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Wear Purple for the One School Pep Rally this Friday
Grades > ELA-8
Bring purple Tiger Day clothes to wear after the Halloween events on Friday!

We are having a One School Pep Rally at 2:30 p.m. this Friday in the Van Es Arena of the Huffman Athletic Center. We will be recognizing our seniors who participated in fall activities, playing silly games, and relishing in all that comes with being a Darlington tiger. Parents are welcome to join in the fun!
Sign Up Now for November After School Activities
Grades > ELA-8

The next two after school offerings will run from Nov. 3 - 20. Please see details below. Email Wendy Payne to sign up your child. Cost is $15 per month.

 

Softball, coached by Jessie Weaver, will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4 p.m. on the softball field. It is available for girls in grades 2-5. This activity will include batting practice, drills and strategies for becoming a stronger player

 

iPad Band, led by Kimberly Human, will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4 p.m. for students in grades 3-5. They will focus on reading music and using apps on the iPads as instruments, which will include everything from guitars and drums to trumpets and tambourines. They will use Garage band to record music and learn about the music production world. Students should bring their own school-issued iPad. Space is limited.


ELA-8 Pajama Drive for Foster Children
Grades > ELA-8
We have kicked off our first division-wide service project of this school year. We will be collecting new pajamas in students' sizes and styles for children in Floyd County who will be entering foster care.

In our assemblies, we had a supervisor from DFACS explain the foster care system, the Clevenger family share what it is like to have foster children in their home, and student representatives from the Service Committee present our action steps to benefit this organization.

WHAT: Bring a new pair of pajamas in students' sizes and styles
WHEN: By Wednesday, Nov. 12
GOAL: 200 pairs of pajamas 
INCENTIVE: Pajama Day at the conclusion of the collection

Stay tuned for more information with statistics about the foster care system of Floyd County and ways that you can help beyond our pajama drive.
Bring in Leftover Halloween Candy
Grades > ELA-8
The local Community Soup Kitchen can use our extra candy! Please bring in to school any leftover or extra candy from Halloween that you do not want. Bring in one piece or one bag; any amount is appreciated. Bins will be located in front of Mrs. Payne's desk.
Football to be Broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge This Week
Grades > ELA-12
Friday night's football game against Coosa will be broadcast live on local radio station 95.7 FM The Ridge instead of on WLAQ 1410 AM as it usually is. You can listen live at 95.7 FM, www.theridge957.com as well as TuneIn Radio (95.7 The Ridge). "This Week in NWGA Football" will start at 6 p.m. and the pregame will follow at 7 p.m. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. 
Tim Burton Films in the Library on Halloween
Grades > 9-12
We have a lot to thank movie director, Tim Burton for. Known for his successful and quirky films, Mr. Burton has given us movies like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Coraline to name only a few.

Come to the library on Halloween during your free period or during lunch and enjoy popcorn while you watch some of our Tim Burton favorites.
Deadline extended for Global Studies Lille trip
Grades > 9-12
The deadline to sign up and pay your $1,000 deposit for the trip to Lille, France, his summer has been extended to Friday, Nov. 14. The trip will take place June 6-14. You do not have to be enrolled in the Global Studies program to participate. Mr. Eric Braun will chaperone the trip so please contact him with any questions you might have.

Click here for more details about the trip. The cost of the trip is $5,000 (based on nine students), which includes airfare, lodging, breakfast each day, transportation and tuition for the college course. Lunch and dinner are not included. If you want to go on the trip but do not want to take the course for college credit, the cost is $3,500.
Bell Schedule for Friday, October 31st, Fall Senior Pep Rally
Grades > 9-12

8:15                                                 Early Bell          

8:20            -        9:00                     4th Period                        

9:05            -        9:45                     7th Period              

9:50           -        10:30                   8th Period                        

10:35          -        11:15                   1st Period  

11:20          -        12:00                   5th Period      (Lunch 1)    

12:05          -        12:45                   6th Period      (Lunch 2)    

12:50          -        1:30                     2nd Period                        

1:35            -        2:15                     3rd Period                      

2:30            -        3:30                     Senior Pep Rally, VanEs Arena
Red Ribbon Week Fact of the Day
Grades > ELA-12
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!
Thank You Servant Leaders
Grades > 9-12
Ms. Willoughby, Herren and David spent their afternoon with our friends at the B & G West yesterday!  Thank you for taking the time to make a difference.


Reminders
Winter Basketball is here!
Grades > ELA-8
Attention students between the ages of 5-14 that are interested in playing recreational basketball. The rfpra is registering those students interested in having fun and improving their game by using the following link.

http://rfpra.com/ath-07Basketball.html

Once you click the link, make sure when you click, "Register Online" and that you type in "Darlington" into the search bar if you would to be placed on a team with other students at the school. Select your son or daughters appropriate age group and the rest is setting up your account if you don't already have one. Anything beyond this point would be a question for the recreation people.

Sports Coordinator - Boys Basketball
Lee Morris
Office: 706.291.0766 
lmorris@rfpra.com

Sports Coordinator - Girls Basketball & Instructional Coed
Jen Weathington 
Office: 706.291.0766 
jweathington@rfpra.com



With all of this said, numerous students have shown interest and now we are in need of coaches. Some parents have already expressed to me their interest, but I am looking for other coaches for other teams. If you are interested in coaching, please stop by the recreation department to pick up a coaching packet or give one of the two Sports Coordinators a call. 

I look forward to growing our sports program and hope you will give me a shout if you are coaching or have any questions.

Coach Eberhart



Reminder:Berry Pumpkin Run
Grades > ELA-8
The Berry Pumpkin Run will take place Friday, October 31 at the Berry College campus. For those 2nd-5th graders that are participating, we will leave Darlington at 8 a.m. Friday morning and return at 2 p.m. Email Darcy Liddle if you have questions. 
ELA-8: Box Top Collection Extended
Grades > ELA-8
Our deadline for collecting Box Tops has been extended until Friday, Nov. 21. Keep clipping and sending them in to school!

Box Tops are located on the packaging of many of your favorite items, such as General Mills cereals, Green Giant produce, and Ziploc brand boxes. All you have to do is cut out the white boxes with the logo "Box Tops Education" and send them in with your child; each one of these brings in money for our school. There will be collection sites in each classroom for grades ELA-5 and with Mrs. Payne for grades 6-8. Information about prizes will be shared soon as our classes compete to see who can bring in the most Box Tops!
Winter Basketball is here!
Grades > ELA-8
Attention students in Grades 5-8:
If you are interested in playing recreational basketball, please email Coach Eberhart to add you to one of the teams. If you are a parent and would like to help coach one of these teams, please email Coach Eberhart  for more information.
Halloween Bash
Grades > ELA-8
Student Council is sponsoring a Halloween Bash November 1st from 6pm-8pm at Thatcher Hall for 6-8 graders. The evening will be filled with fun activities like basketball, volleyball, corn hole, goblin bowling, board games and fun music to dance to. We will start outside for the first hour and move inside for the second hour. You can wear your costume if you wish. Otherwise this is a casual event. We ask that you follow the Tiger Day dress guidelines. Each student is asked to bring an item for the refreshment table. Sixth graders are to bring cups (a set of 25 plastic cups),seventh graders are to bring their favorite snack (cookies, chips, pretzels), and eighth graders are to bring bring a 2 liter of their favorite drink ( soda, lemonade, fruit punch). Remember to only bring snacks that do not contain nuts. This event is a chance for our students and teachers to get together and have some fun. We hope to see you there!
3rd - 5th Grade Book Clubs Coming in November and December
Grades > ELA-8
The library is excited to be offering after-school book clubs for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in November and December. 

Students are not required to be at every meeting in order to be part of a book club. They may pick and choose which meeting(s) to attend. 

At each meeting, we will discuss one book. Students should come to the meeting having read the book. Students are welcome to bring a snack from home. 

We will offer a regular 4:00 dismissal. (Students can get picked up at the side door, stay for extended day, or ride the bus home at 4:00.) 

Schedule (all meetings will run from 3:15 - 4:00): 

3rd and 4th Grade Book Club:

11/12 (Wednesday) – Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman
12/4 (Thursday) – Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
12/11 (Thursday) – A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

5th Grade Book Club: 
11/11 (Tuesday) – Sidekicked by John David Anderson
12/3 (Wednesday) – Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
12/10 (Wednesday) – Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

If you have any questions about the book clubs or if you would like to be added to an e-mail list for reminders closer to the meeting dates, please e-mail 3rd - 8th grade Librarian Liz Overberg at loverberg@darlingtonschool.org. 
Varsity Wrestling Practice Begins Wednesday, Oct. 29
Grades > 9-12
Varsity Wrestling practice begins Wednesday after school, 4:00, for all interested students not currently participating in a fall sport.  Please see Coach McDurmon (P24) if you are interested or have any questions.
Servant Leadership for the Week
Grades > 9-12

Monday

McHenry Elementary leaving the Library steps @ 3:45 and will be returning to campus by 5:30. We will be making edible Halloween witch hats with the children.  Mr. Shorey will be the chaperone for this event.  Limited to one bus. 

Tuesday

Open Door October Birthday Party and Pumpkin Carving leaving the Library steps @ 4:15 and will be returning to campus by 6:00pm. Mrs. Yarborough will be the chaperone for this event.  Limited to one bus.

Wednesday

Boys and Girls Club, South leaving the Library steps @ 3:45 and will be returning to campus by 5:30.  We will be celebrating Halloween with the children.  Ms. Willoughby will be the chaperone for this event.  Limited to one bus. 

Thursday

Boys and Girls Club, West leaving the Library steps @ 3:45 and returning to campus by 5:30.  We will be celebrating Halloween with the children.  Ms. Willoughby will be the chaperone for this event.  Limited to one bus. 

UPCOMING SERVANT LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Rome Action Ministries Food Bank Tuesday, November 4th leaving from the library steps @ 3:45 and returning to campus by 5:30.  We will be organizing supplies and food for distributing to those in need in the Floyd County area.  Mrs. Dodd will be the chaperone for this event.  Limited to one bus.

Stay tuned for many more Opportunities! Thanks in advance for your commitment to service.

Red Ribbon Week Special Dress Days!!
Grades > 9-12
The School Counseling office, Student Life and the House Senate are teaming together to promote Red Ribbon week, October 27-31. Red Ribbon week is a week dedicated to bringing awareness of making positive, safe, and healthy choices in your life. Please enjoy these fun dress options while thinking about your everyday choices.



10/27 Monday: Sock it to drugs day (crazy socks with casual dress)
10/28 Tuesday: Run from drugs (sweats or running clothes)
10/29 Wednesday: Don't "tie one on" with drugs or alcohol (all students would still have to wear chapel day dress, but guys would go without ties and also an emphasis on wearing the Red Ribbon Week bracelets)
10/30 Thursday: Too cool for drugs: wear sunglasses
10/31 Friday: Say BOO to drugs day (Halloween costumes)
"Y" Cabinet Thanksgiving Service Project
Grades > 9-12
This year the Upper School Thanksgiving service project will benefit Rome Action Ministries Food Pantry and the Backpack Buddies Program. Freshman and Senior advisory groups will be collecting items for the Backpack Buddies. Sophomore and Junior advisory groups will collect donations for the Food Pantry. Advisers have a list of needed items. All donations should be made by Wednesday, November 19. Advisory groups with 100% participation will receive a casual dress day on return from Thanksgiving Break.
Swim and Dive Team
Grades > 9-12
Swim and Dive practice has begun! If you are interested in swimming or diving, please contact Coach Hudson at mhudson@darlingtonschool.org
Global Studies Trip to France in Summer 2015
Grades > 9-12
Darlington students are invited to spend the first days of summer 2015 in Lille, France, on a trip sponsored by the European Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Education as part of a partnership between Darlington School's Global Studies Program and Huntingdon College. 

Led by Huntingdon's Dr. Samir Moussalli and Darlington French and Global Issues teacher Eric Braun, the trip to Lille will depart June 6 and return June 14. Side trips to Paris and Brussels will also be included.
 Participants will have the opportunity to earn three college credits.

Click here for more information. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due by the end of October. To register, contact Eric Braun. 





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