From the Desk of Dr. Nichols

Eastover Elementary School Updates--Week of 9/21-9/23

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Invest in Your Child Campaign 2015 (Sept. 15th - Nov. 4th)

The Invest In Your Child campaign kicked off last week and we are off to a great start with

$13,236.50 raised so far, which is more than 13% of our overall goal! The Invest In Your Child campaign is Eastover's largest fundraiser and every dollar directly impacts your child's education THIS YEAR! This campaign helps us maintain the high standard of academic excellence and innovation at Eastover.


This year, our campaign is unique in that the largest percentage of funds raised will support Exploratory Spanish once a week for all students across grade levels. We are excited to offer foreign language to all Eastover students but we need your help to raise $100,000 by November 4. We are striving for 100% participation. No donation is too small.


As a reminder, if you are giving to your company's United Way campaign, you can designate Eastover as the recipient of those funds - an easy way to earn money for Invest! Please contact Lindsay Jones or Meredith Sorrell with any questions and thank you for your support.


Link to PTA Invest in Your Child Webpage: http://eastoverpta.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/Invest

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Being Dr. Nichols (SOAR Winners--Principal for an Hour)

There are a total of 8 students who SOARed and read the most hours in their grade level and have earned time with Dr. Nichols and taking over as Principal!!! Congratulations to these winners!!! More pictures will come out next week with additional winners!

Important Dates:

-Sept. 1-Oct. 2--MAP Testing (Grades K-1 (Math Only) & Grades 2-5 (Math and Reading)

-Sept. 8-30--Reading 3D Assessment (Grades K-3 Only)

-Sept. 23--Teacher Workday (no school for students)

-Sept. 24--Curriculum Night/General PTA Meeting, 5-6:30pm

-Sept. 25--Progress Reports--Sent Home

-Oct. 7--Early Dismissal for Students at 12:15pm

-Oct. 22--End of 1st 9 wks. grading period

-Oct. 23--Teacher Workday (no school for students)

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

Progress Reports--Coming Home Friday, September 25th!!

Hard to believe that we are almost 4 ½ weeks into instruction!!! All grade levels (K-5) will be receiving a progress report on Friday, September 25th.

Eastover ES Curriculum Night and General PTA Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 5-6:30pm

500 Cherokee Road

Charlotte, NC

-Curriculum Night-September 24th from 5-6:30pm (beginning at 5pm with PTA General Meeting in School Auditorium)

-Schedule:

5:00-5:30pm-General PTA Meeting (Auditorium)

5:35-5:50pm-1st classroom rotation

5:55-6:10pm-2nd classroom rotation

6:15-6:30pm-3rd (final) classroom rotation

6:30pm-End of Curriculum Night

-Each grade level teacher/team will present materials to their parents

-All Specials teachers will be in the Media Center to meet parents and discuss their curriculum areas.

The Media Center Needs YOU!!

Over the next month, we will be conducting an inventory of all the books in our media center. We need volunteers who are willing to scan books for us. Mrs. O’Neal will show you how to use our new wireless scanner. So Cool! The inventory will be conducted between September 17 and October 30. Email: d.oneal@cms.k12.nc.us if you have time to help. Thank you!

Early Release Day (Students Only) Wed. Oct. 7th-12:15pm--Important Parent Information

On Oct 7, we will dismiss at 12:15pm. This is necessary so that our teachers can participate in professional development workshops.


Our school will open at our normal start time of 8:15am and lunch will be provided. Our buses will complete the end-of-day routes and parents/guardians will be able to pick up students who are car riders. We ask that you be in the car rider line no later than 12:15pm. We also ask that you notify day-care providers or other appropriate parties of the early dismissal.


If your student is currently enrolled in an After School Enrichment Program there is no need to take action. If you need after school assistance for Oct 7, please contact the ASEP site coordinator at 980-343-5505 or the ASEP department at 980-343-5567 two weeks prior to Oct 7 to make payment arrangements. This assistance will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.


Again the early release time will allow our teachers to take part in workshops that will help strengthen their knowledge and skills. This professional development will go a long way toward bringing additional value to your student’s learning experience during this school year.


If you have questions, please contact us at 980-343-5505.

Parent Survey (Feedback Requested)

CMS is in the process of re-accreditation this school year through AdvanceED. Part of this process is obtaining parent feedback. Please click the link below to complete a quick parent feedback survey, thank you!!!

http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/6245670


AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2011. For more information, please check out their website: http://www.advanc-ed.org/

Reading 3D (K-3 Literacy/Aligned to NC Read to Achieve (RtA) Guidelines)

Reading 3D assessments begin September 8th and continue through September 30th. Please click the link below to learn more about Reading 3D:

http://www.amplify.com/assessment/mclass-reading-3d

Are you a CMS Registered Volunteer?

If you are an Eastover volunteer, or simply coming for lunch with your child, you need to be a Registered CMS Volunteer. Click below to get registered. If you've already registered in a previous year, simply login and confirm your information.

https://www.cmsvolunteers.com

Grade Level News:

Kindergarten:

-Literacy Theme: All About Me-Phonological Awareness, Letter Name and Sounds (e, h, -ot, --op), and continuing the launching of Read to Self (Daily 5), and demonstrating Read-to-Self

-Math Unit: The Counting Jar- Develop strategies for accurately counting a set of objects by 1s to 20 (continuing this week)

-Science Unit: Autumn and Seasons-students discuss fall changes and compare season similarities and differences.

-Social Studies Unit: Family, Friends, and Me--and School Rules-Similarities/Differences between families (continuing this week).

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop - We Are All Writers, Genre: Narrative and informative (continuing this week)

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


1st grade:

-Literacy: Launching Reader's Workshop--Set goals as a reader, Good reading habits, Building reading stamina, Expectations of reader’s workshop time (continues this week)

-Math: How many of each? Counting objects up to 30 and 30 to 1 (continues this week)

-Science: Inquiry Skills- Introduction of force, motion, and gravity.

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop--Small Moments (Narrative writing), working on punctuation and grammar (continues this week).

-Health-Taught via School Counselor (Second Step Curriculum)


2nd grade:

-Literacy: Launching Reader's Workshop-Readers will be able to understand words that they do not know by studying common prefixes and understanding their meanings, students will find the meaning of a new word by using the glossary in a dictionary, students will learn to talk productively with their partner when retelling a story, and students will practice other ways to share information with their partners by acting out or reading aloud their text.

-Math: Addition and Subtraction strategies--Students will be able to use known combinations to compose, decompose, and combine numbers, students will be able to make predictions about data, and students will practice collecting, counting, discussing, interpreting, and comparing data.

-Science: Changes in Matter--Students will be able to identify changes in the three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases and students will be able to understand how each time of matter changes.

-Writing: Opinion Writing--Students will be taking a piece of opinion writing through the writing process. Students will be given a picture and have to answer the who, what, where, when, and why of the picture by writing their own opinion story.

-Health: Completed with School Counselor


3rd grade:

-Literacy: Literacy Theme-Following Characters Into Reading-Readers understand their characters by becoming them, readers understand the characters better by seeing the world through their eyes, and readers understand how characters feel and think by making text to self connections.

-Math: Place Value-Students will use their knowledge of place value to find pairs of 2-digit numbers that add to 100 or a number close to 100. Using known pairs of 2-digit numbers that add to 100 to find related pairs that add to 100 or a number close to 100.

-Science: Students will compare the different functions of the skeletal and muscular system.

-Soc. Studies: Continuing with geography unit. Understanding landforms, what they look like and common characteristics (continues this week).

-Writing: Opinion Writing and the Writing Process- Students will complete final opinion pieces this week as they move their drafts through the writing process including revision, editing, and publishing a final copy.


4th grade:

Literacy: Determine the theme of a story (continuation of lesson)--Students will be given a choice board that has nine different activities. A number of different choices vary per skills group. The choice board incorporates vocabulary, sentence structure, summary, problem, solution and text to real world connection

Math: Area- Students will review area in order to prepare for the area unit test on Tuesday.

Beginning Thursday, students will explore how to decompose 2-digit multiplication equations and story problems to solve for the product.

Science: Magnets and Electricity-Students will learn to explain how magnets interact with all things made of iron and with other magnets to produce motion without touching them.

Soc. Studies: Students will continue to study North Carolina’s region and take notes based off of given questions (Landmarks, Famous People, Culture, Climate)

Writing: Students will continue to write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences- Students will creating a story board with a partner where one is the Villain and one is the Hero. Students will demonstrate their understanding of a physical characteristic vs. a character trait in this writing piece.

Health: Empathy-Students will be able to identify passive, aggressive, and assertive responses.


5th grade:

Literacy: “Just Right” book training in workshop, working on summarizing the text, and determining the main idea

Math: Division--Steps of long division and different strategies-(Long, Ladder, Multiplication,

Word Problems) and Real World Application Class exploration

Science: Force and Motion-Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion, Speed/Acceleration (continues this week)

Soc. Studies: Native Americans vs. Explorers Unit: Age of Exploration, Intro to Exploration (Why and when), and Relationships between Explorers, Monarchs, and Natives

Writing: Writer’s Workshop- Share Chair for “Burst of Joy” writing prompt, Reviewing Nouns (from MW), and Jumping into Narrative Writing elements.


Specials:

Art-Mr. Clifford is in need of magazines this week--please drop off in box at front office

Media-K-2-Introduction to library, 3-5-Introduction to online catalog/use of Chromebooks

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

PE-Fitness Testing (Sept.)--please wear tennis shoes on PE days

Tech-Keyboard Skills/Lessons (K-3), Tech-based projects (Grades 4-5)