Elm Street Elementary

Progress Report Newsletter, May 2018

Mr. Tate is a Top 3 Finalist for CCSS Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations, once again, to Mr. Tate, who was recently named a Top 3 Finalist for Coweta County Teacher of the Year! Mr. Tate will be recognized with other Coweta County Schools Teachers of the Year at a ceremony at the Nixon Centre on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public, so Elm Street students and parents are welcome to attend. Because he is a finalist for the county title, Dr. Hildebrand will speak at the ceremony to introduce Mr. Tate, sharing some brief information about his teaching career and his contributions to Elm Street. Elm Street is represented by talented teachers each year, and this year is no exception! Congratulations on being named a finalist, Mr. Tate! Your Elm Street family is so proud of you!
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Elm Street Field Day is Friday!

Thank you to all of our parents who have helped to make Field Day a reality! We appreciate all the prep work that has taken place behind the scenes as well as all who are volunteering their time to support events on Friday. Below are the grade level colors for Field Day. For team spirit and an extra layer of safety and organization, please be sure your child wears his or her grade level color. The forecast looks lovely for Friday, and it is sure to be a wonderful day filled with fun memories!
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Rising Eagle Kindergarten Night was held April 26

The Elm Street Kindergarten Team excitedly welcomed approximately 35 families (around 90 total guests) with rising kindergarteners to Elm Street last week! Loved seeing so many new Eagle families joining us under the Elm! We cannot wait to get to know them! Always fun to see many familiar families bringing new Eagles our way, too! Attendees enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to bring their rising Eagle to Elm Street to spend a little time exploring the classrooms, meet the current Kindergarten teachers and teaching assistants, and learn more about Kindergarten at Elm Street.

Kindergarten registration remains open at Central Registration Center. Please encourage anyone you know to register now. It is important that we have accurate enrollment counts to plan the right number of teachers. Families needing to register will find information online about what is needed to enroll: details can be found here.

Looking forward to getting to know our newest Eagles in Kindergarten next year!

Georgia Milestones Champion Celebrations held Friday, April 27

Elm Street students really gave their all during the days of Georgia Milestones Assessments. Although we have not yet received scores, we feel proud of the effort our students gave during their time to shine! Students celebrated their dedication and perseverance with a Milestones Champion celebration in the gym last Friday. Cheers, smiles, and even some dance moves took place throughout the games and activities. Who knew people could hula hoop and turn around at the same time?! Our top competitors can! Special thanks to Mr. Tate, Coach Baker, and Megan Kennedy for preparing and leading the day's celebration events. Congrats again to all students who earned the honor of participation! We will share scores when they are available.

Upcoming Events

The end of the school year is packed with big events! Please be sure you have seen the dates to remember page that went home a few weeks ago. It is linked here if you need another copy.

Here are a few highlights, but please be sure to see the full page linked above:

Thursday, May 3 - Elm Street Science Fair (after school, open to students of all ages)

Friday, May 4 - Field Day

Thursday, May 10 - Third Grade Program, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 18 - Chuck Wagon Day

Wednesday, May 23 - Awards Programs for 1st, 2nd, 4th grades

Thursday, May 24 - 5th Grade Breakfast and Awards Programs for 5th, 3rd grades

Friday, May 25 - Kindergarten Program and Awards

Also, House Color Day and Student Advocacy Lunches have been moved to Wednesday, May 16 (instead of Tuesday, May 15). The change is highlighted on the dates list as well.

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HOUSE COLOR DAY and Advocacy Lunches

Our next House Color Day is Wednesday, May 16 (date change from original date of Tuesday, May 15). Can't wait to see everyone dress in his or her house color!

This is also the date of our last Student Advocacy Lunches for the year. If you are planning a visit to Elm for lunch during that week, please be sure to plan your lunch visit on a different day. Looking forward to the time together in advocacy groups!

Honoring our Elm Street Retirees

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We hope you will take some time in the weeks ahead to congratulate and thank our distinguished retirees. The Elm Street community is fortunate to be filled with dedicated and talented staff members. While we are excited to celebrate the next chapters in the lives of our retiring Elm Street family members, we are also sad to see them go.

Again, we hope you will please take time in the weeks ahead to congratulate each of our retirees and thank them for their service to our school. Our lives have been enriched by their service to our school and community over the years.

William Baker, Cafeteria Team

Doris Dennis, Special Education Teacher

Nancy Parks, Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Daphne Stephens, Fourth Grade Teacher

Green Team, Garden Club Plantings

Green Team is rocking their recycling efforts at Elm Street! We are grateful to be able to recycle our paper so that we are more environmentally friendly consumers. In addition to their weekly work with our recycling, Green Teamers have been getting their hands dirty, planting the Elm Street Garden!

Special thanks to...

  • Home Depot for donating materials to build the planters
  • Brad Binion and Newnan Utilities for donating the soil
  • Bob Lott and Southern Roots Nursery for donating the plants
  • Tom Sambdman for building the planters
  • Diane Parker Allstate for sponsoring the monthly cost of recycling bins

We appreciate the way these businesses support our school! We hope our Elm Street families will choose to support them as well.

Thank you to all participating Green Team members as well as our awesome teacher sponsors and parent supporters. Green Team is making the world a better place and we could not do it without you.

Way to go, Green Team! Can't wait to watch our garden grow!


Elm Street students have been filling up a hallway bulletin board "posting" the kindness they see around them each day. Our community benefits greatly from our kindness to one another and Elm Street students are quick to recognize it. Please support #CowetaKindness by encouraging your child and other family members to treat others with kindness and to recognize the kindness around them. Check out the photos below for some inspiration! #CowetaKindness

Science Fair this Thursday afternoon

Elm Street's Science Fair is Thursday afternoon! While all fifth graders along with fourth grade reach students participate as part of their curriculum, the Elm Street Science Fair is open to all grade levels. Any type of scientific experimentation where students are testing something in order to answer a scientific question is welcome. Our fourth grade reach students and all fifth graders are required to have a tri-fold board displaying specific requirements such as: scientific question/topic, hypothesis, materials, procedures, data/results, and conclusions. Other participants are welcome to display their learning on a poster, a project board, or some other way. All young fair participants will be recognized with a certificate of participation; their projects will not be judged for medals (only 4th and 5th). Not sure where or how to begin? Here is an example link discussing an experiment with paper towel absorption to help get your mind going: https://www.education.com/science-fair/article/find-absorbent-brand-paper-towels. Elm Street's Science Fair is Thursday afternoon in the cafeteria, with students reporting around 4:30 p.m. to interact with judges. Awards will be presented approximately 5:00 or 5:15 p.m., or whenever the judges complete their decision-making. Participating students should bring their projects to school Thursday morning and present them to their teacher (if they've not already done so) in order to be set up for the fair that afternoon. Happy experimenting, scientists!

Chromebook Summer Info for Parents

Please see the attached letter for details regarding Coweta County Chromebook procedures for the upcoming summer. Students will be able to keep their chromebooks at home this summer without any further parent action. Should you wish for your child to return his or her chromebook to school for the summer, please be sure to follow the directions in the attached chromebook opt out letter (turn in chromebook, charger, and signed form on Tuesday, May 22). Printed copies of the letter will come home with students on Monday in Eagle Folders. But, we wanted to be sure to share the info now for anyone interested in learning more.

Annual Career Fair Held last month

Elm Street hosted its annual Career Fair for 5th Grade students last month. Our students always enjoy this day as an opportunity to hear from a variety of professionals in our metro-Atlanta community. Thank you to everyone who came to present! We appreciate the gift of your time and talent.

Newnan Fire Department

Draye Blake, Director of Operations for Chili’s

Derek Cathey, Truett’s Chick Fil A Manager

Ryan Foles, Coweta County Investigator

Melissa Griffis, Attorney with Rosenzweig Jones Horne and Griffis

Chuck Hasty, GDOT State Materials Engineer

Gerald Kemp, Fidelity Bank

Bill Maddox, Georgia Power Maintenance Center Engineer

Luann McDonald, Travel Agents with Dream Vacations

Dianne Parker, Allstate Insurance Agent

Shurita Person, Cosmetology Instructor for West GA Technical College at CEC

Kimberly Tinsley, Dental Hygienist with Pediatric Dentistry of Newnan

Hearing about the work of others helps inspire us to make great plans for our own futures. Thank you again to all guests!

Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need)

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

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

Teachers and staff are on the lookout for Eagles displaying optimism!

We will celebrate our Eagles of the Month for Integrity with our ESN Watch Party for students and parents on Friday, May 18 at 7:45 a.m. (ESN filming will take place on Thursday, May 17 at 7:35 a.m. for those students.) Looking forward to the time together! Let's see your optimism!

Special Thanks to Elm HD Interactive Panel Pledgers

Special thanks, once again, to the families and community business partners who made a financial contribution to support our Elm Street Interactive HD Panel Pledge Drive. You are making our technological dreams turn into reality!

Platinum Level Sponsor:

Dianne Parker Allstate

Silver Level Sponsor:

Sally and Dennis McEntire – Northshore at Lake Redwine

Randa Reese – Randa the Realtor

Gold Level Sponsor:

Pam and Bobby Lee

Bronze Level Sponsor:

Angela and Paul Lewis

Taylor Drake and Nathan Lee – Glover and Davis, P.A.

Tracy and Bill Behm

Emily and Joey Burg

Lindsey’s Realtors

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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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