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Daily Announcements
Elwood Elementary School
February 2-6, 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 - Chicken Nuggets, Corn, Baked Beans, Carrots, Pineapple & Milk
Tuesday - Hamburgers, French Fries, Tomatoes, Oranges, Applesauce & Milk
Wednesday - Chicken & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, Fruit & Milk
Thursday - Deli Wraps, Hummus, Tossed Salad, Broccoli, Fruit & Milk
Friday - Pizza, Baby Carrots, Corn, Pears, Fruit & Milk

Elwood Schools will be on a two-hour delay Monday, January 26th.


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!

Testing:
We are finishing with both mClass reading and math testing this week! We are seeing some great growth! Our teachers will be meeting soon to discuss the data and next steps for our students.

Presidents Day:
There will be school on Presidents Day Monday, February 16th. This will be a snow make-up day.

Movie Night Coming:
There will be a Movie Night Wednesday, February, 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Alexandria Theatre. The movie is Sponge Bob!

National Counseling Week:
Next week is National Counseling Week! Be sure to thank Mrs. Duncan for her hard work at EES!


Yearbook Pictures:
The yearbook staff will be here Monday to take pictures throughout the day. They will return on Tuesday to take some pictures of our Tuesday preschool classrooms as well. We will send home information on how to purchase yearbooks soon. Yearbooks will not arrive until May.

Body Safety:
We are partnering with Chaucies Place, a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, to bring Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children to our kindergarten and second grade students. They will visit classrooms Feb. 10th.

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

A Look at February:
PTO Meeting 10th
Valentines Parties 13th
Presidents Day (school will be in session) 16th
Acuity Testing Begins in the Computer Lab 17th
All Pro Dads Breakfast 17th
Count Down to Kindergarten 19th

Cart Items:
We have some fun items in the cart for our students. Dont forget to send in a quarter for some tasty candy canes! We have sour ones, chocolate mint, blueberry, peppermint, Jolly Rancher, Sweet-tart, Jelly Bean, etc!

mClass Testing:
Students are being pulled out one by one to test their current reading levels and skills. This is our mid-year testing and it is great to see so many students on track! If you have questions or concerns about your childs reading levels or skills at this time, please email or call so we can set up a meeting to discuss it! We are half way through the year and your help is crucial!

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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