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Elwood Elementary School
May 25-29, 2015


ECSC announces Contact Manager, a new method of adjusting telephone numbers or email addresses that receive alerts for school closings, delays, and other notifications.
Details here
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Lunch Menus:
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Hamburgers, French Fries, Tomatoes, Oranges, Fruit & Milk
Wednesday - Peanut Butter & Jelly, Carrots, Apples, Chips, Cookies & Milk
Thursday - Chicken Nuggets, Scalloped Potatoes, Peas, Pineapple, Fruit & Milk
Friday - Pizza, Corn, Carrots, Pears, Fresh Fruit & Milk


Bus Routes Here:
Please go here to see bus assignments!
Parents....please add your address to your child's backpack the first week of school if he/she rides the bus because sometimes we find that you have moved and the address was not changed!

Lunch:
Please note the times for lunches this year:
Kindergarten - 11:15
First Grade - 11:50
Second Grade - 12:25


Fees:
Fees have been approved for $80.00 for each grade level. Mrs. Heaton will begin collecting fee money in the office Monday. You may pay the entire amount or make payments. If you send a check in, please place it in a sealed envelope addressed Fees in your childs folder and it will be sent to the office. Remember, the state even expects those on free and reduced lunches to pay a portion of the fees later in the year. Thanks!

Facebook:
If you have not checked out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ElwoodElementarySchool, please do so! We have also begun a Twitter page @ElwoodElem so check it out as well!

Block Party:
We had a super time at the Block Party! The children loved the bouncy houses and had fun dunking Mrs. Bowman, Mrs. Renbarger and Miss Tolliver!! Thanks for coming and thanks to all who helped!

Hat Day:
We will send $160 to the Down Syndrome Foundation. Thank you for your donations on Hat Day!

Paths to Quality:
Our preschool is licensed and we having been striving to reach a Level 3 in a program called Paths to Quality. This program has strict guidelines and it takes a lot of hard work to make it to this level. WE DID IT and in record time! Now we can truly say our preschool is at the top of the charts!! Thank you, preschool staff!

Book Fair:
Our Book Fair will be open until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26th!

Field Day:
Here is the schedule for our Field Day activities Wednesday, May 27th:
K 8:15 10:15
1 10:15 12:15
2 - 12:15 2:15


Samaritan Feet:
Dont forget to sign up for shoes if your child needs them! The shoe pick-up day will be August 1st from 2:00 4:00 p.m. at the West Main Street Family Life Center. You must pre-register!

Summer is Almost Here!
Dont let yourkids lose all the reading gains theyve made this year. Send them on their vacations with ReadWorks summer themed passages and question sets.
All the passages are on topics related to summer to engage students. It is important that students are held accountable for their summer reading! Ask your teachers about this opportunity for summer reading!

Math:
We all know about summer slump, especially in mathematics! TenMarks has been offering an online solution in mathematics for years that's personalized for every student, includes real-time interventions, detailed reports for parents, points, levels, and games to motivate your kids (and the ability for parents to set up custom rewards as well). Amazon recently bought TenMarks and has decided to offer this program (formerly $39.95) for free for educators to pass on to parents--learn more here. The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) are working to get the word out, and we're hoping you will too. Ask your teachers about this opportunity! https://www.tenmarks.com/summermath

Important Dates in May:
K Field Trip - 19th
All Pro Dads - 19th
2nd Field Trip - 20th
Block Party/Book Fair - 21st
Hat Day for Down Syndrome - 21st
1st Field Trip - 21st (This was changed from the 28th to 21st due to bus issues)
2nd to Intermediate School - 22nd
Memorial Day - No School - 25th
Field Day - 27th
Preschool Graduation - 28th
Awards/Last Day - 2nd

Early Learning Center:
Please send parents in who have three and four year olds who have not registered for preschool or day care for next year. We will be calling parents this summer to confirm spots in our program. Thank you for your support to educate our youngest citizens!


Shoes, Shoes, Shoes:
Keep sending in those new or gently used shoes for Mrs. Renbarger, please!

Lunch Times for Field Day:
Please note the changes for the lunch schedule for Field Day from Mrs. Renbarger:
2nd- 11:00
Kindergarten- 11:35
1st- 12:05
Sack lunches will be served that day!

ABC School:
Gina Jackman and Candy Mays will house their ABC School in our elementary next year. Please come to registration days to see them as well! They are accepting three and four year olds!

Noahs Ark:
We also dont want you to forget that Noahs Ark issigning upchildren for their preschool! Please call 552-7171 for more information!

Field Trip Reminders:
Remember that you must have an updated volunteer background check in order to go on field trips. Please go to this site for more help:
http://www.elwood.k12.in.us/for-students-parents/volunteer/

Reading Practice:
Our children will advance in their reading skills much faster if you practice at home. Your dedication to 20 minutes of reading each day will make all the difference in the world. We will especially need your help this summer!! Thank you for all you do to be the best teacher your child will ever have! We love being your partners!


Background Checks:
Please don't wait until it is too late to go on a field trip. You must have background checks well in advance. You may go here to sign up:
http://www.elwood.k12.in.us/for-students-parents/volunteer/


Make-Up Days:
Just a reminder that the board voted to add the two snow make-up days to the end of the year (June 1-2). Spring Break will consist of two full weeks (March 23rd April 3rd).

The Latest Videos for Your Viewing:
When I Grow Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjYtmqdoYxE
Our Families: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH2HcnX0Bew


Elwood Elementary: The Place to Be!
Please check out our video on Facebook or You Tube! We have highlighted some great activities going on in this school and have many more to come! Please stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or YouTube!
https://www.facebook.com/ElwoodElementarySchool
https://twitter.com/ElwoodElem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsC0R1-eemk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4nW8T0vD1A

Cart Items:
We have some fun items in the cart for our students.

Here are some sites for help at home:
Scholastic for Parents: Tips on Childrens Reading,...
www.scholastic.com/parents

Reading Resources - Help My Child Read - Parents -...
www2.ed.gov/parents/read/resources/edpicks.jhtml

Reading Help for Parents and Children at...
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/

Sites for Parents
www.sitesforparents.com


Items:
Dont forget to send in Sunny D labels, Campbell's Soup labels and Box Tops!

Cool Cats:
We are drawing out some names each Thursday from our Cool Cat basket for prizes! Dont forget to read with your child so his/her name can be added to the weekly drawings!


Preschool:
Please spread the word to have ALL three and four year olds in Elwood sign up for preschool! If we are full then try one of the following because it helps our children prepare for kindergarten:
Head Start - 649-9905
Noah's Ark - 552-7171
YMCA - 552-9808

School Messenger:
If you did not receive a phone call or text message when we had our two-hour delay, please send in a note giving us that information so we can set you up!You will love it!

Background Checks:http://www.elwood.k12.in.us/bus-information/
Dont forget to get your background check early this year if you are going on field trips, visiting classrooms, or volunteering at school.Go to http://www.elwood.k12.in.us/volunteer-page/ to sign up for a five-year plan!

Marsh Fresh Idea Cards:
Don't forget to sign up for your Marsh Fresh Idea cards and name Elwood Elementary as the place you want your points to go!We were able to earn lots of important free items for our school last year through this program!
Visit Marsh at www.marsh.net to sign up or complete the forms we sent home!

Do you need additional assistance?
Please call 765-552-4562 to speak with Trisha Sullivan, Health Access Worker at St.Vincent Mercy Hospital if you need assistance with:
Finding a doctor
Applying for health coverage (Medicaid, HIP, Medicare, HHW)
Applying for public programs (Food Stamps, TANF, Social Security, WIC, Breast and Cervical Cancer Program) or Connections to other community resources and agencies for assistance. Health Access Workers are here to help you with all your needs. When you come into the hospital or doctor's office for services, be sure to let the staff know you are working with Trisha Sullivan. That way, we can better serve you by working together as a team to help you remove any barriers to you and your familys health.

Updateon Immunizations:
Every child (K-12) must have 2 Varicella (chickenpox vaccines) by the beginning of next school year.Please check with your family doctors or Mrs. Barr if you are not sure about your childs immunizations. You may also want to check on Hepatitis A for your little ones at home.Two doses will be recommended for for incoming kindergarten students next year and they will be required for them for the 2014-15 school year.

Don't forget to sign up for your Fresh Idea Card at Marsh
and make us your school of choice!


Internet Essentials:
Internet - Some of you were asking about the Internet Essentials program that allows parents of children on the free or reduced lunch plan to qualify for this internet program for $9.95 a month.You may also take advantage of buying a low-cost computer and receive Internet training at no additional charge.The number to call is
1-855-846-8376Hope that helps!
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