Eaton Parent Newsletter

February 4th, 2022

Dear Eaton Families,

This week we are proud to announce our Teacher of the Year, Teacher Assistant of the Year, and Olympian of the Year. Please join us in congratulating these staff members.


  • Teacher of the Year, Vanessa DeSelms (Kindergarten)
  • Teacher Assistant of the Year, Lynne Berg (1st Grade)
  • Olympian of the Year, Holly Roth Ivory (Data Manager)


Congratulations to all!


We are fortunate to have an amazing staff at Eaton Elementary. We are grateful for our hard-working, caring, teachers and staff members who come to work every day and give their best to help our students learn and grow.


Volunteer Training

We will hold another volunteer training on Friday, February 11th, at 10:00am. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please join the training using the Zoom link below at 10:00 on the 11th. You do not need to complete anything prior to training. We hope you see you there!

https://nhcs.zoom.us/j/89678851037

Kids Heart Challenge

Eaton Families! We have just kicked off our Kids Heart Challenge. Register today and receive a free wristband just for registering and taking the health challenge of being kind or moving more! We are proud to help those with special hearts and learn how to take care of our own.
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Eaton Schoolwide Book Club

Please join us as we read together Alvin Ho : Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look.


#EatonReadsTogether


Here is the link to a short intro video for our #EatonReadsTogether school book club: https://live.myvrspot.com/iframe?v=ZmJmNGVkOGQxZDFjNjQ1OTNiNGRlNmQwNWJlMGExYjA


Here is a link to the reading calendar for families: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTtTjCr6lszeOh7NOanecQSQHPZxeOQsOSfC1cvokm_Lag_bjFY0pA-QhVveU9GIPJe7QPI9g6J5DUD/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000


From the publisher's website:

The first book in a hilarious chapter book series that tackles anxiety in a fun, kid-friendly way. Perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers, and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!


A humorous and touching series about facing your fears and embracing new experiences—with a truly unforgettable character—from author Lenore Look and New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Honor winning illustrator LeUyen Pham.


Alvin, an Asian American second grader, is afraid of everything—elevators, tunnels, girls, and, most of all, school. He’s so afraid of school that, while he’s there, he never, ever, says a word. But at home, Alvin is a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, just like his dad. With the help of his family, can Alvin take on the outside world without letting his fears get the best of him?

News from Nurse Tammy

Thank you to everyone who is doing their part to keep your families and our Eaton Community safe.


  1. MASKS are not created EQUAL.

    1. A tight fitting mask that leaves no air pockets on the sides or top

    2. made of 2 or more layers is best.

    3. It should be worn consistently over both the nose and mouth to offer protection against Covid and reduce the risk of quarantine due to an exposure.

    4. When returning from a Covid exposure or Diagnosis, masks will need to be worn at all times ( except when eating) to complete the quarantine ( 5days). This means no mask breaks at recess or PE. Some students are unable to comply with this added restriction requiring the 2nd 5days of quarantine to be completed at home.

  2. STAY HOME if you have any signs of illness

    1. Can be very mild, sore throat, congestion, slight runny nose.

    2. Even if vaccinated, you HAVE to GET TESTED

    3. Stay home until you are cleared by a doctor or get a negative Covid Test

    4. New quarantine guidelines are 10 days ( 5 isolated at home with the second 5 days back at school or work with strict mask wearing)

  3. GET TESTED if you have a symptom of Covid ( even if you have been vaccinated)

    1. Not all tests are created equal. The Gold Standard is the PCR test. It can take a few days for this result to return but is the best test we have for detecting Covid

    2. Rapid Antigen testing is done at a lab ( available at pharmacies/ clinics and doctor’s offices). Not as good as a PCR in terms of missing some cases of Covid but testing has improved. In most cases PCR OR RAPID tests are accepted.

    3. HOME TESTS: the least effective at picking up Covid. Cheapest and easiest to perform. IF you test POSITIVE on a HOME TEST, you should get a PCR or RAPID test to verify your results. Without a Lab test to confirm a home test, the Covid Diagnosis is only “Presumptive”. If you are exposed to Covid in the next 90 days you WILL have to Quarantine again. ( If a Rapid or PCR is done, you will NOT have to quarantine if exposed in the next 90 days).

  4. VACCINATION is the best defense against Covid -19

    1. 2 doses are needed space 3 weeks apart

    2. You are not FULLY PROTECTED until 2 weeks after dose #2.

    3. If exposed to Covid ( at school or home) and Fully vaccinated, your child WILL NOT have to quarantine unless they show a symptom

    4. Booster doses for anyone who has had a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago or a J& J over 2 months ago ( if you are not boostered you are no longer fully protected and you will need to quarantine if exposed )

    5. If you choose NOT to vaccinate your child, You should adhere strictly to the safety measures of

      1. MASKS consistently

      2. WASHING hands often

      3. SPACING 6 ft from others

Updates from the PTA

Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, February 8th @ 9:00 in the cafeteria. We hope you can join us!


Please consider joining the PTA:

https://eatonwilm.memberhub.com/store


Eaton's PTA Website:

https://www.eatonpta.com/

NEW RESOURCE! Literacy at Home (Digital Children’s Reading Initiative):

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Office of Early Learning is pleased to announce the newest resource to support young readers in North Carolina, “Literacy at Home.” As part of current legislation, Senate Bill 387 directs NC DPI to develop and share a digital children’s reading initiative designed to support the continued growth of North Carolina’s youngest readers. The site is home to easily accessible resources in the foundational areas of reading supported by the science of reading. Developed for each grade level, pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, resources are available to support phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and oral language.


Our School's Why:

School Mission:

To promote academic excellence through inclusion, modeling, collaboration and challenging students to think in innovative ways.


School Vision:

We are creating a nurturing school community that prepares the whole child to be a problem solver, critical thinker, and empathetic global citizen.


Core Values:

Empowerment, Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Academic Excellence