Category: General Team Info

Tissues and Clorox Wipes Still Needed

Dear Parents,

Just another quick email to ask you to think about sending in some Kleenex and/or Clorox Wipes for us to use here at school.

Our supplies — which we share across all four of our core classrooms — are running very low! (There’s lots of colds going on right now.)

Thanks for thinking of us,

Bill Ferriter

After School Optional Team Outing: Wonder Movie

Hey Gnomes!

We thought it would be fun to have a Gnomes’ movie date to go see the movie Wonder. It looks fantastic – and it is a book many of us have already read.

The movie date is scheduled for Thursday December 14 at 4:10 at the Beaver Creek theater in Apex.

Please understand, this is NOT a field trip. For liability reasons, the Gnome teachers are not in any way responsible for the Gnome students. Mr. Ferriter and Mrs. Barrow will be there, but you are responsible for your student.

Parents, please treat this situation as you would treat any other where your student asks to go see a movie after school with friends. Would you prefer to be there? Do they need a chaperone? Do they need a friend/buddy to go as well? When and where will you will you pick them up? How much money do they need?

Also, the movie is an hour and 53 minutes long, so rides need to be there to pick up students around 6:00.

Don’t forget– whole families can attend! The more, the merrier!

Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing many of you there!

Reminder: Field Trip Tomorrow!

Dear Parents,

Just a quick reminder that we are going to the Jordan Lake Educational State Forest for our first field trip of the year tomorrow!

It should be a ton of fun.

Please be sure that your child is dressed and ready for the weather. It looks like temps will be in the fortys and fifties for the majority of the time that we are there (9:30 – 1:30). Given that we will be in the shade for the better part of the day — it IS a forest, after all! — my guess is that it will feel even a little colder than that.

The good news is that there’s no rain in the forecast!

Thanks for your help with this,

Bill Ferriter

Field Trip Thursday!

Dear Parents,

Just a quick reminder: We are going on our first field trip of the year this Thursday! It should be a great time.

We will be heading to the Jordan Lake Educational State Forest to learn more about elements of our ecosystems curriculum.

Please make sure that your children come dressed to be outside for the entire day on Thursday.

That means check the weather. If it’s going to be cold, send your kid in a jacket and maybe a hat. If it’s going to rain, send your kid with a waterproof jacket or an umbrella. And regardless of the weather, please have your kid wear comfortable, outdoor-friendly shoes or sneakers! No spangly sandals for a trip to the woods.

Also, please be sure that they have both a snack that we can eat before leaving for our trip and a lunch that we can eat when we get back.

We will be having lunch later than normal, so we will give kids a chance to snack before leaving so they aren’t hungry on the trip. If your child usually orders a lunch from school and you want them to do that for our field trip, they need to see Mrs. Barrow ASAP!

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

Thank You for Your Boxtops!

Dear Parents,

Just a quick note to say THANK YOU to everyone who has been sending in Boxtops for Education to us!

In just a few short weeks, our team collected 950 boxtops — which was worth $95 dollars that goes straight to our school’s PTA. That’s AMAZING.

The school’s total collection and submission for the beginning of the school year was just over $900.

Not bad, right?

So keep cutting out and sending in those boxtops! Every single one is worth a dime — and we’re collecting LOTS of dimes!

You can learn more about Boxtops for Education here.

With gratitude,

Bill Ferriter

Report Cards Coming Home Today

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up to let you know that Quarter 1 report cards are coming home with your kids today.

Please know that one class — "Exploratory Enrichment" — represents our school’s Spartan Time period. It is graded on a Pass/Fail basis for every student in the school. So when you see a "P" there, don’t be surprised!

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

First Quarter Honors Assembly

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up that we will be holding our first quarter Honors Assembly on Monday, October 30th from 8:45-10:00 in the auditorium here at Salem Middle School.

Several students will get special recognition as Kids of Character or as Teacher’s Choice Award Winners.

Those parents will be notified directly via email or a phone call from the school’s counselor, Jerry Decker.

Students will also receive recognition for making both the All A and the A/B Honor Roll. Here are how those honors are defined:

All A Honor Roll: Student must have made all As in every course where a grade was given — including elective classes and PE.

A/B Honor Roll: Students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA. To calculate your child’s GPA, convert all quarter letter grades into "quality points" (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) and then average the resulting scores. Note: If a child gets a C, it IS possible to make it onto the A/B Honor Roll as long as they have enough As in their other graded classes.

We will NOT be notifying parents of honor roll students directly. There are just too many students who will earn one of those certificates to make that possible. Remember that all of your children have their own username and password to our online gradebooks. They can look up their Honor Roll Standing at any point.

Parents are welcome to attend the assembly — but be prepared to stand if needed! We’ve got a ton of kids this year — and a ton of parents typically attend our assemblies. That means it can be hard to find a seat!

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

Fall Dance Tomorrow: Friday October 20, 2017

Dear Parents,

Just a quick note to let you know that our school’s first dance of the year is happening tomorrow night — Friday October 20th.

The kids usually have a great time at our dances. If you are in town, let your kids know about it! (It’ll give you a few free hours on a Friday night. That’s NEVER a bad thing, right?!)

Please note, however, that in order to attend, students need to bring this permission slip signed by you!

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter

Will YOU Collect Boxtops for Education for Us?

Dear Parents,

Just wanted to send out a request: Can you keep your eyes open for "Boxtops for Education," the small icons that appear on the packaging for a WHOLE TON of popular products that you are probably already buying?

If you see them, can you tear them off or cut them out and send them in to me?

Our Student Council collects them and turns them in, and they make a HECK of a lot of money doing it. I didn’t realize it, but each boxtop is worth 10 cents.

If we get our whole team collecting them and sending them in, those dimes add up to TON of cash that our Student Council can use.

And this year, that money is going to provide mini-grants for teachers doing interesting projects in their classrooms that our STUCO representatives want to support.

Thanks a ton,

Bill Ferriter