Hurricane Forecast December 2021

Castle Hayne Elementary School Family Newsletter

Dates to Remember~

Thursday, December 2nd - Starts the "Twas' the 12 Days Before Winter Break 2021"

Tuesday, December 7th - Brainard/ Duerr Field Trip to Fort Fisher

Monday, December 13th - Friday, December 17th - Book Fair

Tuesday, December 14th - 5:00 - 7:00 pm "Baby, it's Cold Outside so Come Inside!" Pre-Register

Monday, December 20th - Wednesday, January 5th - Winter Break - No School

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Staff Celebration

We would like to introduce you to our new Data Manager. Kelly Carr, who currently works at CHES has been promoted to Data Manager. Mrs. Carr served in the United States Army and fought in Desert Storm. She was the Branch Manager for Interim/Spherion Personnel for 8 years. She left the corporate world behind to raise her 3 daughters. Mrs. Carr has been a part of the Castle Hayne family for 10 years. She volunteered her time for 6 years as a classroom parent, library helper, parent volunteer coordinator, PTA Vice President and the PTA President. She joined our staff in 2016, as a Teacher Assistant with a goal of helping as many students as possible. Last year she took on the role of Social Emotional Learning Support Specialist. She has built many relationships with the students in our building. We are excited for Mrs. Carr to serve the school in this new role and thrilled to have her join the office team.

Baby, It's Cold Outside... So Come Inside

We are holding Baby, It's Cold Outside once again. This year we are expanding on last year's theme to bring you another fun filled, family event. We are excited to host this event inside our school. Therefore, we will be limiting the number of people who can come into the building. Time slots begin at 5:00 and continue every 15 minutes until 6:30. All parents will be required to register for free tickets through this link: Baby, It's Cold Outside Tickets Please make sure to get a ticket for each member of your family who will be in attendance.

We are so excited to see you.

Thank you to our "Baby, it's Cold Outside so Come Inside" Sponsors

Unique Custom Closets

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State Farm Insurance Agent Rob Rens

Kindness Week

Thank you to our AMAZING parents that donated to our Sweet and Salty treat cart! The staff was incredibly thankful for your KIND gesture!
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Thank you Assistance League of Greater Wilmington

CHES Library Media Center Awarded Grant

Our library media center was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington. The goal of this collection development project is to add as many books as possible to some of the popular series that are currently in our school’s library. Most of these series have published new titles over the past few years and what better way to encourage reluctant readers than to provide them with the newest adventures of their favorite characters. We also have a few series that are missing one or more of the first few book(s) in the series. It’s hard (understandably so) to convince students to read a great series when book number one, two, or three is missing, even if it’s not a series that needs to be read in chronological order. Our main objective is to purchase series titles and graphic novels that have been frequently requested by our 3rd-5th grade students. Many of these students are already hooked on a particular series and are anxiously awaiting the newest titles in those series, so we would like to fill in those gaps. Interest in graphic novels is growing rapidly and our graphic novel collection is rather small, so this grant will give our little collection a facelift.

Grade Level Happenings


We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and enjoyed their time with family and friends! Welcome back. We finished up our ball study in pre-k and have started our pet study! It has been so fun learning about the pets you have at home! The children have enjoyed sharing pictures and telling us specific things about their pets! We will continue our investigation about pets over the next weeks. Each day, ask your child what they have learned! I enjoyed having parent conferences with everyone. I hope you were able to celebrate with your child and reward them for all of their hard work! We enjoyed having some of the older students visit our class during kindness week. Each child got to make a thank you card for someone they love! Mark the calendar for December 14th 5-7 p.m. We are having a school event, Baby It's Cold Outside, and we would love to see you there!


Kindergarten has been in full swing this Fall. In Fundations we have been finishing up learning the lowercase letters of the alphabet, learning about FUNctional writing in Writer’s Workshop, and completed our unit on flat and solid shapes in Math. Continue reviewing letter names and sounds daily with your child to support their learning in Fundations. Go on a “FUNctional Writing Scavenger Hunt” at home and search for: lists, letters (friendly/ persuasive), postcards, advertisements, recipes, etc. Find flat (2D) and solid (3D) shapes around your house and compare the number of sides, points, and faces together. We learned circle, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, sphere, cylinder, cube, and cone. We began our Culture Unit in Social Studies, and focused on the Day of Dead Celebration in Mexico and the Jamhuri Celebration in Kenya. We also explored the language, special foods, traditional clothing worn, symbols, and season for those celebrations. Ask your child to share interesting facts from Mexico and Kenya. Please continue to read with your child daily and work on the skills from the second nine weeks progress report. Don’t forget to pack a water bottle and extra masks in the backpack daily too.

The pictures show Mrs. Perry’s students presenting their writing with the class.

First Grade

In First Grade we have been learning about Character Traits in our Reading. We have looked at what a character says, acts, thinks and feels. We have compared characters from the same story and characters from different stories. In Writing students have been working on writing personal narratives. Several topics that we have talked about are someone special, a special place and an important tradition. In Math we finished up Module 1 and have just started Module 2. Students are learning to make a ten within word problems. When given two or three addend problems students are making a ten with two numbers or by breaking apart a number to make a ten. In Fundations we have learned about the bonus letters (ll, ff, ss and sometimes zz). Students have also learned about how (all) is a glued sound. In Social Studies students have been learning about the First Thanksgiving. We have learned about Wampanoag's and Pilgrims daily life, food they ate, clothes they wore, and games they played.

Second Grade

Second graders have been super busy this month. In reading we have enjoyed reading different versions of the same fairy tale and making comparisons. In addition we examined the elements of the fairy tales such as good characters versus evil characters and what lesson they may have learned. Finally we rated our favorite fairy tale characters and gave reasoning for our judgment.

In math we have continued to build on our skills in addition and subtraction and applying the strategies we have learned such as place value disks, base ten blocks, dots representing 100’s, 10’s, and 1’s, as well as the number line. We also have begun to expand our knowledge of addition using Marcy Cook tiles. The students have found the challenge exciting while working with a partner to solve the puzzle. The goal with Marcy Cook tiles is to use all of the 0-9 number tiles only one time. It takes some trial and error to configure it correctly.

Finally in writing we have been creative with our narrative selections. We have explained why we are thankful and given a personal example from our own life. Also we have disguised a turkey to escape being served for Thanksgiving and described why we disguised our turkey that way with supporting reasons.

Third Grade

3rd-grade students are working hard to create a personal narrative that has been inspired by the famous author, Patricia Polacco. We can't wait to celebrate our stories this month! We are also looking forward to exploring the important roles that people play in our government, especially when it comes to our local communities! We are so proud of how our multiplication fact fluency has improved as we continue to practice our math facts in the classroom in addition to practicing at home!

Airlie Field Trip

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade has really started digging deep by learning some hard topics this month.

In Reading we have been working through our Fiction Unit. We have been making inferences, determining main idea and details. discovering what the theme of the sotry might be, as werll as using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. For a little bit of fun, all student got to pick a Fiction book that we have read this year and create a balloon for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. They turned out GREAT!

In Math, students are learning a variety of strategies to solve multi-digit multiplication, long division problems, and multi-step word problems.

In Social Studies, we have just began learning about the 3 regions of North Carolina: The Coastal Plains, Piedmont, and Mountain Region. Students will learn about specific characteristic for each region, iconic locations, important people, and reason to travel or migrate from one region to the other.

Take a look at some pictures from our Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade!

Fifth Grade

In reading, 5th Grade is continuing with their Fiction Unit. Students have had the opportunity to examine several different mentor texts which cover all Literacy standards. We will continue through Quarter 2 with this and encourage all students to read at least 20 minutes each night.

In math, students have been learning how to multiply using the standard algorithm. Students have been multiplying multi digit whole numbers and decimals.

In science, we have started our Human Body Systems unit. Students have learned about Cells and Cell Structure, in addition to Inherited Traits and Genetics. Ms. McKowan's class enjoyed travelling to their first off campus field trip to Fort Fisher. Ms. Brainard and Ms. Duerr will be attending on Dec. 7.

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Winner, winner turkey dinner...."Among us Santa" won the challenge!

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Scholastic Book Fair

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair which will take place in our school’s library media center from December 13-17. This event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school’s library media center. After missing out on many beloved traditions last school year, our fall Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. Please make plans to visit our Scholastic Book Fair in person or online and be involved in shaping your student’s reading habits.

Book Fair Highlights Video: During library classes in November/December
Online Book Fair Sales: December 10th - 23rd
Classroom Previewing Visits: December 13th - 14th
Evening Family Event: December 14th from 5:00-7:00pm
Classroom Purchasing Visits: December 15th - 17th

On their regularly scheduled library week in November or December, students will watch a video highlighting several popular children’s book authors as well as a few of the books that will be available at the Book Fair. Then, during the week of Book Fair, each student will have an opportunity to visit the fair during his/her class’ weekly specials time – once at the beginning of the week to preview the fair and a second time at the end of the week to make their purchases. The Book Fair will also be open during our family event, Baby It’s Cold Outside, on December 14th. During this event, families will be able to shop for books and other gift ideas with their student(s).

If you’re not able to attend the fair in person, then you can always shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Our virtual fair will be open from December 10-23, and all online orders will also benefit our school’s library media center. Visit our Book Fair homepage to get started:

Mrs. Aust, School Counselor

What is SEL

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

We use SEL skills when we:

  • Resolve conflicts or disagreements

  • Form and strengthen relationships

  • Recognize and manage emotions

  • Empathize with others and support them

  • Collaborate in the workplace

  • Interact with people with different experiences, backgrounds, and opinions

Students at Castle Hayne Elementary are learning and practicing their SEL skills by participating in lessons from the Harmony SEL curriculum during their Guidance Special and during Morning Meeting with their classroom teachers.

Our Morning News Crew

Lost and Found

If your child is missing a piece of clothing, please make certain they take a peek in our Lost and Found box located in front of the Media Center. As the cold weather creeps in, our Lost and Found box gets a lot of action. This is a reminder to label all your child's outerwear to make identification a little easier.

Safety is our TOP Priority

In an effort to keep our Hurricanes in the building New Hanover County School's require all students to come to school with a mask that is worn properly over their nose and mouth. Hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout the building and handwashing breaks are encouraged throughout the school day.

Note from Nurse Nicole:

  • Reminder from the nurse. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them home. They will need a negative PCR Covid test or an alternative diagnosis to return to school. Please communicate with me during this time. Thank you!

    • Reported exposure to Covid
    • Reported diagnosis for Covid
    • Positive for symptoms of Covid :
    • Headache, especially with fever
    • Fever 100.4 or greater
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • Sore throat
    • New cough
    • Loss of taste or smell


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.

Transportation Changes

**All transportation changes must be made in writing. Should you need to change the way your child is getting home in the afternoon, please send a note to your child's teacher or email the teacher to let them know that there is a change for that day. Please call the front office so that we can make sure the teacher sees the email.

All transportation changes must be received by 1:00PM.

Hurricane Hunters

Our student recognition program, "Hurricane Hunters" started August 30th. Each day we will specifically focus on writing Hurricane Hunter slips for students who demonstrate a specific STORM skill. Our mission at Castle Hayne Elementary School is to work together to achieve success by applying our STORM skills!

Monday - Spreading Kindness

Tuesday - Taking Responsibility

Wednesday - Owning my Learning and Actions

Thursday - Respecting Everyone

Friday - Maintaining Safety

Volunteering at Castle Hayne

We are looking for volunteers for the car rider line in the morning and in the afternoon, during breakfast in cafeteria and in the media center throughout the day. If you are interested in volunteering at our school, please contact Danielle Metty, Family Liaison to receive the volunteer training. All volunteers are required to obtain volunteer training by the school site volunteer coordinator annually.

If you are interested in volunteering or chaperoning a field trip at Castle Hayne, please contact Danielle Metty at

Parent Teacher Association

The "Hurricane Forecast" is a monthly digital newsletter that contains information regarding all things happening at Castle Hayne Elementary School. We hope you find this communication helpful!

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, Family Liaison