East Albemarle News

October 2021

Happy Fall, All!

Hello East Families -

I hope this newsletter finds you all healthy and enjoying the beautiful fall weather we have been having recently! We are just a little over half-way through the first quarter of the year and are well into the groove of teaching and learning at East! I hope your child comes home with exciting things to share about their days at school!

Please take a few minutes to read over this newsletter to stay up to date with important information and October events. As usual, if you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or myself!

Thank you for continued support!

Ms. Judith Taylor

Sheltered Remote Learning Day - October 8th

Friday, October 8th will be a Sheltered Remote Learning Day for all students. Students will NOT come to school on October 8th, but will complete remote learning tasks at home. The purpose of this day is to provide teachers with time to participate in professional development and collaborate with colleagues across the district.

Your child will bring home one reading and one math task in their October 5th Tuesday Folder which should be completed while learning remotely on October 8th. These tasks will be a REVIEW of content that has been previously taught in class. You are welcome to assist your child with the reading and math tasks; in fact, we encourage you to do so as working with your child allows you to see their ability to complete grade level tasks first-hand!

The remote learning day reading and math tasks will be due back to their teacher by October 13th. Submitting these completed tasks by October 13th will allow your child's teacher to provide them with valuable feedback regarding their progress as well as to take attendance for the remote learning day (October 8th).

Click here to review our Sheltered Remote Learning Day attendance policy!

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Featured Class - STEM with Mrs. Summerlin

This is our 2nd full year of having our STEM Lab and the students are doing amazing things! We have begun our school garden initiative and the 2nd graders have planted their fall crops. They are tracking the growth of their spinach, radish and kohlrabi plants. Third graders are also focusing on plants this quarter. They set up an experiment to evaluate the effects of different environmental conditions and are comparing the results as the plants sprout and grow. Our 4th graders are learning about how animals have to adapt in order to survive in their environments and are creating their own animals to demonstrate their understanding. 5th grade has been working on various engineering activities which help develop problem-solving skills and perseverance. They have made puff mobiles, rollercoasters and poster board creations. Our kindergarteners will be working hard on developing their fine motor skills through cutting, coloring, sorting and a variety of other activities. Finally, our 1st graders have been conducting a math lab in which they are creating a game based on counting by 5s from 0 to 50. Learning is fun in the STEM Lab!

NEW Benchmark Advance Literacy Curriculum

Stanly County Schools adopted a new literacy curriculum for students and teachers in grades K-5 this year. The new curriculum, Benchmark Advance, addresses the complete set of skills children need to master to be skilled readers. It also integrates writing, science, social studies and character education for a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction. Take a look at the video below to learn more about this great instructional resource your child's teacher will be using this year!

Benchmark Advance Overview Video

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Spirit Shirt Sale

We are excited to be selling East Albemarle spirit shirts! Students will bring home an order form in today's Tuesday Folder and we will collect orders through October 7th. Acceptable payments include exact cash and checks made payable to "East Albemarle Elementary School" or EAES. Purchases cannot be made online. Show your support for East by purchasing a spirit shirt today!

Click here to view the order form: https://bit.ly/eaesspiritshirtflyer

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Dojo / Merit Event Update

How many Class Dojo points has your child earned? In order to receive an invitation to the first quarter merit event they must have earned 300 Dojo points** by October 22nd! If they have not yet earned 300 points, there is still time!

Our first quarter merit event will consist of outdoor play activities, a festive snack, and juice. We will also jam to fun tunes and enjoy a preferred activity and/or game from home, if your child chooses to bring something. If your child earns an invitation to the merit event, they may bring a board game, preferred toy, or tech device from home to also enjoy during the outdoor event.

The schedule for our first quarter merit events are as follows:

October 27th -

  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade

October 28th -

  • 4th & 5th Grades

October 29th -

  • 2nd & 3rd Grades

**If your child, or their teacher, has been required to quarantine during the first quarter their Dojo point goal will be adjusted. Since our daily Dojo point goal is 8, their overall goal will be reduced by 8 points per quarantine day. For example, a child who was required to quarantine for 10 days would subtract 80 points (10 days x 8 points per day) from their overall goal of 300; their new point goal would be 220.

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Donation Request - Juice Packs

We are very excited to begin preparing for our first quarter merit event and would like to request your assistance! Are you, or someone you know, able to donate Capri-Sun or Kool-Aid Jammer juice packs? If so, we would greatly appreciate your kindness and generosity! Juice donations of any flavor will be appreciated; they can be sent to school with your child or you may drop them off at the East Albemarle Main Office by October 27th. Thank you in advance for supporting our students!

1st Quarter Parent / Teacher Conferences

The first quarter of the school year will end on October 22nd! In late October, your child's teacher will be reaching out to you to schedule a first quarter parent / teacher conference. These conferences are REQUIRED! They are an excellent time to review your child's data notebook, report card and PBIS score card (behavior). Please schedule a conference when the time comes and bring your child along so they can participate as well!

Important Dates for October & November:

October 2021:

  • 8 - Sheltered Remote Learning Day
  • 13 - National Odd (Silly) Sock Day - Wear silly socks to school to bring awareness to bullying and prevention methods!
  • 22 - End of 1st Quarter
  • 25 - Teacher Workday - No school for students!
  • 31 - Happy Halloween!

*Late October / Early November - REQUIRED 1st Quarter Parent / Teacher Conferences

November 2021:

  • 1 - 1st Quarter Report Cards go home.

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Class Dojo:

Sign up for a {free!} Class Dojo account to keep up with their PBIS Merit Event points and fun classroom updates / photos! You will need to obtain a class code from your child's teacher.

Contact Information

East Albemarle Elementary School

1813 East Main Street

Albemarle, NC 28001

(704) 961-3500

Ms. Judith Taylor, Principal