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School options lottery: New and current Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools families may apply for Magnet/Career and Technical Education and other school option programs through the online school options lottery through Jan. 26. New families must enroll by Jan. 12 to participate in the first lottery. Students enrolled after Jan. 12 will be eligible for the second school options lottery, which runs March 9- June 5.
Parents should enroll children who are old enough for prekindergarten in 2015-16, starting kindergarten in 2015-2016 and did not attend a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools prekindergarten program, or older students who will be new to the school system. New-student enrollment forms for North Learning Community schools are available in English or Spanish at the schools; in the North Learning Community office, Old Long Creek Building, 9425 Midas Springs Road, Huntersville; or at the Smith Family Center, 1600 Tyvola Road, Charlotte.
The annual School Options Fair will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 10 at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, 1430 Alleghany St., Charlotte. For details, call the Smith Family Center at 980-343-5335 or e-mail email@example.com. Details are also available at: www.cms.k12.nc.us/News/Pages/Seventhingsfamiliesneedtoknowabout.aspx
Substitute cafeteria workers: Substitute cafeteria workers are needed in North Learning Community schools. Those interested can apply 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Jennifer’s Temps, 1973 J.N. Pease Place, Suite 202, Charlotte. Details: 704-510-1556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Night Out: Ten percent of the proceeds from sales 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 13 at East Coast Wings & Grill, 9711 Northlake Centre Parkway, Charlotte, will be donated to the Blythe Elementary PTA. For details and to view a menu, visit: http://eastcoastwings.com/locations/charlotte-nc-northlake-2.
Science Fair: Cornelius Elementary is hosting its annual Science Fair on Jan. 13, which is a part of the S.T.E.A.M. initiative. Community partners are needed to provide informational booths at the event to showcase ways science, technology, engineering, art, design or math are used in their jobs, businesses and organizations. To participate or for details, contact Molly East at email@example.com or Ashley Hanks at Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Night: Parents and students are needed to volunteer as ambassadors representing their family’s cultural or ethnic background for Bailey’s International Night at 6 p.m. Feb. 19. The annual event showcases the diverse backgrounds of the school’s families and introduces students to traditions from around the world. Volunteer ambassadors will represent their country or region by decorating a booth, dressing in traditional clothing and sharing art, food and music. Tables will be provided. Students who volunteer with their families will receive bonus points in a subject of their choice. Students who attend the event and get their passports stamped will receive extra credit in social studies. Details and signups: www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084eaeaf2caa8-bailey.
PSAT/PLAN Night: 6 p.m. Jan. 22, auditorium. Parents of 10th- and 11th-graders can learn how to interpret and learn from their students’ PSAT and PLAN test scores.
Proctors: Volunteers are needed to proctor End of Course and N.C. Final exams Jan. 13-16. Any commitment of time is helpful. Volunteers are not required to do onsite training before volunteering, but they must be approved Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools volunteers. Details and signups: www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054aafab23a02-proctors1.
Exchange program: The Council on international Educational Exchange is seeking families in Cabarrus and surrounding counties to host international high school exchange students arriving in August 2015. Students stay for between five and 10 months. Details: Trish Hasty at 704-661-4765 or email@example.com or visit www.ciee.orghighschool.