Lower School News
Third-Graders Bring History to Life in Famous Americans Museum
Our third-graders have recently completed and presented a "live museum” of famous Americans. Each student had to read/research a nonfiction book and websites about his or her famous American, take notes on note cards, write paragraphs from the note cards, and complete a research paper with a bibliography. Students then had to create an original PowerPoint program and a decorative/informative tri-board to help them teach others. A PowerPoint class was conducted by Mrs. Crowe, our Internet Technology specialist. The students were in costume as they presented and taught other students, parents, faculty, and staff. You can come by to see their tri-boards, which are displayed in the third-grade hall. Congratulations to our wonderful students on a job well done!
Every year Eastminster students participate in a formal luncheon. The school gym transforms into an entirely different space, with tables covered in tablecloths and linen napkins. Mrs. Sue Troff met with all classes recently to instruct or remind them of the details of etiquette necessary for a formal meal.This year the formal luncheon will be held Tuesday, February 7. Students must wear chapel attire. Faculty and Board members will also participate in this event.While sometimes America seems on the brink of having casual days everyday and informal attire for any event, Eastminster School recognizes that knowledge of etiquette serves everyone well. From high level business functions to important dinners across the globe, Eastminster students will have the knowledge and grace to represent themselves appropriately. And as an economist might note, that appropriate behavior may well translate into very real rewards.
Heritage Dinner and Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, February 7th, is our Heritage Dinner and Town Hall Meeting (6 pm & 7 pm) in the gym. Please join us as we celebrate the variety of our Eastminster family by bringing a dish that represents your family's heritage! Afterwards, we will hear from our headmaster, Roy Alexander, on the state of the school.
Volunteers for Formal Luncheon and Heritage Dinner are needed. Please contact your grade level room parent or teacher if you can help set up/clean up for Formal Luncheon or if you can stay after the Heritage Dinner for just a few minutes to help clean up.
Put Our Gala on Your Calendar
The 2012 Gala Committee is in full swing planning and preparing for our 6th Annual Gala, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 14. We will need all Eastminster families to get out into the community to secure donations of any kind for our silent and live auctions. Be on the lookout for paperwork to come home soon with more information about this very important event!
Early Release and Winter Break
Wednesday, February 15 is an early release day with dismissal at 12:30. The school is closed on Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17 for Winter Break.
Pennies for Patients
We are beginning a school-wide service project called "Pennies for Patients" to help support the care and research for children with leukemia and lymphoma. Each class will be asked to collect/bring in loose change beginning January 23rd and ending on February 10th. Students and staff members are asked to bring in loose change every day for this three week period. During these three weeks Mrs. Hill and a representative from the Leukemia Foundation will speak to motivate the students, staff, and parents to give generously with their loose change daily.
Each classroom teacher has a thermometer to track the class collections. Mrs. Hill will be giving out buckets for each class to decorate and collect their classrooms donations. We will ask the staff members who have morning and afternoon car duty to on Wednesday to ask each parent/grandparent or driver to donate on the spot as we help the children out of the car or into the car.
Our school goal is $700.00. As a little bit of incentive, one of the teachers has agreed to color her hair yellow and blue until her next hair cut if we reach this school wide goal. Teachers can use their class thermometers to track their coin intake each week and incorporate counting the money into the math lesson each Friday. Mrs. Hill will come and collect the coins from each classroom bucket by 2:00 each Friday and she will combine the money in the large glass Eastminster collection jar. Mrs. Hill will ask a high school student to track the overall gains on the school wide thermometer that will be displayed in the gym for all to see.
There is a DVD that will be sent to each homeroom teacher to show anytime before our campaign begins. The DVD has age appropriate information for students to become familiar with these diseases and delivers the message in a way so that children won't be frightened.
A representative from the Leukemia & Lymphoma society will be joining us at chapel on Wednesday right before our campaign begins to get the students motivated and even more excited about this very worthwhile project.
Please remember to make your Annual Fund contribution.
Eastminster School students are our #1 priority, and your annual giving makes a real difference in their everyday experiences.
It is important that every family participates and every donation (big or small) makes a difference. Click here to make a commitment online or call Marcia Kennelly at 770-785-6780.
All pledges must be received by June 30, 2012.
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Clarification Regarding Boots
Please note that boots are NOT allowed as part of the Eastminster Uniform Code. Specific permission may be given during periods of extreme or inclement weather. A rainy, snowy, icy day with temperatures 40 degrees or below would be appropriate for boots. These modifications have been made to the handbook in the uniform section for greater clarity:
Page 23,6,c,ii – Blinkie shoes are not allowed (blinkie shoes were specifically named in the Middle and Upper School sections.)
Boots are NOT allowed unless specific permission is given during periods of inclement and extreme weather: