Team T-Shirts and Solar Eclipse Glasses

Dear Parents,

First, here’s to hoping that the first few days of school have been a great start for your kids! At least here at school, we are pretty darn impressed. Your students have been active participants in class, they have worked well in small groups, and they are handling middle school challenges (read: Lockers!) that can be really tough for some groups.

A few updates:

Team T-Shirts: Order forms went home for team t-shirts on Monday. They were in a stapled packet photocopied on blue paper. T-shirts are optional — but they are a great way to show some team spirit on special activity days. If you are interested in ordering a team t-shirt for your child, you can find the order form online here. Orders are due no later than August 19th.

Solar Eclipse Day: I’m not sure if you’ve heard or not, but there is going to be a once in a lifetime solar eclipse happening on Monday, August 21st. While we won’t get a TOTAL eclipse here in Raleigh, 93% of the sun will be blocked by the moon. Coverage of the sun will start at 1:15. The sun will be almost completely covered by 2:45. We are planning on having a viewing party here at school — complete with solar eclipse glasses, moon pies and Capri Suns! I sent home a permission slip for you to sign today — and I am asking that you send in $2.00 to help cover the cost of the eclipse glasses and moon pies.

On a related note, if you have time that you can take off of work and are looking for a REALLY cool experience, think about pulling your child out of school that day and driving to South Carolina.

That will be the closest place that you can go to see 100% coverage of the sun.  It’s on what is called “the path of totality” — and while they are predicting pretty serious traffic on I-95 and while many of the smaller towns in South Carolina may be swamped with people, it really IS a once in a lifetime opportunity.  You can Google “South Carolina Solar Eclipse Events” to find museums and farms and towns and stadiums that are opening their doors to the public for the event.

We will have a really cool experience here in Raleigh – but nothing matches the excitement of being in the path of totality.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter