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February 2020
 Kindergarten Registration in Two Phases
 Parents with a student currently enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools should register their rising kindergarten student between February 3 and 28. Parents who have no children currently enrolled in FCPS should register their child for kindergarten from March 3-31. Parents should complete the registration process at Evendale Elementary and call 540-662-0531 to make an appointment with the registrar.

 STEAM Night February 12
 Evendale Elementary is thrilled to bring the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum's STEAM Night on Wednesday, February 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. STEAM Night offers engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics activities that foster family/school connections. Evendale's students and their families/adult caregivers are invited to participate in a hands-on evening of free-choice STEAM learning activities at their leisure during the two-hour event. The cost for participation is free.
No School
There will be no school for students Friday, February 14 for a Professional Development Day. Administration offices will be open.  There will be no school on Monday, February 17 in honor of President's Day.  All offices will be closed.
Yearbooks on Sale
Parents may purchase their student a yearbook through Lifetouch at ybpay.lifetouch.com or by sending the order form that went home with students at the end of January. All yearbooks are $15 and will be handed out to students at the end of the school year. The deadline to order is April 3, 2020.
Just Say No
 Once a month since August, nearly 45 students have been meeting at 8:15 am to learn skills to help them stay clear of drugs. The Just Say No Club is a club designed for fifth-grade students who are interested in learning more about drug and alcohol prevention and ways to say no to peer pressure. At club meetings, fifth graders engage in group discussions about peer pressure, organize and sponsor Red Ribbon Week activities, watch educational videos about the negative effects of drug use and play games and role-play ways to say no to drugs. Fifth-grade students can optionally join the Just Say No Club, which will finish out its meet time this February. The Just Say No Club is sponsored and ran by Mrs. Fickbohm and Mrs. Mackie.
Nurse Notes
February is Oral Health Month. Here are a few things we can do to maintain a healthy smile.

Visit a dentist for a professional cleaning every six months to help prevent cavities and other dental problems.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss teeth daily. Young children should be supervised while brushing teeth and taught proper technique.

Limit food and drink that can contain high amounts of sugar and starches as they can lead to tooth decay. Encourage healthy snacks, for example, raw, crunchy fruits and vegetables. These type of foods actually help to clean the surface of your teeth.

Talk to your dentist regarding your child’s needs for fluoride treatments and/or sealants. Both can help to prevent cavities.

Children and adults should wear a soft plastic mouth guard while playing sports. When a permanent tooth is knocked out, it is a dental emergency. Find the tooth, hold it by the crown, the end farthest from the root of the tooth. Try to reinsert the tooth into the socket, if this is not possible, put the tooth into a glass of milk. Contact your dentist immediately.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Erin Sidlowski, RN

Counselor's Corner
During the month of February, guidance will be focusing classroom lessons for our kindergarten and first graders. It is also "Love the Bus" Month.  Students are encouraged to show kindness to their bus drivers by staying safe at all times on the bus and appreciating their bus driver's hard work.  I will return to second and third grade classrooms in March and April and Mrs. Carson will continue teaching lessons on careers.

A special “thank you” to our PTO for sponsoring the school-wide Kindness Assembly. What a great way to start the New Year!

Have a safe and happy February!
Mrs. Hawkins, School Counselor
Ms. Carson, School Counselor

PE Matters
 This month in physical education, our panthers will be participating in a dance unit which will include new elements, as well as some equipment in order to add to our program. Students will be using Lummi sticks to learn about beat and rhythm while leading them through songs and dances to do with a partner and as a whole group. For the first time in this unit, we will be adding cardio drumming, where each student will have a physioball and either Lummi sticks or noodles to drum to teacher-led dances. Students will get an idea of drumming to a beat and being physically active with integrated exercises.

Finishing out the month of February, our panthers will be involved in a movement education unit where we incorporate ropes, cargo net, balancing, flexibility and transfer of weight with stations throughout the gym.

Please remember to continue to check the resource schedule for any changing days to ensure that your child is wearing appropriate shoes on their PE days. We want all of our students to be safe as they move around in the gym.
Musical Notes
 The EES Panther Chorus did a wonderful job at the Millbrook Cluster Concert and will be taking the month off. Chorus will start up again in the spring, preparing for their final concert in May.

In the music room, fifth grade is beginning their study of music literacy as well as their study of the recorder. Our fourth grade students will continue their study of song form and structure with lessons based heavily on ensemble/performance skills. Second and third graders will be delving into folk songs and folk dances as well as continuing to use various classroom instruments.
Students in kindergarten and first grade will be adding to their concepts and practice of rhythm language as well as performing singing and dancing games.
The Book Nook
During the month of February, fifth graders will finish their study of genres in the library. They will complete a poll to see which genre is preferred by the students. Fourth graders will learn more about biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. They will research a famous person to complete a bio cube to use when presenting the information. Third graders will complete the google slide presentations they have been working on. They have learned how to create a slide presentation and then how to " fancy" it up. Second graders are evaluating Caldecott Award winners. We will all be waiting patiently for this year's winners to be announced. First graders will continue to learn more about fiction and nonfiction as we prepare for our author visit. Kindergartners will continue to learn new songs and poems as well as listen to favorite stories. They will also learn about our visiting author.

Events to look forward to:
Fourth Grade Lunch Time Book Club: Be on the lookout for more information
Fifth, Fourth and Third grade MakerSpace challenge
Visiting author, Ginjer Clarke, Mar. 4. Orders for her books are due by Feb. 12, 2020.

The Artist's Pallet 
 In art our Panthers are working hard creating masterpieces with many different mediums. Our kindergarten class is currently working on their snowmen using shapes and will soon be making fish using a marble painting method. The first graders will be finishing their owl painting and will begin their clay owls soon. In second grade, students will be exploring texture with their Eric Carle projects, while third grade will continue to work on their Tim Burton portraits. Our fourth grade students will be creating collages from the islands, while fifth graders will be starting their gargoyles and grotesques.

All classes are participating in the Doodle for Google nationwide art project.  Ask your student to tell you about their submission.

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

https://ees.frederick.k12.va.us

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Elizabeth Mistretta, Principal

https://www.frederick.k12.va.us

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