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Daily Announcements
Elwood Elementary School
October 27-31, 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 - Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Celery, Pineapple & Milk
Tuesday - Nachos, Refried Beans, Carrots, Pears & Milk
Wednesday - Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli, Peaches, Fruit & Milk
Thursday - Cavatini, Corn, Green Beans, Mixed Fruit, Fresh Fruit & Milk
Friday - Chicken Nuggets, Carrots, Applesauce, Grapes & 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 - 12:25

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!

Elwood Halloween Parade:
The Elwood Chamber of Commerce, is excited to be sponsoring the Annual Halloween Parade this year which will take place Thursday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m. Parade lineup will begin at 5:30 p.m. with costume judging at 5:45 p.m. Everyone is asked to line-up behind STAR Financial Bank which is located at the intersection of Anderson Street and South A Street.

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!

Picture Retakes:
Life Touch will be here for picture retakes Tuesday, October 28th.

Family Involvement Night:
The first grade Spooky Stories Family Involvement Night will be held Tuesday, October 28th. We hope to see you there!

Ambers Army:
Amber is a mother of one of our preschoolers. She is battling colon cancer and we will be having a Hat Day Wednesday, October 29th so we can be a part of Amber's Army! We are asking our students to bring in donations, and the classroom in each grade level with the most donations will earn extra P.E. time with Mrs. Renbarger!

Halloween Parties:
Please check in with our staff stationed at the doors before going to your classrooms Friday for Halloween parties. Most parties will begin at 1:00 p.m. Students should bring their costumes Friday morning. They will parade in their grade levels and enjoy activities in their classrooms. Thank you for your help!

Parent/Teacher Conferences:
We will be sending home forms soon for Parent/Teacher Conferences. The dates will be November 12th for Pre, K and 2nd, and November 13th for Pre and 1st. Please plan to be here as we have a goal to see 100% of our parents!

Red Ribbon Week:
Red Ribbon Week is for all students PreK-12! We do not go into great details about drug awareness with our age group, but we do have some messages that are age-appropriate for them. Mrs. Duncan has made arrangements with the following businesses to join forces with us next week! Please have your child wear his/her red ribbon and visit the following.

All Week
Dairy Queen -Free small cone with a purchase
Hardees - Free childrens drink and childrens French fry with a purchase
Lincoln Square - Free scoop of ice cream with a purchase
Lucky Strike Lanes - Free game and shoes with purchase of a game
Opera House - 20% off students meal
Pizza Hut - Free childrens drink with a purchase
Papa Johns - Free childrens drink with a purchase
Richards Restaurant - 10% off total bill for family
Subway - Free small drink
Wells Lanes - Free game with the purchase of a game
McDonalds - Free small French fry
El Chile Poblano - Free small drink with purchase of a meal
Robys Grill - 10% off total bill
Robys Grill - 10% off total bill
Happy Burger - Free small French fry

Red Ribbon Week - Dress Up Days:
Monday Wear RED - (Kick-off for the week wear your ribbon)
Tuesday Wear ORANGE - (Just say no to Bullying)
Wednesday HAT DAY - (Cancer Awareness Ambers Army)
Thursday Wear PURPLE - (Domestic Violence)
Friday Wear RED / SHIRTS BACKWARDS - (Turn your back on drugs day)

Marsh Points:
We only have next week to add to our Marsh Fresh Idea card totals! We have some wonderful parents out there today helping us! If anyone else can sign people up at Marsh this coming week, please let us know!When you use your Marsh card, we earn equipment for our school!

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.
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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