School Notes, Sept. 4

September 2, 2013 

Vision screenings

Eye Care Associates will hold a Back to School Vision Screening event for Harris Creek Elementary students from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the school, 3829 Forestville Road, Raleigh. In addition to screenings, the event will also feature special appearances by the Durham Bulls and Carolina Hurricanes mascots.

School supply drive

Belk and Discovery Education will celebrate its Belk Service Learning Challenge winning teams with a school supply drive from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Belk in the Triangle Town Center, 7500 Old Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. The supplies will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Wake Forest.

The following school supplies are needed: backpacks, pencil cases, ballpoint pens, folders with pockets, No. 2 pencils, markers, glue sticks, highlighters, rulers, colored pencils, binders, construction paper, spiral notebooks and erasers. Donations will be exchanged for an in-store coupon and a chance to win a Belk gift card.

Parent Academy

The Wake County Public Schools System will hold a series of workshops aimed at helping families engage with the school system and contribute to their children’s success.

Overview of Early Learning Opportunities, a workshop aimed at children ages 2-5, will discuss the resources and services available. Sessions will be held:

Sept. 5 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh.

In the Key Components of Parental Involvement workshop, parents will learn how to become positively involved in a child’s academic success. Sessions will be held:

Sept. 10 – 6:30-8:30 p.m., Athens Drive High School, 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh.

Sept. 12 – 6:30-8:30 p.m., Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh.

Events are free and open to the public. Registration is required at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

Classes at WELL

The Wade Edwards Learning Lab will offer the following classes at the lab, 714 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh. WELL is an after-school facility for high school students. For more information, call 919-856-9355 or visit www.wade.org.

College 101 – 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Sept. 6. Jenny Peacock of William Peace University will discuss applying for, paying for and succeeding in college.

ACT Test Prep – 6-8 p.m. Sept. 4 and 5. The program includes four weekday sessions and an optional Sunday practice day. The cost is $150 per student and includes an ACT book. Scholarships are available.

Literacy workshop

A free literacy workshop will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7, at Rolesville Elementary, 307 S. Main St., Rolesville.

The program is for parents of preschool children and adults who work with young children. Sessions will include a light breakfast, free children’s books and a day care service. Program topics include kindergarten preparedness, empowerment for ESL parents and more.

For more information or to register, call Tracey Greggs at 919-821-7609.

Health award

Advocates for Health in Action will hold a workshop on its Brain and Bodies award program from 10 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh.

Elementary, middle and high schools in Wake County can apply for the award, which recognizes schools working to improve the health of students and staff.

The award application deadline is March 21. Registration for the workshop is required at www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org.

Wake Electric grants

Teachers can apply for grants up to $3,000 in Wake Electric’s Classroom Technology Awards grant program and the Bright Ideas grant program for the 2013-14 school year until Sept. 12. Eligible teachers include public school K-12 working in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.

Classroom Technology Award grants will be awarded in any discipline for specific technology such as computers, digital cameras, scanners and software. The technology must benefit students in the classroom. To apply, call 919-863-6312 or visit www.wemc.com/classawards.aspx.

Bright Ideas grants will be awarded directly to teachers for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. To apply, teachers must include a budget; explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project; and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process and must be received by Thursday, Sept. 12. For details, visit www.ncbrightideas.com.

Southeast Raleigh reunion

A 10-year reunion for Southeast Raleigh High School’s class of 2003 will be held Sept. 13-14. The schedule is:

Sept. 13 – 7-10 p.m. Show Bulldog support during the Wakefield vs. Southeast Raleigh football game at Southeast Raleigh High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh.

Sept. 14 – Catch up with friends and families during the Family Food Truck Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Anderson Point Park, 20 Anderson Point Drive, Raleigh. A Saturday Night Mixer, featuring music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Zinda, 301 Fayetteville St., Raleigh.

Back to school event

A Back-to-School Kickoff event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Leesville Road High School, 8409 Leesville Road, Raleigh. All Wake County Public School families can attend the free event, which includes information and activities.

Teacher workshop

A fall open house and workshop for teachers will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Learn to incorporate primary sources into lessons with demonstrations, break-out sessions and information booths. Registration is required at 919-807-7982.

Drawing workshop

A Drawing Workshop: Studio Techniques for the Non-Art Teacher will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Learn foundational skills in drawing and explore how they can be used to increase learning in any subject area. Teachers will earn one continuing education credit. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Registration is required at www.artnc.org/programs.

Girls in Science program

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences seeks applicants for the Girls in Science Connect: Nature program, to be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 3-Dec. 7.

The eight-week program is for girls in sixth and seventh grades who have shown ability and interest in the sciences. Participants will engage in hands-on science experiences, including an overnight stay at the museum and an open house.

To be eligible, you must be a resident of Wake or the surrounding counties and be nominated by a current or previous science teacher and another unrelated adult.

The fee is $150, and the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Applications must be emailed to Kathryn Fromson at kathryn.fromson@naturalsciences.org or faxed to 919-715-6439. Applications can also be mailed to N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC, 27601-1029. For more information, visit www.naturalsciences.org/programs-events/gisconnect.

Boys and Girls Clubs seek school supplies

Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Staples will participate in the Staples for Students National School Supply Drive through Sept. 28. All donations will be given to the local Boys and Girls Clubs, who will deliver the goods to disadvantaged youths.

The local Staples stores that are participating in the supply drive are located at 2950 Millbrook Road, Raleigh; 404 E. Six Forks Road, Raleigh; and 8041 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh.

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