Elm Street Elementary

Progress Report Newsletter, May 2017

Field Day is coming, Friday, May 5!

Super excited about our upcoming Field Day! Special thanks to our FABULOUS PTO for their hard work in planning a special event for our school on this day!

Grade levels are each wearing their own special color to build teamwork and help make the day run smoothly. Be sure to remember!

Kdg - White

1st - Red

2nd - Blue

3rd - Gray

4th - Tie Dye

5th - Yellow

We are keeping a close eye on the forecast. Right now it seems like a day that may need layers (or a change of clothes or shoes). Monday, May 8 is our most likely "rain out date" if a change of plans is suddenly needed.

Volunteers are still needed for the day's events. Please call Elm Street if you can lend a hand by working an event during part or all of Field Day!

Excited for the fun to begin!

End of Year Dates - Mark your calendars!

The days of May are packed with many upcoming events! Please be sure to examine the End of Year Dates to Remember and give us a call at school if you have any questions about what awaits. We look forward to making these memories together! If you missed seeing the list of dates in Eagle Folders, take a look at the link here.
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Summer Camp: School Musical Tickets on sale now!

Tickets are on sale now for our upcoming school musical: Summer Camp!

Our talented cast will take the stage on Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12 for two special performances. Each show begins at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m.

Each performer received one complimentary ticket for each night of the show for a parent or guardian to attend. Additional tickets are available for purchase ($2 each) while supplies last. Ticket order forms available in the office or simply send in an envelope labeled "Musical Tickets - Mr. Tate" and enclose a note with your child's name, homeroom teacher, number of tickets, performance date, and payment.

Excited to see our "campers" take the stage next week!

Summer Chromebook Opt In

Parents of CCSS students can opt for students in Grades 3-5 to have and use their school Chromebook over the summer. The link below includes the user agreement and important information about Chromebook use and care during the summer months. Students whose parents "opt in" and agree to the Chromebook summer use requirements will not be required to turn in their device at the end of the school year. Students whose parents do not agree to summer use will be required to turn in their Chromebook device and charger near the end of May. Parents of 3rd-5th graders, please complete the Summer Chromebook Checkout form to indicate your preference for your child and his or her device for the upcoming summer.

Online Safety is important!

As summer approaches and there is a bit more unstructured time in our children's days, it is a good time for us all to remember the importance of safety, particularly online safety. As our lives continue to become more and more digital, we must all remember the importance of safe choices online.

Our school chromebooks are equipped with GoGuardian in addition to firewalls and other restrictions to various forms of internet use on campus. However, even with these safeguards in place, it is still important to remind students of safe and effective use of electronic devices. Parents are encouraged to regularly supervise, monitor, and check the history of devices children are using. From cyberbullying to revealing unsafe personal information, it is critical that we all take an active role in safeguarding our children online.

Lieutenant Jamie Hixson with the Coweta County Sheriff's Office talks with fifth graders about online safety as part of the S.A.F.E. program each year at Elm Street. In addition, during her parent presentations at Elm Street over the years, she has regularly encouraged parents to know their children's passwords. It is not spying, it is safeguarding as a part of good parenting.

Here is a helpful link to Kids.gov a resource with some safety reminders, videos, and key questions to talk with your children about with regard to online safety.


Coming Soon - Rising Eagle Google Classrooms!

Coming soon to an electronic device near you....


In preparation for the summer ahead, teachers are working to build a few helpful summer resources, including online summer learning links, as well as fun summer learning activities or project ideas into a new google classroom. Each grade level will have a Rising Eagle Google Classroom for their upcoming students. While students are certainly not required to take part in any activities shared in the classroom, they are invited to join in these opportunities for ongoing learning in fun ways. Our goal is to help prevent any "summer slide" in learning by engaging students in thinking moments from time to time throughout the summer. Stay tuned for more details!

New Kindergarten Parent Night held on April 27

Elm Street welcomed many eager new Eagles on Thursday, April 27 at our New Kindergarten Family Orientation. If you have a rising Kindergarten student, please do not forget to register for school this month! Details are available in the following press release from CCSS. Excited to welcome the graduating class of 2030 into Elm Street Kindergarten next year!

Please help spread the word to friends and neighbors about Kindergarten registration. We need any and all families to register during the month of May.


End of Year Awards Ceremonies

Even though we are only at the end of third nine weeks, mark your calendars now for our end of year awards ceremonies! These are important memories, and we look forward to having you join us!

Wednesday, May 24:

1st Grade Program 8:15 a.m.

2nd Grade Program 9:45 a.m.

4th Grade Program 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 25:

5th Grade Breakfast 8:30 (invitation), Awards immediately to follow (approx 9:00 a.m.)

3rd Grade Program 12:30 p.m.

Friday, May 26:

Kindergarten Program 8:30 a.m.

Graduating Senior Eagle Walk - Tuesday, May 23 8:00 a.m.

Elm Street invites all of our graduating seniors to return to Elm Street for our Graduating Senior Eagle Walk on Tuesday morning, May 23. The walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. Again this year, our students will line the hallways from the cafeteria to the fifth grade building, allowing our graduating seniors to walk the halls in cap and gown and be celebrated with cheers and applause! We are eager to welcome back our former Eagles and encourage a whole new crew of young Eagles to envision their own future graduation day! Our Eagle Walk will end in the fifth grade building, where students can find the hand-painted tile they created as a fifth grader at Elm Street. Students are encouraged to arrive on campus between 7:45 and 7:50 a.m. with cap and gown, meeting in the school cafeteria upon arrival. Parents of graduating seniors are welcome to attend as well!

Science Fair Thursday!

Students, please plan to arrive at Elm Street at 4:30 p.m. to interact with the Science Fair judges and answer any questions they may have about your project. Our Science Fair Awards Ceremony will begin at the conclusion of judging, approximately 5:00 or 5:15 p.m. Looking forward to seeing you at the Science Fair!

Thoughts for Teacher Appreciation Week!

Here is the link from PTO to share a special word of thanks to an Elm Street Teacher or other staff member. Both students and parents are encouraged to share a thoughtful note about a teacher or other school staff member as part of our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week!


Special thanks to PTO for making us all feel so special this week!

Special thanks to our fabulous PTO for making us all feel so special this week! It is our special honor to work in a school with such stellar students and parents! Thank you for the ways you celebrated us this week!

Athletes compete at Special Olympics at NHS

Our students represented us well at Special Olympics held at Newnan High School on May 2. Eagles showed courage, perseverance, and good sportsmanship in their competitive events. In addition to the athletic events, students enjoyed interacting with animals, dancing, and more.

First and second grade classes lined the hallway from the lobby to the bus zone to cheer on the parade of athletes as they made their way to load their bus and head to the big event! A quick video clip and some photos appear below.

Athletes Walk Special Olympics
parade of athletes

Nurse's Day is May 10

Wednesday, May 10 is School Nurse's Day. Hope you will take a moment to say thank you to our school nurse for all the ways she cares for us.

Nurse Kayla, we ALL appreciate your kind and compassionate care!

Immunizations and Medication

All medications in the clinic must be picked up by a parent/guardian by the last day of school, Friday, May 26, 2017. Any medication not picked up by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26 will have to be discarded.

Immunization requirements must be met for all currently enrolled students. Please pay particular attention to this if you have a child heading to middle school next year or a child moving from PreK to Kindergarten at Elm Street.

Chuck Wagon Day is Friday, May 19

Mark your calendars!

Chuck Wagon Day is Friday, May 19!

Hope you will come out and join in the fun!

Students are encouraged to bring a towel or blanket for the picnic. Parents are welcome to come enjoy grilled hotdogs or hamburgers for lunch as we picnic and dance together outside!

Milestones Assessments - Great Student Effort!

Congratulations 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders on your hard work during our recent Georgia Milestones Assessments! No principal, assistant principal, or teacher could be more proud of the effort given by so many of our students. Our students worked hard, used their scratch paper when needed, and made full use of the time available to them. I believe we gave it our collective "all" during the tests. Thank you, parents, for your support of your children during the important state assessment season as well. Once all results have arrived from state officials, they will be shared with parents and students.

Thank you Coach Baker and Mr. Tate for hosting our 24KT Magic Celebration after the completion of Milestones as well! So proud of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who earned that extra time with you!

Loved our Pep Rally and the 24KT Milestones Magic!


Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need)

April Trait, part of our Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need)

Adaptability - Being able to change or be changed in order to fit or work better in some situation or for some purpose

May Trait, part of our Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need)

Optimism - The tendency to expect the best and see the best in all things

All cafeteria debts due

Please be sure you have taken care of any outstanding cafeteria charges from this school year. No more cafeteria charges can be allowed beginning Thursday, May 4. If you received a bill from our school cafeteria, please be sure to take care of it right away. Don't forget you can use MealPayPlus to manage your child's cafeteria account online 24/7. Click here for more information!


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Not on twitter yet? You're missing out!

Elm Street has a few great twitter feeds to follow:

@ElmStreetELM - school twitter feed

@ElmStMedia - media center twitter feed

@ElmSt5th - fifth grade twitter feed

The QR code to the right will take you to @ElmStreetELM so you can keep up with our school tweets!

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