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Daily Announcements
Elwood Elementary School
April 6-10, 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 - Quesadillas, Spinach, Corn, Pineapple, Fruit & Milk
Tuesday - Bosco Sticks, Green Beans, Broccoli, Oranges, Applesauce & Milk
Wednesday - Chicken Easter Eggs, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Peaches, Fruit & Milk
Thursday - Tenderloins, French Fries, Baked Beans, Fresh Fruit, Mixed Fruit & Milk
Friday - Grilled Cheese, Ravioli, Veggie 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!

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!News from the Elwood Public Library:

Family Involvement Night:
A huge thank you goes out to those who were here for our second grade Family Involvement Night! There were not many people, but we LOVED it!!

Let me know if you have any issues with the bunnies. I will be in the office quite a bit next week, so call me at 552-1900 (ext. 1650) if you need anything. Here are the results of the most bunnies sold:
PRINCIPAL for a DAY: Alexis Gillam!
Assistant Principal for a Day: Conner Wooten!
Two Preschool Assistant Principals for a Day: Randall Kroft and Cayden Hobbs!
Two Lunch Guests with Mrs. Groover: Breelyn Norris and Kaizen Bixby!
I will let you know when these events will take place, parents! Congratulations!

I have asked the yearbook company to extend their deadline to April 10th. You should be able to order online at ybpay.liftouch.com (but I checked and it is not activated right now so I made a call to fix that). There is a code to put in once they fix it (12292815). If this does not work next week and you wish to pay here, call 552-1900 (ext. 1650) and we will set up a time to meet. If not, please plan to send it in before April 10th the week we return. We cannot order many extras due to the expense. Thanks so much!

Kindergarten Enrollment:
We are registering students for our kindergarten classes for next year on Wednesday, April 15th and Thursday, April 16th from 12:00 7:00 p.m. 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.

Preschool Enrollment:
Please bring your three and four year olds to our Preschool Enrollment Days on April 28th and 29th to sign up for preschool for next year! Please provide birth certificates, immunization records, social security cards and proof of residencies. There will be many options for you! We will be expanding this program next year to include a day care and before and after school care. More details will be available soon.

Superintendent Glenda Ritz:
Here are two videos from our state superintendent for parents:

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!


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,...

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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