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Cambridge information meetings: A series of information meetings will be offered for parents of current third- and fourth-graders who may be interested in applying for the Cambridge International program next year. At the first meeting, to be held in two sessions 6-6:45 p.m. and 6:45-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Long Creek Elementary, the district Cambridge representative will present general information about the program. Meetings for Barnette families only will be offered 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7 and again at 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at Barnette. For details, visit http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/barnetteES/Pages/Default.aspx.
J.M. Alexander Middle
Food drive: During November, the Encore Team is sponsoring a food drive to benefit homeless individuals and help a local church stock its food pantry. The following items are needed: socks, packaged underwear, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, lip balm, hats, gloves, scarfs and nonperishable food. Donations can be dropped off at the box by the main office.
Spirit Day: Noon-9 p.m. Nov. 11 is J.M. Alexander Middle School Spirit Day at Sweet Frog frozen yogurt, 9918 Knockando Lane, Huntersville. A portion of sales will be donated to the school for each customer who mentions they are supporting J.M. Alexander Middle.
Charlotte Checkers Family Fun Night: The Grand Oak Elementary Showstoppers chorus will sing the national anthem at the Charlotte Checkers game 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Bojangles Coliseum. The evening will also be Family Fun Night for Grand Oak families. Attendees will receive a Checkers hat, and $5 from each ticket sale will be donated to Grand Oak. Tickets are $16. Tickets are available at www.grandoakpta.org/#!store/c7cp.
North Mecklenburg High
‘See How They Run’: The North Mecklenburg High Theater Department will present the British comedy “See How They Run” at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 and Nov. 14 in the school auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults.
Farm to School Month: Cannon School’s cafeteria recently celebrated National Farm to School Month by preparing a lunch using 90 percent local food items. The monthlong celebration set up by National Farm to School Network is designed to enhance the connections between children and local food. Local foods used in the meal included lettuce, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, turkey, pork and fresh herbs as well as many others. Students were also encouraged to dress up like farmers.
St. Mark Catholic School
Family Fitness Night: Homer, the mascot of the Charlotte Knights, helped the students and families of St. Mark Catholic School in Huntersville launch its inaugural Family Fitness Night on Oct. 16. Organizers set up activity stations around campus, and attendees were able to participate in a variety of activities from exercise boot camp and speed boxing to karate and dance. The school’s athletic association offered a hydration station to promote the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day. School nurse and event organizer Sherri Petrilli conducted blood pressure screenings and dietitians and other medical professionals were on hand to discuss healthy fitness choices.
SouthLake Christian Academy
Open house: SouthLake Christian Academy will hold the first of three planned open-house events for prospective families and students 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the high school basketball gym. Classrooms will open for families to visit at that time and attendees will be able to meet with teachers from each grade level, representatives of the Fine Arts Department and coaches from athletic programs. The curriculum for each grade level will also available.