Overton December Parent Bulletin

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United Way Service Above Self Award

Congratulations to our Student Council for receiving the United Way Service Above Self Award for groups. The Student Council received $500 for their budget from United Way.

We have an amazing service oriented school thanks to the hard work of the sponsors of Student Council: Elizabeth Sippel, Pam Rutherford, Elizabeth Anderson, Laura Zimmerman Clark, and Lauren Wietor.

Community service activities include cards for Meals on Wheels, cards for the Hospital, last year cards for Soldiers serving over seas. Working at the Community Clinic, Rowan Helping Ministries, being ushers at the Norvell and much

more.

I am very proud of our students and staff. Congratulations on a job well done.

November Extraordinary Explorers

The following students were recognized as Extraordinary Explorers for the month of November.

K - Kenneth Cruz-Alvarado, Diana Villegas-Gonzalez, Dazmin Ambers, Jamir Tate, Benji Anderson, and Lilly Mendia

1 -Adrionna King, Elijah Mitchell, Ilena Etheredge, Kevin Cruz-Alvarado, Kyrie Hairston and Leanna Ford

2 - Joshua Allen, Ana Blankenship, Audrey Urbina, Ebbie Lescoe, Clarissa Reynolds, Jimmy Javis,and Harry Howard

3 - Jackie Harris, Kahla McCauley, Yasmine Yahyaoui, Deianna Withers, Sadie Bowler, and Ashley Rios-Bustillo

4 - Carson Tate, Yezabel Rodriguez, Zaniyah Worthy, Faith Jeter, Kendall Colwell, and Blake Barrier

5 - Ellison Frick, Emily Frick, Elijah Spadafore, NyAisiah Murphy, ShaLeah Conn, and Jerzi Torrence

Mrs. King

Mrs. King, Overton’s Teacher of the Year, was recognized at the December PTA meeting. Mrs. King has taught kindergarten

and second grade at Overton.

Ms. Roseman introduced Mrs. King as the reason for her success as a teacher. Mrs. King was Ms. Roseman’s Mentor.

Mrs. Allen

Mrs. Allen was recognized as Overton’s Teacher Assistant of the Year, at the December PTA meeting. Mrs. Allen has worked at Overton for 20 years. All 3 of her children have attended Overton. Congratulations Mrs. Allen.

Congratulations Ms. Roseman

Congratulations to Ms. Roseman who is one of 3 kindergarten teachers from the district chosen to train with the NC Department of Instruction and the new Kindergarten Assessment. Ms. Roseman will then be a trainer on the RSS team training all of the district's kindergarten teachers.

Congratulations Mrs. E. Anderson

Congratulations to Elizabeth Anderson who was selected to serve on the Math Science Professional Development grant writing team. Elizabeth was also part of the district team that did STEM training at the Smithsonian this summer.

Coding

In preparation for January’s Digital Learning Day Ms. Tucker and Mr. Yates are teaching students to code. What does that mean? It means when you walk in to their enhancements you hear them talking about algorithms used to do the computer coding required in games and applications.

What a wonderful experience for students to see the real world connection of coding and computer programming. It might even be their choice for a future career.!

December 9th PTA Meeting

Ms. Yelvington did an amazing job playing the ukele as kindergarten students sang winter songs.

Ms. Lineberger then explained how the arts can be integrated into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). When the arts are integrated the acronym becomes STEAM. Mrs. Phillips demonstrated push and pull (science) on tumbling mats. Ms. Yelvington demonstrated engineering/mathematics with marshmallows and toothpicks to make cubes. Ms. Lineberger showed parents how the iPad geoboard application can be used to plan art.

It was a wonderful evening with our amazing Overton families!

School Improvement Meetings

School Improvement team meetings are scheduled for the following dates: January 6, January 20, February 3, February 17, March 3, March 17, March 24, April 7, April 14, May 5, June 2. All meetings are open to the public. The increased frequency is necessary as this is our district and school re-accreditation year.

Mrs. Tunks and Retirement

At the PTA Advisory Board and December PTA meeting I announced my retirement date of March 1, 2015. The district will start the process of advertisement, interviewing, and hiring a new principal come January.

Dr. Moody, Kristi Rhone, Alesia Burnette will work with the staff and parents identifying characteristics wanted in the new principal. They will also ask for teachers and parents to be on the interview committee.

It has been a privilege working 10 years at Overton with your children. After 31 years of being an educator it is time for me to retire and spend time with my husband.

Thank you for all the wonderful memories I will carry with me.

Ways Parents, Grandparents, and Relatives Can Help Overton

1. Please cut out and send in any "Box Tops for Education" labels from your food products.

2. Use the OES ID number 70062374 when shopping at Office Depot.

3. Link your Target card to Overton for a percentage back to the school.

4. Recycle aluminum drink cans in the bin at the basketball courts.

5. Link your Harris Teeter IC card to OES. ID number is 1816. www.harristeeter.com/community/together_in_your_school.aspx

6. MVP cards can be linked online at www.foodlion.com, then MVP Rewards, enter your 12 digit card number and Overton's code 214002.

7. Bring in Tyson Product labels each is worth 24 cents.

8. Bring in coke bottle tops for the school to process and receive reward prizes

9. Buy a school magnet $5

10. Attend Family nights where the school receives a percentage of purchases back.

Next Family Night is January 13th at Chick-fil-A

Early Release of Students

Monday, Dec. 22nd, 11:45am

OES

Student dismissal will be at 11:45 a.m. Students will be fed lunch before going home. Teachers will be in training the remainder of the day.

Winter Holidays/Vacation

Tuesday, Dec. 23rd, 12am to Sunday, Jan. 4th 2015 at 12am

OES

School is out for students. All buildings in the RSS District will be closed during this time to conserve energy.

Students and staff return January 5, 2015.

C T Overton Elementary

Overton is a 1 on 1 iPad school and working to become a STEM school. A focus on literacy and Problem Based Learning is being used to engage students, make the curriculum rigorous and prepare students for jobs of the future.