From the Desk of Dr. Nichols

Eastover Elementary School Updates-Weeks of Nov. 30 & Dec. 7

Desk of Dr. Nichols--Will now be twice a month!

Beginning the month of December, my newsletter will come out on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. If you have questions throughout the month on your child's classroom instruction and/or events, please contact his/her teacher, thanks!

Dr. Nichols :)

Please help support our Bearded Dragons!

We are currently raising money for new cages for Fat Girl and Stoner (they are located in the Auditorium). The 2 year old dragons were brought to the school as babies. They have grown tremendously and Stoner and Razor no longer fit into their tanks. Thanks to an Eagle Scout, Razor has a beautiful, 15 foot enclosure. We are requesting funding to buy larger tanks for Fat Girl and Stoner. These larger tanks will fit their needs throughout their life spans with us at Eastover. We are also requesting funding for miscellaneous items such as bulbs and tank furniture.

If you would like to help, please click the link below, thank you!!!

Cooler Weather/School Uniform Reminder-

Please don’t forget with the cooler weather—students need to be in uniform with their navy blue or white jackets/sweaters during instructional time in the classroom (8:15am-3:15pm).

Important Dates:

-Nov. 30-Dec. 4th-PTA Coat Drive (Eastover & Merry Oaks)

-Dec. 3-4--Progress Reports Sent Home (2nd 9 week grading period)

-December 1-18- MAP Winter Testing Window

-Dec. 21 - Jan. 1-Holiday Break, No School

Student Recess--Parent Reminder

Dear Parents,

We need your help! Grade level teachers have asked that I remind parents to refrain from stopping by the playgrounds during recess time (during school hours). If you are coming to school to check out your child, please report to the main office for student dismissal. Thank you!!!

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Student Council News

The student council will be accepting toiletry donations for The Urban Ministries from December 7th thru the 15th. The grades will be pairing to collect the following:

-Grades K and 3 are collecting any dental supplies

-Grades 1 and 4 are collecting any soaps or lotions

-Grades 2 and 5 are collecting any deodorants or powders

Boxes will be on display across from the computer lab and all students can add a dash of red or green to their uniforms on December 18th to celebrate a season of giving.

School Safety Reminders

-Doors are locked all day (buzz-in entry only)—please press button to right of main entrance for assistance

-Checking out students---please try to check out students by 2:45pm each day. This helps ensure that our dismissal processes flow smoothly and ALL students are accounted for and arrive home safely!!

-Photo ID--Remember to bring your photo ID (school visits/student check-ins and check-outs)

-PM Transportation Changes-Please provide your child’s teacher with a written note for any afternoon transportation changes

-Reminders about lunchtime visits:

-please remember to only have lunch with your student/child

-once lunch is over, please say your goodbyes in the cafeteria in order for the class to leave the cafeteria on time in order to start instruction back up quickly in his/her classroom

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Grade Level News (Weeks of 11/30 & 12/7)


-Literacy Theme: Wants and Needs- Letter Name and Sounds (high frequency words-big, not, this), and continuing the full launch of Daily 5.

-Math Unit: What Comes Next?- Develop strategies for finding objects that share one attribute and using attributes to sort a group of objects, looking at patterns.

-Science Unit: Wants and Needs-Students will learn to make responsible choices when determining between wants and needs.

-Social Studies: NA

-Writing: Launching Writer's Workshop- We Are All Writers, Writers write about what they know, Mentor texts, Correct formation of upper and lower case letters, and Sentence structure (continues this week).

-Health: Second Step Curriculum (taught by School Counselor)

1st grade:

-Literacy: Launching Reader's Workshop--Students will work on the following: building reading stamina, retell stories using first, next, then, last (sequence the events in a story but orally and written), and identify text features in information books.

-Math: How many of each? Students will continue to work on the following: review how to solve a word problem, identify key words in word problems, counting from 1-60 and 60-1, and reviewing number sentences in both addition and subtraction.

-Science: NA

-Soc. Studies: Roles in Society--Students will identify jobs in society, their roles, and the location that they work at. i.e.- cop- police dept. Students will compare neighborhoods and neighborhood needs and will be introduced to cardinal directions.

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop--Introduce how-to-books, discussion how we create how-to-books. Students will continue the writing process using thinking, planning, writing, and final copies. Students will begin the proof reading process.

-Health-Taught via School Counselor (Second Step Curriculum)

2nd grade:

-Literacy: Exploring Non-Fiction/Non-Fiction Book Clubs-Students will be able to: identify author’s purpose in a non-fiction book, participate in a non-fiction book club, converse about their non-fiction books in their non-fiction book clubs/respond to others in a non-fiction book club, and use strategies for gathering information from more than one text on the same topic.

-Math: Addition and Subtraction Strategies and Place Value Unit--Students will work on addition and subtraction strategies. Students will use known combinations to add two and three numbers.

-Science: NA

-Soc. Studies: Types of Communities--Students will be able to identify and describe the three types of communities (rural, urban, and suburban communities). Students will learn about community workers/helpers. (Test 12/8)

-Writing: Opinion Writing--Students will write be able to identify the characteristics of opinion writing and students will be taking this piece of opinion writing through the writing process.

-Health: Completed with School Counselor

3rd grade:

-Literacy: Literacy Theme-Nonfiction Reading: Expository Texts- Readers will: understand the difference between fiction and nonfiction by looking at the structure and purposes of the text, rev up their minds for nonfiction by previewing the text features and saying, “This book is mostly about ...and then it will also tell…”, hold on to what they read by summarizing chunks of text, and revise their thinking by adding new learning to what they’ve already learned in class.

-Math: Interpret Products of Whole Numbers-Students develop an understanding of the meanings of multiplication and division of whole numbers through activities and problems involving equal-sized groups.

-Science: Matter- Students will understand the structure and properties of matter before and after they undergo a change. Students will also recognize that air is a substance that surrounds us, takes up space and has mass. Compare solids, liquids, and gases based on their properties.

-Soc. Studies: Students will understand how events, individuals, and ideas have influenced the history of local and regional communities (ie: Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Ruby Bridges, Sitting Bull, Cesar Chavez, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin).

-Writing: Narrative Writing and the Writing Process- Students will focus on grammar skills and sentence structure (8 parts of speech). Students will continue informative writing/research writing about famous historical figures.

-Health- Students will be able to identify classroom distractions and assertive communication skills in response to scenarios.

4th grade:

Literacy: Students will continue to refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. Students will take quarterly assessment this week.

Math: Students will solve addition and subtraction equations up to 10,000.

Science: Matter--Students will continue to compare the physical properties of samples of matter. Students will also compare and contrast mixtures and compounds.

Soc. Studies: Students will continue to work on JA Biztown through discussion and work (economy and free enterprise).

Writing: Students will continue to write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences. They will produce clear and coherent writing. Students will demonstrate command of the conventions of the standard English grammar and usage while writing (Working on Mini Task #2).

Health: Empathy-Students will be able to identify clues that help them recognize other people’s feelings.

5th grade:

Literacy: Students will work with Text Features in Nonfiction Texts and Text Features through Titanic Article, MAP Testing will take place this week, as well as looking into various nonfiction Text Structures.

Math: Measurement: Students will be given a Measurement Pre-test and students will work on converting units of measurement within a given measurement system (Customary Measurement System: Length, Mass, Capacity)

Science: Students continue to learn physical and chemical properties and changes through Heat Transfer unit (qualitative vs. quantitative data).

Soc. Studies: Colonial America: Students will work on a study of the 13 Colonies with a study of each colony, students will also compare and contrast colonial regions.

Writing: Writer’s Workshop- Students will work on rough draft process for Expository text paper, teacher will be modeling this process for students, and students will use a graphic organizer to continue writing process on Mini-Task.

Health: Second Step Program lessons this week: Lesson 3: Being Assertive vs. Being Aggressive


Music-Chorus Club--Tuesdays (7:45am-8:30am--Auditorium)

PE-K-2-working on volleying/dribbling skills, 3-5- Introduction of Volleyball Unit (Lacrosse will continue in 2nd semester). Please wear tennis shoes on PE days--thank you!

Tech- 2nd-publishing personal books, 3rd-Skin Pamphlets, 4th-bullying projects, 5th-learning about electoral process