Elm Street Elementary

Progress Report Newsletter, September 2018

Learning matters! ~Dr. Hildebrand

I hope you are already seeing and hearing your child as excited about learning as I am! Our students know that their learning matters. I love talking with students about their learning - it doesn't matter whether we are talking in the classroom, in the hallway, in the lunchroom, or in the carpool line.

Some of my favorite moments so far this year have been talking with students about books they are reading, hearing them explain why we line up decimals before adding and subtracting, listening to them defend their knowledge of place value, and seeing their excitement in understanding runoff of rainwater and the impact of pollutants.

Ask your children to talk with you about their learning. Hopefully, they can share what the learning targets (or learning intentions) were for their classes during the day as well as the success criteria that will let them know they mastered it.

Hope you'll follow us on Twitter to see snapshots of learning moments: @ElmStreetELM

Every Learner Matters!

Southeastern Fundraising Materials Due Friday, September 14.

Thank you to all of the Elm Street families who have supported our fundraising efforts with the annual Southeastern Fundraiser. Our PTO is working to continue updating classroom technology with new Interactive HD Panels in addition to supporting other activities of our school. Students have already been asking about the date of the hummer limo lunch! Sale of 18 items earns them a spot in the event for each student (for siblings to attend the limo lunch selling six additional items earns the spot). Thank you again, families, for your support. All fundraising materials are due on Friday, September 14.

First House Challenge: Coin Drive for Ferst Foundation for Literacy

The first House Challenge is drawing to a close...

So far, Akhom is leading the way in the coin collection for Ferst Foundation for Literacy House Challenge.

At midpoint count, Akhom led with $63.55 followed by Ekara $41.86, Uwohali $30.92, and Iolar $18.16.

At last check, Akhom continued to lead with $101.04, followed by Ekara and Uwohali almost tying with $52.50 and $51.93, and Iolar with $27.15.

This Friday (September 14) is the last day to give coins to the Ferst Foundation Literacy Coin Drive. We are all eager to see which house will claim this title on the House Challenge Leaderboard!

RSVP for September Stories Parade: Friday, Sept. 28

Elm Street Elementary parents and other special guests are invited to join us at school on Friday, September 28 for our 2018 September Stories Day Parade! This year our parade will feature books or authors that represent different countries or cultures around the world. If you plan to join us, please RSVP using this form by Thursday, September 21 to expedite check-in. Parade begins at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive between 8:45-8:50 to allow time for check-in and then find a spot on the parade route. RSVP sign-in will take place outside near the cafeteria. Anyone without an RSVP will need to patiently wait in line to sign in at the front office. Be sure you bring your ID. We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate books and authors from around the world.

Student Advocacy Lunches Continue

Our Elm Street Student Advocacy program remains strong in its fourth year. Once again this year, our monthly gatherings will taking place during a school-wide sack lunch session. This approach helps us best protect valuable instructional time while also preserving the important connections of our advocacy program. Remind texts will be sent alerting parents of advocacy lunch days since those are times we will not be able to welcome lunch visitors at school. Our first lunch session for this year was held on August 22. We ate lunch, enjoyed time together, had lively discussions about being responsible, and began the work for our annual house kickoff. Ask your child to tell you the name of his or her advocate. We look forward to gathering for our September Advocacy Lunches soon!

Welcome to our House!

Elm Street Advocacy groups are all part of "Houses" within Elm Street. If you are a returning Elm Street family (or a Harry Potter reader) you are probably already familiar with the idea of Houses. We think of them like families within a family. We are all Elm Street Eagles together, but we also all benefit from a strong sense of belonging and connection to our Houses.

Elm Street Houses are: Akhom (blue), Ekara (white), Iolar (yellow), Uwohali (black). All houses are translations of the word Eagle in the following languages: Ancient Egyptian, Maori, Irish, Cherokee. Houses are comprised of K-2 and 3-5 Advocacy Groups, giving each house students in all grade levels.

Eagles remain part of their house even when they roll up to the next advocacy group (from their K-2 advocate to their 3-5 advocate). On Friday, August 24, we held our first House Colors Day along with a school-wide assembly to reunite as Houses for the 2018-19 school year. Each Elm Street Eagle was also given a wristband for his or her house to wear with pride throughout the year.

Elm Street joins NHS Homecoming Parade once more

On Thursday, October 11, Elm Street will once again join in the Newnan High School Homecoming Parade. Although details for Elm Street's participation are still unfolding, we wanted everyone to be able to mark their calendars to join in the fun! The Newnan High theme this year is Newnan Traditions. School staff members will make decisions soon about dress up days for school spirit during that week, including plans for parade attire to go along with the theme. Returning families surely know that everyone is welcome to join in the parade. New families, please know that any and all Elm Street Eagles are welcome to walk with our school float in the parade (we actually walk behind the float for safety). Simply dress the part (details will be shared later this month), bring a parent/guardian and join in the fun!

Patriot Day Program was student-led success!

Student Council and Elm Street Chorus did an excellent job leading our school in a Patriot Day Program today. This program was held today, Tuesday, September 11. Our student leaders helped us all reflect on important elements of our unity as a country. Special thanks to all Elm Street student leaders and student audience members for a meaningful morning.

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Elm Street Spirit Nights

Elm Street PTO announces the following Spirit Nights for the 2018-2019 school year. Hope you will support the local businesses who are also supporting us!

August 16 - Newk's

August 20 - Sprayberry's

September 6 - Dairy Queen

September 13 - Partner's Pizza

September 24 - Chick-fil-a

October 18 - Sky Zone

October 25 - Dairy Queen

November 13 - Partner's Pizza

December 15 - Newk's

January 18 - Sky Zone

February 7 - Partner's Pizza

February 26 - Chick-fil-a

March 7 - Newk's

(A Skyzone date may take place in April, TBD)

May - Sprayberry's (official date TBD)

Please email elmstreetpto@gmail.com if you have a suggestion for future spirit nights or are a local business owner who would like to host an event for our school.

Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need)

Each month during the school year, Elm Street focuses on a specific character trait as part of our Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need).

August Trait

Responsibility - Being accountable for your actions; people can count on you to do what you are supposed to do; you do what you say you are going to do.

September Trait

Respect - Showing people they are important by what you say or do.

Each classroom is represented by an Eagle of the Month, a student who regularly displays the character trait for the month in his or her interactions with others. Eagles are featured on the morning news broadcast, ESN (Elm Street News) during a viewing celebration for students and parents held on the last Friday of the month.

September's Eagle of the Month filming will take place with students at 7:35 a.m. on Thursday, Sept 27 in the Media Center. Families of recognized students are invited to join us on Friday, Sept 28 at 7:45 a.m. for the Eagle of the Month ESN Watch Party! Students, we are on the lookout for your respectful ways!

What I'm Reading Now... Dr. Hildebrand's Current Reads

This year we are being more intentional about sharing the books we are reading. I am excited to share a few of the books I am reading right now or have read in recent days or weeks. If you have read one of these, I hope you will stop and talk with me about it. If you haven't read one of these yet, you might want to give it a try! I'm excited about them! I look forward to featuring more readers and their texts in future newsletters. Let's turn some pages... ~ Dr. Hildebrand

Click the Video below to see and hear NHS Athlete, Pichon Wimbley, read a children's book.

Important items from the month of August

Some important items were shared with students and parents during the month of August at Open House and through Eagle Folders. If you missed one of them, please see the attached links.

Elm Street Family Engagement and Student Activities Calendar

Elm Street Title I Compacts

Kindergarten..............Kindergarten, Spanish

1st Grade...................1st Grade, Spanish

2nd Grade..................2nd Grade, Spanish

3rd Grade...................3rd Grade, Spanish

4th Grade...................4th grade, Spanish

5th Grade...................5th grade, Spanish

Elm Street Parent Involvement Plan (click here to view Spanish version)

Hopefully, we have already received your signed Title I Compact. If not, please take a moment to sign the detachable part of the brochure and send it back to school. Thank you!

Lots of additional information about the Elm Street Title I program is available on our school website on the Title I tab. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hildebrand if you have any questions about Elm Street's Title I program.

Elm Street Clubs and Groups

Elm Street has many ways for students to be involved in extracurricular activities. It is all part of our commitment to learning by building relationships and making relevant connections to life.

All of the following events are already underway or beginning during the month of September:

Chorus (Tuesday afternoons)

Running Clubs (3-5 on Monday afternoons, K-2 on Tuesday afternoons)

Start on Track (mornings)

Yoga Club (Tuesday and Friday mornings at 7:15)

K-Kids (Monday afternoons once monthly)

Green Team and Garden Club (Thursday afternoons)

American Girls Club (Tuesday afternoons)

Exploration Expo or E Squared (mornings)

Academic Team (tryouts required)

Cougar Connections with NHS (Friday mornings, 5th grade).

There are fee-based groups as well provided by outside providers for the Elm Street community: Art Club (Tuesday, Wednesday afternoons) and Connect Sports (Wednesday, Thursday afternoons - Thursday class is forming now).

Students are also involved in various service opportunities as peer tutors, safety patrols, and more. Other clubs and groups such as Science Olympiad, Chess and Strategy Games Club, and more will kick off later in the school year. There is certainly no shortage of action at school! Additional information appears in the Elm Street Student Handbook. Or you may contact the front office if you'd like more information about any club or group.

Progress Reports - Celebrate and Set Goals

Progress Reports issued Tuesday, September 11. Be sure you check your child's progress report. We encourage you to celebrate your child's growth and achievement. This is also a natural time to set goals for continued growth and improvement.

Did you know there are materials in our Parent Resource Center to help you support your child's development of key reading or math skills? The center is located in the foyer by Mrs. Pope's office and materials are free for any parents or students to take home to borrow.

We are your partners in learning. Please call us to conference anytime you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress. Every learner matters!

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Want to receive the informational text reminders from Elm Street about school events? Be sure you have signed up for our Elm Street Eagles Remind group (formerly Remind 101). If you are one of the 396 current subscribers, thanks for taking action to stay well-informed of school activities and updates. To subscribe, send a text to 81010 with the message @elmstr - it's that easy!

Elm Street K-Kids

Elm Street's K-Kids is back in action this year. The group, sponsored in part by Kiwanis Club of Coweta County, is a student-led elementary service organization. K-Kids members learn leadership skills and participate in acts of service to the school and community.

The objectives of K-Kids are:

  • To provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community.

  • To develop leadership potential.

  • To foster development of strong moral character.

  • To encourage loyalty to school, community and nation.

Officer elections were held during the first meeting this week.

Student officers are pictured in the photo below.

K-Kids Officers 2018-2019

President: Macie Lynn Bohannon

Vice President: Calum Ewing

Secretary: Kaden Watley

Treasurer: Lucy O’Rourke

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Not on twitter yet? You're missing out!

Elm Street has a few great twitter feeds to follow:

@ElmStreetELM - school twitter feed

@ElmStMedia - media center twitter feed

@ElmSt5th - fifth grade twitter feed

The QR code to the right will take you to @ElmStreetELM so you can keep up with our school tweets!

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