Search” With the support from Oak Grove's Student Council, we will be holding a one day fund-raiser, "Cure Search" to support the National Childhood Cancer Foundation. Students are invited to wear a hat all day at school on Friday, Sept. 25th. If a student wishes to wear a hat, then he/she must donate $1 to NCCF. (No checks made out to Oak Grove). Students should not wear a hat that is distracting. Teachers will be collecting the money in their classrooms. Thank you in advance for your support of such a worthwhile cause. Mrs. Michot School Counselor Seona McDowell Performance on Monday October 26th presenting Citizens of the World SEONA MCDOWELL is one of the most unusual and versatile performers to come out of Australia and New Zealand. She has received Australia’s OZ Music Award for best female folk singer in 1979 & 1980. Drawing from her own colorful background, as well as her extensive travels, her repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs from around the world is both broad and unique. The enthusiasm derived from the many cultures she has encountered inspire her audience and contribute greatly to the demand for Seona’s educational programs. “Why do most people not consider themselves to be world citizens? We live on this planet together; we share the same air and are warmed by the same sun. This program is about understanding cultures throughout the world and how people have traveled and incorporated their cultures into new societies. Prejudice is caused by ignorance. If we understand that there are usually practical reasons as to why people dress differently, eat, what maybe to us, strange foods and talk in different languages, then we are grasping that we are all human beings on planet Earth and being so, we are all interdependent and must cooperate globally to survive.” Seona will have the students playing in her world band, singing on the microphone, doing hand actions and dancing! "This program is supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Inc. Additional support is provided by funds from the North Carolina Arts Council with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art."
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