State Treasurer and State Board of Education Member Selects Ferguson~Easley Elementary Stock Market Team As A North Carolina Capitol Challenge Partner
Published by Chardonnay Labbon on April 1, 2014
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For five years, under the direction of Ms. Beverly McClellan, media coordinator, and Ms. Del Gibbs, Teacher Assistant, Ferguson~Easley Elementary School (FEES) has participated in the state’s Stock Market Game (SMG).  The SMG gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 while utilizing technology to learn economic and financial concepts.  In addition to participating in the SMG, the FEES team was selected by the Honorable Janet Cowell, Treasurer of the State of North Carolina and a member of the State Board of Education, to be their NC Capitol Challenge Partner.  This is the first time that an elementary school has been chosen for this initiative.  Treasurer Cowell, Suzanne Ruggles, Communication Programs Manager; Sandy Wheat, Executive Director, North Carolina Council on Economic Education in addition to Dr. Frank Till, Cumberland County Schools’ superintendent, visited FEES on March 27th and spent time with the team discussing the team’s “Green Philosophy.”  It is not enough for the FEES team to merely make money with your investments. 

 

The FEES philosophy is to “make green with green” or in other words, make money with companies that are sustainable.  The FEES portfolio is 100% green with each investment being an investment in a stock that is committed to responsible environmental stewardship.  Treasurer Cowell has been so impressed with the FEES SMG team that she awarded Cumberland County Schools a check from unclaimed funds in the amount of $500.00.  Immediately, Dr. Till has graciously earmarked that money for the FEES SMG team to purchase a new computer, the one thing that they said they really needed to help with their stock market research. 

 

The Ferguson~Easley Elementary team has always placed in the North Carolina Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game.  The team has already won first place statewide in the Elementary School category for the 2013 fall competition.  They are working vigorously on their portfolios for the 2014 spring competition.  The team members are anxiously awaiting a decision on the winning team for the second half of this year to be announced in May.

 

A very special highlight of the visit was the power point presentation of Patches the Pig.  Treasurer Cowell read the story and discussed it with all first graders.   The focal point was an entertaining Financial Literacy lesson.  It was a remarkable afternoon for Ferguson~Easley Elementary School Students.

 

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Success Day
Published by Chardonnay Labbon on April 1, 2014
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Success Day for the 2nd nine weeks awards will be conducted during the 3rd nine weeks award program. The award program for grades 3 – 5 will be held at 9:00 am on Thursday, April  10, 2014. Also on Friday, April 11, 2014 grades K – 2 program will begin at 9:00 am as well. More information will be posted on our website, as well as flyers will be sent home and parent links calls will be made to keep you updated.  If you are not receiving parent link calls, please update your information at the school by calling 910-483-4883.

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FREE! Parent Workshop
Published by Chardonnay Labbon on March 25, 2014
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The Cumberland County Schools’ Student Services Department along with various community agencies are sponsoring a FREE parent workshop titled Not on My Watch-Know the Dangers of Child Sex Trafficking on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium of Douglas Byrd High School (1624 Ireland Drive/Fayetteville, NC.) For more information, call 910.678.2433.
        
Home & School Connection
Published by Chardonnay Labbon on March 25, 2014
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Working together for school success

April 2014 issue: Succeed with school projects

Wether your child is making a poster about plants or writing a report on Thomas Jefferson, a school project is a great learning opportunity! Here are some tips to help get the most out of their next big assignment.

        
“HAPPY” Spring Coronation Pageant
Published by Chardonnay Labbon on March 20, 2014
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We are seeking the next King & Queen of Ferguson-Easley Elementary!

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“HAPPY” Spring Coronation Pageant
Friday, May 9th @ 6:00 pm
$25.00 Entry Fee

Stylin’ in your best formal, casual, and silly outfits!

Trophies also awarded for most donation/advertisements sold and most photogenic!

Please see Mrs. Weymouth for an application! Applications and $25.00 entry fee are due by Friday, March 21st.

        
“FriendShip” School Dance
Published by Chardonnay Labbon on March 19, 2014
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You are invited to participate in the Ferguson-Easley Elementary “Friendship” Dance!

Friendship Dance & Sir Purr Fundraiser
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 21, 2014

Help us raise money so that we can bring the Carolina Panters mascot “Sir Purr” back to our school in May! The students enjoyed the Sirr Purr performance last year and we want to have him visit again.

The cost for the dance is $3.00 and there is no charge for parents/guardians to attend.

Refreshments will be sold at the dance to include pizza, chips, candy, and drinks.
Pizza – $1.50 (slice), juice boxes – $0.50, candy – $0.50 to $1.00, chips – $0.50

***Parents must be responsible for transportation for their child(ren). Every child must be picked up at the school by 4:00 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE!!!

The permission slips will be needed in order for your child(ren) to attend the dance

 

        
Reading Rocks With Math & Science
Published by Chardonnay Labbon on March 18, 2014
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Ferguson-Easley Elementary School Media Coordinator, Beverly McClellan, received a Reading Rocks With Math & Science grant from the E. E. Smith Giving Circle. This grant will assist her in collection development for resources in the 500s (math and science) both hardback books and electronic books.  The grant was in the amount of $3303. 63.

        
Congratulations Darriell Williams
Published by Chardonnay Labbon on March 14, 2014
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Congratulations to Darriell Williams for winning the Cumberland County Schools

 

E. E. Smith District Spelling Bee!

 

Darriell is a fifth grade student at Ferguson~Easley.

 

We are so proud of his accomplishment!

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Ms. Nettie Washington Douglass Makes A Historic Visit To Ferguson-Easley Elementary
Published by Chardonnay Labbon on March 7, 2014
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Ferguson~Easley Elementary School was elated that Ms. Nettie Washington Douglass was able to visit on Friday, February 28, 2014.  Ms. Douglass arrived on Ferguson~Easley’s campus around 10 am in order to visit classrooms and teach students about the origins of Black History Month and the contributions of her great, great grandfather, Frederick Douglass and her great  grandfather, Booker T. Washington.  The students of Ferguson~Easley Elementary truly enjoyed their interaction with Ms. Douglass.  She signed autographs and answered questions. The students looked at Ms. Douglass with amazement as she told the story of the 7-foot–tall bronze statue of her great~great grandfather that stands  in the U.S Capitol. “I say goodnight every night, and I say good morning,” she said. “I hope he’s saying, ‘I’m really proud of you.’”  Dr. Mary Hales, principal of Ferguson~Easley Elementary  treated Ms. Douglass to lunch at The Hilltop House along with the Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools Frank Till Jr.,  School Board Member Carrie Sutton, and NC House of Representative Richard Glazier. 
 
A floating reception was held for the honorable Ms. Douglass from 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm in the school’s media center to allow faculty and staff an opportunity to meet and greet her with face-to-face interaction.  During this time, she was able to discuss with the staff of Ferguson~Easley Elementary important events in her life and make history come alive with the historical time-line of events of her ancestors who were two phenomenal African American men who paved the way for so many others.  This event was catered by Simply for You and Grace Catering. 
 

Later that evening, Ms. Nettie Washington Douglass joined Ferguson~Easley Elementary for their Brotherhood/Black History Program. More than 200 parents, students, and community leaders filled the rows of chairs in Ferguson~Easley Elementary School’s auditorium Friday night to hear her speak.  Leaders included the platform guests, the honorable Nat Robertson, Mayor for the City of Fayetteville; Mr. Richard Glazier, NC House of Representatives; Mrs. Alicia Chisolm, Cumberland County Schools Board member; Dr. Wilson Lacy Chairman of the Fayetteville Business and Professional League; and Dr. Frank Till Jr., Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools. For most of her nearly hour-long presentation according to news reports, Ms. Douglass was an outline against a screen that sparkled through dozens of photos of the Douglass and Washington families. She began by discussing the Douglass’ side of the family, along with Frederick Douglass’ accomplishments and some of his major honors. Ms. Douglass showed photos of herself tracing the footsteps of places her ancestors had strolled, including Frederick Douglass’ former slave master’s home.  “I hope I piqued their interest to want to do more reading about Black History in general,” Douglass said about the students at Ferguson~Easley, “but specifically about Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington.”
 
 
 

Ferguson~Easley would like to give a big Thank You to Miss Eloise E. Melvin and Dr. Mary Hales for making this memorable event possible. Miss Melvin is the parent facilitator of Ferguson-Easley and also a sorority sister of Ms. Douglass.  Miss Melvin initiated the plan to bring Douglass to the school and Dr. Mary Hales gave her blessings.
 
“At first, I was reluctant because of the enormous fee that I assumed she would charge, according to Dr. Hales. However, the more we discussed the idea, the more excited I became.” “Miss Melvin and I began to set the wheels in motion. You know what? This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some of our boys and girls. It’s an unique opportunity for the history that students have been learning in the textbooks to come alive.  Students will be able to learn firsthand historical facts of the lives of two phenomenal contributors to the American society from a descendant of both of them.“
 
This is certainly an event that Ferguson~Easley Elementary School and the community of Fayetteville will never forget!!
  
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Biography of Ms. Nettie Washington Douglass
 
Booker T. Washington once said, “Through education, we must lift the veil of ignorance.”  Those historic words gave us insight into the answer for African-American success in America. Today, Ms. Nettie Washington Douglass brings those words to life through her continuous efforts to enlighten people everywhere.
 
Born in the historic town of Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, Ms. Douglass has the unique distinction of being “heir of two great Americans.” She is the first person to unite the two bloodlines of Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass. Through the union of her mother, Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter of Booker T. Washington) and her father, Dr. Frederick Douglass III (great grandson of Frederick Douglass), she is the great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington and the great ,great granddaughter of Frederick Douglass.
 
Both of her great ancestors were history makers who paved the way for many African-Americans. Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) freed himself from the chains of slavery to become a great orator, author, journalist, statesman and diplomat. Called the “father of the civil rights movement,” Frederick Douglass is credited with successfully urging Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
 
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) had a vision of equal education for the African-Americans when he established Tuskegee Institute in 1881, a Land Grant School, that has become one of America’s most prestigious, historically Black Colleges, now known as Tuskegee University. He also founded the National Business League and was advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt.
 
Ms. Douglass is a renowned speaker. As a small child, she began representing one or both of her famous ancestors at special events. Later, she chose to keep a low profile, while directing her attention and energy to what she describes as her “career of choice” – that of raising her family, her three children now adults.  With the urging of many, Ms. Douglass has again begun to share her ancestry.
 
Presenting the first 1950 San Francisco minted Booker T. Washington Commemorative Half Dollar to Joe DiMaggio; speaking at the New York State Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary Celebration in 1977 (where she received a citation naming her Ambassador of Goodwill); being commissioned a Kentucky Colonel; having a day named in her honor in Easton, MD; making her “acting” debut in Rochester, NY, and speaking at City Hall in Hamilton, Bermuda are just a few of Ms. Douglass’ numerous and varied appearances. While she gets tremendous pleasure and enjoyment from her “living history” presentations to students throughout the country, still vivid in her memory is what she describes as her most heartwarming experience to date. Ms. Douglass accepted the challenge to assist in the fund-raising efforts of the award-winning Frederick Douglass High School Marching Band of Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Douglass’ commitment to these students proved to be successful, thus allowing them to accept the invitation of Bermuda officials to perform in the Bermuda Day Parade. The Frederick Douglass High School Marching Band has the distinction of being the first “off island” band to be invited to perform in Bermuda’s second largest holiday celebration. “Witnessing an entire country embrace ninety-six students from an inner-city school is an experience I will treasure always.”
 
Ms. Douglass served as the national spokesperson for the “African-American Heritage Check Series.” She was instrumental in successfully introducing the check series to the Riggs National Bank of Washington (DC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture Credit Union and the Bank South Corporation of Georgia, now known as Bank of America. In recognition of this celebrated endeavor.  She was given a “key to the city” of Memphis, Tennessee by its mayor and a citation from the mayor of Washington, DC.
 
Ms. Douglass considers her greatest honor to be the publishing of one of her speeches with the most noted speeches of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington: “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?” and the “Atlanta Cotton Exposition” speech, respectively. The speeches were featured in “Vital Issues – The Journal of African American Speeches.”
 
Ms. Douglass is a past volunteer for the United Negro College Fund (founded by Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, the third President of Tuskegee Institute) and the Georgia State Games. She served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Frederick Douglass Museum in Washington, DC.
 
Ms. Douglass works in the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management, Office of Communications and Public Outreach. Additionally, she is currently working on a book.
 
 
        
Inclement Weather Make – up Days 2013 – 2014
Published by Chardonnay Labbon on March 3, 2014
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