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Elwood Elementary School
Week of June 1, 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 - Tenderloins, French Fries, Green Beans, Fruit & Milk
Tuesday - Sack Lunch!

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!

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!

I will be taking the second grade parents off my email list sometime this summer. If I miss taking yours off, please email me and let me know. You wont want to continue hearing from me! Thank you for being a part of our email family!

Field Day:
We want to thank Mrs. Renbarger for a FANTASTIC FIELD DAY! The middle school student helpers were wonderful and the kids had a blast!

Preschool Graduation:
THANK YOU, PRESCHOOL STAFF! The preschool graduation was so much fun to watch! It was a spectacular event! Thank you, preschool families, fora SUPER year! Your children are now KINDERGARTNERS!

Celebration Program:
Our Celebration Party will be in the gym Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. There will not be a lot of room for guests due to the seating of our entire student body, but we will try to make some room around the outside walls. We will enjoy some videos, attendance awards, some recognition of a few of our helpers, and some FUN ACTIVITIES!

Moving Classrooms:
With our changes and additionsto preschool next year, we will be moving our grade levels to different wings of the building this summer. Preschool will be in the kindergarten wing, kindergarten will be in the first grade wing, first grade will be in the second grade wing, and second grade will be in the preschool wing. Whew! Thank you, custodians and EES staff!! Does that show dedication, or what? What a REMARKABLE group of people!

Summer Reading:
Yes, we have to say it! Your children MUST continue to READ this summer! In order to be successful in all subjects, they must practice, practice, practice reading skills! Please visit the Elwood Public Library! Call us if you need books! Find stories online! Do whatever you can to make sure your child continues to gain those skills. We cant forget math facts either!! Thanks for being our partners during the summer break!

Summer Training:
It is a myth that our teachers stay home for summer breaks! We know they will be here moving, and we have so many professional development opportunities as well! Yes, many will be attending workshops and conferences over the summer. Our staff will be learning more about technology, reading skills, Zoo Phonics, etc.! I am so very happy to work with such a dedicated group of individuals!

Class Lists:
We will be working on class lists over the summer. We will do everything we can to meet the needs of your child. Please stay tuned to Facebook, emails and the Call-Leader for enrollment news!

Next Year:
The first student day of school will be Wednesday, August 5th. Ha! We want you to be ready!!

Samaritan Feet:
Dont forget to sign up for shoes if your child needs them! The shoe pick-up day will be August 1st from 2:00 4:00 p.m. at the West Main Street Family Life Center. You must pre-register!

We all know about summer slump, especially in mathematics! TenMarks has been offering an online solution in mathematics for years that's personalized for every student, includes real-time interventions, detailed reports for parents, points, levels, and games to motivate your kids (and the ability for parents to set up custom rewards as well). Amazon recently bought TenMarks and has decided to offer this program (formerly $39.95) for free for educators to pass on to parents--learn more here. The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) are working to get the word out, and we're hoping you will too. Ask your teachers about this opportunity! https://www.tenmarks.com/summermath

Early Learning Center:
Please send parents in who have three and four year olds who have not registered for preschool or day care for next year. We will be calling parents this summer to confirm spots in our program. Thank you for your support to educate our youngest citizens!

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes:
Keep sending in those new or gently used shoes for Mrs. Renbarger, please!

ABC School:
Gina Jackman and Candy Mays will house their ABC School in our elementary next year. Please come to registration days to see them as well! They are accepting three and four year olds!

Noahs Ark:
We also dont want you to forget that Noahs Ark issigning upchildren for their preschool! Please call 552-7171 for more information!

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:

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!


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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