Elm Street Elementary

Report Card Newsletter, January 2016

Did you see Sunday's newspaper? We've done it again!

Elm Street is once again recognized as a Title I Reward School for High Progress!

We are joined in this honor by one other elementary school (Atkinson) and two middle schools (Smokey Road and East Coweta). However, we are the only Coweta School to ever earn this distinction for two consecutive years! GO EAGLES!

If you have not yet taken a moment to celebrate this news with your child and his or her teacher, I hope you will. This is a huge accomplishment, indeed, and not something to be taken lightly. In order to earn this honor, we have to perform in the top 10% of all Title I schools in the state of Georgia in terms of making high progress with all students over a three-year time period. As you can imagine, our students change from year to year, so it can be difficult to maintain such a strong trend of progress from one three-year period to the next. It is highly impressive to earn this award at all, but to earn it two consecutive years is truly outstanding! I hope you will take pride in the accomplishments of our students, our staff, and our school.

I know I speak for our staff when I tell you how much I appreciate your partnership in proving Every Learner Matters! Congratulations, Elm Street!!!!

Below: A group of Proud Eagles posing for Press Release with Two Thumbs Up!

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Student Expo Day - Join Us!

Friday, Jan. 22nd, 8am-2pm

46 Elm Street

Newnan, GA

Elm Street students are ready to display all sorts of learning for you, members of our school board, central office staff, and members of our community.

We hope you will join us for Expo Day on Friday, January 22. Each teacher/grade level has specific times that they will be open for Expo.

For example, 2nd grade classes are going to "Roll Out the Red Carpet" from 10:30-11:20 a.m. Meanwhile, 1st grade classes are open for Expo from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Grade Level Schedule:

Kindergarten: 8:00 -9:00 a.m.

1st Grade: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

2nd Grade: 10:30-11:20 a.m.

3rd Grade: 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

4th Grade: 1:00-1:45 p.m.

5th Grade: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CAMPS: ongoing during specials rotations

REACH, Gr. 4/5: 8:30-9:15 a.m.

Your child's teacher can provide details for the day.

Mark your calendars! Can't wait to see you for our first Elm Street Expo Day!

Who's your advocate?

We're hoping your child can answer that question! This fall, Elm Street began a more comprehensive student advocacy program for each and every student under the Elm. We began talking with students about what an advocate is last spring, but in October we took the next big step with connecting.

Our students know that an advocate is someone who cheers for you, enourages you, and helps you. While there are many adults that probably serve this role for most eagles both at school and at home, we wanted to ensure that each child has someone special to connect with during their years at Elm Street. We've created our advocacy program in grade bands: K-2 and 3-5. Students will have one advocate during their K-2 years and another during their 3-5 years, giving them a solid connection with at least two more caring adults at school. All Elm Street staff members have joined in the cause, giving us all seven to ten students in our advocacy groups.

Here is a link to some more information about Student Advocacy at Elm Street (script from ESN broadcast introducing the idea to students last spring).

This is just one more way we are proving that Every Learner Matters!

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Elm Street and Newnan High Partner for Cougar Connections

We love Cougar Connections!

Last spring, Elm Street began a new chapter in a partnership with Newnan High School. The idea was that high school students could come to Elm Street and mentor many of our fifth graders. In the beginning, Chase Pucket, principal of NHS, Kelly Sowerbrower, teacher at NHS, Dr. Hildebrand, and Elizabeth Rance met to discuss the possibilities. We began with about fifteen students from NHS and Elm Street. Currently, there are almost forty fifth graders taking part with over forty 11th and 12th graders coming here to mentor our students.

We have been blown away by the success and enthusiasm from our students, and even more impressed of the dedication of high school students! Our NHS friends meet every other Friday in the NHS parking lot and drive over together in a bus driven by a volunteer coach, arriving at Elm Street by 7:30 to visit. It is wonderful that these students want to give back to the community and to Elm Street. Many of the high school students are Elm Street alums, which makes it even more special. Shout out to our own Mrs. Rance and Newnan's Ms. Sowerbrower on an awesome program!

Want to read more? Check out the Newnan-Times Herald Article from November 22 or Newnan High School's Prowl and Growl from December 7.

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Climate star survey is still open and we are 19 participants away from earning a score! Please thoughtfully complete today!

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 7am to Friday, Jan. 22nd, 9am

This is an online event.

We are 19 participants from having enough...

Please take six minutes to complete the survey now.

Each Georgia school is required to survey parents, staff, and students as part of CCRPI. The results of this survey are very important as they form the Climate Star Rating our school. Last year, Elm Street earned FOUR STARS on the first-ever Climate Star Rating - we want to be just as strong or stronger this year! We need your positive participation to let the state of Georgia know how Elm Street shines!

Here is the link for the parent survey:



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Elm Street Spelling Bee: S-U-P-E-R

Congratulations to each and every one of our 4th and 5th grade contestants in Elm Street's School Spelling Bee, held Friday, December 11. The school stage was filled with twelve super-spellers, top two competitors from each fourth and fifth grade classroom, seated before an audience of more than 100 people.

Participants did a fantastic job of balancing their nerves and letting their skills shine! Student audience members were good role models as well.

Spellers impressed the judges with correct spelling of words such as: newscast, neighbor, guitar, vegetable, and sword. After several rounds of competition among the twelve spellers, the championship rounds began between two fifth grade classmates and friends. I was touched by both the camaraderie and sportsmanship of our final competitors!

Congratulations again to all Spelling Bee contestants!

Special recognition to:

  • Ava E., 2015-2016 Elm Street Spelling Bee Champion
  • Callie M., 2015-2016 Elm Street Spelling Bee Runner Up

Special thanks to our Spelling Bee Judges as well:

Shannon Ewing, Media Specialist

Nina Wimbley, Assistant Principal

Special Guest, Dr. Paula Baker, Literacy, Language Arts, and Social Studies Content Specialist for CCSS

Ava went on to represent Elm Street at the Coweta District Bee on January 7, 2016. She was poised and composed throughout her time on stage, representing our school well! Congratulations, Ava, on your accomplishment at the District Bee! It requires great courage to take the stage and compete against champions from every elementary and middle school in Coweta County! Proud to call you an Elm Street Eagle!

Ava Represents Elm at District Bee! #15

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Elm Street Science Fair Coming May 5 - Advanced Opportunity for All!

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.

Above: Some Picts of last year's action!

K-Kids: Caps of Love

The Elm Street K-Kids Club, along with their sponsor, Kiwanis Club of Coweta County, is collecting plastic caps or lids to support others while protecting our environment. This service project supports Caps of Love, a Florida based non-profit charity that collects plastic caps or lids, recycles them, and uses the proceeds to provide wheelchairs for disabled children in the United States.

You can help Elm Street K-Kids Club by sending in clean Polypropylene caps “PP” (#5) and Polyethylene “PE” caps (#2 and #4). These caps or lids are all plastic. (Paper inserts or foreign materials must be removed.) You may leave your clean plastic caps or lids in the Caps of Love Bin located in the Elm Street Cafeteria.

Caps of Love K Kids Video

Elm gets AdvancED District Accreditation Visit!

Elm Street is one of the lucky schools to be visited by an AdvancED Team Member as part of Coweta County School System's AdvancED Accreditation.

The visiting team is expected to arrive in Newnan on Sunday, January 31 to have dinner with principals and central office staff members. A visiting team member is expected to visit Elm Street on Tuesday, February 2.

We are looking forward to opening our doors to the visiting team member to help showcase all that Coweta County School System and Elm Street offers to our students, families, and community. They will know right away that Every Learner Matters!

Thank you, PTO!

Special thanks to our Elm Street PTO for making us feel special at the holidays!

Teachers and staff loved the delicious treats and special gift. Thank you, Candace Frank, for coordinating the luncheon, and thank you, Lori Drake, for coordinating the staff gifts. We are grateful to both of you and all the parents who helped make it a reality; we appreciate you giving your time and energy to make us feel loved.

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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