Archive for March, 2009

Friday Memo March 27, 2009

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The Really Radical Scavenger Hunt…

Here is the link to the information about our Really Radical Scavenger Hunt.  Mark April 18th on your calendar please.  Information and registration forms went home with the students on Wednesday of this week.

http://www.langstoncharter.org/bulletinboard/?p=149

Spring Pictures…

Follow this link to see our Spring Pictures.   http://tschabot.photobiz.com/cart/events.cfm?categoryID=8880

Put in your email address and use Langston for the password.  The pictures will be available until April 1st.

2009 Leadership Speakers Series

Ambassador David Wilkins will speak at Langston on the evening of April 23rd as part of our Leadership Speakers Series.  Put the date on your calendar and plan to attend!

At this meeting, the results of our annual Board elections will be announced.

Volunteer Opportunities…

http://www.langstoncharter.org/bulletinboard/?p=142,

The above link will take you to the letter from the Board of Directors and the information about our upcoming elections.

Chorus…

Chorus will meet on Monday, March 30th, from 3:30 until 4:15.  They are practicing for a performance here at school during the school day.  The practice is open to any student who would like to participate.

School Play…

There will be two presentations of our school play, “My Teacher Is An Alien” on Saturday, March 28th; at 2:00pm and at 6:00pm.  The play will be in our auditorium. Tickets are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for ages 4-12 and free for 4 and under.

Talent Show…

Talent Show auditions will be in the auditorium on Monday, March 30th at 3:30.  The Talent Show is Saturday, April 25th, at 6:00pm.

Wish List…

Senora Stevens is looking for some comfortable seating for her classroom.  Please contact her if you have anything like sofas or beanbag chairs that you can donate.

Uniform Sale…

Contact Holly Ludke at hollyludke@yahoo.com if you have any gently used uniforms you would like to sell.

The Community Service Spotlight is on…

Scott Stolarski (42.5 hours), McKenzie Gore (41 hours) and Lexi Keller (41 hours).  Congratulations!

Field Trips…

The 6th grade is going to Atlanta on March 31st to see the King Tut Exhibit and The Terracotta Army Exhibit. Please have you child here by 6:45 am.  The bus is leaving at 7:00am sharp.

Calendar…

Please continue to check the school calendar on our website.

http://www.langstoncharter.org/about-langston/calendar.html

Thank you to…

Lisa Dantzler, Liz Hartin-Underwood, Lisa Stevens and Rick Slagle for helping so much with our play production.  Thanks to Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Spellman and Mrs. Bennett for the lunch they provided the teachers today.

Marble Slab…

If you have not turned in your Marble Slab order form please turn it in on Monday.

Greer Earth Day Run…

Since we had so much fun, and such a great turn out for the Reedy River Run, we have a block of 50 bibs reserved for the Greer Earth Day Run on April 25.

5k starts at 8:00 am; cost $20

Half-marathon starts at 8:10 am; cost $30

Kids 1/2 mile fun run starts at 10:00 am; only runners under 12 years of age; cost $4

Runners for the 5k and half-marathon need to complete attached generic entry form and return it to Barbara Myers at the front desk along with an entry fee check made out to Greenville Track Club.

Runners for the ½ mile fun run do not pay until the day of the race, but may fill out the KFR waiver in advance to save time on April 25.

Sign up information, entry forms and fees need to be turned in to the Greenville Track Club by April 10th, which means they will need to be given to Barbara Myers no later than April 3, our last day before Spring break. Click here for the ENTRY FORM and RELEASE FORM or check the website under Download Forms.

Questions may be directed to Marty Martin at 281-0850 (h), 877-3267 (w) or flyfishing@fellowshippres.org.

Really Radical Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Time is running out to form your team for the

Really Radical Scavenger Hunt.

This year’s HUNT on Saturday, April 18, is guaranteed to be exciting and great fun!

The HUNT begins at Langston and your team will have 4 hours to scavenger through attics, closets, drawers, neighbors’ garages and the dark recesses of your mind for the craziest of items.

Your team will laugh until it hurts as you collect the oddest assortment of objects and race back to campus by 5:00.

Teams will score points for the items found and the top 3 teams will win trophies.

Sticky Fingers will be here to serve dinner and there will be a fabulous Auction and a Raffle where you could win terrific prizes for just $1.00 or less!

If you want to have an Unfair Advantange and double your fun, you will want to have a TEACHER on your team.  Just submit a sealed bid by April 1 and the highest bidder wins that teacher.  All the details are found at the links below.  But make sure you place your bid by WEDNESDAY of next week!

Really Radical Scavenger Hunt – Registration

Really Radical Scavenger Hunt – Buy a Teacher

Time is short to get your team registered.  April 13 is the deadline, but with Spring Break, you only have 8 more school days to submit your registration!

Tickets are just $20 for the hunt, dinner and a cool t-shirt that you can wear to school.

All proceeds from the Really Radical Scavenger Hunt benefit

The Langston Foundation

and our future building program.

Join the Hunt and Fund the Future!

We are still accepting donations and baskets for the Auction, contact Vivyette Black at vivblack@bellsouth.net

Next week be on the look out for the Auction and Raffle catalogue!

Friday Memo – March 20, 2009

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Monday, March 23rd is a School Day.

The Hunt…

Here is the link to the information about our Really Radical Scavenger Hunt.  Mark April 18th on your calendar please.  Information and registration forms went home with the students on Wednesday of this week.

http://www.langstoncharter.org/bulletinboard/?p=133

Spring Pictures…

Follow this link to see our Spring Pictures.   http://tschabot.photobiz.com/cart/events.cfm?categoryID=8880

Put in your email address and use Langston for the password.  The pictures will be available until April 1st.

Volunteer Opportunities…

Please see last week’s memo, http://www.langstoncharter.org/bulletinboard/?p=142, to read the letter from the Board of Directors and the information about our upcoming elections.

If you need last minute community service hours the Golden Strip Y is having a bike ride tomorrow and they need people to help.  Please be at the Y on Adams Mill Road at 7:30 am tomorrow (Sat.) morning and ask for Jenni if you would like to help.  Our Clean Up day is scheduled for Saturday April 4th. Community Service hours are due on Monday, March 23rd.

Chorus…

Chorus is meeting on the next two Mondays, March 23rd and March 30th, from 3:30 until 4:15.  Even if you are not a member of chorus please come and practice with them.  They will perform here at school during the school day.

Talent Show…

The Langston Talent Show will be at 6:00 on the night of Saturday, April 25th .  Auditions will be held on Monday, March 30th at 3:30 in the auditorium.

Thank you…

Thank you to Mr. Sweet for putting up 3 tether ball poles and the archery net.  Thanks to Mrs. Wortman, Mrs. Petree and Mrs. Nicholson for providing food for today’s faculty meeting.  Thank you to Mrs. Ovington and her volunteers for making our Marble Slab Fundraiser run smoothly.

Beta Club Tower Power Help!

For the Tower Power portion of our Beta Club mini-convention, straws and masking tape are needed. If anyone is willing to donate packages of straws and rolls of masking tape, please send those items to Miss Hamilton by March 27th. Approximately 1550 straws and 8 rolls of .75 inch masking tape are needed. Non-bendable straws are preferred, but bendable will work! On behalf of Langston’s Beta Club, thank you!!

The Community Service Spotlight is on…

James Lee (48 hours), Dylan Anderson (44 hours) and Austin Stokes (44 hours).  Congratulations!

Stevi B’s Spirit Night…

Spirit Day is Monday, March 23rd, all day.  Please bring all of your friends and family and tell them you are from Langston.  We receive $1.00 for everyone that mentions Langston.  They do not have to be a student for us to earn $1.00.  If you are a student, mention your homeroom teacher’s name and your class may win a pizza party.  Mrs. Steven’s homeroom has won 2 months in a row!

Field Trips…

The 6th grade is going to Atlanta on March 31st to see the King Tut Exhibit and The Terracotta Army Exhibit.  The 7th grade is going to the Peace Center to see To Kill a Mockingbird on Tuesday, March 24th.

Wish List…

Mrs. Myers needs an adding machine with a tape.  If you have an old one that you would not miss we would love to have it.

Calendar…

Please continue to check the school calendar on our website.

http://www.langstoncharter.org/about-langston/calendar.html

The Force…

Thank you to Kelvin Sessoms and Jeremy Wiggins, players on the football team, for helping serve ice cream today.  They left a voucher with every student today.  These vouchers can to be turned in at the ticket office at the BiLo center for a $7 general admission ticket for the opening game on Saturday March 21 at 7:00.  Tickets can picked up anytime Saturday after 10am.

Take Out Lunch…

Take Out Lunch orders are due on Tuesday, March 24th. http://www.langstoncharter.org/component/content/article/25.html

From the Marble Slab Committee…

FORGOT TO BRING YOUR $5 FOR SAMPLING?  We’re still accepting orders and will double the dose next week for anyone who sends in $5 and wants to catch up!  Next Friday’s flavor?  1st runner up:  Cookies & Cake: Birthday Cake ice cream with Oreo Cookies & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. The winning flavor will be served in Week 3!

THIS IS THE LAST WEEKEND for Marble Slab sales — sell those quarts and cakes! Order forms are due next Friday, 3-27.  All students who turn in orders by Friday will be in the running for a waffle cone ice cream cone on the 3rd tasting week.  Ten students will be drawn!  Winning homeroom will have a catered Marble Slab ice cream party on Wednesday, April 1.  And remember the prizes for most ice cream sold — Marble Slab certificates to buy YOUR favorite ice cream … $50 for 1st place, $25 for 2nd place, $10 for 3rd place.

Friday Memo – March 13, 2009

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

March 23rd is a school day!!

Volunteer Opportunities for Parents!

This week you received an email for the Langston Board of Directors informing you about the upcoming election of officers on April 23.  Here is a link to the letter in case you missed it. http://www.langstoncharter.org/board/2009-board-election.html. This is the slate of current candidates and open seats.

Chair- Brett Pyle.

Vice Chair – Scott Zemitis

Registrar- Terry Pilch

Public Relations - Judy Johnson

Governance - Tammy Ferrell                  

Human Resources - Beth Mixson

Academic Affairs - Elaine Wiegert

Legislative Liaison - Lisa Stevens

Secretary – OPEN

Campus Activities Director - OPEN

Treasurer - OPEN                                   

Alumni Director - OPEN

Ways and Means -   OPEN

Serving on the board is open to all parents, relatives, friends and community members; in fact, a diverse group is in the best interest of the school.

Anyone wishing to serve will simply complete the self-nomination form (http://www.langstoncharter.org/board/board-self-nomination-form.html) and will send it to our principal, Greg Abel.

If you would like to talk to someone about what is involved or suggest an ideal candidate, please contact:

Lisa Stevens, Chairman

lhstevens@charter.net

Brett Pyle, Vice-Chair

btpyle@gmail.com

Tammy Ferrell, Governance Chair

Tam1hill@bellsouth.net

Another Volunteer Opportunity…

The following letter is from Della Hutto.

It’s almost Spring and that means YARD WORK!  I hope I can drum up some excitement and get some eager volunteers to help me out.  This is my first time to be in charge of a volunteer opportunity, and I am excited to get the grounds spruced up.

Our first work day will be Saturday, April 4th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There’s lots to do, so bring shovels, weed eaters, clippers, chain saws, rakes, work gloves, and any other tools you think might be helpful.  Also, any snacks and drinks would be greatly appreciated.  Lawn mowers aren’t necessary, that’s all taken care of – we just need to “blaze the trail” to make it easier to cut the grass.  We do need pick up trucks, and hopefully several of you will be willing to haul things to the dump.

Please send me an e-mail (della.hutto@elmorewall.com) or call me at 918-2200 to let me know if you can help in any way.  Thanks so much!!

I scream, you scream, we all scream…

for Marble Slab!!   Our Marble Slab fundraiser kicks off today.  We hope to earn money for physical education equipment.  We will be selling ice cream certificates and Friday taste tests.   Information was sent home today with the students.

The Community Service Spotlight is on…

Eli Johns (57.50 hrs) and Stephen Ruhl (52.00 hrs).  Good work!

What’s the deal with the Really Radical Scavenger Hunt?

The Really Radical Scavenger Hunt on April 18 is a fun family and friend oriented fundraiser event.   Registration forms and details will be sent home with students next week, but here is a Sneak Peek at what is to come!!

How it Works:

You organize a team that will fit into one car. Your team can be 1 person or more, depending on the vehicle.  A team can be a family, a mix of family and friends, co-workers, neighbors.  Teams do not have to be Langston families.  The more teams the better.

You pre-register your team by April 13, and on Saturday, April 18 you all meet at Langston at 12:30 pm.

All teams will be given a Hunt Packet which will include a super secret list of items your team will need to scavenger for and find.  Some items will be common, others rare. There will be some team challenges involving photos. Of course no Hunt is complete without some RADICAL, off the wall, crazy; make you laugh your head off items.   Each item will have a point value.  There is a shot gun start, and all teams are cut loose and given until 5:00pm to return to campus.   Upon return, the team will report what items they found, points will be tallied, and the winners will walk away with trophies and bragging rights.

After your team returns we will have Sticky Fingers BBQ and a HUGE Raffle and auction.  We have everything in the Raffle/Auction from a BMW to restaurant gift certificates.  We have baskets with fun themes and private tutoring with your favorite teacher.

But there is an added twist!  If you want to ensure an UNFAIR ADVANTAGE for your team then you will want to BUY A TEACHER, and add him or her to your team.  Next week, we will publish a list of participating teachers, and from that list you can submit a sealed bid to BUY A TEACHER.  On March 31 we will open the sealed bids, and the highest bidder for each teacher wins that teacher.   The teacher will go on the Hunt with your team.   What is the UNFAIR ADVANTAGE?  All teachers have placed a secret item on the hunt list that only they have access to.  When you buy a teacher you are assured of not only a great time hanging out with your favorite teacher but also 30 extra points!!

This is a fundraiser to benefit the Langston Foundation and our future building program.  You can earn volunteer and community service hours by participating in the Hunt and by helping the committee on the day of the Hunt.

We will also sell t-shirts which can be worn to school on T-shirt/Hoodie day!  (Pssst…buy a t-shirt, it’s worth bonus points!)

To volunteer on the day of the Hunt, contact Lisa Stevens: lhstevens@charter.net or 350-6666

Chorus…

The Chorus will meet on the next three Mondays from 3:30 until 4:15.  The dates are March 16, 23 and 30.  If you are not in the chorus, but would like to be, consider coming to the practices.  The students are practicing for a performance that will be at school during school hours.

Talent Show…

Talent show auditions will be Monday, March 30th, at 3:40 in our auditorium.  The Talent Show will be Friday, April 24th, at 6:00pm in the auditorium.

Uniform Sales…

If you have gently used uniform items that you would like to sell before the end of the school year please contact Holly Ludke at 967-2788 or hollyludke@yahoo.com.  Include all the details (item, size, and price) and we will post the information on the website.

Thank you…

Thanks to Mrs. Weston, Mrs. Watson and Mrs. Woodson for providing snacks for the faculty meeting.  Thanks to Mrs. Arnold (Hannah Spellman’s Grandmother) who is still working on our front garden.

On Going…

We are still looking for items for publication in the paper.  If you know of any awards given to our students, or any personal accomplishments that are worthy of publishing, please forward the information to Elaine Avila at elaine@ehosted.com.

The Knotty Knitters are still meeting on Tuesdays from 3:30 until 4:30 in Mrs. Tate’s portable.

Please remember to send in a written note when your child is absent from school.

Langston Board Elections

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Volunteer Opportunities for Parents!

This week you received an email for the Langston Board of Directors informing you about the upcoming election of officers on April 23.  CLICK HERE to link to the letter in case you missed it.

This is the slate of current candidates and open seats.

Chair- Brett Pyle.

Vice Chair – Scott Zemitis

Registrar- Terry Pilch

Governance - Tammy Ferrell

Public Relations - Judy Johnson

Human Resources - Beth Mixson

Academic Affairs - Elaine Wiegert

Legislative Liaison - Lisa Stevens

Secretary – OPEN

Treasurer - OPEN

Ways and Means -   OPEN

Alumni Director - OPEN

Campus Activities Director - OPEN

Serving on the board is open to all parents, relatives, friends and community members; in fact, a diverse group is in the best interest of the school.

Anyone wishing to serve simply completes the Self-nomination Form  (CLICK HERE for the form)  and then sends it to our principal, Greg Abel.

If you would talk to someone about what is involved or suggest an ideal candidate, please contact:

Lisa Stevens, Chairman

lhstevens@charter.net

Brett Pyle, Vice-Chair

btpyle@gmail.com

Tammy Ferrell, Governance Chair

Tam1hill@bellsouth.net

Really Radical Scavenger Hunt!

Friday, March 13th, 2009

What’s the deal with the Really Radical Scavenger Hunt?

The Really Radical Scavenger Hunt on April 18 is a fun family and friend oriented fundraiser event.   Registration forms and details will be sent home with students next week but here is a Sneak Peek at what is to come!!

How it Works:

You organize a team that will fit into one car, it can be 1 person or more, depending on the vehicle.  A team can be a family, a mix of family and friends, co-workers, neighbors.  Teams do not have to be Langston families.  The more teams the better.

You pre-register your team by April 13 and on Saturday, April 18 you all meet at Langston at 12:30 pm.

All teams  will be given a Hunt Packet which will include a super secret list of items your team will need to scavenger for and find.  Some items will be common, others rare, there will be some team challenges involving photos, and of course no Hunt is complete without some RADICAL, off the wall, crazy, make you laugh your head off items.   Each item will have a point value.  There is a shot gun start and all teams are cut loose and given until 5:00pm to return to campus.   Upon return the team will report what items they found, points will  be tallied and the winners will walk away with trophies and bragging rights.

After your team returns we will have Sticky Fingers BBQ and a HUGE Raffle and auction.  We have everything in the Raffle/Auction from a BMW to restaurant gift certificates, baskets with fun themes to private tutoring with your favorite teacher.

But there is an added twist!  If you want to insure an UNFAIR ADVANTAGE for your team then you will want to BUY A TEACHER and add them to your team.  Next week we will publish a list of participating teachers and from that list you can submit a sealed bid to BUY A TEACHER.  On March 31 we will open the sealed bids and the highest bidder for each teacher wins that teacher.   The teacher will go with your team.   What is the UNFAIR ADVANTAGE?  All teachers have placed a secret item on the hunt list that only they have access to, so when you buy a teacher you are assured of not only a great time hanging out with your favorite teacher but also 30 extra points!!

This is a fundraiser to benefit the Langston Foundation and our future building program.  You can earn volunteer and community service hours by participating in the Hunt and by helping the committee on the day of the Hunt.

We will also sell t-shirts which can be worn to school on T-shirt Hoodie day!  (pssst…buy a t-shirt, its worth bonus points!)

To volunteer on the day of the Hunt, contact Lisa Stevens, lhstevens@charter.net or 350-6666

Friday Memo – March 6, 2009

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The new state PASS Test (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) – that replaces the PACT – will begin next week.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will take the PASS writing tests.  Testing will be done at the beginning of each day.  It is untimed, so we’re not yet sure how long it will take.

Please be sure that your child arrives at school before 8:30 so that testing can begin on time and no make-up testing is required.  A good night’s sleep and a good breakfast are always recommended before testing.

Please be sure your child has sharpened #2 pencils for each testing day.

The remaining PASS tests (English, Science, Math, and Social Studies) will be taken in May.  Those scores, combined with the March writing scores, will be reported back to the school sometime in the fall. The eventual goal is for scores to arrive early in the summer.  However, for this first year, we have been told that it may be as late as December.

Thank you…

A big thank you to Lisa Begley, Hannah Begley, Trina Williams, Taylor Kimling and Alexis Keller for putting all of our Reedy River Run packets together.   Thanks to Natalie Treadaway, Kim Barr and Valerie Tomes for providing snacks for our faculty meeting.

Snow Days…

We will make up our snow days on Monday, March 23rd and on Monday, April 13th.

The Community Service Spotlight is on…

Clint Kittredge (62.5 hours) David Dantzler (60 hours) and Chris Weekes (60 hours).  Great job guys!  Community Service logs on due in by Friday, March 20th.

I scream, you scream, we all scream…

for Marble Slab!!   Our Marble Slab fundraiser will kick off next week.  We hope to earn money for physical education equipment.  We will be selling ice cream certificates and Friday taste tests.   Stay tuned for more information.

House Trivia Contest…

Ask your student about the Trivia Contest in House today.  The boys won, but only by one point!

Are you interested in learning more about serving on the Langston Board?

Join the current board at 6:00pm Tuesday, March 10 as Tammy Ferrell, our Governance Chair, explains the roles and duties of each of our 13 board positions.  Filing for next year’s board begins on March 16. Many of our current board members are planning to run again but we are actively seeking qualified volunteers to serve in several open positions: Ways and Means, Secretary, Campus Involvement Director, and Alumni Director.

Please visit http://www.langstoncharter.org/board/board-position-descriptions.html to read a complete list and description of each position.

Call or email Tammy Ferrell with any questions at 313-5295 or tamhill1@bellsouth.net,

The information meeting on March 10 will be held at school.

School Calendar Update

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Due to the snow days on Monday and Tuesday (March 2nd and 3rd), we will now have school on Monday March 23rd and on Monday April 13th.  Those days are included on the calendar as snow make-up days.

Lunch Changes

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

There is a change in our lunch schedule because of the snow days this week.

The lunch from Monday (March 2nd) will be served on Monday March 23rd.  That was originally a planned day off for snow make-up.

The lunch from Tuesday (March 3rd) will be served this Friday – March 6th.

2 Hour Delay Wednesday

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Langston will open on a two hour delay Wednesday 3/4/09.

Doors will open for students at 9:45.