From the Desk of Dr. Nichols

Eastover Elementary Updates- Weeks of May 16 and May 23

Only 1 Newsletter Left for this School Year

Final Edition for this School Year will be the Week of June 6th

Important Dates:

-May 19-Dr. Nichols - Kiss the Pig Ceremony/Boosterthon

-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 25-3rd grade EOG/Reading (8:15am-1:15pm)

-May 26-3rd grade EOG/Math (8:15am-1:15pm)

-May 31-4th/5th grades EOG/Reading (8:15am-1:15pm)

-June 1-4th/5th grades EOG/Math (8:15am-1:15pm)

-June 2-4th/5th grades EOG/NCFE Science (8:15am-1:15pm)

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

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

-June 9-5th grade Graduation at 9am (Auditorium)

-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

We have a Braille Challenge® State Finalist in the House and He's Going to Nationals in June!!!!

Congratulations to our 2nd grade student Amare L. who placed 6th in the nation from our state Preliminary Braille Challenge® in February. Amare is the first student, in 10 years, who will represent NC and will travel to Los Angeles, CA, in order to compete in the National Braille Challenge® from June 17-18th.

What is the Braille Challenge®?

The Braille Challenge® is an academic competition with a two-stage contest designed to motivate blind students to emphasize their study of braille, while rewarding their success with challenging local and national events. Any visually impaired student who reads braille is eligible to participate in the preliminary Challenge contest events, which were held from January through the end of March throughout the U.S. and Canada. The top-scoring 50 contestants nationally will be invited to Los Angeles in June for a Final Round for 2 days of competition which includes reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs.

We wish Amare L. the best of luck in representing not only Eastover, but the state of North Carolina at the National Braille Challenge® finals next month!!

Congratulations to Mrs. Susan Esquivel--Eastover's Teacher Assistant of the Year (2015-2016)!!

A BIG congratulations to our 2015-16 Teacher Assistant of the year Mrs. Susan Esquivel. I am so thrilled to announce this news and I want to thank Mrs. Esquivel for all of her hard work and dedication to the students, staff, and our Eastover community!!!

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Esquivel as the recipient of this wonderful honor!!

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:

SOAR (Summer of Academic Readiness)

SOAR (Summer of Academic Readiness), sponsored by our PTA, has been a tradition at Eastover for many years. SOAR focuses on encouraging our students to continue reading and learning over the summer. Look for more details to come home on Tuesday, May 24th about how you can participate in our SOAR program.

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

Grade Level News (Weeks of 5/16 and 5/23)


-Literacy Theme: Ocean Animals- High frequency words: REVIEW, Long vowel patterns, diphthongs, CVC words CVCe words CVVC words

-Math Unit: Sorting and Surveys- Students compare how objects are the same and different, use attributes to sort a set of objects, sort a set of objects or data in different ways, identify an attribute that is common in several objects, group data into categories based on similar attributes, and interpret results of a data investigation.

-Science Unit: Ocean Animals-Students will identify and describe ocean animals.

-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: Exploring Genres--Students will work with comprehension of fiction texts across a variety of genres including poetry, fairy tales, etc. Students will also review: character traits, beginning/middle/end, problem and solution, cause and effect, etc.

-Math: Data: Students will review skills already taught in problem solving and math fluency

Students will be introduced to organizing, representing, and interpreting data.

-Science: Living Organisms: Introduction of unit on living organisms. Students will be able to understand what enables plants and animals to survive and explain basic needs of living organisms.

-Soc. Studies: Maps and Globes-Students will wrap up their unit on maps and globes.

-Writing:Research Writing/All About Poetry- Students will wrap up writing unit informational writing and will be introduced to different forms of poetry writing and figurative language.

-Health- Feelings/Safety

2nd grade:

-Literacy: Different Types of Fiction-Students will identify the alliteration in poetry, visualize when reading poetry, and will participate in Non-Fiction centers on weather.

-Math: Fractions-Students will be able to: find equal parts of a whole or a group and name them with fractions, find and show one half of a set or object, see different ways to make a ½, ⅓, and ¼, recognize the equivalence of different fractions, and identify halves, thirds, and fourths of regions.

-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: Research 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: EOG Math Test Prep- Review 3rd grade objectives in preparation of the Math EOG test.

-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 in stressful situations.

4th grade:

Literacy: Literacy Theme Cycle 5- 3/21 - 5/6 (Literary Selection this unit: Pepe 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 review multiplication and division to prepare for their unit test, examine data to understand what it is telling them, and will prepare for EOG testing by completing a released EOG test.

Science: Organisms and EcoSystems-Students will learn how changes in an environment can negatively/positively impact organisms.

Soc. Studies: Students will continue to 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 use and complete Multi-Strategy reviews using both informational and literature texts and close read comprehension passages focusing on various standards, but answering the questions using Kahoot to keep interest level high with text dependent questions.

Writing: EOG Test Prep Unit- Students will have whole-class conversations about favorite “Eastover Memories” and will begin the writing process with their 5th grade speeches by listening to Past Writing Samples.

Math: EOG Test Prep Review: Students will complete a MOCK EOG provided with a comprehensive study guide and Spiral Review of each major unit per day with practice in class each day.

Science: EOG Test Prep Review: Students will complete a EOG Science review questions individualized to each student.

Soc. Studies: Colonial America- Students will begin a unit on the Westward Expansion which will include lessons and activities on the following: Manifest Destiny, Lewis & Clark, Oregon Trail, and Trail of Tears.

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