Monday, January 13, 2020

January 13th

Underwood Families, 

Happy New Year!  We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  We look forward to all the events happening in the 2020 school year!  We look forward to seeing you and working together to build a bright future for our students!

Foundation New Year Kickoff
2020 Foundation Kick Off Event:  Tuesday, January 14th from 7-9pm at Nickelpoint Brewery  (506 Pershing Road, Raleigh, NC 27608).  Come join us to learn more about the Foundation and how we support Underwood.  Meet our Board members and other Underwood families, all while enjoying drinks from Nickelpoint Brewery and a food truck (http://theredneckbbqlab.com/food-truck-menus/ ).  Plus, 10% of proceeds will be given directly to the Foundation!  Discounted Gala tickets will be available for purchase as well. 

Connecting with your child: 
One of our goals at Underwood is to increase our school family and build connections with each other. Click on link to see statements that show you are interested or paying attention to your children on a daily basis --- Questions aren't connections 

Magnet Application for Incoming Kindergarteners and Middle School
The magnet application for Incoming Kindergarten Students and rising sixth graders is open now and closes on January 31st.  All students have to apply for a magnet seat prior to the application period closing. If you have any questions, please visit the WCPSS Magnet Website or contact Ashely Cooper- acooper4@wcpss.net

Annual Notification: Asbestos Management Plan
In the fall of 1989, in compliance with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazards Emergency Response Act (AHERA), the school system had inspections conducted in each of our school buildings for the purpose of identifying asbestos-containing building materials. Here is the notification for this year’s inspection - 2020 Notification.
 
Upcoming Events

  • January 6th-31st:  iStation Benchmark Window open
  • January 14th:  Foundation Kick Off Event at Nickelpoint Brewery (7-9pm)
  • January 15th:  Theater Production Dress Rehearsal for Grades 3-5 (9:30-10:30am; no period 1 or 2 electives; period 3/7/8 will take place)
  • January 16th:  Q2 electives end 
  • January 16th:  Theater Production Performance-7:00pm
  • January 17th:  Q2 elective share for K-5 at 10:10am
  • January 20th:  Holiday (No school)
  • January 21st-31st:  Electives down
  • January 24th:  School Spelling Bee-9:30am

Friday, December 13, 2019

Week of December 13th

Underwood Families, 

I hope that you have had a fantastic week! We have had a great week of school and are looking forward to the last week of the 2019 year! Below are some celebrations and announcements. 

Pieces of Gold
Congratulations to our 3-5 Theater Production Team in being selected to participate in Pieces of Gold in March! Pieces of Gold is a Wake County K-12 production that schools audition to participate at Meymandi Hall! The staff and students worked really hard for this achievement, way to go!

Readvolution 
I am proud to announce that out of 118 schools we finished in 14th place for the Readvolution campaign with having read 4.832 books.  That is amazing! Each student who read for 800 or more minutes during the campaign will be receiving two free Carolina Hurricanes tickets.  We had 164 students reach or exceed that goal of 800 minutes! Please see the links below on how to redeem the tickets.  

Throughout the campaign we have also been tracking at school which classes have read the most minutes and finished the most books.  It has been a close race throughout the campaign. The final numbers are in... Ms. Shepherd's class read the most books with 579 books read and Mrs. Goldberg's class read a total of 41,521 minutes which ​was the highest for our school.  Congratulations to both classes, to all the students that participated, and to the students who met their goals!!  

Remember...“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Holiday Performance:
Holiday Concerts are next week.  The two evening performances are for our home families (parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc) and provide a more intimate setting for students to showcase their work.  The Thursday AM performances are for our school family (staff and students) and are encore highlights of the evening performances. Parents are not expected to attend the daytime performance.  
  • Orchestra and Band Concert (Dr. Booth and Mr. Richardson’s classes) - Monday, December 16 at 7:00pm in the Underwood Gym.
  • Dance and Music Concert (Mrs. Frasier and Ms. Spiggle’s classes) - Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00pm in the Underwood Gym.
  • School Family Encore Performances on Thursday, December 19:
    • 3rd-5th Grade at 9:45am
    • Kindergarten - 2nd Grade at 10:45am
If you have questions contact your child’s elective teacher.


Upcoming Events 
  • December 16th- Band/Strings Concert-7pm
  • December 17th- Dance/Music Concert-7pm
  • December 19th- Holiday Share (9:45 for Grades 3-5; 10:45 for Grades K-2)
  • December 23-January 3- Holiday Break 
  • January 2nd Workday 
  • January 3rd Workday 

Wishing you well this week!

Mr. Shillings

Monday, November 18, 2019

November 18th

Underwood Families, 
I hope that you are having a great start to your week! We are in our second week of electives and third week into the second quarter.  We continue to have so many things to be thankful for at Underwood. We are proud to announce our teacher and instructional assistant of the year as well as updates on Readvolution.  

Teacher of the Year and Instructional Assistant of the year

Heather Burton - special education teacher working mainly with k-2. This is Mrs. Burton’s second year at Underwood. She has a variety of experience in working with students with special needs for pre-kindergarten to high schoolers. She works in general education classroom along with providing instruction during the student's elective time. Her peers say, “Heather is a huge asset to Underwood’s youngest learners….She is always going above and beyond for the needs of all students...She models appropriate response and allows herself to mess up, but reflects.” Congratulations to Mrs. Burton! 


Michelle Kurtz - instructional assistant in our ECS k-2 classroom. This is Mrs. Kurtz second year at Underwood Elementary. She previously taught self-contained special education classes for over 25 years. She joined us last  year as an instructional assistant in our ECS classroom. Her peers say, “She is kind, fun, and always willing to help anyone….she never fails to have a smile upon her face. No matter what challenges her day may contain...she always demonstrates her kind and friendly personality to her colleagues and jumps in to help when necessary”.  Congratulations to Mrs. Kurtz!



Readvolution 
We are still two weeks away from the December 6th end date of the Readvolution campaign and we already have over 60 students who have reached or surpassed the goal of 800 minutes.  Way to go! Don’t forget each student that reaches the goal of 800 minutes will receive two hockey tickets. Our fourth graders are still in the lead with over 70,000 minutes logged! Keep reading Unicorns! 

Upcoming Events 
  • November 20th - Holly's Harps performance at 1:20 
  • November 22nd - 3-5 Cultural Arts Music Performance (Shana Tucker) 
  • November 26th - Book Fair opens 
  • November 26th - Leadership Meeting at 7:45
  • November 27th - November 29th - Holiday 


Wishing you well this week!

Monday, October 14, 2019

October 14 - 18

Underwood Families, 

Thank you to all those that participating in our School Family Picnic! It was a great night to connect with families and enjoy the time together! 

Curriculum Support
Are you looking at ways to support your child at home? Here are some WCPSS Parent resources - https://www.wcpss.net/domain/4696.  There are two sites I suggest that you take a look at and bookmark if you are looking for ways to support your students with their homework and classroom lessons and curriculum -- Homework Resources and Parent Resource Center. These are updated by WCPSS curriculum and instruction department. 

First Friday Spirit Day 
This year we are having spirit days the first Friday of the month, this month we had Picture Day, so we didn’t think a Spirit Day would be the best idea. This Friday is: Favorite Football Shirt Day


Reminders: 
October 17th - Unicorn Trot Students’ Kickoff 
October 18th: Favorite Football Shirt Day
October 24th - Parent Party kickoff for Unicorn Trot 
October 25th - Unicorn Trot 
October 31st - End of first Quarter and Weather Makeup day 
November 1st - Teacher Workday (no school for students) 
November 4th - 6th - 3rd Grade Cog-Ats

Monday, October 7, 2019

October 7 - 11

Monday, October 7, 2019

October 7-11

Underwood Families, 

We are into the second week of October and are halfway through the first quarter. We are working on ways to be kind in school, at home, and in our community. This is done through being helpful, saying kind words, and wishing others well when they are not having a good day. Here are a couple of reminders for the week:

Back to School Picnic 
We look forward to having our school family at Underwood on October from 5:30 - 7:00. Bring your blanket and/or chairs along with dinner to join us on the playground. Don’t feel like bringing dinner, try out one of the food trucks that will be on campus. We have Burger 21 and Big Mike’s Barbeque along with Kona Ice coming.  Students are able to play on the bounce houses and playground until 7. 

Reminder that at school, we expect PRIDE to be followed:
  • Practice Self-Control -  staying in assigned areas (playground), walking in the building (going to use the bathroom) and are watching where they are going during the day 
  • Responsibility is key - staying with your family during the picnic 
  • Identify Safe Choice - using the equipment appropriately, follow expectations on the bounce house 
  • Demonstrate Respect - put trash where it goes, clean up after each other, and watching where we are going and if you make an oops make it right
  • Excel in School - clean up our mess, treat each other with respect
Morning Arrival 
Thank you for your patience this morning during morning arrival -- Monday commute. We are hoping that tomorrow we will be back to our normal arrival process. 

Apply for Free and Reduced Lunch: 
Be sure to visit MySchoolApps.com to complete to apply for Free and Reduced Meal benefits. Tomorrow (parent/guardian) students that have not completed the application will not be able to access the meal plan. We estimate that will be about 20 students at our school. 

October 9th - Teacher Workday - Conscious Discipline Year 2 Training 
October 10th - School Family Picnic - 5:30 - 7:00 
October 24th - Parent Party kickoff for Unicorn Trot 
October 25th - Unicorn Trot 
October 31st - End of first Quarter and Weather Makeup day 
November 1st - Teacher Workday (no school for students)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

First week of school in the books


Underwood Families,

Well, our first week of school went well with our students and kindergartners coming in one day during the week. This week we are looking forward to an awesome four day week!

Reminder that at 9:10 we do a school-wide Pledge of Allegiance and breathing to start our day. If you are in the building during this time, please model these activites, if needed watch the students show you how we start our day!

Signing up for Electives

Elective brochures are going home on Tuesday, September 3rd for students in Grades 1-5.  Please read the directions carefully on the front of the brochure and watch the tutorial video (QR code in the top right corner if you need assistance filling out the brochure).  In each box/section, please prioritize your #1-3 choices.  Classes marked with an * may only be prioritized if a teacher signatures/initials are beside the class title.  Elective brochures are due back on Friday, September 6th.  If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Cooper (acooper4@wcpss.net; 919-856-7663 x21067)

Transportation

Bus Tags - The WCPSS Transportation Department will continue
to use the bus tag system this school year. All students that are
assigned a bus (and plan to ride it) will need to have a bus tag.
See the WCPSS Transportation website -
https://www.wcpss.net/transportation for information about routes,
membership, Here Comes The Bus App and more. Please contact
Mrs. Judge-Lenkeit (ajudge-lenkeit@wcpss.net)  if you have
questions that are not answered on the website. 

Carpool Tags - We had a successful first week of carpool.
Reminder that cars should be going down Fairview road via
Glenwood Ave (not parking at the drugstore and cutting in
to the line) We have carpool tags for our families that will be
utilizing carpool this year. New families (or new carpool riders) will
need to complete the paperwork in the front office to receive a
carpool number. 

What is carpool like? --- Check out this short video -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWwCYxuTZeI 

School-Wide Expectations:

Our school-wide expectations for staff, students, family, and guests continues to be the PRIDE model. 

P - Practice self-control
R - Responsibility is key
I -  Identify safe choices
D - Demonstrate respect
E - Excel in school (or in the setting)

Wishing you well on our second week of school, first with all of our students! 


Monday, August 19, 2019

Transportation and School-Wide Expectations

It’s hard to believe the first day of school is less than a week away! Safety for our students during arrival and dismissal is of the utmost importance. Below are our expectations for the different ways that students arrive to and leave our campus.

Be sure to make the teacher aware of how your child(ren) will be
going home during the school year. If there is a change please call
the front office and we will make your classroom teacher aware of
the update. 

Transportation

Bus Tags - The WCPSS Transportation Department will continue
to use the bus tag system this school year. All students that are
assigned a bus (and plan to ride it) will need to have a bus tag.
See the WCPSS Transportation website -
https://www.wcpss.net/transportation for information about routes,
membership, Here Comes The Bus App and more. Please contact
Mrs. Judge-Lenkeit (ajudge-lenkeit@wcpss.net)  if you have
questions that are not answered on the website. 

Carpool Tags - We have carpool tags for our families that will be
utilizing carpool this year. New families (or new carpool riders) will
need to complete the paperwork in the front office to receive a
carpool number. 

What is carpool like? --- Check out this short video -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWwCYxuTZeI 

Walkers - If you are planning on picking up your student(s)
through the walker line in the afternoon be sure to email
Mr. Shillings (tshillings@wcpss.net) the names of whom you give
permission to pick them up from Underwood. Daily there will be
a staff member that will be checking these names. If we do not
have an email list from a parent you will need to go to the front
office and show ID to have your student released to you.

What does walker dismissal look like -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucglQTePToc 

School-Wide Behavior Expectations
Our school-wide expectations for behavior continues to be the PRIDE model. For the first two weeks Mr. Shillings and Mrs. Judge-Lenkeit will go over PRIDE for dismissal, lunchroom, playground, bathroom, and hallway expectations.

P - Practice self-control
R - Responsibility is key
I -  Identify safe choices
D - Demonstrate respect
E - Excel in school (or in the setting)

We look forward to seeing you all soon for a wonderful school year!

Mr. Shillings
Underwood Elementary Principal