From the Desk of Dr. Nichols

Eastover Elementary School Updates--Week of 9/28-10/2

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Invest in Your Child Campaign 2015 (Sept. 15th - Nov. 4th)

Our Invest in your Child campaign is off to a GREAT start! We are excited to announce that we are over 1/4 of the way to our goal and have raised over $28,000 so far! Even our neighborhood statue thinks it is a good idea to Invest In Your Child.

Thanks to everyone who has already donated! We are excited to announce that we are ready to begin offering Exploratory Spanish to our students once a week beginning October 19th!! This is an incredible opportunity to introduce foreign language to our students and we appreciate your support. These opportunities would not be possible without your donations!

We will continue to update you on our progress towards reaching our $100,000 goal as the campaign continues. Look for updates in Eastover Express, your child’s Tuesday Folder, and on the INVEST bulletin board in the front hallway of the school. Please submit your contribution today, so we can continue implementing other wonderful programs at Eastover which will enhance your child’s educational experience THIS school year. Read more about where your INVEST dollars will support instruction by clicking below!

Link to PTA Invest in Your Child Webpage:

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Parent Survey (Feedback Requested by Friday, Oct. 2nd---we need more parent input!!)

CMS is in the process of re-accreditation this school year through AdvanceED. Part of this process is obtaining parent feedback. Please click the link below to complete a quick parent feedback survey, thank you!!!

AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2011. For more information, please check out their website:

Being Dr. Nichols (SOAR Winners--Principal for an Hour)

There are a total of 8 students who SOARed and read the most hours in their grade level and have earned time with Dr. Nichols and taking over as Principal!!! Congratulations to the following winners this past week!!

Important Dates:

-Sept. 1-Oct. 2--MAP Testing (Grades K-1 (Math Only) & Grades 2-5 (Math and Reading)

-Sept. 8-30--Reading 3D Assessment (Grades K-3 Only)

-Oct. 7--Early Dismissal for Students at 12:15pm

-Oct. 22--End of 1st 9 wks. grading period

-Oct. 23--Teacher Workday (no school for students)

-Nov. 5--Report Cards Sent Home

-Nov. 11--No School (Veteran's Day-Holiday)

Early Release Day (Students Only) Wed. Oct. 7th-12:15pm--Important Parent Information

On Oct 7, we will dismiss at 12:15pm. This is necessary so that our teachers can participate in professional development workshops.

Our school will open at our normal start time of 8:15am and lunch will be provided. Our buses will complete the end-of-day routes and parents/guardians will be able to pick up students who are car riders. We ask that you be in the car rider line no later than 12:15pm. We also ask that you notify day-care providers or other appropriate parties of the early dismissal.

If your student is currently enrolled in an After School Enrichment Program there is no need to take action. If you need after school assistance for Oct 7, please contact the ASEP site coordinator at 980-343-5505 or the ASEP department at 980-343-5567 two weeks prior to Oct 7 to make payment arrangements. This assistance will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Again the early release time will allow our teachers to take part in workshops that will help strengthen their knowledge and skills. This professional development will go a long way toward bringing additional value to your student’s learning experience during this school year.

If you have questions, please contact us at 980-343-5505.

School Safety Reminders

-Doors are locked all day (buzz-in entry only)—please press button to right of main entrance for assistance

-Checking out students---please try to check out students by 2:45pm each day. This helps ensure that our dismissal processes flow smoothly and ALL students are accounted for and arrive home safely!!

-Photo ID--Remember to bring your photo ID (school visits/student check-ins and check-outs)

-PM Transportation Changes-Please provide your child’s teacher with a written note for any afternoon transportation changes

-Reminders about lunchtime visits:

-please remember to only have lunch with your student/child

-once lunch is over, please say your goodbyes in the cafeteria in order for the class to leave the cafeteria on time in order to start instruction back up quickly in his/her classroom

The Media Center Needs YOU!!

Over the next month, we will be conducting an inventory of all the books in our media center. We need volunteers who are willing to scan books for us. Mrs. O’Neal will show you how to use our new wireless scanner. So Cool! The inventory will be conducted between September 17 and October 30. Email: if you have time to help. Thank you!

Are you a CMS Registered Volunteer?

If you are an Eastover volunteer, or simply coming for lunch with your child, you need to be a Registered CMS Volunteer. Click below to get registered. If you've already registered in a previous year, simply login and confirm your information.

Grade Level News:


-Literacy Theme: Apples-Phonological Awareness, Letter Name and Sounds (f, g, -et, -en, and vowel sounds), and continuing the full launch of Daily 5

-Math Unit: Counting and Comparing- Develop strategies for accurately counting a set of objects by 1s to 20 (continuing this week)

-Science Unit: Apples-students discuss apples and how they are harvested in the fall

-Social Studies Unit: Johnny Appleseed-Students will learn about Johnny Appleseed and how he helped others and provided for his family

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop - We Are All Writers, Genre: Narrative and informative (continuing this week)

-Health: Second Step Curriculum (taught by School Counselor)

1st grade:

-Literacy: Launching Reader's Workshop--Set goals as a reader, Good reading habits, Building reading stamina, Expectations of reader’s workshop time (continues this week)

-Math: How many of each? Counting objects up to 30 and 30 to 1, introduce key words in subtraction story problems (continues this week)

-Science: Inquiry Skills- Introduction of force, motion, and gravity.

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop--Small Moments (Narrative writing), working on punctuation and grammar (continues this week).

-Health-Taught via School Counselor (Second Step Curriculum)

2nd grade:

-Literacy: Launching Reader's Workshop-Readers will be able to read quickly and efficiently, students will be able to read punctuation, students will learn what to do when their reading doesn’t make sense, and students will use their reading journals to extend their thinking.

-Math: Addition, Subtraction, and the Number System--Students will be able to use known combinations to compose, decompose, and combine numbers, students will be able to make predictions about data, and students will practice collecting, counting, discussing, interpreting, and comparing data.

-Science: Changes in Matter--Students will be able to identify changes in the three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases and students will be able to understand how each matter changes over time.

-Writing: Opinion Writing--Students will be taking a piece of opinion writing through the writing process. Students will be given a picture and have to answer the who, what, where, when, and why of the picture by writing their own opinion story.

-Health: Completed with School Counselor

3rd grade:

-Literacy: Literacy Theme-Following Characters Into Meaning-Readers make strong prediction using what they already know about the characters, readers care about their characters and they put it all together. They envision, they think about feelings, and they predict to deepen their understanding. Readers develop theories about the character based on what you’ve already read and alter them according to new information

-Math: Solve 2-step Word Problems Using 4 Operations-Students will be solving problems with 2-digit numbers by using strategies that involve breaking numbers apart by place or adding one number in parts.

-Science: Human Body Systems-Students will learn this week that the skin is the largest organ of the human body and that it covers and protects the human body from external conditions and forces. Students will also learn this week that the skin contains nerve receptors that provide information about external conditions.

-Soc. Studies: Continuing with geography unit. Understanding landforms, what they look like and common characteristics (continues this week).

-Writing: Narrative Writing and the Writing Process- Students will begin working on narrative pieces to develop real or imagined events using effective technique details and clear event sequences.

4th grade:

Literacy: Determine the theme of a story (continuation of lesson)--Students will be given a choice board that has nine different activities. A number of different choices vary per skills group. The choice board incorporates vocabulary, sentence structure, summary, problem, solution and text to real world connection

Math: Solving multistep word problems with whole numbers using the 4 operations and assessing for reasonableness- Students will continue solving multistep story problems.

Students will continuing solving 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication equations using various strategies they will learn in class.

Science: Magnets and Electricity-Students will learn to explain how magnets interact with all things made of iron and with other magnets to produce motion without touching them.

Soc. Studies: Students will continue to study North Carolina’s region and take notes based off of given questions (Landmarks, Famous People, Culture, Climate)

Writing: Students will continue to write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences- Students will creating a story board with a partner where one is the Villain and one is the Hero. Students will demonstrate their understanding of a physical characteristic vs. a character trait in this writing piece.

Health: Empathy-Students will be able to identify passive, aggressive, and assertive responses.

5th grade:

Literacy: Reviewing summarizing pieces of Lit with “5 Finger” strategy, Virtual Field trip to the Rainforest through G.Earth, Using both Fiction and NonFiction to explore rainforest and determine main idea + details of a text.

Math: Division--Long and Big 7 Division, Real World Application Class exploration, Cookie Sharing, Division Word Problems, and Division Review

Science: Force and Motion-Distance/Time graphs and Calculating Speed this week

Soc. Studies: Native Americans vs. Explorers Unit: Age of Exploration: Relationships between Explorers, Monarchs, and Natives

Writing: Writer’s Workshop- Reviewing Pronouns, looking at personal list of small moments aka “Seed Moments”, and developing our own narrative paragraph

Health: Stress management and physical effects of stress


Art-Thank you for all the magazines!! October is SOCKTOBER--please donate any socks to the box in the front lobby by Friday, October 30th!

Media-K-2-Introduction to library, 3-5-Introduction to online catalog/use of Chromebooks

Music-Chorus Club--Tuesdays (7:45am-8:30am--Auditorium), 3rd grade Musical (Oct. 22nd at 6pm)

PE-Fitness Testing finishing this week--Throwing and Catching Unit begins in grades K-5, please wear tennis shoes on PE days

Tech-Keyboard Skills/Lessons (K-3), Tech-based projects (Grades 4-5)