From the Desk of Dr. Nichols

Eastover Elementary Updates- Weeks of Jan. 18 & Jan. 25

Important Dates:

-Jan. 4-27- Reading 3D Testing Window (Grades K-3 only)

-Jan. 20- End of 2nd 9 wks grading period

-Jan. 20- Early Dismissal for all students at 12:15pm

-Jan. 25- Teacher Workday, No school for students

-Feb. 3- Report Cards Sent Home

-Feb. 15- Teacher Workday, No school for students

-Feb. 18-2nd Grade Chorus Performance (6pm/Auditorium)

-Feb. 24-25-3rd 9 wks Progress Reports sent home

-Mar. 1st- Early Dismissal for all students at 1:15pm (2 hrs early due to ACT testing at high schools)

Mid-Year School Updates (January 2016)

Please click the link below to access Eastover's mid-year school update presentation from our PTA meeting on Jan. 12th:

Please help support our Bearded Dragons!

We are currently raising money for new cages for Fat Girl and Stoner (they are located in the Auditorium). The 2 year old dragons were brought to the school as babies. They have grown tremendously and Stoner and Razor no longer fit into their tanks. Thanks to an Eagle Scout, Razor has a beautiful, 15 foot enclosure. We are requesting funding to buy larger tanks for Fat Girl and Stoner. These larger tanks will fit their needs throughout their life spans with us at Eastover. We are also requesting funding for miscellaneous items such as bulbs and tank furniture.

If you would like to help, please click the link below, thank you!!!

Symbaloo Log-in Information

Here is the information from Ms. Diebolt:


Password: eagles#1

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Cooler Weather/School Uniform Reminder-

Please don’t forget with the cooler weather—students need to be in uniform with their navy blue or white jackets/sweaters during instructional time in the classroom (8:15am-3:15pm).

School Safety Reminders

-Doors are locked all day (buzz-in entry only)—please press button to right of main entrance for assistance

-Checking out students---please try to check out students by 2:45pm each day. This helps ensure that our dismissal processes flow smoothly and ALL students are accounted for and arrive home safely!!

-Photo ID--Remember to bring your photo ID (school visits/student check-ins and check-outs)

-PM Transportation Changes-Please provide your child’s teacher with a written note for any afternoon transportation changes

-Reminders about lunchtime visits:

-please remember to only have lunch with your student/child

-once lunch is over, please say your goodbyes in the cafeteria in order for the class to leave the cafeteria on time in order to start instruction back up quickly in his/her classroom

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Grade Level News (Weeks of 1/18 and 1/25)


-Literacy Theme: Literacy Theme: MLK- Letter Name and Sounds (Long vowels, CVC Words CVCe words, Review letter sounds, Medial sounds), high frequency words: some, have, one, two; and continuing the use of Daily 5.

-Math Unit: Measuring and Counting- Students develop strategies to count spaces and moving on a game board, create a set of a given size, model the action of combining and separating situations, and combine two amounts.

-Science Unit: NA

-Social Studies: MLK-Students will learn an overview of important facts about MLK and why MLK is an important, historical figure.

-Writing: Launching Writer's Workshop- We Are All Writers-Writers write about what they know (Mini-books, Mentor texts, Correct formation of upper and lower case letters)

-Health: Second Step Curriculum (taught by School Counselor)

1st grade:

-Literacy: Launching Reader's Workshop--Students continue to review all reading strategies from 1st semester and will be reviewing non-fiction text features and details (Reading 3D Testing Window 1/4-1/27).

-Math: How many of each? Students will continue to on word problems this week and reviewing clocks and how to tell time to the hour and half hour. Students will also work to measure items using manipulatives such as bears, squares, cubes, and paper clips.

-Science: Solar System--Students will be able to identify the sun and the moon in the sky and will also begin learning about planets in our solar system.

-Soc. Studies:NA

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop- Persuasive Writing- Students will continue their writing in order to persuade individually on their own topics or whole class topics.

-Health- Feelings/Safety-Taught via School Counselor (Second Step Curriculum)

2nd grade:

-Literacy: Character Traits-Students will be able to: write on sticky notes to better understand the characters in their book, retell about their book to a partner and retell the story to themselves.

-Math: Addition and Subtraction Strategies and Place Value Unit--Students will work on: counting by groups of 2, 5 and 10, identify the hundreds, tens and ones place in a given number, and add ten to any number.

-Science: Unit on Sound--Students will learn what sound is and how it is created. Students will also work on sound packets with a partner and go to various websites to read articles, watch videos and answer questions.

-Soc. Studies: NA

-Writing: Narrative Writing--Students will create goals for the New Year and record them. Students will practice narrative writing with a given prompt, then they will write a rough draft, edit and write a final draft.

-Health: Completed with School Counselor

3rd grade:

-Literacy: Literacy Theme-Mystery Book Club Unit: Mystery readers will: become detectives by identifying the problem and reading to find clues, step into the main detective’s shoes by seeing whatever they might be seeing, considering all the clues and guessing solutions; read for clues by noticing and thinking about all the information they get and talking about how the story might go and read with suspicion by listing suspects and asking “Could this person be guilty?” “What would he/she have to gain?”.

-Math: Area/Graphing-Students will link multiplication to area and graphing (interpret and create a scaled picture and bar graph).

-Science: Solar System- Students will Recognize the major components and patterns observed in the earth/moon/sun system.

-Soc. Studies: Government/Civics Unit: Students will continue work on understanding the development, structure, and functions of local government. (Focus on federal, state and local governments and what their purpose is in our community. This includes the foundations of our government, 3 branches, and government processes. Students will explore our government through project-based learning.)

-Writing: Narrative Writing and the Writing Process- Students will focus on grammar skills and sentence structure (8 parts of speech). Students will continue their work on writing/nonfiction text project (joint Reading & Writing project).

-Health- Students will be able to understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships.

4th grade:

Literacy: Literacy Theme Cycle #3 (12/7 - 1/29) (Literary Selection this week: A Picture Book of Rosa Parks by David Adler)

Students will: understand that the structure of a text helps to understand how the writer is connecting events, ideas, and concepts, understand that a text may have an overall structure of one kind and different types of structures within its parts, understand they need to use all parts of the text to understand the text more fully, study charts, graphs, time lines, and other visual displays and put together the information that these give with what the text says to gain a deeper understanding, identify author’s points in a text and show how the author makes his / her claim(s), and will identify the reasons and the evidence that were provided to support the author’s particular points.

Math: Geometry Unit Review- Students will: review all concepts taught in geometry unit, demonstrate knowledge of Unit by completing an assessment, and will identify halves, fourths, and eighths of a rectangle.

Science: Rock Cycle--Students will classify rocks as metamorphic, sedimentary, or igneous based on their composition, how they are formed and the processes that create them.

Soc. Studies: JA BizTown Prep--Students will prepare for Biztown by understanding what makes a quality business, what goes into pricing items and taking inventory.

Writing: Students will continue to write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences. They will produce clear and coherent writing. Students will demonstrate command of the conventions of the standard English grammar and usage while writing (Continue working on Mini Task #2).

Health: Empathy-Students will predict physical and emotional reactions to stressful situations.

5th grade:

Literacy: Historical Fiction and Nonfiction-Students will work on comparing and contrasting characters, events, themes, and settings through a Historical Fiction and Nonfiction focus as well as various comprehension standards. Students will work on “Number the Stars” interactive read aloud (Holocaust/WWII) (Using Common Core Lit Resource to touch on all standards) and whole class/small group discussions to focus on our standards through historical fiction lens.

Math: Fractions: Students will continue work on fractions this week (reciprocal, lcm & gcf, simplifying, equivalent fractions, and improper to mixed number/mixed number to improper)

Science: Students continue to learn physical and chemical properties and changes through Heat Transfer unit (conduction, convection, radiation) and compare and contrast heat and electricity using Venn diagram.

Soc. Studies: Colonial America- Students will continue to work on the following topics this week: Slave Trade, Background about West Africa, and Facing Dilemmas

Dilemma 1: Trading Slaves for Guns (protection)

Dilemma 2: Surviving the middle passage

Dilemma 3: Living as a slave in the colonies

Writing: Students will continue to work this week on “I have a dream” writing activity inspired by MLK and use interactive grammar games to address various Language Standards (Task Cards).

Health: Second Step Lessons


Music-Chorus Club--Tuesdays (7:45am-8:30am--Auditorium)

PE-Hockey Unit--K-2 and 3-5 (Introduction to Basic Hitting Skills/Hockey). Please wear tennis shoes on PE days--thank you!

Tech- K and 1st: Compass Learning, 2nd grade: Using Google to do WebQuests, 3rd grade: New Math game, Prodigy ( students have log-ins so they can play at home. 4th grade: Project on states, and 5th grade: Round Robin Stories

Media- Children's Book Award Winners: he American Library Association announced the top prizes for children's books last Monday. The Newberry Medal went to Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena. The book also won a Caldecott Honor Medal for best picture book for illustrator Christian Robinson. This is the first time a book has ever won both awards. The Caldecott Medal went to Sophie Blackall who illustrated Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. The other Caldecott Honor Books were Trombone Shorty, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, and Waiting by Kevin Henkes.

Art- 5th grade will be working on calligraphy in classes this week.