Hurricane Forecast April 2023

Castle Hayne Elementary School Family Newsletter

Dates to Remember-

Tuesday, April 4th : Talent Show Auditions - Slips went home with audition times on the March 31st.

Friday, April 7th: Good Friday Holiday - No School

Monday, April 10th- Friday, April 14th: Spring Break - No School

Wednesday, April 19th: PTA Spirit Night - Island's Restaurant - 6938 Market Street - Ogden Location

Wednesday, April 26th: Pre-K, Kindergarten and 5th Grade Cap and Gown Pictures

Thursday, April 27th: Talent Show

What's Happening?


We have had a busy month in PreK! We loved seeing all the families come out for the book character parade and again for our First Book Grant distribution. We are finishing up our Tree Study and have learned so much! Students have been able to identify different types of trees, how to determine how old a tree is, and what trees look like in different seasons, among many other things. We have enjoyed going on nature walks to collect branches, leaves, and other parts of trees. We have used those to create art and write about it. We will begin our Garden study this month and are looking forward to getting our hands dirty and learning all about gardening! We hope you all enjoy Spring Break with family! :)


This month in Reading we have continued through our non fiction unit, reading about farm animals and finding the main topic of a text with key details. In writing we have practiced using an anchor chart to write about each farm animal that we studied. In fundations we are continuing to blend CVC words. We have also learned our digraphs sh, ch, th, ck, wh. For Math we are continuing to go through module 5 learning put together and take away math problems. We are learning to write number sentences and use math pictures to represent math stories.

1st Grade

In Math, first grade is finishing up with Module 5 of Eureka (2) and we will be moving on to Module 6 where we will be studying the attributes of shapes and advancing place value, addition and subtraction. In Literacy, we will be focusing on retelling stories with an understanding of their central message, and identifying who is telling the story at various points in the text. We will also start our opinion writing during April. In Social Studies, we will be learning about maps and landforms. We will learn how to read a map and how to use the map key.

2nd Grade

This month has been a busy month. We are looking forward to Spring break and the last nine weeks of second grade. Students have been working hard. In math, students have learned a variety of strategies to add and subtract 3-digit numbers, solved one step word problems and practiced their math fluency and mental math. During these last nine weeks, we will focus on two-step word problems and revisit measurement and focus on counting coins. In reading, students have enjoyed learning about nonfiction texts; biography, reference, and literary. In the last nine weeks students will create their own nonfiction books. In Science, we are looking forward to learning and observing the life cycle of the butterfly. We loved the book character parade and were happy parents could come in to see all their child’s hard work in their data notebooks.

3rd Grade

Third grade is diving into fractions this month! We are excited to start a new social studies unit this month focusing on our local history. We just wrapped up a great science unit with force and motion. The students had a great time learning more about motion and gravity, the hands-on science experiments were so fun!
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4th Grade

In Reading students have been working on reviewing all reading standards and test taking strategies. We finished reading The Wild Robot and the projects look amazing! We are currently reading The Wild Robot Escapes(the 2nd book in the series).

In Math students are continuing to work through Module 4: Fractions (Decomposing Fractions, Equivalent Fractions, Comparing Fractions, and Adding & Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers.

In Social Studies students are learning about the different important documents in history (US and State Constitution, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, and the Amendments). Students will then create our very own Class Constitution that they will sign as a reminder of what rules they should be following for the remainder of the school year.

The pictures are of our classes Wild Robot Projects.

5th Grade

In Math, we started the month with dividing decimals and reviewing decimal operations. We learned about the different properties of quadrilaterals and the various ways that we can classify them. Towards the end of the month, we began our volume unit in which students are learning how to find the volume of cubes and rectangular prisms. In Science, we learned about Genetics and Heredity. We then reviewed Force and Motion and then moved into our last Science unit, Weather and Climate. We began learning about the differences between weather and climate. We took a field trip to the Aquarium in which we were able to review the different types of ecosystems, food webs, and food chains. Students were able to see the different animals at the Aquarium and where these animals are found in their natural habitat. In Literacy, we compared and/or contrasted two or more characters, settings, or events. We also discussed the following different types of literature: prose, poetry, and drama/play.

Ms. Cleary, Art

Ancient Civilizations Hunter and Gathers/Egyptian/Greek/Roman

Mrs. Aust, School Counselor

Mrs. Robbins, School Social Worker

Mrs. Cervini, ESL

In ESL class, students have been busy, busy, busy! All students worked extremely hard on ACCESS testing during March. I am exceptionally proud of their efforts. Also, we have been working on building language through both fiction and nonfiction text. Students have been working on the main idea and main topic and providing evidence to support. Additionally, students have practiced using figurative language and have composed their own amazing poetry including free verse, Haiku, rhyming, and shape poetry. We have such great poets at Castle Hayne and I surely know it!

Mrs. Lockamy, School Nurse

Mrs. Moore, Media Center Specialist

We have another Scholastic Book Fair Coming your way! Please save the date for the week of May 12-18, so that your student can purchase a few new books for summer reading. More information will be coming home after Spring Break.

🏆 February Student of the Month Winners 🏆

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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's PTA Corner

Thank you for supporting the PTA!! Thank you to the families that came out to the PTA Spirit Night at Defy Gravity! Hope to see you all at the April PTA Spirit Night at Islands.

Spring Break 2023 - April 7th-14th

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Lost and 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.

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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