Friday, May 17, 2019

We need your feedback

Happy Friday to all of our Underwood School Family!

We as a school family need your feedback on a two topics:

Assistant Principal Feedback:
Mrs. Mbalia shared that she will not be returning next school year. I am in the process of setting up interviews and I would like to receive your feedback about characteristics and skill sets - here is the feedback  form to give your input on our next assistant principal.

Communication Survey
How do you like to hear from our foundation, PTA and school? Please complete this survey to assist in our school-wide communication - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9rF-h0Gy_8Jgh1XzWokR7Xu3m_2MRe8QpanuX2Z92k-zvEA/viewform?usp=sf_link


School Messenger: 
The district uses the SchoolMessenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, email, and text messages. General school news is shared by email and text message. Phone calls are used for urgent school news.  If you want to change an email or phone number click on this link to make those changes - https://www.wcpss.net/schoolmessenger .

Friday, April 26, 2019

Week of April 29th



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 www.wcpss.net/student-information.
 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.

Updates: https://www.wcpss.net/underwoodes

  • 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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April 23rd

School Family,

I hope that everyone was able to take a break last week and catch up with and enjoy time together. I was able to do some reading, get some rest, and recharge my batteries!
 
Class placement for 2019-2020
It is that time of year that I start to plan next year's classes and staffing. From now until May 24th I am open to parents sending me an email for considerations for the type of teacher and type of classroom your child would learn best in at Underwood Elementary. I ask that specific teacher's names not be used but rather characteristics and qualities that your child works best with in the classroom. Also if there are particular students that he/she has struggled with or may need a break from feel free to include this in your email as well. In the summer I will review these prior to making the final class lists.
 
May 1st Workday
Just a reminder that WCPSS has determined that May 1st is a workday for teachers and due to the number of instructional hours students will not need to make up the day.
 
Staff Appreciation
May 6th - May 10 is our staff appreciation week. We as a school community decided to celebrate all of our staff members during this week as opposed to individual days throughout the year. This week is a great time to say thank you to our teachers, academic support teachers, teacher assistants, custodians, front office team, psychologist, nurse, social workers, and all of the amazing staff members at Underwood Elementary!
 
Starting on April 1st,  there will be NO parking on Fairview Rd. from 3:30 - 4:00pm. This is an effort to decrease congestion on Fairview road during Afternoon Carpool.
 
Letterland Day (Event for K-2 Students)
Letterland Day at Pullen Park will be on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  K-2 students have been utilizing this program daily. You are welcome to dress up as your favorite Letterland character and there will be games and activities to participate in as well.  We hope to see you there!
 
EOG Dates-Mark your calendar!
EOG testing will begin on May 29th!  As we prepare for the EOG we will be sending out information about being a proctor and when proctor training will take place.  Ms. Page will be leading those trainings. Please find the dates for EOG testing below. Thank you!


  • 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 
Panorama Survey-  
Last week, you should have received an email from the "Panorama Education Team."  This email contains a family survey to learn more about your family’s experience at Underwood.  If you have children at multiple schools the link will allow you to take a survey for each school.  As a school community we utilize this information to ensure we are creating a great experience for all of our families.  The survey should take about 15 minutes. If you need a paper form or did not receive the email, please reach out to Alexandria Judge-Lenkeit (ajudge-lenkeit@wcpss.net or 919-856-7663).  If you missed the email, the Panorama team will continue to send an email weekly.

Updates: https://www.wcpss.net/underwoodes

  • April 25th - Special Olympics (Ravenscroft HS) - ID Mod 1 and 2
  • April 26th-Cultural Arts Performance-Carolina Ballet (9:30 K-2; 10:30 3-5)
  • April 26th - Tar Heel Jr Historians - NC Museum  of History
  • April 26th - Third Grade (Hill/Peaden) - Walnut Creek Wetlands
  • 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


Sunday, March 31, 2019

April 1st

Playground Info -- Use the link to view proposed playground plan version 2. PTA, school leaders, and WCPSS facilities have met with https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dZqUBJVbKPKt2IUsh6crbftyQNE62WoU

Any feedback that you would like to give, please complete the feedback form.

Wellness Fair
We are excited to announce the return of our Wellness Fair on Friday April 5th. Wellness Fair Schedule-  This is subject to change.  A big shout out to Tracey Bates and Alexandria Judge-Lenkeit for the organization of this incredible event!

Wellness Fair descriptions/bios-  This will be great to share with your students prior to the event so they know what they will be learning.

PTA socials this week-
Please join the PTA on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:30pm at Lola's on Glenwood or on Wednesday April 3rd at 9:00 in our media center.  Come enjoy a few hours out and meet your fellow Unicorns!!

Most of our PTA positions for next year are thankfully already filled with a few exceptions so come and enjoy a low key night or morning coffee with us!!

If you are interested in becoming more involved with PTA and would like to know what positions still need to be filled, please email me at alexvansta@yahoo.com.

NC Partnership for Child Nutrition (NCPCN) is a newly formed parent lead non-profit focused on supporting school nutrition efforts in Wake County and beyond.  They are having a kick-off event and fundraiser at the Umstead Hotel on April 8th at noon. The event will feature several area chefs.  Come out to meet the board, support this initiative, learn more about the organization's vision. Website with information on NCPCN and the event can be found here:  ncpcn.org

Panorama Survey-  
Last week, you should have received an email from the "Panorama Education Team."  This email contains a family survey to learn more about you and your child's experience at Underwood.  If you have children at multiple schools, the link will allow you to take surveys for each school. As a school, we utilize this information to ensure we are creating a great experience for all of our families.  The survey should take about 15 minutes. If you need a paper form or did not receive the email, please reach out to Alexandria Judge-Lenkeit (ajudge-lenkeit@wcpss.net or 919-856-7663). If you missed the email, the Panorama team will continue to send an email weekly.

ArtsPleasure
Recap -- “Oh the Places You Will Go!”, our Artspleasure theme, was a tremendous success!  Thank you to our Specialist Team, Daniel Levin, Julia Mastropaolo, Laura Urben, staff and parents for donating their talents and time to make this event such a success.  Watching students perform and share their gifts and talents was a great reminder as to how fortunate we are to be part of the GT Magnet Model. Underwood truly is #smallschoolBIGtalent

Quarter 4 Electives began on Monday, March 25th.  Be sure to ask your child about their new electives and future learning opportunities that support their gifts and talents!

Foundation Gala Items
Thank you to all that came to the Underwood Foundation Gala on March 1st and helped us raise money for supporting teacher salaries (amidst ongoing state and local budget cuts) so we can maintain our current staffing positions and instructional programming.  We have a few silent auction items left that didn’t sell on the 1st so we are making them available to the highest bidder (see below). All bids are due by March 24th at noon and the winners will be notified on the 25th. Please notify Cara Phillips via email if you would like to make a bid. (caraphillips@nc.rr.com)  If you aren’t interested in the items but still want to give to the Underwood Elementary Foundation to help us meet our goal of giving $90,000 to Underwood to support the 2019-2020 school year, you can do so at http://www.underwoodfoundation.org

Remaining Silent Auction Items:  

Carpool
Starting on April 1st,  there will be NO parking on Fairview Rd. from 3:30 - 4:00pm. This an effort to decrease congestion on Fairview road during Afternoon Carpool.

Letterland Day (Event for K-2 Students)
Letterland Day at Pullen Park will be on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  K-2 students have been utilizing this program daily. You are welcome to dress up as your favorite Letterland character!  There will be games and activities to participate in as well. We hope to see you there!

EOG Dates-Mark your calendar!
EOG testing will being on May 29th!  As we prepare for the EOG we will be sending out information about being a proctor and when proctor training will take place.  Ms. Page will be leading those trainings. Please find the dates for EOG testing below. Thank you!
  • 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

Updates: https://www.wcpss.net/underwoodes
  • April 2nd-PTA Parent Social-7:30pm at Lola’s Beach Bar (1803 Glenwood Avenue)
  • April 3rd-PTA Parent Social-9:00am in the Media Center
  • April 5th-Wellness Fair
  • April 5th-CAM Event-6:00-8:00pm; Come see our Docents in action!
  • April 9th-Q3 Report Cards come home
  • April 15-19th-Spring Break
  • April 22nd-Workday

Monday, March 18, 2019

March 18th

ArtsPleasure
ArtsPleasure will be held on March 21st starting at 5:30.  This Underwood tradition allows families to enjoy our students’ “gifts and talents”!  We hope to see you there!

Foundation Gala Items
Thank you to all that came to the Underwood Foundation Gala on March 1st and helped us raise money for teacher salaries.  We have a few silent auction items left that didn’t sell on the 1st so we are making them available to the highest bidder.  Please notify Cara Phillips via email if you would like to make a bid. caraphillips@nc.rr.com  If you aren’t interested in the items but still want to give to the Underwood Elementary Foundation to help us meet our goal of giving Mr. Shillings $90,000 you can do so at http://www.underwoodfoundation.org

All bids are due by March 24th at noon and the winners will be notified on the 25th.
  1. Estate Planning by Lawyer Chris Morden - Value $1800, Minimum Bid $500Estate planning package by lawyer Chris Morden of Monroe, Wallace & Morden, PA
  2. Stellar Sitters Annual Membership - Value $299, Minimum Bid $10 --- Are you tired of worrying about finding a baby-sitter?  Let Stellar Sitters take care of you with qualified baby-sitters.
  3. Burn Boot Camp (Northwest or Brier Creek) Basket & 3- month Membership - Value $575, Minimum Bid $200 - Is it time to get back in shape?  Let Burn Boot Camp help you stay motivated
  4.  The Runners Camp - One Week - July 1st-6th - Value $65, Minimum Bid $25 - The Runner’s Camp is a day camp centered on the sport of track and field for kids ages 6-12 years old. The camp is currently held twice annually at Wake Forest Middle School for five days from 8am to 12pm each day. 


Carpool
Starting on April 1st,  there will be NO parking on Fairview Rd. from 3:30 - 4:00pm. This an effort to decrease congestion on Fairview road during Afternoon Carpool.

EOG Dates-Mark your calendar!

  • 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

Updates: https://www.wcpss.net/underwoodes
  • March 21-Q3 electives end
  • March 21-Artspleasure 5:30pm
  • March 25-Q4 electives start
  • March 26th-Q3 ends
  • March 29-Workday
  • April 2nd-PTA Parent Social-7:30pm at Lola’s Beach Bar (1803 Glenwood Avenue)
  • April 3rd-PTA Parent Social-9:00am in the Media Center
  • April 5th-Wellness Fair
  • April 5th-CAM Event-6:00-8:00pm; Come see our Docents in action!
  • April 9th-Q3 Report Cards come home
  • April 15-19th-Spring Break
  • April 22nd-Workday

Sunday, March 3, 2019

March 4th

Foundation Gala
Thank you to Foundation Board for putting on a fantastic event for our parents and staff! The food and company made a great night and way to support our school. If you missed the opportunity and would like to give to the Foundation, go to http://www.underwoodfoundation.org/ for more information.

Magnet Meet and Greet
On March 5th from 9:30-10:15am in the Media Center we will be welcoming incoming parents that will join our School Family next year!  We would love for current Underwood parents to be present to meet, mingle and tell them more about our incredible school. If you are able to attend, please email Ashley Cooper (acooper4@wcpss.net)

ArtsPleasure
ArtsPleasure will be held on March 21st starting at 5:30.  This Underwood tradition allows families to enjoy our students’ “gifts and talents”!  You still have time to order your t-shirt created by our very own artist Lauren Mann (by this Tuesday) and sign up for this year’s “Art Studio” for your child to participate in right afterschool.  You can do all of this through the Memberhub Store-
https://underwood.memberhub.store/

CAM
Are you interested in seeing our very own fifth grade students as docents at CAM Raleigh?  They will be representing Underwood on April 5th and June 7th during First Friday from 6:00-8:00!  Mark your calendars.


Exciting happenings and things ahead….
  • TEK afterschool clubs have started.
  • The Wellness Team provided recent staff training and is planning a dynamic Wellness Fair in just a couple weeks.
  • Julia Mastropaolo and Laura Urben have organized and launched our 5th grade Docent Program and partnership with the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM).  
  • The Arts Team and Artspleasure Chair, Daniel Levine, are busy planning a wonderful Artspleasure Event!  “Oh the place you will go” will be celebrated on March 21st...Save the date!
  • Staff is focusing on Conscious Discipline new learning to understand more about trauma.
  • Our 4th and 5th grade students recently enjoyed a Cultural Arts performance from Mary Kelly, who depicted the journey of Harriet Tubman’s life.  Our ID MOD classes recently participated a drumming event and there are several more Cultural Arts Events scheduled in the weeks ahead for all Underwood students to enjoy!
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Summer Camps
Wolfpackgolfschools.com - Featuring North Carolina State University coaches and players (current and former), the Wolfpack Golf School is entering it’s 31st year with the continuing purpose of promoting Junior golf and helping develop the talent of young golfers. An outstanding curriculum of practice, play and fun is planned.  Students will participate in different kinds of competition according to skill level and age with each student completing rotations which cover every phase of the game. The full week of golf will include individual and group instruction, video analysis, course strategy and management, rules, psychology, club fitting and tournament preparation.
An outstanding staff of PGA professionals, college coaches, and college golfers has been assembled. Their expert instruction is matched only by their dedication to junior golf.

Camp Invention information has gone home for two different sites. See https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention for more information about sites in Wake County.

Raleigh Parks and REC information has gone home as well. The Parks and Rec will be at Underwood Elementary for the second year in a row this summer. Registration begins on March 4th, go to https://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/ParksRec/Articles/SummerCamps.html for more information.

YMCA Summer Camps - https://www.ymcatriangle.org/blog/think-summer

Updates: https://www.wcpss.net/underwoodes
  • March 5-Magnet Meet and Greet-9:30am
  • March 8-Early Release Day-1:15pm
  • March 21-Q3 electives end
  • March 21-Artspleasure 5:30pm
  • March 25-Q4 electives start
  • March 26th-Q3 ends
  • March 29-Workday

Sunday, January 27, 2019

January 28th

Thank you to our families for your continued support of our school! You all make
Underwood an amazing place to work and serve our community!


Winter Carnival
Feb. 2 11am - 3pm
Winter carnival is around the corner!  We need your help to make it a success.  Please
take a look at the MemberHub SIGNUP to volunteer to come out and help or bring supplies.  
We are still in need of gift cards! Please contact, Jennifer Montaner
at jbmontaner29@gmail.com with any questions.  
You can also buy your wrist bands ($15 Preorder and $25 at the day of the event) for access
to all games, raffle tickets, or make donations anytime.  All are available for purchase on

Foundation Gala
Save the date for the Underwood Elementary’s Foundation Gala. It is March 1st at
7:00 at Whitaker & Atlantic. This is our annual fundraising night to support the Foundation
in its effort to provide funds to secure staff members to protect the integrity of the
school and maintain our programming at current levels. The event is a great way to
meet other Underwood Parents, bid of fun experience items ranging from gift cards
to local business to vacation package and give back to our school to support the school!
 
  
Spelling Bee
Congratulations to the 17 classroom Spelling Bee Winners,
after 32 rounds Kash H (4th grade) was the winner of the
spelling bee. Owen C (5th grade) finished runner-up.
Thank you to Alexandria Judge-Lenkeit for being our
pronouncer, Heather Callahan and Shannon Tant for
being our judges and Jennifer Page for organizing the event!


Wake Up and Read
Parents, please check your child’s bookshelf for any
books they may have outgrown!  Wake County has
kicked off it’s annual “Wake-Up and Read” campaign. This annual collection supports
students at 13 schools and various daycares around the county.  The goal is to
provide ten books to each child! Join Underwood by bringing in at least one gently used
book (it can be new) that would be suitable for a child/children from birth to age 12.  
The book drop-off is at the front of the office. The campaign will end on February 15th!


Lockdown Practice
As part of the WCPSS processes, we will conduct our semesterly practice code red
lockdown in the next two weeks. Staff members will be going over the necessary
steps to prepare the students. I will send a letter to families the afternoon after that
we have conducted in the drill in collaboration with local law enforcement.

NC Check-ins / Mclass Mid Year Assessments
Students over the past couple of weeks and this week have been completing
mid-year assessments.  

K-3 have been assessed in reading through MClass (a state based benchmark assessment).
 You will be receiving a copy of your child’s MClass progress in the report card next week. If
you would like more information about this assessment, please look at the following resource.

Last week and this week students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will/have taken the math
NC Check-In from the state.  You will receive reports about your child’s progress in the next
few weeks.

If you have any questions about these assessments, please speak with your child’s teacher.  

3rd Quarter Electives
Quarter 3 electives begin on Monday, January 28th!  We are looking forward to another
quarter of opportunities for students to explore their gifts and talents.  For any
elective questions, contact Ashley Cooper (acooper4@wcpss.net)

Nightly Reading and Report Cards
Second quarter report cards will be coming home in Tuesday Folders on February 5th.
Our teachers assess students based on the North Carolina Standard Course of
study in collaboration with WCPSS Standards Based Grading. In a collaborative effort,
we want to encourage you to read with your child/children for at least 20 minutes a
night, ask them questions about what they have read and conversations about their books.
Also, feel free to reach out to their teachers and find more resource to use with your students.

Wishing Well
Our staff is wishing Mrs. Mbalia since the beginning of January. She has been out
on Medical Leave since January 4th, it is unknown of when she will be returning to work.
As new information becomes available, it will be shared with the staff and families.

Calendar of events -- be sure to check the Underwood Website - https://www.wcpss.net/underwoodes
January 28th-Quarter 3 Electives begin
January 29th - SIP Meeting
February 1st - Fifth Grade Field Trip (International Civil Rights Center and Greensboro)
February 2nd - Winter Carnival 11-3pm
February 2nd - Playground feedback sessions at Winter Carnival from 12-2
February 5th-Report Cards Home
February 6th - CAM Docent Program begins (5th grade)
February 12th - Reflections participants breakfast at 8:00 in the media center
February 15th - Early Release
February 15th-School Family Assembly