Category: General Team Info

Has Your Child Turned in their Liability Form for Monday’s Eclipse Viewing?

Dear Parents,

As a reminder, we are planning a super fun solar eclipse viewing party for Monday here at school — complete with NASA approved solar eclipse glasses, Capri Suns and Moonpies!

But your child CAN’T participate unless they’ve turned in the second WCPSS Waiver of Liabilty form that was sent home this week.

You can find out if your child’s form is missing by clicking on this link.

If you need another copy of the form, you can get it here. You can also have it witnessed by a neighbor, friend, aunt, uncle, cousin — or by the receptionist here at Salem Middle School.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Looking for a Chromebook? Here’s a Deal on Refurbished Samsungs.

Dear Parents,

As you know, the preferred BYOD device at Salem Middle School are Chromebooks. That’s because all WCPSS students are given a Google Apps for Education account to use throughout the year. Your kids will be working in their Google Drives and Google Classrooms all year long.

If you are looking for a cheap Chromebook, there’s a deal on refurbished Samsungs on Tanga right now:

Samsung “Grade B” Refurbished Chromebooks – $88.99

Samsung “Grade C” Refurbished Chromebooks – $69.99

As you probably already know, refurbished machines are NOT new devices — but they have been fully tested to be sure that they function as new devices.  They may show some wear and tear on the body of the devices.  Essentially, they are used Chromebooks that have been reset to factory settings and tested to ensure that they are working properly.

While I can’t make any promises about the quality/reliability of the devices Tanga is selling, I have purchased close to 20 refurbished Samsung Chromebooks over the last few years and all are still working.  They may not be the prettiest device in the world, but they are used all day long by kids without trouble.  In fact, there’s a good chance your child has already used one of my Samsung Chromebooks this year.

Figured I’d pass this information along just in case you were still looking at devices for your child.

Hope this helps.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Bill Ferriter


Please Remember to Sign Up for Classroom Summaries!

Dear Parents,

First, it was GREAT meeting so many of you last night! Thanks for coming out to Open House. I hope it was worth your time — and I hope that you know that the teachers of the Gnomes team are going to work their hardest for you and for your children this year. We really DO care deeply about what we do — and we know how important this year is for both you and your children.

Second, a reminder: The BEST way to keep up with happenings in each of your child’s classrooms is to sign up to receive Google Classroom Guardian Summaries.

All four of your child’s core teachers are using Google Classroom to share materials and announcements with students. By signing up for Google’s Guardian Summaries, you will get a daily or weekly email that includes a sorted list of every assignment given and every announcment made in each of those classes.

While it’s important that your children develop a measure of independence in middle school, Guardian Summaries are a great way to check back over their shoulder and be sure that they aren’t missing anything important.

If you are interested in receiving Classroom summaries, please fill out this form.

I will then add your email address to your child’s Google Classroom account as a guardian. Finally, Google will send you an email asking you to confirm that you want to receive summaries and asking you if you want to receive those summaries daily or weekly.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

PS: If you’ve already signed up for Summaries, I’ve already added your email address to your child’s account — so check those inboxes/SPAM folders for Google’s invitation!

Do You Want to Volunteer This Year?

Dear Parents,

Just a quick reminder that if you want to volunteer on our campus this year, you will need to stop by the Salem Middle School Media Center at some point and fill out the "Volunteer Screening Application" in order to be added to Wake County’s approved list of volunteers.

All volunteers must submit an application every year — so even if you were on the approved list last year, you’ll need to take that step again this year!

We will have several volunteer opportunities this year — including chaperoning our two field trips.

Think about filling out that screening form sooner rather than later. It can take up to a month to process applications and appear on the approved list.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

Solar Eclipse Day Permission Slips and Team T-Shirt Orders Due FRIDAY.

Dear Parents,

Two important deadlines are approaching on Friday:  Solar Eclipse Day permission slips and Team T-Shirt Orders are due on Friday of this week.

Here is a list of students who HAVE NOT turned in their Solar Eclipse Day permission slips.  Those are required for anyone who is going to be on campus that day.  You can print a copy of the permission slip here.

Here is a list of students who HAVE turned in their Team T-Shirt Order.  These are optional, but orders are due on Friday.  You can print a t-shirt order form here.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter




If You Are Coming to Open House on Thursday, Please…..

Dear Parents,

As many of you may already know, we have Open House for Track 4 here at Salem Middle School on Thursday night from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM.

If you are planning on coming, PLEASE ask your child today to give you the "pink schedule" that they filled out in science class. It lists all of your child’s classes and the rooms that they are held in.

If you come with that pink schedule, your life will be WAY easier! If you don’t, we will have to track your child’s schedule down — which can be a hassle!

Thanks a ton,

Bill Ferriter

Want to Use a Credit Card to Buy a Gnomes Team T-Shirt?

Dear Parents,

I’ve had a bunch of people ask me this week if it is possible to purchase a Gnomes Team T-Shirt online and/or with a credit card.  The answer as of today is yes!

If you click on this link, you will land on a WCPSS payments page specifically for our Gnomes Team T-Shirts.  You’ll have to create an account and then tie your account to your child by entering their student ID number — but once that is done, you will be able to pay online.

Please know, however, that you will STILL have to send in a paper order form with your child to indicate the size of the T-Shirt you’d like me to order for them.

You can find those order forms online here.

Hope you’ll consider ordering a t-shirt for your child!  All orders are due by next Friday.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter



Do You Want Daily/Weekly Summaries of Classroom Assignments?

One of the tools that the teachers of the 6-4 Gnomes Team use all the time to share assignments and materials with students is Google Classroom.

Google Classroom has a really neat feature that allows parents to receive daily or weekly summaries of the assignments that are due, the announcements that have been shared, and the grades that students have earned in all of their classes.

You can see a sample of this weekly summary here:

If you are interested in receiving these updates, please fill out this Google Form.

I will then enter your information in Google Classroom and you will receive an invitation from Google to accept daily/weekly summaries in your email inbox.

Please note that SOME email providers inadvertently block Google Classroom Summaries and/or deliver them directly to a user’s junk mail folder. If that happens for you, we can troubleshoot together!

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

Welcome to the Gnomes Team!

Dear Parents,

First, we want to welcome you to the Gnomes Team for the 2017-2018 school year!  

We are SUPER excited to have the chance to get to know both you and your child and we promise you that we will do our best to make this year remarkable.  We know that sixth grade can be nerve-wracking for everyone involved — and we know that there are bound to be hiccups for everyone, too — but know that we care and if there’s ever anything that we can do to make this year a better one for either you or your child, we want to know.

A few first week details for you:

Schedule Pickup is Thursday, July 27th from 9-11 AM:  If you haven’t had a chance to stop by school and pick up your child’s schedule yet, you can do that tomorrow from 9-11 AM.  We will have at least a few Gnomes teachers here for you to meet, too!  If you’ve already picked up your child’s schedule, there’s nothing new for you to pick up from us.

Beginning of the Year Packet:  We do have a packet of papers for all parents and students.  It includes our T-Shirt Order Form, our Contact Information and our Supply List.  You can access that packet here.

Parent Information Form:  We love to collect as much parent contact information as possible at the beginning of every year.  Things like email addresses and phone numbers are invaluable when we need to reach you for some reason.  Please take a moment and fill out this parent information form as soon as possible.

Parent Communication:  We don’t email parents about general team announcements or updates!  That information is communicated through this blog.  You CAN, however, sign up to have every update made here on this blog delivered to you via email.  To do so, use the “Follow Blog via Email” widget at the top right hand corner of your screen.

Supplies for the First Week of School:  Don’t panic too much about getting all of your child’s supplies purchased before Monday.  Students will be receiving their lockers over the first two days of school, so any supplies that you send in will have to be carried around all day anyway.  The most important supply to have for the first few days of school is a school agenda, which can be purchased for $5.00 in the front office.  The second most important supply to have will be a few pencils and some paper.

Hope this helps!  If you have any further questions, feel free to email Bill Ferriter (wferriter at wcpss dot net).  He’s back at school and more than willing to answer any questions that you may have.



Here’s How to Unsubscribe from Gnomes Team Updates.

Dear Parents,

While I’m sure you totally dug receiving Gnomes Team Updates via email this year, I’m also sure that you won’t want to KEEP receiving those updates now that your kids have moved on to new teams, grade levels and schools!

To unsubscribe from Gnomes Team Updates, just find the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this email message.  Here’s a picture to help you figure out what to be on the lookout for:

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter