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Register your child for Tybee Island 6th Annual Spelling Bee, Oct. 2

Friday, September 12th, 2014

2014 Tybee Island Spelling Bee Tybee Maritime Academy Students in 4th-8th grade are invited to participate in Tybee Island’s 6th Annual Spelling Bee, 6:30 PM Thursday, October 2, 2014 @ Tybee YMCA gym. (Teams arrive by 5:45 pm)

All money raised will be donated to the Tybee Island Maritime Academy to be used toward technology for students.

Organizers are seeking teams to participate (students in 4th – 8th grade from any schools or home-schoolers) as well as sponsors to help underwrite the event, and of course, people to come cheer on the teams.

Contact Rory Coyle via email at rorydennette@gmail.com or Brenda Marion via email at brenda.b.marion@gmail.com

Admission is $5 per adult, $2 per student.

There will also be a split-the-pot raffle available. Tickets will be sold prior to the bee and the night of. Raffle tickets at $5 each or 5 for $20.

Teams are given rules and asked to familiarize themselves with them. The teams have 4 people on them. There are 3 adults and one student (grades 4-8). If a team needs a student, the school has them waiting in the wings. The teams can huddle after they are given the word, then only one person comes to the microphone at a time. Each person on the team spells in turn.

Teams can raise money for their team to earn a “spell-a-gain.” The team who raises the most money wins one “spell-a-gain”, which entitles that team to a new word if they misspelled the word given.

A second “spell-a-gain” will be awarded to a team. For every $100 each team raises the team’s name will be placed in the hat. So if they raise $200, it will be placed in twice, $300 three times, etc. One lucky team will be drawn from the hat and awarded a “spell-a-gain”.

All money earned by the teams should be cash or checks made payable to Tybee Island Maritime Academy.

Words used will be taken from the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee here.

Teams dress up, and act crazy. It’s a family event and lots of fun for all.

Contact Rory Coyle via email at rorydennette@gmail.com or Brenda Marion via email at brenda.b.marion@gmail.com

Tybee Spelling Bee, Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:30 pm (Teams arrive by 5:45 pm), Tybee YMCA gym

FREE STEM Festival, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Sept. 20

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Free kids events Savannah Statesboro STEM Festival 2014 Georgia Southern

Bring the kids to celebrate Science, Engineering, Technology and Math at Georgia Southern University at STEM Festival 2014

This FREE fun-filled community event will be Sept. 20, 2014
10 AM – 4 PM

Nessmith-Lane Building
*847 Plant Drive on the Georgia Southern Campus

50+ Exploration stations will provide hands-on activities for children young and old. Activities appropriate for elementary, middle and high school will be available.

STEM Fest activities include:

See robotics in action
Learn how video games are created
Make ice-cream with liquid nitrogen
Blast off Alka-Seltzer rockets
Gaze at the stars in Georgia Southern’s Planetarium
Learn about Georgia Archaeology with the ArchaeoBus
Participate with NASA
Go on a mission with the Army
See competition awardees and their presentations
and much more

Free guest parking will be available in lot #32; bus parking available in lot C behind the Nessmith Lane building
Food will be available for purchase.

Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education, Georgia Southern University, (912) 478-2549, stem@georgiasouthern.edu

FOR MORE FREE KIDS’ EVENTS IN SAVANNAH & THE LOWCOUNTRY, CLICK HERE.

Attention K-2 teachers, homeschool groups: apply for Savannah Music Festival’s FREE Musical Explorers program

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

homeschool resources programs in SavannahTeachers & homeschool groups, have you applied yet for Musical Explorers, Savannah Music Festival’s new partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute?

Musical Explorers has been a huge hit with New York City schools, and in 2014-15 Savannah Music Festival will be the first organization in the nation to adapt Musical Explorers for a community outside of New York.

Deadline to apply has been extended to Mon. Aug. 18. More information on the program and an application for 2014-15 can be found  by clicking here.

Musical Explorers is a K-2 arts education program where students learn about their community, their city, their state and all the diverse musical styles that can be found in Georgia and the southeast. They also learn basic music skills and vocabulary. During the 2014-2015 school year, students explore various music styles including blues, classical, African-American spirituals, jazz, Slave Shouts, and bluegrass, embarking on a musical journey through the cultures found in and around Savannah.

For each genre of music, the students are “introduced” to a local artist, and songs and activities associated with the artist (3 artists per semester, 6 artists total). At the end of each semester, students meet the musicians they’ve learned about in the classroom live on stage, performing the songs from the curriculum in an interactive concert.

Click here watch a brief video, with footage put together by Carnegie Hall, that gives you the teacher’s perspective. (Just imagine your students going to the Lucas Theatre for the concert instead of Carnegie Hall!)

Some more program features:
*Two interactive concerts (fall and spring) per year in downtown Savannah featuring mulitcultural vocalists
*Two professional development workshops for participating teachers (fall and spring)
*An online, interactive Teacher Guide with accompanying musical excerpts, featuring lessons and creative extensions for yearlong coursework, geared toward both music and general classroom teachers
*Online, printable student activities

This program is absolutely free for participating schools!

More information on the program and an application for 2014-15 can be found  by clicking here.

The Sandbox Children’s Museum offers FREE admission to S.C. rising kindergartners

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Free admission for rising kindergartners Sandbox Children's MuseumThe Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. presents the second annual Countdown to Kindergarten. This is a celebration for rising kindergartners and their families.

FREE ADMISSION FOR RISING SOUTH CAROLINA KINDERGARTENERS!

August 15, 2014, 5p-8p. Countdown to Kindergarten provides parents with an opportunity to connect with representatives from school districts, state agencies and community to learn about available educational, health and community resources. Let the countdown begin!

About The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum

The Sandbox is an interactive children’s museum dedicated to the positive development of young children through educational play in an atmosphere that fosters family and community. Established in 2005, and located on the south end of Hilton Head Island, The Sandbox is the only non-profit play and learning center of its kind in the Low Country featuring region-related exhibits, crafts and programming specifically designed to stimulate curiosity, evoke creativity and motivate learning in children ages eight and under. For more information about The Sandbox, visit www.thesandbox.org  or call (843) 842-7645.

For more information, call The Sandbox at 843-842-7645 or e-mail crinehart@thesandbox.org .

The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 18-A Pope Avenue, next to St. Andrew’s by the Sea United Methodist Church, Hilton Head Is., 29928 www.thesandbox.org

 

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah to offer new science programs for homeschool families

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

homeschool nature programs Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Savannah Attention homeschool families in the Greater Savannah area

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (formerly called The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens ) is happy to announce the addition of four new educational programs to their popular Roots & Shoots Environmental Education curriculum.

These wonderful new programs include lessons on the water cycle, pollinators, nature poetry and Odonatas (dragonflies!). Please click here for more information

These educational programs are based on Georgia state standards for science grades K-6. Some programs start in September and all programs fill up quickly.

Registration begins next week on Monday, July 7th. C ost is $5 to $8 per child per program. More information here. 

Melissa & Doug “Sunny Patch” sale extended to June 16 @ Barnett Educational Supplies, Savannah

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Barnett's Melissa and Doug Spring 2014 sale Savannah

The May 2014 sale on Melissa & Doug “Sunny Patch” items at Barnett Educational Supplies, Savannah has been extended to June 16!

Buy 2 and Get One FREE during the month of May 2014.

Store Hours:
M-F 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sun Closed during April, May and June

Please like Barnett on Facebook here to stay updated on their sales.

Barnett Educational Supplies, 38 W De Renne Ave., Savannah, 31405-6742, tel: 912-356-1878, email barneduc@bellsouth.net www.barnetteducationalsupplies.com , Barnett Educational Supplies is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Bring a Friend to School @ St. Andrew’s School, Wilmington Is.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Private schools in Savannah

BRING A FRIEND TO SCHOOL

On Friday, May 9, St. Andrew’s School - a private school on Wilmington Is. in Savannah –is inviting rising Pre-K through Grade 11 students to shadow a current St. Andrew’s student.  A prospective student will attend classes, be our guest for lunch and learn more about the St. Andrew’s community.

Call 897.4941, x. 452 to reserve a spot for your son or daughter.

St. Andrew’s School recently received recognition as one of the most challenging high schools in the nation. This marks the third year in a row for the Savannah private school to receive the honor.

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com  St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

St. Andrew’s School in Savannah named one of the top challenging U.S. high schools

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Private schools in Savannah

St. Andrew’s School - a private school on Wilmington Is. in Savannah – recently received recognition as one of the most challenging high schools in the nation. This marks the third year in a row for the Savannah private school to receive the honor.

From the over 2,000 public and private schools ranked, St. Andrew’s placed 18th overall and received the highest ranking of any private school nationwide. The Washington Post’s Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country for over 15 years.

“I’m thrilled that St. Andrew’s is again being recognized for one of our distinguishing characteristics–that we provide a challenging curriculum to all of our students while giving them the individual attention and supportive environment they need to help them meet that challenge,” said Sara Rubinstein, Upper School Head. “The honor speaks to our providing a meaningful and rigorous college prep curriculum to 100% of our students through our open access International Baccalaureate Program.”

View the Post’s challenging list by clicking here.

Savannah Arts Academy was also included on the list & ranked at No. 268.

St. Andrew’s School St. Andrew’s is an independent, International Baccalaureate World School in Savannah, Georgia. For more information on the private Pre-K through Grade 12 school, visit www.saintschool.com

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com  St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

You’re invited: Candidates’ Forum for Savannah-Chatham School Board President, May 7

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

school board election Vote May 20 for Savannah-Chatham School Board President

Be a savvy parent. Know your candidates.
The PTAs for Garrison Elementary, Jacob G. Smith Elementary, Charles Ellis Montessori Academy & Heard Elementary along with SouthernMamas.com are sponsoring a non-partisan candidates’ forum.

Come & hear where the candidates stand on issues that directly affect our children’s lives.  Chances are this school board will be responsible for appointing our next superintendent.

Candidates’ Forum
Forum moderator: WSAV Coastal Sunrise morning anchor Dave Kartunen
JEA
5111 Abercorn St.
Savannah, Ga. 31405
Wed. May 7, 6:30-8 PM
FREE Childcare will be available with RSVP by Monday, May 5th to Jennifer Rich at
912-355-8111 or programming@savj.org

FREE & open to the public

The May 20 Savannah-Chatham School Board President election is especially important because the contract for Superintendent Dr. Thomas B. Lockamy, Jr. will be up for a board vote in 2016. So the new school board may pick his successor, which will set the direction for the school system for years to come. The president is the only position that will change. Everyone else is running uncontested to keep their seats. The current president, Joe Buck, is term limited out so the president seat is open.

This election can directly affect the lives of our children.

Know your candidates

All 5 candidates (Sadie C. Brown, Jolene Byrne, Chester A. Ellis, George Seaborough & David Simons) plan to attend this May 7 non-partisan candidates forum at the JEA.

Julie Wade – Board of Education Representative, District One at Savannah-Chatham County Public School System – will give a brief introduction about some important issues that the board will be dealing with and talk about some ways parents can get involved in school governance.  The candidates will introduce themselves and then answer questions submitted by the public.

FREE Childcare will be available with RSVP by Monday, May 5th to Jennifer Rich at 912-355-8111 or programming@savj.org

 

MORE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT CANDIDATE FORUMS:

• 6 PM Wed. April 23: Downtown Neighborhood Association Debate at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St.
• 6 PM Tues. April 29: Junior League of Savannah Debate at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St.
• 6:30 PM Wed. May 7: PTA/Southernmamas.com Forum at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

FREEBIES JUST FOR SHOWING YOUR ‘I VOTED’ STICKER MAY 20

Check out the Savannah businesses that will offer sweet freebies on May 20 when you show your ‘I voted’ sticker. May 20 is the Savannah-Chatham school board president election.

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Test prep books, flashcards available @ Barnett Educational Supplies, Savannah

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Barnett test prep books, products Savannah

It’s hard to just have one, but Barnett Educational Supplies staff in Savannah narrowed down their list of must-haves to share with you! Stop in they’ll show you why these products are number one on their list.

Test prep Barnett Savannah Test Prep Math Word Problem flash cards, $2.99

test practice books Barnett Savannah Test Practice books available in grades 1-8, $15.99

Test prep flashcards Barnett Savannah Test Prep flash cards available in grades 2-6, $12.99

Shop Local, Shop Barnett!

Store Hours:
M-F 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sun Closed during April, May and June

Please like Barnett on Facebook here to stay updated on their sales.

Barnett Educational Supplies, 38 W De Renne Ave., Savannah, 31405-6742, tel: 912-356-1878, email barneduc@bellsouth.net www.barnetteducationalsupplies.com , Barnett Educational Supplies is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.