Weekly Message November 9-13, 2015

Good Evening SCS Families. This is Ms. Price with your weekly message for the week of November 9th.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 11th. There is no school to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Wednesday, November 18th is a PLC Early Release Day. We will dismiss school at 2:00 p.m.

Homecoming week is underway! We’ll have a Penny War all week with all proceeds going to the SCS Scholarship Fund. Today, we saw lots of creative ways to show our American spirit with our red, white, and blue. Tomorrow is Sleeping Beauties Tuesday so wear your most comfortable PJ’s (but no slippers and remember that the dress code applies). There will be no school on Wednesday. Thursday is Throwback Thursday so pick a decade and wear your best throwback attire. On Friday, we’ll have a colors competition so listen for your grade and color! 6th grade—red; 7th grade—blue; 8th grade—yellow; 9th grade—white; 10th grade—green; 11th grade—black. Thursday evening we’ll have a High School only movie screening. On Friday, the high school students will have fun with a Pep Rally and Powder Puff Football Game. We will also recognize the Homecoming Court for both middle and high school.

Progress Reports will go home with students on Monday, November 16th.

Parents, this spring intercession SCS is hosting a college tour to Washington D.C. Students will see 5 different colleges in Virginia, Maryland and DC during this three day excursion. The total cost is $250 which includes food, transportation and hotel costs. The first 50 students to put down their $50 non-refundable deposit and turn in their registration packet will get to participate. Early Registration ends November 23rd.  If you have questions please contact Ms. Huth or Mr. Harbison.

Don’t forget that you can support SCS by using AmazonSmile to do all your Amazon shopping? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support SCS every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you. When you shop at www.smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to SCS.  To shop at AmazonSmile, simply follow the directions on my blog.

Mark your calendars for SCS Family Night at SKY ZONE Trampoline Park, December 4, 2015 4:30 – 8:30. Look for more information soon.

Have a great evening from all of us at SCS where we practice the 4C’s—Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Community.

Gryphon Give Back–Not Too Late to Donate!!!

The PTSA invites you to make a one time contribution to the SCS PTSA, rather than have our students participate in cookie, pizza, wrapping paper, etc. sale campaigns.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  For your convenience, a copy of the form is attached to this email.  Forms are due back on November 9th. Thank you in advance for any amount that you are able to donate to help the PTSA support the staff and students of SCS.  Forms were sent home with report card folders.  Late donations will be accepted.

Student Support Group (SSG)

Student Support Group, or SSG, will begin meeting every Tuesday and Thursday during lunch, starting this week.  This is a confidential peer counseling group. Meetings will be held in Ms. Wilkie’s room (125) from 12:40-1:15.  The sign-up sheet is located outside room 125. Please see freshman Mykalah Magee if you have any questions.

Homecoming Week is HERE!!!!

Themed Days for This Week:

Monday–America Monday (We hope you’re sporting your Red, White, and Blue)

Tuesday–Sleeping Beauties Tuesday

Wednesday–NO SCHOOL

Thursday–Throwback Thursday (Pick a decade and wear your best throwback)

Friday–We will have a Colors Competition

6th graders-RED

7th graders-BLUE

8th graders-YELLOW

9th graders-WHITE

10th graders-GREEN

11th graders-BLACK

Amazon Smile Program

It’s about time to start your Christmas shopping. Why not support The School for Creative Studies at the same time by using AmazonSmile to do all your Amazon shopping?.AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support SCS every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you. When you shop at www.smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to SCS.  To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-3078055.

“The Gryphon Give Back” an SCS PTSA Fundraiser – It’s not too late to donate!

The PTSA invites you to make a one time contribution to the SCS PTSA, rather than have our students participate in cookie, pizza, wrapping paper, etc. sale campaigns.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  For your convenience, a copy of the form is attached to this email.  Forms are due back on November 9th. Thank you in advance for any amount that you are able to donate to help the PTSA support the staff and students of SCS.  Forms were sent home with report card folders.

Summer 2016 Delegation of High School Students to Toyama, Japan July 14 – 26, 2016

Durham Sister Cities is sending a delegation of high school students and 2 adults on a thirteen day visit to Toyama, Japan, in July of 2016. The heart of the trip is a seven day visit in Toyama, staying in host homes, visiting schools, and touring local sites of interest. We are also planning to see Tokyo and the castle town of Kanazawa, lodging in a hotel and youth hostel.

 Background: Durham and Toyama, Japan, have been Sister Cities for over 20 years. As part of the Sister City relationship, delegations periodically visit each other’s cities. Since 1995, in alternating years, Durham and Toyama have been exchanging delegations of middle, high school and college students. These visits have resulted in wonderful experiences for our young people in terms of intercultural communication and the forming of direct long-lasting relationships with friends across the globe.

Toyama information: Toyama is on the Western side of Japan’s main island. Like Durham, Toyama is a “City of Medicine” –home of the pharmaceutical industry. Its population is triple that of Durham, and Toyama City is the capital of Toyama Prefecture. It sits on a fertile plain between the Tateyama Mountain Range (nicknamed the Japanese Alps) and the Sea of Japan. Fishing and mountaineering are part of Toyama’s culture. Melting snow and rain in the mountains provide plentiful water for rice cultivation and other agriculture.

Dates:   July 14 – 26, 2016. The visit to Toyama is from July 17 to 24. We will take the Bullet Train to Toyama Station.

Who is eligible? Durham students currently in grades 9-12. Two chaperones have been identified for the trip, and it is planned for 15 students to attend.

We are looking for friendly, open-minded, considerate, responsible persons who will leave our hosts with a high impression of Durham’s people. We want outgoing delegates who enjoy new experiences, including different foods. Your communication skills will be tested. Can you adjust your conversation for someone who is not familiar with English and communicate via actions and facial expressions as well as words? Can you try communicating in Japanese? Will you respond positively, conveying appreciation to your hosts?

A selection from the applicants will be made based on “readiness” to represent Durham: maturity, flexibility, adaptability, outgoingness, special talents, and teacher recommendations.

What can you expect? Students will be lodged in Toyama homes, getting a first-hand look at Japanese life. You may stand out in a town with limited international guests. Delegates typically develop close bonds with their hosts, despite the language barrier. While communication is a challenge, English is the foreign language for the Japanese people. Beginning in seventh grade all students study English each year through twelfth grade. But, in speaking with you, they may be testing their skills for the first time! Your hosts will be anxious to meet you and communicate with you. They will make every effort to provide a happy and comfortable stay.

Cost: Estimated at $3300- 3500 (some cost details are not yet finalized)

Included: Round trip air fare from RDU, travel insurance, domestic travel within Japan (bus, train), lodging in quality hotels with full breakfasts.

Not included: spending money, snacks, and most other expenses when the group is not in Toyama–intra-city transportation fares (bus/subway/boat), some entrance fees, most lunches and dinners.

In relative terms, the trip is a bargain when compared to the price of trip using standard tourist arrangements. Japan is a long ticket and an expensive country! Delegates spend virtually no money in Toyama, as the hosts cover almost everything.

Of course, the value of the trip cannot be measured in dollars, but in the rich experience of sampling life on the other side of the world. We will be happy to put you in touch with previous delegates so you can hear first-hand reports. Some of them report discussing the Toyama trip in their college applications.

Other requirements and expectations: Delegates must attend orientation meetings. A successful trip depends on the delegates’ effort to learn about Japanese culture and language.

Delegates will exchange communications with their host family prior to the trip and take gifts to the hosts.

How to apply: Fill out the application form. See Ms. Price for Return it via email to Donna Maskill (336-263-0570 cell) of the Durham Sister Cities Toyama Committee by December 4, 2015. Donna.maskill@durhamnc.gov  Notifications regarding selections will be sent on January 4, 2016. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 would be due January 15, 2016. The balance due date is to be determined.