1-19-18 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK


KANSAS’ BIRTHDAY:  Kansas Day is Monday, January 29, 2018.  Kansas will be 157 years old. Have your child/children tell you what they have learned about the State.

SCHOOL LOCKDOWN:  In the next couple of weeks, Eisenhower Elementary will conduct a lockdown procedure with the students and staff. The school practices fire drills monthly and tornado drills four times a year to help ensure that our students know what to do in emergency situations during the school year.  If a parent has questions on the procedure, please contact the office.

NORTON COUNTY SPELLING BEE:  Norton County  Spelling Bee will be held on February 7th, 2018 at 3:45 P.M. at the school in Long Island.

DROP OFFS:  Just a friendly reminder that in the mornings, there is a lot of congestion at the north end of the school in the normal drop off zone.  This is a drop off zone and not a parking area.  Please keep a look out for other vehicles and students when going through this zone.  We ask that you drop off students on the sidewalks on Eisenhower Street.
When picking up students after school, please find a place to park and then pick up students.  We are having some cars stopping in the middle of the street and having students walk out to the street and getting in.  This is not only dangerous, but it is holding up traffic.  Thank You!

SNOW AND PLAYGROUND CHANGE:  In an effort to help keep our school clean, when there is snow on the ground, kids will be limited to playing on the cement area only.  This will help eliminate the amount of dirt, snow, ice and mud coming into the building. 

COLD WEATHER/RECESS:   Just a reminder that even in cold weather, students and staff will try and go outside for recess if only for a few minutes to give the students a chance to run around and get some fresh air.  Students need to wear gloves, a heavy coat and a hat.  If they are short of something, usually the office has extras to help the students.  The staff at Eisenhower is very knowledgeable about when it is appropriate and safe to go out for recess, or when it is best to stay in, and uses this best judgment in the best interest of the students.  The maintenance crew does an excellent job clearing snow off the cement playground and sidewalks, so kids have an area free of snow to play on while outside.  There seems to be some misunderstanding about kids playing in the snow while out at recess. 

HATS AND MITTENS: We encourage children in cold weather to wear mittens and hats, and we offer them to the students when going out to recess. 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS:  If for some reason there has been a change of address or phone number for a family that attends EES, please contact the office with the change.  In the past couple of weeks, the office has tried to contact some parents and were not able to connect with them because phone numbers were changed over the holiday break.  It is important that we are able to contact parents in emergency situations involving their child.

ATTENDANCE:  There seems to be some discussion from parents who have received a letter from the office on their child missing more than five days of school.  In the USD 211 District Policy Handbook, under attendance B 402 it explains our policy and procedure of student attendance.  B 402.2 regards specifically the procedure of how to notify parents of the student absences. 
After a child is absent five days in a semester for any reason (excused or unexcused) the parents will be notified with a letter.
We apologize if there has been confusion of the process, but do not hesitate to call the office if there are any other questions in respect to district procedure.

SPELLING BEE:  Following are the results of the Spelling Bee held on Wednesday January 17th, 2018   at Eisenhower Elementary.  In fourth place and who will be the alternate for the County Spelling Bee is sixth grader Mackenzie Clydesdale.  Representing Eisenhower will be fifth grader Brody Mullins in third place, sixth grader Wade David in second place and winning the Eisenhower Spelling Bee is sixth grader Ryann Manning.   Congratulations to all the participants and we wish the finalists the best of luck in the County Wide Spelling Bee.

“PEOPLE WITH GOALS SUCCEED BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHERE THEY’RE GOING”
      EARL NIGHTINGALE

1-12-18 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK


JANUARY INSERVICE:  On Monday, January 15th, 2018, the district will have inservice for all staff members.  There will be NO SCHOOL for students on this day.  This is an early reminder so childcare arrangements can be made.  School will resume on Tuesday, January 16th, at the regular time.

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE (ADA):   School attendance is a very important part of the student’s school record.  There is a high correlation between attendance and personal reliability.  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.  The average daily attendance for the first semester is as follows:

FIRST SEMESTER
EC 95.12%
K 98.23%
1 96.20%
2 98.10%
3 95.90%
4 95.1%
5 95.10%
6 95.0%
       Total 96.09%

Overall average daily attendance for the first semester was 96.09%.  The overall attendance for the 2nd nine weeks was 97.43%, even with all the illness that has taken place.  Congratulations parents and students!  That is a good average daily attendance percentage!

GEOGRAPHY BEE RESULTS:  The annual Eisenhower Geography Bee was held Friday, January 5th, 2018. Seven students in grades four, five and six completed the classroom level Geography Bee, and advanced to the school level.  The Eisenhower Geography Bee winner was Ashlyn Leiker.  First runner up was Braxton Withington and second runner up was Mason Hogan.  Ashlyn will now take a written test for eligibility in the State competition.

HEALTH INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS:  All students are required to have Birth Certificates, current Immunizations and Physicals.  The Kansas Certificate of Immunizations requires the following:  DTaP - Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, (five doses); Polio-(4 doses); Hepatitis B (3 doses); Varicella (one dose for Preschool, and two doses for Kindergarten thru 6th grade} OR chicken pox disease date.  A Tdap booster is required prior to entering 7th grade.  Physicals are required for all Kindergarten students and out of State transfer students under the age of nine.

EMERGENCY DRILLS:  Each year the school is responsible to have a fire drill monthly, and a tornado drill four times a year.  In the next month or so, the school staff has went through some training for lockdown procedures.  In addition to the training, the school district will be putting additional locks on each inside door of the school.  When the locks are in place, staff and students will do additional training with the lockdown procedure.

GYM SHOES:  Please contact the office if you have any questions on the status of using different shoes for gym.  We do have extra shoes that have been donated to the school for students to use during the year.


“Spending time with kids brings a sense of balance to our lives.  It reminds us that the best things in life aren’t things.”

1-5-18 Newsletter


FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK



WELCOME BACK:  It is wonderful to be back to school working with your children.  The school looks forward to a great second semester of school activities.   During the second semester of school, we will be spending time with the students preparing them for the State assessments we are required to take.  As the semester progresses, this newsletter will provide more detailed information on what parents can do to help students prepare to take the tests, and when the tests will be taken.

CBM TESTING:  On Monday, January 8th and Tuesday, January 9th the students at Eisenhower will be taking the second round of the CBM’s.  It is scheduled for two days to give the test, but if there is any delay, we will extend into Wednesday.

JANUARY INSERVICE:  On Monday, January 15th, the district will have In-service for all staff members.    There will be NO SCHOOL for students on this day.  This is an early reminder so childcare arrangements can be made.  School will resume on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.

BEHAVIOR:  Just a reminder that in order for everyone to be able to enjoy the basketball and wrestling at junior high and high school events, we need to remember to not run up and down the bleachers, and continue to demonstrate good sportsmanship.  Running up and down the bleachers is not only disruptive, but is very dangerous to small children close to the steps.  We also need to look out for older spectators who support our teams, but have some difficulty with the steps.  Please continue to remember to be courteous and respectful to all, and enjoy the games.  GO BLUEJAYS!

COLD WEATHER:  This is a friendly reminder that in this cold weather to send your child to school with gloves and hats.  Thanks to some generous donations to the school in recent years, we have extra hats and gloves in the office for children to use to go outside for recess.

KANSAS BIRTHDAY:  Eisenhower Elementary will be celebrating the 157th  birthday of the State of Kansas on Monday, January 29th, 2018.

SPELLING BEE:  The Eisenhower Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday January 17th, 2018 in the school cafeteria at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Students in grades 4-6 are currently taking preliminary tests to determine the four students from each classroom who qualify for the school wide competition.

VOCAL CONCERT:  An early reminder that the 1st and 2nd grade vocal concert will be held on Monday, February 5th , 2018  at 7:00 PM. at the East Campus.  The students will practice at East Campus on Friday and Monday at 12:30 in the afternoon.

WHY TAKING CARE OF YOUR ORAL HEALTH IS SO IMPORTANT:  Why is it so important to take care of you teeth and mouth?  It affects the rest of your body.  Daily brushing and flossing can help fight off bacteria or keep them under control.  Without the proper dental hygiene, people risk infections, such as tooth decay or gum disease.  Oral hygiene also includes choosing healthy foods and drinks and avoiding tobacco use.

January Breakfast/Lunch Menus



12-15-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK


EISENHOWER CONNECTION:  The next newsletter will be January 5, 2018.

REPORT CARDS:  Report cards will go out on Thursday, January 4th, 2018

CHANGE OF ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER:  During the school year, it is possible that some families may change home address or phone numbers.  When this happens it is important to update the school office with these changes.  There have been some occasions in the past when we have tried to contact parents and we did not have current phone numbers or current living addresses.  It helps us to contact parents when we are updated with these changes.  Thank You!

GEOGRAPHY BEE:  Eisenhower Geography Bee will be held on Friday, January 5th, 2018, at 2:00 PM. in the band room.

MEDICATION:  If your child takes medication, or if there is a change in medication for your child, please let the school nurse know the change.  All medications need to have the doctor’s orders on the bottle.  Thank You!

KANSAS DAY:  On Monday , January 29th, 2018,  The State of Kansas will be celebrating 156 years as a State.  On the following Monday,  Eisenhower Elementary will be participating in a number of activities to honor this accomplishment.

BLACK SOLE SHOES:  In the past month, there has been an increase of black marks on the floors of the school.  These marks are becoming very hard to remove.  If we see a student   making these marks on purpose in the hallways or in the classroom, a phone call will be made to the parents.  We realize sometimes the students make marks accidently as they are going from class to class, but  with the amount of marks on the floor, some of them are more deliberate, causing the custodians and teachers to spend time cleaning them up.

DONATIONS:  Thanks to all of the wonderful people who have donated clothes, hats, gloves for the students at EES.   The students who benefit from these gifts greatly appreciate them.  There are many great people in Norton who help other people during the holiday season and the school appreciates everyone who helps.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS:  We would like to thank the parents/guardians of the students at EES for sharing your child with us at school.  Working together between families and staff helps students be successful at school and at home.  While we may not always agree on certain things, we can all agree we want what is best for each and every child.  The first semester of school is now over and we begin the planning and preparation of the second semester and all the activities that occur at this time.
We want to continue to stress the importance of school attendance.  Nothing can replace the time a teacher and student interact in the classroom for learning efficiency.  This is becoming more and more critical with the increase of awareness on State Assessments.  Eisenhower Elementary has done very well in the past on assessments and we want to continue with progress in this area.  As the second semester continues, you will be receiving information on State Assessments.  Please consider them to be important with your child as we emphasize the importance at school.

Have a safe and joyous Holiday Season and we look forward to seeing your child(ren) in 2018.

12-8-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK


WINTER CONCERT:  Band students and vocal students in grades one through six are practicing for the Winter Program to be held on Monday, December 11th, 2017.   Band students will begin performing at approximately 6:30 P.M., followed by the vocal performance.  Rehearsals will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Monday, (December 6, 7, 8 and 11).   Students will be bussed to the East Campus for the rehearsals.  Please be sure to mark Monday, December 11th, 2017 on your calendar!

WEATHER:  We are in the winter months and we would like to remind parents to send children to school dressed appropriately.  Gloves and hats in cold weather are important for students before and after school, along with going out to recess.   A person loses almost half their body heat through their head.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE:  The first graders will be building their Gingerbread Houses on Tuesday, December 12th , 20177  They will begin at 2:00 PM and work in the cafeteria.  This is a fun event for the students and their parents who are invited to participate.

SEMESTER:  The second nine weeks and 1st semester ends on December 21st, 2017. Report cards will go out on Thursday, January 4th, 2018.  School resumes for the students on Thursday, January 4th, 2018.

HEALTH:  The school would like to thank the parents for their support in helping remind children to wash hands and demonstrating other health precautions this year.  The number of children sick and missing school has been about average or below average for the year.  The school has taken precautions during the school hours with sanitizers and hand wipes in the classrooms and in the lunchroom. 

GIFT GIVING:  In the spirit of gift giving, Eisenhower Elementary this year would like to encourage the students to donate to the food drive instead of giving gifts to their teachers.  We will put a box outside the office to collect the  food until the 21st of December.  The food will be used for the EES backpack program, and if there is food donated that could be used at God’s Pantry, it will be taken there when the Winter Break begins for the school.  Non-perishable items would be great.  As much as teachers appreciate gifts from their students, they believe this is a great way to help students understand they can help others at this time of year by participating in this wonderful event.  If there are any questions, please contact the office.

12-1-17 Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK


EES CONCERT:  The Winter concert is scheduled for Monday, December 11th.  It will begin at 6:30 PM. and will be held at East Campus in the gym.  The students will practice at East Campus on Wednesday at 12:30 and  at 8:30 AM. on Thursday and Monday.

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 of Norton is the primary broadcast outlet for the Norton schools.
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 8
KBSH CBS Channel 7
NTV ABC Channel 13

GINGERBREAD HOUSE:  The 1st graders will be working on their Gingerbread Houses on the 12th  of December at 2:00 PM. in the school cafeteria.

GO EDU STAR:  If parents would like to monitor their child’s progress, they can contact the elementary office and receive a password that will enable them to access their child’s work at school.

WINTER ACTIVITIES:  The high school winter sports scene is upon us, which is a time to remind our students what is appropriate behavior while attending basketball games and wrestling matches.  

TOBACCO POLICY:  A reminder that all the school properties in Norton are TOBACCO FREE.  

PICKING UP CHILDREN:  A reminder that the teachers and the office appreciate any advance notice of parents picking up students during the day.  Advance notice allows the teachers to make sure the student has everything they need when they leave school.  Attendance is a very important part of the school day and with prior notice of a student leaving school early, it allows the office to keep accurate records.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS:  There are times during the holiday break, that families will move from one address to the next or change a phone number.  If this occurs, please let the school know of the changes.  This assures us that we will be able to get ahold of parents when the need arises.  If a family is planning on moving from Norton, please let us know so we can send appropriate information to the new school.  Thanks for your help in this manner.

REPORT CARDS:  Report cards will be going home the first week of January after we come back from the Holiday Break.

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.

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.

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.

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 four 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.

TITLE READING /MATH:  Reading—Set aside a time and place for reading- like a comfortable chair with a reading light for bedtime stories, OR visit your public library on a regular basis.  Find a book or two and read with your child that was one of your favorites when you were a child.  Math—Ask your child to count change at the grocery store, or to estimate the total cost while shopping.

December Breakfast/Lunch Menus



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.