Dear EFE parents & families,
I hope that 2013 has treated you and your family well and that you're ready to move on to 2014 and all the wonderful opportunities that it will bring! The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation seems to be filled with many activities and much anticipation for the break at the end of the semester. The past few weeks, we have had lots of fun things taking place within our building. Some activities have included the 4th grade Pioneer Christmas, Kindergarten Polar Express, caroling to our local nursing homes, etc. This is just naming a few of the many things that have occurred or are still ahead in the coming week.
Our staff has also organized activities to build a sense of compassion for others and giving back to families in need within our local community. The EFE family was collecting "Coins for Compassion." We are still awaiting our grand total, but at last count, we were well underway to their $500 goal. In addition, our teachers and staff have done various activities to raise money to adopt some of our own EFE families during this holiday season. Our staff and students also partnered with Lunchtime Solutions to collect food for the Ministry Center. Together, we collected almost 500 pounds of food. The 1st graders were the winners of the pizza party for collecting the most food items. This past month, has once again, reminded me of the outstanding community that I am so blessed to be a part of.
In November, we had our 1st Principal's Coffee. Please mark your calendars for the next one on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 am in the EFES library. We would like to personally discuss your joys and concerns. In addition, I want to share the results of our 1st quarter parent survey and include your input as we continue to move forward using this data. I hope to see you there!
May you all have a wonderful Winter break. Happy holidays!!!
In the library we have been alphabetizing and reading decimal numbers.
Several of the fourth graders have adopted fiction shelves. Their jobs are to keep the books on their shelf in order, remove date due stickers, dust, and keep their shelf looking neat and tidy. This year’s group has decided to advertise, and they have made backdrops for some of the shelves and done some advertising of the books.
Third grade has been learning the library location codes, in order to find the books they want, when using the online catalog. They have also been practicing alphabetical order to make using a written index easier in preparation for working with the Almanac—a favorite activity .
The Spoofhound groups have been working with maps. Learning to locate a place using a map grid, and where important landmarks in the U.S. are located as well as the states themselves. The fourth graders used a Missouri road map to locate highways, lakes, parks, etc. around the state AND how to fold a road map.
Fourth graders will begin using the Almanacs and Atlases soon as we prepare for the second Almanac Competition.
19-Christmas Stockings Day
Elf Yourself Day
21-Winter Break Begins
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We are getting into the holiday spirit at EFES. Here are two activities you won't want to miss:
Thursday is CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS DAY-Wear your best holiday socks. If you don't have holiday socks, any wild and crazy socks will do!
Friday is ELF YOURSELF DAY-Wear your best elf costume or outfit to school.
Happy Holidays from the Music Room! I want to first thank you for coming out and supporting us through the concert season! It was great to have such an awesome turnout – I know for many of you with multiple children involved it was a busy couple of weeks so again I say THANK YOU so much for coming out!!
I would also like to again remind you of our Spring Concert dates. As mentioned before, we are trying something a bit different – this year we will have the concert in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts in hopes of improving the seating and parking options. The concerts will be held February 4 (Grades K, 2, and 4) and February 6 (Grades Pre-K, 1, and 3). There will definitely be more details coming after Christmas Break, but please mark your calendars!!
Finally, I encourage you and your children to visit the music room website which can be found at http://www.efesmusic.maryville.k12.mo.us/ . You will find concert information, concert songs, many of the songs and websites that we use in the classroom, pictures, concert clips, and many other resources.
I hope you all have happy holidays filled with laughter and music!
New Year's Resolution
As New Year’s draws closer, I start to think about my goals and aspirations for the coming year. One of the things that weighs on my mind continuously is being the best dad I can be. Am I being a positive role model? Am I being too hard on my kids? Am I spending enough time with them? Am I instilling my values into their little lives? The list goes on and on. If you’re anything like me, you question, you second-guess, and fumble your way through this journey of parenting, just hoping that you’re making the impact that you know your children desperately need!
The influence of a father on our children is immensely important. According to www.fathers.com there are some startling statistics about the impact men have in the lives of children. I won’t list the specifics here, but there are studies that say students in a household without a father figure are at higher risk to struggle with alcohol and drug abuse, physical and emotional health concerns, poverty, crime, and low academic success.
During our recent parent-teacher conferences, we took note of the number of dads who attended. Overall, we had 50% of our children’s fathers in attendance; the range being as low as a 10% class average to the highest being 75% in attendance.
Now, I don’t call attention to this to “scold” the dads who didn’t come, point fingers, or to make anyone feel bad. There may be many good reasons for these statistics. What I do want to do, is to make my point that if students are going to struggle with the absence of fathers in their lives, then it is our job (myself included) to step up and do our part in influencing the children in this school and community to increase the likelihood of these children having the chance to be successful in life.
One way we are trying to do this is through our Watch DOGS (Dads Of Great Students) program at Eugene Field. When making your resolution this New Year, I’d love you to consider taking one day to come and volunteer at your child’s school this coming semester. You don’t have to be a dad…stepfathers, grandpas, uncles, community members, or any positive male role model will work. Now is your chance to step up and volunteer. The impact on your child, as well as others, will definitely be worth your time.