Elm Street Elementary

Report Card Newsletter, January 2017

Happy New Year, Elm Street Families!

2017 is here and our students and teachers are rocking and rolling with learning! A renewed energy fills the halls and writings about resolutions cover the walls. It's an exciting time as students and staff set goals for second semester and begin striving to achieve them! Thank you, parents and families, for being our partners in learning. If you have questions or concerns about your child's achievement, please reach to his or her teacher. We will always make time to talk with you about your child's progress.

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Mark your calendars!

Expo Day, Dances, and Other Events Ahead...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Monday, January 16 ~ No School

Expo Day

Friday, January 20 during school day; specific grade level times listed in flyer above.

Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dances (Rescheduled date/time due to weather)

Saturday, January 21

Father-Daughter Dance 4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 4:45 p.m.)

Mother-Son Dance 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)

Advance ticket sales ended. Tickets available at the door for $7 per couple.

Family Enrichment - DATE CORRECTION - Monday, January 30

Monday, January 30 at 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (evening session by reservation only)

Topic: Healthy Homework and Study Habits

Family Engagement and Student Activities calendar had misprint of date; session is scheduled for Monday, January 30, 2017. Contact Ms. Pope at ashley.pope@cowetaschools.org to R.S.V.P.

Looking ahead...

Book Fair February 6-10

1st Grade Program Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Valentine's Day Parties Tuesday, February 14

Progress Reports Issued Tuesday, February 14

Art Walk Save the Date! Thursday, February 16

Mid-Winter Break February 20-24

Musical Auditions for 4th and 5th Graders - "Summer Camp: A Musical Caper About Finding a Place to Belong"

Calling all performers!

It's musical time!

Our Elm Street school musical is open to all interested 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. This year's musical is "Summer Camp: A Musical Caper about Finding a Place to Belong." Auditions will be held for 4th and 5th grade students interested in lead or mid-lead roles in the production. 3rd graders and other 4th and 5th graders will form the ensemble group of the musical.

Rehearsals for the musical will be held every Tuesday after school (beginning January 24). Those with speaking roles will have occasional Monday afternoon rehearsals as well.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 17 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. with pick up in the bus zone.

All interested participants must sign up online by Friday, January 13 (this includes speaking parts and ensemble/chorus roles) using the following link: http://tinyurl.com/elmstreetmusical

Students who were part of chorus during first semester still need to sign up for the musical by tomorrow in order to participate.

Elm Street has a few new faces!

Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need)

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

Perseverance - To not give up if something is difficult; to "hang in there" and keep trying even if you make mistakes

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Speaking of Perseverance... 4th Grade Meets MLB's Will Smith

Fourth grade students recently had the honor of meeting Will Smith, Relief Pitcher of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants. Smith talked about the role perseverance played in his move to the majors.

During his visit at Elm Street, he shared "I had a dream and I never gave up on it." He shared examples of his perseverance and told students he would practice at home in the mirror for hours, working on his form, after he had already spent time practicing with the coach. Smith told students, "When I got the call to go to the Major League, I called my mom and my sister, and I just cried for a while. It's okay for boys to cry."

Smith showed students the value of a growth mindset by explaining that he wasn't the best at the sport growing up. But, he liked playing so he went to the ball field to practice and play. He became better at the sport through hard work, practice, and listening to the direction of coaches. Now he's a major league ball player!

Here's Smith's stat page on ESPN:


It was a privilege to hear about his hard work and the difference it made in his life as a professional athlete. Thanks for spending a little time at Elm Street, Mr. Smith!

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Academic Team Prepared for First Meet

Elm Street's Academic Team is primed and ready for the first meet. The team is heading to Whitesburg Elementary this afternoon for its first official meet of the season. We look forward to watching our students compete with energy, good sportsmanship, and correct answers! Team members have experienced success during their practices leading up to today's competition. It has been exciting to see team members dressed in uniform across campus today, opening car doors during safety patrol duty and working hard in classes. We are ready to take on our opponents during this afternoon's meet!
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Student Attendance Awards - Monthly Winners

As you know, Elm Street is working hard to promote strong student attendance. Our attendance mantra is 'healthy attendance is key.' With students attending school every day, all day when they are healthy, optimal learning and growth can occur. We know that illness sometimes strikes and we want to protect the health of all students and staff by encouraging attendance each and every day a student or staff member is healthy for school!

November/December Highest Attendance Winners

Kindergarten: Ms. Andrea's Blue Bugs

First Grade: Ms. Copeland

Second Grade: Ms. Stephens

Third Grade: Ms. Sambdman

Fourth Grade: Ms. Allen

Fifth Grade: Ms. Kuehl

And.... as an added bonus, all students K-5 with Perfect Attendance during first semester have earned a little fun in the sun with extra recess time with Dr. Hildebrand and Mrs. Wimbley. Honorees will be announced on ESN in the coming days. We're planning to head outside together one day next week!

Science Olympiad Practice Continues

Our Science Olympiads continue their preparations for the competition later this spring. Team t-shirts have arrived and spirits are high. Students alternate between study sessions and build sessions during weekly afternoon practices. The team's hard work and preparation will culminate with a district competition on Saturday, March 25.

Compassion, Wellness, and a Growth Mindset are part of our New Year's Resolutions!

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Box Top Collection Continues

Details coming soon from PTO. Keep collecting for our February submission.
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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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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 242 current subscribers, thanks for taking action to stay well-informed of school activities and updates.

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