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Wow, I can’t believe the school year is coming to an end. It has been a very exciting year at Eugene Field Elementary. Our teachers and students have worked extremely hard this year and taken on many new challenges in the classroom. This year we have continued to implement new curriculum as we are transitioning to the Common Core. Surprisingly, it is already time to be looking forward to what’s to come during the 2014-2015 school year.
The past month has been especially busy with 5k, Book Fair, Almanac Bowl, etc. In the next week, we will have many more events still taking place with field day, class picnics, and various other activities. At this time, learning becomes a challenge when the days get a little busier with all the sports and activities that go along with summer. However, students are really demonstrating perseverance and finishing the year strong with completion of our Common Assessments, MAP, and Stanford.
We are only 7 school days away from the official end of the year. I hope that everyone has a fun summer break. Thank you for your continued support to make this year such a great success! I look forward to seeing everyone in August for another great year!!!
12th-PBS Assembly @ 10:30
13th-Fourth Grade Field Trip
15th-Fourth Grade Picnic
16th-Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 3rd Grade Picnics
Fourth Grade visits MMS
19th-Second Grade Picnic
20th-Last Day of School and Transition Day
June 2nd-19th Summer School
Song from the Music Room
(Sing to the tune of ‘Oh When the Saints Go Marching In’)
Thank You for coming.
To our concert.
Thank you for coming to our concert.
We loved performing,
In front of you__.
Thank you for coming to our concert.
And from Ms. Lipiec,
A couple thoughts...
What a great, successful year.
It’s been a pleasure;
It’s been so fun.
We’ve played, sang, and learned so much.
And that’s the end,
Of this little song…
The end of-our song and year.
It’s been so awesome,
Can’t wait till next.
Have a great, musical summer!
One final greeting from the Music Room. I can’t believe it’s May, and we are closing out the year! We have spent fourth quarter studying a variety of things – Ukuleles for grades 3 and 4 / folk songs and games for the younger grades, music vocabulary, composers, instrument families, and we fit in some Frozen music and summer songs! In Spoofhound time we did various writing projects and presentations about the instruments, studied Mozart and Beethoven, investigated the jobs of other musicians (Antonio Vivaldi, John Williams, Aaron Copeland, and Billy Strayhorn), learned a few folk games, and studied the science behind how sound is made and traveled. It’s been quite busy – and incredibly successful!
I wish you all music-filled, happy, restful summer days! I must admit, I hope we have a few more rainy days this summer than last (J primarily for my garden) – and if the kiddos are stuck inside, I hope you will visit my website (http://www.efesmusic.maryville.k12.mo.us ) and sing a song or two with them!
Have a wonderful summer!
MAP Testing Thank You
As we close out another year of testing, we wanted to let you know how appreciative we are to those parents who have put a priority on their students being well rested, focused, and present on our MAP testing days. Your cooperation has been so wonderful, and it makes our testing process much smoother and helps our students to be their best every day. Thanks again!
What are Exploratory Classes?
What are Exploratory Classes? The Exploratory, or “Special” classes, as they used to be called, are subjects not usually taught in the same way in the classroom. I am old enough to remember our teacher helping us do some sort of craft for “art”, no one had computers, we didn’t have Physical Education, no library, and our poor music teacher used to come in pushing her little piano. No one talked about how to move your body without getting hurt, how important it is to get exercise or eat right or play fair. No one told us about the different artists, what they did and how we could try our hand at doing the same thing with different types of materials and methods, textures and patterns. No one explained what makes music “work”. Why some note combinations sound better together than others and why, and how you can change a chord and change the whole mood of a piece. We played recorders—not ukuleles and we didn’t learn about composers or the different types of music that they have written through the years. The only thing we knew about computers was that they were evil and only showed up in science fiction movies. It wasn’t until high school we even had a library and that was only for checking out books. No one worked with us to show us how to research, to find the information we needed, or use it once we had found it. We didn’t learn how to read a map, or decimal numbers to find nonfiction books. We didn’t talk about plot, characters, setting, and so on in the library—but now we do.
The Exploratory classes are just that. We help students explore who they are by expressing themselves through different methods. They try their hand at different types of art, create and play music and learn to sing as one choir—everyone singing the same note at the same time. They learn how to move their bodies, play fair, create their own games, and share. They learn to express themselves through slide shows, photography, book reports told by animated characters. They learn to think and figure out problems and support their ideas with facts.
Exploratory classes are NOT play time. We have fun learning in different ways and using different senses and techniques—but the focus is on learning.
Thank you so much to our SUPER staff members this year. If you haven't seen our staff superheroes, check them out here!
Our last day of school will be our Transition Day. This is a great experience where students get to travel to the next grade level and meet their new teacher and class for next year. We are excited for this great opportunity, and we hope that your child will enjoy this experience as well!
Gym News and Field Day
Spoofamania is running wild here at Eugene Field Elementary! The gym is packed with fitness games, nutrition lessons and a lot of laughter! On May 14th, Eugene Field will head outside for Field Day for some fitness and fun in the sun (rain date is the 16th). We would like to take this opportunity to invite parents and/or grandparents to come if they would like. Preschool-1st Field Day activities will be in the morning from 8:30-10:50. We will then have an all school picnic, from 11:00-12:00. We will then continue with our Field Day activities for our 2nd-4th graders from 12:10-2:30.
For lunch, we will be serving hot dogs and hamburgers. All students will be eating outdoors, so that you will be able to find a nice spot to eat with your child. I ask that if you plan to eat lunch with your child, please return the form from the blue sheet we sent home with the lunch money by Friday, May 9th.
What will my child need to wear?
Will my child need sunscreen?
Remember to help our children get out and play 60 minutes a day!
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” - John F. Kennedy
If you haven't signed up yet, NOW IS THE TIME!!!
Here are the details:
Dates: June 2nd-19th (M-F)
Times: 7:30-12:00 (EFES)
We will offer an optional lunch at 12:00, and you can sign up for the GO program before and after school.
EFES Summer School Form
MMS Summer School Form
GO Summer Form
In order for us to be ready for our summer, online enrollment, we need to make sure we have accurate information for all of our families. If you have updated contact information, please contact our school office.
Registration will be done through the Parent Portal again this year. Please check out your account to make sure you have access and are ready for this process this summer!
Early Childhood Screenings
Early Childhood Screenings were scheduled for Saturday, May 10th. This is a free service offered to children age 4 months to 5 years of age. If you were unable to attend, please call our school office, as we may be able to offer another screening time at your convenience.
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