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Jefferson Intermediate Bulletin for Friday, October 20, 2017

Optimist Club Essay Contest he Fairbury Optimist Club is giving students an opportunity to earn money for college with their 2017-18 essay contest. This contest is open to students from Deshler, Diller-Odell, Fairbury, Meridian, Thayer Central and Tri County who are under the age of 18 as of Oct. 1, 2017. The first place winner will receive $150, with the runner up receiving $75. The winning essays will go on to the district level where there are more opportunities for college scholarships. “Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Club President Diane Schutt said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.” Students who are interested need to write a 700-800 word essay examining the question, “Can Society Function Without Respect?” Shaun Friedrichsen, Co-organizer of the Fairbury Optimist Essay Contest, explained that this is a great chance for students who want to pursue higher education. “A lot of times our society focuses on sports and activities. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it puts some students who may not have those skills at a disadvantage. There needs to be a balance, which is why, in addition to the athletic events we sponsor, we have continued to offer this and the oratorical contest to give more students the chance to shine. There are many academically talented students in the region, and this is a great way to showcase their talents. We encourage students to take part in this contest that can provide some funds for college. Friedrichsen hopes that students will take the opportunity to participate in this long-standing contest. He explained that the Fairbury Optimist Club had a record-setting turnout for essays last year, and he would like to see that number continue to grow. “The Optimist Essay Contest is something that is important to me because I participated in it when I was in high school,” said Friedrichsen. “I know that taking on another essay can be a daunting task on top of homework and other activities, but believe me, it is worth it. This is a great way to let your voice be heard, plus it gives you great experience for college. Last year we had nearly 20 essays, which is outstanding. We would love to see more students submit essays this year.” More details about the contest can be found on the application form, which can be found here. Essays must be sent to the following address by Jan. 12, 2017: Diane Schutt, Fairbury Optimist Club President 700 11th Street Fairbury, NE 68352 If anyone has questions, they can contact Shaun Friedrichsen at 402-587-2196 or email him at shaunfriedrichsen@gmail.com.


Parent/Teacher Conferences First quarter parent/teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 17th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, Thursday, October 19th from 10:00am-6:00pm. School will be in session for all students on Tuesday, October 17th, however, there will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, October 19th and NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 20th Parent/Teacher Conference: Each conference with teachers will typically be limited to 20 minutes in order for all parents to have an opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher. If additional time is necessary, teachers will be willing to schedule another time to meet with parents. In the event that a waiting line has formed outside of a teacher’s classroom, please take this opportunity to visit another of your child’s teachers and to visit the Scholastic Book Fair. A sign will be posted on each teacher’s classroom door indicating when a parent conference is in session. Please respect other parents’ privacy and refrain from entering during this time. While Jefferson Intermediate students (3rd-6th) are welcome to attend and participate in the conference sessions, it is recommended that families arrange for alternate childcare for younger siblings and/or relatives who often find waiting, sitting and listening during conferences challenging. In the event that the designated time period for your child’s conference conflicts with your schedule, please contact your child’s teacher at school to let her know which time period will work for you. We thank you in advance for your support and commitment to your child’s education as demonstrated by your attendance and participation in Parent/Teacher Conferences. We look forward to meeting with you soon.


4th Grade Music Concert Dear Parents/Guardians, It is about three weeks until the 4th Grade Music Concert! I wanted to update you and your families on the upcoming expectations. The concert will be Tuesday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. It is Halloween themed. Please have students arrive at the concert by 6:40 p.m. Students are to provide their own costume for that evening. It must be school-appropriate, but they are encouraged to wear anything Halloween-spirited. **If choosing to order online, it is a good idea to check item descriptions to ensure that all parts of a costume are included (not just what might be in the advertising pictures). Please also be sure to consider the time and extra fees that shipping will require for the costume to arrive on time for the concert! For those wanting some help in costume searching, you can visit the following websites for some helpful ideas: http://www.orientaltrading.com/halloween-costumes-a1-555601.fltr http://www.partycity.com/category/halloween+costumes.do https://www.spirithalloween.com/section/kids/1563.uts http://www.buycostumes.com/ https://www.wholesalehalloweencostumes.com/pages/kids-costumes?via=573cc52369702d1136000516 Costumes can also be found in local stores, or homemade for those who are crafty! There are some costume restrictions: Students are not to wear a mask that covers the mouth. It is part of their grade that I can see them singing. Students are not to wear fake blood. If a student wears paint they should not paint fake wounds. Fake weapons (such as guns, knives, scythes, tridents, saws, swords, hammers, or anything related to that nature) are also not allowed. If your family needs some costume ideas, assistance in creating a costume (rather than buying one), or needs to borrow costume pieces, please contact me at hpahre@fairburyjeffs.org or call and leave me a message at (402) 729-5041. Here’s to a Spook-tacular event! Miss Pahre


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