Newman News

Every student matters; every moment counts

September 22, 2016

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Sept. 22

  • Family Fun Night 6:30-7:30

Thursday, Sept. 29

  • Fall Pictures
  • Watch DOGS Kickoff Party 6:30

Newman Family Fun Night

The Newman PTA is sponsoring a Family Fun Night at our school tonight, September 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. We hope your family will join us for fun as we will have a bounce house, food trucks, and various vendors who will keep the kids entertained! We always get so many positive comments about the night, so we hope to see you there!

Background Checks

Please make sure you have completed your background check. This will need to be completed and processed before you will be able to volunteer at the school or chaperone field trips.

Fall Pictures

Fall pictures will be next Thursday, September 29th. An order form went home today in your child's Thursday folder. If you prefer to order online, you may do so at Our school code is 1617-0064.

Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Event

WATCH D.O.G.S. is a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program that works to support education and safety. Our kickoff is Thursday, September 29th, at 6:30 in the Newman cafeteria. Join us for pizza and a short informational presentation. Please remember you must submit a background check and it must be processed before you will be able to volunteer as a WatchDOG.

CogAT Testing 5th Grade

During the mornings of October 4-6, all fifth graders will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Please schedule morning appointments on days other than CogAT testing. The CogAT gives teachers and parents a snapshot of students’ higher level thinking, reasoning, and problem solving abilities (verbal, nonverbal, quantitative, and overall ability), as compared with fifth graders in the nation. Please be sure your awesome fifth grader has a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast on these days. Please encourage your child with a hug, a reminder to listen carefully the first time, and to do their “Personal Best” on the test. For more information, please visit

5th Grade Yearbook Design

Fifth grade Parents,

If your child is participating in the Yearbook design, please remind them that these are due Friday, Sept. 30th to Mrs. Coffey.

Questions, please email

Author Visit

The Newman library is very honored to host New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann ! Ms. McMann will speak to third, fourth, and fifth grade students on October 4th. Her newest thrilling series blends the animal kingdom with science fiction. Students may pre-order her newest book, Going Wild. Forms were sent home; additional forms are in the library and online. Orders are due before September 26th.

Book orders for Lisa McMann’s Going Wild are due by Monday September 26th. Additional order forms are in the library or can be found on the Newman website.

Spirit Shirts

Newman Spirit Shirts that were ordered through MyPayments Plus are estimated to arrive early next week and should be delivered to students on Thursday, September 29th.

J.R. Newman Elementary

Principal: Sherri Wakeland

Assistant Principal: Rachael Lamar

Counselor: Stephanie Keys