Eaton Family Newsletter
November 17th, 2023
Dear Eaton Families,
The 5th grade Service Club would like to thank you, Eaton Family, for all of your donations during our food drive to benefit Nourish NC. As a school we collected 742 items! This is twice as much as we donated last year. Wow!! Fourth grade collected the most, donating an amazing 300 items! All grade levels can be proud of their giving which will benefit many people in our community.
PTA Beautification Day- Postponed
Our PTA Beautification Day scheduled for tomorrow, Nov. 18th, has unfortunately been postponed.
Lost and Found
Our Lost and Found section in the cafeteria is full. If your child is missing a sweatshirt, jacket, water bottle or lunchbox please come by and take a look in our Lost and Found. Items left will be donated on November 27th.
Please remember that parents are asked to remain in their cars during morning drop off. We ask that you do not park and walk students across the crosswalk. This holds up our line, and creates safety concerns. The only exception is for parents who are coming into school to volunteer. We only ask that you park and walk a student in if you arrive to campus at 7:40 or later.
Parents/guardians are not allowed to pull into the side parking lot on Ogden Park Drive to drop off students in the morning. This is a safety concern. Thank you for following our school rules. You may park at Ogden Park and walk through the grass in the mornings if you would like, but you may not park in the side parking lot or pull in to drop off students.
Students who are not in their classrooms when the bell rings at 7:40 are considered tardy, and must check in with an adult in the office to receive a tardy slip.
Please be aware that at 7:35 Safety Patrol and some staff members go inside. We will have some staff members stationed on the sidewalk, but they will go inside at 7:38.
Toys for Tots
We are a Toys for Tots collection site, accepting new, unwrapped toys. You may drop off toys in the boxes in front of the office.
Winter Chorus Concert
Who: 4th Grade Chorus (whole grade) & 5th Grade Choir Club (select students)
Date: Monday December 11th, 2023
Arrival Time: 4:30 pm (parents can drop students off and return closer to the start time)
Start Time: 6:00 pm
Location: BLAIR Elementary School Auditorium
Attire: Festive, school appropriate winter wear. The more dressy, the better!
Please email me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
SECU Art Display
We are excited to announce our collaboration with the State Employees Credit Union this year to exhibit student artwork. Feel welcome to visit the bank and look at your child's artwork! SECU always appreciates visitors and would love to have you there. Students, please be on the lookout for a note from Mrs. Parson regarding your artwork being displayed. She will notify those whose pieces have been selected. Artwork can be seen at the State Employees Credit Union, 2721 Northchase Pkwy SE, Wilmington, 28405
Student Device/Cell Phone Use at School
Eaton school policy states that student personal devices (cell phone, smartwatch, ipad. etc.) must remain off and in bookbags during the day and while on the bus.
If your child is absent please send a note explaining the absence when they return to school. You are also welcome to email the teacher and copy our data manager @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Absences without documentation will be coded as unexcused. Please reference the attendance document shared at the bottom of the newsletter for information on excused and unexcused absences.
If you are coming to school from a medical appointment please remember to bring in your doctor's note in order to excuse the tardy. Although you may select Doctor/ Dentist Appointment in our check in system, without a note it will be marked as an unexcused tardy.
Due to the changes in school start and end times this year, students must be in class for 198 minutes a day in order to be counted Present. Late arrivals will need to be checked in by 10:58 am and present through school dismissal in order to be counted present. For early check outs students must be present from 7:40 am until 10:58 am to be counted present. If a student checks out and returns our system will calculate the time.
If you have any questions regarding attendance you may contact our Data Manager or School Social Worker.
Transportation Changes/Early Pick Up
All transportation changes (different than how your child normally goes home) must be submitted in writing.
If you need to pick up your child early from school, you must do so by 1:45pm. Please know that you will need your drivers license to sign your child out of school.
- All visitors and volunteers must sign in and out at the front desk when coming on campus (both inside the building and on school grounds)
- Parent lunch visitors must sit at the designated tables by the windows, and may only eat with their child (students may not bring friends to sit with them and their parents at lunch)
- If someone other than the parent/guardian wishes to eat lunch with a student we must have permission in writing from the parent/guardian
News from Nurse Rogers
Please Do Not Send Your Child to School if he/she has or has had:
- Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours. (Must be fever-free without medication)
- Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours. (Return 24 hours after the last episode
- Symptoms that make it hard for your child to participate in school such as frequent coughing, headache, body aches, fatigue, earaches.
- Strep Throat- until on antibiotics 24 hr.
- Testing completed but not resulted for suspected illnesses, child should return after tests have resulted negative
Tips for Staying Healthy
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Use elbow or arm if tissue not available.
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds (Sing ABC song twice).
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water not available.
- Avoid touching the “T” zone (Eyes, Nose and Mouth)
- Avoid being around others who are sick.
- Do not share drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.
- Eat healthy (Foods that Grow!) and drink plenty of water
- Disinfect surfaces that are prone to germs (phones, keyboards, doorknobs, toothbrushes, etc.).
Please see the letter below for more information.
Media Center/ I.T. News
NHCS & Eaton Child Nutrition Information
NHCS Child Nutrition Website (including menus)
MySchoolApps (apply for free/reduced lunch)
MySchoolBucks (lunch prepay)
Eaton Ice Cream Volunteers
Unfortunately we are unable to offer ice cream at this time. When ice cream becomes available we will share a sign up sheet. All Ice Cream volunteers must be a Level 2 volunteer.
All volunteers, both Levels 1 and 2, must complete volunteer training each school year.
All field trip chaperones must become a Level II volunteer, which requires a background check through NHCS. Background checks are good for three years. You can log into your account to check your expiration date, or contact Mrs. Allen. The NHCS background check system is linked below. Level 2 volunteers must also complete the orientation and assessment each year.
All volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Parents, family, or community members volunteering to assist students in a supervised setting are not required to undergo a background check if they are continually supervised by school personnel during the school day.
Parents, family, or community members volunteering to assist students in an unsupervised setting away from school personnel are deemed Level II Volunteers. We also ask that all chaperones become Level II volunteers, as well as those interested in assisting in our media center and cafeteria at Eaton Elementary. An applicant designated a Level II Volunteer must complete the online application and the criminal background check. Applications must be completed at least two weeks prior to the time you wish to begin volunteering. The cost of background checks are $22.50.
Steps to Take to Become A Volunteer:
Review Volunteer Orientation Presentation
Read the Volunteer Handbook
Complete the Volunteer Assessment with 80% or Higher (You may retake the assessment if needed)
Level 2 Volunteers must also complete a Background Check application and pay $22.50
Email Mrs. Allen to let her know you completed the steps to become a volunteer
Eaton Volunteer Coordinator: Mrs. Allen, Assistant Principal
Updates from the PTA
Eaton PTA Holiday Tour of Lights
We invite our families to participate in our Third Annual Eaton Holiday Tour of Lights. This is a free event for our families. Touring/voting will take place December 4th - 14th.
If you would like to participate in one of our categories, please use this link to sign up: by November 27th: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7qVU98ePyLjuxCSNNSpshFk5xJ08MDViuKUxr3f8uqHxxwA/viewform
The categories this year are:
- Winter Wonderland- These houses bring the classic, Hallmark movie feels!
- Gingerbread Fun- These houses are bright and colorful!
- Island of Inflatable Toys- These houses have inflatables and more!
- It's a Beaut, Clark- These houses would make the Griswolds jealous!
- Expect the Unexpected- These houses bring an element of surprise!
Please consider joining the PTA:
Eaton's PTA Website:
Please see our November PTA Newsletter:
Important Upcoming Dates
2023- 2024 Year-Round Calendar
November 23rd Teacher Workday- No school for students
November 24th & 25th Thanksgiving Holiday
December 8th Eaton Science Fair
December 11th Winter Chorus Concert (@ Blair Elementary, 6:00PM)
December 18th Teacher Workday
December 19th January 5th Winter Break
End of Grade (EOG) Testing Dates:
May 24th End of Grade (EOG) Science Test- All 5th Graders
May 29th End of Grade (EOG) Reading Test- All 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders
May 30th End of Grade (EOG) Math Test- All 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders
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Our School's Why:
To promote academic excellence through inclusion, modeling, collaboration and challenging students to think in innovative ways.
We are creating a nurturing school community that prepares the whole child to be a problem solver, critical thinker, and empathetic global citizen.
Empowerment, Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Academic Excellence