Courier 03-23-12 by ajizai


									                               The Community House Courier
                         Community House Middle School                  Phone: 980-343-0689
                         9500 Community House Road
                         Charlotte, NC 28277                              Fax: 980-343-0691
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                                                                                  March 23, 2012         Volume 8, Issue 24

Principal’s Note

Dear families,                                                                      Calendar of Events
We are in the final stretch of third quarter with four days
remaining until spring break! The grading period ends on                     Required Reading Sale             April 10,11,12
Thursday so all work must be submitted by then in order to
                                                                             AK Curriculum Night                    April 12
receive credit on the grading period. Friday will be a teacher

I want to share a new website with parents, which was
                                                                                     Inside This Issue
brought to my attention this week. According to one of our
parents, many of our students are frequenting a site called
                                                                                                      This site allows students to enter chat rooms                              Carpool Reminder
with strangers. I have visited the site and can see the                                Parent Reminder
inherent dangers. Please speak with your children to ensure                            Early Dismissal
that they are exercising internet safety.                                              All Call Times
                                                                                       Lunch Policy
Beginning April 9, when we all return from break, our                                  Box Tops
enrichment schedule will be amended across the school.                                 Pop Tops
For the remaining five weeks before state testing, students                            Curriculum Night
will rotate back through each of their courses in order to                             College Fair
receive some additional instruction for EOGs. End-of-grade                             Parent Nights
testing begin on May 14. We are still in desperate need of                             Open House Nights
proctors for EOGs, so if you are able to assist, please email                          Proctors Needed Thanks in advance for your                                Required Reading Sale
help!                                                                                  Fine Arts Booster
                                                                                       Cavalier Players
                                                                                       Summer Camps


Jamie Brooks
                                    Proctors Needed
CHMS is in need of proctors for a field test on April 11th.

We will need your help from 9:00-12:30.

Please email if you are able to volunteer
for this.

Thank you for your help!!

                    Attention 8th Grade Students & Parents:
Rising 9th grade curriculum/orientation nights have been scheduled for the following
schools. All Curriculum nights will be held at the high school.


Ardrey Kell High School – April 12th – 6 pm

                    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 2012-2013
   Don't miss out on the opportunity to make a difference at Community House Middle School! Your PTO is
 seeking interested individuals to help “chair” committees. We also have opportunities on the PTO Executive
    Board. If being involved and volunteering is something you enjoy, please visit our website to view the
                                            current list of openings.
                 For more details, please contact Fran McDermott at
                            Thank you for your interest in your child's school!
                    8th Grade Required Reading Book Sale
Open House Dates Have Been Set for Rising 6th Grade Students.

Monday, March 26th – Endhaven & Hawk Ridge Open House – 6 – 7:30 - CHMS Cafetorium

Tuesday, March 27th – Ballantyne and Pineville Open House – 6 – 7:30 - CHMS Cafetorium

Wednesday, March 28th – Elon Park Open House – 6 – 7:30 - CHMS Cafetorium

                  8th Grade Required Reading Book Sale

   All 8th grade students will read the same novel for 4th quarter. It is a
                   very specific edition of Shakespeare's,
                          A Midsummer Night's Dream
               The CHMS PTO will sell this particular novel from
              8:45 am - 9:15 am in the lobby on April 10, 11, and 12
                            The cost is only $5 - no tax!
            Save time and money - no need to run around town!
           Make sure you have the same copy as your classmates!
             Thank you for supporting CHMS and your PTO!
     Please note: 6th and 7th grade CHMS students will have "Student
     Choice Novels by Lexile Tier" for 4th quarter. Your Language Arts
                   teacher will share details at a later date!
               Fine Arts Booster Board Positions

Fine Arts Booster has many board positions available for the
upcoming school year.

If interested please contact Mary Parker @ , this is a great way to get involved in
the Arts at Community House.

                          Cavalier Players
I'm proud to announce that the Cavalier Players did phenomenally well this weekend
at the North Carolina Theatre Festival. We received Superior Ratings for our play
A Night at The Winslow Manor Hotel.

Additionally we received excellence in theatre design and I received a excellence in
directing award.

Several of our actors were individually recognized for their achievements.
Janelle Deal and Alex Woodcook were awarded "excellence in acting" only five of
these were given out to females and five for males.

James Clark was named OUTSTANDING ACTOR the highest award given. (There
was only one female and one male named)

This is by far the best CHMS has ever done at this festival. Beyond that my student’s
behavior was exemplary as was their team spirit. I couldn't be more proud of them!
                             Summer Camps
It’s only the middle of February, but already time to think about summer camp! There are many
opportunities created especially for gifted and talented students –great ways for students to keep learning
all year long! The following list offers just a sample of what is available for summer 2012:

WHAT: Discovery Place                                        WHERE:           301 N. Tryon Street
CONTACT: Phone: 704-372-6261 x 300                                            Charlotte, NC 28202
Discovery Place camps:
Nature Museum camps:
INFO: Camps outlined by Discovery Place are focused on nature, science and/or math with specific topics
in each category. Camps are being held at 5 different locations this year so check it out!

WHAT: UNC-Charlotte Summer Camp Program                      WHERE:          9201 University City Blvd,
                                                                             Charlotte 28223
               704-687-2958 (Chuck)
INFO: UNC-Charlotte camps “offer children and young people the opportunity to join scientists,
researchers, educators, writers, and actors in the creative atmosphere of a university campus.” Middle
school-age offerings include: Around the World in 30 Hours!; World Music, Culture and the New Geography;
Writing: The Democratic National Convention; Chess for “Experts;” Weather and its Role in Historical
Events; Super (Computer) Science Investigators.

WHAT: Summer Programs at The Green River Preserve           WHERE:         301 Green River Rd
CONTACT: Phone: 828-698-8828 ext. 225                                      Cedar Mountain, NC 28718
            Fax: 828-698-9201
INFO: Focused on environmental education and located in western NC near Hendersonville and Brevard,
“(These programs) provide unique experiences for gifted children using hands-on learning with professional
naturalists on our 3,400 acre nature preserve.” One of the few programs in NC geared towards gifted
students in grades 2-12 and has accreditation with the American Camping Association!

WHAT: Kids for Conservation Summer Day Camp              WHERE: Carolina Raptor Center
CONTACT: or call Natalie Childers at 704-875-6521 x 110

Hawkwarts: A Camp for Muggles: “Meet us at platform nine and three quarters for a thrilling ride to
Hawkwarts! During this Harry Potter-themed camp, campers will blend fantasy and reality together
through science experiments, art projects, and botany.”
Young Veterinarians Camp for Ages: 11-14
“Campers will explore animal behavior, forest ecology, and environmental issues through hands-on lessons,
activities and projects. Your camper will learn about raptor rehabilitation with daily workshops and lessons
with our own rehabilitation coordinators and onsite veterinarian. With daily raptor encounters, outdoor
adventures, and lessons in our raptor hospital, campers will come away with an enriched sense of
environmental awareness and a newfound respect for the natural world”
WHAT: Providence Day School Summer Programs                   WHERE:       5800 Sardis Rd
                                                                           Charlotte, 28270
CONTACT:, or call for catalog 704.887.7006
INFO: Providence Day summer programs offer something for everyone –Math CAMMP/Robotics, web page
creation, astronomy, filmmaking, rocket launchers, electricity design, catching bugs or balls, singing or
dancing, making cakes, and many more! Browse through program offerings and sign up early using the
registration form on-line.

WHAT: All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp
WHERE: 1-week residential experience at one of four participating college campuses- NC State, UNC-
Greensboro, Virginia Tech, George Mason
CONTACT: or email, or call (336) 315-
7044 or (866) 334-2255
INFO: Designed to give in-depth, hands-on instruction in the arts, sciences, and technology, the camp also
includes recreation, citizenship, and multi-cultural entertainment. During camp, each camper attends a
morning class and an afternoon class, chosen from a wide variety of course offerings that suit individual
tastes and preference. Our class size is small, and the curriculum encourages problem solving and critical
thinking, all while spending time on a college campus.

WHAT: Summer Programs 2012 at Charlotte Latin School          WHERE:          9502 Providence Rd
                                                                              Charlotte 28277
CONTACT: or              contact Carolyn Richardson     at
704.846.7277 (
INFO: “…promotes a joy for learning and where campers can develop cognitively, socially, emotionally, and
physically through growth-promoting experiences. Our coeducational day programs foster a passion for
lifelong learning...” Offerings include: sports, cooking, video games, chess, robots and theatre.

WHAT: Summer Enrichment Camp                                   WHERE: Ferrum College in Virginia
INFO:      Academically    Motivated     Students      currently    in   grades    five,    six    or   seven
select from (2) one-week sessions, July 15-21 or July 22-July 28, 2012
“Located at Ferrum College in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this residential camp
offers an exciting opportunity to: pursue academic interests, explore new ideas, experience campus life,
make new friends, and have traditional summer-camp fun.” Classes involve ACTIVE PARTICIPATION with a
variety of daily projects and group activities. Instructors are specially chosen for their unique abilities to
make learning come alive. Average class size is 15 participants. Campers are enrolled in four classes.
                                                                               Collect Pop Tops for
        EARLY DISMISSAL                                                    theRonald McDonald House!!!

  Please remember to send early
  dismissal notes with your child,
   to the front office, if they are                                        Thank you for your support!
    being dismissed early. This                                               Girl Scout Troop 3033
  alleviates the need to interrupt
         instructional time.

                                                                         Carpool Reminders
        Parent Reminder                                                  Parents, please follow the correct flow
                                                                           into the school. If the front gate is
                                                                         open, please do not go through it. We
  Per CMS, students will not be                                             need for you to follow the correct
   permitted to switch buses to                                             traffic flow to avoid back-ups on
                                                                         Community House Road. Please turn
     ride home with friends.                                                cars off while in the carpool line.

               Lunch Policy
  Parents are allowed to bring a lunch meal                                          Parent Reminder
  for their student, but they can’t bring meals
  for other students. This aligns with the                                       ALL CALLS to students are at
  cafeteria policy and federal regulations.                               10:45 AM, 3:45 AM, and 4:15 PM. Students
  However, it must be pre-planned before the                               will ONLY be called at these times so that
  school day begins. The student is then                                     instructional times are not interrupted.
  responsible for going to the office to get
  the lunch at the appropriate time.                                     Students will NOT be called to the front office
                                                                              to pick up items at any other time.

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