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Cannonball House Offers Program for Homeschool Students

The Cannonball House is offering an new program called “History Trunk” to homeschooled students in grades 4th – 6th.

The dates for this class will be April 1, April 8, April 15 and April 22. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Each week students will learn about a family member who lived at the Cannonball House.

They will experience what it took to live in the 19th century and discover items in the History Trunk.

Space is limited. Reservations required. Price: $30 for entire class.

Cutoff date for reservations: March 28, 2011.

For more information or to make reservations, please call The Cannonball House (478)-745-5982 POC: Brenda Dobson or e-mail info@cannonballhouse.org


Resource Group Meeting for Parents of Students with Disabilities

The Program for Exceptional Children’s Parent Mentors will hold a Family & Community Support Group for parents of students with disabilities on Tuesday, February 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Wesley Glen Ministries.

This will be the second meeting of the group.

The meetings serve as a support group for families of children with different types of disability, ages, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds, and it is designed to provide support and encouragement, share resources, build parent leaders and capacity, thereby increasing family engagement and student achievement.

Future meetings will be held monthly, and they are open to community members interested in supporting families of children with disabilities or volunteering in different capacities.

At its first meeting, 22 adults and 10 children attended.

CRCT Workshop for Parents at Heritage Elementary

Heritage Elementary is hosting a Preparing for the CRCT & Mastering Test Taking Skills workshop for parents on Tuesday, February 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The workshop will be led by Deb Eidam, Counselor, and Rebecca Lober, Technology Specialist. Parents will learn how their students can practice the CRCT online, tips on good study habits, how they can help students prepare for the CRCT, and how they can reinforce test taking strategies at home.

“We want to give parents the training and information they need to help their children be successful on the CRCT and other tests,” says Family Engagement Facilitator Lewanna Stubbs. “We hope to help parents feel confident in their ability to help their children prepare for this test, and we want them to learn good study habits and useful test taking tips that they can share and teach at home.”    

Family Literacy Night at Ingram-Pye Elementary

Ingram-Pye Elementary will hold a Family Literacy Night on February 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. that will feature author and Bibb County School District graduate Marcia Waller-Searcy.

She will be reading to the children and sharing with them how she became an author. Parents will participate in an information session that will include a CRCT Overview (What to expect on the CRCT test), test taking strategies and tips, and brain foods for standardized test.

“We want the students and parents to be ready for the CRCT, as well as to let parents know how important it is to read to their children and have their children read to them,” says Ingram-Pye Family Engagement Facilitator Loraine Adams. “It is our goal that they will leave with useful information that will help them prepare their children on the upcoming CRCT.”

Bibb Spelling Bee Winners to Compete in District Competition

31 students came together at Appling Middle School as the top spellers from 24 elementary and seven middle schools to compete for the Bibb County Spelling Bee Champion last month.

Howard Middle School's seventh grade student Jeremy Watts won. Second place winner is Taylor Elementary fifth grade student Junus Searcy and third place is fifth grade student Takirra Roberts from Bruce Elementary.

The winning word was "succotash."

Watts and Searcy will compete in the District Six Spelling Bee at Fort Valley State University on February 26.

The District Competition winner will then go on to compete in the State Spelling Bee Competition at Georgia State University on March 18.

D.A.R.E. Skate Party

Who: Bibb County Public School 5th graders in the D.A.R.E Program 

When: February 17, 2011 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm 

Where: Olympia Family Fun Center, 5020 Mercer University Drive

First D.A.R.E. skate party this year, hosted by Youth & Intervention Services

I-75 Weekend Lane Closures

From Saturday, February 12 through Friday, February 18 on I-75 north and southbound between Pierce Ave. and Arkright Rd., a single lane closure will occur during various times.

That is according to a Georgia Department of Transportation news release.

The lane closures will occur:

I-75 southbound: From 7 a.m. through 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13.

I-75 north and southbound: from 9 p.m. through 6 a.m., Monday, February 14 through Friday, February 25.