Little Lancers Lowdown

“Where Learners are Grown with Pride!”

November 2022

Dear Little Elba Lancer Families,

These past few weeks at Elba Elementary have been very busy! You may have heard about the fun our Little Lancers had at our Fall Fun Fest or Trunk or Treat event. Our students also learned about how to avoid using drugs and alcohol during our Red Ribbon Week. Plus, you may have seen students dressing up for Red Ribbon Week, including sports-themed, mismatched, red, neon-colored, or Lancer gear. As part of getting to know our Little Elba Lancers, I read a story called This is a School, by John Schu, to each homeroom. After, I asked our students to share what they loved most about Elba Elementary! Reading to them and reading their responses has been one of my favorite things about being a principal so far! There were several students recognized for being Lancer Leaders, as they demonstrated respectful, responsible, and safe behavior! Keep up the great work, Little Lancers!

The best part about being a principal is having the opportunity to pop into classrooms to see the wonderful learning that occurs here at Elba Elementary! Our students have had many different opportunities to showcase their talents in specials (Character Education, Art, Music, Library, and PE)! I just love seeing how our students showcase different skills in these classes. Enjoy some highlights from the past few weeks!

As I mentioned in my first newsletter, I hope that our collaboration will continue to foster the absolute best learning experience for our students. I am excited about all we are accomplishing together for our children and look forward to continuing to celebrate our collective success this school year. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns!

With Lancer Pride,


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October Lancer Leaders

Congratulations to our October Lancer Leaders! These students demonstrated being respectful, responsible, and safe and were nominated! Keep up the good work!
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A Peek at our Month


Our littlest Elba Lancers in UPK, continue to navigate coming to school with much success! I just love seeing their smiling faces each day as they are welcomed into the classroom by reviewing letters and sounds! They have had so many opportunities to learn (and have fun) in the past few weeks, including an ice cream party for National Ice Cream Cone day, a trip to Becker Farms, color days, and Community Helper Days. Our very own SRO, Deputy Young, allowed our UPK students to learn all about his job and take a peek at his vehicle!


I welcomed an opportunity to make applesauce and learn about the parts of an apple in Kindergarten. They were eager to give me a turn and wanted to share their treats too! Students have been learning the number of syllables in words and also have been working hard to practice counting and using their best handwriting to write their numbers!

First Grade

Our first graders have been learning all about the habits of great readers this month. They have been learning strategies to figure out words they don’t know too and practicing ways to build their reading skills by reading more and more. Students also worked to create pumpkin book characters! You may recognize a lot of their pumpkin characters!

Second Grade

Second graders became scientists and investigated a real-world environmental issue of the global loss of the bee population and how it is affecting our world. In one lesson, students used their senses to observe a beta fish! There may be a new class pet in second grade - a beta fish! Just kidding! They also learned how plants and animals depend on each other for survival. Keep up the good work second graders! I also got a chance to witness some great soccer skills in PE, with Coach Pedro!

Third Grade

During the month, third graders learned how to write stories with details! There were some amazing stories about vacations and fun days with friends. Third-grade math brains were in full force learning addition and subtraction too!

Fourth Grade

Fourth graders went to “Camp Learn-a-Lot” one day and camped in their classroom! Students were able to read in their tents or by the campfire for part of the day! Camping-themed activities occurred all day, including a hike to the pond, with the help of some high school students and science teacher Mr. Roote!

Fifth Grade

Fifth graders have been busy establishing routines and procedures as they experienced switching classes for the first time! Students reviewed past math skills and jumped into new learning, especially during math rotations! I even got to review place value, playing a game with dice! Fifth graders also started learning about morphology, or the study of words and their parts.

Sixth Grade

Our biggest Little Elba Lancers learned how to switch between three classes: Math, ELA, and Science/Social Studies. They also learned how to use lockers, preparing them for next year! Students were learning how to work with fractions in math, built Paleolithic shelters in social studies, and worked in groups to find literary devices, identify important vocabulary words, and create good discussion questions! They are sure working hard and being excellent role models to our younger students!

Red Ribbon Week Fun!

Red Ribbon Week is the largest drug prevention campaign in the nation. Red Ribbon Week was celebrated with ​dress-up days and lots of learning on how to avoid drugs and alcohol. Thank you to some 6th graders, Mrs. Carlie, and Mrs. Terranova for decorating our school!
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Red Ribbon Week Coloring Contest Winners!

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Halloween & Day of the Dead Fun!

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Trunk or Treat 2022

Dates to Remember

11.11.22 - Veterans Day - No School

11.21.22-11.22.22 - Early Dismissal (11am) and Parent Teacher Conferences

11.21.22 - BEST meeting

11.23.22-11.27.22 - Thanksgiving Recess

Friendly Reminders:


There have been several requests to allow younger siblings to stay after school while an older sibling has an extracurricular activity (Page Turners, Student Council, and Intramurals). Unfortunately, we do not have available teachers or staff to watch the younger siblings. If this applies to your child(ren), please make other arrangements for the younger sibling. We ​can not watch them here at ​school. ​If you have any questions, please reach out.


If your child will be absent from school or tardy, please contact the Health Office at 585-757-9967 ext. 1240. You can leave a message any time of day or night. A written excuse must be sent when the child returns from an absence.

Parent Drop Off/Pick Up

A few reminders:

  • Please do not exit your vehicle as it holds up the line of other drop-offs.
  • If you need to help your child out of the car, please park in the parking lots and walk them up.
  • Do not drive around other vehicles dropping their students off.
  • Please encourage your child to get out of the vehicle themselves and go right onto the sidewalk.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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