Category: General Team Info

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

Google Guardian Summaries

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up: Yesterday, all students enrolled in their Google Classrooms for this year. Those are spaces where the Gnomes team teachers post almost every assignment AND access to study materials. It’s "home base" for your kids — and the first place to turn if they are ever confused about what they are working on in class.

This morning, I sent invitations to all parents who requested to receive Google Classroom Guardian Summaries to keep up with happenings.

That means you should see an email somewhere in your inbox asking you to confirm that you really want to receive notifications when new content is added to our Google Classrooms. You should also be given a choice for how you want to receive notifications — in daily or weekly wrap-up emails.

If you haven’t signed up to receive Google Guardian Summaries and are interested, please take a minute to fill out this form.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

Signing Up for PowerSchools

Dear Parents,

I’ve had a bunch of questions over the course of the last few days about PowerSchools accounts. That’s the service that allows parents to see all kinds of information about their child — including grades being earned in all of our classes.

Your students will get their own PowerSchools accounts in the next month here at school.

If you are interested in getting your own account — which we recommend — you can find details about how to get one created on this page of the Salem Middle School website.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

Have You Filled Out the Gnomes Team Parent Contact Information Form?

Dear Parents,

First, thanks for sharing your kids with us! I’ve really enjoyed them over the last few days. They are a kindhearted, happy bunch and I appreciate that times ten!

Second, we would LOVE to have parent contact information for every student on our team so that we know who to call when we have celebrations or struggles to share.

We collect that information through this parent contact information form.

If you haven’t had the chance to fill it out yet, we’d REALLY appreciate it if you took a second to do it sometime today.

We will start sending paper forms home tomorrow if we haven’t heard from you.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Consider Joining Band!

Dear Parents,

First, thanks for sharing your students with us today! We are really looking forward to spending a year with them. I hope it’s just plain remarkable.

Second, our Band Director — Bobby Hinson — stopped by all of our classes today to let students know that there is still time for students to switch into the Band elective for the year. Bobby says that there is room in his classes and he’d love to have a few more sixth graders in the band to build for the future.

So if you’ve ever thought about wanting your child to play an instrument, now could be the time to look into switching into band. Mr. Hinson is a terrific teacher and the kids always love being in his class.

If you need any information about band or about switching classes, let me know. Mr. Hinson left some information papers with me that I can send home with your child.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter