I think we are all back in the routine here at school after the long break, and the kids seem to have gotten started without any problem at all.  We were glad to see everyone here, and hope all will have a wonderful 2016.

During the holidays we were fortunate to have received two cash donations totally $1500.00 and to be granted two “Donor’s Choose” requests for laptops.  This was in addition to funds received just before the break from the district and a monetary gift from students at Mauldin High.  It is beginning to look like we actually will receive enough money to refresh all classes and administrators after all, though at first this certainly seemed to me to be a somewhat insurmountable challenge.  Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who come through every time to help us out.  I think we are down to our last two or three computers that we need to fund, and I am sure we will figure that out.

This week classes have already gotten out in the community with bowling and shopping expeditions, and more will continue next week.  Also, on Thursday the PTA met to continue planning for the April 9 5K Run, Walk and Roll, and we were notified that again this year we will be receiving an award from the United Way for increased participation in their fund raising efforts.  The quarter ends next week, but on Tuesday we will have dog therapy, and several classes have planned trips off campus.  Friday is a professional day for staff, so no school for students and again on Monday, students will be out in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. 

We have many upcoming events to look forward to.  On January 28 and 29 we will have Science Days, and students will have opportunities to observe numerous experiments and to enjoy gem mining, a visit from the Roper Mountain Star Lab and time with puppies and kittens from the animal shelter.  Then, on February 12 we will have our Valentine Pageant for 11th and 12th graders, and on February 26 we will conduct the annual “Freedom Walk” during which we will celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to our history.  Even earlier, on February 3, we will have our first parent Lunch and Learn, coordinated by Sharon Russo.  Ms. Alysa Bentley from Family Connection of SC will be here to share information regarding Medicaid, and lunch will be provided at no charge.  Invitations will be going out very soon, so please plan to come.

That’s our week and a preview of what is coming up.  Take care;  stay warm; and, everyone have a great weekend.