11-17-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK


THANK YOU!!!!!!!  As much success as the school has, it is extremely important to recognize the parents and the important role they play in this process.  Students come to school well rested and encouraged to do their best by their parents and that is a huge motivator for the students.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM:  An early reminder, the Eisenhower Christmas Band and Vocal concert is scheduled for Monday, December 11th, 2017  starting at 6:30 with the Band.  The vocal part of the concert should start around 7:00 PM.
BAND CONCERT:  The 6th grade band concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 30th   at 1:40 PM. in the band room.  The 5th grade band concert is scheduled for Friday, December 1st , at 1:40 PM. in the band room.
PROGRESS REPORTS:  Progress reports went home on Wednesday the 15th.  If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact your teacher at school.
THANKSGIVING BREAK:  School will dismiss on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, at the normal time.  Thanksgiving Break will begin on  Wednesday, November 22nd 2017.   School will resume at the normal time on Monday, November 27th 2017.
NEWSLETTER:  This will be the final newsletter before the Thanksgiving Break.  The next newsletter will be December 1st, 2017.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THANKSGIVING:
  • There were no mashed potatoes, popcorn, pumpkin pie, cranberries, milk, or corn on the cob on the original Thanksgiving table.  
  • What was on that first table was lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squash, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruit, maple syrup, honey, radishes, carrots, cabbage, eggs, and goat cheese.
  • Forks were not used-just spoons, knives, and fingers.  Break out the finger foods this year to help celebrate the original Thanksgiving.
  • Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be the National bird.
  • A 15 pound turkey is about 70 % white meat and 30% dark meat.
  • The 5 most popular ways to eat leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in chili/stew, as soup, in casseroles and as a burger.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING:  

HAVE  A GREAT BREAK AND BE SAFE!

11-10-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

NEWSLETTER ONLINE:  This is the third year of change for the newsletter being posted online for parents to access it. The office has included the instructions on how to access the newsletter and the school menus.
Go to usd211.org,
click on EES News tab on the right side
scroll down until the most current newsletter or menu displays on the screen.  
If you have any questions, please call the office.

PROGRESS REPORTS:  Progress reports will arrive home on Wednesday, November 15th.  Be sure to visit with your child(ren) about the report.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

SCHOOL DISMISSAL:  School will be dismissed at the regular time on Tuesday, November 21st , 2017 for the beginning of Thanksgiving Break.  Please enjoy the holiday, and be safe.

BAND CONCERTS:  The 6th grade will have their concert on Thursday, November 30th. The 5th grade will have their concert on Friday, December 1st, 2017.   Both performances will be held in the EES band room, and will start at 1:40 PM.

TRANSPORTATION:  A special thanks to the USD 211 bus drivers and to the bus transportation director Jim Jackson for transporting our students in a safe and efficient manner.  Your child(ren) are in safe hands with these dedicated people.
USD 211 employs four crossing guards who help insure that children crossing the highway are able to do so in a safe manner.  We should all be thankful that we have a great group of people helping our students be safe in their journey to and from school.

BUS PICK UP AND DROP OFF: The office would like to remind parents to let the school know as soon as possible if there are any changes in a student’s schedule.  The office can get that message to the students before dismissal and hopefully avoid any potential conflicts after school.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM:  An early reminder the EES Christmas Program is scheduled for Monday, December 11th, 2017, at East Campus.  The band will begin at 6:30 and the Choir will begin at 7:00 PM.

KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM:  The kindergarten students will have their program on November 21st, 2017, at 2:00 PM in the EES cafeteria.

CHRISTMAS BREAK:  A reminder that  the Christmas Break begins at 2:30 on Thursday, December 21st .  Buses will run accordingly.  

11-03-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

BACKPACK PROGRAM:  A reminder we have a program to help families out on weekends with food.  If a parent would like more information, they can contact the school and talk to Mr. Roy.

THANKSGIVING DINNER:  Just a friendly reminder that Thursday, November 16th is the Eisenhower Thanksgiving Dinner for the students.  Because of the time and expense of this lunch we are asking parents not to call in and eat with their child that day.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

GLASSES:  If your child(ren) wears glasses, please help them remember to wear them to school.  If your child is in need of glasses, but for some reason does not have them, please contact me and I can see if I can help with getting glasses for your child.  It makes the process of learning that much better for the child.

THINKING CAP QUIZ BOWL: The 6th grade will do their Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl on Wednesday, the 8th of November, at 3:00 PM.

ADDRESS CHANGE / PHONE NUMBERS:  Lately we have had to try and contact parents, but were unable to because phone numbers have been changed and we were not notified.  If you have moved to a new address, or have changed phone numbers, please get that updated information to the school. It is important that we have a number to contact, in case of an emergency.

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM:  We have received word from the KSDE (Kansas State Department of Education) consultant concerning the purchasing of milk at lunch time.   If a student brings a sack lunch, but wants a school milk, they need to pay for the milk even if they are on the free and reduced program.

WINTER WEATHER:  Even though it is the beginning of Fall weather, we want to remind parents that when the temperatures drop, please send your child to school with coats, gloves and hats.  When there is snow on the ground, it would be nice to have boots for the students so they can go outside and play during recess.  Again, we ask that you encourage your child to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids during this season.  It is important to keep kids in school as much as possible.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM:  The annual EES Christmas Program for students in grades 1 through 6, will be held on Monday, December 11th, 2017 at the East Campus.  The band will begin playing at 6:30 PM and the Choir will begin at 7:00 PM.  Students will practice at East Campus on Thursday, Friday and Monday at East Campus in preparation of the event.


November Nutrition Nugget



November Breakfast/Lunch Menus



10-27-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE


PICTURE RETAKES:  The picture retakes are scheduled for Friday, November 3rd   at 8:15 AM.
PROGRESS REPORTS:  Progress reports will be going home on the 15th of November except for kindergarten students.  If you have not already signed up, you can monitor your child’s progress while at home.  It is a simple procedure, if you have access to the Internet.  You can contact the office and Lori will set you up with a password and then you can have access to the progress of your child on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.  If you have questions you would like to ask the teacher, but can’t find the time in the day to do so, you may e-mail them at school, and when they have the opportunity they will respond back to you.  The same goes for contacting the principal in the office.  It is simply the teacher’s first initial, last name  @usd211.org.  I would be croy@usd211.org.
COATS AND HATS:  Fall weather is here, with Winter weather just around the corner.  When the temperature gets colder, please send your child to school with hats and gloves, along with their winter coats.  Students will need winter boots when the snow starts to land on the ground and stick.
FLU AND COLD SEASON:  Please remind your children to drink plenty of liquids and get plenty of sleep in the next few months.  We want our children in school for effective learning.  Proper nutrition and plenty of rest will help the students stay in school, where we want them, on a daily basis.
USD 211 TEXTCASTER:  The USD TextCaster is utilized for weather cancellations or other changing news that affects USD 211 school calendar.  If you have not signed up for this FREE service you are encouraged to do so.  Go to www.usd211.org – click on “BlueJay Alerts TextCaster” and follow the easy set-up instructions.
5th and 6th GRADE THINKING CAP QUIZ BOWL:  5th grade Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl is scheduled for Monday, November 6th  and the 6th grade is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8th, 2017.  It will begin at 3:00 PM in Mrs. Sebelius’ room at the Eisenhower School.
KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM:  An early reminder that the kindergarten students will have a program at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 21st  in the school cafeteria.

THANKSGIVING DISMISSAL:  An early reminder that there will be no school for the Thanksgiving Break starting on Wednesday, November 22nd  .  School will resume as normal on Monday, November 27th.

10-19-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

FLU AND COLD SEASON:  Please remind your children to drink plenty of liquids and get plenty of sleep in the next few months.  We want our children in school for effective learning.  Proper nutrition and plenty of rest will help the students stay in school, where we want them, on a daily basis.
COATS AND HATS:  Fall weather is here, with winter weather just around the corner.  When the temperature gets colder, please send your child to school with hats and gloves, along with their winter coats.  Students will need winter boots when the snow starts to land on the ground and stick.
HALLOWEEN PARTIES:  Halloween parties will begin at 2:30 on Tuesday, October 31st. Kindergarten students are the only students who dress up for Halloween.  This year the Kindergarten students will only dress up after lunch.  They will parade at the Andbe Home, Whispering Pines and then around the school prior to their homeroom parties.  Parents of Kindergarten students please send your child’s costume in their backpack and the students will  dress after lunch.
E-MAIL:  Please remember that if parents have questions, they can contact their teacher via e-mail. To email your teacher use the first letter of their first name, then their last name, add @usd 211.org.  For instance if you wanted to contact the principal, the email address would be croy@usd211.org    You can always call the school office for help, as well.
AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE:  The average daily attendance at EES for the first nine weeks of school was  94.5 %.  For effective learning, it is important to have students in class working directly with their teacher.  Thank You to the parents for your work in getting your child to school.
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE: A reminder that conferences will be held on Monday, October 23rd.  You should have received notice from your teacher on when your conference is scheduled.  If not, please contact your teacher or the office for support.
SITE COUNCIL:  The October site council meeting will be held on Monday, October 30th at 5:30 PM.
FIRE SAFETY WEEK:  Fireman from the Norton fire department came to the school last week to meet with the students and discuss some fire safety issues that can be observed at home.  We appreciate the firemen taking time off from their own paying jobs to spend time with our students. Our students look forward to this event each year.
FIDGET SPINNERS:  Just a reminder to not send these items to school.  They are a distraction to students and to staff in the classroom.
BACKPACK PROGRAM:  If there are families interested in knowing more about the program, they can contact the office for details.




10-13-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK




HALLOWEEN:  Just a friendly reminder that for Halloween only Kindergarten students dress in costumes.

NO SCHOOL:  On Friday, October 20th, and Monday, October 23rd, there will be no school for the students.

Teachers will use this time to prepare their grades and also to get ready for Parent/Teacher conferences scheduled for Monday, October 23rd, 2017.

END OF FIRST QUARTER:  The first quarter (43 days) will end on Thursday, October 19th, 2017.  Report cards will be given to parents at the Parent/Teacher Conferences scheduled for Monday, October 23rd, 2017, for Early Childhood through sixth grade.

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING:  In the event there is a need to start school late or close schools due to inclement weather or other emergencies, the announcements will be made on the radio and television stations listed below.  KQNK Radio of Norton (1530 AM or 106.7 FM ) is the primary broadcast outlet for the Norton schools.  If inclement weather develops during the school day, parents should attempt to listen to one of the designated radio or television stations below.  In the event there is an early dismissal, students will be allowed to call their parents if instructions are needed.  If school is not called off, but parents believe the weather to be too hazardous to send their child to school they are to follow the normal procedure for reporting absences. 

RADIO STATIONS:
KQNK  1530 AM 106.7 FM Norton 
KRVN 880 AM    Lexington, NE 
KKAN  1490 AM    Phillipsburg 
KQMA    92.5 FM Phillipsburg   

TELEVISION STATIONS: 
KSNK   NBC Channel 2 and 8 
KBSH  CBS  Channel 7
KAKE CBS Channel 11
NTV  ABC  Channel  10 and 13 


TITLE READING/MATH:  Math—Help your child find some appropriate number and problem solving games to play online, or play card or board games that involve counting or patterns.  Reading—Set aside a time and place for reading, like a comfy chair with a reading light for bedtime stories, or visit your public library regularly, find and read together the books that were your favorite when you were a kid.

JACKETS/COATS:  There are a large number of coats, and or jackets that have been left at school.  Right now they are on the railing going up the ramp by the cafeteria.  We have encouraged students to look and see if any of these jackets belong to them.


10-06-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK



NO SCHOOL:  On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, there will be no school for the students.  Faculty and staff have training all day.

TEACHER WORK DAY:  On Friday, October 20th, 2017, there will be no school for the students. This is the end of the first nine weeks.  No school allows teachers to work on grades and prepare for Parent/Teacher conferences. 

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE:  The first parent/teacher conference of the year will be held on Monday, October 23rd, 2017.  There will be no schedule on that day for students.  School will resume for students on Tuesday, October 24th at the regular time.  You will be receiving information from your teacher when your child’s conference has been scheduled.  Conferences are scheduled for 15 minutes.  If parents do not feel this is enough time for conference, then a request to the teacher for a longer conference time can be made.

THIRD & FOURTH GRADE VOCAL CONCERT:  This is just a reminder that the third and fourth grade vocal concert will be held on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, at the East Campus Auditorium. It will start at 7:00 PM. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT PRESENTATIONS:  The Fire Department will give presentations to the students on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 starting at 1:00.  Every year during FIRE PREVENTION WEEK, our fire department has made a point of visiting the school, presenting a program of fire safety to our students, and (weather permitting) letting the students view a fire engine with a hands on approach.  We take this time to thank them for their efforts in helping educate our children regarding fire prevention and safety procedures.   

PHONE CALLS AND MESSAGES:  We are asking that when you call to leave a message for your child, to please do so before 3:00 PM if possible.  The last 30 minutes of the day are very busy ensuring that our students are following proper instructions from parents, and phone calls at that time add to a very busy time.  Thank you for working with us on this matter. 

CROSSWALKS:  A reminder that we ask students to use crosswalks at all times coming to school and walking home after school.  USD 211 provides adult crossing guards on Highway 36 near Dairy Queen.  An adult crossing guard is also posted East of Eisenhower on Highway  283.  For students who shuttle to the USD 211 district office, there is an adult crossing guard located at State street.  Closer to school we have 6th grade students serve as crossing guards for the other students in two locations.  This information is provided to parents who may not have children normally walk to school.

BOX TOPS:  The EES Library collects Box Tops for Education from items you purchase in stores.  These Box Tops earn ten cents each for our school.  We will be mailing a batch of Box Tops in redemption on October 31st, 2017.  If you have been collecting Box tops, please send them to the library before October 23, 2017, so we can submit them.  Thank you for all the Box Tops you send.

SIGNS:  Please observe the traffic signs on the East side of the school along Eisenhower Drive when dropping off students in the morning.  There have been cars pulling in the driveway in the mornings dropping off students in front of the school, interfering with staff coming to school in the mornings.


9-29-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK


NO SCHOOL: On Friday, October 20th, 2017 there will be no school for students.  This is the end of the first nine weeks of school.  It is a workday for teachers.  On Monday, October 23rd , we have Parent/Teacher conferences, so there will be no school that day.

THIRD & FOURTH GRADE VOCAL CONCERT  The third and fourth grade concert has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  It will be at the East Campus auditorium.  Students will practice at East Campus during their music time on Monday and Tuesday.  

PHONE CALLS AND MESSAGES:  We are asking that when you call to leave a message for your child, to please do so before 3:00 PM if possible.  The last 30 minutes of the day are very busy ensuring that our students are following proper instructions from parents, and phone calls at that time add to a very busy time.  Thank you for working with us on this matter.   

THANKS:  I would like to thank all parents for your support and assistance at school activities and athletic events.  When students are not supervised, accidents are more likely to occur.  They can and do occur even under supervision, but not as often.  Parents who supervise their children at school activities and athletic events not only help keep their children and the other spectators safe, but also help the people around them enjoy the event even more.  Thank you for your continued support and continued effort.

LUNCH:  A reminder that if you are wanting to eat lunch with your child, please notify the office before 9:30 AM.  The cooks need to have an accurate number of people eating to assure that all students and visitors have enough to eat.  Eisenhower Elementary is fortunate to have some outstanding cooks!  They are Kathy Richards, Marilyn Dicks, Barb Smith, and Carla Sumner.

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK:  The week of October 9-13 is Fire Prevention Week.  Our local firefighters will come to the school on Thursday, October 12th  to present a program of fire safety to the students at Eisenhower.  There will be two programs, one for the ECD -3rd grade at 1:00 and 4th thru 6th at 2:00 Pm.  Both programs are in the cafeteria.  Parents are invited to sit in and listen if they would like.

TITLE MATH/READING:  Reading:  When you are reading a magazine or newsletter, ask your child to look on the pages for pictures that start with a certain sound.  For example;  Do you see a picture of something that starts with the letter ‘p’?   Math: When helping your child with homework or school assignments, ask him or her to explain how he or she got the answer.

SCHOOL BUS GUIDELINES FOR SAFE RIDING:  Riding a school bus can be a fun time for students, however, it is a privilege to ride a bus and not a right. We have a great bunch of bus drivers in our community who spend countless hours transporting children safely to and from school, and school activities.  We need to do all we can to help make their job easier during the school session, so the students are safer on the buses.