Parent Visit Day for Kindergarten

On Thursday, Dec. 11, from 8:30 to 11:00 AM, we are hosting an “early” visiting day for prospective families who have children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2015. During this visit, parents will have an opportunity to tour the school, meet with our director and guidance counselor, and observe in classrooms.

To attend a visiting day, interested parents should email marykay@eagleschool.org to register. Beginning Jan. 8, ten more visiting days will be offered for prospective families with children entering grades 1-8 in the fall. These dates can be found under the Admissions tab.

Sibling Applications Due Feb. 2

If you have a child who you would like to enroll at EAGLE for the first time next fall, please note that the priority application deadline for siblings is February 2, 2015. In order to submit a complete application packet by the deadline, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to have your child tested (IQ) in December or January by an evaluator of your choice. If you need suggestions, please contact the school office for a list of examiners in the Madison area who have agreed to test EAGLE applicants.

Parent-Teacher Conferences Nov. 6

We will hold parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, Nov. 6, 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. If a child accompanies you on conference day, s/he must go to the Commons. To respect the confidential nature of conferences, students will not be allowed to wait for parents in the hallways or on the couches.

A chart listing conference start time for all families will be forwarded with the Aerie-Gram on Oct. 31.

Halloween Plans Brewing

We will celebrate Halloween at EAGLE on Friday, Oct. 31. The festivities will begin with our annual all-school costume parade at 8:30 am. (Parents are welcome to come and take pictures.) The parade will conclude in the gym, where we will hold a short assembly to acknowledge our Read-A-Thon winners. Later that afternoon, students are sure to have a hauntingly good time at the various parties being planned by unit parents, EPO volunteers, and Student Council. We hope everyone is looking forward to a fun-filled day of “tricks” and “treats.”

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.