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November 2019
Clocks Fall Back
Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Nov. 3, when the clock turns back an hour, extending the weekend by one hourPlease remember to turn your clocks back.

 No School
There will be no school Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5. Monday will be a flexible work day for teachers and Tuesday is a professional development day. Parent/teacher conferences will be held Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. for those who signed up for a conference. Enjoy your time off!

Due to a planned power outage, the Evendale Office will be closed on Monday, November 4. 
Evendale Fall Festival
Evendale Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization will be hosting its annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off Friday, November 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Games and activities will be provided by the PTO and will include musical chairs, hot potato, bingo, mummy bowling, ring toss, pumpkin ring toss, photo booth, ladder ball and more. Games will be grade-level and will be in their hallways. Prizes will be provided. PTO will also be taking spirit wear orders in the foyer along with having participants guess the number of candy corn in the jar and the weight of a pumpkin. All are welcome. Dale the Panther will be making an appearance and children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Cost of admission will be $3 per person. Staff will be free of charge. Volunteers are needed and welcomed.

Picture Retakes
Evendale students who did not like their fall pictures or were not present the day pictures were taken will have the opportunity to have picture retakes on November 12. If you were unhappy with your child's original picture, you may simply return your child's picture package on the day of retakes. Those are are new to Evendale since pictures were taken in September will also have the opportunity to have pictures taken on this day.
A Healthy You/A Healthy School
 As cold and flu season is also upon us, you can help protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone in your family who is 6 months and older. While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. CDC recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection. Of course always talk with your doctor to see if a flu shots is right for you.

As a reminder, if your child has a fever (>100 degrees), he/she should NOT return to school until 24 hours after the fever is gone and without the use of Tylenol or Advil. One last note, kindergarten and third grade health screenings were completed October 30th, if your child did not pass a portion, you will receive a call from me in the next few weeks. I look forward to working with you and your children. If you have any questions please contact me at 540-662-0531 or

Erin Sidlowski, R.N.

 Guidance News
 Happy November!

I have enjoyed visiting third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms, where students have learned about cyber safety, healthy and unhealthy friendships and conflict resolution. Thank you to Mrs. Arey for introducing Cyber Citizenship to our students as well.

Our Mentorship Program has begun. We have paired thirty-six students with positive mentors from our school community. Our first “Meet and Greet” event was a success. Thank you to those who support this program.

Our L.E.G.O (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Outreach Program) has begun as well. Thank you to Mr. Croson, Mr. Stitcher and Mr. Halstead for facilitating this worthwhile program and being excellent role models to our soon-to-be young men at Evendale.

Finally, our Holiday Assistance Program will be available for families in need within our school community. If you need assistance, please contact the guidance office before Thanksgiving break. If you would like to donate or sponsor a family in need, you may send in a gift card (with receipt) or I am happy to share wish-list items with you for purchase. Thank you for ALL that you do!

Mrs. Hawkins, M.Ed
School Counselor
The Book Nook
We will be having a wonderfully busy time in the library during the month of November. Our fifth graders will be learning about media literacy.

Fourth graders will become better acquainted with the nonfiction section of the library as they learn about the Dewey Decimal system.

Third grade students will continue to learn about folk tales and Native American tales from various regions of our country.

Second graders will learn more about text features in nonfiction books.

First graders will learn the differences between life now and a long time ago through traditional literature.

The kindergartners will listen to and participate in traditional stories such Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

PE Matters
Students, kindergarten through fifth grade will be involved in cooperation challenges, basketball skills, drills and lead up games during the month of November. They will finish the month off with a fitness focus.

Parents, please be aware that Frederick County Parks and Recreation basketball sign-ups are coming up. Please, call 540-665-5678 for more information. This is a great opportunity for students to get active over the winter months, develop skills in basketball and improve fitness levels while having fun.

Please note that there will be several resource schedule changes in the month of November. Parents and students, be aware of these changes and come prepared for physical education.

Musical Notes
Kindergarten and first grade continue to learn and experience new songs and musical techniques. This month they will be learning how to play glissandos as well as some turkey songs and games that will implement drums, math and folk dancing. Please note that the kindergarten/first grade Mini Musical is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18th at 9:30 am in the EES Gymnasium. More info will come home as we get closer to December.

Second grade is starting rehearsals for their holiday musical How The Penguins Saved Christmas. They will all have to memorize their singing and choreography parts, as well as some speaking parts (for a dozen or so students). The 2nd-grade performance is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, December 12th beginning at 6:30 pm in the EES cafeteria. Info regarding speaking parts, costumes, etc. will come home as it becomes available.

Third grade will be expanding their music literacy by singing/playing various songs with more and more challenging melodic rhythms. They will also be doing more lessons in an ensemble setting. This will allow the students to play more interesting songs with more instrumental variety.

Fourth and fifth grade will continue their slate of challenging ensemble-based singing/dancing/playing lessons. They will also continue expanding their rhythmic understanding by composing simple songs on a single staff.

The Panther Chorus continues to rehearse for their performances in December. They include singing "The National Anthem" at a Millbrook basketball game on December 10 and an evening concert December 19. More info to come home soon.

The Artist's Pallet
 In art, our fifth grade students have been learning about proportions and were able to use their skills to create pasta skeletons as a final test.

Fourth grade has begun painting The Great waves of Evendale, inspired by The Great Wave of Kanagawa, a woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai.

The world of color for third grade has been expanded to include the third set of Intermediate colors. Ask your child about those colors and how they are using them in class. Their art also includes both organic and geometric shapes.

Pete the Cat portraits are complete and our second-grade classes will begin to look at landscapes by famous American artist Grant Wood.

This month first grade will be diving into a pile of pattern leaves with crayons and watercolor resists.

Kindergarten will finish up their textured leaf rubbings with apple prints. Next they will explore color and paint with marbles.
Your Input Needed
The family engagement committee will be sending home a short survey. We plan to use the results to determine what resources and activities will be available in the community room that will be available to all EES families starting April 16. 

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Frederick County Public Schools shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, political
affiliation, disability or veteran status in the education program and activities, or employment and provides equal access to the Boy
Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions concerning the application of this non-discrimination policy may be made to: Title IX Coordinator (Adults), Jennifer Rydholm, Exec. Director of Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator (Students) and Section 504 Coordinator, Teresa Ritenour, Director of Student Support Services.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, see list of OCR enforcement offices for the addresses and phone numbers of
the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

220 Rosa Lane, Winchester, VA 22602

(540) 662-0531

Elizabeth Mistretta, Principal

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