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Book drive: On Thursday, 24 fourth-grade students from Charlotte Country Day School are scheduled to travel to Berryhill Elementary to distribute the more than 2,000 books they will collect through a two-week book drive at their school. The two schools have partnered on this project for four years, and last year more than 2,100 picture books, easy readers, and chapter books were distributed. Thursday, all 322 Berryhill students will visit the book fair by class. CCDS students will choose a buddy, ask about book interests, and help the children select books they might like. Then they will either read with the children. Between Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, CCDS fourth-grade students in Sinclair Little and Kennesia Martin's class visited all junior-kindergarten through fourth-grade classes to explain the drive and ask students to donate two gently used books.
Great Decisions lectures: Charlotte Country Day is hosting the annual Great Decisions Charlotte Community Lecture Series, open to CCDS parents, faculty and staff. The lectures, sponsored by the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, will be held weekly 7-8:30 p.m. through Feb. 15. The next topic will be Feb. 15, Responding to the Financial Crisis, Dr. Richard Buttimer, UNC Charlotte; $10 for individual lectures. Register: www.charlottecountryday.org. Maddy Baer, 704-687-7744, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Black history program: The After-School Enrichment Program at Sterling Elementary School will be having a Black History Program to celebrate the history of African-Americans in the U.S. and community. The program will be Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. and will feature a Charlotte City Council member. All CMS staff and parents are invited.
Accelerated reading: Students celebrated their reading successes Jan. 28. All students who met their Accelerated Reading goal for the second quarter attended a sports party. Kindergarten, first-, and second-grade students attended a soccer party. Older students attended a basketball party in the gym.
American India storyteller: Sterling Elementary School welcomes Reggie Brewer for an all-school assembly Thursday. Brewer is a Native American and will present information about American Indians and their culture. He is also a storyteller. Parents are welcome.
Registration for 2011-12: On Feb. 15, freshmen, sophomore and junior students will be given their registration packet for the 2011-12 school year. All forms must be completed and turned in no later than Feb. 22 at 8:30 am. Review with your students what courses they will be taking next year.
Snow day makeup: The day to make up missed snow days is Feb. 21, Presidents' Day. School will be in session on that day. At this time we only have to make up one day even though we were out for three days.
Commencement speakers: Rabbi Judith Schindler-Wallach will speak at baccalaureate and W. (Whitney) Reese Fogle will be the commencement speaker. The baccalaureate service is June 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the theater; commencement is June 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mosack Athletic Center. Rabbi Schindler, a PDS parent and Board of Trustees member, is senior rabbi at Temple Beth-El. Fogle, member of the PDS class of 2005, graduated cum laude from Harvard in 2009 with a psychology degree.
All-State Chorus: Four Upper School chorus students were selected to represent Providence Day in the N.C. High School All-State Chorus in Greensboro on Jan. 28-29: Keyla Hernandez, Lex Lott, Renee Parris and Meredith Tate. The event, at War Memorial Auditorium, is sponsored by both the N.C. Music Educators Association and the N.C. chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
WordMasters: A team of students representing Covenant Day recently won highest honors in this year's WordMasters Challenge, a national competition for high school students requiring analysis of prose and poetry. Participating with 541 other school teams nationwide, the school's 12-graders tied for seventh place in the year's second meet, held in December. The team was supervised by Kari Cope. Seniors Paul Brinkman and Bryce Stout both placed among the 49 highest-scoring 12-graders in the country, while teammates Josh Batson, Mary Stuart Bullard and Latham Moseley earned honorable mention.