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March 2020
Evendale Awarded Common Sense School
 Evendale Elementary has just been approved as a Common Sense School, an honor that recognizes our efforts in teaching digital citizenship to young people and engaging the entire school community in this important discussion. The recognition acknowledges our school's commitment to helping students build skills that are essential for their well-being today—and for the opportunities they'll have tomorrow.

This honor is provided by Common Sense Education, part of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
 No School
There will be no school for students March 2, 2020, for a teacher flex day and March 3, 2020, for a professional development day.  Administrative offices will be open.
"Kids Heart Challenge"/PE Matters
 Kids Heart Challenge, previously known as Jumprope for Heart is set to begin. We will be running the program from February 24-March 5, 2020. There are a lot of changes to sponsoring this event at Evendale Elementary School. A handout and notices were delivered by student carrier to home for review by parents/guardians. During this time period, students will be learning about nutrition and systems of the body including the heart muscle.

This month, Kindergarten through fifth grade will be learning about nutrition and anatomical basis of movement through physical fitness challenges and games. We will finish the month out with a fitness focus on exercise development to improve overall fitness of our students.

FCPS School Quality and Perceptions Survey
Frederick County Public Schools is partnering with independent research and communications firm K12 Insight to conduct a School Quality and Perceptions Survey from March 16-April 10. All parents, students in grades 5-12 and school-based staff will be asked to share their candid feedback about school quality, student and academic support, safety and behavior, school leadership, family involvement, and budget priorities. The results will help determine how well the school division and individual schools have addressed the areas for improvement identified through the 2016 and 2018 School Quality and Perceptions Surveys as well as current strengths and areas in need of focus. Parents will receive an invitation and link to the survey via e-mail on March 16. Students in grades 5-12 will be provided with an opportunity to complete the survey in school.
Kindergarten Evening Registration March 12
 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. There will be a scheduled  evening registration for rising kindergarten students on March 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. Please bring birth certificate, a photo idea of parent and two proofs of residency.

Order Your Yearbook
 Parents may purchase their student a yearbook through Lifetouch at 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.
Spelling Bee 2nd Place Winner
 Congratulations to our very own, Madison Stone, for recently placing 2nd in the Frederick County Spelling Bee. Madison will advance to The Kids Clubs of Northern Shenandoah Valley Spelling Bee to be held March 10 at the Shenandoah University School of Business Auditorium at 6 p.m. Madison is in Mrs. Lerch's fifth grade class.
Spring Picture Day - March 12
Spring pictures will be taken at school March 12, 2020.  An order form will be sent home that will allow families to purchase a class group photo and select a background for all individual photos. Individual photo money will be collected after the photos are taken and packages are sent home.  All checks should be made to Lifetouch.
Nurse's Notes
 Is your child drinking enough water?

Water is one of the most important parts of any diet. It is essential for keeping bowels regular, preventing conditions such as dehydration, urinary infections and kidney stones. Water is always superior to juice, sports drinks and sodas. A recent study showed that children aged between 4 and 12 years who drank 16 oz or more of fruit juice or soda per day were twice as likely to be overweight or obese as children who consumed none. The amount of water your child needs will vary depending on their age, size and level of activity. For children under 8 years of age, at least 4-6 glasses (32-48 oz) of water is recommended. For children older than 8 years of age a minimum of 6-8 glasses (48-64 oz) is recommended.

Erin Sidlowski, RN
School Nurse
Guidance News
 Greetings from Guidance!
Fifth grade parents can access Admiral Byrd Middle School’s policies and procedures on . To find information from the parent night, please click on the "School Counseling” tab, and select “Rising Parent Night 2020-2021”. Please make sure to turn in your child’s course registration paper to Evendale by the due date indicated on the form. Also, fifth grade students interested in joining band can attend a “Honk Fest” session to try out instruments. “Honk Fest” dates are also indicated on ABMS’s website. If you have any questions, please contact Shara Stewart, sixth grade school counselor
at 540-662-0500.

Thank You!
Mrs. Hawkins, M.Ed.
Licensed School Counselor
Musical Notes
March will be a very busy month in the music room. The Fifth Grade Orff Ensemble auditions will be happening in early March in preparation for our spring performances. All-District Chorus Concert will be held at Millbrook High School on Saturday, March 14 beginning at 11 a.m. Evendale has seven students who will be participating in this year's performance. Upwards of 120+ students take part every year from all the surrounding counties.

Be on the lookout for Information about the 2020 EES Talent Show.  You should see something come home with your child early in March. The EES Talent Show is for students in 3rd/4th/5th grades. There will be tryouts and students are encouraged to come to the auditions prepared. Singers, dancers, comedians and musicians are all welcome to try out!

In the classroom, our fifth grade continues their study of learning music literacy and playing the soprano recorder. Please encourage at-home practice!! Third and fourth graders will be learning some classic folk dances and ensemble pieces. Our second grade classes will be dramatizing books into a musical setting as well as adding to their "rhythm language" usage. Kindergarten and first grades will be doing some fun spring themed lessons as well as continuing their study of playing xylophones and singing simultaneously...not an easy task!

As always, feel free to email/call with any questions, comments, or concerns to
The Artist's Pallet
 In the art room I have been encouraging all students to participate in he national art contest Doodle4Google . The theme this year is " I show kindness by..." Official entry forms can be downloaded or picked up from class. Each class will have the opportunity to learn about the contest and create a sketch during class. Final entries must be mailed or uploaded by March 13!  I have an envelope for anyone who would like me to send them on.

In the classroom our fifth grade is about to start building their Gargoyles and Grotesques out of clay.
The fourth graders are finishing up balance review and will be starting their collages about Oceania. Third graders will begin painting this month with some Chinese art history vases. Second grade has finished their texture paintings and will now be transforming them into something new.
First grade will be starting their Thumb clay owls sculpture, while our kindergarten classes will continue exploring shape and color with a collage project next about fish.
The Book Nook
 In March, we will be welcoming our visiting author Ginjer Clarke as well as celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. Students of all ages love his funny rhymes and characters. Look for information about the Spring Book Fair that will be held in April. Kindergarteners will learn seasonal songs and poems as wells listen to seasons stories. First graders will continue to explore the nonfiction side of the library as they practice picking "just right" books. Second graders will practice using the dictionary. Third graders will review using the dictionary and the thesaurus. Fourth graders will develop note taking skills for research. Finally, our fifth graders will review the references sources available for them to use.

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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