From the Desk of Dr. Nichols

Eastover Elementary Updates- Weeks of May 2 and May 9

Only 2 Newsletters Left for this Year--Week of May 16 and Final Edition the Week of June 6

Important Dates:

-April 27-May 18-Final Reading 3D Testing (Grades K-3 only)

-May 2-6-Eastover Staff Appreciation Week

-May 4- Beginner's Day (Rising K Families/Students Visit Campus)

-May 5-6-4th 9 wks progress reports go home

-May 13-Last day for school volunteers

-May 23-June 7- Eastover Test Mode (No adult/parent volunteers or visitors from 8:15am-1:15pm daily in preparation for Required-End of Year State Testing)

-May 25-June 8-EOG State Testing, Grades 3-5

-May 27-Teacher Workday (no school for students)

-May 30-Memorial Day (holiday, no school for students/staff)

-June 9-Last Day of School for Students

Eastover will be in TESTING MODE (May 23 - June 7)

Dr. Nichols and the Eastover Administrative team will be placing the school in TESTING MODE from Monday, May 23rd - Tuesday, June 7th. As you know, our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will begin End-of-Grade testing the week of May 23rd. The children have been working very hard all year and we know that they are going to perform extremely well on state testing over the next two weeks.

In order to ensure all of our students have a distraction-free testing session, Eastover will be in TESTING MODE from Monday, May 23rd – Tuesday, June 7th.

Here are some reminders about what will be going on during these dates (5/23-6/7):

-the building will be closed to adult/parent volunteers and/or visitors from 8:15am-1:15pm each day (in preparation for locking the building down during our mandated, state testing times)

-only students, staff members and volunteer proctors will be permitted to enter and/or remain in the building from 8:15am-1:15pm each day

-all student lunches will be closed to outside visitors (parents, friends, etc.) from 5/23-6/7 due to mandated, state testing

-check-outs for students in grades 3-5 need to take place after 1:15pm. If your child is in a testing site and needs to be checked out before 1:15pm, you will need to speak to Dr. Nichols directly in order to not disrupt testing and come up with a plan of action.

-any emergencies requiring an adult/parent needing access inside the building from 8:15am-1:15pm, will be addressed individually by school administration either in person or over the phone.

Thank you in advance for your support and understanding of Eastover's TESTING MODE from Monday, May 23-Tuesday, June 7!!!!

Dr. Nichols

End of Year State Testing Reminder (Grades 3, 4, and 5 only)

The end of the year is coming quickly and I want all families to be aware that required, state testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will take place during the following days. Please add these to your calendar.

3rd grade only:

Wed. May 25- 3rd grade EOG (Reading)

Thurs. May 26- 3rd grade EOG (Math)

4th and 5th grades only:

Tues. May 31- 4th and 5th grade EOG (Reading)

Wed. June 1- 4th and 5th grade EOG (Math)

Thurs. June 2- 4th grade Science (NCFE) and 5th grade Science EOG

***additional 3rd grade testing dates for retest (EOG/Reading only) and Read to Achieve (RTA) will be sent home to 3rd grade families

Calling all Volunteers!!!! Proctors Needed for End of Year State Testing (Grades 3, 4, 5)

We are looking for proctors to help with state testing the week of May 25th-June 3rd. Here are the requirements by the state to serve as a proctor:

-responsible adult community volunteer (age 18 or older and not enrolled as a student in the K–12 public school system)

-proctors will be assigned to a testing site which doesn't include his/her child or family member

Please click the link below to select a testing date/time:

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 frequently 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 (Weeks of 5/2 and 5/9)


-Literacy Theme: Life Cycle/Plants- High frequency words: REVIEW, Long vowel patterns, diphthongs, CVC words CVCe words CVVC words

-Math Unit: Place Value- Students compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into tens and ones.

-Science Unit: Life Cycles-Students learn that all living things grow and change.

-Social Studies: NA

-Writing: Theme: Opinion Writing-Students write opinion pieces about what they know, use of mentor texts, and 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 be reviewing informational texts, identify facts in texts, decipher fiction vs. non-fiction and why, gather information from different texts to compare and contrast different animals. Reading 3D will begin in full swing beginning Wednesday, April 27. While that is going on we will be reviewing:

Character Traits, beginning/middle/end, problem and solution, adding detail and main idea.

-Math: Shapes: Students will: review skills already taught in problem solving, math fluency through our CMJ/REVIEW, introduced to shapes through exploring manipulatives, identifying attributes, and utilizing 3D shapes, continue to work with 3D shapes, and will be introduced to data.

-Science: NA

-Soc. Studies: Students will to work on compass direction. Students will be participate in Junior Achievement by identifying our needs and wants as well as jobs. Students will learn about states and the country they live in through the use of maps.

-Writing: Launching Writer’s Workshop- Narrative Writing- Students will continue their "All About" writing activity--varies by teacher (All About My Mom For Mother’s Day, All About Me and other familiar topics)

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

2nd grade:

-Literacy: Different Types of Fiction-Students will be able to: identify the author’s message in historical fiction, identify the author’s purpose in poetry, and be able to read poetry fluently.

-Math: How Many Floors/How Many Rooms?--Students will be able to: extend a repeating pattern, identify the unit of a repeating pattern, create a repeating pattern that has the same structure as, but different elements than, another repeating patterns. Students will be able to count by 2s and by 3s and will review even and odd numbers.

-Science: Weather--Students will be able to summarize weather conditions using qualitative and quantitative measures to describe:

• Temperature

• Wind direction

• Wind speed

• Precipitation

Students will be participating in the following centers: weather video, photograph, graphing, reading comprehension

-Soc. Studies: NA

-Writing: How to Writing--Students will gain an understanding of research based writing and will be assignment a specific type of weather in which they will be required to research. Students will be answering comprehension questions, taking notes and writing a research paper at the conclusion of their research.

-Health: Completed with School Counselor

3rd grade:

-Literacy: Literacy Theme-Test Taking Strategies: Students continue to practice close reading strategies, use the RACE strategy to respond to reading, and practice strategies for answering multiple choice questions.

-Math: 2 step Problem Solving and Place Value- Students will combine hundreds to numbers above 1,000, subtract multiples of 100, and read and write numbers in the thousands.

-Science: Energy- Students will continue to work on energy unit with a focus that energy can be transferred from one object to another by rubbing them against each other.

-Soc. Studies: Understanding Diverse Cultures- Students will be able to compare languages, foods & traditions of various groups living in local and regional communities. Students will be able to explain how various groups show artistic expression within local & regional communities. Students will use nonfiction texts to explore how cultures borrow & share from each other (foods, languages, rules, traditions, behaviors)

-Writing: EOG Test Prep

-Health- Students will be able to identify situations that require using strategies for calming down

4th grade:

Literacy: Literacy Theme Cycle 5- 3/21 - 5/6 (Literary Selection this unit: APepe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone) Vocabulary: (Vocabulary: circumstances, elated, dejected, pessimistic, optimistic, ambition) Students will: determine the theme of the story, drama, or poem from details in the test; summarize the text; explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text; make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text; and compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics

Math: Math Unit Review and EOG Test Prep- Students will Students will review multiplication and division to prepare for their unit test. Students will prepare for EOG testing by completing EOG test prep questions in class.

Science: Earth--Students will give examples of how the surface of the earth changes due to slow processes such as erosion and weathering and rapid processes such as landslides, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

Soc. Studies: Students will identify religious groups in NC, explain the importance of citizenship, explain the workings of NC government, and identify notable NC citizens.

Writing: Students will create a character and use an event timeline.

Health: Healthy Food Choices-Students will classify substances as food or nonfood items based on their ability to provide energy and materials for survival, growth and repair of the body.

5th grade:

Literacy: EOG Test Prep Unit-Students will be making a foldable with various strategies to add to their toolbox for 2 days (focusing on using “Jail the Detail” strategy with both Informational/Literature texts)

Writing: EOG Test Prep Unit- Students will be continuing ELA test prep during their Writing Block using KAHOOT! (Practice skill this week: Using Context Clues to identify tricky words)

Math: Volume Unit: Students will continue to find the volume of irregular rectangular prisms and will recognize that volume is additive and can relate this principle to real world situations.

Science: Weather vs. Climate-Students continue to learn about weather and climate (Weather/Air pressure: effects on weather and climate, types of fronts: cold, warm, occluded, stationary, ocean currents, and global winds)

Soc. Studies: Colonial America- Students will continue working on the American Revolution (tensions grow between colonies and England) and the American Revolution Lapbook

Health: Second Step Lessons (Problem Solving Pts. 1 and 2)


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

Chorus Club Competition/Carowinds (5/13)

PE-Fitness Testing (April), Field Days (5/5-K-2 grade and 5/6-3-5 grades) Please wear tennis shoes on PE days--thank you!

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