Picture Day – September 24

Two photographers from Inter-State Studio will be here on Wednesday morning, Sept. 24, to take student photos. Order forms were placed in student lockers on Thursday. To be sure that no child is without a form on picture day, we ask that all order forms be placed in the basket in the reception office by Friday, Sept. 19. If you are not ordering pictures, please write your child’s name and the words “NO ORDER” on the form, and return it to school. If you are placing an online order, write your child’s name and the words “ONLINE ORDER” on the form, and return it to school. Even if you do not order pictures, your child will still be photographed for the class composite. A picture make-up day will be scheduled in early November for all students who are not in attendance on Sept. 24.

Back-to-School Night – Wednesday, Sept. 10

Please join us for Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. This is a parents-only event during which you will meet teachers and gain important information about curriculum, homework, and grading policies. Refreshments will be provided by the EPO in the Commons.

Parents of eighth graders should plan to attend a special meeting at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium. Details related to Washington Workshops will be discussed.

Awards Assembly – Monday, June 2

Join us for an uplifting experience as we salute the many accomplishments of our students at the annual Honors and Awards Assembly, Monday, June 2, at 8:45 am, in the gym. We will honor achievements in academic areas as well as in sports, the arts, and service. We will recognize our 2014 graduates and staff members who have reached milestones in their service at EAGLE. We will also reveal the fourth-quarter Wings Awards. We invite parents to share this special time with us.

Eighth Grade Recognition Ceremony – June 5

Mark your calendars! This year’s recognition ceremony in honor of our graduates will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm. In the next week or so, invitations will be mailed to the families of our eighth graders.

Annual Report to Parents

On Tuesday, May 20, Carole will give the “Annual Report to Parents” from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Commons. She will offer her perspective on the accomplishments of this past year and discuss future goals and plans, both immediate and long-range. All parents are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be provided by the EPO.

First Tech Challenge Robotics

The official kick-off for the 2014-15 season of the FTC robotics competition is in September, but we would like to get a head start on building our own FTC team this spring. Participating students will have the opportunity to design, build, and program robots; apply math and science concepts in real-world applications; and develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills. The FTC competition is open to students in grades 7-12 (current 6th graders eligible) and runs from kick-off in September to the regional competition in February. The World Championships for qualifying teams will be held in April.

 

Beginning Monday, April 7, and continuing every Monday until the end of the semester, we will hold weekly FTC team meetings to help students and parents/mentors become familiar with the competition. At these meetings participants will:

 

·        investigate the rules of the competition

·        watch videos from the 2013-14 season

·        discuss team rules, roles and responsibilities

·        decide on a team name and team logo

·        consider options for sponsorship and team fundraising

·        learn more about the software and hardware used in the competition

 

Although only 7th graders and up are allowed to participate in FTC competitions, we are hoping to start a junior team for 5th and 6th graders to learn and work alongside the competition team. Parents may also join the team as mentors and coaches (no robotics experience necessary). Interested parents and students should submit the attached FTC robotics form to the reception office by April 1. Visit the FTC website at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc or contact Damian Khan (damian@eagleschool.org) for more information.

Parent-Teacher Conferences March 13

We will hold parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, Mar. 13, from 12:30 to 8:00 pm. Students will attend morning classes only, with early dismissal at 11:20 am.

(Please note that the bus will be here at 11:20 to provide its usual service to the “afternoon” riders.)

Child care will be provided in the Commons during conferences for EAGLE students only at a cost of $5.00 per hour, per child. (Please note that all students must leave the premises at 11:20 am. There is no Study Club or child care until the start of conferences.)

 Please use our Jooners online sign-up process to select your conference start time(s). Your start time(s) will be confirmed with the Mar. 7 issue of the Aerie-Gram.

Questions?  Contact Mary Kay in the main office.

2014-15 Contracts to be Mailed Soon

During the week of February 10, contracts for next school year will be mailed to all current EAGLE families. For each child, a signed contract and non-refundable deposit will be due by March 1. (The deposit is one-tenth of the total tuition. The exact amount will be stated on your contract.)

Semester Reports Sent Home

Semester reports were sent home on Thursday, Jan. 30. Please check your student’s backpack for the large manila envelope containing his/her semester report. We hope that parents and children will take time together to read and discuss the feedback provided by teachers. Please sign and return empty envelopes to the basket in the reception area.

EAGLE Alumni Panel

Alumni Night for EAGLE Middle School students is Monday, Feb. 10, in the Commons. A panel of recent EAGLE grads will be here to discuss high school life, including how to make a successful transition and what to avoid. You may arrive as early as 6:30 pm to enjoy some social time and refreshments; the panel discussion will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Last fall your parents had a time to exchange information with parents of recent grads; now it’s your turn. Don’t miss this wonderful evening program that has traditionally been a favorite among EAGLE students. Questions? Contact Diane Tautges at dianetautges@gmail.com.