The Pirateer

Edition 3 - November 2016

A Note from Mrs. Hough

The 1st quarter is officially over, the first report card comes home this Thursday, and the heat will be turned on November 15th. These are all signs that we are well into the 2016-2017 school year. I hope that you enjoyed meeting with your child's teacher and learning about all of the great things that the students and teachers are doing in the classroom. Our school continues to be featured throughout CMS for the incredible work that is happening in every classroom. Just last week every grade level was featured on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Personalized Learning Facebook page. Schools from around CMS will visit Lake Wylie in January to view the students working in our classrooms. This week, our 5th grade team is participating in a Success By Design panel where a group of teachers and principals from Arizona will learn from our successes. I couldn't be prouder of our students and teachers for being education change agents!


I hope that you will join us for the exciting events that are taking place at Lake Wylie this month. The next CEO Leader's Lunch will take place on November 14th, our annual Thanksgiving lunch will be served in the cafeteria at all grade level lunches on November 16th and the 1st quarter SAIL ceremony (honor roll, attendance, character) will take place on November 17th. One student from every 3rd-5th grade classroom will compete in the School Spelling Bee and the Kindergarten will perform in their Thanksgiving program on November 22nd. There are many other ways to get involved as well! If you would like to volunteer, please visit cmsvolunteers.com to register and begin weekly emails from Mrs. Patel.


Mrs. Hough

A Message from Mrs. Patel

We hosted our first CEO (Chief Example for Others) Leader’s Lunch in October. We will host a CEO leader’s lunch each month. Our teachers and classroom peers choose one student per classroom each month who exhibits the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. At Lake Wylie our goal is to create a positive school culture and teach students how to be leaders within their school and community.


We are fortunate to partner with the following community partners for our CEO Leader’s Lunches. Our partners for this year are Eye Level Associates, Young and Polite Dentistry, YMCA, and Publix. The partners provide forty-two McDonald’s lunches for each of our winners. They also speak to our students about leadership and the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.


We also want to thank McDonald’s for providing the Happy Meals at a discounted costs.

We encourage our parents to attend the CEO lunch if their child is chosen from their class. Please continue to speak with your child about the Seven Habits and how to use each of the habits every day.


Mrs. Patel

A Message from Mrs. Mulherin

We were excited to share progress reports with you and introduce the idea of a core standards scale. Below is more information on the goal of a standard based report card. This year, our Kindergarten-2nd graders will receive report cards where they are measured on this scale. We will continue to improve ways to communicate exactly where your child is performing and how you can help at home.
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The Lemonade Wars

We are wrapping up our One School, One Book text, The Lemonade Wars. We should all be finishing up the week before Thanksgiving. Each week our students are winning prizes for completing book trivia questions! It is important to ask your students questions about the text as you read. If you need examples, please the link below to the Pirate Parent Website.
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Little Free Library

Give a book, take a book! Have you seen our new Little Free Library? We now have our own free library in the Lake Wylie Media Center. If you have books to donate, please contact Jennifer Mulherin to donate. You can come an look for books anytime.
Pirate Parents Website

This website provides resources for you, the parents, to help your Pirate succeed at Lake Wylie Elementary. We want to give you the tools you may need to help your child at home.You will find links to Comprehension Questions for each Reading Level.

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Counselor's Corner

Hi Pirate Families,

The nation celebrates Veterans Day on November 11 to honor all who have served in the military for the United States. Across America, various parades and ceremonies are held to celebrate the loyal services of our country’s armed forces. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.


On November 11, 2016, LWE students will watch our school’s flag team participate in a special flag ceremony on the Pirate News Network. The ceremony will pay tribute to the veterans who serve or have served in our armed forces. Activities that students can participate in to honor veterans include: 1.) Write and send thank you letters to veterans; 2.) Coordinate and send care packages; 3.) Visit a local VA Hospital or Veterans Home; 4.) Invite local veterans to speak; 5.) Write stories about veterans; and/or 6.) Raise money to donate to a local VA.


-Jason Gwinn



Hello Pirate Parents!

It’s Ms. Hartman again with attendance! Every month in the Pirateer I am going to give you an update on the stats of Lake Wylie in regards to attendance. I pulled a report directly linked to our PowerSchool Attendance System at the end of October that I wanted to share with you. I have previously stated that one of my personal goals was to lower our Chronic Absenteeism Rate (CAR). I am happy to share that our CAR has dropped .74% from this point in the school year last year! However, the number on unexcused absences has increased by 23%! At this point last year we had 579 unexcused absences compared to the 714 we have this school year. It is critical that the school and home work together to ensure our students are attending school every day and on time. Student who are absent miss quality instruction that could impede their academic performance. If you child must be absent, please communicate with the school by calling the office or sending it a note! It’s that quick and easy! If you are contacted by the school in regards to attendance concerns, please be open to communicating and working together to ensure the students are present and learning every day!


-Miss Andrea Hartman

What's Happening at Lake Wylie?

International Walk to School Day Event

We had a great time walking to school on International Walk to School Day. We walked just under one mile. We hope that more students and families will join us for the walk next year!
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Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat was so much fun! We doubled the number of "trunks" and participants!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

We had over 40 students enter the Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest. This year the winners were chosen by our school family at Trunk or Treat!

K-2 Report Card Survey

If you are a parent of a Kindergarten - 2nd grade student, please consider giving your feedback about the new report card. Lake Wylie is part of a pilot program and the district would like your feedback in order to make changes.


Click HERE to access the survey.


Kid's Voting

Lake Wylie had Kids' Voting on Wednesday, November 2nd for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. These students learned the voting process and the importance of it in media class. Voting stations were set up in the media center and in the art room. Each student had the opportunity to vote for U.S. President and received an "I Voted" sticker upon completion. The votes were tallied and the school-wide winners will be announced on November 8th. Students will also elected their new Student Body President, Vice President, and Reporter.

2016-2017 Student Council Officers

Join me in congratulating our 2016-2017 Student Council officers! They will begin their service on Wednesday working with our PTSA.

Upcoming Events!

November Calendar

November 8th - Teacher Workday

November 9th- Duke Energy Program

November 10th - Gus the Bus - Kindergarten

November 10th - Report Cards Home

November 10th - School Leadership Team Meeting 5pm-6pm

November 11th - Veteran’s Day - No School for Students or Staff

November 14th - CEO Leader’s Lunch (12:45-1:15)

November 15th - Make-Up Picture Day (Stage)

November 16th - Gus the Bus - 1st Grade

November 17th - First Quarter Success Acquired in Learning Ceremony (SAIL)

November 22nd - School Spelling Bee 9:00-9:30 Media Center

November 22nd - Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program 11:00-11:45 Gym

November 23rd-25th - Thanksgiving Break

November 28th- Matter and Energy 3rd Grade in house field trip- trailer 944

Duke Energy - The Conservation Capers

The Conservation Caper is a FREE in-school program designed to engage elementary school students in green living and saving energy. In this interactive 25-minute play for grades K-6, junior superhero Nikki Neutron and your students learn important lessons about resources and energy efficiency—and even convince the indecisive villain, Dr. Maybe, to join the cause. Teachers love the educational content, and students love the laughs!


Don't forget to help Lake Wylie win $250 by signing up for MyEnergyKit for free!

Gus the Bus

Gus the Bus will visit Lake Wylie Elementary School on November 10th for Kindergarten and November 16th for first grade. Gus the Talking school bus is a full size bus and has been visiting our schools for over 30 years. His program consists of a 20 min. classroom presentation followed by a trip outside to visit and talk with Gus. Children will learn more about school bus safety.

Operation Christmas Child Project

The Pirates will be kicking off our third year of Operation Christmas Child. We have collected shoe-boxes for families across the world that are less fortunate than us. Samaritan's Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing. Last year we collected over 175 shoe boxes from the entire school. We also, got a chance to visit the Operation Christmas child warehouse to see how the shoe-boxes were packed and distributed. So again this year we will continue this Community Service Project. Information will be coming home very soon!!! Collecting dates: November 1- December 9th.

Loaves & Fishes Food Drive Contest

Help students in our schools & community by donating to our Canned Food Drive!

Monday, November 7th – Friday, November 18th


Canned goods & Non-perishable items can be dropped off to the school you’d like to see win!(Most needed items include: Canned Pastas & Meats, Canned Fruit, Cereals, and 100% Fruit Juice Boxes)


It’s a Contest! Which school will collect the most donations?

1st Quarter SAIL Ceremony

November 17th


4th and 5th grade 8:15-9:00

Pre K, K, 1, and K-2 9:05-9:50

2nd and 3rd/, SAC 10:00-10:45

Thanksgiving Break

Students will be out of school from November 23rd-25th! Happy Thanksgiving!

The Winter Parade

For over twenty years, Lake Wylie Elementary has hosted a Winter Parade. The goal of the Winter Parade is to celebrate the season with our community partners and to showcase the dedicated staff and talented students in the Olympic feeder pattern. The theme for the Winter Parade is Superheroes. Each class, school, or organization interprets the theme by dressing in costume and decorating a float. The Winter Parade is led by a Grand Marshal and the Olympic High School Marching Band and Cheerleaders are always a crowd pleaser! This year, the Winter Parade is December 10th. The Parade will begin promptly at 11:00 am. The parade begins at Lake Wylie Elementary School and winds through The Crossings neighborhood (Moss Rd.) and ends at Good Shepherd Church.


Volunteers are needed to help with grade level floats. Floats can be created using a truck, trailer, or even a boat! Students must be accompanied by adults on the float or walking next to the float. Businesses are welcome to advertise in the parade. Parade participants will be allowed to toss out candy to spectators. Some local media participation is expected. All parade participants should park their cars at The Rock Church on Erwin Road and walk to Lake Wylie Elementary. Participants should arrive to their floats by 10:30 am. Float Decorating will begin at 10 am. Spectators sit along the sidewalk on Moss Road to cheer for our excited students and staff.

2016-2017 PTSA Board Members

Quintel Gwinn - President

Demetria Daniel - Vice President

Stephanie Broadbent - Treasurer

Melissa Gross - Secretary


Email your PTSA Board Members


Upcoming Meetings:

We hope that you will join us for our next School Leadership Team Meeting on Thursday, November 10th at 5:00 pm in the Media Center. This month, the team will review the School Improvement Plan based on 1st quarter data and they will also begin discussions around meeting the safety needs of all students. We hope you can join in the discussion. Click here for a link to previous meeting minutes.


Courtney Spohn - Chair

Ebony Jarvis - Co-Chair

Lake Wylie Community Partners