From the Desk of Dr. Nichols

Eastover Elementary School Updates-Week of Oct. 12th-16th

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Invest in Your Child Campaign 2015 (Sept. 15th - Nov. 4th)

We are more than halfway to our goal! So far, we've raised $56,325.82 for the Invest in Your Child Campaign with 93 families participating! Exploratory Spanish is starting just one week (Oct. 19th) and we need your help to ensure that our students continue this foreign language study throughout the year. Please donate today to support this program! Our sincere appreciation goes out to all of you who have already made your Invest contribution. If you haven't donated yet, now is the time.

We need EVERYONE'S help to make this campaign a success and are hoping for 100% participation. As a reminder, the individual class that reaches 100% participation first will win an 80th birthday party celebration in honor of Eastover's 80th anniversary. Do not miss this opportunity to celebrate our school for a good cause and have fun doing it!

Remember to ask about your company's matching program. Many corporations will match your gift to Eastover thereby increasing your donation and expanding your impact. In fact, many Invest participants have already taken advantage of this opportunity as nearly 25% of all funds raised have been from matching contributions.

Again, thank you for your support! The end of the campaign is less than one month away. Each and every donation counts no matter how small.

Learn more and donate today--link to PTA Invest in Your Child Webpage:

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Parent Survey (Feedback Requested by Friday, Oct. 30th---Deadline extended!!)

CMS is in the process of re-accreditation this school year through AdvanceED. Part of this process is obtaining parent feedback on our school. Please click the link below to complete a quick parent feedback survey, thank you!!!

Important Dates:

-Oct. 22--End of 1st 9 wks. grading period

-Oct. 23--Teacher Workday (no school for students)

-Nov. 5--Report Cards Sent Home

-Nov. 11--No School (Veteran's Day-Holiday)

NC Legislative Update--The General Assembly will reconvene on April 25, 2016. Here are key education bills to watch!

HB 539 Charter School Funding

House Bill 539, titled Charter School Funding, was withdrawn. If passed, it would have forced local school districts to share more revenue and federal funding with charter schools.

SB 456 Charter Schools Modifications SB456 was withdrawn. It would allow charter schools to receive more taxpayer dollars and grant funding for services they may not even provide, like school lunches.

HB 535 Promoting Charter School Charter School Success Pilot

This bill proposes to appropriate $1 million of taxpayers’ money allocated for public schools for each of the 2015-2016 & 2016-2017 fiscal years to be used by Parents for Educational Freedom of North Carolina (PEFNC) to give grants to charter school participants for replication and expansion of up to four charter schools per fiscal year. If the grant monies are not used, they will not revert back to the public schools.

HB 926 Promoting Accelerated Student Success This bill would appropriate funds to provide every kindergarten and first grade classroom with a full-time teacher assistant and every second and third grade classroom with a half-time teacher assistant. After first house reading, bill went to appropriations where only the following was funded: 2 teacher assistants for every three kindergarten classrooms, 1 teacher assistant for every two first and second grade classrooms, and 1 teacher assistant for every three third grade classrooms. Since teacher assistants are only funded for this year, this bill could be used to retain or increase funding for teacher assistants in 2016-17.

For more information--please click here:

Eastover School Spirit Week (10/12-10/16)

Dear Parents and Students--Next week we will have our school spirit week with each day having a theme for everyone to show his or her Eastover School Spirit. Please see the information below---thanks!

-Mon. Oct. 12-Crazy Hair Day (wear Eastover uniform, but with crazy hair)

-Tues. Oct. 13-Grade Level Color Wars (each grade level competes to have the most students wearing the following color):

K-All purple, 1-All green, 2-All black, 3-All grey, 4-All yellow, 5-All orange

-Wed. Oct. 14-Hat Day (wear Eastover uniform and hat)

-Thurs. Oct. 15-Pink Out (Breast Cancer Awareness)—(Student Council collecting money/donations for a local charity supporting Breast Cancer Research & Families)

-Fri. Oct. 16-Freaky Friday—(staff dress like teachers, teachers dress like students)

-Door Decorating Contest: Theme—What I love about Fall (Judging 10/16)

Students and teachers K-5 compete with the top classroom door K-5 receiving a non-uniform day and the teacher receiving an extra hour of planning!!!

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

The Media Center Needs YOU!!

Over the next month, we will be conducting an inventory of all the books in our media center. We need volunteers who are willing to scan books for us. Mrs. O’Neal will show you how to use our new wireless scanner. So Cool! The inventory will be conducted between September 17 and October 30. Email: if you have time to help. Thank you!

Are you a CMS Registered Volunteer?

If you are an Eastover volunteer, or simply coming 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:


-Literacy Theme: Community Helpers- Letter Name and Sounds (am, are, in) (short i, b, -it, -in), and continuing the full launch of Daily 5

-Math Unit: Counting and Comparing- Develop strategies for keeping track of quantities up to 12.

-Science Unit: NA (SS this week)

-Social Studies Unit: Community Helpers

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop - We Are All Writers, Writers write about what they know, Mentor texts, Correct formation of upper and lower case letters, and Sentence structure (continues this week).

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

1st grade:

-Literacy: Launching Reader's Workshop--Building reading stamina, One to one correspondence, Elements of fiction, and Stretching out retelling using further details.

Students will begin writing about beginning, middle, and end using story maps. Students also identify characters, solution, and problem.

-Math: How many of each? Review how to solve a word problem, identify key words in word problems, counting from 1-60 and 60-1, and review number sentences both addition and subtraction


-Soc. Studies: -Students will begin to explore cultures, identify change over time, explain the importance of people (Christopher Columbus), introduction and discussion of national holidays. Why are they celebrated? What are we celebrating now?

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop--Small Moments (Narrative writing), Introduce how-to-books, discussion how we create how-to-books.

-Health-Taught via School Counselor (Second Step Curriculum)

2nd grade:

-Literacy: Launching Reader's Workshop-Readers will be able to recognize the difference between a fiction and a non-fiction book, students will be able to take a book walk before reading a non-fiction book, readers will grow their schema by reading non-fiction books on new topics, readers will work on correcting misconceptions they had about certain topics by reading non-fiction books, Rand readers will be able to share what they have learned from their non-fiction books with partners and groups.

-Math: Addition, Subtraction, and the Number System--Students will be able to use known combinations to compose, decompose, and combine numbers, Students will be able to double a quantity, Students will be able to visualize, retell, and model the action of subtraction situations, and Students will practice a variety of strategies for solving addition and subtraction story problems.

-Science: Changes in Matter--Students will be able to identify changes in the three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases and students will be able to understand how each matter changes over time.

-Soc. Studies: Students will study Christopher Columbus’ life, contributions, and history throughout the week.

-Writing: Narrative Writing--Students will be taking a piece of narrative writing through the writing process. Students will be given a picture and have to answer the who, what, where, when, and why of the picture by writing their own opinion story.

-Health: Completed with School Counselor

3rd grade:

-Literacy: Literacy Theme-Following Characters Into Meaning- Readers understand cause and effect by recognizing that the choices made by one character affect other characters.

Readers better understand the characters by describing how their specific actions and words affect other characters.

-Math: Students will be estimating the sums of 2- and 3-digit numbers using knowledge of place value and known combinations. Students will also read, write, and sequence numbers to 1,000.

-Science: Matter-Students will recognize that air is a substance that surrounds us, takes up space and has mass. Compare solids, liquids, and gases based on their properties.

-Soc. Studies: Continuing with geography unit. Understanding landforms, what they look like and common characteristics. Students begin working on landform project (constructing landforms with salt dough and working with Mrs. Diebolt in technology to research a specific landform and write a short paper on it).

-Writing: Narrative Writing and the Writing Process- Students will continue working on narrative writing, with a focus on strong beginnings and endings and move drafts through the writing process including prewriting and drafting.

4th grade:

Literacy: Students will determine the theme of a story and review main idea. Students will describe in depth a character and determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.- The Song and Dance Man-Students will write a summary of this book and will use at least 4 key events from the story when writing your summary.

Math: Solving multistep word problems with whole numbers using the 4 operations and assessing for reasonableness- Students will review multiplication equations, understand the relationship and patterns in factors and multiples with groups of 10, and will use visual representations of multiplication story problems.

Science: Magnets and Electricity- Students will be able to explain how electrically charged objects push or pull on other electrically charged objects. Students will also be able to explain how electrical charges can result in attraction, repulsion, and electrical discharge.

Soc. Studies: Students will begin learning about the settlement of North Carolina.

Writing: Students will 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.

Health: Empathy-Students will be able to identify clues that help them recognize other people’s feelings.

5th grade:

Literacy: Students will continue working in centers in order to: Learn strategies to figure out tricky words, determine the theme in poetry, compare and contrast 2 different texts, and to use the THIEVES strategy to find the Main Idea in nonfiction.

Math: Decimals Unit: Students will work on the following this week: saying/reading decimals, compare/order of decimals, rounding decimals, and adding/subtracting decimals.

Science: Matter-Properties of Matter, and Molecular arrangement of solids, liquids, and gases.

Soc. Studies: Native Americans vs. Explorers Unit: Age of Exploration: Relationships between Explorers, Monarchs, and Natives, Age of Exploration: The Columbian Exchange, and students work on caricatures of these 3 groups (continues this week).

Writing: Writer’s Workshop- Editing Process of Mini Task #1, Beginning Mini Task #2 and elaborating on Narrative Paragraphs (continues this week).

Health: Stress management and physical effects of stress (continues this week).


Art-Art by Me--Due by Wed. Oct. 21st

October is SOCKTOBER--please donate any socks to the box in the front lobby by Friday, October 30th!

Media-K-1-Author Study-Lois Ehlert, 2-3-NC Children's Book Awards, 4-Grandfather Mtn. Projects, 5-Working Primary/Secondary Sources

Music-Chorus Club--Tuesdays (7:45am-8:30am--Auditorium), 3rd grade Musical (Oct. 22nd at 6pm)

PE-Throwing and Catching Unit begins in grades K-5, Lacrosse is coming soon! Please wear tennis shoes on PE days--thank you!

Tech-K-Mouse Skills, K-1-Compass Assessments, 3rd-Skin Pamphlets, 4-bullying projects, 5th-making their own websites