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Daily Announcements
Elwood Elementary School
September 22-26, 2014

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 - Quesadillas, Spinach, Corn, Pineapple, Fruit & Milk
Tuesday - Bosco Sticks, Green Beans, California Blend, Oranges, Applesauce & Milk
Wednesday - Popcorn Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Carrots, Peaches, Fruit & Milk
Thursday - Tenderloins, French Fries, Baked Beans, Pickles, Mixed Fruit & Milk
Friday - Grilled Cheese, Veggie Sticks, Country Blend Vegetables, 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!

Please note the times for lunches this year:
Kindergarten - 11:15
First Grade - 11:50
Second Grade - 12:20

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!

Grandparents Night:
Please thank our wonderful grandparents for visiting us last week! We hope they enjoyed dinner, the band, BINGO, the Book Fair and the fabulous classroom visits! We loved having them. We will send your pictures home when Whitney gets them to us!

Homecoming Parade:
Please have your children wear as MUCH RED and BLUE as possible (and you too) and meet us behind the First United Methodist Church at 3:45 p.m. this Sunday for the Homecoming Parade! We need our cheering children!!

ROCK Store Week:
Next week will be shopping week for the kids! They will spend the ROCK bucks they have earned for good behavior!! They love shopping!

Hat Day Results:
Our kindergarten students won the extra RECESS from the hat day donations!! Thanks for sending in those remarkable hats on your childrens heads!

Homecoming Week:
Dress-Up Days this Week for Homecoming (no donations necessary):
Thursday Crazy Day (and/or College Day) wear clothes inside out, backwards, crazy hair, silly socks, etc.!
Friday Red & Blue Day

College Day:
We will have College Days Wednesday and Thursday of this week (since we have added crazy day to Thursday)! Encourage students to wear college shirts and we will be encouraging them to go to college in the future!

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!

We have noticed that some students are not finishing their meals, so we will be adding five minutes between grade levels to help with this. We will try the following times beginning Monday:
K 11:15 11:45
1 11:50 12:20
2 12:25 1:05

Mrs. Bradshaw wants to remind you that ALL STUDENTS may eat breakfast FREE!

Fall Break Reminder:
Fall Break will be October 6-17!

Coats for Kids:
You may begin sending in those new or gently used coats for the Coats for Kids program! It will take place October 25th, so remember that date if you need to pick up a winter coat forsomeone in your family!

Dont forget to sign up for the Marsh Fresh Idea cards for EES even if you have done so. We want to make sure we get everyone re-enrolled this year. Dont forget grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles and your neighbors! We earn lots of wonderful items at the end of the year from Marsh!

ABC Mouse:
Here is a great site for our kids! https://www.abcmouse.com/

Dont forget to send in Sunny D 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!

Head Lice:
I am attaching a letter that will go home next week about head lice. We want parents to know more about this topic as September is Head Lice Prevention Month.
Go here for letter

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

Math Resources:
Attached is a resource and a math blog web-site that you may be interested in with ideas for summer.Summertime is quickly approaching. We know that over the 2 - 3 month timeframe, considerable summer loss can occur.
Don't forget to LIKE us on FACEBOOK for news and cool pictures! (Look for Elwood Elementary School - the page with the school picture and a picture of one of our"hallway painted characters"onit!) I think there is another Elwood Elementary page that is not the one we use!
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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