Week Four of the 2017-2018 School Year

We welcome you back to EPCS after a restful and relaxed (I hope) weekend.  Please mark your calendar for Wednesday morning, October 4, for our annual Grandparents Day.  More information in this School Door.


Monday, September 25, 2017

God-filled, Regular School Day

MAPS Testing This Week

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Blessed School Day

MAPS Testing


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Assembly—8:15 am

MAPS Testing

Hot Lunch (Yahoo)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wonderful, Regular School Day

MAPS Testing

Friday, September 29, 2017

Amazing, Regular School Day

MAPS Testing

Pizza Lunch

Monday, October 2, 2017

And Beyond

Wednesday, October 4                       EPCS Grandparents Day/PD Day     Noon Dismissal

Friday, October 6                                8th – 12th Graders Field Trip—Compassion Experience

Monday, October 9                             Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving

The EPCS Website can be found at eastpal.staging.wpengine.com  Please feel free to log on for up-to-the-minute information, pictures, and schedules as well as EPCS Forms, News, School Door, Videos, and Auction information.  See you on-line.

Grandparents Day (Morning)

Please mark your calendar for our annual Grandparent Day morning to be held on Wednesday morning, October 4, beginning with an assembly at 10 am.  After the assembly, we invite you to visit your grandchild(ren)’s classroom for classroom activities.  We look forward to seeing you!

Picture Day

School picture day this year will be Friday, October 6th in the morning.  Please have your student come to school on time and prepared for their photo shoot.  Photo package flyers will be distributed this week.  Please adhere to the ordering deadline which will be marked on the flyers. 

New EPCS Sign

Please check out our front yard and say a special THANK YOU to the East Palmyra Christian Reformed Church for purchasing a new roadside sign for our school!  It is so beautiful!

Library News 

Library will be on Tuesday and FRIDAY afternoons, this week only.

 Harvest Festival Food Tent Needs…

EPCS Families – Here is a list of items you can donate to our Harvest Festival & Action Food Tent before October 7th.  Call or text Patty Teed (315.521.3044) if you are interested in donating one or more of the following:    Please contact Patty for an updated list – a few items have been donated.

5 Boxes           Chip Packs  30 count mix

8                      Ketchup

3                      Mustard

5                      Relish

1 Can              Decaf Coffee (big can)

2 Cans             Regular Coffee (big can)

1 Box               Tea Bags (100 ct.)

10 #                 Sugar

1 Box               Sugar Substitute

The following soda in 12 packs

20 Cola                    10 Diet Cola             

15 Lemon Lime        10 Orange

8 Cases of 16 oz bottle Water (Wegmans 32 count is cheapest)   

AFTER OCTOBER 7TH…Patty will be ordering the items that have not been donated for the school to purchase out of Auction funds.

Cleaning the School

Today, the Andrew family will be cleaning our school, the Wiley family on Tuesday & Wednesday, the D & E Caraballo family on Thursday and the Teed family on Friday.

The Edmunds family will be cleaning next Monday. 

PTA News

The next PTA meeting will be on October 6, 2017 at 10:30 am. The meeting will be in the school library at EPCS.  PTA tasks are 1/ service and support, 2/ fund raising.  All welcome!!

Hot Lunch!

This week’s Hot Lunch menu features…. spaghetti, bread, salad, and dessert.  Our volunteer hot lunch workers will be Maggie Cosh, Terry DeVries and Deborah McCrossen. 

Pizza Fridays

Pizza will be available on most Fridays.  Orders for pizza slices ($1.25), cups of milk (.25 cents) and ranch dip cups (.25 cents) will be taken in the classrooms on Wednesdays.  All money towards a student’s pizza account needs to be turned into Mrs. Wise (8th, 9th, and 10th grade homeroom teacher).  Any questions?  Contact Mrs. Wise at kwise@www.eastpalmyrachristianschool.com.

***Please note:  Students who have not turned in money yet this year will no longer be allowed to order until they bring in money for their account.  Thank you!

Auction News

There are very important flyers with additional information attached to this School Door with all the latest Auction News. Chicken BBQ ticket information is included. Please read!  Tickets will be sent home this week for each family to sell.

Website Development

EPCS could benefit from a current and enhanced user friendly website.  If you have a knack or passion for website development, planning, and design, or simply want to add “your two cents”, your volunteer time is needed!

Please contact Shelley Morgan at mmorgan11@rochesterr.rr.com or 585-752-9773 (text or phone) to express interest.

 Pre-K News

We will be reading common nursery rhymes and fairy tales for the next few weeks. We continue learning about the letters in our names, colors and shapes. We also work on getting ready for Grandparent’s Day. We will be doing a project for Grandparent’s Day that we will need pictures for. Please look for a letter early this week with more information.

Kindergarten News


We continue learning about parts of a book, where to start reading, direction of text, spacing and finding familiar words and letters. We will begin our nursery rhyme and fairy tale units that will take us into October.

High-Frequency Words

Each student will be working on their own list of high-frequency words during centers.


We continue exploring numerals 0 to 5. We will be identifying quantities, and using objects and illustrations to count, read and write these numerals. We also learn the word-number correspondence.


We look at the stories of Adam and Eve of Noah and the Ark.

Social Studies/Science

Our unit is all about families. We will be discussing and developing an understanding of family life and the relationships of families, both earthly and heavenly. We will be doing a project for Grandparent’s Day that we will need pictures for. Please look for a letter early this week with more information.

Field Trip

We will be taking our first field trip to the Morgan’s Apple Farm the morning of Monday, October 16th. We will be learning about apples/farms, take a hayride, and even do some apple picking! If you are available to chaperon/drive, please let me know. There is no cost for this trip.

First Grade News

Calling All Grandparents!!  On Grandparents Day, please bring an antique or vintage item that these youngsters may not know! We have a lot of fun sharing the past with each other!

MAP testing this week for 1st grade! On Tuesday and Wednesday morning, students will be taking the Math and ELA MAP tests.  Please feed them a good breakfast so their brains are ready!

Reminder that Scholastic book orders are due on September 27th.   Placing an order helps our classroom get free books!


Stories about Isaac


This week is MAP testing, next week we will add Spelling to their Reading/ELA program.  But they will not be testing on words for a few weeks.


Addition.   I encourage parents to get addition flash cards.  Students can use their fingers, objects, the calendar, etc. to learn their addition. But starting to memorize some easy facts are important.

Social Studies 

Comparing schools and families past and present!



Second and Third Grade News

We will be trying to do MAPS testing again this week.  Last week we had a glitch and were only able to do the Math portion so we will be trying to do the Reading portion this week. Please remember to send your child with sneakers on PE days (Wednesday and Friday) so that they can participate.


We will be reviewing Ephesians this week. Our memory verse is Ephesians 4:32


Both grades will be working on an ELA packet and will be working on Raz Kids. We will also be reading a short story in our reading groups.


Unit 3

There will be a copy of this week’s spelling words in your child’s take home folder. Your child only has to work on the highlighted words. If you want the spelling list in another format please let me know.


We will be looking at living vs. nonliving things.

Social Studies

We will be continuing to learn about other communities in the United States.

Math 2

We will be learning about missing addends, fact families, and two step word problems.

Math 3

We will be relating division and subtraction along with division and multiplication. We will be learning about inverse operations.

Fourth and Fifth Grade News

Class Auction Basket

Mrs. Bell will be helping us paint coffee mugs to put together with some Dunkin Donuts coffee for our class’s auction basket.  Each student is asked to donate $5.00 to pay for the coffee and the art supplies. Thanks.


Our verse test over Philippians 4:4-7 will be on Thursday.


Fourth graders will have a test over our number system on Wednesday.

Fifth graders will have their test on Friday.


We will continue a unit about risks and consequences.  Our new stories this week will be “an article about Mae Jamison and “Two Tickets to Freedom” an except from a book of the same name about fugitive slaves.

Social Studies

This year, we will be learning about New York.  This week, we continue learning about the basic geography of New York.


We will start a unit about our organ systems.  This week, we’ll look at our cardiovascular, nervous, and respiratory systems.


We’ll continue a presentation (like a PowerPoint) about our grandparents.  If parents could send me a few pictures of the students’ grandparents, we’ll include them in our presentation.  Digital pictures would be easiest, but I can also scan pictures using our copier..


All students will be reviewing number words this week.

Middle School and High School News

Bible 6/7

Students will be turning in their Creation Story project on Wednesday, September 27th and spending classroom time this week on Lesson Two workbook material.

English 6/7

Spelling/Vocabulary -Students are learning to spell the state names.

Writing-Students are writing every day in their reading log.

Reading-Students are working on reading strategies to become better readers.

 Science 7 Life Science

Students are learning about the characteristics of life on Earth.

Labs will start this week.


Students are learning about the lands and climates of the United States.

English 10 & 11

This week we continue reading the novel A Separate Peace.  There will be daily reading assignments for this. We also have time set aside to finish our first round of the MAPS testing.

English 12

We continue reading Hamlet and working in the study guide. MAPS testing will be on Monday and Friday.

Music News

Lesson schedule

Tues.: 9:15 Will, 9:45 Hunter, 11:15 Anthony, 2:00 Andrew.

Wed.: 7:45 Anna 9:45 Ella,

Thurs.: 7:45 Alex, 9:00 Andrea,

Fri.:11:15 Brooke, 12:35 Nick & Jonathan, 2:00 Gage

Next Monday, Oct.2: 9:00 Genevieve, 9:45 Eleanor,10:45 Elizabeth.

Concert Band, Jazz Band, Concert Choir and Children’s choir

These groups will all be performing at the 10:00 am assembly on Grandparents’ Day, Wednesday, October 4th. Parents and grandparents are invited to join us, as well as friends, neighbors and pastors.  It will be a special morning. Please get the word out!

Music Donations

If you would like to honor or memorialize a loved one, consider donating a piece of music to one of our performing groups. Your dedication will be printed in the program, now and any time the piece is played in the future. If you would like to donate one of these pieces, please let the office know:

Concert Band

Christmas concert

Star of Wonder                       $50

Christmas Classique               $60

Twelve Carols for Christmas    $65

Spring concert

Evermore                                $50

Wondrous Love                       $70

Jazz Band

Christmas concert

Go Tell it on the Mountain       $50

Still, still, still                            $50

Spring concert

Bossa de Java                        $50

Junior Band

Blessings                                 $45

Fire’s Edge                              $45

Jurassic Park                          $40

Concert Choir

Christmas concert

Mary Did you know?Treble choir  $30

Prelude to Bethlehem                  $45

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen    $50

Brazilian Carol                              $50

Spring concert

My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness $60

Girls’ Choir

Feed the Birds                         $30

Children’s Choir

Never Smile at a Crocodile    $25