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Message from Mrs. Graf

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Week 35

April 22-26, 2019


Good Monday Morning Explorers! I hope that you enjoyed the long holiday weekend and had an opportunity to be with family and friends.  The students were excited to share their weekend events as they entered the building.


The year is quickly coming to a close for us and I want you to be prepared for the last 5 weeks of school.  This is the school messenger that you need to keep so that you have the dates to refer to in the future!


This Week at EGES:
Monday, April 22, 2019:  Family Fun Night & Specialist Showcase Whole Child Healthy Week kicks off in our MPR and Cafe from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Specialists will be showcasing student artwork, songs, PE skills, and more! A Staff V. Student Kick Ball Game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.  We partnered with the Poe Center for mini-lessons for all classes on Tasting the Parts of Plant where students will sample vegetables and fruits in new ways.  Zumba will be offered in the MPR at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered! Come engage with us at school as a family and learn about keeping the whole child healthy!


April 22  Quarter 4 Interim Sent Home

24  4th Grade Field Trip-Fort Fisher & North Carolina Aquarium

27 Girls On the Run 5K- American Tobacco Campus in Durham 9:00 a.m.

29-5/10  mCLASS & NKT Window Opens- students will be tested during this window in reading and math skills.


May 1st:  It’s a Wednesday and is now a WCPSS Teacher Workday.  Buses will not run and students can stay home and sleep in!


May 2nd:  It’s out EOY Kick Off and Wake Up and Read Event! 5:15 Dinner will be served.    Come join us for dinner, free books, and learning materials! We will have a scavenger hunt where you and your child can travel through the building to acquire all of the tools you need to support your child and be successful for the EOG!  Additionally, all students will receive a free book to take home that night! And a bag full of learning goodies for your homework area at home!


End of the Year Dates:

End of Grade Tests- Students in Grades 3-5 will have the end of grade tests given beginning May 13th-17th at 9:15 a.m. and last until testing is complete.  There will be no sign-outs during test week as testing needs to be complete.


May 13th:3rd Grade Math and Reading

May 14th:  3rd-5th Math and Reading

May 15th:  4th & 5th Grade Math and Reading

May 16-17th: Science


Mark your calendar for Classroom Celebrations.  Join your child in the classroom to celebrate their work and learning during this school year.

Kindergarten:  May 20th
1st:  May 21st

2nd: May 21st

3rd: May 22nd

4th: May 22nd


Explorer Expo is our Field Day theme for this year!  The Explorer Expo will be a one hour showcase of student skills in physical health and cooperative games.  This year our Expo is scheduled for the last day of school at the following times:

Pre K & ID Mod:  9:20-10:20 K-1: 1:20-2:20 2-3: 2:30-3:30  4-5: 10:30-11:30


Fifth Grade Celebration is occurring one day earlier this year on May 23rd to accommodate families who may need to attend middle school 8th-grade celebration and high school celebrations on the last day of school.  This year we will break our celebration into two sessions to accommodate seating for families and guests. Mrs. Perez and Mr. Cassady’s Celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. Mr. Griffin and Ms. Taylor’s Celebration will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. Both ceremonies will be followed by a brief reception outside on the 3-5 Garden Area.  Each ceremony will last 35-40 minutes with a brief reception immediately following outside in the 3-5 garden area.

Old Garner Road Closure:  Today we were notified that Old Garner Road will be closed beginning May 13th for 365 days.  This closure may impact bus transportation. If routes change or if there are delays we will be posting information on the Class Dojo app and on Twitter.  Please be sure you have access to both forms of communication. Please be sure you have planned an alternate route to EGES for carpool drop off and pick up if you use Old Garner Road in your daily travels.  

School Improvements Galore!  We held our 3rd School Improvement Quarterly Review and I am proud to say that we are making improvements across the board at EGES! Our academic scores on the NC Check Ins are increasing by the quarter and our students are making growth in both reading and math content areas.  Building improvements are underway and we are adding learning space furniture to halls, new classroom furniture, a living wall that will grow herbs and succulents and much more! Get ready to see these changes take place as we move into the next few weeks.


That’s it Explorers!  All of this information has been posted on the school website under Principal’s Message.  

My Explorer Best, Mrs. Graf