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The Erwin Explorer


									Volume 2, Issue 2

October 2007

The Erwin Explorer
A Message from Dr. Parker, School Principal
Hello Students, Parents and Faculty, As principal of Erwin, I would like to give a quick “shout out,” better known as a thank you, for the following………….. • • • We have great parents and staff and wonderful students! Erwin Montessori made high growth and AYP. Erwin is a North Carolina School of Distinction (over 80% of our children are on or above grade level as measured by state assessments). We had 100% of our staff join PTA. • • Our PTA recently purchased walkie-talkies for Erwin. Erwin Montessori children collected nearly $800.00 to support Juvenile Diabetes. Staff members Tammy Laws and Elizabeth Brown organized this fund raiser called Dimes for Diabetes Teacher Keisha Campbell, along with Inez Everston and Susan Toney organized our first field trip to Camp Hanes. Fourth and fifth grade children and parents had a wonderful learning experience. Book Swap is up and running well. • Our Back to School Social and Volunteer Breakfast were both great events. Lastly, parents PLEASE read the alphabetized information in the Handbook/Calendar. We have invested a lot of time and money to ensure that you know and understand school expectations and policies. Thank you for taking the time to review this important information with your children. Sincerely, Deborah Parker




October’s Upcoming Events
Tuesday, October 9: Spirit Night @ Cici’s Pizza, 4-8:30 pm Wednesday, October 10: Fall Picture Day Wednesday, October 24: Spirit Night @ Ben & Jerry’s, 6-8pm We had a great time at September’s Ben & Jerry’s Spirit Day! Join us again on Wednesday, October 24! SAVE THIS DATE for November: Erwin will have a Skating Party at Skateland USA on Friday, November 9th! Save the date on your calendar and look for more details coming soon!

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Leadership Team Update
Erwin’s Leadership Team met on Thursday, September 20, in the Media Center. Lynda Whittington, the person in charge of Box Tops for Education (BTFE), spoke with the Leadership Team about some ideas for fundraising through Box Tops. There will be two BTFE drives -- one in the fall, and one in the spring. The fall BTFE drive will center around voting, which will tie in nicely to the curriculum as parents head to the voting booth. To cast a vote, students will attach a set number of Box Tops to a ballot and then cast a vote. Students may vote as many times as they like, as long as they turn in the necessary number of Box Tops for each ballot. The students will be voting for which staff member will do a silly stunt. See the article to the right to find out which staff members are participating. The spring BTFE drive will be toward earning a class ice cream party. Each class will be challenged to turn in a set number of box tops by a certain date. Each class that meets the goal will get an ice cream party. Classes will not compete with one another: ALL classes can earn a party. Any parent is welcome to attend Leadership Meetings. The next meeting will be held Thursday, October 18.

Want to help support Erwin and help your child learn about elections? Vote in our Silly Teacher Election. Detailed information will be sent home soon in your child’s folder, but here’s the basic scoop: One great teacher is going to walk backwards for a day!! Which teacher? The students get to decide from these three wonderful candidates: Coach Carroll (Erwin’s PE teacher), Mrs. Brown (Erwin’s guidance counselor), Mrs. Campbell (Erwin’s librarian). It’s easy to vote: ballots will be coming home with the detailed information regarding this election. Students can vote as often as they wish, but the “price” for each ballot is 5 BoxTops for Education. Don’t know where to find BoxTops? Check out some of the many products that contain BoxTops: Ziploc®, Kleenex®, General Mills® cereals, Cottonelle®, Betty Crocker® products, Chex Mix®, Hamburger Helper®, Cascadian Farm® cereals, Pillsbury® products, Hefty® products, Yoplait® products, & more!!! Remember to leave the expiration date on the BoxTop when clipping! Want more of the delicious cupcakes served at September’s PTA meeting? Cupcakes were donated by Sweet Assembly. Contact Cathy or Tracey at 545-3113.

The PTA would like to thank Lowe’s of Burlington for a wonderful deal on the plants we’ve used to help make Erwin beautiful!

Second Graders Recycle
The second graders welcomed Yvonne Foust, Education specialist for the City of Greensboro, to Erwin during the month of September. Yvonne presented a program on the importance of recycling and care for the earth. She inspired a sense of environmental stewardship within the Lower Elementary community that parents will likely see spill over into everyday life at home. Parents, be on the look-out for fewer clutterbugs at home! You too can be a part of this earthfriendly attitude by supporting your child’s efforts to recycle plastic bottles, glass jars, aluminum cans, aerosol cans, newspapers, and magazines by using your brown City recycling can. Join the children in their pledge to do their best to recycle products and make less garbage on our earth.
Submitted by Jackie Tanseer Lower Elementary

The PTA is well on its way to our 300 member goal, but if you haven’t joined yet—WE NEED YOU! Go to where you can find the membership forms to print. Send your form in an envelope to your child’s teacher with $5.00 per person joining. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, even pets can join!

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Volunteer Breakfast: A Successful Beginning
The Volunteer Orientation Breakfast on September 26 was a big success. Parents enjoyed delicious food as they learned about volunteer opportunities at Erwin. Here is a recap of the orientation information. Primary Pre-K/K Volunteer Needs: * One-on-one reading (very important) * Work mat washing on Fridays * Making journals * Garden help * Making copies/doing lamination * Lunch time monitoring, so that teachers may enjoy their duty-free lunches (primary lunch is 10:35-11:30) Lower El Volunteer Needs: * One-on-one reading (very important) * Work mat washing on Fridays * Pet sitting for room pets (on weekends, over holidays) * Copies/lamination (Mrs. Tanseer suggested parents arrange to come for lunch and then stay for reading volunteer time.) Upper El Volunteer Needs: * One-one-one reading (very important) * Preparation for 4th grade writing test * Math support ************************** Committee Volunteer Opportunities/ Suggestions From the Staff Appreciation Committee: Flexible opportunities to support acknowledgement of our wonderful staff * Monthly events * Big events in December (prior to the holidays) and May (for staff appreciation week) From the Extra Curricular Committee: After-school programs to include * Young Rembrandts * Mad Science * Piano Lessons * Guitar Lessons * Spanish Lessons Please note a parent-interest form has been sent home; more info to follow. From the Cultural Arts Committee: A new chair has been voted in and will work with volunteers to bring Cultural Arts opportunities to the school, helping to reinforce the Montessori philosophy and further enrich our children's education. From the Volunteer Committee: Many thanks for all the assistance with the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast! Please remember to record your in-school and out-of-school volunteer hours with the Office (use purple form). Try to schedule your volunteer time in advance to maximize your help to the Erwin staff. But if, on short notice, you have some free time, stop by the front office to see how you can help!

The Scoop on Spirit Nights
Erwin PTA has chosen several businesses to partner with for our Spirit Night fund raising. Come out, meet other families, earn money for the school, and get out of cooking for the night. Many of these businesses offer a percentage of the sales during the specified hours of Spirit Night. Businesses include: ♦ Chick Fil-A ♦ Cici's Pizza ♦ Ben and Jerry's ♦ Chuck E. Cheese We are trying to offer a few choices during the month for variety. Since we are a magnet school with families living across Greensboro, we have chosen a
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Fundraising Update
It’s officially time to wrap up the Dining Guide Books. If you haven’t already turned in your money , please send it today. Thanks for your participation. Ways to Shop and Earn money for Erwin: • Harris Teeter VIC customer sign up number is 4848. Sign up online or in-store • Link your Target Credit card to Erwin at • Food Lion MVP customers can link their cards to Erwin in-store or at Food • Office Depot has a rewards program—ask for Erwin’s number in-store. If you know of any other participating businesses, let us know on the site.
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few locations to accommodate most everyone. Wear your Erwin t-shirt to show your school spirit. If you're interested in ordering a T-shirt for yourself or your child, you can find an order form in the General PTA box in the front office, or contact Gina Hicks at If you know of another business that you would like for us to partner with-- let us hear about it. Show your Erwin Spirit on Spirit Nights!

How To Get Involved With Erwin: The PTA & Beyond
At Erwin’s first general PTA meeting on Sept 25 co-president Tonya Riney asked for opinions on the purpose of the PTA. One parent said fundraising, which is the usual response. In fact, although school PTA’s do spend a lot of time fundraising, this is not a PTA’s main purpose. The PTA’s mission is, according to the North Carolina state PTA, to be a voice for children, a resource for families and communities and an advocate for the education and well-being of every child. It is important for parents and caregivers to be involved and informed. There are a number of ways to become informed and get involved in the school system and in the PTA. Several useful email addresses and websites are listed below. If you have additional websites that could be useful, please share them with fellow parents at the Parent Resource Forum: Write to our Board of Education Representatives: Amos Quick: Erwin’s representative Alan Duncan: Chair of the Board of Education, Dorothy Kearns: At Large Representative Nancy Routh: At Large Representative Guilford County Schools website: (While there, sign up for GCS Friday Notes, to be mailed out every Friday.) Guilford Education Alliance North Carolina PTA website National PTA website

First Person: “May I please use your ________?” Second Person: “I need to use it right now, but I will bring it to you when I finish.” First Person: “Okay, thank you.” [You may now find the object you need elsewhere or wait for your friend.] First Person: [If the friend shares the object, please return it.] “Thank you.” Second Person: “You’re welcome.”

Keeping In Touch With Your PTA
Have ideas or suggestions for the 2007-2008 PTA board and committees? Here’s who you need to contact:

Awards & Grants: Victoria Kearns Grounds: Barbie Sherrill Communication: Becky Quigley Cultural Arts: Tracey Smith Extracurricular: Lois Shoffner Fundraising: Scott Hicks Hospitality: Nancy Berdeen

Membership & Auditing: Page Kreager Parent Education: Kim Butler Social Committee: Liz Ballard Amy Fisher Special Events: Duncan Butler Staff Appreciation: Snoa Huffman Volunteer & Nominations: Vita Alligood

Co-Presidents: Gina Hicks Tonya Riney Co-Vice Presidents: Joyce Eury Dawn Murphy Secretary: Cailisha Petty Treasurer: Sarah Dunlap

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Juguemos! Spanish Classes at Erwin!
JUGUEMOS! are unique SpanishImmersion classes specially designed for young students. JUGUEMOS! means “Let’s play together” in Spanish. Through songs, games, music and movement, children will develop Spanish conversational skills and vocabulary. Children will have so much fun playing that they won’t even realize that they are learning!! Additionally, children will learn about the various, diverse Spanishspeaking countries and their unique cultures. JUGUEMOS! classes are going to be offered in 8-week sessions. Each session will focus on a different vocabulary theme. The first session began Friday, October 5th from 2:45-4:00 pm. The theme for the first session is “Farm Animals.” Each week, students will play games, sing songs, and read books which will teach them Spanish vocabulary for farm animals. The JUGUEMOS! classes cost $120 per student per 8-week session. Scholarships are available. Space is limited and slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in enrolling your child for the first 8-week session, please take your payment to the front office. Please make checks payable to Erwin Montessori PTA.

Piano Lessons Start October 22nd!
Starting the week of October 22, piano lessons will be offered at Erwin after school. Group lessons will be offered Monday-Friday, broken down by age. Private lessons are available each day as well. Price variation is based on days when schools are closed. Monday: Ages 4-5 $80 for 8 sessions Tuesday: Ages 5-6 $80/8 sessions Wednesday: Ages 6-7 $70/7 sessions Thursday: Ages 7-8 $80/8 sessions Friday: Ages 9-10 $70/7 sessions Private Lessons: Any day, any age $96/8 30-minute sessions *Each participating child will need a keyboard or piano to practice at home. Dave Feeny Piano Services is selling pianos and will work with any budget. If you call, please mention that you are with Erwin Montessori School’s piano program. Special thanks to Duncan Butler for donating 3 keyboards and 2 pianos to Erwin!

Guitar Lessons Return October 29th!
Back by popular demand, guitar lessons will begin again at the end of this month. Like piano, group lessons are divided by age. Monday: Ages 4-5 $70/7 classes Tuesday: Ages 6-7 $70/7 classes Wednesday: Ages 8-10 $60/6 classes Each child must provide his/her own guitar. More information will follow about this opportunity, as well as about the other extra-curricular activities at Erwin. Thanks to Adlois Shoffner for doing such a wonderful job organizing these programs!

Don’t forget Mad Science classes will begin Monday, November 5th! Classes will last 6 weeks, from 2:55-3:55 each Monday. Total cost will be $70.

KIDS CORNER! A Place Just for Erwin Students!
Oh no! Someone scrambled this month’s WOW words for breakfast! Can you figure out which word is which? The first space vehicle, Sputnik 1, was launched 50 years ago this month. See if you can guide the spaceship below to its destination.

This month’s words: Pattern, Plane, Solid, Congruent, Symmetry

Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13. Help your family make a fire escape plan and practice it together! For more information and fun activities, visit!

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