EGMS Weekly Update
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Upcoming Dates to Remember:
- Band Concert: Dec 14 6pm to 8pm
- Spirit Week: Dec. 13 - Dec. 17
- Winter Break: Dec 20 - Dec 31
Letter From Principal Nicklous
I hope each of you were able to find some extra time to take care of yourself, your family and those in “your circle” during the Thanksgiving Break. Each holiday season I’m reminded how important it is to slow down and enjoy the people in our lives who we don’t see often enough!
Teachers, staff and students made a quick transition back to classroom and school routines after Thanksgiving Break. We have two weeks of uninterrupted time for teachers to deliver valuable, high quality lessons and students to work on acquiring new knowledge and skills. In addition, we are making a change during ASW classes to strengthen our students' math skills. Your child will now spend 20 minutes, two days a week, working on a program called iReady. This is an adaptive math program that many students are familiar with from elementary school. iReady allows students to start at their level and then work to improve their skills. Our belief is this extra math work will allow our students to catch up on some of the math skills they fell behind on during the pandemic. Each student will have an individualized growth goal they will work to achieve by the end of the year.
In addition to the hard work our students and staff will be doing over the next couple weeks in the classroom, we want to have some fun too! We will have a “Spirit Week” December 13th-17th here at EGMS. Please see the information below for the details on each day and encourage your child to show their school spirit!
Principal, Elton Gregory MS
Hello Elton Gregory Families,
My name is Emily and I am the yearbook coordinator for our school this year! This year is already off to a great start. I am reaching out to see if anyone is interested in sending some great photos of their students during Thanksgiving and Christmas vacations this year. Please feel free to send me photos of your students at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DNA is cool! AND delicious!
Screen Time and Middle School Students
- Media has both pros and cons. Just like everything else, technology has pros and cons. Kids can learn a lot from educational content, but they can also be exposed to inappropriate images, unhealthy advertisements, and violent content. Take steps to make your child’s media use a positive experience.
- Healthy role modeling is essential. Your child will likely mimic your media use so it’s essential to be a good role model. Read books, engage in physical activity, and spend time outdoors. Set healthy limits on your own electronics use.
- Kids need rules about technology. Establish rules about the sites your child visits, the games he plays, and the movies he watches. Don't allow your child to gain access to social media until he's mature enough to handle the responsibility.
- Engage with your child’s technology. Get involved in your child’s digital world. Learn how to play the games your child enjoys and explore the Internet together. Look for positive activities you can do together with electronics.
- Set aside time without technology. Turn off your electronics during certain times of the day or on specific days of the week. It’s important for kids to have time to engage in activities that don’t involve their digital devices. Even a short digital detox could improve your child's behavior and emotional well-being.
- Establish reasonable limits on screen time. Most kids can’t handle unlimited access to their electronics. To keep your child physically and mentally healthy, set limits on screen time. Don’t let your child sit in front of the TV all day every Saturday and don’t allow him to stay up all night playing video games.
- Turn media mistakes into teachable moments. Monitor your child’s activity and be prepared for your child to make mistakes sometimes. Whether he logs onto an inappropriate website, or he goes over the data limit on his smartphone, turn those mistakes into teachable moments so your child can do better next time.
- It’s OK for teens to be online. Social media is a major part of most teen’s lives. Let your teenager spend time online communicating with other people. It’s likely that online communication will play an even bigger role in your teen’s future career.
Please Bring Your Water bottles
Time to Check the Lost and Found!
All items will be donated during winter break. There are so many coats, water bottles, lunch boxes and shoes in the pile! Please check for any lost items before they are gone!
Parent Volunteers Needed
Please email Megan Storey for more details
Please don't text your students at school...
Please don't send your students text messages during the school day. It puts your student in an impossible position- they are not allowed to have phones out, with the exception of lunch, and there are consequences for using a phone during school time.
If you have an urgent message, please call our office at 541-526-6440 and we will get the message right to your student.
Thank you for your help in this one! We appreciate your partnership.
News from Nurse Grubb
Girls Basketball and Wrestling registration in FamilyID opens Dec. 6th. Students need to be registered in FamilyID and have a current physical on file in the office to start Practice/Tryouts on Tuesday, January 4th. More information regarding Girls Bball and Wrestling can be found on our website under the Athletics Tab., then click on Athletic Info.
Sports Attendance Policy at EGMS
2021-2022 EGMS Bell Schedules
Inclement Weather Information
CENTRAL OREGON COMMUNITY RESOURCES
(updated as often as possible; some resources/numbers may not be current)
Mental Health Resources:
Deschutes County Behavioral Health https://www.deschutes.org/
Information and appointments. 541-322-7500
Deschutes County Crisis Line https://www.deschutes.org/
24 hour crisis support. 541-322-7500 ext. #9 or call 9-1-1
Trevor Project https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ+. 866-488-7386 (24 hr)
Oregon Youth Line https://oregonyouthline.org/
Free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. 877-968-8491
Text: teen2teen @ 839863
Central Oregon 2-1-1 www.deschutesunitedway.org
Connections to a wide-range of social services. Dial 2-1-1 or 541-389-6507
Thrive Central Oregon www.thrivecentraloregon.org
Housing, financial insecurity and other resources. 541-728-1022 (Se Habla Español)
Bethlehem Inn (24 hrs) www.bethleheminn.org
Emergency shelter and food for adults and families. 541-322-8768
Family Resource Center of Central Oregon www.frconline.org
Parenting education and support services. 541-389-5468
Latino Community Association (LCA) www.latca.org
Translation and interpretation services, employment services, 541-382-4366 (Se Habla Español)
dental and legal clinics.
Resources for food, energy assistance and shelter. 541-548-2380
Jericho Road https://jerichoroadofredmond.org/
Resources for food, shelter and hope. 541-699-2099
Saving Grace https://www.saving-grace.org/
Comprehensive family / domestic violence and sexual assault 541-382-9227
support services. Hotline available.
WIC (Women, Infants, Children) https://www.deschutes.org/health
Nutrition education, breastfeeding support and education, 541-617-4775
referrals and food vouchers for pregnant and postpartum women.