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Last Chance to Turn In Field Trip Permission Slips and Money

Dear Parents,

All students must turn in their field trip permission slips by Friday.

Any students who don’t turn their slips in by Friday will not be able to go on the field trip.

Also, there are still several families that haven’t paid for the field trip. If you are planning to pay, I would appreciate having that money by Friday as well. I can take it later — but I would like to button up all of the payments to our vendors sooner rather than later.

If you want to double check to see if your child still needs to turn in a permission slip or payment, you can check this document.

Let me know if you have any questions,
Bill Ferriter

36 Students Missing Permission Slips / Last Week to Turn Them In

Dear Parents,

Just a quick heads up that this is the last week to turn in permission slips for this year’s field trips. I have to turn them in to the main office at the end of the day on Monday.

There are currently 36 kids who haven’t turned in their permission slips. Sadly, there is no way for a student to attend the trip without turning a permission slip in.

I will be sending home another copy of permission slip today. You can also check the missing list here.

Please know that I can take the $20 field trip fee at any time — but the actual permission slip has to be turned in before the end of the day on Monday, September 17th.


Bill Ferriter

LA Update

Happy Friday!

We wanted to send out an update regarding homework and the Myths to Movies Project that we started in language arts class this week. Students were given class time to annotate their myth and start their planning guide (5 questions). All information is located in Google Classroom. The classroom codes are listed below.

Core 1: 2ie4xr

Core 2: 2kxxj2

Core 3: 6hshl7

Core 4: huthqfw


Cores 1 & 2 – complete planning guide and read chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief

Cores 3 & 4 – annotate myth and complete planning guide

Students may use Spartan Time and Team Time on Tuesday if they are unable to complete this work over the weekend.

Thank you for all that you do! Have a wonderful long weekend!

Chambliss Barrow & Nicole Messier

Nicole Messier

6th Grade CCR Language Arts Teacher

Salem Middle School


Salem Middle PTA Fundraiser has Begun!

Dear Parents,

Each year, the Salem Middle School PTA does a TON of work on behalf of our school. They invest tons of time, energy and dollars into making Salem a better place and into providing learning experiences and opportunities for your kids that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide.

Pulling that work off depends on having access to resources — including cash. And the way that the PTA raises funds around here is through a once a year fundraiser.

That fundraiser started for Tracks 1 and 4 yesterday. It’s a Color Battle this year. And all proceeds raised will go towards purchasing Chromebooks that can be used in our classrooms. Our goal is to get to the point where every student has access to a computer in every class, every day.

The Color Battle works like this: Your students are collecting donations from family and friends. Those donations earn them the right to participate in a fun field-day style event on September 7th. The event is capped off by a “coloring,” where participating students get covered in pink, green, yellow, and blue powder thrown into the air by volunteers and by participants. It really is a lot of fun.

Perhaps the best thing about the fundraiser for parents is that there’s nothing to sell or to deliver to people who are contributing. It is strictly a donation that allows the PTA to raise funds and your kids to participate in a special event.

To get involved, ask your kids for their “Anython Code.” That came home on a glossy handout advertising the fundraiser yesterday.

That code can be used to sign into the Anython Website — where students (and parents!) can send text messages or emails to family members who might be interested in donating to our fundraiser.

If your child has lost their code, please have them come and see me — OR you can send me an email.  I’ve got the master list of codes and I’ll be happy to give it to you again. 

Thanks for considering this.  As usual, it’s difficult for teachers to ask parents for donations — but we live in a time when schools seem to be perpetually underfunded.  Our PTA is working to push back against that problem with their yearly fundraiser.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

PTA Fundraiser to Buy Chromebooks for Classrooms!

Dear Parents,

Our Salem Middle School PTA is starting its one and only fundraiser for the entire school year tomorrow. It is a Color Battle — which is a lot like a color run. Participants will play several field day games while being sprayed with colored powder!

Your students have come home with two different handouts in the last two weeks with details about the fundraiser.

Tomorrow they will participate in the Color War Kickoff during Spartan Time.

As a part of that Kickoff, they will have the chance to sign into the fundraising website and to send messages to anyone in your immediate family who may want to participate in the fundraiser. To make this easy, please consider writing out phone numbers for important family members and sending your students in with a list of those numbers. Students can then automatically send a text message to those family members with details about the fundraiser and chances to make donations.

I would REALLY appreciate it if you thought about participating in our fundraiser this year. Here’s why: Our PTA is going to invest anything we make into buying more Chromebooks for Salem Middle School’s classrooms.

It’s that kind of investment that helps us to create more engaging learning spaces for kids.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions,

Bill Ferriter

Teacher Wish List

If you missed it last night, here is a link to the Gnomes Wish List. This list contains items, both big and small, that the Gnomes could enjoy this year. Some of them are large "dream list" items and others are basic needs like markers. All will be greatly appreciated! You may also see items on the list that you already own and would like to donate; gently used items are appreciated as well!

We created our wish list on Amazon for ease– feel free to have it shipped directly to Salem.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

The Fightin Gnomes Teachers

Reminder: Open House is THURSDAY starting at 6 PM

Dear Parents,

Just a quick reminder that the Track 4 Open House at Salem Middle is scheduled for tomorrow night from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

Your students brought written copies of their schedules home today. If you are planning on coming to Open House, please grab those schedules from them today. It will make tomorrow night a LOT easier for you.

Also, please know that tomorrow night is not really a night for conversations/conferences about individual kids!

While we are more than happy to schedule those with you, we have a REALLY short amount of time (7 minutes) to share our content and curriculum with you tomorrow. If there’s something you want to share with us individually, please send us an email and we’ll either schedule a call or set up a conference with you.

Finally, you can find my materials for Open House here.

The other teachers on the Gnomes Team will be posting their Open House materials when they are completed and ready to share.

Hope this helps,

Bill Ferriter

Picture Day tomorrow!

Just a reminder that Picture Day is tomorrow. Your child should have brought home an order form. If you are planing on buying these pictures, then students have to bring their payment tomorrow. Payment can also be made online at You will also need to enter the code 110112. Students will then need to bring a printed proof of purchase to hand to photographers.

All students will get pictures taken tomorrow even if they are not buying. These are the pictures that are used for the yearbook photos. Say cheese!

Social Studies- Update

We have officially completed a whole week of middle school! I’m sure that for some of your kiddos the first couple of days were a bit nerve-wracking and stressful, but today they all looked very comfortable and settled in this new adventure!

Our first topic for Social Studies this week was maps. The students learned about different types of maps and the basic elements of a map. The acronym for the map elements is, TALDOGS. Today they took their first quiz on types of maps and map elements.

The students also received an assignment to make a map of a room from their house. Students should be working on that over the weekend, it is due on Monday.

Next week, we will take a day or two to practice latitude and longitude while playing the game battleship. We will also be learning the continents and oceans on a world map. There will be a short world map quiz next week as well.

Have a great weekend!