The order form is attached below.
(An announcement from the Chatham Charter PTA.)
Will you help us build the new Ronnie Joyce play area?
This area hasn't been updated in years, with some of the elements approaching 20 years in age. One of the most inviting structures to play on is completely off-limits due to safety issues. Our student population has grown, and along with it, our outdoor needs.
Recognizing the impact outdoor access and recreation can have on efforts inside the classroom, the PTA voted to rebuild the existing playground and name it in honor of long-time Headmaster and friend to all schools in Chatham County, Ronnie Joyce. We have a long-term vision: create an inviting and relaxing natural-themed play/recreation space that is appealing to our K-12 students for play, interaction, exploration, sensory experiences, class or quiet work.
Chatham Charter School is on a trailblazing path to establish and maintain a challenging learning environment that respects the individual learners and prepares students to succeed in a globally competitive society. Our outdoor space needs to keep pace with what's going on inside the classrooms.
In an effort to raise funds for this project, students should have brought home information on our annual fall fundraiser.This year, in response to requests from parents, the PTA has opted to do a "no selling" fundraiser and is asking students and families to solicit donations and pledges. All proceeds will go towards the playground. Additionally, you can go towww.gofundme.com/RJoyceCCPlayground
to make online and recurring donation.
The estimated cost to completely redo the playground can range anywhere from $50,000-$100,000. This is a major undertaking, but we know that together we can build the new Ronnie Joyce Recreation Area. If every student raises just $100, we would have $40,000 in two weeks and be well on our way.
The info sent home is attached. Students will receive hippo keychains for every $25 raised, and students who raise more than $150 will be entered to win 1 of 4 $50 gift cards. Thank you for your support.
(See attachments below.)
Here are several important announcements for the upcoming week:
Parents, your student brought home yearbook ad forms on Friday. Eighth grade parents may buy a half page ad for $60 or a fourth page ad for $40. Grades K-11 parents may purchase a $10 personal ad for your student. Please return these forms with payment to your student's homeroom teacher. If you have any questions regarding ads, the contact information is on the form. These ads are due by Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Please refer to the announcement on our homepage that also has copies of the forms sent. Direct announcement link: https://sites.google.com/a/chathamcharter.org/ccs/announcements/yearbookadforms
PTA Meeting Information (from the PTA)
Thursday night at the PTA meeting the membership voted to renovate the playground and name it in honor of former headmaster Ronnie Joyce. In an effort to raise funds for this project, students will be bringing home information on our annual fall fundraiser. This year the PTA has opted to do a "no selling" fundraiser and ask students and families to solicit donations and pledges. All proceeds will go towards the playground. Students will receive hippo keychains for every $25 raised, and students who raise more than $150 will be entered to win one of four $50 gift cards. Additionally, the PTA is creating a gofundme.com page to enable online and recurring donations. Thank you for your support.
Forgot School Picture Money?
If you forgot to bring in picture money on Friday, Julia-Brent Milholen will be collecting it all week and sending it to Lifetouch next Friday, Oct. 3.
Academic Goals for the Year
As we mentioned in previous messages, we are focusing on four academic goals this school year: 1) K-3 literacy, 2) writing, 3) technology integration, and 4) vertical teacher teaming to master our curriculum. Hear our kindergarten teachers on two segments of this week's Chatham County School Notebook that airs on WNCA AM 1570 at 7:20 AM and 3:15 PM Monday-Saturday. On one segment they talk about literacy and writing.
Students will bring home yearbook ad forms on Friday. Eighth grade parents may buy a half page ad for $60 or a fourth page ad for $40. Parents of students in all grades may purchase a $10 personal ad for your student. Please return these forms with payment to your student's homeroom teacher. If you have any questions regarding ads, the contact information is on the form. These ads are due by Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Please refer to the announcement on our homepage that also has copies of the forms sent home this week with students. All questions should be directed to Sharon Kight (email@example.com).
Forms are attached to this message as well.
Please come to the PTA meeting at 6pm in the gym on Thursday, September 25. Organizers have big plans we want to share. Come a little early if you still need to join. According to the bylaws, 20 members need to be present to conduct business, so please come.
Following are open positions and immediate volunteer needs:
**Golf Tournament Committee
**Spring Carnival Committee (co-chair and committee members)
**Teacher Appreciation Week Committee
PTA meetings for the 2014-2015 school year are: Thursday, September 25, January 15, and April 16 from 6:00-7:00 PM.
The Senior Beta Club chapter at Chatham
Charter School held an induction ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, September
17. Joining the seven members from the
initial induction last fall when the high school opened were 31 sophomores and
Chapter officers, president Sarah Scott,
vice president Summer Gaskins, and secretary Melanie Handley, conducted the
ceremony. Club advisors Michelle
Hayhurst and Kara Root, both high school teachers, assisted in planning. All high school students and faculty as well
as many family members of inductees attended the ceremony that was followed by
a reception for honorees and their families.
For over 80 years, the National Beta Club
has focused on achievement, character, leadership and service as it became the
largest independent, non-profit educational youth organization in the nation.
Event video slideshow:
What do you get when you combine two competitive English classes at 8:30 AM on a September morning? At Chatham Charter you will find a thought provoking game of Are You Smarter Than an Eighth Grader?
played between one of Kay Lopossay's eighth grade Language Arts classes and one of Chanda Allen's tenth grade English classes on the middle school hall.
The teachers worked collaboratively to create a jeopardy-styled game that featured categories of literary terms, active and passive voice, possessive nouns, conjunctions and clauses, and a miscellaneous "potpourri" section. The middle and high school students tackled questions one-by-one in a back-and-forth match of knowledge and recall. In the end it came down to a final question answered correctly by eighth grader Hart Farrell that led to Are You Smarter Than an Eighth Grader? on this day ending in a tie.
Students will be dismissed early on Thursday, September 18. Staff will be participating in professional development Thursday afternoon.
11:10-11:20: Kindergarten-second grade
11:20-11:30 AM: Grades 3-5
11:30 AM: middle and high school
There will be a
floating Origami Owl Party to support
Chatham Charter Athletics Boosters!
(a percentage (10%)
of all sales will be given to the Boosters)
October 17, 2014 (note change of date from September 26)
5:00 p.m. to 7:00
p.m. at Sir Pizza of Siler City
If you are unable to
attend, you can visit the on-line jewelry bar-