FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
BUS SHUTTLE: There is a pick-up spot for morning routes that will be on Horace Greeley Avenue, which is the parking lot for the Norton Manor. The bus will arrive there daily at approximately 7:45 am. The bus will depart as soon as all waiting students have boarded and the students will be taken directly to the Eisenhower Elementary School. AGAIN, this is a morning only stop for Eisenhower students. The afternoon shuttle buses and locations are unchanged. If you plan to have your child(ren) use this new morning bus stop, please visit with them about safely getting to and waiting for the bus—Jim Jackson, Transportation Director
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.
EISENHOWER SITE COUNCIL: Monday, September 21st, 2015 at 5:30 P.M the Site Council will meet in the Eisenhower Library. New members will be introduced and welcomed. This and all meetings of the Site Council are open to the public.
CBM TESTING:. The first round of testing was completed during the second week of school. The data from the testing will be used in the MTSS process.
ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES: Thanks to all the parents and students who are observing the procedures for dropping off students and picking them up after school. I have had several parents talk to me about dropping their child off earlier than usual so that they can get to work on time. This is not a problem as long as I am aware of whom the students are. We would greatly appreciate students not arriving to school before 7:45 AM. as that is when breakfast begins. Students are not dismissed to their classes until 8:10 AM. Call the school office if you have any questions.
VISITORS PASS: Just a friendly reminder for parents to stop in the office and pick up a visitor’s pass when visiting the school.
TELEPHONE CALLS: When calling the office to leave a message for your child, please try to do so before 3:15 P.M. At the end of the school day it becomes very busy trying to ensure that all students are going where they are supposed to go, and taking messages at this time can sometimes be confusing. Thank you for your support with this item.
DROP OFFS: A friendly reminder when dropping off students in the morning to please drop off the students on Eisenhower Street and not the driveway. The easiest way is to come south off Armory drive so they are on the west side of the street closest to the building. The driveway is for buses and staff coming into school. If you have a family member dropping off your child, please let them know of this procedure. Thank You!
PE DEPARTMENT: EES is participating in an innovative way to encourage students to try healthy foods they may not normally try. It will be called the “Tasty Bite” contest. Ben Gordon, EES Art teacher made the trophy that will be used for this year’s contests. The class with the highest % participation in the “Tasty Bite” experience will have their class name put on the base of the trophy and proudly display it in their room until the next contest. The kitchen staff, led by Ruby Cook, will select the healthy food choice for the the next “Tasty Bite” contest from the school menu. In addition Joan Bolt, EES PE. teacher will share the nutritional value of the chosen food.
WALKING TO AND FROM SCHOOL: We have received nothing official that there have been any incidents in Norton, but it has come to my attention that in some smaller communities in Northwest Kansas there have been some incidences of students being asked if they needed rides to and from school by strangers. It would be helpful if parents talk to their child(ren) about this. If we get something official that it is happening in Norton, we will address the students appropriately and in a timely fashion.