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Murray Newsletter - February 17, 2010

CONESTOGA STUDENTS are RECIPIENTS
of
ROTARY CLUB BOOK GIFTS

The first week of February brought Plattsmouth Rotary Club
members to Conestoga Schools with priceless gifts of atlases
and dictionaries!

Below, Plattsmouth Rotary Club members stopped at Conestoga Elementary School last week to distribute 50 new dictionaries to all third-graders.

Rotarians, Keith Roby, Cheryl Blue, Marcy Wagner, and Brian Harvey are shown going through the new dictionaries with the students.

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Above, Brooklyn Anderson, a student in Mrs. Myrtue's third-grade class, looks up the word "Service" in her new dictionary. Plattsmouth Rotary Club promotes service as one of its goals.

Shown below, third Grader Zane Gansemer helps Mrs. Blue read what the word "service" means. He is a student in Mrs. Parson's third grade class.

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Above, Plattsmouth Rotarians also delivered 60 new atlases to the seven-graders at Conestoga High School. Marcy Wagner, Keith Roby and Cheryl Blue asked the students to look up Nigeria and India in
their new atlases as they talked about polio eradication efforts in those countries.

Below, Plattsmouth Rotary Club members, from left, Brian Harvey, President, Cheryl Blue, Marcy Wagner, Keith Roby and Jeanene Wehrbein, hold up the new atlases as a part of the club's Literacy Outreach Program.

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(Thanks to Jeanene Wehrbein for contributing the story in photos.)

 


 


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VOLUNTEERS to be HONORED at LOFTE


Each February the Lofte Community Theatre takes a deep breath before the start of its new season. An evening is set aside to salute its volunteers and honor them with food and gifts. This year, the Volunteer Recognition and Annual Meeting is set for Saturday, February 27th at 6pm.


The Dale Crosby Awards will be given to three of the Lofte's most outstanding volunteers. The award is named in honor of long-time Lofte President and friend, Dale Crosby of Weeping Water whom we lost in 2001. Mr. Crosby was a man who never found any job too small or unimportant. His dedication and hard work inspired many and he is still sorely missed.


In conjunction with the Volunteer Recognition activities, the Lofte Board of Directors will conduct a short business meeting to inform the public of its financial standing and plans for the future. Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert will also review the 2009 season highlighting his favorite performances and fondest memories. He will also announce his show selections for the 2011 season.


All members of the Lofte Community Theatre are invited to attend. Membership is earned if you have ever purchased a ticket, volunteered your time, donated funds or performed on stage. Basically, if you've ever been to the Lofte or helped in any way, you're invited! The evening is your chance to relax, catch-up with old friends and enjoy some delicious food.


Please RSVP for this event by calling the box office at (402) 234-2553 or emailing Jean Colbert at LofteTickets@Lofte.com.

The Lofte Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization supported in part by The Cooper Foundation, The Midlands Community Foundation, and the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee.  The Lofte Community Theatre is dedicated to providing opportunities for area residents of all ages to participate in the creation process and companionship of live theatre in rural Nebraska and to enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of this art form.



 

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Have a Heart!

Conestoga Girl Scout Troop 201

is collecting basic school supplies
for those children whose families may not be able to afford them.

Erasers, Pencils, Glue Bottles,
Rulers, Scissors, Colored Pencils,
Crayons, Markers, Glue Sticks

Drop off boxes are located at
Lake Ridge Golf Course and Murray State Bank
from
February 1st to March 1st.


CONESTOGA KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP - MARCH 24
by Rosanne Burg

We are now gathering names of students who will be attending kindergarten at Conestoga Elementary during the 2010-2011 school year.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before October 15, 2010, please complete this form and return it to Conestoga Elementary School, P.O. Box 68, Murray, NE  68409, or bring it to any of the Conestoga Public Schools attendance centers.

Your child will need the following before the first day of school:  1) a physical examination no earlier than six months prior to the first day of school (school begins approximately the middle of August). 2) A complete immunization record [3 doses of DtaP, DPT, or DT vaccine, 1 dose given on or after 4th birthday, 3 doses of Polio vaccine; 2 doses of MMR vaccine, given on or after 12 months of age and separated by at least 1 month; 3 doses Hepatitis B vaccine, 1 dose of varicella given after 12 months of age, or documentation of varicella disease]  3) Vision Evaluation - proof of vision examination taken within six months prior to first day of school.  4) An original raised seal birth certificate or a notarized copy of the original birth certificate.

Kindergarten Roundup will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010.  Anyone who has completed this form and returned it to the school office will receive more information regarding roundup approximately the first of March.  Please mark on the form below your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice for session times.  We will do the best we can to honor 1st session choices.


STUDENT'S NAME ________________________________

SEX________________

BIRTHDATE_____________________________

TELEPHONE NUMBER________________________

PARENT'S NAME _________________________________

MAILING ADDRESS _______________________________

PHYSICAL ADDRESS (if different from mailing address, need more than P.O. box)

_______________________________________________

Do you plan to send your child to Conestoga for the 2010-2011  school year? (circle one)   Yes      No
If no is circled, it is not necessary to complete the remainder of this form.  However, please indicate if your child will be attending school elsewhere for the 2010-11 school year. ________________________.

Has your child attended a preschool program? ________

If so, where ____________________________

Please describe your location if you live outside the villages of Nehawka or Murray (need lot # for Lake Wa Con Da residents)  ____________________________________________________

Child is residing with (circle one) Both Parents   Mother   Father

Other (Specify) _______________________________

Please note any special concerns your child may have (i.e. glasses, tubes in ears, speech/hearing difficulties, health problems). ____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

My child and I will attend Kindergarten Roundup on March 24.

I prefer the following session:

______1-2:30 pm

______4-5:30 pm

______6-7:30 pm

IF YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO HAS A CHILD OF AGE TO START KINDERGARTEN AND MAY NOT HAVE RECEIVED THIS FORM, PLEASE HAVE THEM CONTACT CONESTOGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (235-2341).


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A BAG FULL of HOPE!!!


For some people, that's what you get when you receive soap, deodorant and shampoo in a bag.  Unfortunately, many men, women and children at the Open Door Mission are in need of these common, everyday items.

The Murray Christian Church and Boy Scout Luke Minor are collecting personal care items through the month of March.  Items will be placed in individual 'Hope Totes' for each recipient and distributed on Easter Sunday.

You may drop off items at the Murray Christian Church or call 235-2926 and ask Luke to pick them up.

Below is a list of items that these homeless men, women and children would appreciate so very much:


*  Toothbrush
*  Toothpaste
*  Liquid soap
*  Shaving cream
*  Deodorant
*  Lip balm
*  Hand Lotion
*  Socks
*  Brush / Comb
*  Tissues
*  Ethnic hair products
*  Underwear
*  Disposable razors
*  Baby / child bath products
(NON-alcoholic items, only)

(NO CASH, PLEASE!)

Thank you for your HOPE!



DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAMS GEARING UP FOR COMPETITION!


Destination Imagination teams are working very hard on their spring projects.  Their annual "Parents' Night" will be in the Conestoga Elementary Gym on March 9th at 7:00, although everyone is invited to come and watch the teams with their dress rehearsals, not just parents!  Regional competition will be March 13th at Plattsmouth Middle School. That contest will run all day, but the teams have not received their time for performances yet.


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DON'T WAIT till SUMMER for SOME GOOD OL' ICE CREAM!!


Conestoga students hope to raise money for their summer trip
by hosting an


ICE CREAM EXTRAVAGANZA


Wednesday, February 17th during Parent -Teacher conferences at both
Conestoga Elementary and High School buildings.

Hope to see you all there!!



A group of 10 Conestoga students will be going to Europe in June of this year. The group,  "Students to Europe"  will be making educational visits to Germany where they'll see Dachau concentration camp, Munich and Heidelberg. In France, Paris, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the French Riviera all await their visit.  They will then pass through Monaco and visit the medieval town of Eze. The group will then head to Spain to experience Barcelona, Zaragoza and Madrid where they'll see the Prado Museum.  Two teachers and four parents will accompany the students to Europe.   This adventure promises to be the experience of a lifetime!

The student group has been working hard in concession stands, selling candles and organizing 'Jeans Days' for the Conestoga teachers, however the
'Ice Cream Extravaganza' will be an all new project for them.

This spring the STE group will be sponsoring "day camps" for Conestoga Elementary students to learn to speak a little Spanish (March 27th, 9-11am) and some German, also.  (April 3rd 1-3pm)


CONGRATULATIONS, MR. ANDERSON!

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Jonathan Anderson, Conestoga High School FFA Advisor/Educator was recently
inducted into Agriculture Builders of Nebraska (ABN). Unable to receive his
official induction at the recent ABN annual meeting in Lincoln, ABN President Roger Wehrbein attended the February Conestoga FFA Chapter meeting to make the presentation.

ABN, an organization dedicated to the improvement and prosperity of Nebraska agriculture, is made up of 150 Nebraska leaders in agriculture, agribusiness and natural resources. The organization works closely with the University of Nebraska, especially the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

(Photo / story contributed by Jeanene Wehrbein)

 



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Bess Streeter Aldrich Birthday Celebration

February 21, 2010 -- 2:00-5:00 p.m.


Celebrate the author's 129th birthday with an open house at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House in Elmwood, NE.

Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 6-12, and includes a guided tour and birthday refreshments.


 

 

EASTER EGG HUNT, ANYONE?

If your church or organization is planning to have an Easter Egg Hunt, please drop us a note so we can put it in the Newsletter.  Easter's just around the corner, you know!

 


 

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REMINDERS for the WEEK AHEAD :

(CHECK the CALENDAR to the RIGHT, TOO!)

SPAGHETTI

HARRIS FIRE FUNDRAISER

Murray residents, Pam and Steve Harris, lost their home and all belongings due to a fire on January 14, 2010.
A Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser, with a $10/plate donation, will be held for them on Sunday, February 21, 2010, from 4-7 pm at the Firehouse Grille in Murray, NE
The Harris's are also registered at Target.
Items for a SILENT AUCTION are also being accepted at the Firehouse Grille from 4-6 pm, Tuesdays thru Saturdays prior to the fundraiser.
Donated household items are welcomed, too!
Please call Anita Carmichael, 402-297-2491, with any questions.
(Food donated by the Firehouse Grille)


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TRAP_SHOOTING


Eastern Cornhusker Trapshooting Conference Sign-up Meeting
Saturday, February 20th
Murray Christian Church
1:30pm to 3:30pm

For any student, girls or boys, of Plattsmouth or Conestoga, grades 6 through 12.


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CONESTOGA

NO SCHOOL  on Friday,  February 19, 2010,

although.........

SCHOOL will be in SESSION to MAKE-UP for SNOW DAY on Monday, February 22, 2010.




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