9-22-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK



SCHOOL DISMISSAL:  School is being dismissed at 2:00 on Friday, September 29th so that students can go to the Homecoming Parade.  Buses will run accordingly from the schools.

SCHOOL PICTURES:  Make up date for school pictures will be Friday, November 3rd, 2017.

LUNCHES:  This is a reminder for parents to keep up with their child’s lunch/breakfast money.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES: A reminder that Parent/Teacher conferences will be October 23rd, 2017.    There is no school for students EC-6 on this day.  At that time, parents will be receiving the report card for the first nine-week period. 

ATTENDANCE:  This is a reminder to parents how important it is to have children in school.  Having your child in school on a regular basis enables them to keep up with their class on materials that are covered.  Children who miss a lot of school will fall behind in academics.  It takes more effort to catch up, than to maintain on a regular basis. Please review page 4 of the student handbook on attendance if you have questions.

E-MAIL: If a parent wants to communicate with their child’s teacher they can e-mail through the district’s e-mail address.  The e-mail address is simple to figure out for the teacher/administrator you want to contact.  It is simply the first initial of the first name, the entire last name @ usd211.org.  For example, if you would want to contact me (Corey Roy) at school, my address is croy@usd211.org.

DROP OFFS:  Please remember that the school driveway is for faculty and buses in the morning, and afternoon. A friendly reminder that it is illegal to pass a school bus with its lights on and stop sign out while picking up and dropping off students.

CROSSWALKS:  We are working with our students to use crosswalks at all times.  It would be helpful if parents would support this and use them as well when picking up and dropping off students at school.

HEALTH:  Germs are among us!  There have been some students who have visited the health office with headaches, and stomachaches.  The best prevention for keeping healthy is: 

Good Hand washing
Covering mouth when coughing
Eating fresh fruits and veggies
Drink extra water
Get extra sleep

Parents please remind your children of these five easy steps and practice them yourselves.  Children will follow their parent’s example.

TITLE 1 PARENT MEETING BOOK SWAP: The meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 25th, 2017.

TITLE MATH/READING HELPFUL HINT:  Ask your child to explain the math skills he or she is working on in school.  Ask your child to draw a picture or write about what happens in a story.  Keep paper, notebooks, markers and crayons available in your home.

October Breakfast/Lunch Menus



9-8-17 Newsletter



    FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK


EARLY DISMISSAL:  Just a reminder we will be dismissing school at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 13th.  The teachers have training that afternoon at the school.

BUS SHUTTLE: There is a pick-up spot for morning routes that will be on Horace Greeley Avenue, which is the parking lot for the Norton Manor.  The bus will arrive there daily at approximately 7:30 a.m.  The bus will depart as soon as all waiting student  have boarded and the students will be taken directly to the Eisenhower Elementary School. ---Jim Jackson, is our Transportation Director who can be reached at 871-1319.

TITLE 1 SCHOOL WIDE PROGRAMS:  Title 1 is the United States largest federal aid program for elementary schools.  Eisenhower Elementary went through a lengthy application process five years ago to become a School Wide Title 1 Program.  The purpose of a School Wide program is to improve student achievement throughout the entire school.  Every child will benefit from the added services and programs that a School Wide Title 1 program can offer.  Parents of EES students have the option to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their classroom teachers by contacting the office.  At this time all Eisenhower elementary teachers are highly qualified according to State standards.

EISENHOWER SITE COUNCIL:  Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 5:30 PM the Site Council will meet in the Eisenhower Library.  New members will be introduced and welcomed.  This and all meetings of the Site Council are open to the public.      

CBM TESTING:.  The first round of testing will be completed during the fifth week of school.  The data from the testing will be used in the MTSS process.

ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES:  Thanks to all the parents and students who are observing the procedures for dropping off students and picking them up after school.  I have had several parents talk to me about dropping their child off earlier than usual so that they can get to work on time.   This is not a problem as long as I am aware of whom the students are.  We would greatly appreciate students not arriving to school before 7:45 AM. as that is when breakfast begins.  Students are not dismissed to their classes until 8:10 AM.  Call the school office if you have any questions.

VISITORS PASS:  Just a friendly reminder for parents to stop in the office and pick up a visitor’s pass when visiting the school.

TELEPHONE CALLS: When calling the office to leave a message for your child, please try to do so before 3:00 P.M.  At the end of the school day it becomes very busy trying to ensure that all students are going where they are supposed to go, and taking messages at this time can sometimes be confusing.  Thank you for your support with this item.

DROP OFFS:  A friendly reminder when dropping off students in the morning to please drop off the students on Eisenhower Street and not the driveway.  The easiest way is to come south off Armory drive so they are on the west side of the street closest to the building.  The driveway is for buses and staff coming into school.  If you have a family member dropping off your child, please let them know of this procedure.  Thank You!


September Nutrition Nugget



9-1-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK



EARLY DISMISSAL: On Friday, September 1, 2017,  school will be dismissed at 2:30 PM.  Buses will run regular routes at this time.

OPEN HOUSE: We had 98.1% attendance for open house. Thanks to the custodians for having the building ready to go and a special thanks to the cooks who prepared the rolls for the evening.  It was a great evening!

LABOR DAY:  On Monday, September 4th, 2017, there is no school.  School will resume on Tuesday, September, 5th, 2017,  at 8:15 AM.  Breakfast will be served on Tuesday.

TITLE 1 MEETING: This meeting will be held on Monday, September 25th, 2017.   It will begin at 5:30 pm, and will give parents an opportunity to ask questions regarding the program of Title I.   More information will come in later newsletters. Thank you for your continued support.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURES:  The sidewalk east of the school along Eisenhower Drive is working well with students arriving and leaving school. A reminder that we would like to see students and parents always use the crosswalks in front of the school.  There is a painted crosswalk that helps students and drivers recognize this area as a crosswalk. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
When parents are dropping off their child(ren) in the morning or picking them up after school, we ask that you do NOT use the driveway.  The driveway is reserved for buses and for EES staff.

A friendly reminder that soft drinks are not allowed during lunch.

WALKING TO AND FROM SCHOOL: We are asking parents to talk with their child(ren) about walking to and from school and what to do if they encounter an animal on the way.  This is the time that snakes, rodents, lost dogs, etc…can be moving around town and should be avoided at all times.  Thanks!

FALL SPORTS:  Friday, September 8th, 2017 is the first home football game.  At the football games, there are many fans that like to sit on the grassy hill to watch the game.  We are asking students not to run up and down the hill or roll down the hill during the game, as this is a distraction for the people who came to the game to watch.  Also, we are asking students to NOT bring footballs or other objects to throw around during the game.  This too can be a distraction for people wanting to watch the game.  If a student brings a football to the game, it will be confiscated and kept by school officials.
HANDWASHING:   We have hand sanitizer available in all the rooms as well as in the lunchroom.  Parents can help the school by encouraging your child(ren) to observe the proper ways to washing their hands and covering their mouth while sneezing or coughing.
VISITORS TO EES:  A reminder that visitors to EES need to stop in the office and pick up a pass.  This helps us monitor who is in the building during school hours.  This procedure is for the safety of the children.  
PICKING UP CHILDREN:  We are asking that parents who are picking up their child(ren) after school to wait outside the doors on the East side of Eisenhower.  This allows the student and teacher to close out the school day together.  If picking up a child before the end of the day, please stop in the office so we can call the student down.  This is done for attendance purposes and for the safety of the students.
MILK:  Milk price for this year is  40 cents.
TRANSPORTATION:  We are asking parents to talk with their child(ren) about using the crosswalks when being dropped off the shuttle buses in the afternoon.  It is important that students exercise caution when being dropped off the bus.  The bus drivers do a great job communicating with the students when they get on and off the bus, but it helps when parents talk to their child about the importance of being safe.  
WAYS A PARENT CAN HELP WITH MATH/READING:  Suggestions from the TITLE 1 Program.  Math---Look for shapes and patterns in real life.  Reading---Let your child see you reading, have magazines and books in your home.  

It has been a good two weeks of school.  The students seem to be excited to be back at school as well as the staff and myself.  In advance I would like to thank all of the parents and guardians for what you did to help prepare your child for school.  IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE A GREAT YEAR AT EES!!!!

September Breakfast/Lunch Menus



8-25-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE

MULTI-TIER SYSTEM OF SUPPORT:  MTSS is designed as a framework based on prevention, early intervention, and support for all students.  The process of creating MTSS is neither a quick fix nor the adoption of new rhetoric.  It is a thoughtful and intentional redesign of educational practices and supports provided by general education and entitlement programs such as At-Risk, Title 1, and Special Education.  Classified staff in these programs will also be involved to ensure that the individual needs of all students are being met in the most effective and efficient way possible.

One of the major components of MTSS is the development of the CORE BELIEFS.  The following four statements created by the staff at Eisenhower define our CORE BELIEFS.
     ¬      The teaching and learning process is coherent, intentional, and dynamic.
     ¬      Learning includes academic, behavioral, and social skills.
     ¬      Every child learns and achieves to his/her highest potential.
     ¬      All school personnel are responsible for every child.

PLAYGROUND:  During the evenings and weekends, our playground gets many visitors which is great.  HOWEVER, increased visitors means more trash and to some degree some vandalism on the equipment.  It is almost impossible to supervise the off time people use our equipment so we are just asking for our visitors to police themselves while using the school equipment.  IF something is observed that could be dangerous or major vandalism to the equipment to call the school or even the police to alert us of the situation.  Thanks for your time in this matter.

TRANSPORTATION:  The first week or two of school can be challenging to school personnel ensuring that students leave school in accordance with what parents want.  Please communicate to your child’s teacher through the assignment book or a phone call to the secretary on what they are to do after school if there is a change in their normal plans.  Thank you for your help in this matter.

PHONE CALLS:  If you have a change of plans for your child during the day, a phone call before 3:00 PM. would be greatly appreciated.  Announcements are given to classrooms starting at 3:10 PM. We want to do the best we can to get the appropriate information to your child in a timely fashion.

AFTER SCHOOL PICKUP:  Once again we ask that parents wait outside the school when picking up their child.  This is a very busy time of the day preparing students to go home and we want to make sure the teacher and each child have this time alone before the end of the day.  Thanks for your understanding.

LUNCH:  If you would like to eat lunch with your child, the office needs to know by 9:30 AM.  This allows the kitchen staff enough time to prepare the appropriate number of meals for students and adults.

BREAKFAST:  This is the fifth year of the Healthy Hungry Food Kids Act (HHFKA) from 2012 for the breakfast program.  The cooks have spent many hours this summer meeting the new requirements implemented by the program.

MILK PRICES:  The price for a milk this year is .40 cents.  If your child is eating a sack lunch, but wanting to drink meal, please send .40 cents.

BUS SHUTTLE: There is an additional pick-up spot at Horace Greely Avenue, which is the parking lot for the Norton Manor.  The bus will arrive there daily at approximately 7:30 a.m.  The bus will depart as soon as all waiting students have boarded and the students will be taken directly to the Eisenhower Elementary School.  If you plan to have your child(ren) use this new bus stop, they need to be signed up at school, or you can contact Jim Jackson, Transportation Director.  Other afternoon shuttle buses and locations are unchanged.

New School Year 2017-18 Newsletter


FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK



Our goal at Eisenhower is to develop each student enrolled as nearly as possible academically, socially, physically and morally to their fullest potential and to promote the historical and patriotic heritage they enjoy as an American.

SCHOOL DAY: The school day starts at 8:15 AM. Breakfast will be served from 7:45 to 8:10 AM.

EARLY DISMISSAL:  On Friday, August 18, 2017, the first day of school, school will be dismissed at 1:00 P.M.  Buses will run their regular routes at this time.  The school will follow regular school hours on Monday, August 21st 2017.  There will be no breakfast served on the 18th.

STUDENTS:  School attendance is a very important part of the student’s record.  Regular and punctual attendance by all students is necessary for the proper functioning of the entire school.  One of the major causes of failure in school is absenteeism.   When you arrive at school (please not before 7:45 A. M.), report to the cafeteria if you are in grades EC-2, and to the gym if you are in grades 3-6.  Students will be dismissed to their classroom at 8:10 A.M.

PARENTS:  We hope the Parent/Student Handbook, which you received at registration, will address most of your concerns.  However, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  The phone number is 877-5113.

ROOM PARENTS:  The teachers cordially invite you to become room parents.  If you are interested, please contact your child’s teacher.

ASSIGNMENT BOOK:  Each student, K-6, will be given an Assignment Book the FIRST DAY OF CLASS.  This book is used for written messages from the teacher as well as homework assignments.  Keeping the lines of communication open between home and school is of vital importance for school success.  Positive results will be the outcome for all!!

BREAKFAST & LUNCH:  If you are applying for the Federal Lunch Program, please return your application as soon as possible.  The breakfast program will begin on Monday, August 21st, 2017, but lunch will be served on Friday, August 18th, 2017.  Be sure your child knows whether he/she has your permission to eat breakfast.  All monies (breakfast and lunch) are paid into a single Accu-Scan student account.  All meals are then deducted from this one account.

LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PAYMENT REMINDERS WILL NOT BE SENT HOME THIS YEAR.  THE OFFICE WILL CONTACT PARENTS/GUARDIANS VIA E-MAIL OF THEIR STATUS FOR MEALS.

BEGINNING SCHOOL:  Please dress your child in cool, comfortable, modest clothing, remembering that shoes should be appropriate for both recess and P.E.   We will strive to keep the children as comfortable as possible.  As the year begins, we encourage cooperation between parents, students, staff and community to enable our children to learn and develop to their full potential.  Please feel free to offer suggestions as to how we can improve Eisenhower Elementary.  Your suggestions are most important to us.

EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREEN:  The Early Childhood Screen is scheduled for Friday, August 25th, 2017.  If you would like for your child to be screened, please call Joan Hale before Thursday, August 24th to set up an appointment.  The school number is 877-5113.

NEWSLETTERS & LUNCH MENUS:  NEWSLETTERS AND LUNCH MENUS WILL NOT BE SENT HOME AS IN THE PAST.  THEY MAY BE ACCESSED VIA INTERNET BY VISITING THE SCHOOL WEBSITE, www.usd211.org, under the EES tab.














FROM THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICE


USD #211 offers a shuttle service for walking students.  The morning shuttle is a PICK-UP at the Unified Office departing for Eisenhower at 7:55 A.M.  The afternoon shuttles are DROP-OFFS from Eisenhower to these two locations:

1.  The Unified Office
2.  The Downtown Drop located at the 100 bock of North 1st.

For safety reasons, these DROP-OFFS are designated for walking students.  If you need to pick up your child by car, we request that you do so at the Eisenhower School.  Our priority is for the safety of all students and your help in our efforts is appreciated.

Please remember riding a bus is a privilege, not a right, and students will lose that privilege of riding the bus if they do not follow the bus rules and the bus driver’s directions.


Any questions should be directed to the Transportation Director, Jim Jackson, at
877-6508, the transportation office.



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August Breakfast/Lunch Menus




IMPORTANT MEDICATION INFORMATION

IMPORTANT MEDICATION INFORMATION

There is a correction on the 5-12-17 Newsletter that went out.

All medications will need to be picked up by Wednesday, May 17th. Medication not picked up will be discarded.  State regulations do not allow the school district to keep medications over the summer months.

Any questions, please call Nurse Joan at 877-5113.

Thank You