December 15, 2011

Mrs. Middleton Fifth Grade SCR-I - Santa Letters



Dear Santa, Hi! Can you give us just a little bit of snow not much. How are the elves? Are they ready to build? I can't wait till Christmas when I can open up presents. I'll be sure to tell everyone thank you including you Santa. It is cold down here. How is it up there? I'll bet its freezing cold there! I think I've been really good cleaning my room. Cleaning my bathroom, and doing laundry. I do what I'm told when mom tells me sometimes. I baby sit my little sister. So I think I deserve some gifts. But sometimes I'm bad and don't listen. This year I would like a new bike, an awesome room designing kit, to design my room, a science lab thing like an inventor thing. P.S. Please and thank you. Love, Breauna Altobelli

Dear Santa, How is the weather at the North Pole? Ours is really cold but I hope we get a lot of snow. We don't have any. That stinks! I think I will get a lot of presents. I was good. My mom doesn't think I was though. She thinks I was bad, but she was just playing with me. This year I don't have many things in mind. I would like a go kart, under armor, and other things. Thank you so much Santa. Sincerely, Kaleb Parkins

Dear Santa, How are you doing? I bet it is cold and you're tired, so I'll just get on with it. I've been making you peanut bridle but this year I'll make you cookies and maybe carrots for the reindeer. I have been, or at least tried to be good this year. But, however, I have been getting good grades. I don't even have one B-! And I'm very deserving for my Christmas gifts. The things I would want most this Christmas is a scope for my 760 pump master so I have better aim. A Playstation 3 with Call of Duty Modern War Fare 3 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, and GTA 4. Please and thank you. Your friend, Grant McRoberts

Dear Santa, How are you? When you come to my house we will have reindeer food, and cookies. One thing though I don't have a chimney at this house either. I think I've been pretty good this year. Have the elves been busy? Well I have. I've been helping my dad with wood, cows, cats, dog, and the wood stove in the basement. Things have been very busy for me as you can see. So I think I've been good this year. I really, really want some new cowboy boots. My old one is tearing apart. What do you want for Christmas? You're the best!! Love, Christiana Henley

Dear Santa, How's it going? I'm good. If you ask me I'm kind of great. I really want snow like last year. It was so much fun. I hope you like my moms cookies. The are awesome. I have been good this year. I help my little brother with stuff a lot of times and my mom and dad. I use my manners a lot of times and I'm nice to my friends. This year I want an Xbox 360 with MW3 AKA Modern Warfare 3 and a DSI XL points and some sweat pants, and a new fedora and head phones and a toy rifle and Black Ops for the Xbox 360 and a Kendal. Your friend, Conner Harrison PS. And please get some thing my mom will love. She deserves something nice.

Dear Santa, How are you doing Santa? Hopefully good. Are you going to get the reindeer some new coats and mittens? I can't wait to make you chocolate chip cookies! It is freezing here in Missouri. What about the North Pole? I have been really nice this year. I think I deserve the gifts I am about to ask for. I have been taking my aunts dog Lucy outside, I have been "Caught doing Good" at school, and I feed my dogs instead of my dad or brother having to. I also mowed the yard summer of 2011. This year I would like a game called Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (MW3). I would like a bundle at Wal-Mart that includes an Xbox 360 with a 250(GB) hard-drive, a 3 month Xbox live gold membership card, one controller, Halo Reach, and Fable 3. I would also like this game called Surival. Thank you for whatever you get me! Your friend, Jaycen Bair

Dear Santa, How are your elves doing this year? I'm doing good. The best. How are you doing this year? I hope you are great. I can't wait to make your cookies. I've been good this year so good that I have been caught doing good 5 times. I help out in my community all that I can. I think I should get a good gift although gifts from you are good. This year I would like kinect for Xbox for my family, friends, and me. I would like a pair of zigs for Christmas. Thank you for all the years you have gotten me a gift. Your friend, Anthony Whitaker

Dear Santa, How is the weather up there? It is a bit nippy here. Is it fun playing with the elves and the reindeer? I have been really good this year. I got 3 caught doing good last week. I keep my desk clean all the time. I am nice to all of my class mates. I want an I-pod touch and an Xbox 360 with kinect more playstation 3 games. Your friend, Jace Morrow

Dear Santa, How is the weather up there? Are the elves working hard? Are the reindeer ready to pull the sleigh? I can't wait to make cookies for you and set them out. I have behaved all year. I have helped my little brother get dressed every morning. I help my mom do chores every night. I help my dad most of the time. He makes me cookies too. I deserve Christmas gifts because I have been good all year as you see. This year for Christmas I am asking for an I-Pod touch, I Pad, Xbox, and a couple of playstation 3 games. I want some movies, and some more games. Thank you so much. Your friend, Jacob McDaniel

Dear Santa, Is it cold at the North Pole? It's not that cold yet in Missouri. How are the reindeer? I think I deserve gifts because I have been well behaved this year. I have been caught being good from Mrs. Fromm. I've been helping my brother get to school, helping my mom and dad with jobs, and helped clean. So, don't you think I deserve gifts? This year I am asking for an I-Pod, Wii, a horse named Butterscotch and for Katie Dixon to come for Christmas. Thank you so much Santa. Your wishing friend, Katelyn Talbert

Dear Santa, How's the weather? It's cold here in Missouri. I hope it snows but not to much or you'll have to post pone Christmas. But, I hope we get about 4 feet of snow. I think I should get presents because I've been a good kid and all but 2 A's. I've been good at school too. The last reason I think I should get presents is because I've done my chores. I want snow and my family to be healthy. I also want an under armor seat shirt. I also want an under armor hat. Your friend, Jared Dunn

Dear Santa, Have you been busy this year? How are the elves and reindeer doing? It's been cold here where I live in Memphis, Missouri. Is it cold in the North Pole? I've been wondering do you like the big chocolate chips right in the middle of your cookies, or the little ones every where? Do you like one percent or two percent milk? White or Chocolate? I have some really good reasons I should get all the presents I want instead of coal. Number one I have gotten really good grades. Number two I have been pretty good to my brothers. Number three I am making you cookies. So since I have told you how good I've been, I would really like to have a good Christmas filled with good times, laughs, and lots of smiles. Your friend, Ty Mohr

Dear Santa, Do the elves have enough presents made? I hope they do because I'm looking forward to getting some. How's your wife, Mrs. Claus? I hope she is ok. How's the weather up your way? Down here it's almost winter. No snow, but I can tell its coming. Trees are drying out. My sister turned nine the other day. We got our tree up and we got it pretty, for you. I promise to save you plenty of cookies and milk. I'm kind of glad I'm writing you this, for everyone to see. I will see you soon I hope. I think I should get lots of presents. I mean I've made a few mistakes, don't think I'm perfect! I think I help my classmates and do what people tell me to. I'm kind, considerate. Mrs. Fromm caught me once being good. That might not be enough for you though. I don't really know if people like me. All I know is you do. You sure are a nice man going around the world in one night. I mean your big belly, round nose, and red coat and hat. I don't really know what I want, I want you to decide. But I kind of want an I-Pod touch. I think of things during the year, and then forget. I want you to keep this a secret. Most people think this baby stuff. I want another tub of fun fashion beads they're fun to make and fascinating Christmas presents. Oh, and give me some magic, so don't break anything, or get hurt as much. I don't like getting hurt. I hope the elves and Mrs. Claus give you some presents. I could say thanks in so many ways. One of your friends, Abby Blessing

Dear Santa, How is the weather? Well bring some snow because we don't have any. I can't wait till you come because I will make the same cookies as last year. I've been especially good this year. I'm going to give a pig to my sister, help around the house, and play with my dog so she will have exercise. I want a Legend Bushhog, an I-Pod touch, and a pair of wolverine boots, size 6, and a hexbug ant. Thank you Santa! Your friend, Luke Triplett

Dear Santa, Is it ever warm up there? It's warm down here in the summer, but not in the winter. Are the reindeer ready to pull the sleigh on Christmas Eve? How many presents am I going to get? What do you have to eat up there? Do you celebrate any holidays up there? I have been really good this year. I have listened to my parents. I have obeyed my parents. Make a special batch of cookies and milk for you and my family. Can I have 415$, I tunes gift cards, gum, candy, Kinect Sports season two, Call of Duty NW3, and a giant jaw breaker in my stocking. Can I have a nerf machine gun, mind flex duel, and I-Pod touch accessories? Thank you for the presents. Your pal, Cliff Whtaker PS Thank you so much.

Redmon Report

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by Fourth district Missouri State Representative Craig Redmon

Greetings from the Capitol,

 We have nearly reached the end of session and are working harder than ever to sure up the loose ends this session. Below I have an update on progress I have made with my own bills, but first I want to mention some progress made on one of my colleague’s bills.

Representative Bernskoetter’s HB 2057 (Concealed Carry Permit) was Third Read and Passed on the House Floor this Monday. It has now been First and Second Read in the Senate and was referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety.

This bill will strengthen our 2nd amendment right. In particular it limits the total dollar amount a person can be charged through any number of fees required to purchase a concealed carry permit to $100. No additional fee can be charged for finger printing, background checks, or anything else besides the permit itself. It also expands the right to use deadly force on private property. It specifies that guests on a private property, with the authority of the property owner can use deadly force in specified instances. I think this bill will help expand the peoples access to the 2nd amendment and I am in strong support of these changes to our laws.

(For more info http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB2057&year=2016&code=R)

 Update on my bills

 HB 1448- Changes the laws regarding sales and use tax exemptions for utilities used or consumed in the preparation of food. This Monday HB 1448 was taken up on the House Floor for Third Reading. It was passed 108 Ayes to 44 Noes. It was then reported to the Senate and First Read. On Thursday the Senate Second Read and Referred HB 1448 to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. A Public Hearing has now been scheduled for this Tuesday, the 3rd, at 12:00 in Senate Hearing Room 1.

To learn more about my bills go to my Bills Sponsored Page at http://house.mo.gov/billreport.aspx?select=xSponsorDistrict:004&sortoptions=xsponsor&year=2016&code=R. There you can find the bill summaries, full text, reports from hearings and past actions and amendments.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to me by email at Craig.Redmon@house.mo.gov or phone by calling 573-751-3644.

Have a great weekend,

Craig

Candidates Sought for 2016 Scotland County Fair Queen Contest

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The Scotland County Fair Board is now seeking candidates for the 2016 Scotland County Fair Queen contest.

Young women from Scotland, Knox, and Schuyler counties between the ages of 17 and 24 are eligible to enter. The coronation will be held on July 11th at the Scotland County Fairgrounds at Memphis and the winner will be able to represent Scotland County at the 2016 Missouri State Fair.

Several events are being planned for the candidates which includes a trip to the Miss Missouri pageant in Mexico, MO.  A meeting will be held on June 1 at the Scotland County Fairgrounds for anyone interested in being a candidate.

For more information, please call 660-341-8558.

Brandon Alexander Honored in Missouri Times 30 Under 30 Feature

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A Scotland County graduate’s work in the Missouri political arena recently was recognized by one of the industry’s leading publications.

The Missouri Times named Brandon Alexander as part of the 2016 30 Under 30 feature, which recognizes 30 rising young stars in Missouri politics.

Alexander, who graduated from Northwest Missouri State University following his days at SCR-I, went on to complete an internship in the Missouri Senate before working for Representative Tony Dugger. Last year he took the position of digital campaign manager with Victory Enterprises, a comprehensive political and corporate consulting and communications firm based in Davenport, IA, with satellite offices in St. Louis, MO, and Springfield, IL.

The Missouri Times listed Alexander as one of the state’s up-and-coming political movers stating

“Alexander previously worked in the House, meeting and impressing the large Republican caucus. Now he puts those relationships and knowledge to use managing digital campaigns alongside Joe Lakin with Victory Enterprises. Next time you see a dramatic improvement in a Republican’s social media presence, chances are Alexander just picked up a new client.”

Juror Appreciation Week Thanks More Than 69,000 Missourians Who Reported for Jury Duty

Judges, lawyers and court clerks thank the 69,098 Missourians who reported for jury duty in state courts in 2016 as part of Missouri’s Juror Appreciation Week held May 1 through May 7, 2016. During the week, court staff and legal professionals will emphasize to jurors how important their contributions are to the courts, their communities and our legal system.

Missouri Bar President Erik Bergmanis said it is important to remember the right to trial by a jury is one of the fundamental guarantees included in the Bill of Rights.

“We thank the more than 69,000 Missourians who reported to jury duty last year,” Bergmanis said. “We understand jury duty can be inconvenient, but the right to a jury trial is fundamental to our liberty and democracy. That’s why we commend the thousands of Missouri citizens who reported to serve on a jury.”

More than 50 courthouses throughout the state will observe the week in different ways. Many will display a Missouri Bar poster that thanks jurors for doing their part. Judges also may take additional time to thank jurors and to acknowledge the significance of their service.

This year’s poster features the phrase “the jury is the heart of the American justice system,” echoing words from Founding Father and second president of the United States, John Adams, who in 1774 stated “representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty.”

Missouri is one of only a few states that hold a statewide Juror Appreciation Week. The observance began in 2000 by an order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, which states, “Each year thousands of Missourians perform one of the most significant civic duties granted to citizens — they serve as fair and impartial jurors in communities throughout the state. To honor those citizens who have performed their civic duty, all Missouri courts are directed to observe Juror Appreciation Week…”

Visit the event webpage to learn more about Juror Appreciation Week, watch a video on the importance of jurors, or take a quiz to test your knowledge on jury service.

The Missouri Bar is a statewide organization that is dedicated to improving the legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all Missourians. Created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, it serves all 30,000 of Missouri’s practicing lawyers. The Missouri Bar provides a wide range of services and resources to its members, as well as the media, educators and the citizens of Missouri. To learn more about The Missouri Bar, visit www.mobar.org and www.MissouriLawyersHelp.org.

Bible Grove Bar B Saddle Club Meets

The Bar B Saddle Club had their monthly meeting on April 27 at the club building. They will be holding a poker ride for horses and ATV’s this Saturday, May 7th starting at the club house with sign up starting at noon and the ride starting at 1:00 p.m. Entry fee is $5.00 per hand with a carry-in wiener roast following. All are welcome to attend!

Final preparations were made for the poker ride and wiener roast at the meeting. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the club house. Come on out to their event and support the newly formed saddle club.

Music Department Hosting Used Instrument Drive

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That trumpet in the attic was made to make music. The guitar case in the garage is collecting dust instead of being played by the next great musician.

If you have any good used, or easily repairable musical instruments would you consider putting them back to work? The Scotland County R-I Band is hosting a used instrument drive to find more pieces to put in the hands of youth wanting to learn how to make music.

“This is an excellent way for donors to ensure that their unused instruments find a new home in the hands of promising young students who are unable to afford or obtain a suitable instrument of their own,” said SCR-I band booster Ellen Aylward. Of course, cash donations will also be accepted to help offset the costs of repairs and refitting these instruments for future use.”

A starter trumpet can cost several hundred dollars, with violins, guitars and drum sets being even more expensive.

Donors to the SCR-I instrument drive will receive a receipt for fair market value for the music item, making the donation tax deductible.

For more information contact SCR-I music director Nathaniel Orr at 660-216-5426 or the SCR-I High School at 465-8907.

Sheriff’s Office to Join Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown

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The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign is joining the National Crackdown in an effort to reduce drunk driving fatalities.  The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign will target substance-impaired drivers.

Local and state law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ substance-impaired driving crackdown.  The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Scotland County, will run from May 5-16, 2016.

The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown will also include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving during the enforcement period.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other illegal drugs. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

“Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief Deputy Bryan Whitney. “In 2015, 178 people were killed and 605 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.” That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driver involved fatality every two days.

Whitney added the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is particularly dangerous. During the Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign May 1-12, 2015, four people were killed and eighteen seriously injured involving at least one substance-impaired driver that was under 21 years of age.

Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Scotland County’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” said Whitney.

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses,” Whitney said.

He also noted that being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Substance—impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of their job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Driving while impaired is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” said Whitney.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, May 5 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, May 6 – Muffin for Mom, Muffins, Choice of Cereal, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Monday, May 9 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 10 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 11 – Breakfast Pizza, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk.

Thursday, May 12 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, May 5 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Buttered Corn, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, May 6 – Sack Lunch

Monday, May 9 – Hot Dog/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Scalloped Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, May 10 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Tenderloin/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, May 11 – Chicken and Noodles, Sliced Ham, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, May 12 – Corn Dog, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Help Us Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Superintendent’s Corner

by SCR-I Superintendent Ryan Bergeson

On teacher appreciation week, we would like to take time to thank the teachers and faculty members at the Scotland County R-1 School District for their dedication and commitment to our students.  To quote the great Todd Whitaker “it is people and not programs that make the biggest difference.”  Great teachers make great public schools and the Scotland County R-1 School District is fortunate to have so many great teachers. faculty and coaches leading our youth.   Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 this week at the Scotland County R-1 School District and we encourage you to thank a teacher this week that has made a positive impact on your life.

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
John F. Kennedy

ANNA GENEVA PARRISH (10/5/1928 – 5/1/2016)

Anna Geneva Parrish, age 87, of Montevallo, MO, passed away May 1, 2016 at Cedar County Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was born October 5, 1928, to Arthur and Eunice Egbert in Gorin, MO. She attended and graduated from Gorin School in 1947. Anna was a member of Gorin Methodist Church since her childhood.

After graduation she worked at National Fidelity Life Insurance in Kansas City, MO where she met many life-long friends, including her future sister-in-law, Madelene Parrish, who introduced her to her husband, Cap.

They married November 18, 1961 in Kansas City, MO. At that time Anna began her life-long career of being a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed raising chickens, working in the garden and attending to her flowers. After the tornado in 2006, Anna and Cap still remained on the farm in their new home.

On July 10, 1963, her son, Jeff, was born. The biggest joy of her life came in September 9, 2002 when her grandson Cameron Albert Parrish (Little Cap) was born. She enjoyed helping Cameron with all of his activities and getting his chickens ready for the fair. Even after Cap’s death, she enjoyed going with her son Jeff and grandson, Cameron to toy tractor shows.

Anna was a very loving and caring person. She enjoyed special occasions at Chicken Annies which was her favorite place to eat. She was looking forward to going there on Mother’s Day.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Cap Parrish; her parents, Arthur and Eunice Egbert; one son, Larry; one brother, Arthur Parrish; nephews, Kevin Parrish and Gray Calvin, her in-laws, Grace and Albert Parrish.

Anna is survived by one son, Jeff Parrish of Montevallo, MO; grandchildren, Cameron and Kelsey; two sisters-in-law, Madelene Parrish and Virginia Egbert; and a niece, Kim Calvin.

Funeral services are being held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs, MO.  Interment will be in the Virgil City Cemetery, Virgil City, MO.

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