Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 16th

Celebrations 
Spelling Bee -- Congratulations to Kate on being this year's spelling bee winner. Congratulations to Kash for finishing runner up. Both of them did a fantastic job. Thank you Jen Page for organizing, Charlotte Nagy for being the pronouncer, and to Shannon Tant, Mallory Mbalia, and Travis Shillings for being judges.  




Communication 

Broadway Beat Theater Production is Thursday night at 7pm.  Hope to see you there!


Volunteer Registration - 
This is a friendly reminder that any adult that would like to volunteer in our school or attend any field trips as a chaperone, are required to be a registered volunteer with Wake County Public Schools.  Volunteer registration must be filled out each school year.  It does not roll over.  Volunteer registration must be completed in a WCPSS school.  Volunteers list the schools they would like to volunteer at on the form.  If you have students at multiple schools make sure you list each school.  Thank you so much for helping support our students.   

Collaboration

CAM Docent Program will begin at the end of January.  Selected 5th grade students will go on five consecutive Tuesday afternoons for training after school, followed by presentation opportunities to the general public during First Friday Evening Events at CAM.  If you are able to come attend and help, please sign up here 

Critical Thinking 
Year-Round / Magnet Schools Application for 2018-2019  application is ONLY for students that are enrolled or pre-registered to attend a Wake County Public School for the 2018-2019 school year. Any application submitted for a student that is not enrolled or pre-registered for the 2018-19 school year will not be processed. Go to https://magnet.wcpss.net/apply/ to complete the application. This includes rising sixth graders that are applying for a magnet middle school. January 10th - 31st. 

Creativity

Lego Club-We will be having an after school K-2 LEGO Engineering club starting on Wednesday, February 21st from 3:45-5:15pm (running 8 Wednesday afternoons). Parents need to be able to pick up at 5:15pm) In the spring, we will have a Grades 2-5 LEGO Engineering club opportunity.

Student and Staff Awesomeness -- Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work! 



Calendar:
January 15th-MLK Holiday (No school)
January 18th - Broadway Beats at 7:00 
January 23rd-SIP meeting
January 25th-Q2 elective report cards due
January 29th-Q3 electives begin
February 6th-Report Cards go home

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2nd

Dear Families, 

Happy New Years to all! We are looking forward to an awesome 2018! Our mission at Underwood is to provide a relevant and engaging education and will graduate students who are collaborative, creative, effective communicators and critical thinkers. We look forward to continuing this partnership with you all to make this mission a reality at Underwood Gifted & Talented Elementary! 


Communication 

Elective registration will continue with 3rd and 2nd grade this week  Ashley will be in touch with scheduling details via email.

Science Olympiad - practice this Saturday from 9-12. 

Collaboration

MTAC -- 
Why MTAC? 
Underwood's newly formed Media Technology Advisory Committee (MTAC) will have our first meeting on Thursday, January 4 at 7:45 in the media center. Coffee will be served!
If you are interested in serving on our MTAC, let Andrea or Tanya know. We are hoping for the following representatives - admin, K-1, 2-3, 4-5, specialist, and parent. 

CAM Docent Program will begin in January.  Selected 5th grade students will go on five consecutive Tuesday afternoons for training after school, followed by presentation opportunities to the general public during First Friday Evening Events at CAM.  If you are able to come attend and help, please sign up here.  

Critical Thinking 


Readvolution: Remember to remind and encourage students to keep reading and logging books in the Hurricanes Readvolution app found in the WakeID Portal over break. Our school has only logged 658 entries so far. That is way under 2 books per students since Readvolution began.

Creativity

Student and Staff Awesomeness -- Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work! 

Calendar:
January 9th-SIP meeting
January 10th-Magnet Open House, 10am/12:30pm/6:30pm
January 11th-Theater Production, 7pm
                    -Q2 electives end  (Electives down Jan. 15-26)
January 15th-MLK Holiday (No school)
January 16th-Reflections Breakfast 8am (media center)
January 22nd-Workday
January 23rd-SIP meeting
January 25th-Q2 elective report cards due
January 29th-Q3 electives begin

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11th



Critical Thinking 


PTA Stipend:  Thank you to our PTA for the first semseter stipend for our staff that has been used to purchase items for individual classrooms! 

Lost and Found -- We are getting ready to donate our lost and found items as they have been in there for a few weeks now. Before we donate them is their a student in your class that could benefit from some gently used clothes, if so click on this link to add their name. 

ECU Offers New Online Master of Arts Program - Apply by Feb. 1
East Carolina University is offering a one-year online Master of Arts in Education program for practicing teachers. A new cohort for elementary school teachers begins in Summer 2018. The cohort for middle school teachers begins in fall 2018. Middle school teachers in the program may choose from a concentration in English, Math, Social Studies or Science. Elementary teachers entering the summer cohort may choose from Teacher Leadership, Academically and Intellectually Gifted or Teaching English as a Second Language. The deadline to apply for either cohort is Feb. 1, 2018. GRE or MAT test waivers are possible if an applicant has been teaching for 10 or more years or if the applicant is an ECU graduate with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Check out these Google docs for more information on the program or contact Carol Greene, greeneh@ecu.edu.


Communication 

@LeoLibraryDogLeo the Library Dog tweets about interesting events, tech tools/toys and new books available - please follow Leo on Twitter. 

Elective brochures are going home on Tuesday, December 12. 

Link to Amazon during your holiday shopping and help Underwood!  Visit smile.amazon.com and then search and link to the charity:  Underwood Gt Magnet Elementary School Foundation or Underwood Elementary PTA.  Then .5% of eligible purchases will go back to our school!

Memberhub - Be sure that you are on your child's classroom Memberhubs so you can receive weekly information about objectives that are being focused on in the classroom, updates, and other items from the classroom. Email or see the teacher to be added if you aren't receiving emails. 

Creativity

Student and Staff Awesomeness -- Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work! 

Collaboration

Here comes the Bus App - Have a student that rides a bus? It would be helpful to download - Here comes the Bus app. You will need the school district code 67500 and a student’s WCPSS identification number. Follow the bus in the morning and afternoon as it picks up and drops off the student. You can also see when they arrive or leave Underwood at - Arrival and dismissal

Celebrations
  • *Quarterly Planning Days have been a life saver! Time to process new learning and work side by side as a team allowed our grade level to get so much accomplished.
  • Congratulations to our students who participated in the Special Olympics held last Thursday!
  • Mrs. Judge-Lenkeit for ordering and organizing additional independent reading texts for Grade 3 EL curriculum.

Calendar:

December 14-Holiday Performance (Dance and Music), 7pm
December 18th- Instructional Leadership Team meeting 
December 19th-Holiday Performance (Band and Strings), 7pm
December 21st - Early Release 
December 22nd - January 1st - Winter Break 
January 10th-Magnet Open House, 10am/12:30pm/6:30pm
January 11th-Theater Production, 7pm
January 12th - School-wide Spelling Bee 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 13, 2017

Celebrations  
  • Mrs. Peaden and Mrs. Judge-Lenkeit continued leadership leading our SIP team!
  • Mrs. Wehmann matted, laminated and cut our Q2 elective signs.
  • Mr. Marrow and Mrs. Merritt for continued to keep our learning spaces clean, we hope to have our hired part-time custodian working upstairs soon. Paperwork has been turned in we are waiting for HR approval.  
  • Sunshine Club for providing coffee and donuts for our business meeting!
  • PTA for sponsoring our half-day Teacher Planning days. Teachers worked with Mrs. Judge-Lenkeit on curriculum unpacking work and creating units of studies for second quarter. 
  • Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Rachel Frasier!
  • Congratulations to our Teacher Assistant of the Year: Mr. Lance Lehning!
Collaboration 

Media Center --  We have a ton of groups working in there this year (yea!!) and we want to make sure that the media center space is assessable, but also the calendar is as accurate as possible to avoid frustration. More info available at https://ugtmmediacenter.blogspot.com/. 

Foundation Football Meet-Up - Thank you to those that attended our Monday Night Foundation Meet-up at Rudinos last night. Reminder that Foundation will kickoff its annual fund drive on Giving Tuesday (November 28th). For more information check out the website -- http://www.underwoodfoundation.org/ 

Critical Thinking 

Moonlight Reading -- We are excited for our Book Fair! Save the date for November 28th for our Moonlight Reading celebration at Underwood! Our staff is excited about reading to the students during this evening event! 

Lockdown Drill Follow-up - Our staff and students did an awesome job on the lockdown drill!  The three uniform officers said it was "one of the best that they had seen"! 

Communication 


New, Free Conscious Discipline Webinars!  Each Monday for the next four weeks, CD is offering  free webinar.  This week's topic is "Guiding the most challenging children" with Master Instructor Jill Molli.  Visit here for the details.
Creativity 

Student and Staff Awesomeness -- Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work! 

Calendar:
November 21st - Early Release, School Family Assembly 9:30
November 22nd - 24th - Vacation Day and Holidays 
November 27th - Book Fair 
November 28th - Moonlight Reading  
December 5th - Business Meeting 
December 21st - Early Release 
December 22nd - January 1st - Winter Break 

Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23rd

Celebrations


  • Karen Fichter-Venners, Rachel Frasier and Ashley Cooper for leading the Conscious Discipline Staff Cohort!
  • Megan Hill for leading the third grade EL Powerpoints to assist in teaching for third grade.
  • Star Davis and Heather Burton met with an incoming K family to provide information as parents are looking for the best placement for their child next year.
  • The PTA, staff, parent and student effort to make the Unicorn Trot a success, raising over $22,000 for our school!
  • Alexandria Judge-Lenekit for leading the staff development to help deepen our understanding of Unpacking the Standards.   
  • The PTA (and hospitality chair Melissa Hayes) for providing a delicious lunch for staff on our ER day!
  • Dawn Vinson for successful renewing her National Boards!
Communication 

Elective Updates:  Electives end Wednesday, November 1st.  Report Cards go home Tuesday, November 7th.  2nd quarter electives begin Monday, November 6th. 

Unicorn Trot: Thank you to all of the volunteers and parents that came out to cheer on our students during the Unicorn Trot. It was a very successful event!  

Schools and Here Comes the Bus - Here comes the Bus App is up and running at Underwood Elementary. Parents will need the school district code 67500 and a student’s WCPSS identification number. Follow the bus in the morning and afternoon as it picks up and drops off the student.

Elective letters are posted on the Underwood website: https://sites.google.com/a/wcpss.net/elective-communication/

Collaboration

Grounds Day - Thank you to parents, students and staff members for helping with our grounds day last weekend. We were able to spread mulch, clean up many shrubbery and debris. We will be looking for assistance at our next clean up day to clean up our playground. We also need your help to reduce the number of dogs that are on our campus. We were made aware of a dog group that comes to our school on some Saturdays. While we appreciate our neighborhood and being a part of the community, our playground is being impacted by the increase traffic. 

It's a Readvolution!
In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Carolina Hurricanes and the WCPSS Strategic Plan of Vision 2020, we are teaming up to bring Readvolution to all all of our elementary schools. The partnership will support a community wide literacy campaign around daily reading outside of the school. Information has been sent home in Tuesday folders. If your student needs assistance, please contact his/her teacher or Andrea (atrowell@wcpss.net.)
For media and tech updates, please check out the new Media Center website - https://ugtmmediacenter.blogspot.com/ Here you will find our Twitter feed (for an insider’s view into media tech), our Procedures and Policies, links to Wake ID and Destiny (library collection search), media center and lab schedules, and more!

Critical Thinking

Reflections Art Contest
It is time again for the popular PTA Reflections Art Contest! This year the theme is "Within Reach" and students may enter in dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. All participants will be recognized in an awards ceremony at school and will be eligible to advance to the county competition and beyond. What a great opportunity for students to challenge themselves and to receive positive recognition for their original works of art. Students of all grade levels and abilities are encouraged to participate and may enter as many times as they wish. For more information, including official rules and entry forms, please visit http://www.wakepta.org/reflections.  
Questions? Email Gail VanMatre (PTA Reflections coordinator) or speak to Ms. Mann (art teacher) at school. Entries are due to the front office by 3:45 pm on Thursday, October 26th, 2017!

Broughton High School -- From Principal Ashburn: It is never too early to start thinking about your child's high school experience! Broughton Global Studies Magnet High School, which is an International Baccalaureate World School, will be hosting several events for prospective Broughton base and magnet students and their families. On November 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, there will be an Open House that will include guided tours of the building and opportunities to meet with staff members, parents, and students. Also, please visit the Broughton website to find more information about upcoming school tours during the school day as well as about the Broughton Global Showcase that will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 on January 17. If you have any questions, please call us at 919-856-7810.
Creativity 

Elective Share: Elective Share is coming up on Thursday, November 2. The performance for K-2 audience will be at 9:30 and last about 30 minutes. The performance for 3-5 will be at 10:30 and last about 45 minutes. Performances will take place in the multipurpose room. Kellie will send out a form via email, please indicate if your elective will be sharing on the second. 


Calendar:
October 30th - End of Quarter 
October 31st - Workday - No School 
November 2nd- Elective Share (9:30am for K-2 and 10:30am for 3-5)
November 6th - Foundation Golf Event
November 7th-Report Cards go home 
November 10th - Holiday 
November 17th-School Family Assembly 9:30
November 22nd - 24th - Vacation Day and Holidays 
November 27th - Book Fair 
November 28th - Media By Moonlight 
*Staff attended events listed here

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9th

Communication 


Unicorn Trot Pep Rally- We will have our Unicorn Trot Pep Rally on Friday the 13th:
K-2 at 2:15 and 3-5 at 3:00. 

Spirit Days --- 
Monday 16th : Crazy Hair/Crazy Socks. 
Tuesday 17th: Favorite Sports Team Day
Wednesday 18th: Hat Day
Thursday 19th: Pajama Day
Friday 20th: Underwood Shirt day (All students and Staff will receive their Unicorn Trot Shirts) 

Collaboration 

Grounds Day is Saturday! Come out on Saturday anytime between 8:30-12:00 and help us spruce up the grounds! We will be picking up trash, debris, cutting limbs, etc. and working with a landscaper (parent) to remove shrubs, etc.

Conscious Discipline Podcasts-During your next commute to work or leisurely run around the neighborhood, subscribe to the podcast Real Talk for Real Teachers and listen to Dr. Becky Bailey and guests discuss the latest in social-emotional learning. For more information click here.

Critical Thinking

Readvolution - Wake County is partnering with the Carolina Hurricanes as part of the 20th anniversay for the Hurricanes and WCPSS 2020 Strategic Plan. In this Tuesday folder will be a letter detailing the tracking system, incentives and other items. For every book a student reads, they will write on a paper puck the title of the book as as their name, which will be added to the Hurricanes hockey banner located outside of the multipurpose room. 
Creativity 

Elective Share: Elective Share is coming up on Thursday, November 2. The performance for K-2 audience will be at 9:30 and last about 30 minutes. The performance for 3-5 will be at 10:30 and last about 45 minutes. Performances will take place in the multipurpose room. Kellie will send out a form via email, please indicate if your elective will be sharing on the second. 

Elective Letters - Check out our first quarter elective letters -- https://sites.google.com/a/wcpss.net/elective-communication/. Keep up the great work and think about how you would like your second quarter letter to look like as you look at others. 

Calendar:
October 13th - Unicorn Trot Pep Rally
October 14th - Grounds day (8:30-12:00)  
October 20th - Early Release 
October 20th - Unicorn Trot 
October 30th - End of Quarter 
October 31st - Workday
November 6th - Foundation Golf Event 
November 10th - Holiday 
November 22nd - 24th - Vacation Day and Holidays 
November 27th - Book Fair 
November 28th - Media By Moonlight 

Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25

Communication - 

School Family PicnicWe are excited about seeing our families at School Family Picnic on Thursday night. You can pack a dinner or purchase food from one of the three food trucks (along with Kona Ice) that will be on site on Thursday the 28th from 5:30-7:00. We will have Peace rock painting, inflatables and other fun things to do with your Underwood family!

Interims will be going home on Tuesday, September 26th.  Please contact your child's teacher with any concerns.

Stay connected!  Join the Underwood PTA facebook page as well as the Underwood Foundation facebook page to stay informed with the latest Underwood happenings.

Collaboration 

We need your help!  Bring the whole family out to Underwood on Saturday, October 14th from 8:30am-12pm to help with our first Grounds Day of the year!  Together we will tackle small projects to spruce up our campus (picking up trash/debris, pulling weeds, trimming limbs, etc)

Critical Thinking 

MDA Lock-up - On September 27th, Mr. Shillings will be "locked up". Every day, kids and adults are diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that take away the most basic freedoms – the freedom to walk, talk, hug and even breathe. If you are willing to donate - click click on to donate

Creativity 

Let's celebrate!  Our United Arts Council Grant was fully funded.  This allows us to provide multiple opportunities to invite artists to perform for our students and showcase the arts.  Thank you to Laura Urben and Julia Mastropaolo for all of their efforts in leading our Cultural Arts efforts!



Upcoming Events:
September 26th-Q1 Interims go home with all students
September 27th - Mr. Shillings will be Locked Up to support Muscular Dystrophy Association. 
September 28th-School Family Picnic 5:30-7:00pm
September 29th-Early Release; Cultural Arts Event (Latin Music Performance)
October 6th - Fall Pictures 
October 14th-Grounds Day 8:30am-12pm
October 20th - Unicorn Trot 
October 20th - Early Release 
October 31st - Teacher Workday