The Ely Happening

December, 2021

Winter Wonderland At Ely!!

Dear Ely Families,

We are only a couple weeks away from our Holiday Break. Our students have been making so much progress this school year. Our after school tutoring program recently started up and our students are showing amazing progress. As always if you ever have any questions or concerns about your child's progress please reach out to your child's teacher.

This past month we had several different activities that our students participated in. We were able to celebrate some of the great achievements that our students have achieved over the 1st quarter of the 2021-2022 during our Quarter Assembly Awards. Please note that we will be having another Awards Assembly at the end of the 2nd Quarter. The second quarter ends 1/21/2022. We also gave away a bike last month to one lucky Ely Student. Finally, we had our Attendance Wars Challenge at Ely. We are looking forward to continuing to having many more fun and engaging events for our students after the Holiday Break.

Parents and Families thank you so much for your continued support this school year. As always if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to the school. I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Holiday Break and we will see you when we return back to school on Monday, January 3, 2022.

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Principal Easton

Go Pioneers!

Spirit Week At Ely!!

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Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

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  • Parents please make sure you are pulling all the way forward in the morning
  • Your child can exit the vehicle anywhere along the sidewalk
  • Please note that the tardy bell rings at 9:10. Any child being dropped off after this time their parent will need to sign them in the front office.
  • Please turn right out of the parking lot during the indicated times on the sign to help with traffic in the car loop.
  • Parent please only have your child get out of your vehicle on the passenger side. They should not be getting on the drivers side as this can cause a safety concern


Car Rider:

Any parent/guardian picking up a student in the car rider line will need to make sure that their car rider tag is visible in the car. Please note that the purpose for this car rider tag is to ensure a safe and smooth dismissal at Ely. Parents please make sure that you are leaving your car rider tag up in the car till your child gets into the car.

Please see below for a few reminders:

  • Please make sure you are pulling all the way forward
  • Please stay in your car. If you do need to get out of your car to help your child, please use a parking spot
  • Please have your child load and unload on the curbside of the school (passenger side of car) for your child's safety
  • Please do not park in the bus/day care rider loop. You may use the provided parking spaces.
  • Please turn right out of the parking lot during the indicated times on the sign to help with traffic in the car loop.
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Counselor Connection

Parent Involvement

Ely Pride Parent Group

Each month our Ely Pride Parent group meets directly after Coffee & Donuts With The Principal. Please make sure to mark your calendar for the next meeting in December.

Ely Pride Parent Group Meeting

Friday, Dec. 17th, 10-11am

312 Gulf Road

Elyria, OH

Coffee & Donuts With The Principal

We had a great turn-out for our September and October Coffee & Donuts With The Principal. If you were unable to make this meeting I encourage you to attend one of our future upcoming meetings. See below for the schedule.

Coffee & Donuts With The Principal

Friday, Dec. 17th, 9:30-10am

312 Gulf Road

Elyria, OH

Coffee & Donuts With the Principal Sign Up

After School Tutoring at Ely

Our afterschool tutoring has officially begun. Our students are working extremely hard afterschool on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 3:30-4:30. If you are picking up your child, please make sure you are at the school by 4:30 to pick up your student.

Please note that students were selected based on benchmark assessment scores and classroom data. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your child's teacher.

Please note that there will be no after school tutoring on Thursday, December 23!!

Ely Pride Winners

Each week we select three students have been nominated by their teachers for showing Ely Pride: Being Responsible, Being Respectful, Being Ready To Achieve.

Students who are selected will:

-Receive a certificate

-Caught showing Pride bumper sticker


-Teacher note

-Name on the School Marquee

-Picture taken for social media

-Yard sign placed outside child's house

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Elyria Belief Statements

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  • Learners thrive when school is engaging and personally meaningful
  • All Pioneers have a voice in decisions that affect them
  • Excellence is achieved through vision, commitment and moral leadership

COVID-19 Updates

Please make sure that your student is remembering to bring a clean mask with them each day, it is a good idea to give them a backup in their book bag too.

Masks must be worn by students in preschool through sixth grade until further notice.

Visitors to our buildings are required to wear masks.

A critical reminder: Students and staff should not come to school if they are showing ANY signs of illness, such as headache or fever, cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, stomachache, etc.

This cannot be overemphasized: Please do not come to school if you are feeling ill.

The CDC provides excellent guidance on symptoms of illness and symptoms of COVID-19.

Santa Shop

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Bike Give Away

Last month we did a drawing for a bike. Congratulations to Calvin who was the winner. In order to enter for the bike drawing students needed to turn in 15 pioneer cash/dojo points.

We will be having another give-away for the Holiday Break. Stay tuned for more information.

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Ely Gives Back

Ely participated in a food drive over these last several weeks. We will be donating the food to those in need during this Holiday Season. We want to thank everyone for their generosity to help us donate the food.

Ely Holiday Concert

Ely 2nd and 3rd Grade Winter Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 21st, 6:30pm

600 West Avenue

Elyria, OH


Ely’s 2nd and 3rd Grade Winter concert takes place on Tuesday, December 21st at 6:30 PM.

Where: Elyria High School Performing Arts Center (P.A.C.) 600 West Ave, Elyria, OH 44035

When: Tuesday, December 21st at 6:30 PM; Students arrive at 6:00 PM

Who: all 2nd and 3rd grade students

Dress: Solid colored clothing that you would dress up in for picture day.

Face masks are required in the P.A.C. during the concert

Continue to practice at home with lyric sheets. I can’t wait to share our music with the community.

I’ll see you there!

Evan Bescan

Music K-4 Ely Elementary

Dinner Distribution

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Ohio Child ID Kits First Grade Students

Students in first grade will receive Ohio Child ID kits this week. Information about the Ohio Child ID kit can be found below:

The Ohio Attorney General's office is providing every first-grade student in Ohio with a Child ID Kit. If ever needed, the Child ID Kit will give authorities important information to assist their efforts in locating a missing child. Unfortunately, statistics show more than 800,000 children in America go missing each year which is one child every 40 seconds and very few parents have a copy of their child's fingerprints. This Child ID KIT allows parents to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics and fingerprints of their children on identification cards. The kits were distributed to all of our first grade students in Elyria Schools. The kits are to be completed at home with a parent or guardian and kept at home for safekeeping. Please do not return these to the school as the identification information is retained by the parent/guardian. The Child ID Kit allows parents to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics and fingerprints of their children on identification cards that are then kept at home. Only the parent or guardian will have a copy of their child’s kit. If you are interested in purchasing a kit for other children in your household, visit the following website @

Attendance Wars!!

Last month we had the students participate in what was called Attendance Wars at Ely. We were looking for the grade level that had the highest % attendance rate over a two week period. All of the grade levels had over 91%, but our winning grade was KG with a 93.6% rate.

After the Holiday Break we will be having another Attendance Wars challenge.

Lorain County Education Service Center Parent Mentor Newsletter

Just a few short weeks of 2021 left! We wanted to share some helpful resources!

Holiday Prep

We don't have any great recipe tips, but we did want to share this great article (you can listen or read) from A Day In Our Shoes, Holidays With a Disabled Child: 10 Tips for a Stress Free Season. It includes helpful tips for your child AND for you!


There is a big focus on reading and you may find yourself wondering how you can help your child with their reading. Check out this article from Reading Rockets for Reading 101: A Guide for Parents

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

If you haven't checked out then you may have missed their Holiday Gift Guide for Kids with ADHD.

Transition (Age 14+)

Are you and your student preparing for life after high school? Charting the LifeCourse is a tool for helping you prepare. There is a FREE LIVE training on 12/9. For more information check out Charting the LifeCourse

Is your special needs student (age 14+) looking for something fun to do on a Saturday? Champions Winter Bowling bowls every Saturday through May from 12:30-2p at Spevock's Nautical Lanes in Avon Lake. $10 includes bowling, shoes, bowling ball, pizza and soda. Friends and family can bowl for the same low price. No sign up, just show up! For more information, please email

Parent Mentor Facebook Page

Have you found us on Facebook yet? We share a lot of resources there! Be sure to find us and like our page! Parent Mentor Facebook Page

Paula Drummer, Parent Mentor

Lorain County: Elyria, Firelands, Keystone, Sheffield-Sheffield Lake and Wellington

Erie, Huron and Sandusky Counties: Bellevue, Norwalk and Monroeville

440 324-5777 Ext. 1166

440 324-7355 Fax


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