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Daily Announcements
Elwood Elementary School
April 20-24, 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 Patty, French Fries, Corn, Pineapple, Fruit & Milk
Tuesday - Tacos, Refried Beans, Mexican Corn, Applesauce, Treat & Milk
Wednesday - Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli, Peaches, Fruit & Milk
Thursday - Corn Dogs, Peas, Mac & Cheese, Tomatoes, Mixed Fruit & Milk
Friday - Fish Sticks, Green Beans, Jicama Sticks,Fresh Fruit, Pears & 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!

Fun Frolic:
WOW! We had a BLAST at the Fun Frolic last evening!! A HUGE thank you goes out to our fabulous PTO, staff members, students, parents and volunteers who made it happen! Thank you for coming!

Blast Off to Kindergarten:
We have enrolled 92 kindergarten students enrolled for next year so far!! That is fantastic! Next, we will have the Blast Off to Kindergarten Tuesday, April 21st beginning at 6:15 p.m. This will give the children a chance to meet the kindergarten teachers, do some fun activities and ride a bus! Spread the word to sign up all remaining kindergarten-age children! They may come to our office during school hours any day of the week to do so!

All Pro Dads Breakfast:
The All Pro Dads Breakfast will be held Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00 a.m. Please join us!

Earth Day:
Earth Day will be Wednesday, April 22nd. What are you doing to save the earth?

Butterfly Kits:
Our butterfly kits for each classroom should be coming Thursday, April 23rd. YAY!

Field Trip:
Second grade will travel to a theater in Kokomo Friday, April 24th for a field trip.

Principals:
I would like to thank my principals (Alexis G., Conner W., Randall K. and Cayden H. for taking over the building for me one day last week! I enjoyed my day!

Preschool Enrollment:
We need to spread the word to find preschool students! If you are 3 or 4, come and see us April 28-29 from noon to 7:00 p.m. We will have new opportunities for our youngest ones next year including day care, extended before and after school care, and there will even be 8 openings for infants and toddlers with our early Head Start program. We will have the BEST EARLY LEARNING CENTER around!

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/


Kindergarten Enrollment:
We are registering students for our kindergarten classes for next year on in our office daily. Please provide birth certificates, immunization records, social security cards and proof of residencies. Please bring your children with you for quick screenings. They are to be five years old by August 1st.

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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