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 

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18 - 22

Critical Thinking/Collaboration 

Underwood Mission -- It was great to see our families at our Open House. Thank you to all those who attended our PTA meeting. Click on link to view the Underwood Mission presentation -- Underwood Mission and Vision

Growing up in the Digital Age -- Special screening of "Screenager" - Viewing details. This is not a school (nor WCPSS) sponsored event -  called Screenagers and is about the effects of screentime on kids.  It's completely secular.  They are providing childcare for children 3rd grade and younger.  It's recommended that children in 4th grade and above watch with their parents. 

Communication/Creativity  

Interims go home with all students on Tuesday, September 26th.

Reflections
- Students are able to create products to share in the 2017-18 PTA Reflections - "Within Reach".

School Family Picnic - We are excited about seeing our families at School Family Assembly. You can pack a dinner or purchase food from one of the three food trucks that will be on site on Thursday the 28th from 5:30-7:00.





Upcoming Events:
September 21st - Teacher Workday 
September 26th-Q1 Interims go home with all students
September 28th-School Family Picnic 5:30-7:00pm
September 29th-Early Release: students dismiss at 1:15
October 6th - Fall Pictures 


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September 5-8th

What an awesome start to the 2017-18 school year!

Communication

Magnet Information - Electives will start September 13th for 1st - 5th grade students! Magnet information, course catalogs and information are on our website - (http://www.wcpss.net/underwoodes).  Be sure to check out your child's first quarter elective letters via our website - https://sites.google.com/a/wcpss.net/elective-communication/?pli=1  Contact Ashley Cooper (acooper4@wcpss.net) with any questions or concerns.

School Family Assembly - We will be having our first school family assembly this Friday September 8th with all of our students and staff.

Be sure to join MemberHub, the Underwood PTA Facebook page and the Underwood Foundation Facebook page to stay informed about the latest happenings at Underwood!

Collaboration 

Volunteer Registration - Are you planning on attending a field trip, volunteering during Unicorn Trot/other school events this year, or planning to volunteer in the classroom? Reminder for parents and family members to sign up to be a volunteer through the WCPSS volunteer registration every year. This has to be done in a Wake County School. Please see a staff member at the front desk or in the media center to assist you.

Girls on the Run (GTR) - Informational flyer for grades 3-5 -- 98% of parents/guardians believe that participating in GOTR was a valuable and enjoyable experience for their GOTR girl. “The curriculum was incredible. It was thoughts, lessons, and social interaction around ideas of self, self-talk, positive thinking, health, acceptance, etc! Great stuff.” - GOTR Parent, 2017 WWW.GOTRTRIANGLE.ORG

Critical Thinking 

PRIDE ---Teachers have worked with their classroom family to review and discuss the PRIDE expectations.
P - Practice Self Control
R - Responsibility is the key
I - Identify Safe Choices
D - Demonstrate Respect
E - Excel in School

It is expected that students are showing PRIDE in all settings.  If they are not, it is our job as teachers to remind them and reteach the expectations in order to provide a safe learning environment for all students.

Creativity 

Great happening in the classrooms - be sure to check our staff's Twitter Pages to see what happens during the school day. This can be located on our website - http://www.wcpss.net/underwoodes below the calendar of events or at - @underwoodgtm.



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30th - June 2nd

Communication 

Classroom and Elective report cards will go home on Friday June 9th.  

Field Day - field day is June 7th for k - 2 from 9:30 - 11:30 and 3-5 1:00 - 3:00. We are in need for additional volunteers for 3-5 field day. If available please fill out - We are in need of several volunteers: Field Day Sign Up  and Field Day Volunteer Reminders  We like to have 15-20 stations and need two volunteers at each station.

Creativity 


At the Arts Integration Institute, teachers have the opportunity to work with extraordinary teaching artists who understand how classrooms really work. Teachers learn how to think creatively, collaborate, and invigorate their classrooms. There will be six unique workshops designed to integrate arts and non-arts Common Core and NC Essential Standards. Workshops are fun and interactive!​ If you are interested in attending (for free) June 19-23, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, please let Ashley know asap.

Collaboration 

Mr. Shillings is seeking feedback for Assistant Principal search. If you would be willing to provide feedback in characteristics and traits for our new AP (starting 2017-18 school year) - please complete the following form - Feedback form to provide that information.  
Some of the roles for our assistant principal are observing/evaluating teachers, provide instructional techniques and strategies, facilities management, behavior support and implementing Student Code of Conduct, student support, and along with other roles and responsibilities.

Critical Thinking 


Inter-Faith Food Shuttle 5k - Meredith Brown is a junior at Broughton High School, as well as a Joyner Elementary School and Daniels Middle School alumna. Over the past year, she has worked closely with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The race will be on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8:00 am at Dorothea Dix Park! Please join in helping this wonderful cause! If people are willing to help, they can donate or sign up to run/walk the race at https://app.racereach.com/event/food-shuttle-garden-gallop-5k-run-walk


Upcoming Events

May 30th - EOG 3rd and 5th grade math 
May 31st - 5th Grade ELA EOG 
June 1st - 4th Grade ELA
June 2nd  - 4th Grade Math 
June 7th - Field Day 
June 9th - Last Day of School 
June 14-16th - Floors are being waxed and carpet is being cleaned - school building will be closed for cleaning floors and carpet.