The official kick-off for the 2014-15 season of the FTC robotics competition is in September, but we would like to get a head start on building our own FTC team this spring. Participating students will have the opportunity to design, build, and program robots; apply math and science concepts in real-world applications; and develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills. The FTC competition is open to students in grades 7-12 (current 6th graders eligible) and runs from kick-off in September to the regional competition in February. The World Championships for qualifying teams will be held in April.
Beginning Monday, April 7, and continuing every Monday until the end of the semester, we will hold weekly FTC team meetings to help students and parents/mentors become familiar with the competition. At these meetings participants will:
· investigate the rules of the competition
· watch videos from the 2013-14 season
· discuss team rules, roles and responsibilities
· decide on a team name and team logo
· consider options for sponsorship and team fundraising
· learn more about the software and hardware used in the competition
Although only 7th graders and up are allowed to participate in FTC competitions, we are hoping to start a junior team for 5th and 6th graders to learn and work alongside the competition team. Parents may also join the team as mentors and coaches (no robotics experience necessary). Interested parents and students should submit the attached FTC robotics form to the reception office by April 1. Visit the FTC website at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc or contact Damian Khan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
We will hold parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, Mar. 13, from 12:30 to 8:00 pm. Students will attend morning classes only, with early dismissal at 11:20 am.
(Please note that the bus will be here at 11:20 to provide its usual service to the “afternoon” riders.)
Child care will be provided in the Commons during conferences for EAGLE students only at a cost of $5.00 per hour, per child. (Please note that all students must leave the premises at 11:20 am. There is no Study Club or child care until the start of conferences.)
Please use our Jooners online sign-up process to select your conference start time(s). Your start time(s) will be confirmed with the Mar. 7 issue of the Aerie-Gram.
Questions? Contact Mary Kay in the main office.
During the week of February 10, contracts for next school year will be mailed to all current EAGLE families. For each child, a signed contract and non-refundable deposit will be due by March 1. (The deposit is one-tenth of the total tuition. The exact amount will be stated on your contract.)
Semester reports were sent home on Thursday, Jan. 30. Please check your student’s backpack for the large manila envelope containing his/her semester report. We hope that parents and children will take time together to read and discuss the feedback provided by teachers. Please sign and return empty envelopes to the basket in the reception area.
Alumni Night for EAGLE Middle School students is Monday, Feb. 10, in the Commons. A panel of recent EAGLE grads will be here to discuss high school life, including how to make a successful transition and what to avoid. You may arrive as early as 6:30 pm to enjoy some social time and refreshments; the panel discussion will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Last fall your parents had a time to exchange information with parents of recent grads; now it’s your turn. Don’t miss this wonderful evening program that has traditionally been a favorite among EAGLE students. Questions? Contact Diane Tautges at email@example.com.
On Thursday, Jan. 9, from 8:30 to 11:00 am, we are hosting a “Parent Visit Day” for prospective families. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour our building, meet with Carole and Susan F., and observe in class-rooms. Please pass this information along to friends and colleagues who might be interested in learning more about EAGLE School.
Nine more visiting days (8:30 to 11:00 am) are scheduled over the next few months: Wed., Jan. 15, Thurs., Jan. 23, Tues., Feb. 4, Thurs., Feb. 13, Wed., Feb. 19, Thurs., Feb. 27, Wed., Mar. 5, Tues., Mar. 11, and Thurs., Mar. 20. To register for a visiting day, parents may call the school (273-0309) or email Mary Kay (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In keeping with the merriment of the season, parents often ask what they might give a special teacher for a holiday gift. To make shopping a little easier, a 2013 Staff Wish List is available in the main office. The items on the list can be ordered through our catalogs. If you wish to purchase (or contribute toward) one of these items for a staff member, please notify Wade and drop off your check or cash contribution. If you decide to purchase something from the wish list on your own, please let us know what you’ve chosen so as to avoid duplication. Please know that donating in this way is strictly voluntary and certainly not expected!
Also, if you are planning year-end donations to charitable organizations, please keep our EAGLE School Capital Campaign in mind. Because we are a non-profit organization under the federal 501(c)(3) codes, donations to the school are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
If you have a child who you would like to enroll at EAGLE for the first time next fall, please note that the priority application deadline for siblings is February 1, 2014. In order to submit a complete application packet by the deadline, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to have your child tested (IQ) in December or January by an evaluator of your choice. If you need suggestions, please contact the school office for a list of examiners in the Madison area who have agreed to test EAGLE applicants.
Market Day at EAGLE has been an annual tradition in December for many years and is the favorite TGIF of many students. For those of you who are not familiar with Market Day, it is a time when Primaries – 7/8s sell homemade items at assigned booths, located all over the school. Everyone shops ‘til they drop – teachers, students, and parents. Advice to sellers: The most original and reasonably priced items sell best. Think of an appealing way to display your items and include the prices on a sign. Have some change ready so you don’t lose out on a sale. Ask a parent or friend to watch your booth part of the time so you can also be a shopper. Popular items in the past include ornaments, jewelry, toys, pet items, bookmarks, greeting cards, pillows, picture frames, cookies, candy, and treats. Parents are welcome to join us. The fun will begin at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 13th.
There has been an enthusiastic response to our introduction of an EAGLE Chess Club, and much to our surprise, we have already reached the maximum number of students who may participate in this first session. Therefore, at this time, we are not accepting any more registration forms for Chess Club. Please watch future Aerie-Grams for more offerings later in the year.