Elm Street Elementary

Report Card Newsletter, March 2015

Strong instruction continues day after day!

Day after day, strong instruction continues from one classroom to the next across the Elm Street campus. Our teachers are engaging students in meaningful learning activities and spending time building critical thinking skills. A few recent examples: I've heard fourth grade students creating the definition of a polygon by examining a few different shapes and then putting those definitions to the test; I've seen kindergarten students modeling addition on the number line and then writing expressions to match; I've listened to fifth graders explaining how stomach muscles aid in digestion and seen them model it with ziplock baggies of water and food; I've watched second grade students rush over to share their published poems; I've heard third graders explain their mathematical reasoning when creating arrays to problem solve; I've seen first graders research an animal online to prepare a report on a topic of their choice. Our building is teeming with strong academic instruction, but it does not end there... Our CAMP (Computer, Art, Music, PE) Teachers are just as committed to learning. Ask your child to tell you about the best thing they've learned in the past week. I feel sure his or her answer will impress you!

Playground Pledge - We've almost made it!

Our Playground Pledge drive has been going strong for several weeks! To date, we have raised $31,633.05. Our goal was $47,694, so we are getting very close. Although the pledge window closed on Friday, March 20, we would certainly still accept any donation that brings us closer to our completion goal.

Special thanks to families who made personal family contributions.

Special thanks to families who helped gather local business support.

Special thanks to local businesses who supported our Playground Pledge.

This improvement to our school would not be possible without your support.


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NEW: Weekly Perfect Attendance Recognition

Thanks to the partnership of Subway, we’re celebrating perfect attendance these last 11 weeks of the year. Every single student and staff member with perfect attendance for the week is entered into a drawing for a free 6-inch Subway sandwich. We’re randomly selecting 9 students and 1 staff member each week to recognize on the intercom and present with the Subway gift certificate. It’s been fun to highlight our first three weeks’ winners… Looking forward to another week of perfect attendance recognition this Friday afternoon. For this award, students and staff must be present for every moment of instruction all week long (no absences, no tardies, no early dismissals). Last week we had 292 of 474 students eligible. Let’s keep our healthy attendance going strong!

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Elm Street earns a 4-Star Climate Rating for 2014

Climate Star Ratings were released last week for Georgia schools. The star ratings were based on last year’s climate survey responses from students, parents, and staff members combined with our school’s discipline data, attendance data, and more. For a full report or more details about climate stars, click here: View School Climate Report here

There is still time to brag to the state about the strengths of Elm Street! Survey results from this survey will be used to develop this year’s Climate Star Rating. Your voice matters! http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

Elm Street hosted first Career Fair on March 18

Our first Elm Street Career Fair was a HUGE success! Ask any fifth grade student or any fifth grade teacher and they will not stop talking to you about the success of last week's fair. Our counselor, Kristen Bogumill, went to great lengths to plan and implement an outstanding event for students and presenters alike. On Wednesday, March 18, the cafeteria was packed with adults from across the community ready and willing to share about their profession. If you follow Elm Street on Twitter (@ElmStreetELM) you surely saw the excitement. If not, you'll love seeing the gallery of photos below (near end of newsletter). Students counted 'medicine' with a pharmacist, donned police body armor, 'shopped' for products, and so much more. It was a joy to see the excitement in the eyes of our students and guests alike. Thank you so much to all of our presenters for taking part in our first Career Fair! What a success!

Caravanserai and a Malaysian Shadow Puppetry Experience

In early March, our third graders were able to take part in an exciting opportunity to attend a Malaysian shadow puppet production at the Carnegie Library. Our third graders were treated to the show courtesy of the Doris Duke Foundation and the Newnan Carnegie Foundation, making it possible for all third graders to attend free of charge. A lucky group of 31 students was able to stay a little longer, extending the experience through a workshop after the show, creating their own puppet. Teachers came back inspired to bring the art of shadow puppetry into the curriculum when future groups of students learn about folk tales and fables. Thank you, Carnegie Library, for providing such a unique cultural experience.

Mark Your Calendar - Spring Break is almost here!

Spring Picture Day, Class Picture Day

Tuesday, March 24

Third Grade Performance

Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m.

No School Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10

See everyone back at school on Monday, April 13.

Milestones Pep Rally - Friday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Milestones Assessment for 3rd - 5th

Monday, April 20 - Wednesday, April 29 (details in separate article below)

Keep Up The Pep Rally - Friday, May 1 at 1:30 p.m.

SGA/SLO Assessments for Kdg-4th

Monday, May 4 - Thursday, May 7 (details in separate article below)

Science Fair - Thursday, May 7

Field Day - Friday, May 8

Take the Georgia School Climate Survey - We need your voice to be heard!

Once again, the Georgia Department of Education is asking parents to complete a survey about their child's school. The results of the survey will be used to determine Elm Street's Climate Star rating on CCRPI, so this is a very important survey. Survey has been extended - make your voice heard now. Please take a moment to let state officials know the strengths of our school! http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp

Milestones Assessment for 3rd-5th Graders

Monday, April 20th, 8am

46 Elm Street

Newnan, GA

Monday, April 20: ELA (Sections 1, 2) Milestones Assessment

Tuesday, April 21: ELA (Section 3 - Writing) Milestones Assessment

Thursday, April 22: Math Milestones Assessment

Tuesday, April 28: Science Milestones Assessment

Wednesday, April 29: Social Studies Milestones Assessment

A "Milestones Pep Rally" will be held on Friday, April 17 to pump students up to show what they know on the Milestones assessments!

Note: Only 3rd-5th graders will be testing during the Milestones window.

Other grade levels will be testing during the Student Growth Assessment (SGA) window beginning May 4.

Student Growth Assessments (SGA's)

Monday, May 4th, 8am

46 Elm Street

Newnan, GA

Student Growth Assessments (SGA's) will begin on May 4.

All students will participate in some form of testing during this window.

Kindergarten-Third Grade Students will take SGA's for content area performance.

Fourth Grade Students will take SGA's for Music and PE.

Fifth Grade Students will take Math and Other Benchmark Assessments.

A "Keep Up The Pep Rally" will be held on Friday, May 1 at 1:30 to get students revved up to show what they know!

Third Grade Performance on March 26 at 6:00 p.m. - Join us!

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