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Compiled by Gina Smith

Barnette Elementary

Kindergarten open schoolhouse: 6-8 p.m. May 1. Rising kindergarteners and their families can meet teachers, administrators and staff. The event is open to anyone in the community interested in Barnette’s programs.

Proctors needed: Volunteers are needed to proctor end-of-grade tests 8 a.m.-noon May 28-June 3. Proctors must register as volunteers with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and attend a short training session on the morning they are assigned to proctor. About 20-30 volunteers are needed each day. Details:

Blythe Elementary

Beginner's Night: 6-7 p.m. April 24. Open to rising kindergarteners and their parents.

Cornelius Elementary

Beginners’ Day: 9 a.m. April 29. Orientation for rising kindergarten students and their parents. Event is about two hours long. Students will go to the classrooms while parents attend a meeting in the cafeteria to discuss buses, immunization requirements and more. No registration required.

School tours: 10 a.m. April 24 and May 15

Grand Oak Elementary

Sheet drive: The Technology Department is collecting bed sheets of all sizes to cover all the technology in the building during the summer months. To donate sheets, drop them off in the Parent Teacher Association room labeled with either “Mrs. Cloud” or “Tech Lab.” After summer vacation, the sheets will be laundered and stored to be reused the following school year.

J.V. Washam Elementary

Proctors needed: Volunteers are needed to proctor end-of-grade tests beginning May 28. Most tests will run 8 a.m.-noon; proctors must sign in at the school each day by 7:50 a.m. All volunteers must attend one training session, either 8-9 a.m. May 14 or 3:15-4:15 p.m. May 15, both in the Media Center. Details:

PTO volunteer opportunities: A volunteer is needed to run the Health Room for a few hours three days a week. A volunteer is also needed to manage the Parent Teacher Organization website for the 2014-15 school year. This job can be completed from home. Training can be provided. Only simple word processing skills are required. Details:

Beginners' Day: 8:30-10 a.m. April 30. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. in the gymnasium. For rising kindergarteners and their parents. Administrators and staff will provide parents with an overview of the kindergarten curriculum and other information while future students participate in activities in the classrooms. Parking is available in the bus lot. The school’s Spirit Store will be open. Details: 980-343-1071.

J.M. Alexander Middle

Proctors needed: Volunteers are needed to proctor the World Languages Common Exam 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 3. Those who have not proctored a test at the school this year need to arrive at 8:45 a.m. for training in the Media Center. All others may arrive at 9 a.m. Proctors must register as a volunteer with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at For details and to register for proctoring on June 3, visit

Bailey Middle

Talent show and art auction: An art auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the main hallway followed by a student talent show 6-8 p.m., both May 15, in the Bailey Cafetorium. Sign-ups for auditions continue through April 25 in front of the seventh- and eighth-grade hallways. Auditions will be held at 4:30 p.m. April 29 in the dance room. The top 20 acts will be chosen to perform in the show. Results will be posted on April 30 outside the cafeteria. Details: Debra Cassidy at

North Mecklenburg High

Plant sale: 8 a.m.-noon April 26 at North Mecklenburg High’s greenhouse. For details and to view a catalogue, visit

Cannon School

Middle-school transition camps: Michelle Icard, author of “Middle School Makeover,” will lead the Athena’s Path and Hero’s Pursuit social leadership programs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1 at the Cannon School. The camps are for boys and girls ages 10-12, are led by trained staff and use games, activities and discussion to help students navigate the middle-school social scene and be leaders in their own.

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