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• Thursday, Feb. 23, Lady’s Island Elementary School will have its New Parents’ Tour at 9:30 a.m., a BMX Stunt Show, and its Chil-Fil-A night from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 23, K-4th grade students at Beaufort Academy will see Jack and the Beanstalk at USCB. There will also be an Indoor Soccer Tournament for 5th-12th graders, 6 p.m. Lastly, don’t forget BA’s Parents Association meeting, 7 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 24, there will be a Black History Month Assembly at Lady’s Island Elementary School.
• Friday, Feb. 24, Riverview Tidewatch Session III enrollment forms are due.
• Feb. 24-25, Beaufort Academy has volunteer opportunities for Interact members with Friends of Caroline Hospice.
• Saturday, Feb. 25, Beaufort Academy’s Math Team departs at 6:30 a.m. for the math meet at the College of Charleston.
• Monday, Feb. 27, Beaufort Academy will have a presentation for faculty on Asperger’s Syndrome by the Executive Director of LAF (Lowcountry Autism Foundation), Tripp Ritchie and the Chair and Co-Founder, Dr. Tami Lawrence, 3:30 p.m.
• Monday, Feb. 27, Mossy Oaks Elementary’s PTO meeting in the cafeteria, 6:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 28, Science Fair Project set-up day at Beaufort Academy; also, Open House for parents interested in Middle or Upper School, 6 p.m.
• Feb. 28-March 1 is Beaufort Academy’s on-campus Book Fair.
• Wednesday, Feb. 29, E.C. Montessori encourages anyone who is interested in seeing firsthand how a true Montessori school runs on a daily basis to please stop its Public Open House from 9-11:30 a.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 29, Beaufort Elementary School will hosts its second Drug Awareness Meeting in the cafeteria of Bluffton Middle School, 6-8 p.m. These meetings will cover new drug fads and trends among children.
• Wednesday, Feb. 29, Life Fit Mobile Wellness Bus on Beaufort Academy’s campus from 7:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 18 and over.

BRES hearts Morningside Assisted Living
Residents at Morningside Assisted Living got a special visit on Valentine Day. Broad River students Makayla Simmons and Emily Hatchett went to Morningside after school to visit them and deliver Valentine cards that had been made by Broad River students. They made lots of new friends including one gentleman who was 102 years old! Lots of hugs and smiles were shared by everyone!

A visit from SC Rep. Shannon Erickson
Lady’s Island Elementary School second graders are studying government and the roles of leaders and officials in local government. Shannon Erickson visited Mrs. Baggett’s class on February 13th to explain her job as an elected official.

Yard sale raise field trip funds
Lady’s Island Intermediate School is trying to raise money so that its fifth grade students can take an end-of-year field trip to NASA and Sea World. Earning donations will help alleviate the cost of some students who would not be able to afford the trip. They will be having a yard sale March 3rd in the school parking lot. The cost for a space is  $10 and seller keeps all profits made from their sold goods. Contact Mrs. Bonnie Nicolai for more information at 843-322-3070.

Jump Rope for the Heart
Broad River Elementary School students will participate in their  3rd annual Jump Rope for Heart event the week of February 27-March 2. Students have been learning the importance of having a healthy heart and how to take care of their hearts. Students also collect donations to support the efforts of the American Heart Association. Last year BRES students raised $3,290.57. Please help these students be Heart Heroes and support their efforts.

Beaufort Middle’s young Bach
Candace Brink, BMS 8th grader, was chosen to participate in the SC Band Directors’ Association All-Region Symphonic Honors Concert Band. The band will be rehearsing Friday, February 24, at Charleston Southern University and giving their concert there on Saturday evening, February 25.

Congratulations to Michael Evans
Michael Evans of Battery Creek High, son of Robert Evans Jr. and Mrs. Jeannette Allan, was nominated by South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson to receive a prestigious appointment to the Class of 2016 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The U.S. Military Academy is a four-year co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City.  Founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering, it consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top colleges. Its mission is to “educate, train and inspire cadets for careers of professional service to the Army and the nation.” District Superintendent Valerie Truesdale called the appointment “an honor not only for Michael and Battery Creek High, but also for the Beaufort County School District and our entire community.”

Congratulations to Michael Bible
Carrying on tradition, Beaufort Academy is proud to announce that senior Michael Bible is a National Merit Finalist, the fifth BA senior in the last four years.
Of more than 1.5 million applicants from across the country, Michael Bible was announced as one of 16,000 students to be named a National Merit Semifinalist in the fall.  These 16,000 students represent less than 1% of US high school seniors, and include the highest-scoring entrants in each state on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. “Michael is an exemplary student in many ways,” Ms. Julie Corner, Head of School at Beaufort Academy. “This award seeks to honor Michael’s academic achievements, while we at Beaufort Academy see that and so much more. He is an active community volunteer, school leader in numerous clubs, honor societies and student government, and accomplished in athletics and on stage.”