From the Desk of Dr. Nichols

Eastover Elementary Updates- Weeks of Mar 14 & Mar. 21

Next Edition Will be the Week of April 4th

Important Dates:

-Mar 1-March 24--MAP Testing (K-5)

-Mar. 15-Primary Elections at Eastover (Gym)

-March 24- End of 3rd 9 weeks grading period

-Mar. 25-Apr. 1- CMS Spring Break (no school for students)

-Apr. 14- Report Cards go Home

-Apr. 20- Early Release Day (Students Dismiss at 12:15pm)

Looking for Spring Break Homes for Some of our Eastover Classroom Pets!!

A few teachers are looking for help in finding a home for their classroom pets over Spring Break (3/24-4/3). if you would like to offer a home for one of the pets below, please contact the teacher at school, thanks!

Mr. Scotland--(2 Bearded Dragons--can go to 1 home or 2)

Ms. Holmes--(1 Gecko)

Let's Work Together to Keep our Students, Staff, and Classrooms Healthy!!!

Dear Parents,

We've had some students come down with a stomach bug over the past few days. Please help us in keeping your child at home if he/she has a fever and has vomited (example--Suzy has a fever and vomited at home during the night/early in the morning). For the health and safety of all ---students need to be fever free and no vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school. We want all students and staff to stay healthy and stomach bug free--thank you!!!

3rd 9 weeks Grading Period Ends Thursday, March 24th

Don't forget that students need to have all work turned in and any make-up work completed (according to teacher's expectations) by Thursday, March 24th. If you have any questions about your child's grade/average, please contact his/her teacher as soon as possible!

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 3/14 and 3/21)


-Literacy Theme: Dr. Seuss- Letter Name and Sounds (Long vowels, CVC Words CVCe words, Review letter sounds, Medial sounds).

-Math Unit: Make a Shape, Build a Block- Students: develop language to describe and compare 3D shapes and their attributes, relate 3D shapes to real world objects, describe the attributes of cones, cubes, cylinders, and spheres, and construct 3D shapes.

-Science Unit: Healthy Eating-Students learn to make good choices when choosing foods to eat.

-Social Studies: NA

-Writing: Theme: Silly Rhymes-Students continue to write 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 will: compare characters within and between texts over time, identify difference between feelings and character traits, and identify how and why characters change (fables will also be introduced over the next 2 weeks.

-Math: Shapes: Students will be introduced to shapes through exploring manipulatives, identifying attributes, and utilizing shapes to fill in designs. Students will also compose new shapes from composite shapes.

-Science: Solar System--Students will continue to learn about the sun and the moon in the sky and other planets in our solar system. Students will begin recognizing patterns of observable change in the moon from night to night.

-Soc. Studies:NA

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop- Narrative Writing- Students will complete their narrative unit this week. Students will be introduced to nouns, adjectives through whole class.

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

2nd grade:

-Literacy: Different Types of Fiction-Students will be able to: explore different types of fiction, make meaningful connections to fiction (Text-to-text, text-to-world,text-to-self). Students will also practice comprehension skills for fiction passages, review “fix-up strategies” that they can use when they are having trouble with comprehension, keep track of who is reading when reading a fiction passages, and summarize a book or a story in their own words.

-Math: Measurement and Data Analysis--Students will work on: the terms centimeters and meters as standard units of measure, use centimeters and meters to describe length, measure using metric units, and use subtraction strategies to compare different measurements.

-Science: Unit on Sound--Students will be able to explain the parts of the ear and how the parts of the ear work together to allow us to hear sounds. Test is this Friday (3/18).

-Soc. Studies: NA

-Writing: Research Writing--Students will continue to 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-Close Reading: Students will continue to practice close reading strategies (use of the RACE strategy to respond to reading).

-Math: Fractions-Students will be able to locate fractions on a number line. Students will create a number line to plot fractions.
-Science: Solar System- Students will continue to work on planets from the solar system in class this week.

-Soc. Studies: Economy- Students will be able to explain why people become entrepreneurs and give examples of different entrepreneurships in and around the Charlotte area. Students will also be able to explain how location impacts supply and demand.

-Writing: Poetry Unit- Students will finish poetry unit this week.

-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 4 2/1 - 3/18 (Literary Selection this week: Chicken Sunday

By: Patricia Polacco) Students will: describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions.); determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean); and compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated including the difference between first - and third- person narrations.

Math: Decimals Unit- Students will: review and complete a test on Unit 6 (Fractions and decimals) and students will begin estimating products of larger numbers.

Science: Energy--Students will explain the cause of day and night based on the rotation of Earth on its axis.

Soc. Studies: Students will present their Unit 3 SS Newspapers in class.

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: Managing Anxiety-Students will identify situations that cause anxiety.

5th grade:

Literacy: Poetry Unit- Students will continue Poetry Unit by continuing to apply their knowledge on the elements of Poetry to help them with comprehension. Students will work on determining the theme and tone of individual poems as well as working with comprehension questions to help us understand what poems are saying.

Math: Shapes Unit: Students will classify 2-D shapes

Understand that attributes belonging to a category also belong to all subcategories

Classify a hierarchy of shapes based on certain properties

Pathway dependent on skill level as assessed on pre-test

Science: Weather vs. Climate-Students continue to learn about weather and climate (Weather/Air pressure: effects on weather and climate, types of fronts: cold, warm, occluded, stationary)

Soc. Studies: Colonial America- Students will begin an introduction to the American Revolution (tensions grow between colonies and England, and will continue working on wax museum characters).

Writing: Students have completed their Wax Museum research. Students are beginning the phases of writing the personal narrative by focusing on smooth transitions and narrowing down to an appropriate time limit. Costume Contract added this week.

Health: Second Step Lessons (Emotions Management)


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

PE-Please wear tennis shoes on PE days--thank you!

Tech- For immediate updates this week, please contact Ms. Diebolt: (

Media- For immediate updates this week, please contact Ms. O'Neal: (

Art- For immediate updates this week, please contact Mr. Clifford: (