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Daily Announcements
Elwood Elementary School
December 15-19, 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, Marinara Sauce, Broccoli, Oranges, Applesauce & Milk
Wednesday - Christmas Tree Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Fruit, Peaches & Milk
Thursday - Tenderloins, French Fries, Baked Beans, Fruit & Milk
Friday -Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup, Veggie Sticks, 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!

Pajamas & Popcorn:
Friday was a FABULOUS day! The students were comfy and cozy in their pajamas and enjoyed popcorn for our end of semester celebration!

A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped with our Holiday Store last week! There will be some items left to purchase Tuesday evening during Santa Night!

All Pro Dad's Breakfast:
The next All Pro Dads Breakfast will be Tuesday, December 16th at 7:00 a.m.

Santa Night:
A huge thank you goes out to our PTO for once again organizing our Santa Night! There will be pictures with Santa, crafts, cookies/cupcakes, shopping and lots of fun Tuesday, December 16th from 5:30 7:30 p.m. Be sure to join us!

Holiday Attire:
Our staff will wear Christmas sweaters/attire Wednesday, December 17th! We would love to see the students decked out in holiday attire that day as well! Im sure we will wear them Friday, too!

Christmas Program & Parties:
Our music teacher, Mrs. Kleeberg, will have a short program with our students (K-2) Friday, December 19th at 12:30 p.m. in the gym. You are welcome to join us!

Here is the timing for the lunch, Christmas program and parties on Friday, December 19th:
Kindergarten Lunch - 10:45 - 11:15
Kindergarten Recess - 11:15 - 11:45
First Grade Recess - 10:45 - 11:15
First Grade Lunch - 11:15 - 11:45
Second Grade Recess - 11:15 - 11:45
Second Grade Lunch - 11:45 - 12:15
Christmas Program from 12:30 - 1:00
Parties Begin at 1:00 or after

Elwood Public Library News:
We would like to sharenews from ourpublic library:
December 8th- 21st - A holiday coloring contest! Winners will be chosen on the 22nd for ages preschool-12th grade
Santa will be visiting the library Saturday, December 13th from 11:00 -12:00. (Cookies, hot cocoa, and a story with Santa!)
Holiday Craft Night - Friday December 19th from 4:00 - 5:30. All ages welcome (including parents and grandparents).

EES Cart:
We just stocked up the EES cart with some fun items! Be sure to check out the Christmas ducks, fun stress balls, school supplies, etc.! Great for stuffing stockings!

Holiday Break:
The students will be out of school after Friday, December 19th and will return to school Tuesday, January 6th. January news items will be coming home next week!

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

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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