Eaton E-News

July 23, 2021

Dear Eaton Families:

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year at Eaton! We are delighted to see the smiling eyes of your precious children. We are excited to introduce ourselves to our new Eaton family.

Mrs. Rosemarie "Romi" Wheeler

I am Rosemarie "Romi" Wheeler, and I am so very pleased to be your principal! I've come a long way to get here! I was born and raised on the central coast of California. I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and my K-8 teaching credential from San Jose State University. I taught in elementary schools in Los Gatos, California and Atlanta, Georgia before moving to North Carolina in 1998. I continued to teach at the elementary level in Hickory Public Schools and in Caldwell County Schools, during which time I earned my National Board Certification, followed by a Master's Degree in Executive Leadership from the School of Education at Gardner-Webb University. In 2013 I moved to Wilmington with my family. I taught the fourth grade at Mary C. Williams Elementary school for four years, where I held various leadership positions and worked with the Harvard University School of Education on reading research. I later spent four years as the assistant principal of Walter L. Parsley Elementary school.

In August, my husband Rick and I will celebrate our twenty-eighth wedding anniversary. We have two sons, Robbie and Ricky, who are graduates of New Hanover County Schools, and a very spoiled dog named Max. I have lived in many places, and Wilmington is one of my favorites, with it's beautiful beaches and many fun things to do.

I consider it an honor to be your principal at Eaton Elementary school, and look forward with much anticipation to beginning our new adventure together, as we foster excellence in education, nurture the whole child, and prepare our students for continued success in the twenty-first century!

Mrs. Crissie Allen

Hi! I am Crissie Allen, your new Assistant Principal. I am so excited to join the Eaton Elementary family! I have enjoyed meeting many of you throughout the week. Thank you for your warm welcome and kindness.

I am originally from Lumberton, NC and moved to Wilmington in 2001 to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington on a Teaching Fellows Scholarship. After majoring in Elementary Education, with a minor in Psychology, I attended graduate school at UNCW to receive my Masters of Education in Language and Literacy. I recently completed my Masters of School Administration at UNCW. It is safe to say that I am a proud Seahawk!

I previously worked at Wrightsboro Elementary in New Hanover County for 13 years. My classroom experience includes 1st, 4th and 5th grades, and I was most recently an Instructional Coach for five years.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love the beach, live music, and am a passionate animal lover. My husband, Brian, is an elementary principal in Pender County. We have a sweet dog, Airlie, and two playful cats, Hazel and Oliver.

I am so excited to be part of the Eaton family. I am looking forward to getting to know you, and working with you to support your child’s education.


The county is in the process of changing our communication systems with families (via email/phone). We will soon be using a system called School Messenger. At this time, we are only able to push messages out via social media and through our webpage (Twitter, Facebook, and Please continue to use these sources and we will let you know as soon as we have access to the new system. Thank you for your patience.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

We are so pleased with the way the year has started but there are always some "shop keeping" items to be addressed after the first few days. One of the most important issues is to ensure the safety of our students at arrival and dismissal. Below are some expectations that will make these processes smoother for us all! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions/concerns.



*After the first full week of school, we strongly encourage ALL carpool families to use the drop-off line in front of the school.

*Students will be invited by a staff member to begin exiting cars at 7:20am. Please be sure that your child is ready with their backpack, supplies, and mask 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. Otherwise, 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 needs to pick up breakfast on the way to his/her classroom.

-If there are no staff members outside when you arrive, you must PARK and WALK YOUR CHILD TO THE BUILDING.

*We are increasing the number of staff outside to help make the line move faster.

*If you are interested in am or pm bus transportation, please contact Holly Roth-Ivory, our school's data manager, at 397-1544 x71709 or at


*If you need to walk your child to the side door, please ensure the following things...

-Park on the grass behind the school parking lot on Ogden Park Road. Based on a directive from the sheriff's office, we must NOT permit cars to park across the street! 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.


Pick-up in front of building:

*Please have your carpool 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/number will be allowed to pick up your child/ren without going to the office to show identification.

-Please be mindful of who you share your child's number with. This is a safety measure to ensure that whoever picks up your child is approved by YOU.

*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 doing your part to help ensure safety during our arrival and dismissal times.

Breakfast and Lunch

*We wanted to make all families aware that breakfast and lunch will remain at NO COST to students for the 2021-2022 school year.

*A la carte items (including ice cream on Fridays for 1st-5th graders) can still be PURCHASED in the cafeteria line.

*New Hanover County Schools is now using Titan Family Portal as an online meal prepay option.

-Families must register at to make payments.

-You will need your child's Student ID number to link them to their account. If you have any

questions, please contact New Hanover County Schools Child Nutrition at 910-254-4212 or visit

*If your child had a balance in their account at the end of last school year, those funds have been transferred into the Titan system for your convenience.


*All students have the opportunity to go through the cafeteria line and choose from hot/cold breakfast items. They will take their breakfast to their classrooms to eat.

*Please be mindful to drop off your children a few minutes earlier if they need to go through the breakfast line before going to class in the morning. The tardy bell rings at 7:45am and children need to be IN THE CLASSROOM by this time to be considered on time.


*Kindergarten students will eat lunch (socially-distanced) in the cafeteria.

*1st-5th grade students will continue to eat lunch in their classrooms.

*All students will have the opportunity to go through the lunch line to get lunch and/or buy a la carte items.

*Visitors are still not permitted for lunch. We will update you ASAP when we are able to permit visitors on campus. We miss seeing you all at lunchtime and hope to see you again soon!

*You should have been made aware of any allergies within your child's classroom. Please be mindful of any restrictions that were shared with you regarding foods that may not be permitted for snacks/lunch.

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Notes from Nurse Tammy

My name is Tammy Frieberg, Nurse Tammy, as the students call me. I have over 20 years of pediatric nursing experience, most of that as a school nurse. I am pleased to help your students stay safe and healthy while at school. Feel free to reach out to me at any time either by phone 397-1544 (option 1) or email: if I can be of assistance to you. my website is also a great resource located on the Eaton Elementary School site under support staff. Forms, resources and lots of information can be found there.

If your child has any health conditions that may present at school such as an allergy, asthma, diabetes etc... please notify me as soon as possible so we can create a plan to meet your child's needs.

  • Illness: With the added layer of Covid ( see below), most illness symptoms means a child must stay home until cleared by a physician. If an illness occurs while the child is at school, we will contact you. Please make a plan to be able to pick up a student as soon as possible, hopefully within an hour. Students will not be able to attend daycare or ride a school bus home.
  • Injuries: If your child has an injury at school ( other than minor cuts/scrapes) we will attempt to reach you by phone, email or a note sent home outlining the injury, the steps taken and steps recommended for follow up. If your child has an injury that occurs outside of school ( sprain/strains/ fracture/ concussion etc...) please notify the nurse ASAP so all safety measures can be implemented especially for recess and PE.
  • Medications: Are best taken at home. If this is not possible, please notify me and we can review the steps needed to administer medication at school. Please be aware, students are NOT allowed to transport medication to school and a physician's order is required ( or written parental permission for some over the counter medications).
  • Return to school after illness: The county school policy states students need to be symptom free ( no fever, vomiting or diarrhea) for a full 24 hrs without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school. In many cases, a physician's clearance is also required ( see Covid below). Please reach out to Nurse Tammy by phone or email prior to sending your student back to school after an illness.
  • Spills/Accidents: We recommend you keep extra clothing ( either at school or in your child's backpack) in case of spills or accidents. We have a very limited supply of "extra" clothing. This is especially true for our younger students but even older students can have a spill.
  • Safety Measures: Health and safety is my primary goal. We will practice all Covid Safety recommendations including ( mask wearing, spacing 3-6 ft and washing hands and surfaces often). We will contact trace any covid cases and quarantine as indicated with local health department guidance. Affected families will be notified as soon as possible.
  • Vision & Hearing: We plan to screen all students in grades 1 & 3 for both vision and hearing issues in August. We will refer students for evaluation and you will be contacted if we uncover a need for further evaluation. Having clear vision is critical for your child's success at school. If your child is referred, please make it a priority to get them evaluated. If your child has been prescribed glasses, please make sure they have them each day.


Keeping your child safe is our top priority. Understandably, we are all Covid fatigued but now is not the time to let our guard down. The "Delta" Varient is extremely contagious, affects the unvaccinated and younger people at alarming rates and is poised to create another "surge" in cases very soon. If you are not vaccinated , please consider getting a vaccine asap. More County information found here. Unfortunately, Covid is still in our schools. Rest assured we are following the guidance of state and local health departments. You should have received a copy of the Covid 19 Update at the start of school. This will require some extra steps on your part. Thank you in advance for helping us keep your child and everyone safe at Eaton Elementary. As you know, this disease is a fluid situation. As changes occur, we will notify you.

  • Masks: Everyone needs to wear a mask while at school. Please make sure your child has a mask on every day BEFORE they exit the car or load the school bus. The district sent home a package of 5 masks for each student. Masks should be cleaned daily, fit snugly and worn over their mouth and nose. Mask use and care. Let the school know if you need assistance with getting more masks to use.
  • Symptoms: We are asking all families to be vigilant monitoring for signs of Covid EVERY DAY before sending your child to school which have expanded over time to include:
  1. Headache
  2. Sore Throat
  3. Vomiting or Diarrhea
  4. Fever/ Chills
  5. Cough
  6. Shortness of Breath
  7. Loss of Taste/Smell
  • Steps to take if Exposed (or determined to be a Close Contact), Diagnosed with Covid 19 or showing Symptoms of Covid 19
  1. Keep ALL Unvaccinated family members home until cleared by health professionals.
  2. Report the event to the school ( School Nurse Tammy) at 397-1544 option 1 or by email
  3. Returning to school will require checking in with the school nurse PRIOR to entry. Please contact Nurse Tammy for further instructions. Unfortunately, this encompases almost any symptom of illness for most children. Although not every illness will be Covid 19, we must ensure the safety and therefore a physician's clearance to enter school will be required if your child exhibits any of these symptoms. PLEASE keep your child home as

well as ANY UNVACCINATED Family members until the child is cleared to return to school. We realize this added burden of contacting a physician for all illness symptoms is a burden on families and not something we would normally request, but is our best defense against Covid 19 which will allow for us to continue with face to face in-person instruction at least until our students can be vaccinated.

  • Emergency Pick up Plan: If your child becomes ill during the day, they will be isolated from other students and a parent will be contacted. Please make sure you ( or someone you can designate) will be available to pick up your child as soon as possible ( within 1 hr). Children will not be allowed to take a bus home or daycare/ after school programs.
  • Communication: As soon as Covid 19 is confirmed within our school, contact tracing will begin. Anyone deemed a close contact will be communicated with and you may be required to keep your child out of school for a period of time as a safety measure in case they too become ill with Covid 19. We realize this too is an added burden on families but a necessary step to ensure the spread of Covid 19 is contained and school can remain open. Teachers will work with families to have school work assignments available for completion at home. Attendance will be counted as "excused" absences.

Support Staff

We are pleased to welcome Asjah Simpson as our new full-time Social Worker at Eaton! Whitney McCoy, School Counselor, and Ms. Simpson will be working closely together to support our Eaton staff, students and families this year.

Please feel free to access Whitney McCoy's website for school and community resources...

Needs Assessment

Below is an OPTIONAL form if your family is in need of support. Please feel free to complete this at any time if your circumstances change throughout the school year.

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Important Upcoming Dates

NHCS Year-Round Calendar:

8/3/21: Beginning of Grade (BOG) Reading for 3rd grade

8/18/21: Interim Reports go home

8/20/21: Teacher Workday (No school for students)

Our School's Why:

School Mission:

To create an inclusive culture through modeling and collaboration that challenges student thinking in new and 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, Celebration