Elm Road Express February 2021
"Putting Dreams into Flight"
From the Desk of Dr. Soto Kile
I appreciate the parents who have communicated clearly and openly with our staff about positive student Covid cases, symptoms, and close contact information. Being a good neighbor and living by the Golden Rule we talk about each day at school is important. These times are challenging, at best. How are we all modeling good citizenship with one another with our actions and our deeds? How are we teaching our children to behave in a way that builds trust, truth, and safety for all? Let's work together to provide a safe and caring atmosphere for all students, parents, and staff. We do this by demonstrating through our words and our actions. What are we teaching our children today?
Snow Weather and Sledding
Student of the Month
Congratulations to the following
“Eagles” for their wonderful
Barnes: Mya McKinnies & Lincoln Wedel
Portolese: Eleanor Liggett & Miles Shook
Renz: Paul Maxwell & Laney Gibson
Bush: Jack Gordenier & Reese Fair
Hinton: Parker Hopkins & Karma Bourdon
Taylor: Ellison Potts, Caleb Cummins, & Landyn Laidig
Clark: Finn Higgins & Ariah Vigil
Richard: Kamdyn Graham, Jackson Bevis & Nevaeh Reina
Tornquist: Dominic Forsythe, Ava Stewart & Raylee Workman
Anderson: Emily Smith & Royce Henry
Miller: Gabby Hernandez & Alo Mokoma
Myers: Kathryn McGinnis & Eli Vigil
Pillow: Peyton Dodd & Graham Folkerts
Cook: Gavin Coquilard & Ian Levendoski
Freeman: Jace Boyd, Faith Latson & Annalee Patszchke
Keough: Lilith Kennel & Jace LeVan
Newcomer: Emma Palmer & Melina Perry
Kertai: Katarina Obradovic & Dominic Fey
Mellor: Matthew Tibbs & Leyna Tropp
Shreiner: Ambrosia Howard, Badr Halwani & Pari Pelia
As we begin the second semester of school, continue to read near, with, and to your children. They notice what you are reading and your example makes a difference to them. Cuddling together on the couch reading together makes memories that last a lifetime! Read! Read! Read!
Our focus in the Library this month will be “friendship” as well as enjoying the One School One Book – Frank Einstein and doing STEM activities relating to the book.
Please use the Junior Library Digital Library at home. You may access it at home using this link:
Click on the orange sign In button at the top of the page.
All student logins for JLG are first letter of first name + last name + last three of their ID + @phm.k12.in.us. Password is ID + phm.
Some of the grade levels worked on special units: Kindergarten worked on a unit about how some simple tools are some of our handiest items. First grade was on a unit about Animals and their habitats. We learned how animals adapt to their habitat to find food, air, water and shelter. . Third Grade worked on a unit about advertising and how it "encourages us to buy their product" by wording, pictures and using celebrities that use their products. Ask your children how "food stylists" make food look more appetizing for the ads. Fifth grade has also been working with the ozobots and sphero mini robots.
Youth Services Bureau
It’s tax time! Families in St. Joesph County may qualify for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). This program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide FREE basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Call 2-1-1 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment.
As always, if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 259-3743. Thank you! - Mrs. Shell
What's Happening in Gym
Throughout January students practiced hand eye coordination during our games of 9 Square in gym class. We discussed how to take responsibility for actions and how to be a good sport when we get out in a game. Grades 3-5 also used this time to enhance their volleyball skills of forearm passing (bumping) and overhead passing (setting) with partners. We also integrated some jump rope, balancing, throwing and catching skills at stations. A focus was placed on setting goals and how we can persevere to make sure to meet our goals. First and second graders revisited sorting food into food groups during some warm up activities. Fourth and fifth grade students brainstormed what activities create a good warm up and are now designing their own warm up routines to be shared with classmates. We also played some scooter football in honor of the upcoming super bowl.
Kindergarten through second grade students should have brought home a Physical Education Motor Skill Report. Please look the paper over with your child and if you have any available time to practice some of these at home it would benefit your child. Please let Mrs. Sime or Mrs. Parisi know if you have any questions about the report.
Please remind your child to bring tennis shoes in his/her backpack when coming to school in boots. Tennis shoes are the best choice for a day in the gym or classroom!
Debbie Parisi email@example.com
Sarah Sime firstname.lastname@example.org
Music at Elm Road
I'm looking forward to the different musical opportunities that February brings!
Miss Peluso's Reading Corner
SOARing Readers take flight at Elm Road!
As we kick off our “SOARing Readers: Reader of the Month'' program, I want to thank everyone for their support as we are all working diligently to help our Eagles develop a love of reading!
Congratulations to our January Readers of the Month!
Barnes: Olivia Hernandez
Portolese: Sydney Kuminecz & Blake Miller
Renz: Henrik VanLake
Bush: Emmett Banta & Willow Ingole
Hinton: Natalia Mozzacato & Anna Skyes
Taylor: Rocco DeCicco & Mary Domonkos
Clark: Martin Cochran & Molly Cummins
Richard: Nora Hamper & Madelyn Knefely
Tornquist: Ryan McClain & Ava Stewart
Anderson: Natalie Haab & Mason Francis
Miller: John Bulger & Ariana Navarro
Myers: Ella Ryckeart & Dontae Hollingsworth
Pillow: Michael Baldwin
Cook: Ella Emmons & Abby Freeman
Freeman: Jenna Fair & Faith Latson
Keough: Addy Hixon & Riley Smith
Newcomer: Yhonatan Guzman & Emily Freeman
Kertai: Averi Hernandez
Mellor: Leyna Tropp
Shreiner: Bonnie Moore & Hope Harter
One School, One Book
Students participated in this school-wide novel study spanning all grade levels and modes of learning. Teachers volunteered to help read and record chapters to ensure that students would have access to both virtual and hard copy editions of our reading materials. Staff developed activities and trivia questions, researched scientists, and more to create a month full of STEM fun relating to our story - Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor. We hope you enjoyed participating in this novel study adventure with us by asking students about their favorite parts of the story each day and completing the accompanying activities that have taken place around the building. Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor was a great success for our school!
Save the Date
Title I Parent Night: The Ins and Outs of Assessment
Tuesday, February 16th @ 5:30 PM (virtual meeting)
We will share information and identify important strategies for navigating and preparing for upcoming assessments. DIBELS (K-2), IREAD (3), ClearSight (3-5), and ILEARN (3-5) will all be discussed during this session. Complete THIS FORM if you are interested in attending this virtual presentation.
Title I Reading Specialist
Title I Resources - website