The Communicator - April 5, 2012

Dates to Remember

  • Friday, April 6 - Good Friday, SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Thursday, April 12 - Celebration of Sports featuring Joe DeLamielleure RSVP
  • Saturday, April 14 - 3rd Annual Run for Adela
  • Thursday, April 19 - Spring Concert at Memminger Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26 - High School Night for Parents (this has been rescheduled from April 11)

Download the academic calendar for the week of April 9

The Spring Concert and Art Show will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Memminger Auditorium. The students are to arrive at the auditorium at 5:00 p.m. The girls are asked to wear spring dresses or skirts/blouses, and the boys are to wear long khaki pants, button down collared shirts, and dress shoes. After the concert, families are invited to tour the art displays also set up at Memminger. Everyone is invited - including gradparents. Come celebrate 75 years of music.

Our Annual Celebration of Sports is just around the corner. This event, for fourth through eight grades, reminds us each year of the valuable lessons we can learn through athletics. This year's featured guest speaker is NFL Hall of Fame inductee Joe DeLamielleure, who spent most of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills.

Dinner will be "tailgate style" to reflect the theme of the night. Barbeque dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. in the front parking lot of Charleston Day. At 6:30 p.m., we'll file into the Commons Room for the presentation by Joe DeLamielleure. The event should be over by 7:30 p.m.

Attire: Boys should wear sports shirts and nice shorts/slacks. Girls should wear skirts/tops or dresses. No flip flops please!

Notice: Due to the "Tailgate Party Dinner" in the parking lot, the parking lot will be closed at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday in order to prepare for the event.

RSVP here:

Congratulations to all our Science Fair winners!
Regional Science Fair - March 25th, 2012 Junior 1 Division (5th and 6th Grades) Ellen Nirenblatt -First Place in the Biological Sciences Category; First Place Overall for the Division; Broadcom MASTERS Award

Mary Helen Elliott-Honorable Mention in the Biological Sciences Category

Peter Buyck-First Place in the Engineering Category; Honorable Mention Overall for the Division; Broadcom MASTERS Award

Ross Clarke-Honorable Mention in the Engineering Category

Mary Eudy-Second Place in the Physics and Astronomy Category; American Society for Quality (Best Use of Measurement) Second Place Award

The lost and found in the main hallway is overflowing! All unclaimed items will be taken to Goodwill on Friday, April 13.


The second annual Tri-Math-alon will be held for our first and second graders again this year! The Tri-Math-alon takes place at a smaller field beside Hampton Park. After a morning of competitions, we will all gather in Hampton Park for lunch followed by an awards program. We need your help and want your participation in this fun celebration of math and physical activities! We need drivers to get us there. We then need parents to head up teams and work at stations. We are hoping each school can provide 10 parent volunteers in addition to us as teachers, to help best ensure a safe, fun, orderly, and educational opportunity for our children. As a parent volunteer, you would either be in charge of taking a group of students (several students from each participating school) around to the various challenges, remaining at an event guiding the children through the event, or assisting with scorekeeping. Please let Katie Richardson know if you are available to join us on the day of your child's Tri-math-alon.

First grade - Thursday, April 12 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Second grade - Friday, April 13 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

We still need about 10 parent volunteers! Please email Marnie Kerrison for more information.

- Field Day T shirts are not required, but make it easier for parents and fun for the students.
If you would like to order a field day shirt please Contact Kelly Carr at 202.338.0300. When ordering specify if your child is on the Red or Blue Team and what size (Youth S (6/8), Youth M(10/12), Youth L(14/16), Youth XL(18/20), Adult S(35/37)). Shirts are $12.00, please send payment into school with checks made out to Charleston Day Parents' Council. Orders MUST be placed no later than Thursday the 12th of April. We will not be ordering any extras. Shirts will be sent home on April 19th.

- On the day of field day, April 20, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., children will need to bring a reusable water bottle filled with water labeled with their name and a dollar for the gate entrance to James Island County Park. Drivers dropping off and picking up do not have to pay.

- The children should dress in their respective team color red or blue even if they don't buy a Field Day tshirt.

- Snack and lunch will be provided.

Summer camp information and registration can be found on the website:

EARTH DAY - APRIL 19 and 22
All students and parents are invited to Hazel Parker at 4-6 PM on Thursday, April 19 to celebrate Earth Day. Several events are planned for fun and education. We particularly want to get input from kids and parents on what Wellness activities are available at your school and what the community can do to make it safer for kids to walk and bike to school. Experts from Safe Rides to School, Charleston Moves and Safe Kids will bring activities, answer questions and even check out your bike and helmet if you chose to bring them. City Planning is providing us with a giant map of Charleston streets and what so far has proven safe for biking and walking. But these maps need help from kids and parents to show their preferred connections to schools, Parks and Playgrounds. This then will remain at Hazel Parker for further input, ultimately leading to something we all can use to enjoy all that is around our schools.

Crystal Reed, the Hazel Parker Director, will help all kids decorate and pot a plant of their own which is a preview of a project that will soon come from the Parks Conservancy. Other fun projects with the Parks will be previewed Working from a master board of the CDC criteria for Healthy Schools, parents and children will be able to spot what they already have at their schools and with what they might want help. Pictures will be taken for a Hazel Parker “Facebook” with quotes from students. Members of the Lean Team at MUSC will be able to answer any questions parents or students have about staying healthy. Expect some surprise goodies.

We also will lead a Bike Train on April 22, which is Earth Day, from Hazel Parker to Hampton Park at 1 PM. This is the site of a host of activities sponsored by Charleston Parks Conservancy for the last 3 years called Teddy Bear Picnic. Carrying a picnic on a bike might be too much, so eat ahead or put your name on a list 4/19 for a picnic lunch to be delivered. Riding bikes from Hazel Parker to Hampton Park will let families see how much fun it is being protected by more experienced bike riders and being able to enjoy the other parks we pass on our way. We will return by bike train at 3:30PM with an option for earlier departure. Once you have been part of a Bike Train, you will never want to carpool again. Join your friends, neighbors and families from other schools on both dates. You want to be the first year participants of this annual event to celebrate this great planet and the best City on the Planet.

This morning, Cynthia Grosso of The Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette and author of B Polite, The Proper Penguin visited with the the Primary students in the Library. B Polite is the most well-mannered penguin of all, and he will help the students remember how to "be polite". We will have copies of his book for sale, so please look for the order form in Tuesday's folder. This was a great lead-in to the Easter Egg Hunt later in the morning.


ERB tests will be administered the week of April 30 for all students.


Parents' Council page

The April 19th meeting has been reschedule to May 3rd at 8:30 a.m. in the 3rd floor conference room.


Tennis practice will be held this Saturday from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. at Live to Play. Please make every effort to attend. Updated match schedules can be found on the Tennis webpage

We are 9 days away! The last day to sign up for the Run for Adela at $25.00 is April 7! After that date registration is $30.00 and t-shirts are not guaranteed.

Brendan's letter regarding Run for Adela

Download the academic schedule for the week of April 9 here

1st Grade
Monday -
Language Arts assessment
Tuesday -
Famous American project due
Wednesday - Dictation
Thursday - Tri-math-alon
Friday - Spelling, dictation

2nd Grade
Thursday -
Moon test; Spelling test
Friday - Tri-math-alon

3rd Grade
Tuesday -
SS quiz
Wednesday -
Math facts
Friday -
Vocabulary test; March quiz

4th Grade
Wednesday -
Science: digestive system quiz
Thursday -
Classical Roots 14 test
Friday - Math test


5th Grade
Thursday - Grammar quiz; History test
Friday - Probability quest; Spelling test

6th Grade
Wednesday -
History test

7th Grade
Reading log - Great Expectations through Chapter 13
Wednesday- 25 Note cards due


8th Grade
Monday -
Reading log - The Odyssey books I-III
Wednesday - 40 Note cards due; Algebra test (Mrs. Shealy)
Thursday - Spanish test
Friday - Final outline due in Language Arts; Gibbes docent tours