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Daily Announcements
Elwood Elementary School
March 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
Lunch Menus:
Monday - Chicken Nuggets, Corn, Baked Beans, Fruit, Pineapple & Milk
Tuesday - Hamburgers, String Cheese, Tomatoes, French Fries, Fruit, Oranges & Milk
Wednesday - Chicken & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, Peaches, Fruit
Thursday - Deli Wraps, Hummus, Broccoli, Tossed Salad, Fresh Fruit, Mixed Fruit & Milk
Friday - Pizza, Corn, Baby Carrots, Fresh Fruit, Pears & Milk

We will be on a two hour delay Monday, March 2nd.

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!

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

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!

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!

Dress Up Days This Week:
Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss (Monday)! We will celebrate this and Read across America this week! Be sure to check out our dress up days:
Monday - Crazy Hair / Silly Socks/Slippers Day
Tuesday - Career Day
Wednesday - Cowboy Day
Thursday - Grinch Green Day or Dr. Seuss Character Day
Friday - Super Hero Day / Sports Day

Baseball Sign Ups:
Sign-ups for Little League, Minor League and Prep League will take place at the dental office at 213 N 16th Street from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. this Wednesday, March 4th. This is for 5-12 year olds. They will need birth certificates if they don't have yours. For questions, call 635-6635.

Bunny Fund-Raiser:
I know it is hard to think about EASTER while the snow is around, but this is our last chance to fund-raise for the many things we need throughout the year. If every child sold one or two bunnies, that would be a big help!! We appreciate your efforts with this! We are trying to extend the deadline, so if we do we will let you know!

Trading Specials:
We will be trading specials with the intermediate school this week to help out with ISTEP:
8:10 - 8:30 - Success
8:40 - 9:10 - K
9:15 - 9:45 1st
9:50 - 10:20 - 2nd

Specials Schedule w/ 2-Hour Delay:
No Success
10:10 - 10:30 - K
10:30 - 10:50 - 1st
10:50 - 11:20 - 2nd

Our next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:00 p.m. It is typically the following week, but that is Bingo for Books night! Please join us!

BINGO for Books:
Be ready for our Bingo for Books for Tuesday, March 10th from 5:30 7:30 p.m.! We will serve free Papa Johns pizza and drinks! TONS of books and prizes will be given away and there will be chances for our basket raffles. What an easy way to stock up on books!

Coming in March:
Read Across America Week - 2-6
PTO Meeting - 3rd
ROCK Store Week - 9th - 13th
BINGO for Books - 10th
End of 3rd Grading Period - 13th
All Pro Dads Breakfast - 17th
Family Involvement Night Grade 2 - 17th
St. Patricks Day - 17th
Report Cards - 20th
Spring Break - 23rd - April 3rd
(The snow make-up day will be announced soon.)

High School Event:
On Wednesday, March 4, Elwood Jr./Sr. High School SADD will be sponsoring their first Spread the Word to End the Word Day, with their special guest Brakayla (one of our preschoolers)! In preparation for that special day, they are ordering t-shirts for $12.00 (sizes 2x/3x $14.00).
Proceeds from the t-shirt sale will go to "Brakayla and Buddies". (We have order forms in our office at EES if you are interested.) The deadline for orders is February 23.

Video Time:
Check out our new video on You Tube:

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!

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!

Here are some sites for help at home:
Scholastic for Parents: Tips on Childrens Reading,...

Reading Resources - Help My Child Read - Parents -...

Reading Help for Parents and Children at...

Sites for Parents

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!

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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