School Notes for December 3

• Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: The deadline for the first magnet school lottery is Friday, Dec. 10. For more information, call Student Placement at 980-343-5335 or e-mail … Schools are closed Dec. 22 to 31 for winter break.

• Gaston County Schools: Schools are closed Dec. 22 to 31 for winter break.

• Coulwood Middle School: The school hosts a senior citizen breakfast Saturday, Dec. 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. The meal is sponsored by Coulwood staff, students and community members. Call the school, 980-343-6069, with any questions.

• East Gaston High: The school dismisses early Wednesday, Dec. 8, for the Stanley parade. … The school hosts an Interact Christmas party Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. … The PLC meets Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.

• Francis Bradley Middle: The band performs a concert Monday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. … The school distributes mid-quarter progress reports Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 7 and 8. … The orchestra performs a concert Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. … The school offers two dance concerts: Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. … The PTA meets Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. … The PTA board meets Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. … Students participate in “Red and Green Day” Dec. 21.

• Hopewell High School: Students rehearse for The Christmas Belle Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2 and 3, and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 6 and 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The Christmas Belle performances run Wednesday to Saturday, Dec. 8 to 11, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. … The orchestra performs a concert Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. … The Athletic Booster Club meets Dec. 13 at 7 a.m. … The school’s JROTC enjoys a Winter Ball beginning at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the school cafeteria.

• Lake Norman Charter: Applications for the 2011-12 school year lottery are available at the middle and high school campuses, 12435 Old Statesville Road, as well as on the school’s website, The deadline for applying is Jan. 31.

• Long Creek Elementary: The school’s honors choir meets Wednesdays this month, Dec. 8 and 15, at 7:30 a.m. … The school distributes progress reports Thursday, Dec. 9. … The school’s Chess Club meets Fridays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at 7:30 a.m. … The school hosts holiday parties Dec. 21. Volunteers must be registered in order to attend.

• Mount Holly Middle: The school seeks donations to help Gaston County Cancer Services, including soups, Gatorade, Powerade and meal replacement drinks such as Ensure and Boost.

• Mountain Island Charter: Parents may register for “Kids’ Night Out!” scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 10 p.m. The evening includes games, crafts, a movie and
 popcorn and children ages 3 to 12 
are welcome to attend. The cost is $25 per student, and $20 per sibling. Register by e-mailing Mary 
Smith at … The school hosts two holiday musical programs on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Kindergarten and first-grade students perform at 5:30 p.m., and second- and third-graders perform at 7 p.m. Sixth- and seventh-graders perform Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. with select fifth-graders performing a pre-show at 6 p.m. …The school will hold its admissions lottery for kindergarten through eighth grade Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. at the New Covenant United Methodist Church. Applications will be available through the school’s website, The application period closes at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 7.

• Mountain Island Elementary: Third-graders travel to Old Salem Dec. 10 for a field trip. … Students enjoy winter parties at school Dec. 21 beginning at 1 p.m.

• Oakdale Elementary: The Parent University seminar, “Five components of literacy,” takes place Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the media center. … Fifth graders perform a music program Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.

• Paw Creek Elementary: Sonic restaurant on Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road hosts a Paw Creek Elementary family night Dec. 3 from 2:30 to 8 p.m., with a portion of the evening’s proceeds benefiting the school’s PTA. … The school’s chorus performs a winter music program Dec. 21 in the auditorium. Students in kindergarten, first and second grade perform from 8 to 9 a.m. and students in third, fourth and fifth grade perform from 9 to 10 a.m.

• Pine Lake Preparatory:
The school is now accepting online enrollment applications at

• Pinewood Elementary: The school offers a holiday program Thursday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m.

• Ramah Christian Classical School: The school closes Dec. 22 for the winter holiday. Classes resume Jan. 4.

• River Oaks Academy: The school’s PTA holiday program is Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. … The school’s band will perform in the Hopewell High School Christmas Show, at 11530 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. … The PTA cookie dough pick up is Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. … The school’s winter ball is Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

• Saint Mark Catholic: The school hosts its annual Carols in the Courtyard Friday, Dec. 3. This year, the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes are the featured performers.  … The school closes Wednesday, Dec. 8, in observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. … The school’s band performs Thursday, Dec., 9, and the choir performs Dec. 10 at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Huntersville. A portion of the sales on those days will benefit Saint Mark. … Parents with questions regarding school activities should contact the school at 704-766-5000, read the Thursday Packet delivered via e-mail or visit the website at

• Whitewater Middle:
The school offers a winter concert Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.

• West Mecklenburg High School: The school distributes progress reports Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 7 and 8. … The fine arts department offers a holiday concert and art exhibit Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium.

• Whitewater Academy: Yearbooks are available for pre-sale Monday, Dec. 6. Through Dec. 17 … The school distributes progress reports Thursday, Dec. 9. … Kindergarten, first- and second-graders compete in a spelling bee Friday, Dec. 10, at 8 a.m. in the media center … The school hold a science fair Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. … Parents enjoy a Parents Night Out Dec. 17 from 2 to 6 p.m.

– Compiled by Christina Ritchie Rogers

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