Elkmont Elementary

Family Newsletter August 2019

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The School Store Fundraiser

On Monday, August 19th, your child will come home with a fundraiser packet from The School Store. Please go to www.schoolstore.net and sign up! Once you complete this process, you will get a Prize Code that your child can redeem for a Backpack Pet (Grades PK-3) or a Fitness Tracker (Grades 4-5)! There are 3 ways listed inside that your family and friends can help our school:
1. Make a 100% tax-deductible donation by purchasing a CaringforClassrooms.org gift card redeemable by your child's teacher for classroom supplies and equipment.
2. Renew or purchase magazine subscriptions, DVDs, cookbooks and more, where the school will earn up to 50% of your purchase.
3. Shop online with over 350 major vendors like Walmart (online grocery ordering included), Kohl's Best Buy, etc. and the school earns a percentage of the sales.
Our School Store will stay open ALL YEAR LONG! If you buy online, please check our vendor list so our school will benefit from your purchase! A list of some of our vendors is pictured below.
Also, don't forget to check your Golden Ticket in your envelope to see if your family is the lucky $100 winner!

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Attendance Matters

Our school of approximately 345 students, we had 4,415 absences and 1437 tardies for the 18/19 school year! 31.8% of our students are considered Chronically Absent by the ALSDE. This impacts learning so much! Take a look at the chart below to see how much school your child is really missing when those days and minutes add up.
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Important School Information

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Help Our School and Buy a School Snack!

We sell a variety of snacks daily at school to help our school make purchases throughout the year. The money raised through our school snack program goes towards our janitorial fund to purchase toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, etc.

We appreciate your help!

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Please Wear PE/Recess Appropriate Shoes to School

We need your help! Please make sure your child is wearing PE/Recess appropriate shoes to school each day. This is for the safety of your child, as well as for ensuring that instructional time is not spent changing shoes. Coach Simmons has about 70 kids in each PE class, and we want them to be able to participate in all of their PE class. We also want to make sure your child gets the most out of recess each day. Please help us make sure your child is able to enjoy PE and recess to the fullest! Thank you!

School Picture Day is August 30th!

We will need 4 parent volunteers to assist with Picture Day. If you are available, please email Kim.Wales@lcsk12.org
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Kids and Kin

The Kids and Kin Program has been specifically designed to meet the needs of relative child care providers and to raise their level of awareness about the importance of their roles. Educational workshops, resources, support activities, and a quarterly provider newsletter are offered to relative care providers which impact the quality of child care available in our communities. Kids and Kin includes a Voluntary Certification Program through which providers earn health and safety items, books, and learning materials for attending free training sessions related to quality child care enhancement. Participation in the Kids and Kin Program is free.

The Kids and Kin Program provides services to Relative Child Care Providers in all 67 Alabama counties.

Eligibility Requirements to participate in the Kids and Kin Program:

  • Must be at least 19 years old
  • Must be providing child care for a grandchild, niece, nephew, or sibling who is not over 12 years of age
  • Cannot be the child’s legal guardian or foster parent
  • Cannot be a licensed child care provider
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TEAM EES Parent Volunteer Group

Team EES is a Parent Volunteer Group organized on Facebook. If you want to join and learn how you can better better support EES, please click on the TEAM EES picture to join the group!

21st Century Community Learning Center After School Program

Elkmont Elementary has a 21st Century Community Learning Center After School and Summer Program to assist our families who need after school child care. The tuition is a sliding scale based on family income and we also have scholarships available. The links below will give you additional information:

Program Information: https://www.elkmontelem.org/21stcenturyafterschoolprogram

Program Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EES21stCCLC/?ref=bookmarks

For more information, please email our Site Director, Mrs. Kriston Cagle at kriston.cagle@lcsk12.org or call at 256-278-9663

Counselor Connections

Our counselor, Ms. April Hamlin, has put together a comprehensive list of resources and information for our parents and community. Please see the link below to access her page.

Important Announcements

Get Connected and Follow Us on Social Media:

Car Riders:

  • Morning: Students should NEVER exit the car until Coach Simmons gives the "GREEN" signal from the front of the line. This will ensure that all students are safe from moving cars. Parents, please do not move you cars until Coach Simmons motions for you to do so.
  • Afternoon: Please place your car rider number in a visible place in your windshield. If you need a Car Rider number, please email Mrs. James at haley.james@lcsk12.org

Absence from School: If your child is absent, please send an excuse within 3 days of the day your child returns to school. You have 5 parent notes you can use each semester if a doctor's excuse is not available.

Important Dates


  • Color Days (see Flyer Above)
  • 30th - School Picture Day
  • 30th - Spirit Shop Orders are Due


  • 2nd - Labor Day/No School
  • 6th - Grandparents/Grandfriends Day (More information will come home soon!)
  • 6th - Fun Friday Snack
  • 11th - Progress Reports Go Home
  • 20th - Fun Friday Snack
  • 25th - Half Day for Students (11:10 Dismissal)


  • 4th - Fun Friday Snack
  • 7th - 11th - Fall Break/No School
  • 17th - Report Cards Go Home
  • 18th - Fun Friday Snack
  • 25th - Attendance/Truancy Meeting with Parents


  • 6th - Holiday Picture and Fall Remakes
  • 8th - Fun Friday Snack
  • 8th - Progress Reports Go Home
  • 11th - Veteran's Day/No School
  • 18th - 20th American Education Week Celebration
  • 20th - Fun Friday Snack
  • 22nd - Attendance/Truancy Meeting with Parents
  • 25th - 29th - Thanksgiving Holidays/No School


  • 2nd - DIBELS Testing Begins
  • 6th - Fun Friday Snack
  • 13th - DIBELS Testing Ends
  • 19th - Christmas Holiday Sing-Along Event
  • 20th - 1/2 Day for Students
  • 23rd - January 1 Christmas Holidays


  • 6th - Student Return
  • 6th - STAR Reading and Math Testing Begins
  • 7th - Report Cards Go Home
  • 20th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School
  • 31st - Attendance/Truancy Meeting for Parents


  • 6th - STAR Testing Ends
  • 10th - Progress Reports Go Home
  • 17th - President's Day, No School
  • 26th - 1/2 Day for Students (11:10 Dismissal Time)
  • 28th - Attendance/Truancy Meeting with Parents


  • 2nd - March Madness Reading Challenge Begins (Kick-Off Pep Rally)
  • 2nd - Read Across America Week Begins
  • 27th - Attendance/Truancy Meeting with Parents
  • 27th - Report Cards Go Home
  • 30th - April 3rd Spring Break


  • 24th - Attendance/Truancy Meeting with Parents
  • 29th - DIBELS Testing Begins
  • 30th - Progress Reports Go Home


  • 1st - STAR Reading and Math Testing Begins
  • 13th - DIBELS Testing Ends
  • 21st - Last Day for Students (1/2 Days), Report Cards Go Home
  • 22nd - Teacher Workday