A group of employees of Community School of Davidson is making another visit to a sister school in Guatemala this month, and seeing how it has been affected by recent natural disasters. Also in this week’s column, news about early planning for a big fall fund-raiser at Davidson IB Middle School, North Meck High’s summer food program, and other news.
A group of employees from Community School of Davidson is visiting a sister school in Guatemala, and the trip is coming at a time of need. The school in El Sitan was in an area that was hit May 26 by a Tropical Storm Agatha and the May 26 eruption of the Volcano Pacaya.
The volcanic eruption sent a 2,000-meter high column of sand, rocks and ash into the air. The next day, Tropical Storm Agatha hit Guatemala. Ash was 3 inches deep in Guatemala City, which also clogged the drainage systems with the rains. A meter of rain fell in 72 hours. All major roads of the country have been affected by mudslides, landslides and falling rooks.
Guatemala’s National Disaster Commission reported 152 deaths, 87 injuries, 100 still reported missing.
The Davidson group left June 11 for a two-week trip. Teams from of Davidson has visited the sister school for several years. Recently, the school heard that the team’s volcanic guide for the last four years has lost his home. The director of the sister school has said his village escaped damage and there was no damage to the construction progress on the school, which began three weeks ago.
The group from Community School of Davidson be sharing teaching methodology, dancing the Cupid Shuffle, and enjoying Sharon Conner’s art lessons.
Team members from Community School of Davidson include: Elissa Huffstetler, Karin Solomonson, Kristen Patterson, Maria and John Kertesz, Sharon Conner, Natalie Goodwin, Ann Suggs.
Ms. Suggs will lead a medical team, which will evaluate and record every child’s current medical condition so the group can partner with doctors to get glasses, treatments, and medicine for students. Ms. Suggs also will also teach a health workshop to parents.
During the second week, the group will work with parents of the students to continue the progress on a two-classroom addition. Many of these parents never graduated from the sixth grade.
The team is writing a bit about the trip on a blog, http://bigleapoffaith.blogspot.com/
DAVIDSON IB READIES FUND-RAISER
The Davidson IB Parent Teacher Student Association’s annual magazine subscription fund-raiser will start in early September, and organizers are already talking it up.
The association is trying to get students, and parents pumped up, asking them to encourage family, friends and co-workers to wait to renew their magazine subscriptions until the school fund-raiser. Prices will be the same or less than regular publisher renewal prices and less than either newsstand or checkout line prices, according to school officials.
Many of the subscriptions sold last year are nearing their renewal dates and PTSA officials are hoping folks will renew through the school program.
Davidson IB also is asking that parents pick up all medications left in the front office today, June 23. Unclaimed medications will be disposed of on Thursday, June 24.
Additionally, Davidson IB has several pieces of pottery that were left at the school by students. They must also be claimed by Wednesday, June 23.
SUMMER FOOD AT N. MECK
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ Child Nutrition Services program offers a summer food program that operates now through Aug. 13.
The program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is available at select sites throughout Mecklenburg County and includes a free, nutritious breakfast and lunch for children 18 and younger all summer. No registration or identification is necessary for those who want to participate in the program.
Meals are currently being served on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at North Mecklenburg High School, 11201 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville. The program will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the Fourth of July.
Starting Tuesday, July 6, meals will also be served Monday through Thursday at Hopewell High School, 11530 Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville.
Download information about the program (PDF) on the CMS website.
ELEMENTARY 4th GRADERS WIN MATH BEE
A group of Davidson Elementary School fourth graders’ answer to the question “Are you smarter than a 5th grader” was a resounding “yes” during a recent Math Bee.
A team of six students at Davidson Elementary won the fourth grade Math Bee, beating five other fourth grade classes. They also defeated a winning fifth grade team, receiving trophies for their effort, according to fourth grade teacher Raven Ellis.
The winning fourth graders are Hampton Buttrill, Audrey Gibbs, Lindy Heyl, Nora Matthews, Alex Chaffin, and Jack Davis.
THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 6:30 p.m., South Mecklenburg HS, 8900 Park Rd., Charlotte – Community forum with school staff and school board members, on the planned comprehensive review of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. The review targets policies guiding such district operations as magnet schools, transportation, boundaries, projected enrollments, use of facilities and funding. Info about the review on the CMS website.
MONDAY, JUNE 28, 6:30-8 p.m., Hopewell High School, 11530 Beatties Ford Road – Board of Education hosts a forum on magnet schools, transportation, boundaries, projected enrollments, use of facilities and funding policies. It’s part of the comprehensive review. Info about the review on the CMS website.