December 26, 2012

I have been told my emails are too long.

Food:

http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=c025edd5e0&e=abc1e7aec7

better?

Jeff

December 24, 2012

reminder - parent meeting January 12 at 9a.m.

==========================

The student leaders sent an email to team members. I thought you would
be interested in getting a copy:

Hi everyone,

Kickoff is Saturday January 5th! It's at Capitol College and starts at 9am. If
you would like to go and did not already sign up, please email Mr. Cullings
(ecullings@hcpss.org) ASAP because he needs to sign us up. Also, if you
haven't made a STIMs account, you need to do so before Kickoff to be on t
he team officially
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=4c3e324b82&e=abc1e7aec7 (We are Team 2849 in FRC)

We will be carpooling to Capitol College from Hammond. We'll meet at Hammond
at 8:30 am. Please email me (at sherrigreen24@gmail.com, not the team email)
with the following information if you are going to Kickoff: Do you need a ride?
Can you give a ride? If you can give a ride, how many rides can you give?

Here are Directions to Capitol College:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=9bc714c849&e=abc1e7aec7
and a Map of the Campus
www.capitol-college.edu/files/file/PDFs/Capitol%20College%20Campus%20Map.pdf

After Kickoff (it should be over by about 10:45am), we will go back to
Hammond and have a meeting. Even if you do not come to Kickoff, you
should still come to this meeting. We will leave Hammond by 3pm.

Also, remember we're having our in school field trip on Monday, January 7th.
You need to get both permission slips to Mr. Cullings by Friday, January 4th
to be able to attend. In case you didn't receive the permission slips, I
attached them to this email.

Lightbulbs! We have received $760 from Lightbulb Sales so far. Please continue
collecting orders to get us to our goal of $2000 to go to another competition. If you
turned in orders, but no money, please collect the money and get it to Mr. Cullings
(obviously once school starts). Lightbulbs should be in around mid-January, so keep
selling!

Hope everyone is having a good break!
Sherri

links to attachments
permission slip:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=f16f094cd8&e=abc1e7aec7
trip form
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=d8a66cb0ae&e=abc1e7aec7

==========================

The team also needs a greater level of parent support with Care and Feeding.
The sign-up page for Build Season food is here:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=83d8997f1b&e=abc1e7aec7

If you are willing to do pizza run during Build instead of providing food,
go ahead and sign up using the link above, but note “pizza run” in the comments
so that the kids will know to bring money.
You can order from Domino’s using our discount code, details:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=6dd1cc84fa&e=abc1e7aec7
or any other pizza place that you and kids agree on.

============================

Students have put in a lot of work improving the team website. Please visit.
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=b8b7901336&e=abc1e7aec7
If you have suggestions, let me know and I’ll pass them along.

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Miscellany
============================
Team Calendar:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=67a92f7d9a&e=abc1e7aec7
Team Website: http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=501c23511c&e=abc1e7aec7
Team Wiki:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=cdfd72a3be&e=abc1e7aec7

If you have something that you want to share with the other parents, please s
end it along for inclusion in the next email.

==================================

December 19, 2012

There will be a Question and Answer meeting for parents on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 9 a.m. in 1 of the tech ed rooms. ========================================
Dean Kamen is a founder of the FIRST robotics program. Here's a short film about one of his recent endeavors:
http://vimeo.com/focusforwardfilms/semifinalists/51890022
The film is meant to inspire future scientists and engineers, so maybe watch it with your child.
=============================
As a reminder, the sign-up page for Build Season food is here:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084EABAA2AA46-2013
If you are willing to do pizza run during Build instead of providing food, go ahead and sign up using the link above, but note “pizza run” in the comments so that the kids will know to bring money.
You can order from Domino’s using our discount code, details:
http://ursamajor2849.wikispaces.com/Pizza or any other pizza place that you and kids agree on.
===============================
Students have put in a lot of work improving the team website. Please visit.
https://sites.google.com/site/teamursamajor2849/home
If you have suggestions, let me know and I’ll pass them along.
================================
Miscellany
================================
Team Calendar: http://goo.gl/KaQk4
Team Website: https://sites.google.com/site/teamursamajor2849/
Team Wiki: http://ursamajor2849.wikispaces.com/
If you have something that you want to share with the other parents, please send it along for inclusion in the next email. ==============================================


December 18, 2012

I hope these links work...

http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=bee270afdd&e=abc1e7aec7

http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=64c4770e64&e=abc1e7aec7

December 17, 2012

Hammond Robotics

Some parents want a meeting to ask questions about Build Season.

Some people are curious about what the kids will be doing, how often,
how late, etc. Also, some people have questions or ideas about how to
handle feeding the kids. So, if you have any questions or ideas along
those lines or about similar matters, please indicate your preferred
meeting times ASAP:

http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=944dc6ecb0&e=abc1e7aec7

(Note- there is no login required, you can put anything in the "name"
box, then click "continue".)

Please go to that website before 2 p.m. on Wednesday December 19.

The time and place will be emailed on Wednesday afternoon.

If none of those times works for you, please reply by email with your
suggestions.

Thanks

Jeff

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Miscellany
============================
Team Calendar:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=f128699ddc&e=abc1e7aec7
Team Website: http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=8bbff86c38&e=abc1e7aec7
Team Wiki:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=5a1fd69dc6&e=abc1e7aec7

If you have something that you want to share with the other parents,
please send it along for inclusion in the next email.

December 15, 2012

================

The previously scheduled meeting on December 17, 2012, is cancelled.

============================

Hi, Jeff. Would you please put this in the next newsletter? Thanks.

2013 FIRST Scholarship Opportunity Updates: Find out about recently confirmed scholarships,
a recently discontinued scholarship, and all FIRST Scholarships with deadlines in January.
Juniors and Educators, take note of a special leadership training and scholarship opportunity to
attend the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival. See all at:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=229b26efb5&e=5cd6dcc0ac.

Maureen

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I understand that not all parents are on this email list, feel free to share this email with anyone.
Also, anyone, even non-parents, may sign up for this list:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=e385c01ed6&e=5cd6dcc0ac

Archive of previous emails:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=164bb3d4f5&e=5cd6dcc0ac

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The team has begun to poll alumni students. The results through today, anonymized but otherwise unedited:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=b43a48cef9&e=5cd6dcc0ac
If you know of any team alumni, please ask them to take the survey here:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=6285968215&e=5cd6dcc0ac

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The holiday luncheon was a great success and a tasty capstone to the fall workshops and projects. Thanks to
all the wonderful parents who brought food for the team. Your support is invaluable and under-appreciated.

A special thanks to Parent Vic Gladstone and his Sherpa guide Mary S. for taking the team picture. Look for
that on the team webpage in the coming days. Vic is a terrific photographer, you can see his work here:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=b5a9ab10a7&e=5cd6dcc0ac

→ Some of the team moms got together and decided that I wanted to reduce the meals during Saturdays to
just one per day. I will adjust the Build Season sign-up calendar accordingly - please give me a few hours to
get that done. And remember to feed your kids before delivering them to robotics on Saturdays.

The sign-up page for Build Season food is here:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=094a629fdb&e=5cd6dcc0ac

Special Note - you may share responsibility for a meal with another parent, just indicate in the
comments section.

If you are willing to do pizza run during Build instead of providing food, go ahead and sign up using the link
above, but note “pizza run” in the comments so that the kids will know to bring money.
You can order from Domino’s using our discount code, details:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=335f33ae74&e=5cd6dcc0ac
or any other pizza place that you and kids agree on.

============================

The team’s student leaders want parents to also sign up for the team wiki. Here's the link:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=02875ce72c&e=5cd6dcc0ac
Just click Join Now at the top, and we'll approve you.
Please make your username some form of your name, so we know it's you!

============================

Students have put in a lot of work improving the team website. Please visit.
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=b8982397c8&e=5cd6dcc0ac
If you have suggestions, let me know and I’ll pass them along.

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Miscellany
============================
Team Calendar:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=cdde730959&e=5cd6dcc0ac
Team Website: http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=32a7127a44&e=5cd6dcc0ac
Team Wiki:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=291a4980f7&e=5cd6dcc0ac

If you have something that you want to share with the other parents, please send it along for
in the next email.

December 12, 2012

Team Ursa Major -- Hammond Robotics -- Email to parents
-- December 12, 2012

I understand that not all parents are on this email list,
feel free to share this email with anyone.
http://us4.forward-to-friend1.com/forward?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=5bcec9862f&e=5cd6dcc0ac
Also, anyone, even non-parents, may sign up for this list:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=bc6bba1ed0&e=5cd6dcc0ac

Archive of previous emails:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=c6eaa9035d&e=5cd6dcc0ac

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==

Holiday luncheon and team photo.

Hammond Parent Vic Gladstone will be taking the team
picture at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012. All
team members should attend and wear team shirts. Even if
a team member cannot stay for the rest of the morning,
the team member should come for the photo. Vic is a terrific
photographer, you can see his work here:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=f71e63faac&e=5cd6dcc0ac
If you know Vic, please thank him for volunteering his
time and talent.

The holiday luncheon is potluck. You can check this page
to see the goodies that others are bringing:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=f4b13dd886&e=5cd6dcc0ac
We still need some additional contributions. If you
don’t want to bring food, how about plates, cutlery,
napkins?

Parents, siblings, and prospective members are always
welcome.

============================
Food

Thanks again to everyone who provided food and drink
throughout the fall. Also thanks to Larry Caplan
and JelCap Vending for the donation of snacks.
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=5ebc0f30c4&e=5cd6dcc0ac
Larry also runs a very nice catering operation.

The sign-up page for Build Season food is here:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=3807d6987d&e=5cd6dcc0ac

The last pizza run for 2012 is on 12/17. Thanks to
all the parents who helped with this during the fall.
If you are willing to do pizza run during Build instead
of providing food, go ahead and sign up using the link
above, but note “pizza run” in the comments so that the kids will
know to bring money.
You can order from Domino’s using our discount code,
details:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=dd96623edd&e=5cd6dcc0ac
or any other pizza place that you and kids agree on.

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wiki

The team’s student leaders want parents to also sign up
for the team wiki. Here's the link:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=5e2446f5c4&e=5cd6dcc0ac
Just click Join Now at the top, and we'll approve you.
Please make your username some form of your name, so we
know it's you!

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website

Students have put in a lot of work improving the team
website. Please visit.
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=fb77d12c04&e=5cd6dcc0ac
If you have suggestions, let me know and I’ll pass them
along.

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Miscellany

Team Calendar:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=78e88be68f&e=5cd6dcc0ac

Team Website:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=6172b3b95d&e=5cd6dcc0ac

Team Wiki:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=75a8f822f4&e=5cd6dcc0ac

If you have something that you want to share with the other
parents, please send it along for inclusion in the next
email.

December 10, 2012

1. Student gift exchange, holiday party.

"Hi Everyone!
If you haven't heard, Saturday, December 15th is our Holiday Party, and we're
going to have a gift exchange, so bring a wrapped gift ($10 or less) to the party.
Sherri"

Parents are welcome at the holiday party (meeting begins 8:30, party starts around 11).

This year we will have a pot-luck luncheon and are asking all team members to
contribute to the feast (ethnic or international fare is always welcome).
Please plan on bringing a portion to feed approximately 20.
Miguel Iraola
MIraola@hcm2.com

sign up:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=fd88a70149&e=abc1e7aec7

2. Wiki archive.

All of these emails to you are archived on the team wiki.
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=53ccd78ac2&e=abc1e7aec7

3. Photos.

Student Ben C has posted a mess of pictures, he'll continue to add pictures:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=03446be08f&e=abc1e7aec7

4. Light bulb fundraiser.

The first round of orders for light bulbs is due on Saturday December 15th. Students
were asked to bring in orders for 2 light bulbs (or more) on that day or earlier to Mr. Cullings.
Links to product information, order forms, etc. were sent to you on November 18.
Those links are in the archive (item 2 above)

5. Build Season.

The Build Season - January 5 to February 19 - is intense. During these 6 weeks,
students must design, fabricate, program, and debug a complex robot. Students will
be meeting almost every day. In past years, meetings have gone quite late as the
deadline approaches. This fall's preparation and planning should minimize the late
meetings, but expect team members to be spending a lot of time in the tech ed room.
Students often do homework during team meetings. Feeding the team allows students
to most efficiently handle their school work and team responsibilities. Sign up here:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=9c4cc691cc&e=abc1e7aec7
Thanks.

6. Alumni survey.

The team is collecting data from team alumni. The goals of the project are (1) to
learn how the team experience has been helpful to team members in college and
beyond and (2) to continue the relationship with the alumni in a way that may help with
future efforts to find mentors and sponsors.

If you know any alumni, please ask them to fill out the survey here:
Survey form is here: http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=ba188a4ff1&e=abc1e7aec7



December 7, 2012

Many of these items have been sent out before, but I'm resending for emphasis and
as a reminder because your response / participation is vitally important. Thanks.

1.
Team web page updated
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=62818c0cb9&e=5cd6dcc0ac

2.
Successful participation in FIRST robotics is very expensive. The parts, tools,
electronics, and entry fees run into the thousands each year. Our team depends on
sponsorships. To reach our team's goal of gaining as many sponsors as possible,
we would like to ask if you have any personal connections with companies that we
may be able to market to. We are looking not only for tech related firms but for any
companies that may be able to provide funds, food, or in-kind material donations. A
potential sponsor may be more likely to donate to us if can we take advantage of our
members' and their parents' relationships to them; that relationship can be in the form
of where you work, or if you know someone who is in an authority position at a
company. Please respond promptly to our student marketing coordinator Talon Bevan
<talon.b@hotmail.com> with any connections that the team can follow. In your response,
please include your name and the company's name, a brief description of the company,
and contact info so we can reach out to them and send them our team packet.

3.
Dear Roboparents,

On Saturday, December 15th, Team Ursa Major will have their annual Holiday Party.
The project groups will be making their final presentations and the party will follow at
approximately 11:00am. This year we will have a pot-luck luncheon and are asking all
team members to contribute to the feast (ethnic or international fare is always welcome).
Please plan on bringing a portion to feed approximately 20. I will take care of beverages.
Please sign-up on this page

http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=81d1a5bfcc&e=5cd6dcc0ac

BE SURE TO CLICK 'SAVE NOTES' after you have indicated what you are bringing!

Best regards,

Miguel Iraola

MIraola@hcm2.com

shrib.com/2849party

4.
Build Season

I think the calendar for Build is pretty much set.
Some of the times I just don't know yet.
I have three Thursdays that I am still looking for coverage.
I hope to get those finalized today.
It looks like we will roll Mon-Thurs and Sat.
Eric Cullings
Hammond HS
Technology Education Coordinator
FIRST Robotics Primary Mentor- Team Ursa Major #2849

http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=95b0b2ac74&e=5cd6dcc0ac


The care and feeding signup form is here:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=eca2f3bc30&e=5cd6dcc0ac
NOTE: this calendar is tentative, it is likely that more slots will be added, please
check it periodically.

As a reminder, there are 3 ways to participate:
= cook a meal,
= buy food, or
= solicit a meal donation from a restaurant (I can provide leads - just ask)

There may be up to 30 people - team members plus mentors - your child should be able to give
you a better idea of who is around for meals as the season progresses.

For days when no one volunteers (I hope there aren't any), we will try and find someone to do a
pizza run so the students may buy their meal.

Note: there are about as many slots as there are students, so if everyone takes just
one slot, we should be covered - it's fair if everyone participates.

A parent wrote to me:
"I want to register to supply a dinner, but its requires a lot of food and can
be costly."

My response:
If everyone participates, then your kid gets fed about 30 times at no cost to you. Also, you can choose
to solicit a donated meal from a restaurant. I'm happy to provide leads. Several restaurants fed us
last year at NO COST. So you can avoid spending money just by making a few phone calls. Is that
too much to ask?

Thanks!

5.
(Pizza Run - anytime between 5 and 6 pm - collect $1/slice from interested
students, order from Domino'€™s using our discount code) details:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=5adfb120d9&e=5cd6dcc0ac

6.
From the team student leaders:

This is just a reminder to sign up for the team wiki. It's a good tool for discussions
and resources, and it helps keep us organized and everyone in the loop.

Here's the link:

http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=542b14a0ea&e=5cd6dcc0ac

Just click Join Now at the top, and we'll approve you.

Please make your username some form of your name, so we know it's you!

7.
The Chesapeake Regional planning committee is looking for volunteers for key roles.
The Chesapeake regional wouldn’t happen without the help of many volunteers both
at the event itself and those that work year round to plan the event and provide support
to the Maryland teams. We are looking for help to fill these needed positions to make
the event even better for all the competing teams. See the Want ads for Chesapeake
for descriptions of the positions we are looking to fill. Please forward the descriptions
to anyone you feel would be a good fit for these positions.
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=acaae4117b&e=5cd6dcc0ac

8.
The Chesapeake Regional planning committee is organizing a workshop directly following
the kickoff event on January 5th at Capitol College. Steve Shade, the Chesapeake Regional
Head Referee, and I, the Chesapeake Regional Lead Robot Inspector, will break down the
2013 FRC game, answer questions, and provide general guidance to help the teams get off
to a great start. The workshop will start at 1:00 PM in the auditorium at Capitol College and
conclude at 3:00 PM. Capitol College has graciously offered to bring in lunch for those who
attend the workshop but we’ll need an accurate headcount so if you plan to attend the
workshop, please register here.
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=18dcb5704c&e=5cd6dcc0ac

December 5, 2012

message from student PR team:

Successful participation in FIRST robotics is very expensive. The parts, tools, electronics, and entry fees run into the thousands each year. Our team depends on sponsorships. To reach our team's goal of gaining as many sponsors as possible, we would like to ask if you have any personal connections with companies that we may be able to market to. We are looking not only for tech related firms but for any companies that may be able to provide funds, food, or in-kind material donations. A potential sponsor may be more likely to donate to us if can we take advantage of our members' and their parents' relationships to them; that relationship can be in the form of where you work, or if you know someone who is in an authority position at a company. Please respond promptly to our student marketing coordinator Talon Bevan <talon.b@hotmail.com> with any connections that the team can follow. In your response, please include your name and the company's name, a brief description of the company, and contact info so we can reach out to them and send them our team packet.

Dear Roboparents,

On Saturday, December 15th, Team Ursa Major will have their annual Holiday Party.
The project groups will be making their final presentations and the party will follow at
approximately 11:00am. This year we will have a pot-luck luncheon and are asking all
team members to contribute to the feast (ethnic or international fare is always welcome).
Please plan on bringing a portion to feed approximately 20. I will take care of beverages.
Please sign-up on this page

http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=efe0a54072&e=abc1e7aec7

BE SURE TO CLICK 'SAVE NOTES' after you have indicated what you are bringing!

Best regards,

Miguel Iraola
MIraola@hcm2.com

shrib.com/2849party



November 27, 2012

Christmas Tree Sales

A major fundraiser for the Hammond Boosters is the Christmas Tree Sale.

http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=3fc9bea5ac&e=5cd6dcc0ac

The sale will be held on Hammond's parking lot on Saturdays and Sundays this December:
12/1 &12/2, 12/8 & 12/9, 12/15 & 12/16

Each student or parent that volunteers will receive monetary credit for the school activity
that the volunteer represents for all hours worked. For example, if a student works for 2 hours
selling trees for the Robotics Club (or Soccer team, Dance Department, Music Department, etc.),
that particular club/team will receive a portion of the sale proceeds from the boosters. The
profits are divided between Boosters and each activity supported. This is a key way for volunteers
to earn money for their chosen activity. Students will also earn community service hours for National
Honor Society or for any other supported community service requirements.

I've done this for several years and it's a fun couple of hours. I urge you to volunteer.

Mr. Cullings indicates that he will be asking students to cover:
December 2 1-3 PM
December 9 1-3 PM

However, anyone can volunteer for any slot, any day.

Interested volunteers should contact the Project Chairman, Sean Trainor at
trees@hammondboosters.org
as soon as possible because slots will fill up.

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Build Season Food

Mr. Cullings has posted the "Build Season" calendar (Build Season is kickoff (January 7)
through national stop build day (February 19)):
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=41ca73b10e&e=5cd6dcc0ac

The care and feeding signup form is here:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=c4b9de19a8&e=5cd6dcc0ac

As a reminder, there are 3 ways to participate:
1. cook a meal,
2. buy food, or
3. solicit a meal donation from a restaurant (I can provide leads - just ask)

There may be up to 30 people - team members plus mentors - your child should be able to give
you a better idea of who is around for meals as the season progresses.

For days when no one volunteers (I hope there aren't any), we will try and find someone to do a
pizza run so the students may buy their meal.

Note: there are about as many slots as there are students, so if everyone takes just
one slot, we should be covered - it's fair if everyone participates.

Thanks!

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November 26, 2012

Team Ursa Major -- Hammond Robotics

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Thanks to everyone who provided food and drink throughout the fall.

There is still an opening for Dec 17
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=748f4f111f&e=abc1e7aec7

We will post the sign up page for Build Season just as soon as Mr.
Cullings signs off on the schedule.

We’re also looking for parent volunteers to do the pizza run on 12/3,
12/10, and 12/17. Please let me know which of those days you can handle
.
(Pizza Run - anytime between 5 and 6 pm - collect $1/slice from interested
students, order from Domino’s using our discount code) details:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=d20fd626c2&e=abc1e7aec7

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From the team student leaders:

This is just a reminder to sign up for the team wiki. It's a good tool for discussions
and resources, and it helps keep us organized and everyone in the loop.

Here's the link:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=21d8d55c3f&e=abc1e7aec7

Just click Join Now at the top, and we'll approve you.

Please make your username some form of your name, so we know it's you!

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Hey guys. We're doing the pizza thing during [today’s] meeting. It's been a while,
but it's still $1 per slice.

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Ask an Expert Call: Join Expert Joe Passofaro and FIRST Senior Mentor Renee
Becker for the Ask an Expert call “The Junior Varsity Model for FRC”. The call will
be taking place on Wednesday, 11/28/12 at 7 PM ET. You can find details and
audio archives of past conference calls on all of this season’s Ask an Expert calls here:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=35377a669b&e=abc1e7aec7

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From Maryland FIRST

We’d like to extend thanks and gratitude to all the teams, mentors, volunteers,
sponsors and supporters of FIRST activities in Maryland and beyond. FIRST
now reaches more than 5,000 students and 1,000 adult mentors and volunteers
in Maryland – all helping to inspire the next generation of technology innovators
and leaders. We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

As we enter this holiday season, we also begin the heart of the FIRST season in
Maryland. Please help us spread the word by getting new people to our events, or
better yet, volunteering! We have more than 20 competitions all over Maryland from
December through April. In particular, save the dates for our three top events:

January 19: Maryland FIRST LEGO League Championship at UMBC
February 23: Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge Championship at JHU APL
April 12-13: Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the Baltimore
Convention Center

Check out our event calendar on MarylandFIRST.org, and learn more about
volunteering at a FIRST event in Maryland. Please tell your friends, get them involved,
and plan teams for next season.

This is also a time when we reach out to sponsors and donors. Please help us
connect with potential sponsors — we welcome support at any level for our events.
The “fiscal cliff” has put a dent in support from some of our longtime defense-related
sponsors, and we need to broaden our base now more than ever. Contact me directly
for information on sponsorship opportunities or to share a prospective lead. You can
also donate directly to FIRST in any amount. If you do, please indicate the purpose
of your gift to support FIRST operations in Maryland.

Our thanks again for all you do, and we wish you great holiday and FIRST seasons!

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Kickoff Workshop

The Chesapeake Regional planning committee is organizing a workshop directly
following the kickoff event on January 5th at Capitol College. The Chesapeake Regional
Head Referee and the Chesapeake Regional Lead Robot Inspector will break down
the 2013 FRC game, answer questions, and provide general guidance to help the teams
get off to a great start.

The workshop will start at 1:00 PM in the auditorium at Capitol College and
conclude at 3:00 PM.

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Miscellany
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Team Calendar: http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=d3757c904c&e=abc1e7aec7

Team Wiki: http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=f02ace85ba&e=abc1e7aec7

If you have something that you want to share with the other parents, please send it
along for inclusion in the next email.

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November 18, 2012

Mr. Cullings has sent the students the following email:

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Hi everyone-

Attached is all the information that you need for the FIRST Green E-watt Saver light bulbs fundraiser.
Make sure that you read the Team_Training document.
Print copies of the order form for yourself.
I will make 100 copies of the customer handout form. Pick them up from my room.
Only the 800 lumen bulbs are available and we are selling them for $20 each.
Checks should be made out to Hammond HS.

The team is asking you to sell 2 bulbs each. Obviously we encourage you to sell more than that though.
75% goes towards a second competition while 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the Engineers
without Borders Clean Water Project that we support.
The team member who sells the most bulbs by December 14 will receive a $25 Best Buy gift card.
We will run this fundraiser through the competition season.

PR/Marketing/Web Page- I want a page started called Fundraising.
Details of the fundraiser should be placed on the page.
See me ASAP to discuss this.

If you have any farther questions, please contact me.

Mr. Cullings

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here are links to the attachments:

training
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=b7d12a97b3&e=abc1e7aec7

order form
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=44b8586221&e=abc1e7aec7

customer handout
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=3adcbfe022&e=abc1e7aec7

FIRST green overview
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=6188113cd7&e=abc1e7aec7

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Your help in promoting this fund-raiser is greatly appreciated.


November 14, 2012

I was able to visit Monday afternoon’s session and I was impressed to see that a lot of kids were focused
and hard at work. At this point, several kids have a good grasp of the LabView programming language and
several are getting comfortable with Autodesk Inventor for CAD. A strong core is getting a good handle on the
various electronic components and how they interact, although there are some interesting differences of
opinion on the best arrangements of components. We have a great bunch of pretty impressive children!

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The Baltimore Area Alliance (BAA) is an organization made up of high school robotics teams in our region
and some senior mentors associated with FIRST. The BAA is all volunteers and is a very friendly bunch. These
are the folks that put on the late summer Battle O Baltimore robotics competition, the fall Education Day
workshops at APL, and the winter Back to Build mentor dinner. The BAA typically meets about 8 times a year.
One of the meetings was last night. My notes from the meeting are here:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=59d855bce1&e=abc1e7aec7
If you have any interest in working with the team, you’ll find the Back to Build dinner useful, so mark your
calendar (Feb. 26).

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Sometime soon, I’ll start to put together the care and feeding calendar for Build. For the rookies, the team will
be meeting almost every day from kickoff (January 7 – when the game is announced) until national stop build
(February 19 - when the robot must be sealed and security tagged). The team will meet pretty much 6 days a
week during that period. Many students will do their homework in the tech ed room. In the past, there have been
some late nights -- though there were many fewer last year than in earlier years – yay!

It’s our goal to feed our kids (and our wonderful volunteer mentors ) dinners 4 days a week and Saturday breakfasts
and lunches for all of Build. I know this is a lot of work on our part, but our kids will be working intensely and their
teachers, coaches, or employers (as applicable) – don’t tend to give them any breaks. Keeping them fed helps
them to meet all of their various responsibilities.

We have had some restaurants donate meals to the team in the past. Also some parents cooked and some other
parents bought food for the team. Take a look at last year’s calendar:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=3d037db9a8&e=abc1e7aec7
It worked pretty well and it’s fair if everyone participates. I could really really really use some help in lining up
restaurants. Please let me know if you can help – even a little. THANKS!

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Miguel Iraola will be planning the Team’s holiday lunch (December 15). Please respond promptly and positively
to him when he puts out the call for your participation. Before the lunch, it’s my understanding that students will
be making presentations. They have already begun preparing and this Saturday morning (November 17) is a
critical step in the process as they meet with mentors in small groups.

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Team website, calendar seems to be under the Parents and Mentors link.

http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=39eafbc4b7&e=abc1e7aec7

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What are you questions?

Jeff
roveout@gmail.com


November 9, 2012

2013 FIRST Scholarship Opportunities now valued at OVER $16 million.
Find out about 2013 college scholarship opportunities at:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=f1a9e63bae&e=abc1e7aec7

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An update on our finances for Ursa Major, 2012-2013.
As of the end of October, the balance of our Army Grant funds ($10,000) is $3272. This money can
only be used for parts and for competitions. We have not yet paid for the DC competition. I don't
know the amount on that but the Chesapeake Regional was $2000, as a ballpark.
Our Non-Army Grant fund has a balance of $658. This money can be used for any expenses we
incur.
There are other expenses still to come including more parts for the robot, buttons for competitions,
materials for promoting the team, transportation, and food. Hope to receive other money from
fundraisers, sponsor donations, and Boosters. There may be additional money from the Army after
January 1, depending on their budget, but we obviously can't count on that until we receive it.
Diane Green, Ursa Major parent

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We are wait-listed for:
Washington DC Regional
28-Mar - 30-Mar-2013

We are registered for:
Chesapeake Regional, Baltimore Convention Center
11-Apr - 13-Apr-2013

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FIRST schedules conference calls so that senior mentors from around the country can share their
knowledge and answers questions. These are free and open to anyone. For the schedule and audio
archives of these excellent sessions:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=a68cee5ee2&e=abc1e7aec7

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Team wiki:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=3e45bce393&e=abc1e7aec7

Team website:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=abdb087966&e=abc1e7aec7

2012 care and feeding:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=0e9721e765&e=abc1e7aec7

Team calendar:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=8c5e4f8a8d&e=abc1e7aec7

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November 3, 2012

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November 3 - info and carpools
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The Baltimore Area Alliance will host an Education Day on Saturday Nov. 3, 2012, sponsored by the
JHU/APL STEM Program Management Office. The workshops will be held from 8:30am – 4pm at the
nearby JHU/APL.

Agenda:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=253a5e6031&e=abc1e7aec7

These workshops are open to students, mentors, parents, and supporters of FRC in Maryland but
registration has closed. Mr. Cullings registered people on behalf of the team, so if you have any questions
about whether or not you’re registered, please contact him.

Students were asked to complete this form to set up carpools:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=e3c8add09f&e=abc1e7aec7

Carpool assignments and information:
http://eepurl.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=6a25c8a5c7&e=abc1e7aec7

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November 19 and 20
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Per Mr. Cullings, Please note that there will not be any meetings after-school on Monday November 19 and
Tuesday November 20.

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Miscellany
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Team Calendar: http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=58deacdaf6&e=abc1e7aec7

Team Wiki: http://eepurl.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3cb477919010a8dbe52e9b7cb&id=c652894e67&e=abc1e7aec7

If you have something that you want to share with the other parents, please send it along for inclusion in the
next email.
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October 22, 2012

Dear roboparent,

Just this once, I'm taking the extra step of also sending this message home on paper via your child because many parents are not responding to email.
The Team's success absolutely depends on parental involvement. You don't need to do a lot, but the Team needs you to do something. Please check
your email.

Here are some things that the Team needs parents for:

Alumni development -- this job involves collecting names, contact information, and biographical information from team alumns. The goals are to be able
to demonstrate to potential sponsors that the team is beneficial for students and also to encourage alumns to stay involved with FIRST robotics after high
school. The parent will mentor current students as they collect and organize the information.

Community outreach -- The Team has supported the efforts of Engineers Without Borders to bring clean water supplies to third-world villages. A parent
is needed to facilitate student efforts.

Middle school outreach -- We understand that Patuxent Valley MS is starting a robotics team. It is to our benefit to help them and to encourage our
other feeder schools to do the same. The parent will coordinate Team visits to the middle schools and middle school visits to us.

Photography -- A parent is needed to coordinate students who will photograph the Team at meetings, outreach events, and competitions and to make
those pictures available to the web and P.R. people.

Public relations -- The Team very much needs someone to help coordinate the Team's P.R. program, to help with Team branding, etc. Students have
volunteered for these roles, but they need someone to guide their efforts.

Videography -- A parent is needed to coordinate students who will video the Team at meetings, outreach events, and competitions and to make those
videos available to the web and P.R. people.

October 19 field trip

Team mentor David Desportes has arranged a tour of the Sun Products factory in Baltimore. This will happen on October 19, the Friday that schools are
closed. We will leave Hammond at 9:15a.m. and return around 12:15p.m.

The tour will start in a conference room to review safety and get an overview of Sun Products and the upcoming tour. The tour will encompass automated
packaging lines and should take about an hour.

No open-toed shoes, sandals or high heels. Loose fitting jewelry or clothing are prohibited in work areas. All ties must be removed or tucked into a shirt
or jacket. Persons with long hair must wear it pulled back near machinery. Sun Products will provide safety glasses.

The Team needs parents to drive. Every person who is going and every parent who can drive must complete the simple form here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dExYbDZLVzg4ZDNSRzVvNGtRaUJuZHc6MQ

Complete the form ASAP as we need to sort out the logistics and provide a good list to Sun Products in advance.

Separately Mr. Cullings has sent your child a permission slip form.

Monday meetings

The October 1 Monday meeting was very well attended (25 + students). The students were busy and focused on Team tasks, making the meeting useful
and productive. This is due in great measure to the Team's student leadership. There was, however, one issue that you need to be aware of. No one had
signed up to provide snacks, so students were understandably hungry. Some of them called parents who brought individual food: awkward -- some kids
with food, who couldn't share, and other kids without food who stood around them like unhappy puppies. This is not the kind of Team dynamic that we are
trying to promote. You can sign up to provide snack here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084EABAA2AA46-meal

Feeding the team is only fair if everyone participates. There will be many more opportunities in 2013.

December 15

Mr. Cullings has scheduled Saturday, December 15 for the Team's holiday party lunch. We need a volunteer to arrange the lunch. In the past, the holiday
lunch was donated by Famous Dave's. That may be a possibility again or we may wish to explore alternatives. If you are willing to handle this, please let
me know.

Mentor Appreciation

Our team has wonderful mentors. I know that these fine folks enjoy working with our kids, it’s been suggested that we do something for mentor appreciation,
perhaps next spring after the competition. Please let me know if this is something you want to work with students on.

Team Calendar

Our team calendar:
https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=teamursamajor%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York

If you want to subscribe, here’s the ics link:
https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/teamursamajor%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics


October 9, 2012

Team Ursa Major -- Hammond Robotics -- Email to parents -- October 9, 2012

Last night I arrived at Hammond around 5:45pm. About 20 or so kids were there and
they all seemed busy and focused. Some were working on learning LabView, which
is used to program robots. Others were getting instruction on the various kinds of
electronics used on FIRST robots and how they connect to one another. It looks like
a great bunch of kids, well worthy of our support.

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Monday Meetings -- CRITICAL NEED
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Faculty is not always present after 3:30 and meetings generally will go to 7 on Mondays.
Mentors generally arrive at 4:30. Faculty has indicated that students will have to vacate
the room between faculty leaving and mentor arriving. We believe that if a parent can cover
that gap, then students would be allowed to stay. We need your help.

Additionally, students have suggested that snack is insufficient on Mondays. We have
arranged a great pizza deal with Domino’s to supplement snack but we need a parent
to handle it. The deal is explained here: http://ursamajor2849.wikispaces.com/Pizza
The parent could take orders from the kids present, pick it up, and resell it at cost. As
you can see:, http://sdrv.ms/UbOmC7 , we need more help.

Please volunteer for just 1 day by replying to this email.


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October 19 trip -- ACTION REQUIRED
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Team Mentor David Desportes has arranged for the team to visit the Sun Products factory
in Baltimore. Permission slip blanks http://bit.ly/TnrRsy were sent to students last week.
Carpool information is here: http://goo.gl/4BfLx Please complete this simple form ASAP
and encourage your child to do so as well.


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Other roles for parents -- (Big thanks to those who stepped up)
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    • These jobs are largely being done or to be done by students, we’re looking for parents to facilitate. <<

Alumni development – Jereme Shaffer

Budget – Diane Green

Community outreach (facilitates charitable activities) - Mr./Mrs. Nobody

Fundraising – Insaf Mohammed

Holiday lunch (organizes meal December 15) -- Mr./Mrs. Nobody

Mentor appreciation (April, organizes meal, gifts?, and speeches?) --

Middle school outreach (arranges for our students to mentor their students) -
---- Patuxent Valley Middle school -- Bethovena Birotte
---- Hammond Middle school -- Mr./Mrs. Nobody

Parent liaison – Jeff Meyers

Photography / Videography (arranges for team activities to be photographed) -- Mr./Mrs. Nobody

Public relations (see http://bit.ly/RazSzi) - Mr./Mrs. Nobody

Web page – Teresa Rollin

As you can see, we’re relying too much on Mr./Mrs. Nobody. Send an email reply to volunteer
or to ask questions.


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Calendars and food
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Our team calendar: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=teamursamajor%40gmail.com
If you want to subscribe, here’s the ics link:
https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/teamursamajor%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics

Thanks to those parents who sent in food. There are still a couple of openings for this fall.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084EABAA2AA46-meal


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Boosters
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The Hammond Boosters have been very good to the team over the years. Please join the Boosters;
it’s easy to do. You can join through the website using a credit card.
http://www.hammondboosters.org/membership Also, please help out with Booster activities when
you can. For the fall, that means helping out in the Snack Shack. You can sign up here:
http://www.hammondboosters.org/concessions .


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poke around the Team’s Wiki: http://ursamajor2849.wikispaces.com/
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From Mr. Cullings -- Homecoming - Saturday October 13
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We will meet at Hammond between 8:15 AM and 8:30 AM in Room 304. I will distribute t-shirts
then and we will all have 5-10 buttons to distribute as we march the parade route. I suggest
wearing something warm for the parade and comfortable shoes. At 8:40 AM we will walk to the
parade start and form up behind the banner for the parade. Parade starts at 9AM. I expect the
parade to be finished in about 1/2 an hour. We will come back to Hammond and meet until
11AM. If you need to leave earlier you may do so. For those who stay, we will continue Safety
Training with the drill press and scroll saw the tools we will be learning that day.
Please remember that the Homecoming Parade is mandatory.
Mr. Cullings


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September 29, 2012

Dear roboparent,

Topics in this email
1. About FIRST and info sources
2. Calendars and food
3. HCPSS and HHS
4. Team Meetings
5. Key contacts
6. Odds and ends

About FIRST and info sources

FIRST program includes First Lego Leage (FLL),Junior Lego League, First Tech Challenge (FTC), and First Robotics Challenge (FRC). FRC is for high schoolers and that’s us. FYI It’s my understanding that Patuxent Valley Middle is starting a FLL team.

As of September 27, there were 1,289 FRC teams registered or waitlisted for events, up from 959 at the same time last season. That’s a 34% increase. We’re registered for the Chesapeake Regional, April 11-13, 2013. Team numbers of 4450 or higher are rookie teams this year. If you’re at an event, and see a team number equal to or greater than that number, go up and say hi rookie!

Youtube videos of every match at last spring’s champtionships: http://www.usfirst.org/node/2584

FIRST archive of news coverage:http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/first-in-the-news?id=156

In the fall of 2011, FIRST surveyed alumni to understand the impact FIRST has had on their lives. Highlights:
4,666 Alumni responded
Alumni ranged in age from 17-22, 70% were male, and most graduated high school between 2009 and 2011.
90% of Alumni are currently in a STEM field as a student or professional.
86% of Alumni who are enrolled in their second year or later of college are working towards a degree in STEM. Majors include engineering (57%), computer science (10%) and the physical and life sciences (10%).

There are a variety of sources of information for FIRST parents and mentors. Here are two worth looking at:
http://firstcommunity.usfirst.org/
http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/portal.php
You’ll find plenty of technical information, but there’s also loads of information about the non-engineering aspects of team operations. Most of the issues and problems our team will face have already been faced by other teams. You’re welcome to reinvent the wheel,, but often you don’t have to.

Calendars and food

Our team calendar: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=teamursamajor%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York
If you want to subscribe, here’s the ics link: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/teamursamajor%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics

Thanks to those parents who sent in food. There are still openings for this fall. Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084EABAA2AA46-meal

FRC Calendars, available in both ‘Month’ and ‘List’ views:
http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/calendar/
http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/calendar/list

HCPSS and HHS

The Hammond Boosters have been very good to the team over the years. I strongly encourage you to join the Boosters; it’s easy to do. You can join through the website using a credit card. http://www.hammondboosters.org/membership Also, please help out with Booster activities when you can. For the fall, that means helping out in the Snack Shack. You can sign up here: http://www.hammondboosters.org/concessions .

Dr. Foose, our new Superintendent will be at Hammond on October 15. Here’s what the school system website says:
Listen and Learn with the Superintendent
Please plan to join Dr. Renee A. Foose for a Listen and Learn Forum, where she will share school system priorities and answer your questions.
All sessions will be held on Mondays from 7:00-8:15 p.m.:
October 15: Hammond High Cafeteria (8800 Guilford Rd., Columbia)
Sign up to attend.
http://goo.gl/mo3Mg

Team Meetings

One of the parents at the meeting on Saturday suggested, and I think it’s an excellent idea, that we have a parent at every evening team meeting. Because faculty will not be able to be present after 4:30 / 5 and meetings generally will go to 7 / 7:30, it would be good to have a parent on hand for those last few hours. The parent can help out or just be there to provide an adult presence and provide back up to the mentors. Please let me know if you would like to handle the sign-up list for this and we’ll sort out a way to get it done. Thanks.

There were some questions about meeting times and agendas. I’ve encouraged the powers that be to make sure that the team calendar is as accurate as it can be, however, the nature of robotics and past experience suggests that meeting end times are a flexible. Students are welcome to do homework in the tech ed room during meetings. Also, everyone understands that students and families have multiple responsibilities, so not everyone can attend every meeting. Please encourage your child to communicate with the student leaders and Mr. Cullings to keep up on the plans and goals for each meeting and to discuss which meetings are more or less vital for your child. As much as you can, please try and make it your child’s responsibility to keep on top of this and to share information with you.

Some kids may be discouraged by the lack of hands-on Saturday morning. This will change, please encourage them to stick it out.

Key contacts

Contact information for key people on our team:
Faculty mentors
Mr. Cullings -- ERIC_CULLINGS@hcpss.org
Mr. Rosenberg -- Marc_Rosenberg@hcpss.org

Mentors

Eric Adler -- eadler756@ieee.org
David Desportes -- ddesportes@gmail.com
Reggie Counts -- R.D.Counts@ieee.org
Charlie Crews -- charlie.crews@exelisinc.com
Bobby Nanan -- giriraj.nanan-1@nasa.gov
Rob Oehrli -- robo2@umbc.edu
Wayne Oehrli - woehrli@verizon.net
Joel Roth -- joel_roth@hcpss.org (animation)

student leaders

Faith Chung -- chungfaith1@gmail.com
Sherri Green -- shadgreen@comcast.net

Parents

alumni development --
budget -- Diane Green -- diandyg@gmail.com
community outreach --
fund-raising -- Insaf Mohammed -- icasfmly@comcast.net
middle school outreach --
parent liaison -- Jeff Meyers -- roveout@gmail.com
photography --
public relations --
scholarships -- Maureen Cogan -- mocogan@verizon.net
videography --
web page -- Teresa Rollin teresa_rollin@yahoo.com

Odds and ends

Our team has wonderful mentors. I know that these fine folks enjoy working with our kids, it’s been suggested that we do something for mentor appreciation, perhaps next spring after the competition. Please let me know if this is something you want to work with students on.

There team has an informal Facebook page. I encourage you to subscribe to it and, as appropriate, participate. https://www.facebook.com/groups/57062864576/

From Diane G:
Thanks to many students (and thanks parents) who recently paid their membership dues to the HHS Robotics Team, Ursa Major!! Team dues are $50 and are a great help to the team’s finances by helping cover t-shirts and uniforms. If writing a check, please make out check to Ursa Major and give to Mr. Cullings. If there are financial difficulties, please talk to Mr. Cullings privately.
Parents, your child already is aware that they are to write a brief autobiographical paragraph to go on our team website. Mr. Cullings sent a note with details. That was due today 9/29; if they haven't done that yet, Mr. C asked those be turned in ASAP. This is really up to your child ---just an FYI.

From Mr. Cullings:
No meeting on October 6 due to SAT's.
October 13 meeting will be for Homecoming. Ursa Major will be marching and handing out buttons. Time to be determined.
Band performance and sports take priority over Ursa Major attendance on that day.
Next Saturday Workshop is Mechanical Training on October 13.
Field Trip to Sun Packaging on Friday October 19 between 9AM and 12PM w/ Mr. Desportes and Mr. Cullings.
Students will see an automated production line as well as many ingenious mechanical devices.
Students will need to arrange their own transportation. More details forthcoming.
Eric Cullings
Hammond HS
Technology Education Coordinator
FIRST Robotics Primary Mentor- Team Ursa Major #2849

That's all for now.
Jeff