Eaton Parent Newsletter

September 16th, 2022

Dear Eaton Families,

We hope you all enjoy a wonderful Fall intersession! We will see our Olympians on Monday, October 10th.

We will hold three volunteer trainings in the second quarter. If you are interested in volunteering, or chaperoning a field trip, please attend one of the sessions.

If you still have an Attractions coupon book, please make sure to return it to school or submit payment. Families can pay for their Attractions books using this form:

The code is Eaton.

When we return from break we will continue to reinforce cafeteria expected behaviors, such as:

  • Using a respectful noise level when having table conversations
  • Cleaning up one's area before throwing away tray
  • Using table manners (not playing with food and creating a mess)

While we are fortunate to have our amazing and hardworking custodians in the cafeteria during lunch, we want to teach our students to be respectful of their work.

According to NC Compulsory attendance law GS 115C-378 and School Board Policy 8212, school are required to send letters home informing parents of unexcused absences. Letters will go home with students after 3, 6, and 10 days of unexcused absences.

If students have cell phones they must remain off and in their bookbags during school and on the bus.

Battle of the Books:

There will be an informational meeting after school on October 20th for students in 4th and 5th grades who are interested in participating in Battle of the Books. More information to come after Fall break.

Ice Cream Volunteers

After fall break, the cafeteria will offer ice cream on Thursdays instead of Fridays. If you are a Level 2 volunteer, and are interested in assisting with ice cream on Thursdays, please sign up here:

Important Information from our Data Manager

For students in Grades 1-5, all parents/guardians of NHCS students will be required to complete the beginning-of-year paperwork using the Scribbles online system. The online system allows parents/guardians the ability to complete this process from their laptop, cell phone, or desktop computer. If the parent/guardian has moved, please update the address on the beginning-of-year paperwork and upload the new proof of residence. Students attending Eaton will need to select their zone/district school in order to complete the application, it will then be transferred to Eaton for processing. The beginning of year paperwork will close October 15th, 2023

If you have questions or need support, please reach out to our data manager, Lyndsie Hutson,

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Please review our procedures to avoid any confusion. Procedures are in place to ensure safety of students.

Morning drop-off and afternoon pick up is located in the front of the school at the Gordon Road light. Please follow the flow of traffic, which lines up in front of the school and circles through the gravel lot.

If your child needs assistance with their seatbelt, please pull over into the parking spots to the left and assist your child so that traffic can continue to flow.

Please make sure that children enter and exit from the passenger side of the vehicle.


The bell will ring at 7:20am. Once staff members are in place to safely monitor students, students will be invited to begin exiting cars. Please be sure that your child is ready with their backpack when they reach the sidewalk drop-off area.

The tardy bell rings at 7:45am. Students must be in their classrooms by this time to be considered on time. If students are not in their classroom when the tardy bell rings, they will need a tardy slip from the front office to enter their classroom.

Please be mindful of the time you arrive, especially if your child is eating breakfast in the cafeteria.

If you arrive after the tardy bell there will not be staff members outside. You must park and walk your child into the building to sign them in at the front desk.

We encourage our families to use the parent drop off line in front of the school. Please do not walk up to the front door.


If you walk your child to the side door, located off Ogden Park Road, please ensure the following:

  • Park on the grass behind the school parking lot on Ogden Park Road. Cars are not permitted to park across the street, as this is a major safety concern.
  • Parents/Guardians must walk their child through the grass (NOT through the parking lot) to the covered area leading into the school. Children must always walk with an adult.


All families are given two signs with their last name and assigned number. Please have your sign displayed on the right side of your front window/dashboard. Leave the sign visible until after your children have entered the car.

Only vehicles that have your sign will be allowed to pick up your child or children without going to the office to show identification. Please be mindful that if you give someone your sign, you are giving them permission to pick up your child.

If you need sign replacements please contact Ms. Harrison at the front desk.

Please remember to remain in your car when you are picking up your student in the afternoon. If your student needs support opening the door we are happy to help.

We encourage parents to teach students to learn to buckle their safety belts. However, if your child is not yet able to do this, please pull up past the mailbox and/or park in a spot to assist your child. This helps to keep our carpool line moving smoothly.

We do not allow parents to park at the side of the building and walk up with a sign to pick up children. You must use the pick up line. The only exception will be for families who walk from their home to pick up children and/or circumstances approved by administration.

Thank you for your help to ensure safety during our arrival and dismissal times.

All transportation changes (different than how your child normally goes home) must be submitted in writing. Emails with transportation changes are not permitted. Our teachers are busy working with students and may or may not have a chance to check emails prior to dismissal. Please send a note with your child, or come by the front desk with your transportation change.

If you need to pick up your child early from school, you must do so by 1:45pm. Please know that you will need your drivers license to sign your child out of school. We only allow individuals listed as emergency contacts in PowerSchool to check out students.

Volunteer Opportunities at Eaton

We love our volunteers at Eaton Elementary! Volunteers are needed to assist teachers with clerical work, read with students, work with small groups or one-on-one, assist in the media center, assist in the cafeteria on ice cream day, help out with Fall Festival, Field Day, and more! We also encourage our families to join our active PTA, where there are many opportunities to be involved in our school community. Volunteer applicants may either be designated a Level I or Level II Volunteer depending on the type of services the volunteer provides and the amount of school based supervision the volunteer works under. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Level I

Parents, family, or community members volunteering to assist students in a supervised setting are not required to undergo a background check if they are continually supervised by school personnel during the school day.

Level II

Parents, family, or community members volunteering to assist students in an unsupervised setting away from school personnel are deemed Level II Volunteers. We also ask that all chaperones become Level II volunteers, as well as those interested in assisting in our media center and cafeteria at Eaton Elementary. An applicant designated a Level II Volunteer must complete the online application and the criminal background check. Applications must be completed at least two weeks prior to the time you wish to begin volunteering. The cost of background checks are $20.

All volunteers must complete the training orientation each school year, as well as complete and turn in a volunteer application form each school year. Volunteer application forms were sent home with students. They are also linked below. Level II volunteer background checks are good for three years. You can log into your account to check your expiration date, or contact Mrs. Allen. If you attended training last year with Mrs. Allen, there is an option to attend a self-paced training online and submit a quiz. Please contact Mrs. Allen for more information.

Community Partnerships & Engagement: All Hands On Deck Portal

NHCS Volunteer Handbook:

Volunteer Application Form: (You may complete the form online, save it, and email it to Mrs. Allen, or you may print it, complete it, and turn it into the front office)

Level II Volunteer Background Check:

Eaton Volunteer Coordinator: Mrs. Allen, Assistant Principal

Updates from the PTA

Next PTA meeting is October 11th. We hope you can join us!

Link to purchase spirit wear:

Please consider joining the PTA:

Eaton's PTA Website:

Child Nutrition

We encourage all families to complete a Free and Reduced meal application for the school year 2022/2023. Even if you think you will not qualify, please complete an application. A student's free and reduced lunch status is completely confidential to staff members. If you qualify for reduced lunch, it will be free. Click on these links to access the application: English F/R Application or Spanish F/R Application

Lunch Menu

You can access the NHCS elementary lunch menu below. Please note that menu is subject to change if items are not available.

Important Upcoming Dates

September 19th - October 6th Fall Intersession

October 7th Teacher Workday- No School for Students

October 13th Report Cards

October 21st Half Day for Students

November 4th Fall Festival

November 8th Election Day/Teacher Workday-No School for Students

November 11th Veterans Day Holiday

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August 26th, 2022

August 19th, 2022

August 12th, 2022

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July 29th, 2022

July 22nd, 2022

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July 8th, 2022

Our School's Why:

School Mission:

To promote academic excellence through inclusion, modeling, collaboration and challenging students to think in innovative ways.

School Vision:

We are creating a nurturing school community that prepares the whole child to be a problem solver, critical thinker, and empathetic global citizen.

Core Values:

Empowerment, Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Academic Excellence