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Daily Announcements
Elwood Elementary School
For the Month of July - 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
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!

First Day of School:
The first day of school for Elwood students will be Wednesday, July 30th.  Class begins at 8:00 at EES and students are released at 2:30. 

Back to School Night:
Join us to meet your teachers and for free HOT DOTS, CHIPS and DRINKS July 29th at 6:00 p.m.  We will meet in the gym first and then go to classrooms!

Our lunch menu will be online next week.  Please note the times for lunches this year:
Kindergarten - 11:15
First Grade - 11:45
Second Grade - 12:15

Drop Off and Pick Up:
All drop offs in the morning should be at the front door (door 1) or the small cafeteria door (by door 5 on North J).
Pick Up After School:
All PK-2 bus riders will get on the buses at door 5 (North J)
Kindergarten car riders - at the K doors at the lot at the corner of J and 19th
First Grade - Door 2 (South entrance by the creek)
Second Grade - Door 4 (West entrance by the alley)
Preschool -
Bus riders will walk down to door 5 (North J)
Car riders will go out door 4 (West alley)
Note:  Preschool parents - please do not come before the second grade students leave.  In other words, please do not come to the alley until 2:50 or after.
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

EES Library to Be Open:

Our EES library will be open every Tuesday during the summer from 12:00 - 3:00!  Come and check out lots of books!  READ, READ, READ!

Parent Emails:

Names are coming off my parent email list!  If your child is moving to the intermediate school and I forget to take your name off my email list, please tell me! I sometimes have a hard time removing all of them! Thanks to those of you who have been a huge part of our lives at EES over the past few years and will be moving on! We will miss “our big kids” so much! They are close by, so we will visit often!  Please stay in touch with us!
Samaritan Feet Program:
The Samaritan Feet Shoe Distribution program will be held August 9th from 2:00 – 4:00 at the Main Street Wesleyan Family Life Center. A parent must be present with the child to pick up your shoes (pre-register only). 
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.
Summer Reading:
Don’t let your children lose all the reading gains they've made this year!  Send them on their vacations with our summer themed passages for:
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" on it!)  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:
Don’t 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 family’s health.

Update on 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 child’s 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!

Look What You Can Make With Your Own Personal Pictures!

You can use your own pictures and make mouse pads, mugs, books, collages, posters and much more!  Our school will earn 20% from the orders from this great Inter-State Studio opportunity!  Click on and go to the website below and create memories that will last forever!!  Thanks for your support!

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 
1-855-846-8376 Hope that helps!
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