• Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: Schools are closed Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. … The second quarter ends Jan. 20. … Schools close Jan. 21 for a teacher workday.



• Barnette Elementary: Students in third through fifth grades participate in the Charlotte Checkers “Pick up a Book and Read” campaign beginning Thursday, Jan. 6 … The PTA board meets Monday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. in the media center. … Third-graders participate in the “Keep it Moving” science lab Jan. 13. … Jan. 14 is school spirit day and the dress theme is mismatch tacky. … The School Leadership Team meets Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. in the media center.



• Blythe Elementary: The school offers open houses as follows: Friday, Jan. 7, at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 10, at 8 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and Jan. 25 at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.



• Children’s Schoolhouse: The school hosts an open house Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. … The school closes Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. … The school closes Jan. 18 for 4’s and 5’s conferences. … The school hosts an open house Jan. 22 at 10 a.m.



• Cornelius Elementary: Science fair projects are due Jan. 31. Awards will be given out at the Science Fair on the evening of Feb. 3. Parents are invited to preview Science Fair projects from 5 to 6 p.m. and the award ceremony will be in the cafeteria starting at 6 p.m.



• Corvian Community School: The school closes Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.



• Davidson Day School: The school hosts an admission open house for students in preschool through fourth grade on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 9 a.m. Seats are available for children as young as 2 years. R.S.V.P. is encouraged. Contact the admissions office at 704-237-5229 or by e-mail at admissions@davidsonday.org with questions.



• Davidson Elementary: The School Leadership Team meets Monday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m. in the media center.



• Davidson IB Middle: The school offers “Teaching and Learning” tours at its 251 South St. location. Tour dates are as follows: Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m.; Jan. 13 at 10 a.m.; Jan. 19 at 1 p.m.; Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.; and Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. The tours offer prospective families the opportunity to speak with IB students, visit classrooms and observe teachers.



• Francis Bradley Middle: The PTA board meets Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. … Every Friday is Bradley Spirit Day. … The week of Jan. 24 is “No Name-calling Week.”



• Grace Covenant Academy: Registration for the 2011-12 school year is now open. …  The school hosts an open house for prospective families with students in Pre-K through fifth grade Monday, Jan. 10, at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. R.S.V.P. online at www.gracecovenantacademy.org.



• Hough High: The school offers a financial aid information session for families Thursday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The following questions will be addressed: What is financial aid, and what are the assumptions behind it? How do students and families apply for need-based financial aid? How are costs at colleges and universities determined? How is need-based aid determined? What is merit-based aid? How do colleges and universities meet financial need? … The school offers a PSAT Information Session Monday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.



• Huntersville Elementary: Science fair projects are due Tuesday, Jan. 11. Parents may view the projects Thursday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. … The school offers a tour Tuesday, Jan 11, at 10 a.m.



• J.M. Alexander Middle: The school’s National Junior Honor Society is collecting new and gently used coats of all sizes to benefit the Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte. Donations can be dropped off through Monday, Jan. 10, at the school, 12201 Hambright Road in Huntersville.



• J.V. Washam Elementary: The School Leadership Team meets Monday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. … The school takes class pictures Wednesday, Jan. 12. … The next coffee chat with Principal Raymond Giovanelli is Jan. 19 at 7:45 a.m. in the cafeteria. … Fifth-graders take their fathers or male role models to school Jan. 20.



• Lake Norman Charter: Applications for the 2011-12 school year lottery are available at the middle and high school campuses, 12435 S. Old Statesville Road, as well as on the school’s website, www.lncs.org. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.



• Long Creek Elementary: The chess club meets Fridays at 7:30 a.m. in the media center. … The honors choir meets Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. in the music room.



• McKinney Academy: The school’s Wellness Committee hosts author John Rosemond for a wellness session, entitled “Parenting with Love and Leadership,” Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved on the school’s website, www.mckinneyacademy.com. Online form submission and advance payment are required.



• North Mecklenburg High: The school continues its after-school tutoring and recovery sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. The detailed schedule is available on the school’s website.



• Phoenix Montessori: The school closes Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. … The second evaluation period ends Jan. 21.



• Pine Lake Preparatory: The school is now accepting online enrollment applications, at www.pinelakeprep.org. Open enrollment closes at midnight Jan. 14. … High school students must register for the ACT by Friday, Jan. 7. … The school hosts an open house Sunday, Jan. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is open to the public. … Midterms begin Monday, Jan. 10. … High school students enjoy a winter formal at NorthStone Country club Jan. 22.



• Ramah Christian Classical School: The school hosts an open house Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. … The school closes Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.



• Torrence Creek Elementary: The school hosts the next All Pro Dads event Friday, Jan. 7, at 8 a.m. The 45-minute program includes breakfast. R.S.V.P. to trainer2go@aol.com. … The school hosts a clinic for those interested in participating in the Run Too Overcome run, planned for March 26. The clinic meets Thursday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. … The art club meets Mondays at 3:45 p.m. in the art room. … The show choir practices Fridays at 8 a.m. … The next school spirit day is Jan. 28 and the dress theme is Backwards.



• Woodlawn School: The school hosts an open house Sunday, Jan. 9, beginning at 1 p.m. in the lodge. … The school dismisses at noon Jan. 14 and closes Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  … Lower school parent conferences are held the week of Jan. 24.