12 - October 7, 2011 | Salem Community Patriot
VFWs’ Giving Away $3.2 Million
in College Scholarships and Savings Bonds
Thirty-one days remain for students, grades 6-12, to enter for their
chance to win their share of the $3.2 million in college scholarships and savings bonds awarded through the 2011 VFW Voice of Democracy and VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contests. VFW’s annual scholarship contests were enacted to foster patriotism
among America’s youth by allowing students the opportunity to express their opinions on democracy based on an annual theme. Nearly 200,000 students participate in the contests annually. “VFW scholarship programs provide more than $3.2 million in
scholarships and incentives each year. However, the deeper value and long term benefits of these programs is that America’s youth learn the value of our system of government and its history; including the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans,” states Steve Van Buskirk, Director of VFW Programs. This year marks the Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest’s
65th year. Students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories are eligible to enter. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. This year also marks the 16th year for the Patriot’s Pen program.
This program is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. The national first-place winner receives $10,000 savings bond. The deadline to enter either contest is November 1. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed these programs on the National Association of Student Councils, National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2010-2011. For complete information and contest rules, visit www.vfw.org/
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Submitted by Barron School Second Grade The second grade is off to a great start! Students have been getting to know all about each other and our new beautiful building. They are finishing up their unit on Community. They have talked a lot about their Barron school community, Salem community and their classroom community! In reading, students have started Reader’s Workshop. Each week, they get to book shop and pick their own books for their book bins. It’s really fun! Students have started reviewing reading strategies too. Many of their friends have also been sending in book logs. Their first Reading Awards will be handed out next month.
In Math, second graders have been reviewing different concepts like money and time. They learned how to read a number story and write a number sentence. Remember to keep practicing addition and subtraction facts because in Second grade, they can earn Mighty Mathematicians. It was fun showing the grandparents (and others) the children’s classrooms and new school. Everyone got to go to a special concert with Johnny the K. He had a lot of fun hats and silly songs. As you can tell, second grade is a blast! Next month holds even more surprises as students continue their second grade adventure. Everyone is looking forward to sharing more of this exciting year. Third Grade Third graders have been busy honing their listening skills,
which is a little easier this year without the constant sounds of construction. Everyone is learning new routines and getting used to the demands of a new grade. We are also learning how to navigate the halls around our much bigger building. It is easy to get lost when you first arrive as everything is so different! Learning the language of the test has been the focus in both
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North Salem submitted by North Salem School North Salem welcomed in September and the new school
year with style! The freshly renovated school was unveiled at the “Annual Back to School Cookout” where North Salem Families toured the school with help from staff members to make the transition to the new school layout that much easier. The renovations were applauded by our families who were amazed at the unbelievable and breathtaking transformation. The school’s first Open House for students in grades two-five
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was well attended by North Salem parents and guardians who were able to visit their child’s classrooms and talk with teachers about classroom expectations and the curriculum. After the classroom presentations, Principal Janice Wilkins welcomed everyone in the school’s remodeled cafeteria, which is no longer used as an “All Purpose Room” since the school now has a brand new gymnasium. She thanked everyone for attending and taking an interest in their child’s education and the North Salem community, and for their continued support of the school. She introduced teachers and staff, along with some new faces, and credited them for working extra hard to get the classrooms ready for the first day of school, despite the pressures of continued construction, which in the end was well worth the effort. She
also stressed the importance of participating in your child’s education, and carving out time for school in everyone’s busy fall schedule. A reminder that our Open House for students in grades K-1 takes place on Thursday, October 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The school also welcomed the public in a special Open House held on Saturday, September 17, in conjunction with SalemFest and the positive feedback was wonderful. This is the last week to order items for the North Salem PTA
Fundraiser. Please finish up your sales and turn in your completed order forms, along with your payments. Checks can be made payable to North Salem PTA. As a reminder, all payments must be received at the time of the order. Items can be picked up at the school after the Halloween parade on Monday, October 31. North Salem, along with the PTA, is also planning some exciting and fun-filled activities and events and there is still time to take part in the planning. The first PTA meeting welcomed the largest turnout in school history! If you’d like to get involved, please take a moment to fill out the PTA membership form that was sent home with your child and send it in along with the $8 individual or $10 family membership dues. The next PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. with our Volunteer Orientation being held before hand at 6:30 p.m. Don’t forget to clip those Boxtops for Education. If you have collected any Boxtops over the summer, now is the time to turn them in. Our school gets 10 cents for every Boxtop, which can add up to a lot of extra money that is used for recess equipment such as balls and jump ropes.
reading and math as teachers prepare students for their upcoming NECAP assessments. Test taking is a new endeavor that not all students are familiar with. By learning strategies, terminology and the structure of the test, students are better prepared to show what they know. Teachers model strategies, provide guided practice, and then release students to delve into the test taking materials where they analyze and practice what they’ve learned. They’re confident test scores will reflect students’ hard work and practice. With third grade comes the introduction of planners. Students are learning responsibility as they write down their daily homework assignments with guidance from their teachers. A new grade brings with it more homework and higher expectations. Not only does homework need to be completed, planners need to be signed and everything needs to be transported safely back to school! Third graders are off to a magnificent start and look forward to a wonderful year of learning and discovery.
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