Compiled by Gina Smith
Library partnership: A new partnership between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is helping more than 51,000 students in prekindergarten through third grade get library cards this year. Library card applications were recently sent home from school with students for parents to complete. After the library processed the applications, cards were sent back to students with information about library resources. Students in those grades who already have a library card will receive a onetime waiver to remove fines or fees from their cards. Later in the school year, a program will be launched to provide electronic library cards to students in sixth to 12th grades in CMS Project L.I.F.T. schools. The eCard will give students 24-hour access to all of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s electronic resources. Library staff members will also visit the Project L.I.F.T. schools to educate school staff and students on available resources.
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Grand Oak Elementary
Coffee Chat: 8:20-9 a.m. Sept. 25, Tree House Media Center. Parents can meet with Principal Raymond Giovanelli and Assistant Principal Tamara Allison to ask questions and discuss educational issues. Coffee Chat events will rotate between mornings and evenings each month to provide more opportunities for parents to attend.
Long Creek Elementary
School Carnival: Long Creek Elementary parent-teacher organization will host its third annual School Carnival 5-8 p.m. Sept. 19 at the school, 9213-A Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville. The rain date is Sept. 26. The event is open to the public and will include an inflatable basketball game, obstacle course, giant slide, dunk tank, tattoo art, face painting, cake walk, food vendors, music, games and more. Admission is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. Only cash will be accepted. Admission includes all activities, popcorn, balloons, face paint, tattoos and two tickets for the raffle basket drawings. Drawings will be done 7:30-8 p.m. Ticket holders must be present to win.
Yearbooks: Yearbooks can be ordered at www.yearbookordercenter.com. Hopewell’s code is 15814. The cost is $65 until Sept. 27. After Sept. 27, the price is $70.
Used picnic tables needed: Donations of used wooden picnic tables are needed for outdoor lunchtime seating for students. Even tables in need of some repairs will be accepted. Details: Linda Petry at email@example.com.
Husky Time needs: Donations of the following items are needed for Husky Time enrichment activities: pingpong paddles and balls, chess sets, cornhole sets, golf clubs and balls, cross-stich patterns and gardening supplies. Donations should be brought to the front office. Mention they are for Husky Time.
Curriculum Night: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Families should report to the student’s first-block teacher to walk through the student’s schedule and learn about the curriculum. The PTSA will host a short general membership meeting to approve this year’s budget and will have information tables set up to answer questions about membership, the Huskies Fund, volunteering and linking Harris Teeter cards. The Hough Spirit Store will also be open during the event.
Blood drive: The Hough High National Honor Society, along with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, will hold a blood drive on 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 26 at Hough High School. Parents and community members are welcome to donate. Students who are ages 16 and older may donate, but will need a signed permission slip to participate. Sign-ups will be taken at the school during lunch starting Sept. 19. Permission slips will be provided at signups. Food will be provided during the blood drive for those donating.