Eaton Parent Newsletter

January 20th, 2023

Dear Eaton Families,

Please consider supporting our Eaton PTA Spirit Night at Islands on Monday, January 23rd, from 5:00pm- 10:00pm.

Our Eaton Science Fair for 3rd-5th graders is Friday, January 27th. Students will bring projects to the multi-purpose room on Friday morning when they arrive to school. Projects will be judged from 8:15-9:30. Parents are invited to view projects from 10:30-12:00. Participating students have received a letter with additional information from Mrs. Shanahan. Please email her at

January marks the annual observance of School Board Appreciation Month in North Carolina. We appreciate our locally elected board members, and all they do for our students in New Hanover County Schools.

Please save the date for Eaton's STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) Night, February 23rd, 5:30-6:30. More details to come.

We are in need of 2 liter bottles!- Please send in empty, rinsed out, 2 liter bottles for our upcoming STREAM night. Please leave the labels on the 2 liter bottles if possible.

Eaton Schoolwide Book Club will begin in February! For our 2023 selection, we will be reading The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney. This book is available in many places in paperback, eBook, and audiobook formats if you would like your family to participate at home. More details will be coming soon about daily readings and questions as well as a culminating project.

From the author’s website:

You can learn a lot about life by observing another species.

That's what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy is it true!

There are always adventures in the classroom and each weekend he gets to sleep over with a different student, like Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. and Speak-Up Sayeh. Humphrey learns to read, write, shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course), and much more. With a lock-that-doesn't-lock and an adventurous spirit, Humphrey's life would be perfect if only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn't out to get him?

With a fresh voice and an engaging, hamster's-eye view of school, families, and treats to hide in a cheek pouch, Betty G. Birney's Humphrey will elicit laughter and a new appreciation for classroom hamsters everywhere.

*First in a 12-book series!

Important Upcoming Dates

January 23rd PTA Spirit Night at Islands, 5:00pm-10:00pm

January 27th Eaton Science Fair

February 2nd Interim Reports

February 23rd STREAM Night @ Eaton

Curriculum Presentations

Volunteer Information

All volunteers must complete the training orientation, complete and turn in a volunteer application form, and take the volunteer assessment with 80% or higher each school year.

Volunteer application forms are linked below, and are also available in the front office.

All field trip chaperones must become a Level II volunteer, which requires a background check through NHCS. Background checks are good for three years. You can log into your account to check your expiration date, or contact Mrs. Allen. The NHCS background check system is linked below. Level 2 volunteers must also complete the orientation and assessment each year.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Level I

Parents, family, or community members volunteering to assist students in a supervised setting are not required to undergo a background check if they are continually supervised by school personnel during the school day.

Level II

Parents, family, or community members volunteering to assist students in an unsupervised setting away from school personnel are deemed Level II Volunteers. We also ask that all chaperones become Level II volunteers, as well as those interested in assisting in our media center and cafeteria at Eaton Elementary. An applicant designated a Level II Volunteer must complete the online application and the criminal background check. Applications must be completed at least two weeks prior to the time you wish to begin volunteering. The cost of background checks are $20.

Volunteer Resources:

Community Partnerships & Engagement: All Hands On Deck Portal

NHCS Volunteer Handbook:

Volunteer Application Form: (You may complete the form online, save it, and email it to Mrs. Allen, or you may print it, complete it, and turn it into the front office)

Level II Volunteer Background Check:

Please contact Mrs. Allen if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

Eaton Volunteer Coordinator: Mrs. Allen, Assistant Principal

Ice Cream Volunteers

Ice cream is offered in our cafeteria on Thursdays. We appreciate our ice cream volunteers from the first and second quarter, and have updated our sign in sheet for third and fourth quarter.

If you are a Level 2 volunteer, and are interested in assisting with ice cream on Thursdays, please sign up here:

Updates from the PTA

Monday, January 23rd, PTA Spirit Night at Islands, 5:00-10:00

Please consider joining the PTA:

Eaton's PTA Website:

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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