Young children and sports: More kids than ever are participating in organized sports, with some specializing in a single sport very early in life. Cannon School invites parents of elementary school-age children from throughout the Charlotte region to its Concord campus on Dec. 14 to explore the benefits of playing multiple sports and the dangers of specialization. The "Young Children and Sports" event takes place in Foundation Hall beginning at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Additional details about the event and an RSVP form can be found on Cannon School's Web site at www.cannonschool.org/speakersseries.
Southlake Christian Academy
Auditions for "Little Women": Play auditions will be held in the Lower School Building on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. All students in grades 9 - 12 are invited. Contact Miss Clark at email@example.com.
Lake Norman Charter School
2010-2011 school year applications: Applications must be received in either the middle school or high school office no later than Jan. 31, 2010 to be included in the lottery, which will be held at the school on Feb. 4. Please call 704-948-8600 for more information.
Tours: School tours will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays when school is in session from Nov. 19 - Jan. 28. Spaces on the tour are limited, so please call the middle school at 704-948-8600 or high school at 704-875-3389 to sign up for a tour.
J.M. Alexander Milddle School
Recyclers rewarded: J.M. Alexander Middle was rewarded with $1,000 from Coca-Cola for collecting the most bottles and cans during the Give It Back CMS Challenge. In an effort to boost recycling among students, the beverage company challenged 12 middle schools to recycle all plastic bottles and aluminum cans on campus. Coca-Cola collected the recyclables and tracked the school's progress every week during the three-month contest. They also visited science classrooms to show recycling videos and provide games to teach students the value of recycling. The total bags collected by all 12 schools was 1,270 bags equaling 6,352 pounds of recycled bottles and cans.
New student enrollment: New students must be enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools by Dec. 14 to be eligible for the first magnet school lottery. Many magnet schools have scheduled open houses over the next few months.
New student enrollment is for children entering kindergarten or older students who will be new to CMS. New families enrolled by Dec. 14 will receive a personalized lottery instruction sheet in the mail during the first week of January. Current CMS students will bring instruction sheets home. The first magnet lottery will run from Jan. 8 - Feb. 8. Families who plan to send their child to the assigned home school do not have to register by Dec. 14 but are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible.
In order to enroll students in CMS, families are required to provide three documents to show proof of residency. Parents must submit one document from each of three categories. Category one includes a copy of a lease and record of the most recent rent payment, or a record of the most recent mortgage payment. Category two includes a utility bill dated within the past 30 days, and category three includes a valid driver's license, vehicle tax bill or payroll stub. Parents must fill out a Safe Schools Enrollment Declaration per North Carolina law and provide an official birth certificate (with seal) and a copy of the student's current immunization record. New student enrollment forms are available on the CMS Web site, at any school, learning community office or the Family Application Center, 700 Marsh Road, Charlotte. For more information, please call the Family Application Center at 980-343-5335.