Hurricane Forecast January 2023

Castle Hayne Elementary School Family Newsletter

Dates to Remember~

Monday, January 9th - Friday January 20th: Pet Supply Donations

Wednesday, January 11th: PTA Spirit Night at IHOP 3pm-9pm

Monday, January 16th: Martin Luther King Day - No School

Thursday, January 19th : Sea Song for Little Pirates performance (flyer below)

Monday and Tuesday, January 23rd-24th: Teacher Workday - No School

Monday, January 30th: Reports Card Go Home

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What's Happening?


Hello families! We had a great month in December learning all about music and musical instruments. You should ask your child what their favorite instrument is! We learned new songs, played instruments in class, took a tour of the music room here at Castle Hayne (thanks Mrs. Charles)! We continue to work on Kindergarten readiness skills like counting, writing our name, identifying letters/numbers, and working on rhyming words! In January, we will begin a study all about Pets! If you have a pet at home, please email or text us a picture and their name! It is hard to believe 2022 is over and we are heading into 2023! We hope you had a nice break and enjoyed the down time with your family and friends! Happy New Year!


In reading we have been working through our poetry unit learning about rhyming, alliteration, onomatopoeia and personal connections. In fundations we began unit 2 with a focus on tapping out CVC words and practicing uppercase letter formation. We have been working on comparing weight, height and length of objects in math.

1st Grade

In January first graders will be focusing on fiction books. We will compare and contrast fiction books by looking at the adventures of the main characters. Students will identify how they are similar and how they are different. We will start by reading "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and "Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs." In Science we will begin learning about the Earth in the Universe. We will talk about the four major phases of the moon and we will learn about the sun's importance to earth. In Writing we will begin our narrative unit. Students will be writing stories about themselves and people who are important to them. In Phonics students will continue Unit 6 in Fundations. Throughout this unit students will learn about adding the suffix (s) to words, like in the word (maps). Students will identify the base word (map) and the suffix (s). We will also learn that s can sometimes make the sound /z/. Towards the middle of the month we will move into Unit 7. In this unit students will learn about -ng (ang, ing, ong, ung) and -nk (ank, ink, onk, unk) glued sounds. In Math we will continue Module 3 (Properties of Operations to Make Easier Problems). Students will use the unit of ten to make easier problems by decomposing addends and grouping them in any order. They intuitively apply the associative and commutative properties and then learn how they can use strategies such as counting on, making ten, taking from ten, subtracting to get to a ten, and relating operations to break down larger addition and subtraction problems.

2nd Grade

Second graders have been super busy finishing up Fairytales and are ready to begin learning about Fables. We will take a closer look at the elements of a fable and what lesson or moral they have learned. In math, we have continued to build on our skills in addition and subtraction and applying the strategies we have learned such as place value disks, base ten blocks, compensation, take from a ten, arrow method, as well as the number line. In addition to the academics, students had fun designing and decorating class gingerbread houses for the friendly school wide competition. We enjoyed having parents come into the classroom for our Christmas celebration as well. The students made great gingerbread houses and Christmas trees. January is an exciting month for us because we will be getting our chicken eggs and learning all about the chicken life cycle.

3rd Grade

3rd grade is excited to be diving into learning about the major components and patterns observed in the earth/moon/sun system!

We will also be reading and describing the relationship in historical, scientific and technical texts.

We continue to focus on reading fluency and math fact fluency.

We are excited for the 2nd half of the year!

4th Grade

In Reading students have been working on using Context Clues to determine word meaning. They also have been learning about different text structures and how they apply to the text they are reading.

In Math students are wrapping up Module 2 concepts: factors, multiples, and prime or composite numbers.

In Social Studies students have been learning about different traditions and customs in North Carolina American Indian culture. Students are excited to begin our next Science Unit: Earth History. Students will take a closer look at fossils and how the Earth changes due to slow and fast moving processes.

5th Grade

In Math, we have been multiplying fractions by fractions and also by whole numbers, using various strategies. Towards the end of December, we began dividing whole numbers by unit fractions using models to help us understand why the quotient was larger than the dividend. In Science, we learned about the different biomes, what animals/plants live in these biomes, where they are located, and other characteristics of the biomes. We also learned about food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids. In Literacy, we continued finding the main idea of various texts. We also read about various endangered animal species and discussed how the actions of humans have had a negative impact on them. Students used evidence from the text to support their thinking. There were also a lot of fun activities in December, the fifth graders enjoyed having their families here for their holiday meal and creating a class gingerbread house to be displayed at the book fair.

Ms. Cleary, Art

Art Room Supply Donations

If you happen to be cleaning out your storage areas and come across any

of the items below I promise they will put to good use in the Art Room at

Castle Hayne.

  • Blender that works for Papermaking
  • Iron for mounting artwork
  • Hot Plate for melting
  • Drill with large liquid mixing bit for glazes and slip
  • 1,3,5, gallon plastic buckets with airtight covers
  • Small magnets
  • Sidewalk chalk

Celebrating the Arts Night

Thank you to all the families that came out to support our talented students and our book fair.
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Mrs. Moore, Library Media Specialist

Thank you so much to all of the CHES families who supported our Scholastic Book Fair in December. With your help, we exceeded our $9,000 sales goal and our final totals are as follows ...


$9,581.04 CHES sales (excluding sales tax)

$28.00 Online Sales

+ $339.08 All For Books (AFB) donations from CHES families

$9,948.12 Total Book Fair Income - a $408.05 increase from 2021

So our total book fair profit is as follows ...

Wishes Granted from Teacher Wishlists

$83.89 in the form of 11 books for 6 different teachers

AFB Donations and Book Bucks Donated to Students

$44.56 as well as 44+ books

New Books Purchased with Remaining AFB Donations & Scholastic Dollars

$1,118.87 in Scholastic books (114) from the book fair for the library media center

Scholastic Dollars Balance

$491.19 (+ a few additional promos) to be spent in Scholastic's Instructional Catalog

* This money will actually just be banked to help cushion our next book fair.

Cash Profit for the CHES LIbrary Media Center

$1,600.00 in the CHES book fair account still to be spent on library books from Follett

Grand Total

$3,338.51 for books in our classroom libraries and the library media center

Thank you again for all of your support during this event - especially the small but mighty handful of volunteers who helped me set up, run, and pack up such a large fair. I appreciate it more than you know!!!

Need More Books?

Our school appreciates your support and encourages a lifelong love of reading. You can continue to shop The Scholastic Store Online using the link below and our school's library will receive 2% on every purchase all year long.

3rd-5th Grade Holiday Feast

Kindness Club at Castle Hayne Elementary

The Kindness Club at Castle Hayne Elementary is collecting items to donate to the

New Hanover County Humane Society.

Donations will be accepted Monday, January 9th - Friday January 20th.

The following items are needed:

Cat Toys

Cat Collars

Dog Toys

Medium/Large Rawhide Bones

Cleaning Supplies

Tall Kitchen Trash Bags with Drawstrings

Kindergarten Enrollment begins March 1-15th

Families with children who will be 5 on OR before August 31, 2023 it's that time of year again. Time to start thinking about Kindergarten enrollment.

Do you want a year round schedule? Are you looking for a bilingual option? Maybe you want a school with a focus on the arts or STEM or you have selected your districted school? Whatever your choice, NHCS has options.

Enrollment begins March 1-15
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Safety is our TOP Priority - News from the Nurse

Cold and flu season has arrived, and we are seeing increased cases of the flu across New Hanover County and in our schools. We are expecting a busier flu season than normal and influenza can be very serious. Please adhere to the following CDC guidelines and suggested healthy habits. Let’s work together to keep our school and our homes as healthy as possible.

Please Do Not Send Your Child to School if he/she has or has had:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours. (Must be fever-free without medication)

  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.

  • Symptoms that make it hard for your child to participate in school such as frequent coughing, headache, body aches, fatigue, earaches.

  • Strep Throat- until on antibiotics 24 hr.

Tips for Staying Healthy

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Use elbow or arm if tissue is not available.

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds (Sing ABC song twice).

  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching the “T” zone (Eyes, Nose and Mouth)

  • Avoid being around others who are sick.

  • Do not share drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.

  • Eat healthy (Foods that Grow!) and drink plenty of water

  • Disinfect surfaces that are prone to germs (phones, keyboards, doorknobs, toothbrushes, etc.).

  • Get the flu vaccine.

Thanks for your help in keeping Castle Hayne Elementary healthy this year!

¡Ha llegado la temporada de resfriados y gripe y estamos viendo un aumento en los casos de gripe. La gripe puede ser grave. Siga las siguientes pautas de los CDC y los hábitos saludables sugeridos. Trabajemos juntos para mantener nuestra escuela y nuestros hogares lo más saludables posible.

Por favor no envíe a su hijo a la escuela si él / ella ha tiene o ha tenido:

  • Fiebre de 100 grados o más en las últimas 24 horas. (Debe estar libre de fiebre sin medicación)

  • Vómitos o diarrea en las últimas 24 horas.

  • Síntomas que les dificultan participar en la escuela, como tos frecuente, dolor de cabeza, dolor de cuerpo, fatiga, dolor de oído.

  • Faringitis estreptocócica: hasta con antibióticos las 24 h.

Consejos para mantenerse saludable

  • Cubra la tos y los estornudos con un pañuelo de papel. Use el codo o el brazo si no hay tejido disponible.

  • Lávese las manos con frecuencia con jabón y agua tibia durante

  • 20 segundos (el tiempo que lleva cantar la canción ABC).

  • Use desinfectante para manos si no hay agua y jabón disponibles.

  • Evite tocar la zona "T" (ojos, nariz y boca)

  • Evite estar cerca de otras personas que están enfermas.

  • No comparta bebidas, alimentos o utensilios sin lavar.

  • Coma sano (¡Alimentos que crecen!) Y beba mucha agua

  • Desinfecte las superficies propensas a gérmenes (teléfonos, teclados, pomos de puertas, cepillos de dientes, etc.).

  • Vacúnese contra la gripe.

De la enfermera

🏆November Student of the Month

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Cafeteria Message

This school year every student receives FREE breakfast and lunch. However, we will be utilizing My School Bucks to access your child's cafeteria account for any a al carte items. I have included a link to the website below as well as a link to the NHCS Child Nutrition Website. You can find more information regarding My School Bucks under the "Pre-Payment Options" link. If you do not wish to add money electronically via My School Bucks you are still able to send cash or check.

If you choose to bring cash or check to school personally or send it with your student, please put it in an envelope clearly marked with the student's first and last name, their ID#, their teacher's name, and the amount enclosed.

Calendar Menus will be posted on the CHES Child Nutrition website monthly.

My School Bucks

NHCS Child Nutrition

The Cafeteria Staff at CHES look forward to serving you this year!

Castle Hayne Elementary School PTA

We would like to thank all the families that donated pies and baked goods before the holiday break. It was a wonderful treat for our staff. We are lucky to have such a generous community!

PTA Texas Road House Fundraiser

Thank you to all the families that participated in Texas Road House Gift Card fundraiser.
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Lost and Found

As the new year begins PLEASE label all outwear including hoodies with your child's name this makes it so much easier locating the owner when an item is found.

The Lost and Found box is located in front of the Media Center; if your child loses an item make certain they check the LOST and FOUND box as soon as they realize the item is lost. This makes it so much easier to find. Thank you!!

Ways to stay connected to your school!

  1. NHCS uses School Messenger to connect with families regarding district and school happenings. Use this link to opt-in to receive text messages from School Messenger. Flyer below with instructions.
  2. Follow us on Facebook.
  3. Our website.

Volunteering at Castle Hayne

Volunteers are our partners in education. They take an active role to support and enhance the development of our students. Every day, family and community member volunteers bring enthusiasm and skill into our schools while assisting staff, teachers and students. All volunteers are required to obtain volunteer training annually.

If you would like to move forward with volunteering at Castle Hayne Elementary School these are the following steps you will need to complete:

  1. View the volunteer orientation presentation/Spanish and volunteer handbook/Spanish.

  2. Submit the Volunteer Application Form/Spanish to Danielle Metty, via email or send a printed copy to school with your student labeled with Danielle Metty, Family Liaison.

  3. Complete the Volunteer Orientation Assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  4. To become a level 2 volunteer, complete a background check application ($20 until October 1 then the cost will be $22.50). You will receive a verification email and card from the Background Investigation Bureau upon approval.

Notify Danielle Metty, when you have completed steps 1-4.

If you are interested in volunteering or chaperoning a field trip at Castle Hayne you MUST complete the Volunteer Training, please contact Danielle Metty at


Tracking your child's bus has never been so easy. New Hanover County Schools is implementing a new smart phone app that will allow parents to see where their child's bus is located in real time. Edulog Parent Portal app can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.

The "Hurricane Forecast" is a monthly digital newsletter that contains information regarding all things happening at Castle Hayne Elementary School. We hope you find this communication helpful!

Castle Hayne Elementary School

Our mission at Castle Hayne Elementary School is to work together to achieve success by applying our STORM skills!

Spread Kindness~ Take Responsibility~ Own our Learning and Actions~ Respect Everyone~ Maintain Safety

Please direct any questions related to this newsletter to Danielle Metty, Receptionist