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School Family,


We had a productive a successful first week back from break. Here are some updates for the week:


Thank you Underwood

Dear Underwood Families,

It is with sincere gratitude for your support the last two years that I am informing you that I will not be returning to Underwood next year.  I can not express how hard this decision has been for me. I have the opportunity to walk into a position that is very impactful in the community.  I am excited about the possibility of being able to serve a larger population but I am very sad to leave my Underwood family. I will continue at Underwood until June 28th.  Thank you for trusting your children with me and sharing so many joyous times! I will stay in touch and wish everyone a fabulous academic journey. I will miss the kids, the staff and you the families so much.  Once again thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Underwood family these last two years. Wishing you all well!


With sincere respect and gratitude,

Mallory Mbalia, Assistant Principal



PRIDE Expectations

As a school, we have been reviewing our PRIDE expectations in all school settings this week. It is important for our students to follow these expectations to maximize all learning at Underwood Elementary.  What is PRIDE at Underwood Elementary 


EOG Proctoring

We are in need of EOG testing proctors. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms are in need of proctors for the EOGs. If you are available (even if it is for one day), we would greatly appreciate your time so we can keep our school in their assigned classroom.  - Sign-up or contact Mrs. Page (co-test coordinator).


  • Wednesday May 29th- 3rd and 4th Grade ELA
  • Thursday May 30th - 3rd and 4th Grade Math
  • Friday May 31st- 5th grade Science , 3rd and 4th grade make ups
  • Monday June  3rd- 5th grade ELA
  • Tuesday June 4th- 5th grade Math
  • Wednesday June 5th- 5th grade make ups 


5 points Fitness

Free fitness for all. You can join a few Underwood dads, teachers, and students for a 7 week bootcamp style workout. Your child is able to come every Wednesday rain or shine from 4:00-4:45 starting Wednesday April 24th. There are only 30 sports available please fill out this form if you would like your child to participate. This is open to all students K-5 as well as any parents that would like to join.  -- Sign up forms .  Thank you to our 5k leaders -- Andrew Tripp, Matt Illuzi, and Jonathan Thompson!


Walk/Bike to School Day

Walk/Bike to School Day will be May 17th!  We encourage all students to walk or bike to school if possible. For the families that do not actually live in “walking distance,” we have spoken to Hayes Barton Baptist Church and they have approved us to park there to allow students to walk to school.  Will send more information closer to the event! Happy Walking!!!


Last week for the Panorama Parent Survey!!!

Parents, the window to participate in the Panorama Survey closes on May 2nd.  If you have not received an email, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey from this link.  Your input is vital to our school growth to make Underwood the best school for all children!



2019-20 Transportation: 

Bus Rider Registration 2019-20 School Year: On Friday, May 10, 2019, we will begin receiving (via the web and the Transportation Module) requests from transportation eligible families for the 2019-20 school year.

  May 10th Broadcast Message for Families: We will be sending a broadcast message via School Messenger to all current bus riders that are eligible for transportation communicating the following:  If your transportation eligible child will be riding the bus from the same address to the same school next year, you do not need to take action. If you need to update your bus service, please go online.

  Up-to-date transportation information is available in your student’s Home Base/PowerSchool account. More information on Home Base is available at

 If your student is assigned to transportation but is not a rider, parents are to submit the online form so that we have the most up-to-date information.  Parents do not have to register for transportation services if their student has special transportation as a related service.




  • May 1st - Teacher Workday (No School)
  • May 6th - 10th - Staff appreciation week
  • May 9th - Johnathan Daniel Cultural Arts (sponsored by Underwood PTA)
  • May 13th - SSA Testing Window opens
  • May 14th - School Improvement Meeting at 7:45
  • June 7th - Field Day