Monday, December 3, 2018

December 3rd

Underwood Elementary Families,

Happy first week of December. 


Readvolution - congratulations to the 70 students that reached the goal of 800 minutes! The students received a certificate and directions to purchase tickets. Big Thank you to Mrs. Judge-Lenkeit for organizing the event for Underwood Elementary!  

Carolina Hurricanes Partnership Celebration: The Youth Department from the Carolina Hurricanes will visit PE Electives at Underwood this Monday, Dec 3, 2017. Also, Underwood was selected to receive a grant from the Hurricanes and NHL for new school appropriate hockey equipment to support our PE department!

Media by Moonlight: Our book fair was very successful and we met our goal that provided the media center with $500 worth of books to go back into students hands. Thank you to the Media by Moonlight committee led by Megan Delong.

Giving Tree - Underwood's Holiday Giving Tree is up!  If you would like to assist a family with their holiday gift needs, please come by Ms. Schnitzer's office and take a tag from the tree.  We are asking parents and staff to purchase gifts of a maximum of $30 per tag. Please wrap each gift and put the tag on the gift you are giving, so we can keep track of your purchases.  Please sign up to give gifts on a sign-up sheet in the front office office.
Gifts are due by Monday, December 10th.  All gifts can be brought to Ms. Schnitzer's office.  Thank you everyone in advance for your participation and for helping Underwood families!

The Toy Drive was a successful collaboration with Two Men and a Mom morning show on WRAL FM, MIX 101.5 with their annual Toy Drive for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Triangle.

Updates:
Spelling bees are going to be happening soon in the students classrooms, spelling lists have been sent out to families via Memberhub. If you have questions please contact Mrs. Page (jpage5@wcpss.net). The school spelling bee will be January 26th. 

Calendar Updates
December 3rd - 7th - IOWA Tests (3rd grade)
December 4th -Q2 Interims home
December 5th - Lunch and Learn with PTA 
December 5th - Zoe’s Family Kitchen spirit night
December 11th - SIP / Leadership meeting
December 18th - Holiday Performance (Music/Dance-7pm)
December 20th -Holiday Performance (Band/Strings-7pm)
December 21st - Early Release
                        
Sincerely
Travis Shillings, Principal

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Last week of November

Giving Tree - Underwood's Holiday Giving Tree is up!  If you would like to assist a family with their holiday gift needs, please come by Ms. Schnitzer's office and take a tag from the tree.  We are asking parents and staff to purchase gifts of a maximum of $30 per tag. Please wrap each gift and put the tag on the gift you are giving, so we can keep track of your purchases.  Please sign up to give gifts on a sign-up sheet in the counselor's office.
Gifts are due by Monday, December 10th.  All gifts can be brought to Ms. Schnitzer's office.  Thank you everyone in advance for your participation and for helping Underwood families!

Toy Drive - Underwood is collaborating with Two Men and a Mom morning show on WRAL FM, MIX 101.5 with their annual Toy Drive for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Triangle. For the week of November 26th - November 30th, you can help us by bring an unwrapped toy to our school and add it to the collection bin in the front office. On Friday the bins will be collected and the toys will go to students that are a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Triangle. If you have questions please reach out to Ms. Schnitzer or Mr. Shillings at 919 856-7663.

Coats for students:
Underwood is still collecting coats for our Student Coat Drive.WE NEED 6 MORE!!  Here is the link to sign up to bring in one of the remaining coats to Ms. Schnitzer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D45A8A82CAA8-underwood

Media by Moonlight:
Our book fair will be open from 5:30 to 8:00 on Tuesday November 27th. We will have staff members that will be reading some of their favorite books and will have milk and cookies to cap off the night, so wear your PJs and come enjoy some great books.

Giving Tuesday through the Underwood Foundation:
Check out the Underwood Foundation Facebook #GivingTuesdayCampaign Page on November 27th to make your gift. When you give via our #GivingTuesday Facebook Event Page, Underwood Foundation will receive 100% of your donation, plus a match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation! Individual gifts up to $1,000 are eligible for matching. You don't have to wait.  You can make a donation anytime via our website www.underwoodfoundation.org or by picking up a donor card at the school's front desk.

Make it an awesome week!

Monday, November 12, 2018


Thank you to all of the veterans that served our country! 
Please join us tomorrow, November 13 from 4 – 8pm at Lynnwood Brewing Concern for our pre-kickoff event.  You can order food from Wilson's Eatery and meet our board members and other Underwood families all while enjoying scratch made eats, tasty beverages and best of all no dishes to wash! Plus for each adult beverage purchased Lynnwood will donate $1 to the Foundation.  See more at http://www.underwoodfoundation.org/
 Early Release on Tuesday November 20th 

Broughton High School Prospective Students Open House and Tours: Are you interested in learning more about Broughton High School? Please join us for our Open House on Wednesday, November 14th from 5:30-7:30pm. We are also offering two additional evening tour opportunities and several morning tours. We encourage you to bring your student and your family with you to our Open House and tours! Even if your student is not a rising 9th grader, it's not too early to come visit Broughton. You can find more information on this flyer and our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our magnet coordinator, Mr. David Brooks, at 919-856-7810 ext 23279 or dbrooks@wcpss.net. Here is a link to our flyer with all information.

Connecting with our new staff members: Michelle Kurtz (ID MOD TA
Hello!  My name is Michelle Kurtz and I am thrilled to join the Underwood family this year.  

After graduating from the University of Maryland (many, many years ago!) I started my teaching career in the area where I was raised, the suburbs of Washington, D.C.,  before moving to Raleigh in 1991. I have been a special education teacher for 30 years, the last 25 at Wiley Elementary. After a year of retirement, I decided I wasn't finished spending my days helping children experience the joy of learning new academic skills as well as celebrating themselves as learners.  I feel lucky to be a teacher assistant in the ID-MOD I classroom with Mrs. Delaney and Mrs. Gracy. What great way to spend the day!I have two daughters, Rachel who lives in New York City and Lisa who lives in Wilmington, N.C.  They have 5 college degrees between them and I am proud of the intelligent and caring young ladies they have become -- products of the Wake County School System!I enjoy cooking, yoga, taking walks and have recently started learning to use power tools around the house for home "improvements".    I am very happy to be an Underwood Unicorn! Make it a great week!
November 13th - Foundation Pre-Giving Tuesday Celebration at Lynnwood Concern from 4-8 pm

Monday, October 29, 2018

October 29th

Happy last week of October! 

Unicorn Trot! 

Unicorn Trot was a lot of FUN! We utilized our inside plan for our students to complete the Unicorn Trot. Thank you to Ms. Kellie and Mrs. Frasier for being our MCs and leading the students in dancing and running during their Trot. Thank you to Susan Hill and Colleen Rohner for organizing the event!  The students raised $23,750 - well over our $22,000 goal. With our corporate sponsorships, our grand total for the event is: $29,850. The students will be able to complete the Color Run during Field Day in the spring. 

Dress Code (in reference to Wednesdays make -up day) 
Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment. Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing which is disruptive... or which endangers the health or safety of the student or others is prohibited

Upcoming Events: 

October 31st - Make up day (elective schedule)

October 31st-Quarter 1 Elective Share

November 1st-Last day of Q1 electives

November 5th-Q2 elective begin

November 12th - No School (Veterans day)

November 13th - Leadership Meeting

November 13th - Foundation Pre-Giving Tuesday Celebration at Lynnwood Concern

from 4-8 pm

November 13th-Report cards go home

November 20th - Early Release

November 21-23 - Vacation and holidays

November 27th - School Improvement Meeting

November 27th - Foundation Giving Tuesday

Monday, October 22, 2018

October 22nd

Parents,


Happy Fourth week of October:


Updates for an exciting week at Underwood Elementary with our Unicorn Trot we have two
weeks until the end of the quarter (weather has made this quarter last a little longer)!
Second quarter will begin on November 5th.  


Unicorn Trot
Spirit Week
Monday Oct 22nd - Crazy Socks and Hair
Tuesday - Oct 23rd - Favorite Sports Team
Wednesday - Oct 24th - Hat Day
Thursday - October 25th - Pajama Day
Friday - October 26th-  Race Day - Underwood School Family will receive their Race Shirts


Readvolution-  Our students are still rocking it!  The county’s goal for each school is to read
2020 books!!  We have already read 1,652 books! We are the top in our area AND we only
have 449 students! We have updated the minutes on the goal outside of the bathrooms. Also,
we had some students express their frustration that it will only allow 60 minutes per day, the
written concern was shared with the leaders of the Readvolution for the district.


Parents and students can add their minutes to this link-  
https://www.nhl.com/hurricanes/community/readvolution.


Reflections 2018-  Heroes Around Me
Encourage your children to participate in Reflections 2018.  Reflections is a run by the National
PTA (Gail van Matre supports Underwood) and directly aligns with our gifted and talented theme.
The students use the arts to share their “reflection” of the theme Heroes Around Me.  All entries
must be submitted by October 29th. The Reflections Team will select projects that display the
theme and those will be taken to the county.  County winners will then move on to the next division.




October 26th - Unicorn Trot

October 31st - Make up day (elective schedule)

October 31st-Quarter 1 Elective Share

November 1st-Last day of Q1 electives

November 5th-Q2 elective begin

November 7th-Q1 elective reports must be completed

November 12th - No School (Veterans day)

November 13th - Leadership Meeting

November 13th - Foundation Pre-Giving Tuesday Celebration at Lynnwood Concern from 4-8 pm

November 13th- Report cards go home
November 20th - Early Release
November 21-23 - Vacation and holidays
November 27th - School Improvement Meeting
November 27th - Foundation Giving Tuesday

Make it an awesome week!

Monday, October 1, 2018

October 1st

Underwood Families,

Happy first day of October. We were able to complete our second full week of classes last week, which was exciting for us! 

Interims for 1-5 grade students will be going home October 9th. The application that WCPSS uses to create an interim has not been as successful for entering grades (especially math) and creating an interim. This is the reason that the interims will go home later then planned at the beginning of the School year. 

Grounds day - We will be having our first Grounds Day on October 6th from 9-12. We will be removing weeds, working on some of the garden items, and cleaning up litter around the building. 

READEVOLUTION --- Please be sure you have worked with your child to login to the Readvolution website.  https://readvolution.cenagage.com/wake

Login- WakeID (all students have an ID-  K-2 students ID was written on the paperwork home
Password-  WakeID password (student number). 

See letter in Tuesday folders for more information about our partnership with the Carolina Hurricanes. If you have any questions, please contact Alexandria Judge-Lenkeit- ajudge-lenkeit@wcpss.net

Revised WCPSS Elementary Report Card information (an additional letter will go out to families). 

  • No overall ELA or Math Grade
  • There will be four ELA grades based on the clusters (Language, Reading, Speaking & Listening, and Writing).
  • There will be five Math grades based on the domains. The domains vary based on the grade levels


Save the dates: 

October 5th--  Fall Pictures
October 6th --  Grounds Day (8am-12pm)
October 9th -- Interims go home 
October 12th-  Pep Rally (time TBD)
October 19th - Unicorn Trot (full day of school) 
October 31st - Make up day (elective schedule; staff breakfast provided by admin)
November 12th - No School (Veteran's day) 
November 20th - Early Release 
November 21-23 - Vacation and holidays 
November 27th - School Improvement Meeting 
November 27th - Giving Tuesday