From the Desk of Dr. Nichols

Eastover Elementary Updates- Weeks of Feb. 1 & Feb. 8

Important Dates:

-Feb. 3- Report Cards Sent Home

-Feb. 15- Snow Make-up Day--School in Session for Students

-Feb. 18-2nd Grade Chorus Performance (6pm/Auditorium)

-Feb. 24-25-3rd 9 wks Progress Reports sent home

-Mar. 1st- Early Dismissal for all students at 1:15pm (2 hrs early due to ACT testing at high schools)

Panther Spirit Day--Friday, Feb. 5th

This Friday students can participate in a Panther Spirit Day. Students are able to wear their Panther Gear and/or Panther colors (black, grey/silver, white, Carolina blue). Students will also be allowed to wear jeans (if desired, or uniform pants) as long as they are wearing Panther gear and/or Panther colors (black, grey/silver, white, Carolina blue).

Please remember that students can replace any uniform item with Panther gear and/or Panther colors this Friday. As a reminder, please wear school-appropriate shoes (according to school uniform guidelines)--no boots please!!

Go Panthers!!!!

Eagle Eye Student Newspaper--February 2016 Edition

Please click the link below to access this month's newspaper:

Important CMS Technology Updates for Students (K-3rd grade)

Dear Parents of Kindergarten-Grade 3 students:

In an effort to provide access to digital tools anywhere, anytime, we are implementing unique passwords for each student. This will reduce the number of logins your child has to remember in order to access instructional applications (Dreambox, Compass Learning, Raz Kids).

Effective Wednesday, February 10, your child will login with their student id and 8 digit password.


Login: 2345657544 (student id)

Password: YYYYmmdd (8 digit birthdate as recorded in PowerSchool)

This is a change from the way they previously logged in as your child will now only have one login for these applications instead of up to four different logins. It is our desire to make accessing the instructional applications easier so that your student can spend more time learning anywhere, anytime.

Important CMS Technology Updates for Students (4th and 5th grade)

Dear Parents of Grade 4-8 students:

In an effort to provide access to digital tools anywhere, anytime, we are implementing a unique password for each student. This will reduce the number of logins your child has to remember in order to access instructional applications (Dreambox, Compass Learning, Raz Kids).

Effective Wednesday, February 10, your child will login with their student id and 6 digit password.


Login: 2345657544 (student id)

Password: YYmmdd (6 digit birthdate as recorded in PowerSchool)

Any new student that enters after February 10 will be required to use an 8 digit birthdate YYYYmmdd.

This is a change from the way students previously logged in. Your student will now have one login for these applications instead of up to four different logins. It is our desire to make accessing the instructional applications easier so that your student can spend more time learning anywhere/anytime.

Symbaloo Log-in Information

Here is the information from Ms. Diebolt:


Password: eagles#1

CMS Student Assignment Survey--Parent Feedback Requested

The CMS School Board is seeking input from parents, CMS employees and other Mecklenburg County residents to help inform how CMS students are assigned to schools.

The survey is designed to gain valuable feedback on what’s important to community members when considering their child’s education or public education overall.

The survey is part of the Board’s comprehensive student assignment review process which started in February 2015 and is expected to continue throughout the year.

Survey results will be used to inform any changes to the district’s student assignment plan, which would take effect in the 2017-2018 school year.

The success of our public schools impacts all of us. That’s why we want anyone interested in the success of our public schools – people across all areas of our county -- to participate in the survey.

Survey details:

Opens on Friday, Jan. 29, and closes Feb. 22, 2016.

The online survey can be taken on any computer or mobile device. Simply go to the CMS website at and click on the Student Assignment Survey link at the top of the homepage. You can also access the survey on any school website.

The online survey can be taken in English or Spanish.

Paper copies in English or Spanish will also be available at every CMS school front office and the Smith Family Center.

Individual paper copies in other languages will be made available upon request.

Download the CMS Mobile App

As winter weather approaches, now is the perfect time to download the CMS mobile app on your Apple or Android device. The app makes it easy to receive weather-related updates and access the latest CMS news, calendars and more anytime, anywhere. Visit

Cooler Weather/School Uniform Reminder-

Please don’t forget with the cooler weather—students need to be in uniform with their navy blue or white jackets/sweaters during instructional time in the classroom (8:15am-3:15pm).

School Safety Reminders

-Doors are locked all day (buzz-in entry only)—please press button to right of main entrance for assistance

-Checking out students---please try to check out students by 2:45pm each day. This helps ensure that our dismissal processes flow smoothly and ALL students are accounted for and arrive home safely!!

-Photo ID--Remember to bring your photo ID (school visits/student check-ins and check-outs)

-PM Transportation Changes-Please provide your child’s teacher with a written note for any afternoon transportation changes

-Reminders about lunchtime visits:

-please remember to only have lunch with your student/child

-once lunch is over, please say your goodbyes in the cafeteria in order for the class to leave the cafeteria on time in order to start instruction back up quickly in his/her classroom

Are you a CMS Registered Volunteer?

If you are an Eastover volunteer, or simply coming frequently for lunch with your child, you need to be a Registered CMS Volunteer. Click below to get registered. If you've already registered in a previous year, simply login and confirm your information.

Grade Level News (Weeks of 2/1 and 2/8)


-Literacy Theme: Literacy Theme: Groundhog Day- Letter Name and Sounds (Long vowels, CVC Words CVCe words, Review letter sounds, Medial sounds), high frequency words: be, but; and continuing the use of Daily 5.

-Math Unit: Measuring and Counting- Students develop strategies for accurately counting a set of objects by ones and developing strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems with small numbers.

-Science Unit: Science and Clouds-Students will conduct research on how the sun and clouds create shadows.

-Social Studies: NA

-Writing: Launching Writer's Workshop- We Are All Writers: Research Writing- Students continue work on their research project in writing about what they know, use of mentor texts, and correct formation of upper and lower case letters.

-Health: Second Step Curriculum (taught by School Counselor)

1st grade:

-Literacy: Launching Reader's Workshop--Students continue to work on their reading comprehension skills, practicing their fluency, and also reviewing elements of fiction.

-Math: How many of each? Students will review skills already taught in time telling, problem solving, and measurement with review questions and stations (varies with each teacher). Students will also learn how to add in addition number sentences and will be introduced to rules +0, +1, and +2.

-Science: Solar System--Students will be able to identify the sun and the moon in the sky and will also begin learning about planets in our solar system.

-Soc. Studies:NA

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop- Narrative Writing- Students will continue their writing in order to persuade individually on their own topics or whole class topics. Students will continue the writing process using thinking, planning, writing, and final copies. Students will begin the proof reading process.

-Health- Feelings/Safety-Taught via School Counselor (Second Step Curriculum)

2nd grade:

-Literacy: Character Traits-Students will be able to: identify the characters point of view and how the point of view changes, infer character traits based on what the character says and does, and will be able to identify the differences between characters based on the characters point of view.

-Math: Addition and Subtraction Strategies and Place Value (review)--Students will work on: counting by groups of 2, 5 and 10, identify the hundreds, tens and ones place in a given number, add ten to any number, group data into categories based on similar attributes, and sort the same data in various ways.

-Science: Unit on Sound--Students will learn what sound is and how it is created. Students will work on sound packets with a partner and go to various websites to read articles, watch videos and answer questions.

-Soc. Studies: NA

-Writing: Research Writing--Students will research a historical African American figure and will take the entire piece of writing through the writing process

-Health: Completed with School Counselor

3rd grade:

-Literacy: Literacy Theme-Mystery Book Club Unit Continues: Mystery readers will: become detectives by identifying the problem and reading to find clues, step into the main detective’s shoes by seeing whatever they might be seeing, considering all the clues and guessing solutions; read for clues by noticing and thinking about all the information they get and talking about how the story might go and read with suspicion by listing suspects and asking “Could this person be guilty?” “What would he/she have to gain?”.

-Math: Fractions-Students will develop an understanding of fractions as numbers.

-Science: Solar System- Students will recognize that the earth is part of a system called the solar system that includes the sun (a star).

-Soc. Studies: Government/Civics Unit: Students will continue work on understanding the development, structure, and functions of local government. (Focus on federal, state and local governments and what their purpose is in our community. This includes the foundations of our government, 3 branches, and government processes. Students will explore our government through project-based learning.)

-Writing: Poetry Unit- Students will begin poetry unit and will work on using figurative language, poetry structure and specific word/phrases to create a mood or tone. Students will also continue working on informative writing/nonfiction text project (joint Reading & Writing project)

-Health- Students will be able to understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships. Students will be able to summarize qualities and benefits of a healthy relationship.

4th grade:

Literacy: Literacy Theme Cycle #3 (12/7 - 1/29) (Literary Selection this week: A Picture Book of Rosa Parks by David Adler)***Finishes this week***

Students will: understand that the structure of a text helps to understand how the writer is connecting events, ideas, and concepts, understand that a text may have an overall structure of one kind and different types of structures within its parts, understand they need to use all parts of the text to understand the text more fully, study charts, graphs, time lines, and other visual displays and put together the information that these give with what the text says to gain a deeper understanding, identify author’s points in a text and show how the author makes his / her claim(s), and will identify the reasons and the evidence that were provided to support the author’s particular points.

Math: Fractions Unit- Students will: find thirds and sixths of a rectangle, find fractions of whole numbers, compare fractions, and add fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Science: Energy--Students will recognize the basic forms of energy (light, sound, heat,electrical and magnetic) as the ability to cause motion or create charge.

Soc. Studies: Students will reflect on their JA Biztown trip by writing/drawing their favorite parts. Students will also begin learning about the Early Statehood of North Carolina.

Writing: Students will continue to write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences. They will produce clear and coherent writing. Students will demonstrate command of the conventions of the standard English grammar and usage while writing (Continue working on Mini Task #2).

Health: Identifying Emotions-Students will describe what triggers their own strong emotions and demonstrate the ability to interrupt escalating emotions.

5th grade:

Literacy: Historical Fiction and Nonfiction-Students will continue to work on comparing and contrasting characters, events, themes, and settings through a Historical Fiction and Nonfiction focus as well as various comprehension standards. Students will work on “Number the Stars” interactive read aloud (Holocaust/WWII) (Using Common Core Lit Resource to touch on all standards) and whole class/small group discussions to focus on our standards through historical fiction lens.

Math: Fractions: Students will continue work on fractions this week (adding and subtracting mixed numbers with unlike denominators, subtraction with regrouping, review game centers, and small group remediation for fraction essentials retest)

Science: Weather vs. Climate-Students continue to learn about wether and climate (Clouds and Precipitation and Basic cloud types: predicting weather based on cloud formation)

Soc. Studies: Colonial America- Students will begin learning about Salem Witch Trials (Background information, mock witch hunt, and intro to wax museum activity)

Writing: Students will participate in a Figurative Language Lesson with a Football Figurative language creative writing activity (Panthers inspired!)

Health: Second Step Lessons


Music-Chorus Club--Tuesdays (7:45am-8:30am--Auditorium)

PE-Hockey Unit--K-2 and 3-5 (Introduction to Basic Hitting Skills/Hockey). Please wear tennis shoes on PE days--thank you!

Tech- K and 1st: Compass Learning, 2nd grade: Using Google to do WebQuests, 3rd grade: New Math game, Prodigy ( students have log-ins so they can play at home. 4th grade: Project on states, and 5th grade: Round Robin Stories

Media- Children's Book Award Winners: he American Library Association announced the top prizes for children's books last Monday. The Newberry Medal went to Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena. The book also won a Caldecott Honor Medal for best picture book for illustrator Christian Robinson. This is the first time a book has ever won both awards. The Caldecott Medal went to Sophie Blackall who illustrated Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. The other Caldecott Honor Books were Trombone Shorty, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, and Waiting by Kevin Henkes.

Art- 5th grade will be working on calligraphy in classes this week.