Elm Street Elementary

Progress Report Newsletter, November 2017

can-a-thon House Challenge drawing to close

Elm Street Can-a-thon House Challenge is drawing to a close. There have been several leader changes on the Can-a-thon House Challenge Board. One day remains for collection. Can't wait to see which house will top the board on the final day! Most of all, proud to see that we have so many willing to give to help the needs of others!
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Is Your Affidavit Done?

Is your affidavit of residency all taken care of?

Help us be 100% by Thanksgiving!

Just one day to go!

Thank you for supporting Grandparents Week and Book Fair!

Thank you, Elm Street Families, for joining in the fun and supporting Grandparents Week and Book Fair last week. We welcomed approximately 275 visitors last week to have lunch with students. Many guests also visited the book fair during their time together. It is always a joy to see our families spending special time together!

Mark Your Calendars!

'Tis the season to be jolly!

There are many events to mark on your calendars during the weeks ahead, including a few date and time changes.

November 17 - Jump Rope for Heart Event at Elm (gym, during specials)

November 20-24 - Thanksgiving Holidays (No School)

November 28 - Student Advocacy Lunches

December 7 - Kindergarten Program at 6:00 PM

December 13-15 - Reading Caves (please let your child's teacher or Ms. Ewing know if you're able to volunteer during the days before to create a cave)

December 14 - Chorus Concert at 6:30 PM TIME CHANGE!

December 15 - Family Caroling Night at 5:00 PM


Lip Sync 2018 will be March 16 (Dress Rehearsal March 15)

Date change from original Family Engagement and Student Activity calendar

Details about Lip Sync will come home after the Thanksgiving holiday break.

Elm Street Interactive Pledge Drive Going On Now!

Elm Street PTO is leading an ambitious campaign to help outfit our school with cutting-edge technology as our older technology begins to fail. Hopefully, you have heard about the Interactive Panel Pledge Drive going on now.

This week we have recognized 29 students whose families have already given in support of the interactive panel pledge. Students heard their names on the intercom and received an ice cream pass to recognize their family's gift. Any student who makes a donation by Friday will receive a special Thanksgiving treat as well.

We would also like to make a Special Shout Out to a few large donors who have already given in support of our drive.

Shout Out and Special Thanks to:

Bobby and Pam Lee, Silver Level Donor

Randa The Realtor, Silver Level Donor

Diane and Ken Parker Allstate, Platinum Level Donor

Every gift, large or small, makes a difference!

Need More Details?

Donor levels and additional information can be found here:

http://cowetaschools.org/eses/images/2017-2018/FinalSponsorLetter_2017.pdf Overview of Campaign

http://cowetaschools.org/eses/images/2017-2018/FinalElmStreetSmartBoard_Levels-1.pdf Pledge Form for Donation

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=2YlPo_6GfTK13SAC5TFa--QKz2HnvySqRxpn2ZYvOnemllJdXMloJxqZxrqcAp7uxuGlVG&country.x=US&locale.x=US Paypal Link for Online Donation

Thank you for considering support of this important endeavor! Our school's legacy of success is tied to the ongoing generous support of our Elm Street community. Thank you to everyone who has given a gift of any size. It makes a difference.

Student Explains Area Model of Multiplication


Student explains metacognition


First Graders Model Think Aloud Strategy

Think aloud student model first

Family Enrichment: Growth Mindset

Thank you to Mrs. Springfield, 2nd Grade Teacher, for leading parents in learning more about Growth Mindset during our November Parent Enrichment Monday. We appreciate you sharing your time and knowledge.

Students with a growth mindset believe that skills, strengths, and abilities are built by hard work and practice. Students with a growth mindset believe their skills can change and grow over time. (By contrast, students with a fixed mindset believe are more likely to believe that they have never been good at something and never will be.)

With a growth mindset, students believe that when something is hard it makes them smarter, they learn to crave challenges, and keep trying when they are frustrated. To help your child develop a growth mindset, reframe failure as a starting point for continued growth rather than an end, set goals and chart growth, and encourage children to think about their own thinking (metacognition). It is important for students to learn how to reflect during both failure and success.

If you're new to Growth Mindset, here are some resources to learn more:




Lost and Found is filling up fast

Cooler temperatures are upon us and many students are back in the routine of bringing jackets, sweaters, or coats to school. We know it is important that your child's belongings make it to and from school each day; we will work hard to do the same. Please help us by reminding your child to bring his or her jacket home each day. Be sure to check lost and found (near Mrs. Pope's office) if an item does not make it home. You may also want to write your child's initials or the family's last name on the tag to help it stay out of the lost and found!

Scientists conduct experiments and refine their work

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Custodial Appreciation Day!

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Spirit Nights Next Semester - Mark your calendars!

Spirit Nights Coming Up Next Semester:

Thursday, January 18 - Skyzone

Tuesday, March 6 - Partner's Pizza

Monday, April 9 - Skyzone

Special thanks to Sprayberry's BBQ, Partner's Pizza, and Rednexican for hosting our school earlier this year.

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.

Pajama Storytime tonight at 6:00 PM

Tonight is Pajama Storytime in the Media Center for Kindergarten and First Grade Families. Put on your pajamas and come to the Media Center this evening at 6:00 for some storytime fun together.

Fall Festival Was A Big Success

Fall Festival was a huge success on October 27!

Thank you to ALL of our Fall Festival volunteers. We could not have had these special memories and moments without willing parents, teachers, and other volunteers. Loved seeing so many former eagles here to share their time and help to make a special night for our students and families, too! So grateful to our PTO Fall Festival Coordinator, Lori Drake, for leading our school to such a special night.

Enjoyed seeing families come together for a night of festive fun together. Thank you for being here to join in the fun!

Jump Rope for Heart event Friday, November 17

Elm Street students will participate in Jump Rope for Heart tomorrow during specials. Can't wait to see everyone jumping together! Students have been practicing their jump rope stamina, strengthening their heart through cardiovascular fitness. Funds raised through Jump Rope for Heart benefit the American Heart Association. We are proud to continue to partner with such an important leader in promoting heart health. Can't wait to see those jump ropes swing into action tomorrow!

Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need)

November Trait, part of our Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need)

Loyalty - being true to your friends, family, and school

Teachers and staff are on the lookout for Eagles displaying loyalty!

We will celebrate our Eagles of the Month for Initiative with our ESN Watch Party for students and parents on Friday, November 17 at 7:45 a.m. (ESN filming will take place on Thursday, November 16 at 7:35 a.m. for those students.) Looking forward to the time together! Let's see your loyalty!

December Trait, part of our Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need)

Compassion - Caring enough to do something about someone else's need

Love seeing your compassion during this month and always!

Advocacy Lunches Tuesday, November 28

Just a reminder that we updated our approach to Elm Street Student Advocacy this year with our monthly meetings taking place during a school-wide sack lunch session. Our next event is Tuesday, November 28. If you are planning a student lunch visit with your child later this month, choose a day other than this one as all students will have lunch with their advocate on this day.

Congratulations, Ms. Bass!

Congratulations, Mrs. Bass, winner of Bright Ideas Grant for science inquiry materials!

It was wonderful being able to sneak in and surprise Mrs. Bass. All the students she serves through Reach and E2 (Exploration Expo) will reap the benefits of her win!

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Never miss an important reminder from school! Sign up for Remind!

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 294 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!

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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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