Category: General Team Info

Drawstring Bag for Carrying Lunch on Field Trip

Dear Parents,

As you know, we will be heading to the North Carolina Museum of Science on Wednesday, November 7th for our first field trip of the year.

All children should plan to bring a bag lunch for that day. We will not be returning to school in time for students to purchase a lunch from the cafeteria.

If your child needs the cafeteria to prepare a bag lunch to bring along on the trip, they should see Ms. Barrow. She can place orders for one.

Finally, if your child has a drawstring style bag (like this) that they can bring along on the field trip to carry their lunch, it would be TERRIFIC.

We are not going to store lunches for students on the buses or in the museum. Carrying lunches in a drawstring bag will be WAY easier than lugging them through the entire museum.

Let me know if you have any questions,
Bill Ferriter

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Field Trip Rescheduled for Wednesday November 7th

Dear Parents,

As you know, our November field trip had to be rescheduled due to a two hour delay being announced for the date of our original field trip.

I have been working to nail down a new date and can confirm that we will be heading to the science museum on Wednesday, November 7th.

That is one day later than we were originally scheduled to go.

Parents that are chaperoning: I have emailed you separately and am hoping to hear from all of you about whether or not you can still come on the trip with us. If you haven’t replied to that email yet, I would appreciate it if you could reply ASAP so that I know if I’ve got enough parents to help with our day.

Thanks,
Bill Ferriter

November 6th Field Trip Cancelled / Working to Reschedule

Dear Parents,

As some of you may have seen in the press today, the Wake County School Board announced last night that schools will operate on a two-hour delay schedule on Tuesday November 6th in response to expected high voter turnout for this year’s mid term elections. There are several school campuses that are polling sites, and the system is worried about handling the volume of both school traffic and voting traffic on those campuses.

That has thrown a monkey wrench into our field trip plans, as we were supposed to be going to the NC Museum of Science on November 6th.

As a result, our field trip has been cancelled.

There is simply no way to get our group downtown and through the museum on that kind of schedule.

I am currently working with the Capital Area Visitor Center to reschedule our visit and will keep everyone posted once we nail down a new date.

I appreciate your patience. Obviously, this was unexpected and inconvenient!

Be well,
Bill Ferriter

Checking Grades Through PowerSchools

Dear Parents,

I’ve had several questions from parents about grades over the last few days.

Please know that in Middle School, the best way to keep up with your child’s grades is to sign into PowerSchools. You can get a parent account by following the directions posted online here:

https://smsgnomes.com/2018/08/02/signing-up-for-powerschools/

Your children also have their own PowerSchool accounts — so you can ask them to sign in at any time and show you their marks. We do that several times per quarter in science class — including three times in the last two weeks.

Your child’s username will be their "lunch number." Your child’s password is unique and challenging — it has upper case letters, lower case letters and numbers — but it is also stapled in their agendas on their username and password pages.

If your child can’t find their PowerSchool login information, they can see me here at school and I will help them get logged in again.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

Lots of Missing Permission Slips for Field Trips

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up that there are lots of students who are still missing their permission slips and/or payments for this year’s field trips.

Because of new WCPSS rules around field trips, I have to turn those in no later than September 17th.  If your child hasn’t turned in their permission slip by that point, they won’t be able to attend our field trips this year.

I can, however, accept payments after September 17th — it’s just the permission slip itself that I have to have right now.

 

More details:

If you want to check to see if your child has turned in their permission slips yet, you can look over this document.

And if your child needs another copy of the permission slip, you can find that posted online here. — or they can get a printed version in my classroom.

The total cost for both field trips will be $20.  You can pay for the trip two different ways:  You can send in cash or a check to me here at school OR you can pay online by visiting this website.

If it’s possible for you, I prefer online payments simply because it saves class time that I would otherwise spend collecting and receipting money.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

 

 

 

 

Please Make Sure Your Kids Have Earbuds, if Possible….

Dear Parents,

Here at school, kids often have the chance to watch videos as a review or a refresher of in class content.

Watching those videos, though, REALLY depends on having earbuds or headphones that they can use to listen to the content without disturbing the students around them.

If possible, can you make sure that your child has a pair of earbuds? I always tell kids to store them in their pencil pouch. Then, they’ll always be able to find them when they need them.

Thanks a ton,

Bill Ferriter

Website: Paying for Field Trip Online

Dear Parents,

I had a few questions today about how to go about paying for this year’s field trips online.

Here’s how you do that: The total cost for both trips is $20 — you can pay online by visiting this website.

Paying online is totally optional.

You can still send in cash or check made payable to Salem Middle School

For what it is worth, though, I would REALLY appreciate it if you paid online. It saves me tons of class time that I would have to otherwise spend collecting and receipting cash and checks.

Hope that makes sense, Bill Ferriter

Permission Slip for This Year’s Field Trips Coming Home Today.

Dear Parents,

This year, we will be going on two field trips.

The first is to the North Carolina Museum of Science on November 6th, where we will be seeing a 3-D movie and participating in a scavenger hunt.  The second is to Bond Park on May 7, where we will be participating in a science scavenger hunt and having a team cookout for lunch.  Both trips should be a ton of fun.

Today in class, I will be giving your students itineraries and a permission slip for both of this year’s field trips. Those permission slips are due back to school no later than September 16th, 2018.

I know that’s early, but due to new county policies, we are required to turn signed permission slips in to the front office well in advance of our field trips so that the school nurse can read through them and develop medical plans for students.

You can find a digital copy of the permission slip posted online here.

The total cost for both field trips will be $20.  You can pay for the trip two different ways:  You can send in cash or a check to me here at school OR you can pay online by visiting this website.

For what it is worth, I would REALLY appreciate it if you paid online.  It saves me tons of class time that I would have to otherwise spend collecting and receipting cash and checks.

We will also need parent chaperones for both field trips.  The more parent chaperones we have, the better both trips are because kids can participate in both scavenger hunts in smaller groups.

If you are interested in chaperoning our first field trip — on November 6 to the North Carolina Museum of Science — please fill out this Google Form.  

And remember — to chaperone either field trip, you will have to fill out the WCPSS Volunteer Screening Application.  That can be completed at computer stations in our school’s media center between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM.  Your screening can be tied to more than one child at more than one school and it is good for one full year.

Please let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

 

 

Reminder – Team Homework Calendar

Dear Parents,

Just a quick reminder that the Gnomes Team Teachers TRY to post regular updates about classroom homework on our Team Calendar. You can find that linked at the top of our team website: http://smsgnomes.com

Our one word of caution is that sometimes our plans change — and so do due dates. Also, sometimes we get so bogged down at school with other tasks, we can’t get the homework calendar updated.

The most current information is always shared with your students in class and should be written in their agendas. We review homework at the beginning of every class period.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Open House – Thursday Night

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up to let you know that our Open House for this school year is on Thursday, August 9th from 6 until 7:30 PM.

The program begins in the gym with a PTA meeting and a general introduction from our principal. Then, parents will move through their student’s schedule, meeting each of his/her teachers.

We will be posting our team’s materials here on our Gnomes Team website later during the week — so if you can’t make it, that’s fine.

Otherwise, we’ll see you then.

If you have any questions, let me know,

Bill Ferriter