"Putting Dreams into Flight"
From the Desk of Dr. Soto Kile
Happy New Year! I hope you and your family are enjoing the winter break. I appreciate the work of the PTO and all of the family volunteers who participated in the festival of lights. What a beautiful sight!
This is a busy time of year during the school day as well. All of our students will be taking either the Dibels and Airways benchmark assessments. The next few months we will progress monitor and conduct further enrichment in the classroom and computer lab to enhance student learning. Our intermediate classrooms are gearing up for iLearn and iRead as well. Student writing prompts are being written and Focus Instruction scores monitored for grade level standards development. Please ask your child how he/she is performing in these areas.
Lost anything? I would like to ask that you take a moment to see if your child is missing any clothing items. Our lost and found is overflowing! Please pick up any items that belong to you by January 11. Anything left will be donated after this date to a community organization.
Performed by Mr. Marks, Mrs. Elliott, and Mr. Freel. Thank you all for sharing your talents with our Elm Road community!
Notes From the Office
Picture Retake Day is: Jan 21, 2021
Order Code is: 50962Q
Your link to order is: https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/50962Q
In our continued efforts to remain paperless, we will not be sending paper order forms or reminders for retake picture days.
Above is your picture date, order code & one click web link to online ordering for your retake picture day. THIS CODE IS DIFFERENT FROM THE ORIGINAL ORDER CODE.
Students who ordered a package on original picture day but are choosing to get their picture retaken MUST bring their original picture package with them on retake day. We will not order them a new package until the old one is returned. They DO NOT need to place a new order.
Registration for kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
This registration opportunity is for youngsters who live within the P-H-M district and who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2021. A parent or guardian must register their child.
Each child entering kindergarten at P-H-M must complete a Registration Packet and is also encouraged to have a physical exam and a dental exam completed before entering kindergarten.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is limited access to our school and administrative offices. We have created an easy way for you to complete the registration process electronically. For more details and information go to https://www.phmschools.org/parents/kindergarten-registration-2021-2022
Snowy Weather and Sledding
PHM High Ability Testing
High Ability Identification-Blurb for Newsletters
In accordance with the Indiana high ability law, we are required to have an identification process in place to identify students of high ability in the general intellectual and specific academic domains. We identify students who have high ability in language arts and/or math.
Every kindergartener, second and fifth grader who has not been previously identified in a subject area is considered for high ability identification.
Testing for the high ability identification process will begin in February. Virtual students will be invited to participate in high ability testing in home schools.Learn more about our identification procedures by visiting our high ability website atP-H-M High Ability Identification.
Health Room News
- Student and staff safety is important to us! Winter is approaching!
- When arriving at the school, please approach from the SOUTH off of Capital. Following this direction, allows our traffic to keep flowing and does not interfere with our buses that are waiting to enter our parking lot to drop off the students. Do not go around the buses. At any time they may move into the parking lot!
- Use your turn signal, when entering the parking lot, so cars exiting know that it is safe to go. Exit RIGHT turn only.
- Parents picking up or dropping off children are reminded to have students exit their cars curbside ONLY. Parents, please stay in your car.
- Pull up as far as safely possible to the next car before having students exit or enter your vehicle. Always follow the directions of the safety patrol assistants.
- Please help your child memorize their car rider number. This helps dismissal go a little quicker! Remind them to walk on the sidewalk areas.
- Students have received a tag with their car rider number on it, once they notified us they will be picked up at the end of school. Please hang this from your rearview mirror to help us identify your car.
Youth Services Bureau
Happy New Year! This month is the Great Kindness Challenge, which is January 25th – 29th 1, 2021. This event is to empower our students to create a culture of kindness within our school, families, and community. I challenge you to come up with a Random Act of Kindness to practice this month. There are several ways to show kindness towards others, such as saying hello and thank you, holding the door for someone, writing a kind note to a friend, and many more.If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Shell at 259-3743 or email me at email@example.com.
Holidays Around the World
To help celebrate Holidays Around the World at Elm Road, our one and only, Mrs. Shah, presented to the second grade classes about Diwali.
This is a special holiday festival that her and family celebrate each and every day.
She did a short presentation of information with Slides, showed her own pictures, and brought in personal items to display. She even dressed in traditional clothing to add a special touch! The students participated in a craft as well.
If you don't know much about Diwali yourself, Mrs. Shah loves sharing and is so knowledgeable. Take some time to ask her a question or two when you see her.
STEM in Gym
What's Happening in Gym
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!
The Elm Road Students seemed to enjoy the different activities we have completed in the gym with our bowling unit. A favorite of our students was “glow bowl” (the gym was lit). The third – fifth graders have certainly had an extra math workout keeping score; they are really catching on to adding up those strikes and spares!
Our last week of school in December each grade level enjoyed getting in a workout with some tag, scooter board games and relays such as: “The Grinch”, “Reindeer Relays”, “Christmas Tree Relays”, “Rudolph’s Treasures”.
Please make sure if your child wears boots to school on gym days he/she brings a pair of tennis shoes in his/her backpack!
Have a safe, healthy and fun holiday!
Happy New Year! Let’s start the year off with new reading goals. You can access our online Junior Library Guild books (https://jlg.ipublishcentral.com/bookshelf) or by going to your student classroom, select PE/Music slide, Classwork (on the top sections), Mrs. Knapp's Virtual Library and the slide with JLG link. The selection changes frequently so check back often for new books to read. Challenge every family member to read a certain number of books.
January will be a fun month in the Library and the STEM Lab having a common theme in both areas.
Have fun reading during these cold indoor days!
Next month we will be using the Picture Perfect series and be learning about coding our different robots. We are all looking forward to the new year.
Some coding websites you might like.
Mrs. Fadden and Mrs. Knapp
First Grade Made Pollinators for STEM
3rd Grade Binary Code Candy Canes
Check out their candy cane coding creations!
Miss Peluso's Reading Corner
It is time to kick off our SOARing Readers Program in the month of January. This month, teachers will select a student from their class to receive the Reader of the Month Award. This recognition acknowledges a student's effort in reading throughout the prior month. Elm Road students can earn this award by participating in their classroom reading assignments, actively engaging in literacy development, and completing reading minutes (based on their teacher's classroom expectations).
The goal is to recognize our SOARing Readers at Elm Road by presenting them with a certificate, hanging their picture on the SOARing Readers Bulletin Board, and giving them a book as a prize to celebrate this literacy accomplishment.
I look forward to celebrating our SOARing readers at the end of January. Look for their names in our newsletter next month. Keep on reading, Elm Road!
Title I Reading Specialist
Music at Elm Road
All students spent time preparing for our annual Winter Sing Along as well. This year the sing along was held virtually. Students participated in their own classrooms and the Sing Along was broadcast over the school news. It was different than usual, but I was happy that we were still able to make the Sing Along happen!"