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November 27, 2022

Dear A.B. Combs families,

 

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Please read below for important updates:

 

Combs Spirit Day: Each week leading up to winter break, we are celebrating different spirit days.  On Wednesday, November 30th, students are invited to share their school spirit and wear their Combs gear to school on this day!

 

Combs Food Drive: Help us give back to our community friend, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.  They support our school with the Backpack Buddy program and we are collecting canned/pre-packaged goods beginning Monday, November 21st through December 2nd.  

 

Inaugural Ball: Please mark your calendars for our annual Inaugural Ball.  All families are invited to attend this memorable event to celebrate the inauguration of our student body president, Lighthouse team members, and class representatives.  It will be held outdoors and families are invited to join us at the school track at 9:15 on Thursday, December 1st.  There is a rain date of Friday, December 2nd.  Families are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to enjoy this event.

 

Early Release: Next Monday, December 5th is Early Release.  School will be dismissed at 1pm on this day.

 

Spelling Bee: It is time for the AB Combs Spelling Bee for grades 1st-5th.  If you are interested in allowing your child to participate, please contact your child’s teacher to receive the spelling lists to study.  Classroom spelling bees will be held the week of November 28th.  Top winners will then progress to the grade level spelling bee and then the final spelling bee will be held after the Winter Break.  If you have any questions, please reach out to our PTA spelling bee coordinator Trista Vandevenne at spellingbee@abcombspta.com.

 

Science Fair: Please save the date for our annual Combs Science Fair and family STEM Night on Thursday, January 19th.  Participation in the Science Fair is optional for Kindergarten - 4th grade.  It is required for our 5th graders this year.  Registration will open on Monday, November 28th and will close on Tuesday, December 20th.  You will find the registration link and other important information about this year's Science Fair on our school website under the  Academics and Programs tab beginning November 28th.  All students will be learning about the Science Fair and learning how to conduct a scientific investigation during their Imagineering Team 8 to help encourage participation and build excitement for this Combs tradition.  Families, please complete this survey to help us prepare for upcoming parent sessions regarding the science fair.

 

Clothes needed: Our front office keeps extra clothes on hand for students in the event of an emergency.  If you have any children’s clothing (sizes 5-14) that you are willing to donate, we would greatly appreciate it.  Clothing items can be dropped off in the front office.

 

Gator Giving: Are you interested in helping any of our Combs students this holiday season?  Our PTA is coordinating our Gator Giving community outreach and you can find out more information here.

 

Magnet Tours: Do you know families that would like to tour our school for the 2023-24 school year?  Our magnet tours are underway and interested families can sign up on our school website.  

 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Monday, November 28th-Friday, December 2nd: Food Drive continues

Week of November 28th: Classroom Spelling Bees

Wednesday, November 30th: Combs Spirit Day

Thursday, December 1st: Inaugural Ball at 9:15 at the school track (rain date Dec 2nd)

Monday, December 5th: Early Release, school dismissed at 1pm

 

Please continue to visit our website at www.wcpss.net/combses and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  Have a wonderful weekend, great gators!

 

Juley Sexton

Principal