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December 2019
Winter Weather Coming - Do you have a plan?
Winter is fast approaching and with that comes the possibility of snow days, delays and early releases. Do you have a plan for your children in the case of these events? The best way to ease your mind and insure the safety of your children is to make a plan now. Please check the Frederick County Public School website for the our inclement weather policy and how to find out about cancellations and delays. 
 
Winter Break
There will be no school from December 23 through January 3 for our winter break. Students will return to school January 6, 2020. The Evendale Office will be closed December 24-January 1, 2019. Please have a safe and wonderful holiday.  

January 6. 2020 marks the beginning of our third-nine weeks.
Music in the Air
There are many musical happenings at Evendale Elementary School that students are very excited about and parents should make sure to put on their calendars.

The second-grade musical How the Penguins Saved Christmas is scheduled for December, 12 at 6:30 pm in the Evendale cafeteria. Parents of second graders should keep an eye out for musical related memos such as speaking parts, solos, costume and dress requirements, etc. Any questions? Feel free to email Mr. Stitcher at stitcherr@fcpsk12.net

The kindergarten/first grade mini-musical performance will take place on December 18 beginning at 9:30 am in the Evendale gymnasium.  Those who plan to attend should arrive in plenty of time to be checked into the building. Please  be sure to bring a government issued photo-ID.

Our chorus students will have several events in December as well. 
On December 10, chorus will be singing The Star Spangled Banner at the Millbrook High School  basketball game. Members of chorus should wear their EES Panther Chorus shirt and report to Millbrook High School by 7 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Students are free,Tickets are $5 for anyone else. Parents are allowed to come in and listen to performance and then leave without buying a ticket.

On December 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m, our chorus students will perform at their annual winter concert.  Students should wear black bottoms and EES Panther Chorus shirt.  All are welcome to enjoy this festive and happy occasion.
Mentoring at Evendale
Evendale Elementary staff and members of the greater community have the opportunity monthly to inspire and support students at our school that might be in need of an extra boost of encouragement through our Mentorship Program.

This program, which began in October,  is designed to match teachers, support staff, School Board employees and business leaders with students during their scheduled lunch. This is a time where mentors can engage in conversation with their student and learn about the up and downs of their day. It is suggested that mentors meet monthly with their paired student in order to create a supportive and caring relationship. The hope is that these meetings will impact students in a positive way  to increase self-esteem.

Special lunch events are planned as well , where Chrystal Hawkins, Evendale's guidance counselor has planned interactive games and conversation cards for each pair.  The next event will be the Winter Fun Event on December 19.  Later events will be held February 20 and April 16.
Nurse's Notes
 Now that the weather is getting colder, here are a few ways to keep kids safe during the winter months while playing outdoors.

Dress children in warm layers including a waterproof outer layer in bright colors.

Generally, temperatures in the 30 to 40 degree range are most suitable for outdoor play, while temperatures under 20 degrees could possibly be dangerous.

Remind children to stop for drink breaks often and make sure they stay away from snowbanks where children could be hidden from vehicles like snowplows. Also,discourage building snow forts and igloos that could collapse.

Always keep an eye out for frostnip and frostbite. Frostbite is damage to the skin and underlying tissues caused by the cold. Rain, snow, water and wind can cause the skin to cool faster and may lead to frostbite. It occurs most often on small, exposed areas of the body such as the hands and fingers, feet and toes, and the ears, nose and cheeks. Children are affected more quickly than adults.

Frostnip: Skin looks pale and feels cold, numb and stiff. The underlying tissues remain warm and flexible. It's uncomfortable bus doesn't lead to blisters, scarring or permanent damage.

Second-degree Frostbite Skins turns white or blue and feels hard and frozen. Deeper tissues are unharmed. The skin blisters after rewarming.

Third-degree Frostbite
Skin turns white, blue or mottled. The tissues beneath the skin feel hard and frozen. Deeper body parts are injured, such as blood vessels, nerves, tendons and muscle.
Guidance News
Season’s Greetings!
Throughout the month of December, I am visiting fifth grade classrooms. I am teaching lessons on Cyber Safety, Bullying, Conflict Resolution, Gossip and Study Skills.
Also, in December we are helping many families within our Evendale community. Our Holiday Assistance program consists of several community partners such as Kiwanis’ of Winchester, Bright Futures and local businesses. Our Holiday Assistance Program helps provide food, clothing and gift items to families in need. If you would like to donate to this program, or sponsor a child, please let me know.
Finally, during the holiday season, children have many opportunities within their community to show empathy. Encourage students to look for and take advantage of these opportunities.
I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Mrs. Hawkins, Licensed School Counselor
The Artist's Pallet
This November the whole school has been learning about gratitude during morning circle. During art class, we read books about gratitude. Then the students help create a bulletin board art display named "The Tiny Gallery of Gratitude." Each student created a whole page of artwork about things they are grateful for. After completing their drawings, the students contributed one tiny frame to the gallery. If you are in the lobby any time soon check out the Tiny Gallery of Gratitude!
For the rest of November and into December we will be creating the following art projects...
First grade has begun a unit on owls that will include shape, texture and form. They will be using wax resist with watercolor techniques and then clay.
Second grade will begin exploring color mixing with paint and creating collage. We will look closely at several books by the artist and author Eric Carl.
Third grade is finishing up the color and shapes review project and will begin working on portraits. We will continue working with our gratitude pictures
Fourth grade is finishing up their wave paintings and will begin a unit on architecture.
Fifth grade has finished their pasta skeletons and will begin units on Keith Haring prints and Gargoyles and Grotesques clay sculptures.

PE Matters
In the month of December, our Evendale Panthers will be participating in skill-based and movement education units. At the beginning of the month, students will be focusing on hockey dribbling, passing and lead- up games. Following hockey, we will be spending time in our dance unit. Students will experience the benefits of exploring dance and the different ways in which we can keep our bodies healthy and strong with movement education. In the dance unit, students will be able to follow teacher-led line dances, multicultural dances and create their own dances and movements. Students will learn steps to many dances and how to follow an eight-count by working individually, with a partner or in a group setting.

Since the temperature has been getting colder and with possible chances of bad weather or snow, please make sure to remind your panthers about wearing sneakers for physical education days and checking the resource rotation schedule. We hope our panthers and panther families have a wonderful winter break and holiday season. We will see you in the New Year!

Thank you,
Mr. Croson and Mrs. Fickbohm
Physical Education Specialists

The Book Nook
We are looking forward to our next MakerSpace project in the library, which will begin in February. Please be on the lookout for the list of supplies we will need.
In the meantime, our fourth and fifth grade students will begin a research unit. They will learn to take notes and paraphrase what they have read. Third graders will be learning about the purpose of digital citizenship. Second graders will learn about the reference section of the library and practice using a dictionary. Our first grade classes will learn how to select a good book from the easy fiction shelves and participate in story extension activities. Kindergarteners will learn about nonfiction books and participate in story extension activities as well.

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