Eaton Parent Newsletter

July 8th, 2022

Dear Eaton Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer break! We are excited for the start of the 2022-2023 school year, and are looking forward to seeing our Eaton Olympians and their families on Monday, July 11th, for Meet the Teacher Open House. To alleviate crowding, we recommend that families whose last names begin A-L arrive closer to 4:00 pm, and those whose last names begin M-Z arrive closer to 5:00 pm. Kindergarten will host a parent information session beginning at 4:00 pm in classrooms.

The First Day of School is July 13th. Staggered enrollment for Kindergarten is July 13th, 14th and 15th.

2022-2023 Grade Level Supply Lists

Click on each link to see the supply list for your child's grade level.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Child Nutrition Update

Free and Reduced meal applications for the school year 2022/2023 will be available beginning July 1. The waivers that USDA granted for all students to eat at no cost will expire on June 30, 2022. Students that do not attend CEP (community eligibility schools) will need to complete a free & reduced application to obtain eligibility status for the 2022-2023 school year. Students who attend Eaton Elementary will need to complete the free & reduced application to obtain eligibility status for the 2022-2023 school year.

Applications may be completed online at English F/R Application or Spanish F/R Application beginning July 1. Application access links are also posted on the Child Nutrition social media pages and website. Please let us know if you nee assistance obtaining an application. I

Meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year are as follows:

Breakfast - Paid non-CEP student - $2.00, NC will cover cost of reduced breakfasts

Lunch - Paid non-CEP student - $3.50 at Elementary & Middle schools, $3.75 at High Schools; Reduced non-CEP students - $0.40 all grade levels

Families can use this website to load funds onto prepay accounts:

If you have questions please contact Child Nutrition at 910-254-4299

YMCA After-School

The YMCA will have their after-school program on our campus again next year. The program starts July 13th, 2022 and ends June 9th, 2023. Please see the YMCA Back To School Guide (PDF attachment below) if you are interested in the program.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Morning drop-off and afternoon pick up is located in the front of the school at the Gordon Road light. Please follow the flow of traffic, which lines up in front of the school and circles through the gravel lot.


The bell with ring at 7:20am. Once staff members are in place to safely monitor students, students will be invited to begin exiting cars. Please be sure that your child is ready with their backpack when they reach the sidewalk drop-off area.

The tardy bell rings at 7:45am. Students must be in their classrooms by this time to be considered on time. If students are not in their classroom when the tardy bell rings, they will need a tardy slip from the front office to enter their classroom.

Please be mindful of the time you arrive, especially if your child is eating breakfast in the cafeteria.

If you arrive after the tardy bell there will not be staff members outside. You must park and walk your child into the building to sign them in at the front desk.


If you walk your child to the side door, located off Ogden Park Road, please ensure the following:

  • Park on the grass behind the school parking lot on Ogden Park Road. Cars are not permitted to park across the street, as this is a major safety concern.
  • Parents/Guardians must walk their child through the grass (NOT through the parking lot) to the covered area leading into the school. Children must always walk with an adult.


All families are given two signs with their last name and assigned number. Please have your sign displayed on the right side of your front window/dashboard. Leave the sign visible until after your children have entered the car.

Only vehicles that have your sign will be allowed to pick up your child or children without going to the office to show identification. Please be mindful that if you give someone your sign, you are giving them permission to pick up your child.

If you need sign replacements please contact Ms. Harrison at the front desk.

Please remember to remain in your car when you are picking up your student in the afternoon. If your student needs support opening the door we are happy to help.

We encourage parents to teach students to learn to buckle their safety belts. However, if your child is not yet able to do this, please pull up past the mailbox and/or park in a spot to assist your child. This helps to keep our carpool line moving smoothly.

We do not allow parents to park at the side of the building and walk up with a sign to pick up children. You must use the pick up line. The only exception will be for families who walk from their home to pick up children and/or circumstances approved by administration.

Thank you for your help to ensure safety during our arrival and dismissal times.

All transportation changes (different than how your child normally goes home) must be submitted in writing.

If you need to pick up your child early from school, you must do so by 1:45pm. Please know that you will need your drivers license to sign your child out of school.

Volunteering Opportunities at Eaton

We love our volunteers at Eaton Elementary! Volunteers are needed to assist teachers with clerical work, read with students, work with small groups or one-on-one, assist in the media center, assist in the cafeteria on ice cream day, help out with Fall Festival, Field Day, and more! We also encourage our families to join our active PTA, where there are many opportunities to be involved in our school community.

Volunteer applicants may either be designated a Level I or Level II Volunteer depending on the type of services the volunteer provides and the amount of school based supervision the volunteer works under. All volunteers are required to participate in the Volunteer Orientation Training by the school site volunteer coordinator annually, as well as complete the Volunteer Application Form. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Please see the link to the NHCS Volunteer Handbook:

Level I

Parents, family, or community members volunteering to assist students in a supervised setting are not required to undergo a background check if they are continually supervised by school personnel during the school day.

Level II

Parents, family, or community members volunteering to assist students in an unsupervised setting away from school personnel are deemed Level II Volunteers. We also ask that all chaperones become Level II volunteers, as well as those interested in assisting in our media center and cafeteria at Eaton Elementary. An applicant designated a Level II Volunteer must complete the online application and the criminal background check. Applications must be completed at least two weeks prior to the time you wish to begin volunteering.

Our volunteer coordinator at Eaton is our assistant principal, Mrs. Allen. She will hold Volunteer Orientation Training. This year we will hold training both in-person and virtually on Zoom. We are working on scheduling the dates and times for training and will share them soon. Volunteers are required to attend training annually. If you attended training last year with Mrs. Allen, there is an option to attend a self-paced training online and submit a quiz.

You can access the Volunteer Application Form using the link below. You may complete the form online, save it, and email it to Mrs. Allen at, or you may print it, complete it, and turn it into the front office.

For those interested in becoming a Level II volunteer, you can begin the process of completing the background check using this link:

Updates from the PTA

Please save the date for our first PTA meeting of the 2022-2023 school year, July 19th. We will meet in the cafeteria at 9:00, and also at Slice of Life in Porters Neck at 6:30.

Please consider joining the PTA:

Eaton's PTA Website:

Important Upcoming Dates

July 11th Meet the Teacher Open House Night, 4:00pm-6:00pm

July 13th 1st Day of School

July 13th, 14th & 15th Staggered Start for Kindergarten

July 19th PTA Meeting @ Eaton, 9:00am; @ Slice of Life PN, 6:30pm

Previous Newsletters

Our School's Why:

School Mission:

To promote academic excellence through inclusion, modeling, collaboration and challenging students to think in innovative ways.

School Vision:

We are creating a nurturing school community that prepares the whole child to be a problem solver, critical thinker, and empathetic global citizen.

Core Values:

Empowerment, Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Academic Excellence