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• Thursday, Feb. 16, Davis Early Learning Center is having Parent University for 3rd and 4th grade parents only, 6-7:30 p.m. in the WBE Cafeteria.
• Thursday, Feb. 16, Lady’s Island Elementary School’s progress reports go home. Also, SIC meeting at 5 p.m. and the Technology Showcase at 6 p.m. in the café. Also, kindergarten open house.
• Friday, Feb. 17, Reminder to current Beaufort Academy parents, last day for priority re-enrollment. Enrollment for new students begins as early as 2/21.  Please contact MJ Simmons, 843-524-3393, for more
information.
• Friday, Feb. 17, No school for Staff Development Day.
• Monday, Feb. 20, No school on President’s Day.
• Tuesday, Feb. 21, Riverview’s Tidewatch Session II Showcase, 5-6 p.m.

International Montessori Week
The week of Feb. 27–March 2, EC Montessori and Grade school will be celebrating International Montessori Week!  Highlights for the special week include “Peace Day” on Tuesday, Feb, 28, a public open house on Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 9-11:30 a.m., and the ever popular “International Night” on Thursday, March 1.

Beaufort Middle 6th grade orientation
New 6th grade orientation will be in the Beaufort Middle School Cafeteria at 6 p.m. Meet the BMS administrators, the 6th grade staff, guidance counselors and Parent Action Council members. Learn about transition to middle school, arts, community and humanities at BMD, the Program of Study for Academically and Artistically Gifted and Talented students, and Out-of-Zone Transfer request forms for 2012-2013.

Sponsors wanted for Twilight Run
Volunteers from each classroom are hard at work looking for sponsors for this year’s Beaufort Twilight Run on March 24. If your business (or someone you know) is interested in sponsoring the run, please contact your teacher. Thank you Sponsorship Committee for working so hard to make this year’s run a success! And remember: Register NOW at www.BeaufortTwilightRun.com and tell all of your friends and family to join you at the Twilight Run!
Tidewatch Session II Showcase
Riverview’s Tidewatch showcase on Tuesday, Feb. 21, will feature the following performances: Strings, Keyboarding, Dance, Step, Gymnastics, and Guitar. The show will begin promptly at 5 p.m. and conclude at 6 p.m.  Parents may also pick up or return Session III TIDEWATCH enrollment applications during this time. Session III enrollment forms are due by Friday, February 24.

BRES gearing up for SC nominee books
Students at Broad River Elementary are gearing up for the upcoming voting on the South Caroline nominee books. Students in the upper grades read from the selected list of children’s nominee books, write a reflection on it and then record it on a bar graph displayed in the hallway. Any student who reads five or more nominee books is invited to a special voting party and lunch on February 22. Media Specialist, Lisa Lepionka, will take Broad River’s top choice to the South Carolina Library Conference in March where the overall winner will be announced.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar animation
The 9th grade English I students have been hard at work on animated adaptations of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” Their teacher, Mrs. Betsy Rhatigan, assigned each student a specific scene from the play in which to create a cartoon version to present to the class.

BRES celebrates MAP medals
Broad River Elementary School students who met or surpassed their MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) goals in math or reading were invited to attend a MAP party this Friday. Along with music, dancing and free time, they were treated to popsicles and were awarded a medal for their achievement.

Duke University Talent Identification Program
Thirty-eight Beaufort Elementary/AMES Academy students have qualified to participate in the highly selective 4th/5th Grade Talent Search sponsored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program. All of these students scored at the 95% or higher on a standardized achievement or ability test. For more information on Duke Tip please visit http://www.tip.duke.edu/node/41.
Congratulations to the following students: Jaliyah Bates, Adrienne Brown, Cameron Cook, Gracienne Duprey – Smith, Lyla Gahl, Elleana Gervero, Katy Grabenbauer, Bryce Hage, Rayed Hamid, Madilyn Hatfield, Christian Londono, Luke Londono, Norberto Lopez, Taylor Maddox, Robert Miller, Sade Moultrie, Makena Newsome, Carlisle Salapare, Dade Stanley, Chance Stephens, Mills Williams, Alan Wiser, Paul WItherow, Bryce Frazier, Reid St. John, Breanna Mock, Maile Paulmeier, Sydney Maddox, Evelyn Patterson, Joseph Little, India White, Corey Gregory, Nova Cash, Tyreisha Blue, Bruce Brasseur, Michael Holdridge and Janna Shissias.

STAR qualifiers
Forty-seven Beaufort Elementary School students have qualified to take the STAR test at BES/AMES. The test consists of two parts — verbal and nonverbal. The Primary test is given to students in 2nd and 3rd grade, and the Intermediate test is given to students in 4th and 5th grade. Congratulations to these students!