Elm Street Elementary

Progress Report Newsletter, February 2016

AdvancED Accreditation Team Applauds Coweta! Elm Street visit a success!

The external review team from AdvancED that visited Elm Street Elementary and Coweta County School System last week gave rave reviews!

With some of the highest ratings earned across international visits in a couple of key areas and strong performance all across the board, Coweta County School System has much to be proud of! We recognize that our partnership with parents, community businesses, and our hard work with students are all integral to our success. Special thanks to the parents and community members who took part in interviews during the process; we appreciate your support as always! Thank you to the ten member self-assessment team leaders for helping to lead our school prep work, and thank you to our twelve teachers who took part in the interview process. Special thanks for our stellar teachers and students for letting our visiting team member see a snapshot of the outstanding work that happens in our school each and every day! We are also grateful for the leadership of our School Board and Central Office Staff for strong leadership, vision, and support. Finally, thank you, each and every Elm Street stakeholder, for the role you play each day in our important work.

I hope you will take a little time to check out the press release along with the video report of the team. Both links are below. There is also a one-page summary of the visit that was shared at this week's school board meeting.

AdvancED Exit Report (Video of Oral Report)

AdvancED Exit Report Press Release

AdvancED One Page Summary

One last shout out to each of our 484 Elm Street students and 67 staff members for allowing Elm Street to shine as one of the visited schools! At Elm Street, our guest conducted walkthrough visits of 13 classrooms, formally interviewed 12 teacher leaders, interacted with several students and other staff while walking our hallways, and enjoyed lunch dialogue with 2 teachers and 2 students. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say that we are proud to have been part of the process - it was another wonderfully successful team effort!

BELOW: Elm Street Eagles enjoy lunch with AdvancED team member, Dr. Weir (center left), and driver, Mr. Cheek (center right).
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Lip Sync is coming! March 4 at Unity

Ticket order forms for Lip Sync will come home the week we return from Mid-Winter Break (week of February 22).

If you buy your tickets in advance, ticket prices are as follows:

$4 adults, $3 children

Tickets will also be available on the night of the show for $5.

Looking forward to seeing you at Lip Sync on Friday, March 4 at Unity Baptist Church (311 Smokey Road). Showtime is 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Acts should arrive no later than 6:30 on the night of the show. Can't wait!

Remember, Act Review (for all performance groups sponsored by parents) is Tuesday after school.

Jump Rope for Heart is today at Elm Street!

Way to give, Elm Street!

Together, we raised at least $6,235 for the American Heart Association.

Today, we celebrate our accomplishment and also raise awareness of how our own hearts function in our bodies.

Enjoyed hearing Coach Baker help our students learn to jump rope for the first time or become more skilled with a jump rope. He shared a really cool video of a competitive jump rope team this week in PE to get everyone inspired!

Academic Team Sweeps Meet and Ties 1st in District for Season!

Elm Academic Team is Headed to Finals!

Our Academic Team earned first place in yesterday's last regular season meet! Way to go, team! They also tied for first place overall in the season! Again, way to go, team!

Next stop: Finals at Willis Road Elementary on Thursday, February 25.

Proud of each of our competitors and our coaches! You represented our school well, demonstrated good sportsmanship, and showed perseverance.

Happy Counselor's Week, Mrs. Pope! We love you!

Elm Street classrooms presented Mrs. Pope with individual and collective expressions of appreciation throughout the week during ESN. Our goal was to allow Mrs. Pope to hear some of the many reasons we love her and value her work at Elm Street! Later today, we will present her with a compilation of all of the video clips as a keepsake of our appreciation! On Wednesday, Mrs. Pope promptly put on her gift, an Elm Street loves me tee. Hope we helped you feel extra special this week, Mrs. Pope!

Rocking New Format for ESN!

ESN, our daily Elm Street News broadcast, has a new look, new format, and awesome new content thanks to the hard work of ESN Sponsor, Mrs. Kelley Meyers, together with help from Mrs. Shannon Ewing and others. Anchors and others can now film spots on location across campus using an iPad app in addition to working with green screen technology.

While we are still only two weeks into our new style, it is already garnering super reviews from students and staff! Below is a sample broadcast (aired schoolwide February 8) to give you a taste of the new approach.

Check it out; I think you'll love it too!

Feb. 8 ESN

Yearbook Preorder going on now!

Yearbooks may be pre-ordered online just a little while longer... Offer ends March 25

Softcover is $20. Hardcover is $25. Hardcover with foil name is $35.

Here is the website and ordering code:


YB ID code: 8562316

Thank you, Shannon Snyder and PTO for your hard work on what is sure to be another awesome yearbook, filled with Elm Street memories!

February Fitness Focus Returns!

We're bringing back our February Fitness Focus when we return from the break. Join in the fun by wearing school-appropriate fitness attire each day of the week!

We'll take school-wide brain breaks randomly once each day and feature a daily stretching move in the mornings on ESN.

Our goal is to continue to build our stamina! Stamina will serve us well in life - we need strong academic, physical, and emotional stamina to be the best we can be. Our February Fitness Focus week will help us all come back strong and keep our stamina growing!

Mark your calendars!

We have many Upcoming Events

  • Read to Succeed Logs for Six Flags due to Mrs. Ewing - Monday, February 22
  • February Fitness Focus - Week of February 22-26 - Building physical, academic, emotional stamina! Wear your fitness clothes all week long!
  • Kindness Week with Abby's Angels Foundation - Week of February 22-26
  • Coins for Cupcakes (collection for Meals on Wheels) - February 22-March 4
  • Students in grades 3-5 participate in TKES Surveys of Instructional Practice for their teachers - February 22-March 4
  • Lip Sync Act Review (parent sponsored groups) - February 23, 2:30-3:30 (cafeteria)
  • Academic Team Finals - Thursday, February 25, 4:00 p.m. at Willis Road Elementary
  • Science Olympiad Competition - Saturday, February 27
  • Falcons Mini-Camp for 4th Grade - Tuesday, March 1
  • Read Across America Day - Wednesday, March 2
  • Lip Sync (Closed) Dress Rehearsal at Unity - Thursday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Lip Sync Performance at Unity - Friday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Student Advocates - Friday, March 11 (during school)
  • Honor Chorus Concert - Saturday, March 12 (rehearsal events begin Friday, March 11)
  • Running Clubs resume - Monday, March 14 (3rd-5th), Tuesday, March 15 (K-2)

4th Graders Recite Preamble this week!

Check out this video mashup of groups of our 4th graders reciting the Preamble to the Constitution! I was impressed to hear the videos of each group saying it its entirety but I've also enjoyed this collective mashup of them.

Did you learn to recite these important words in school too? If so, challenge yourself to see how much you remember by saying it along with them. You may surprise yourself! "We the people..."

Preamble in 4th Long

My Favorite Valentine!

"I love Elm Street because Every Learner Matters!"

- A Kindergarten Friend in the Green Frog Class

Happy Valentine's Day! Love being an Elm Street Eagle with each of you!

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Expo Day was a Huge Hit!

Elm Street's first Expo Day, held January 22, was a huge success!

At least 219 parents and other guests dropped in during the day to check out the work of our students and staff. It was delightful to see students telling their parents, grandparents, and even school board member, Beth Barnett, all about what they are learning! We have some great photos from the day, but they barely begin to tell the story of all that was shared... Can't wait to do it again next year! Thank you to everyone who took time to visit. We enjoyed sharing our learning with you!

Reminder: You're not too young for the Science Fair!

Each year, all fifth graders and fourth grade REACH students participate in our school-wide Science Fair, held annually in late spring. This year's fair is on the calendar for Thursday, May 5.

Think you're too young for the fair? Think again!

This year Elm Street is opening up the Science Fair to any and all interested young scientists!

A Science Fair is an opportunity to further investigate a topic of interest. It is a chance to conduct an experiment to try to answer a scientific question that someone is wondering about, using the scientific method, of course. Student participants are able to present their findings on a board for others to learn from. Fourth and fifth grade participants share their findings in a presentation to their classmates in the days and weeks before the fair, and then their projects are evaluated by county officials. Top placing projects in grades four and five shall move on to the Coweta County Schools Science Fair.

While all fifth grade students and fourth grade reach students are required to take part each year, this year's fair is open to even our youngest learners to help provide advanced learning opportunities to all students!

We would love to invite any and all young scientists to join in the fun!

Please e-mail amber.sambdman@cowetaschools.net or nina.wimbley@cowetaschools.net for more information for your young scientist.

Mid-Winter Break February 15-19

Enjoy the Mid-Winter Break together!

See you back at school bright and early (in your February Fitness Focus attire) on Monday, February 22!

Coweta County School System Public Notice for All Parents, General Public

PUBLIC NOTICE - February 11, 2016

Be it known that all schools in the Coweta County School System have been duly inspected for asbestos according to EPA regulations and an Asbestos Management Plan is available at each school.

Not on twitter yet? You're missing out!

Elm Street has a few great twitter feeds to follow:

@ElmStreetELM - school twitter feed

@ElmStMedia - media center twitter feed

@ElmSt5th - fifth grade twitter feed

The QR code to the right will take you to @ElmStreetELM so you can keep up with our school tweets!

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