From the Desk of Dr. Nichols

Eastover Elementary School Updates-Week of Dec. 14

Wishing you a wonderful, holiday break and a Happy New Year!!!

Dear Eastover Family,

It's hard to believe that this is our last week before our holiday break! Our students and teachers have been working diligently in our classrooms to complete all work and tasks before our well-deserved break.

On behalf of our staff, I would like to wish each of you a restful, fun-filled holiday break and a Happy New Year!!! We look forward to seeing our students back on Monday, January 4, 2016!!

Dr. Nichols :)

Important Dates:

-Dec. 1-18- MAP Winter Testing Window

-Dec. 17-Pajama Day (School-wide Behavior Reward for Students/Staff)

-Dec. 18- Student Council Sponsored Red/Green Day (Students may replace any item of their uniform with either red or green to celebrate the season of giving)

-Dec. 21 - Jan. 1-Holiday Break, No School

-Jan. 4-27- Reading 3D Testing Window (Grades K-3 only)

-Jan. 18- MLK Holiday, No School

-Jan. 20- End of 2nd 9 wks grading period

-Jan. 20- Early Dismissal for all students at 12:15pm

-Jan. 25- Teacher Workday, No school for students

A BIG Eastover Welcome to Ms. Alison Edwards!!

Ms. Edwards joined our Eastover staff last week as a Teacher Assistant in Kindergarten. She will assist in Ms. Schafer's and Ms. Stewart's classes. Ms. Esquivel will continue to work as a Teacher Assistant in Ms. Duckett's and Ms. Hutchison's classes.

The Eagle Eye--Student Created Newspaper (1st Edition-December 2015)

Congratulations to the Eagle Eye Newspaper team and their sponsor Ms. Diebolt in creating the first edition of our student-run newspaper. Please click the link below to access the newspaper through our school website:

NC School Report Cards--Coming home this week

Dear Parents,

This week, you will receive our school's report card based on our performance as a school during the 2014-2015 school year. We are happy to say that the following will be shown on our report card:

Overall Proficiency (Grades 3-5, all State Testing)-74%

7 out of 10 students in grades 3-5 are proficient in Math/Reading

Overall College and Career Ready (Score of 4, 5 on state testing)-65%

out of the 7 students in grades 3-5----6.5 of them are College/Career Ready

AMO (Annual Measurable Objectives)—formerly known as AYP

Reading, Grades 3-5-Met 10 out of 10 targets (100%)

Math, Grades 3-5-Met 8 out of 10 targets (80%)

Overall Targets met-23 out of 25= 92%

Last year—80% of targets met

2014-2015 School Year State Performance Letter Grade:

2014-15= B

2013-2014= C

overall letter grade was raised from a C to a B in 1 academic year!!

Young Master Chess--Tournament Update!!

On Saturday several dozen children from Young Master Chess schools were among the 150+ in attendance at the CMSCA Grade Championship at Vance High School. This was essentially a "city championship" where kids played those in their grade. Many of the children had standout results and several teams and individual took away trophies.

Here are the results from Eastover Elementary:

-Nicholas W. -- 8th place 5th Grade!

-Colin M. -- 4th Place in 3rd Grade!

Congratulations to these students!!!

Please help support our Bearded Dragons!

We are currently raising money for new cages for Fat Girl and Stoner (they are located in the Auditorium). The 2 year old dragons were brought to the school as babies. They have grown tremendously and Stoner and Razor no longer fit into their tanks. Thanks to an Eagle Scout, Razor has a beautiful, 15 foot enclosure. We are requesting funding to buy larger tanks for Fat Girl and Stoner. These larger tanks will fit their needs throughout their life spans with us at Eastover. We are also requesting funding for miscellaneous items such as bulbs and tank furniture.

If you would like to help, please click the link below, thank you!!!

Download the CMS Mobile App

As winter weather approaches, now is the perfect time to download the CMS mobile app on your Apple or Android device. The app makes it easy to receive weather-related updates and access the latest CMS news, calendars and more anytime, anywhere. Visit

Cooler Weather/School Uniform Reminder-

Please don’t forget with the cooler weather—students need to be in uniform with their navy blue or white jackets/sweaters during instructional time in the classroom (8:15am-3:15pm).

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Student Council News

The student council will be accepting toiletry donations for The Urban Ministries from December 7th thru the 15th. The grades will be pairing to collect the following:

-Grades K and 3 are collecting any dental supplies

-Grades 1 and 4 are collecting any soaps or lotions

-Grades 2 and 5 are collecting any deodorants or powders

Boxes will be on display across from the computer lab and all students can add a dash of red or green to their uniforms on December 18th to celebrate a season of giving.

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 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 (Week of 12/14)


-Literacy Theme: Literacy Theme:Polar Express- Letter Name and Sounds (Long vowels

CVC Words CVCe words), and continuing the use of Daily 5.

-Math Unit: Measuring and Counting- Develop strategies to understand what length is, ID the longest dimension of an object, and compare lengths of different objects.

-Science Unit: NA

-Social Studies: Christmas Around the World- Students will learn that there are many ways to celebrate the Christmas holiday and many different traditions around the world.

-Writing: Launching Writer's Workshop- We Are All Writers-Genre: Narrative and informative-Writers write about what they know (Mini-books, Mentor texts, 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 work on the following: building reading stamina, retell stories using first, next, then, last (sequence the events in a story but orally and written), and identify text features in information books.

-Math: How many of each? Students will review solving a word problem (using fact families, 3 addends, as well as find the missing addends in the problems). Students will also work to identify minute and hour hand on the clock.

-Science: NA

-Soc. Studies: Christmas Around the World--Students will identify holidays and explain the different ways cultures celebrate Christmas.

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop-Classes will be wrapping up how-to-books with one final book.

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

2nd grade:

-Literacy: Character Traits-Students will be able to: identify the character traits of characters in a variety of Christmas books, relate the book version of The Polar Express to the movie version , and students will complete Christmas/Holiday themed reading comprehension passages.

-Math: Addition and Subtraction Strategies and Place Value Unit--Students will work on: addition and subtraction strategies, use known combinations to add two and three numbers, understand that order does not matter when adding, use double and near doubles combinations to solve addition and subtraction problems, use a calculator as a mathematical tool, and will compare a number to 20 to find the difference.

-Science: NA

-Soc. Studies: Christmas Around the World--Students will be able to learn about the holiday celebrations in: Sweden, Germany, Israel, Mexico. Students will be able to compare the similarities and differences between the holidays.

-Writing: Persuasive Writing--Students will write a letter to Santa explaining why they would be a good elf. Their writing must include reasons persuading Santa to pick them as an elf. Students will take the entire piece of writing through the writing process.

-Health: Completed with School Counselor

3rd grade:

-Literacy: Literacy Theme-Nonfiction Reading: Expository Texts- Readers will: organize or categorize new information by creating a boxes and bullets outline that matches the text, find the main idea by looking for ‘pop out’ sentences, and notice when the text transitions into a new subtopic by saying, ‘oh, this is about a new subtopic’

-Math: Area/Graphing-Students measure rectangles using square units of different sizes. Interpret and create a scaled picture and bar graph.

-Science: Matter- Students will understand the structure and properties of matter before and after they undergo a change. Students will also recognize that air is a substance that surrounds us, takes up space and has mass. Compare solids, liquids, and gases based on their properties.***Students will finish this unit this week with a quiz.

-Soc. Studies: Students will continue working on material of well-known historical figures that have changed their communities for the better, as well as major events that shaped our history. Students will explore history through project-based learning and writing.

-Writing: Narrative Writing and the Writing Process- Students will focus on grammar skills and sentence structure (8 parts of speech). Students will continue informative writing/research writing about famous historical figures.

-Health- Students will be able to identify classroom distractions and assertive communication skills in response to scenarios.

4th grade:

Literacy: Literacy Theme Cycle #3 (12/7 - 1/29) Students will: understand that the structure of a text helps to understand how the writer is connecting events, ideas, and concepts, understand that a text may have an overall structure of one kind and different types of structures within its parts, understand they need to use all parts of the text to understand the text more fully, study charts, graphs, time lines, and other visual displays and put together the information that these give with what the text says to gain a deeper understanding, identify author’s points in a text and show how the author makes his / her claim(s), and will identify the reasons and the evidence that were provided to support the author’s particular points.

Math: Geometry- Students will: identify and measure different types of angles, identify different angles in shapes, and will identify different types of lines.

Science: Matter--Students will work in literature circles to show their understanding of the articles (December National Geographic Articles).

Soc. Studies: Students will complete Unit 1 Assessment, learn about different services banks offer (students will learn how to handle money, investigate interest rates, and how to balance check books)

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: Empathy-Students will be able to identify clues that help them recognize other people’s feelings.

5th grade:

Literacy: Historical Fiction and Nonfiction-Students will complete read-alouds (“Cornerstones of Freedom” and “Uncle Jed’s Barbershop) with a Close Reading of “Cornerstones” to practice compare/contrasting of events. Students will have centers and classroom discussions to delve into study of characters, events, theme, setting, and feelings to find connections between both books.

Math: Measurement: Students will compete in measurement mini-olympics (measure and convert mini olympic stations, measurement unit assessment, customary conversion (length, mass, capacity), and metric conversion (length, mass, capacity).

Science: Students continue to learn physical and chemical properties and changes through Heat Transfer unit (conduction, convection, radiation) and compare and contrast heat and electricity using Venn diagram.

Soc. Studies: NA-RHASE

Writing: NA-RHASE

Health: NA-RHASE- Growth and Development, Emotional Growth, HIV/AIDS, Unit Quiz


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

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

Tech- K-4 (student choice activities this week), 5th grade-blueprints with gumdrop/toothpick buildings

**2nd grade/Technology-publishing personal books (books will be delivered mid-January)