On behalf of the teachers and staff here at EPCS, I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year! May God bless each one of you!!
Just a reminder that we will dismiss at noon this coming Friday and vacation will last through January 1. School will re-open on Tuesday, January 2.
Monday, Decemebr 18, 2017
Another School Dayâ€”Godâ€™s Mercies are New Every Morning
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Staff Breakfastâ€”7:30 am provided by PTA (Thank you!!)
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
A Regular School Day
Friday, December 22, 2017
All-School Singing at Adult Day Care
Christmas Break Begins
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
New Beginnings: School Re-opens
Friday, January 12 Faculty Development Day No School
Monday, January 15 Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Day No School
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.
Bus Transportation for Friday – IMPORTANT
As you are aware, there will be a NOON Dismissal this Friday, December 22nd after the choir field trip. If your student is an afternoon bus rider and will not be riding the bus home on Friday, you MUST contact Ms. B in the front office by Wednesday, December 20th. Ms. B is going to be contacting all the transportation departments at 2:30 pm on Wednesday to let them know whether or not to send a bus to our school on Friday, December 22nd at NOON. Your cooperation in contacting Ms. B would be greatly appreciated on this matter! Thank you!!
Drivers for the All School Choir
Please contact Ms. B in the front office as soon as possible if you can be one of our drivers for the All School choir field trip to the Adult Day Center next to Newark Hospital on this Friday, December 22nd at 9:45 am. Please do this even if all you are bringing to the day center is your own students. Ms. B needs to provide a chart of the drivers and their passengers to make sure no student is left behind : ) If you have already contacted Ms. B before today, please confirm with her by tomorrow.
The next PTA meeting will be held on Friday, January 5th at 10:30 am. If you plan on attending the meeting, it is helpful if you contact Shelley at (firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-752-9773) or through the PTA Remind App, so that she can notify of any changes that might occur.
Current Fundraiser: Remember to take a look at your Kidstuff Coupon Book. The sale of these books continues through our Christmas vacation to January 2, 2018. In the bag that was sent home last week, you will find a sample coupon book, an order form (which contains codes for out of town and out of state editions for out of town friends and family!), an envelope, and information for promoting the sale on social media. These books make great Christmas gifts and our school receives 50% of the profit from selling these books–$12.50 per book! There are many great coupons inside for family friendly activities, restaurants, and stores.
All money and orders and unsold books should be turned in to your child’s teacher by January 2. Orders will be filled first from a supply of books at school and we will order additional copies as needed as well as out of town and state editions. Remember, for every 5 books sold, your family receives a FREE coupon book! Let’s make this a successful sale for our school!
Christmas Present Ideas: The PTA has a new supply of RADA Kitchen knives and more! Ask at the front office to see the items currently for sale. Also, there are Wilhelmina mints from Holland ($2 per box), which make great stocking stuffers! Finally, do not forget our schoolâ€™s cookbook which is only $5 and contains many favorite Dutch recipes!
Pickup for Christmas Pie Fundraiser: LEOâ€™S PIES will be available for PICK UP AT DISMISSAL on Wednesday, 12/20. Please make arrangements to pick you pie up that day. A sale of 1-2 pies will be/can be sent home with your student on the bus unless you pre-instruct differently. Larger orders require personal pick up. Questions can be directed to Shelley Morgan (email@example.com or 585-752-9773)or Melissa Tuccio (firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-289-7116). Thank you.
Future Fundraisers: PTA will be hosting a Bottle Drive to collect pop cans the week AFTER the super bowl. Please begin saving cans/bottles through the holiday time! Our school receives 6 cents for each can/bottle turned into the return center.
Please also save your change during this holiday shopping season! In February, the PTA will be collecting the change for their Change for Education fundraiser. Each classroom will be presenting the PTA with a â€œwish listâ€ and the change collected.
Here is the practice schedule during the Christmas break:
Saturday, 12/23 — 9:30-11:30am
Tuesday, 12/26 — 7-8:30pm
Thursday, 12/28 — 7-8:30pm
Saturday, 12/30 — 9:30-11:30am
The Geography Bee is coming! This competition is for grades 5-8, although other grades and parents may come to watch. The preliminary rounds will be held the week before Christmas break. The tentative date is the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 21. Students are encouraged to practice at home as well as in class. A good website for practice is http://www.sheppardsoftware.com.
Cleaning the School
The Smith family will be cleaning our school today. On Tuesday & Wednesday, the Edmunds family will be cleaning. The Barron family will be cleaning on Thursday. The Bost family will be finishing up this year as our school cleaners on Friday. Then, on January 2nd, the Stoep family will be our first cleaners of 2018!
The menu for Hot Lunch this week is French toast, sausages, applesauce, cookies, and milk. The volunteers are Kathy Hatfalvi, Colleen Andrew, and Julie Hernandez.
Pre-K & K
There is no show & tell this week. We will be having our Christmas party Friday morning after caroling. We are still looking for help and some goodies/food items, so contact me as soon as can if you can participate or contribute. Secret Santa is this week too!
We take this week to review letters A-G and numbers 0-10. The ABC books will not go home.
Mini-readers will be in folders only once this week.
We finish the consonant this week with Q, X, & Z.
We learn about verbs and continue writing using the lines correctly.
We wrap up Unit 5 – Two Dimensional Shapes
We review all the common Christmas symbols and wrap up our unit.
First Grade News
Emphasizing the Season
Spelling Lesson 20 this week. Reminder for after vacation that Thomas, Sydney, Arizona, Atlas, and Andrew will have 4 extra spelling words with Lesson 21. They will be sight words of my choice.
Investigating changes in weather
Second and Third Grade News
Our Christmas party will be on Friday after we come back from singing. Please send in a treat to share with the class on Friday for our class party.
We will be continuing our study of Abram.
Both grades will be working on Raz Kids, journaling, handwriting, and reading groups.
No new spelling unit this week.
We will be reviewing the Circulatory system.
We will be learning about Malala Yousafzai who became an immigrant for political reasons.
We will be learning how to mentally make 10 or 100 and how to regroup ones and tens to add.
We will be learning how to subtract with regrouping and we will be subtracting three and four digit numbers.
Fourth and Fifth Grade News
Weâ€™ll split our time this week between reviewing the Christmas story and finishing our study of Gideon.
Fourth graders are finishing their unit about multi-digit multiplication and division. They should be ready for a test tomorrow and then will do a short unit about patterns.
Fifth graders reviewing multiplying whole numbers.
Both Grades should be practicing their multiplication facts each night.
We will finish our literature circle books this week.
Weâ€™ll continue learning about some of the European Explorers.
Weâ€™re continuing a unit about living things.This week, weâ€™ll learn about how the parts of an ecosystem interact.
Middle School and High School News
Each student needs to prepare a Quizlet study set on the ten plagues used against Egypt for Wednesday. Students are encouraged to work with the Flashcards and Matching exercises using their study set to prepare for an upcoming class Quizlet competition. We will also practice our song this week for the Assembly presentation on January 10th.
**6/7 Christmas Celebration -December 22.
Class Secret Santa exchange will occur.
A flyer sent home today.
Skillbuilder: How to Study
Spelling: History vocabulary
Reading: Focus on Comprehension
Writing: Using descriptive words in paragraphs & essays
Animal Classification Project due December 20th
Review for Unit Test
Study for Geo Bee — Thursday -December 21st
English 10 & 11
Finish The Scarlet Letter for Tuesday. We will work in the study guide together in class. There will be a vocabulary test on Wednesday, but this is an optional grade. No class on Thursday due to the Geography Bee.
Read chapters 19-22 for Monday, and two chapters each night after that, up through 28 by Thursday. No class on Friday due to caroling.