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March 21, 2007

Are you ready for spring?!

In the northern hemisphere spring begins either March 20th or 21st depending on the year, and lasts through May. It’s a time of growth and the renewal of life. This year, spring officially came yesterday, March 20th, a day also known as the Vernal Equinox in the astronomical world. Equinox means “equal night.” This is when the sun is positioned directly over the earth’s equator and day and night is about equal all over the world. For the southern hemisphere, they have entered the autumnal equinox, or the fall season. The equinox happens twice a year, and as you can probably guess, the first day of fall is when it comes again and the northern hemisphere then enters the autumnal equinox and the southern hemisphere will enter the vernal equinox. Early people believed the vernal equinox was a time for planting seeds and celebrating the coming of spring. While we still look forward to celebrating the nicer weather to come, spring also renews a severe beast that has been dormant for many months. We need to “watch” for it, because it lives in the “alley.”

Class C2 State Speech Results
Congratulations to all the students who went to state and especially to Thomas Leone and Scott Ronhovde, who placed 3rd, Duet acting. The Oral Interpretation of Drama Team of Scott, Tom, Samantha Colbert, and Jessica Mumford placed 10th!!!

Flying Wheels Specials
March 23rd, Friday – Rookie Skate.
March 24th, Saturday – Tribute to the best of the 70’s & 80’s – Dress to impress! Dig out the pant suites, spike your hair, and enjoy that “Old Time Rock & Roll!”
March 30th, Friday – Junior High Night – Games, Dancing, Hanging with your friends (NO skating). Dance Lessons available (optional) – 7:00 – 10:30pm, $4 admission.

SOS (Support Our Schools) Cookbooks
Purchase from the elementary school office. They are $10!

Cancer Support Group
Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month – 27 March, at the Elmwood Community Center. This is for adult patients with cancer, their families, and friends. Sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Omaha, NE. If you are interested or have questions, please call Tonya at (888)847-4974 for additional information and the meeting time.

Class C State Band!
Elmwood-Murdock, as you can see by the list below, had several students selected into the 2006-07 Class C State Band comprised of 35 schools. E-M was the largest representation from one school of all the bands in Class C! To be selected, each student had to prepare 3 scales and 2 pieces of music. The students performed in Kearney, Saturday, March 17th. The State Band is actually comprised of 3 bands that include the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the Jazz Band. Congratulations to these students!

Jessica Mumford, Madi Stephen, Samantha Colbert, Hannah Fischer, Julie Worley, Jon Luetchens, Tom Leone, Scott Ronhovde, Marcus Winter, Kevin Zoz, Erin Andersen, Trent Shrader, Lyndsey Hrabik, and Teresa Fritz

Some of the EM Class C State Honor Band!

Class C State Honor Band includes 14 E-M Students!

Drivers Education
Don’t forget to sign up your child for driver’s education if he/she will turn 14 by October 15th of this year and you want them to learn to drive. For students within the district the cost is $225.00. Class instruction is May 29 – June 1st, 8am – 4pm. Behind the wheel instruction will be held middle of July. Students must be able to attend all classroom instruction to take this class. Please contact the Murdock school office at 867-2341.

Mar. 22 – S.O.S Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria
Mar. 23 – Report cards sent home
Apr. 2-5 – TerraNova Achievements Tests for grades 2-6
Apr. 6 – No school – Holiday Break
Apr. 9 – No school – Holiday Break
Apr. 13 – Kindergarten Registration – Informational Packets will be mailed during the week of March 12.
**April 20 – S.O.S Spring Carnival – 5:30-8:00 p.m.
(**The elementary can use donations of baskets or containers to put baskets in for the Spring Carnival. Each grade class is assigned a basket theme and they will be assembling baskets for the silent auction.)

Sometime prior to March 7, 2007, a bus windshield and four bus windows were shot with what appeared to be a BB or pellet gun. This was a spare bus that was parked by the bus barn, which is located west of the elementary school. Please contact the Elementary Principal, Bruce Friedrich, or the Cass County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information regarding this incident.

Congratulations NETA Contestants!!!!
Six 3rd grade students won awards from the Nebraska Education Technology Association. The students created multimedia power point presentations and competed against 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students across the state. Individual Winners 1st Place: Callie Zeorian 2nd Place: Tristen Williams Group Awards 2nd Place: Hannah Smith and Kara Zimmerman 3rd Place: Cody Fries and Dalton Elledge. These students will receive their awards at the NETA convention on Thursday, April 26th.

Annual Football Fish Fry – Friday, March 23rd
Friday, March 23rd, 5-8pm. Purpose is to raise funds for the high school football program. Funds will be used to buy additional supplies and equipment that is not already available.


March 25th, Sunday - Open House/Pancake Breakfast. New fire barn 10am – 2pm. All you can eat pancakes sausage, eggs, juice & coffee. Door prizes drawn every half hour and raffle drawing at 2pm. Free Will Offering at the door. See you there!

Weeping Water:
“Just a Dollar.” New dollar store opened March 5th. Everything is $1.

Free Tax Preparation for those with incomes under $50,000. A “Greater Omaha Community Action” representative is working at the Springfield Memorial Library on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 5:00pm. The end of the tax season is soon approaching. Call Laura at 292-2640 to schedule an appointment.

April 3, 9, 16, 23 - Art Workshop, 3:30 - 4:30 pm at Springfield Memorial Library for ages 9-12. The Thursday class is full but openings are available for a Tuesday session. Please call the library at 253-2797 or stop by to register. No drop-ins are allowed for this program.

The word tornado is closely associated with spring. While tornadoes can happen throughout the year, March is the official month depicting the beginning of tornado season. According to the National Weather Service, March through early July is the peak activity season with an average of 1,200 tornadoes touching down in the U.S. each year – most during this time period. While these beasts can occur nearly anyplace, “tornado alley,” as it is commonly referred to (see map), is mainly where they are born and inflict their damage. The state of Texas has the highest number of tornadoes averaging 124 annually.

Tornado map courtesy U. S. Geological Survey

Tornado Safety (Courtesy of the American Red Cross)

Prepare a Home Tornado Plan

  • Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
  • If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing--

  • First aid kit and essential medications.
  • Canned food and can opener.
  • At least three gallons of water per person.
  • Protective clothing, bedding, or sleeping bags.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members.
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn natural gas service back on.)

Stay Tuned for Storm Warnings

  • Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information.
  • Know what a tornado WATCH and WARNING means:
    • A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area.
    • A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed for your area. Go to safety immediately.
  • Tornado WATCHES and WARNINGS are issued by county or parish.

When a Tornado WATCH Is Issued...

  • Listen to local radio and TV stations for further updates.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like a freight train.

When a Tornado WARNING Is Issued...

  • If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching your area.
  • If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
  • If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety (as above).

After the Tornado Passes...

  • Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area.
  • Listen to the radio for information and instructions.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage.
  • Do not use candles at any time.

From the Editor: As you can see, particularly with our youth, they are going to, representing, and even being awarded, in many events! I would welcome information about and pictures of these events from parents or anybody in attendance. Please help make our newsletter really something special! I welcome “anything” such as, places & pictures of where you have been; an anniversary, a grandchild’s birthday; basically anything! If you’d like to read about it, then probably others would too! A community newsletter needs to have community input – and I need yours! Please forward information for the newsletter to

I’d like to especially thank Mike Hanson (EM Band instructor) and Mike & Colleen Winters for providing information and pictures of the Class C State Honor Band. Also my fellow Cass Co. editors, Teri, Rachel, and Connie, for posting their community events that I can share in the Elmwood newsletter!

Enjoy this great week!
Gina Fahrenholz

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