It’s so hard to believe that we are already into the month of September. The first weeks of school have gone by so quickly. We have had an amazing start to a new school year. I know this is due to the extensive planning of all our Eugene Field teachers, custodians, secretaries, etc. There is much work that goes into preparing for the first few days of school.
Our students spent the first several days discussing routines and procedures, classroom rules, etc. We are now down to business and students are diving right into curriculum. Of course, with a new year, comes some changes. This is our 2nd year for implementing Positive Behavior Supports. Your child may have shared with you that we are not using the punch cards this year. However, the students are still receiving bones for following expectations. Instead of doing punches, the students are storing their bones in a pouch. They will still have the opportunity to redeem their bones in 20, 40, and 60 increments for many cool and exciting things. If you want to learn more about PBS, please check out our website!
We too have several new faces at EFES this year. I am very proud to introduce our new staff members for the 2014-2015 school year.
· Amy Skidmore-Kindergarten
· Brian Herndon-1st Grade
· Kelly Obley-3rd Grade
· Kenneth Hamilton-3rd Grade
· Sherra Weldon-4th Grade
· Melody Ellsworth-Part-time Preschool
· Chandra Shurvington-Art
· Angie McKim-Paraprofessional
· Karen Jones-Lunch Monitor
In closing, I look forward to meeting and continuing to work with each of you as we work together to ensure all of our students are meeting their individual potential. One way to help with this is to maintain a positive connection between home and school. I encourage you to help with this by keeping in touch with your child’s teacher as questions arise. In addition, Mr. Lynn and I too are available to help answer any questions or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us! We are so very fortunate to have parents that support our efforts. You play a huge role in a child’s educational success by helping students get to bed on time, ensuring that homework is completed, etc. Eugene Field would not be the same without your help and support. Together, let’s make it a GREAT year!!!
Clothing & Yearbook Orders
Classroom/technology fees, clothing orders, and yearbook orders are due September 12. This will be the only time we will place a clothing and yearbook order this year. Order forms for these are included with this newsletter. Classroom/technology fees for grades 1st through 4th are $10.00. Kdg fees are $35.00, which also covers snack milk for the year.
Click here for the order form.
Greetings, again, from the music room! It sure has been a busy few weeks! Let me tell you about what has been keeping us busy and singing!!
We have spent the first two weeks learning school-wide songs for our new ‘Music Mondays.’ Each Monday, Eugene Field students will start the week with a song! We started the year off with a song entitled “My School Family.” We are preparing many others including, “Good Morning, Get Ready,” “Get Funky,” “We Celebrate,” and, “Caring Friends.” The songs are designed to get our bodies and focus ready for the week, and they give the opportunity to connect with classmates.
The 3rd and 4th grade also began their study of the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key, and “The Star-Spangled Banner” this week. We spend two more weeks on this unit - studying our country’s national anthem, the composer, and flag etiquette - in preparation for the birthday of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” September 14.
I have received many unique, music-filled pictures – thank you so very much for your time and participation. Each and every day the students come in to see what new photographs and pictures have been displayed! It truly has been even more enjoyable than I imagined!! If you haven’t sent a picture yet - or if you missed the first email - there is LOTS of wall space left!! We would LOVE to have them!! (And just in case you missed the original email, here is a brief description of the project! In order to create our music family, I am asking for family photos. I need your pictures and stories, your music and memories!! Each and every one of you is a vital part of our Musical School Family, so I ask you please think of a time when your family has shared music? (Maybe you were all driving in the car when a favorite song came on….Maybe it was a birthday party or celebration… A holiday… A concert… The 7th inning stretch at a baseball game? Or the warm-up time at a NWMSU football game?) Music is everywhere, all the time!!) Do you have a picture of this activity or event? Is there a symbol, program, or artifact that you can photograph? Or maybe you would like to draw a picture? I ask that each family share a musical memory (or two or three)! I would like to display these pictures in the music room - as a way bond with our classmates and school as we build our school musical family, but additionally, to become more aware of the music traditions that surround us each and every day! Music is a vital part of our lives and we are going to celebrate this, all year long!!)
I hope you will stop in and visit the music room on Monday, September 15th during the Exploratory Night. I would love to meet you all and share some of the fun ideas and projects that the students will be participating in this year!
I wish you many days full of music and smiles!
Thank you for ALL of your support and participation!
We enjoy having parents, grandparents, etc., in for lunch to eat with their child(ren). If you plan to join us for lunch, please bring in exact change if at all possible. Money can't be taken off of student lunch accounts to pay for adult lunches. Thanks for your help with this!
We want to encourage all students to participate in our school's reading program this year. Our theme is "Blast Off Into Reading". Reading tracking sheets are located in the school office, and one was sent home a few weeks ago. We are encouraging all students to read or be read to as much as possible this school year, as it really helps our students to be practicing their skills at home throughout the school year!
Need some tips and strategies to help your child to have great behavior at home? If so, you might check out the Conscious Discipline training being offered at NWMSU. They will be meeting at the Northwest Ballroom the 3rd Thursday of every month. Contact Horace Mann or the Leet Center at Northwest for more details.
Reading Incentive Program
Fun Fest and PTO
On Friday, September 26th our PTO will be hosting Fun Fest. Here are the details you will need to know:
Cost: FREE!!! For no cost, you can participate in several games, five bounce houses, and a raffle for some great prizes!
Location: Maryville High School
Food: For $2 you will receive a hot dog, chips, and water.
Stay for the MHS football game, and our EFES students get in free!!!
For questions or to volunteer, please email Brian Lynn.
Also, we have an upcoming PTO meeting scheduled for September 15th from 6:00-6:30. This is in conjunction with our Exploratory Night, which showcases some of the things your children are learning in exploratory classes each week. All parents are welcome to attend.
Please mark your calendars!!
You are invited –
Who: All parents and students Grades K - 4
What: Exploratory Night
When: September 15th Stop in anytime between 5:30 - 6 or for 30 minutes following the PTO Meeting
Where: Eugene Field Exploratory Classrooms
Why: The Exploratory Team (Computers - Kim Walker; Physical Education - Joe Masciovecchio; Library - Ree Sullivan; Art - Chandra Shurvington; Music - Erika Jeter; and counselors, Mona Bradly and Carla Hoyt) would love to meet you all and tell you more about our programs. We will introduce you to our classrooms, websites and resources, curriculum and plans, Essential Outcomes, and answer any questions you have!
We hope to see you there!!
Joggin' Dogs Club
We are offering a Joggin’ Dogs Running Club during the G.O. program at Eugene Field!
The Joggin’ Dogs will learn about and practice the physical aspects of running such as stretching, breathing, strengthening, and endurance. In addition, personal character traits, like empowerment, responsibility, accountability, and determination will be reinforced. Research shows many benefits of running for children, including improved physical fitness, increased energy and attention, better sleep cycles, stress relief, mood management, and self-confidence. This running club will provide a supportive and noncompetitive atmosphere to help each individual child meet his/her goals.
Joggin’ Dogs Running Club will meet on Thursdays from 4:00 – 4:45. Students will need to have comfortable clothing and a good pair of tennis shoes to participate. Our first meeting will be on September 18. The program will run for 8 weeks, and conclude at the Turkey Trot fun run on November 13.
If you have any further questions, please contact:
Jody Renfro at firstname.lastname@example.org
Erika Jeter at email@example.com
Crystal Boyt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re looking forward to running together!
Click here for the registration form.
Art Room News
What’s New in the Art Room?
The new school year is well underway and we have hit the ground running in the art room!! While I hope the kids have kept you up to date on the various projects taking place right now, I’d like to take the time to both introduce myself and share the various lessons and plans for a fantastic year of art!
My name is Chandra Shurvington (Miss Shurvington), and I am very excited to be at Eugene Field this year! I grew up in the small town Bevier, Missouri and moved to Maryville for school in the fall of 2009; following graduation from Northwest Missouri State in 2013, I left Maryville for a year to teach at South Harrison Elementary in Bethany, Missouri, but was very excited to return to Maryville! When I am not teaching or planning awesome projects for us to do in the art room, I enjoy playing and watching sports, reading, painting, and spending time with my amazing family and friends.
Each grade level started off the year working on self-portraits; they are a great way for me to learn about the students, and to get a starting point for tracking skill development. Following self-portraits, kindergarten jumped right in to a color unit. We have read about crazy color changing chameleons and even learned how to draw and paint our own!
First grade followed suit by learning about the rainbow and what an initial is, then producing rainbow initials through a collage styled project. They are currently working to learn the primary and secondary colors in order to create colorful birds with watercolors and markers.
Second grade is getting a great jump on art history! They spent the last couple of weeks learning about the artist Mondrian; discussing primary colors and horizontal/vertical line. After studying the works of Mondrian, the students set to work creating their own “Mondrian Blocks”.
Third grade also began studying an artist, spending this past week discussing the abstract concentric circle work of Kandinsky. The students are currently working to create their own Kandinsky styled work using oil pastels to layer color and fill in their own circle designs.
While the other classes are focused on drawing, fourth grade students are learning how to turn two-dimensional material (tag board) into three-dimensional sculpture. They are using the letters in their names to create letter sculptures, and I am very excited to see how they turn out!
Along with the various projects I have planned for the year, I also plan to put together an Art Show to run in conjunction with each grade levels music concert. While the dates are still in the works, I will post the details as soon as they become available. I hope to see all of you there so that you can enjoy the arts your students are working so hard at!
It’s been a fantastic start to the 2014-15 school year, and I look forward to working with all of you!! If you ever have questions, concerns, or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me!!
-Miss Chandra Shurvington
New School Psychologist