Eaton Parent Newsletter

August 12th, 2022

Dear Eaton Families,

We had another busy and fun week of learning at Eaton! Thank you for supporting our PTA Moe's Spirit Night by purchasing a Taco Box. Our PTA does many things to support our school, students and teachers. Your time and donations make this work possible. We encourage our families to join the PTA. Please click on the link to join the PTA https://eatonwilm.memberhub.com/store


Our school counselor, Mrs., McCoy, has accepted a position outside of the school system. While we are sad to see her go, we are happy for her next adventure. We wish her all the best and appreciate all she has done for our school. Her last day is September 2nd.


We encourage all families to complete a Free and Reduced meal application for the school year 2022/2023. Even if you think you will not qualify, please complete an application. A student's free and reduced lunch status is completely confidential to staff members. If you qualify for reduced lunch, it will be free. Click on these links to access the application: English F/R Application or Spanish F/R Application


Please save the date for our Book Fair, September 12th-16th. We will have our PTA Bingo/Book Fair Night on September 13th. This is always a fun time for our staff, students, and their families. We hope you can join us!


Next Friday, August 19th, is a Teacher Workday. There will be no school for students.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Please review our procedures to avoid any confusion. Procedures are in place to ensure safety of students.


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.


If your child needs assistance with their seatbelt, please pull over into the parking spots to the left and assist your child so that traffic can continue to flow.


Please make sure that children enter and exit from the passenger side of the vehicle.


MORNING ARRIVAL:

The bell will 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.


We encourage our families to use the parent drop off line in front of the school. Please do not walk up to the front door.


MORNING WALK-UP DROP OFF:

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.


AFTERNOON PICK-UP:

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. Emails with transportation changes are not permitted. Our teachers are busy working with students and may or may not have a chance to check emails prior to dismissal. Please send a note with your child, or come by the front desk with your transportation change.


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. We only allow individuals listed as emergency contacts in PowerSchool to check out students.

Volunteer 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. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.


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. The cost of background checks are $20.


All volunteers must complete the training orientation each school year, as well as complete and turn in a volunteer application form each school year. Volunteer application forms were sent home with students. They are also linked below. Level II volunteer background checks are good for three years. You can log into your account to check your expiration date, or contact Mrs. Allen. If you attended training last year with Mrs. Allen, there is an option to attend a self-paced training online and submit a quiz. Please contact Mrs. Allen for more information.


Please see the dates for Eaton Volunteer Orientation Training:


Community Partnerships & Engagement: All Hands On Deck Portal

https://www.nhcs.net/community/all-hands-on-deck#anchorapply


NHCS Volunteer Handbook:

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1634132383/nhcsk12ncus/ed4c6dvdop1jnbdvxq4d/VolunteerHandbook.pdf


Volunteer Application Form:

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1633532320/nhcsk12ncus/s5yvc0l2bes6nrqwpltg/VolunteerApplicationForm.pdf (You may complete the form online, save it, and email it to Mrs. Allen, or you may print it, complete it, and turn it into the front office)


Level II Volunteer Background Check: https://bib.com/secure-volunteer/NHC/home


Eaton Volunteer Coordinator: Mrs. Allen, Assistant Principal

crissie.allen@nhcs.net


Media Center Volunteer

The Eaton Media Center runs on an open checkout system so that students are able to come check out books from the library any time they need to. We are able to do this through the help of our wonderful volunteers. If you are interested in helping students in the library, we would love to have you! All library volunteers must be Level 2. Please complete the Google Form with your availability. You may contact the Media Specialist Ms. Mitchell at meredith.mitchell@nhcs.net if you have any questions. Thank you!

Library Volunteer Google Form

Ways to Unplug (and still have fun!)

We will feature ways for families to "unplug" and spend time together. Please see a few ideas for families to enjoy together.


Practice Yoga: Physical activity is important for kids of any age. Whether you are looking for a substitute for an after-school sport that is not currently running or trying to fill the role of “gym teacher,” yoga is a great way to keep kids active at home. There are several free YouTube channels dedicated to yoga for kids, as well as videos for purchase, that will allow kids to use their gross motor skills and calm their minds, no matter the weather outside


Do a Science Experiment: Science experiments may sound like they belong within the typical school day curriculum, but they can be quite entertaining. Highlight these basic science concepts in a way that feels like play. For example, do your kids ever ask how things are made? If so, help them make their own ice cream! With just a few kitchen staples like ice and salt, your kids can learn about freezing points while actively participating in the process to make a tasty treat. Plus, once they are done, they can enjoy their creation as an after-school snack. So many easy science experiments for kids can be quickly put together using materials you probably already have at home, and offer a fun way to keep kids busy while beginning to explore science all around us in everyday life.


Color a Poster: Coloring is a great way to use those fine motor skills. Instead of using a typical coloring book or print out, change things up and get a giant coloring poster! Kids can work on it individually or as part of a group effort, coloring a little bit at a time before or after the school day or over several days or weeks. Once the poster is complete, you can frame the work-of-art and display it in your child's bedroom or playroom.



Check out this special event, which will feature work from our very own 5th graders:


Kids State of the Art

Exhibition Opening & Free Community Day

Saturday, August 20, 10 am-5 pm at the Cameron Art Museum

Celebrate the opening of our first ever exhibition of all young artists! Free access to all CAM's exhibitions all day, as well as a variety of family-friendly activities and performances throughout the day. Participating young artists will have the option of wearing a ribbon to be acknowledged as artists.

Kids State of the Art exhibition will be open from Saturday, August 20th through Sunday, September 25th during regular CAM business hours. Fifth-grade Art Club members will have artwork on display.

Updates from the PTA

Save the date for our PTA Bingo & Book Fair Night, September 13th.


We would love for you to join us for our next PTA meeting, September 6th @ 9:00 in the cafeteria at Eaton and @ 6:30 at Slice of Life in Porters Neck.


Please consider joining the PTA:

https://eatonwilm.memberhub.com/store


Eaton's PTA Website:

https://www.eatonpta.com/

Lunch Menu

Monday, August 15th: Pasta w/ Meat Sauce, Ham & Cheese Bento Box

Tuesday, August 16th: Orange Chicken, Chicken Roll-Up Bento Box

Wednesday, August 17th: Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Turkey & Cheese Bento Box

Thursday, August 18th: Cheeseburger, Buffalo Chicken Bento Box

Friday, August 19th: Teacher Workday- No School for Students


https://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/webmenus2/#/view?id=62d5adf77057ec1f115bb904&siteCode=6319

Important Upcoming Dates

August 19th Teacher Workday

August 25th Volunteer Training Orientation, 8:00-8:30, Zoom https://nhcs.zoom.us/j/83275282719

September 2nd Volunteer Training Orientation, 8:00- 8:30, Zoom https://nhcs.zoom.us/j/81425187349

Previous Newsletters

August:

August 5th, 2022 https://www.smore.com/a84vc


July:

July 29th, 2022 https://www.smore.com/rzf34

July 22nd, 2022 https://www.smore.com/ue3yg

July 15th, 2022 https://www.smore.com/3grsp

July 8th, 2022 https://www.smore.com/cpm1e

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