Elm Street Elementary

Report Card Newsletter, March 2016

ELM TOTY and SPOTY Named for 2016

Shannon Ewing, 2016 Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to our extraordinary Media Specialist, Shannon Ewing, on being voted Elm Street's 2016 Teacher of the Year!

We are tremendously grateful for all that you offer our students, staff, and parents each and every day. You represent us well! Our school would not be the same without you!

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Katharine Addie, 2016 Support Person of the Year!

Congratulations, Ms. Katharine, on being voted our 2016 Support Person of the Year!

It is indeed an honor to be recognized by your peers! You do great work each and every day, and we are grateful for the many ways you make our school a better place!

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Step Up and Lead: Student Leadership Conference

Student Council and K-Kids Officers attended the Step Up and Lead Conference at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on Thursday, March 24. Students attended several different workshops where they learned about public speaking, identifying their personality profile, and team building skills. Our students had an awesome time learning about leadership skills! Thank you, Ms. Pope and Ms. Copeland, for attending along with our student leaders. Thank you, parents, for having your child here ready to roll on the bus at 6:30 a.m. that morning. I know that required extra planning and effort. Proud to have Elm Street represented by such great student leaders!

Coweta County Honors Chorus

Nine Elm Street students represented us wonderfully at the 11th Annual Coweta County Honors Chorus on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, 2016. Students were auditioned and selected from each elementary school in Coweta County. The students were lead by Dr. Rebecca Atkins, their clinician for the weekend, where they performed a very challenging repertoire in three different languages. We are so proud of our Eagles! Special thanks to Mr. Tate for supporting our students in their work and congratulations, Honors Chorus participants. The concert showcased a high level of excellence!

Mark your calendars!

Upcoming Events...

  • Track Meet, Tuesday, March 29, during school day
  • Chorus Concert, Tuesday, March 29, 6:00 p.m.
  • Poetry Cafe (reservations required), Thursday, March 31, 6:00 p.m.
  • Spring Break April 4 - April 8, school resumes Monday, April 11
  • Milestones Pep Rally, Friday, April 15, 1:40 p.m.
  • Milestones Assessment Window April 18-28

Milestones Pep Rally, Friday, April 15

We will host our annual assessment Pep Rally for Milestones on Friday, April 15 at approximately 1:40 p.m. Can't wait to hear students and staff lift one another up with chants, cheers, and more in preparation for our SuperBowl of learning, the Georgia Milestones Assessment! Feel free to come join in the fun!

Speaking of Milestones...

Did you know we are testing 100% online this year? Indeed, we are!

Did you know that all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students participate in the Georgia Milestones Assessment? They do!

Did you know that we are testing more authentically this year in that we are testing all throughout the school day? We are!

Did you know that we believe our students will be ready to show off all that they have learned this year? We do!

Did you know we are planning our annual Pep Rally on Friday, April 15? We are, and you're invited!

Milestones Assessment Dates:

Monday, April 18 - ELA, Sections 1 and 2

Tuesday, April 19 - ELA, Section 3

Thursday, April 21 - Mathematics, Sections 1 and 2

Tuesday, April 26 - Science, Sections 1 and 2

Wednesday, April 27 - Social Studies, Sections 1 and 2

Please feel free to call our testing coordinator, Mrs. Nina Wimbely, or our principal, Dr. Hildebrand, if you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming Milestones assessment: 770-254-2865.

In addition to the Milestones assessment for third through fifth graders, students in first, second, and third grades will take part in Student Growth Assessments the first week of May to showcase their learning. We are confident that our students will be able show what they know on these important assessments as they have been working hard all year!

Career Fair Held March 16

On Wednesday March 16th, every fifth grade student participated in the second annual Elm Street Career Fair. At this career fair, volunteers from 14 different career fields volunteered their time to speak to students about their professions. Each student had the opportunity to hear presentations from 7 different professionals during their time at the career fair, including their current top three areas of current personal interest as well as a handful of others to broaden their exposure. The direct interaction with these volunteers provided an excellent learning experience for students and hopefully sparked some interest in different careers! Thank you to all of our volunteers for sharing their times and careers with our students! Thank you, Mrs. Pope, our talented school counselor, for planning and organizing this event!

Special thanks to all Presenters!

2016 5th Grade Career Fair Participants

Sally Anderson, Key Promotions Business Owner

Amy Boren, Registered Nurse with Piedmont Newnan Hospital

Derek Cathey and Team, Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Newnan

Emily Dean, Pharmacist with Lee-King/Lee-Goodrum Pharmacies

Alan Ewing, Sports Management

Melissa Griffis, Lawyer with Rosenzweig, Jones, Horne & Griffis P.C.

Kaitlyn Kennedy, Speech Therapist Coweta County Schools

Dwain Kuehl, Delta Airlines Pilot

Jackie Parker, Vice President United Bank

Kevin Pittman, Hoshizaki Mechanical Engineer

Representatives from Newnan Fire Department

Shannon Snyder, Physical Therapist

Derek Stepp, Electrician with Georgia Power

Scott Yeager, Newnan Police Department

Again, we offer our heartfelt thanks for your participation in our fair!

Shout out to our Science Olympiads!

Elm Street's Science Olympiad team competed in its first-ever Science Olympiad event on Saturday, February 27. Student competitors took part in events ranging from Water Rockets to Build a Barge to Which Way is North. Our inaugural team performed quite well, earning medals in 5 of 18 events. Thank you, Cami Sullivan and Amber Sambdman, for sponsoring this activity this year for interested third, fourth, and fifth graders. Thank you, students, for your hard work this season! We are excited to continue in the years to come!

Check out some team photos, including our medalists, below.

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PTO refreshes K-2 Playground

Did you see the article in the Newnan Times Herald on Sunday, March 15?

If not, you'll want to check it out!


Shout out to our Elm Street PTO for helping to refresh our K-2 playground. Special thanks to Carol Cantrell for taking on this important task. The outcome is already quite impressive. Can't wait to see the finishing touches of green grass rolling in later this spring!

Reminder: You're not too young for the Science Fair!

Each year, all fifth graders and fourth grade REACH students participate in our school-wide Science Fair, held annually in late spring. This year's fair is on the calendar for Thursday, May 5.

Think you're too young for the fair? Think again!

This year Elm Street is opening up the Science Fair to any and all interested young scientists!

A Science Fair is an opportunity to further investigate a topic of interest. It is a chance to conduct an experiment to try to answer a scientific question that someone is wondering about, using the scientific method, of course. Student participants are able to present their findings on a board for others to learn from. Fourth and fifth grade participants share their findings in a presentation to their classmates in the days and weeks before the fair, and then their projects are evaluated by county officials. Top placing projects in grades four and five shall move on to the Coweta County Schools Science Fair.

While all fifth grade students and fourth grade reach students are required to take part each year, this year's fair is open to even our youngest learners to help provide advanced learning opportunities to all students!

We would love to invite any and all young scientists to join in the fun!

Please e-mail amber.sambdman@cowetaschools.net or nina.wimbley@cowetaschools.net for more information for your young scientist.

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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