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Elwood Elementary School
Week of October 5, 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
Lunch Menus:
Monday - Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Jicama w/Dip, Pineapple, Fruit, Milk
Tuesday - Chicken Nuggets, Broccoli/Cheese, Buttered Carrots, Applesauce, Fruit, Milk
Wednesday - Cavatini, Tossed Salad, Green Beans, Peaches, Fruit, Milk
Thursday - Pizza, Corn, Veggie Sticks, Mixed Fruit, Fresh Fruit, Milk
Friday - Nachos, Refried Beans, Fresh Fruit, Pears, Sherbet, Milk

Bus Routes Here:
Please go here to see bus assignments!


The Career Center completed most of the RED & BLUE SPIRIT shirts last week. We had to order a few more and those will be sent home soon! They are working on the grade level shirts now!


The next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, October 6th at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Walk to School Day:

Alternatives and the Chamber of Commerce will be partners with EES for National Walk to School Day Wednesday, October 7th. We will meet on the east side of the pool (by the ball field to be away from traffic) at 7:15 a.m. that morning. We will have donuts and juice and some city officials will be there to join us. We will have drawings for some prizes and will walk to school at 7:45 a.m. We will send home information! Please make plans to drop your kids off there Wednesday!!

Hat Day for Down Syndrome:

There was a mistake on the date of this event in the newsletter. We will have HAT DAY for Down syndrome Wednesday, October 7th along with our Walk to School Day! Please send in donations to wear hats. All donations will be sent to Down Syndrome of Indiana.

Purple Thursday:

Christy Clark will be here Thursday, October 8th to pass out purple paper hands so our children can sign them and we can display them in the halls to represent the need to have Helping Hands...Not Hurting Hands. Plan to WEAR PURPLE that day!!

Fire Safety:

This week will be Fire Safety Week! Brad Compton confirmed the following times for their visits on Friday, October 9th:

8:30 - Kindergarten

9:00 - First Grade
9:30 - Second Grade

10:00 - Visits to classrooms in preschool

(There will be visits to preschool classrooms Thursday, Oct. 8th also.)

End of Grading Period:

Friday, October 9th will be the last day of the grading period. Report cards will be sent home Wednesday, October 21st.

Attendance Winning Rooms for Last Week:

Preschool - Mrs. Murray - PM

K - Mrs. Savage

1st - Mrs. Howe

2nd - Mrs. Wright

We are at 96.53% (90.5 absences last week and we had 74 tardies last week!) We had more girls absent than boys last week!

Drawings for Parents:

Winners from our September ATTENDANCE drawing for PARENTS: (Rickers Gas Cards) (We will send these home, so watch for them!)

Parents of Carter & Elijah Brown!

Parents of Liberty Schiffner!

Parents of Kayla Bravard!

Fall Break:

Fall Break will be the week of October 12-16 this year. There will be no staff members in the office that week.

Daycare During Fall Break:

Our Daycare will be open the week of October 12-16. Please return the forms sent home if you are interested. The phone number for the Daycare room is 552-1900 (ext. 1601).

Coming in October:
Fire Prevention Week - 5-9
PTO Meeting - 6
Walk to School Day - 7
Purple Thursday - 8
Firemen Visit - 9
End of Grading Period - 9
Chili Cook Off - 10
Red Gold Run - 10
Fall Break - 12-16
Coats for Kids - 17
All Pro Dads - 20
Picture Retake Day - 21
Report Cards - 21
Red Ribbon Week - 26-30
First Grade to Russell Farms - 26
Halloween Parties - 30

Elwood Public Library News:
Library programs at the Elwood Public Library:
Toddler Time - (18 mo.- 3 yrs.) Thursday mornings from 11-11:30 a.m.
Story Time - (3 1/2 - 5) Tuesday mornings from 11-12 p.m.
Twilight Tales - (K-5th) Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m.
Teen Hang-Out Hour - (6th - 12th) 2nd and 4th Mondays from 5-6 p.m.
Lego Block Party - (K - 12th) 1st and 3rd Fridays from 4-5 p.m.
Coming Soon.... Teen and Family Game Nights!

Fall Break:
Some of you are planning, so we want to share the Fall Break schedule with you again. We will be out of school the week of October 12th (October 12-16). Remember, we are only out one week this year.

More Sites/Resources for YOU:

Math Sites for You:

Reading Sites for You:

Reichart Early Learning Center:
We have a few remaining spots in our three and four year old preschool classrooms. Call us for more information! Your children will be more than ready for kindergarten!!

Marsh Cards:
Dont forget to sign everyone you know up for the Marsh Fresh Ideas for Education! Our school number is 28436. You may send in your forms or sign up at www.marsh.net.

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!

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

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:

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!


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. Bock if you are not sure about your childs immunizations. You may also want to check on Hepatitis A for your little ones at home.

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 1-855-846-8376. Hope that helps!
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