Elm Street Elementary
Progress Report Newsletter, September 2018
Learning matters! ~Dr. Hildebrand
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.
First House Challenge: Coin Drive for Ferst Foundation for Literacy
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
Welcome to our House!
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
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.
Elm Street Spirit Nights
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
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.
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
by Jacqueline Woodson
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
by Tanya Lee Stone
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Click the Video below to see and hear NHS Athlete, Pichon Wimbley, read a children's book.
Important items from the month of August
Elm Street Title I Compacts
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
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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Elm Street K-Kids
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
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!