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APRIL, 2014

The Lake Erie Crushers mascot, Stomper, recently stopped by Ely School to kickoff Stomper’s Reading Club. All of the posters are due back this Friday, April 4. Simply for participating and reading, students will receive two tickets to an Ely School night at the Lake Erie Crushers, scheduled in June. We have extra forms in the office if your child needs one.

Target recently donated $500 worth of books to Ely School! We are very appreciative of their support of our school!

I would like to thank all of the parents and family members in attendance at our annual Family Literacy Night in March. Our theme was “Reading is Out of This World.” To kickoff the event, we had a guest speaker from NASA who inspired our students with a variety of pictures and equipment related to space travel. In the evening, we had over 400 people attend the family event! It was great to see so many people in attendance.

The month of April brings about our annual Ohio Achievement Assessment testing. Testing begins April 28 for students in grades 3-5. This is a very important assessment for students and our school. More details about it are located on page 2 of the newsletter. Please note that all grades will follow a special lunch schedule on testing dates. This schedule is also located on page 2 of the newsletter. Our student council will also be sponsoring several school spirit days as we help our students prepare for the OAA.

Many of our 5th grade students recently participated in a pilot of the new Common Core assessments (PARCC). The tests were all online, and a glimpse of what the OAA will look like in the near future. The students seemed to enjoy doing the assessments online as opposed to paper and pencil.

Third quarter report cards will be going home with students on Friday, April 4.

We do not have a definitive delivery date for our cookie dough fundraiser. We will send information home once it is confirmed,

I hope everyone enjoys our upcoming Spring Break!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.

MARCH, 2014

Each March, we have a special Family Literacy Night at Ely School. This year, the event is on March 11, and the theme is “Reading is Out of This World.” As a kickoff to the event, during the day, our students will have a special assembly from NASA. During the actual event, from 6-7 PM, a variety of events will be going on based on the outer space theme. The students are very excited about this theme, and our staff have been working hard getting ready for this event. I hope you will be able to bring your child and come to Family Literacy Night.

Last month, we had our first Family Movie Night. The Ely Pride Parents Group sponsored this event. Although we had two days off before the event, we still had a nice turnout for our first evening. We plan to have another movie night in the spring.

Kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year is now underway. Registrations are being accepted at Central Registration (located at Elyria High School) from 8 AM–4 PM weekdays. Please check out the Elyria Schools website for more information about student registration. If you have friends or neighbors who have a child ready to start kindergarten, please encourage them to register as soon as possible.

We have been working with the Elyria Police Department to help remind parents to follow established pickup/dropoff procedures. The EPD has increased their presence at school during the times directly before and directly after school. Please help make student dropoff and pickup safe for all of our students by following the procedures!

There are a lot of special events planned during the month including Stomper’s Reading Club, our grades 2-3-4 music program, and Family Literacy Night, The calendar on the last page of the newsletter has a complete list of events.

Daylight Savings Time begins March 9. Hopefully, spring like weather isn’t too far behind either!

Have a great month!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.

FEBRUARY, 2014

The first month of 2014 is almost over! January was certainly a lot colder than we have experienced in a long time. Hopefully the groundhog will be cooperative next week when he makes his spring prediction!

We had brand new curtains and stage mats installed in the gym this past week. The Pioneer red looks great in the gym and the curtains are much better that the old, ripped curtains we had been making due with!

During the month of January, we also implemented the “Hugs and Kisses at the Door” policy across all of the Elyria Schools. I would like to thank you for your cooperation with this change in procedure. I know some of you were disappointed to find out that you could no longer walk your child to his/her classroom daily. However, the procedure has gone well and is just one part of our on-going review of safety procedures. The district is in the process of providing updated safety training to employees as we continue to be proactive in this area.

Our bi-annual cookie dough fundraiser will be held in February. For students in grades 4-5, they will be able to apply the profit from their individual sales towards their Mohican trip balance. All of the other proceeds will be used for on-going student activity events and incentive programs.

We recently conducted the winter benchmarking of all students in Language Arts and Math in the STAR Enterprise program. Teachers are using this data to plan instruction and monitor student growth.

From the Principal’s Desk,

Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.

DECEMBER, 2013

The final month of 2013 is here! The month of December is always an exciting and activity filled month at Ely School. We have many special events and activities going on as the holidays approach.

I would like to thank those of you who supported the Elyria City Schools operating levy renewal at the polls in November. Your support is sincerely appreciated!

Congratulations to Xavier Robertson and Arabella Sauer, they were the two winners in the When Will It Snow Contest! We had our first inch of snow on November 11, 2013. This was the earliest snow fall and the fewest number of winners in the ten years I have been principal at Ely School!

A couple of weeks ago, we had our annual Lockdown Drill. The drill went off without any problems. Staff and students did a fantastic job in following the procedures in our safety plan!

Our students in grades 3-5 recently completed the second benchmarking of student progress in Reading and Math, using the STAR Enterprise software. The results were very encouraging and showed overall above expected student growth. Our next benchmarking will be in mid-January and will be for all students K-5.

Please help us keep lost money to a minimum! If you are sending cash to school for events such as Field Trips, Santa’s Shop, fundraisers and the like, please send the money in an envelope with your child’s name on it.

Lastly, as the holidays are approaching, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of Ely School. Our school is a special place because of all of you—students, parents, staff, and friends!

Happy Holidays!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee Jr.,

NOVEMBER, 2013

This week is a busy week at school! I have had the opportunity to see many of you at conferences and at the Book Fair. It’s nice to hear all of the comments about the wonderful job our staff is doing in educating our students. As parents, your support and reinforcement with your child(ren) makes their success even more attainable, and is greatly appreciated!

I would like to thank all of the volunteers we have had working at the Book Fair this week! The students are always excited to shop for books.

Thank you also to Ely Pride Parents Group for donating $100 to the Elyria Citizens for Quality Education, to support the Issue 31—No Tax Increase—renewal levy! Please don’t forget to head to the polls on Election Day, if you have not already voted. Your support of our schools is crucial! Taking a few minutes to vote shows your child(ren) how important voting is in our democracy. As a reminder, Issue 31 does not increase taxes, it is a renewal! Thank you for your support of the Elyria Schools!

As winter weather approaches, our lost and found grows by leaps and bounds. One of the most “found” items are coats. Kids often wear coats to school and decide to take them off at recess and forget to bring them in. Please label any items (coats, gloves, hats, etc.) that your child brings to school so we can easily return them if they are found.

Picture make up day and retakes will be held November 19. We expect to receive picture packets back before Christmas. If you would like a new picture packet envelope, please contact the school office.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night! Enjoy the extra hour of sleep!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


OCTOBER, 2013

Our first full month of school is now complete and we are off to a great start! This year, one of the areas of focus for us is in incorporating technology into classroom instruction. I have spent quite a bit of time the past month checking out some of the ways our teachers and students have been using technology. Next month, I am going to include an article describing some of the activities that have taken place so far. The e-readers and BYOD days (for those classes that have already had their first) have been a huge hit, and I have been truly impressed by the level of student engagement. The frequency of BYOD days will increase across grade levels as the year progresses.

We will be sending home information about parent-teacher conferences later in October. However, please don’t ever feel that you need to wait for specific conference days to meet with your child’s teacher. You can always call the school office if you need to setup a time to talk with your child’s teacher. Don’t forget you can check out your child’s grades online, anytime through Power School. If you lost your access code, please let the school office know.

I also hope you will be able to attend an informational session for parents at Northwood Middle School on October 17 to learn about the Elyria Schools anti-bullying efforts!

The October calendar is packed with events! Check it out on page 8!

From the principal’s desk,

Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.

SEPTEMBER, 2013

The 2013-2014 school year is underway! On behalf of the entire staff at Ely School, I would like to welcome all of our new and returning families.

We have several new staff members joining us at Ely this year. A special welcome to:
Mrs. Cavaceci—Grade 1
Ms. Smith—Grade 1
Ms. Kempf—Kindergarten
Mrs. Maroon—Intervention Specialist
Mr. Bates--Music
Mrs. DiFranco—School Nurse
Mrs. Goodrich—Media Tech
Mrs. Read—Paraprofessional
Mrs. Lottman--Paraprofessional

It was great to see so many of you at Open House. We had a packed crowd at the all-school session in the gymnasium, and the classrooms seemed busy during the classroom portion of the event!

As I mentioned at Open House, since last school year, our entire building has wireless, filtered internet access. This wi-fi access will allow our school to continue the roll-out of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for designated BYOD activities. Students are not required to bring devices to school, but rather are provided the opportunity to use devices to help strengthen the use of technology for instruction. More information about BYOD was sent home with all students on the first day of school.

I also mentioned that Ely will implementing the use of Google Nexus tablets to serve as e-readers and supplement technology activities in the classroom. We have 90 of these devices in the building for student use.

Last year, Ely School piloted the STAR Enterprise system for tracking student growth in Reading, Math and Early Literacy. The district is now rolling out this program for all schools K-8. All of the assessments are online and students will be tracked at several points during the year to monitor growth. In addition, students who score above established levels on the math or reading test will now automatically be referred for additional GATE testing.

I would also like to invite parents to attend our first Ely Pride Parents Group meeting of the year on September 6 at 9:15 AM in the school library. Information about various parent group sponsored events during the year will be shared. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the many events we offer for our students.

As I begin my tenth year as principal at Ely School, I want to thank you for your continued support! I am looking forward to another great year at Ely School!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jack Dibee

Principal



MAY-JUNE, 2013

During the months of May and June, you may notice many more of our 5th grade students bringing their personal electronic devices to school. Ely School’s 5th grade is piloting the Elyria Schools rollout of a nationwide movement called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

The letters BYOD are often used to stand for Bring Your Own Device, and refer to personal electronic devices not owned by the district such as cellphones, iPads, Kindles, and laptops brought to school for educational use. These devices will not replace district owned devices; they will supplement them and increase access for everyone.

Students bringing their own technology device will promote an exciting shift in how students view and use their personal devices. Instead of using them mainly for social and entertainment purposes, students will begin to see and experience these devices as learning tools.

We are rolling out the BYOD program with an assembly for 5th grade parents on May 3. On May 16th, we will be inviting parents of 5th grade students to come to school in the morning to see BYOD in action. Next year, we will be rolling out BYOD to other classes in the building.

If you would like to learn more about BYOD, there are many outstanding resources about the program on the internet. I especially recommend a video available on YouTube featuring a segment that aired on NBC News last May.

For those students who participated in the Lake Erie Crushers reading program, our school night will be on June 11. We will be sending tickets home with participating students in the next few weeks. Additional tickets will be available at the door!

As we approach the final five weeks of the school year, I would like to thank everyone for their continued cooperation and support of Ely School! I wish all of you a safe and enjoyable summer! See you in August!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


APRIL, 2013

The third quarter is over! Student report cards will be sent home with students on Wednesday, April 10. As a reminder, you can always check your child’s progress online using Progress Book www.elyriaschools.org.

I would like to thank all of the parents and family members in attendance at our annual Family Literacy Night in March. We had over 400 people attend the event! It was great to see so many people in attendance.

The month of April brings about our annual Ohio Achievement Assessment testing. Testing begins April 22 for students in grades 3-5. This is a very important assessment for students and our school. More details about it are located on page 2 of the newsletter. Please note that all grades will follow a special lunch schedule on testing dates. This schedule is also located on page 2 of the newsletter. Our student council will also be sponsoring several school spirit days as we help our students prepare for the OAA!

As you walk down the hallways at Ely School, you might notice the “blue lights” in the ceiling. Ely School now has a complete wireless network in place in the building. While our computer lab has been wireless since the beginning of the school year, all of our classrooms now have wireless internet access. The wireless access runs through the student (strictest) level of filtering.

The wireless network will allow our 5th grade classrooms to pilot the district’s roll-out of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) after the conclusion of OAA testing. There also will be some additional technology opportunities for student learning for all grades. Many more details about this will be forthcoming. This is an exciting opportunity for all of our students as we continue to evolve into educating our students for the future!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


MARCH, 2013

At long last, the Ohio Department of Education has released the official school report cards for public schools in Ohio. I included the cover page as page 2 of the newsletter. If you would like a detailed copy of the school report card, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office!

Our staff has been working hard to plan our upcoming Family Literacy Night next week. I hope all of you will be able to attend, it is sure to be a great event! More information about the event is listed below.

Our school had a special visit from Stomper, the Lake Erie Crushers mascot. Stomper came as part of the kickoff for Stomper’s Reading Club. Students should have already received information about the program, and are hopefully well underway towards meeting the requirements! If you did not receive the information, additional copies are available in the school office. Due to our spring break, all of the forms need to be returned by March 26.

The 3rd quarter ends on March 26. Due to Spring Break, report cards will not be sent home with students until April 12, the Friday of the week we return from Spring Break. However, you can always check your child’s grades and progress online through Power School!

Enjoy the month of March!

From the principal’s desk,

Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


FEBRUARY, 2013

During last week’s cold snap, it was great to see a picture of Ely School crossing guard Homer Wilson in the Chronicle Telegram! The picture and accompanying article was a great tribute to Mr. Wilson, who day in and day out crosses our walkers before and after school. Mr. Wilson is never without a smile on his face or a wave for a car coming by. Next time you see him at work, please take the time to thank him for a job well done!

Another person you might have noticed at Ely School most mornings is Elyria Police Department’s Sgt. Robinson. Sgt. Robinson has been greeting students and checking out the school many mornings at the start of the school day. A special thanks to Sgt. Robinson and the Elyria Police Department for all they do for our students!

Our school secretary, Tina Long, is back at school after a lengthy absence recovering from surgery. I know many of you have welcomed Ms. Tina back either in person or on the phone. We are glad to have her back at school with us!

As we hit the time of the year when the flu is upon us, please help stop the spread of the flu by not sending your child to school if he/she is running a fever. The flu is most contagious when a fever is present.

However, if your child is not sick, please make sure they are at school, on time. Allowing students to stay home when they are not sick sends a message that school is not important. Although students can “makeup” work when they are absent, there is no way to makeup the missed instruction!

We will be recognizing those students who made Honor Roll in grades 3-5 for 2nd quarter at our Celebrate Success awards on February 6, beginning at 2:20 PM. Parents are welcome to attend!

Have a great month!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.

JANUARY, 2013

Happy New Year to all of our Ely School families!  I hope the time our students had off from school was a great chance for families to spend some quality time together!  In the hustle of all of the activities and events in our daily lives, having some extra time to spend with our families is always beneficial!

I would like to thank Paul Moore, the parent of two students at Ely, for having a banner made and donated for the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  All of our students and staff signed the banner, and it was shipped to Connecticut. 

Our school and district safety procedures are continuously reviewed.  Sometimes changes that are made are noticeable, and sometimes they aren’t.  One change you will detect is that all of our students are now wearing their student ID badges during the school day.  Previously, only kindergarten students wore ID badges. In the event of an evacuation or other emergency, adult staff members, substitutes, and other personnel can better identify students under their supervision if they are wearing ID’s. 

There will also be procedural changes as to which doors will be accessible during school evening events, varying on the event.

Parents can help by not letting others in when entering or exiting the building.  Once the school day begins, all visitors are required to alert the office of their presence by ringing the doorbell on the outside of the main doors. Letting someone in could result in the office not being aware of their entrance to the building. 

Parent-teacher conferences are coming up near the end of the month.  These conferences are generally held based upon teacher request.  We will be sending invitations home the week of January 14.  if you do not receive a conference request and would like to schedule a conference with your child’s teachers, please contact teachers directly.

From the principal’s desk,
 

Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.

December 2012

The final month of 2012 is here! The month of December is always an exciting and activity filled month at Ely School. We have many special events and activities going on as the holidays approach.

It was great seeing so many of you at parent-teacher conferences! Many of you shared positive stories about the start of the school year. At parent-teacher conferences, you should have received login information for PowerSchool. This is the program that replaced Progress Book and provides information about your child’s current grades and attendance. Please check your child’s progress regularly and keep in touch with your child’s teacher if you have concerns about how he/she is performing at school.

I also would like to thank those of you who supported the Elyria City Schools operating levy at the polls in November. Although the district’s operating levy was not successful, I know many of you supported our attempt. Your support is sincerely appreciated!

Special get well wishes to Ely School Secretary Tina Long! Many of you have noticed the absence of her smiling face in the office. Tina is at home recovering from surgery and we hope to have her back with us in mid-January. She is missed by all of us at Ely School!

Lastly, as the holidays are approaching, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of Ely School. Our school is the “excellent” school it is because of all of you—students, parents, staff, and friends. This is a special place because all of you care about our school! Happy Holidays!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee Jr.,


November 2012

So much has happened during the last few weeks that it’s hard to believe we are already in November. It’s already November 1, and we have not had our Halloween celebration yet, but have already used two calamity days. Probably not what any of us would have predicted a few weeks ago.

Speaking of calamity days, we have rescheduled many of the events that were scheduled for those two days. Parent-teacher conferences originally scheduled for October 30 will now be on Monday, November 5 at the same times. If you need to change your appointment, please contact the school office. Our Halloween celebration will be held Friday, November 2 in the afternoon, following our original schedule.

During parent-teacher conferences, we will be distributing parent access codes for Power School! We are online and all setup for parents to access their child’s grades online! The computer lab will be open both nights of parent-teacher conferences to allow parents to login and see how it works. (If you haven't seen the computer lab yet, I encourage you to check it out!)

By now, I hope all of you have heard that Ely School is rated “Excellent” by the Ohio Department of Education. I am so very proud of our staff and students for this major accomplishment. There are so many milestones we have hit on this journey, and now our focus is on continued excellence! Since all good things are worth celebrating, on Tuesday, November 20, at 2 PM, we are going to have a school wide pizza party and showing of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” in the school gym! This will be a great way to let our students celebrate their hard work!

Speaking of accomplishments, Ely students are hard at work earning “Dog Tags”! Check out the article on page three of the newsletter for more information!

Lastly, this upcoming Tuesday is Election Day. The Elyria Schools has placed an important levy on the ballot to sustain the high quality of education we are able to provide the students of Elyria. The district has already made numerous reductions, closed buildings, dealt with reductions in state aid, all while maintaining quality programs and activities. Please take some time to review the Issue 38 facts located in the newsletter. I hope we can count on you to support your school district on Election Day! Please don’t forget to vote!

From the Principal’s Desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee Jr.


LATE BREAKING NEWS FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

Just as we were publishing the newsletter, we received the preliminary school report card data from the Ohio Department of Education. Since the outside (yellow) pages were already printed, this was the only spot to share the great news!

On the just released ODE School Report Card, Ely School had our highest ratings ever on the ODE. Our students met 7 of the 8 standards, missing the 8th one by only 2 students. In addition, Ely was rated “Above” in Value-Added growth, which means our students are showing statistically significantly more than a year’s growth in a year. Ely also met the difficult to attain NCLB Adequate Yearly Progress measure for the second straight year!

Although the state has not released the performance index scores and final designation, the preliminary data showed a significant increase in our performance index score for the fourth straight year!

I would like to congratulate all of our students and staff on their hard work and accomplishments! I am very proud of our continued growth and success! More details will be coming home in the next newsletter!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jack M. Dibee Jr.,

OCTOBER, 2012

As we begin our second month of the school year, I would like to take a few minutes to mention some of the upcoming events and update you on a few other issues.

The Elyria Schools have two wonderful events coming up the first weekend of October. On Friday, October 4, the annual Tailgate Party will be held at Elyria High School from 4:30-6:30 PM. We have tickets available for sale in the school office. Also on October 4th, the first ever Family Movie Night will be held beginning at 6 PM at the EHS Performing Arts Center! More information about both of these events is located on page five.

Also included in the newsletter on page five is information about the Elyria Schools 4.9 mill emergency operating levy. Please take the time to read the facts about the levy and see how our schools have been affected, and what the district has done to this point to help keep expenses in check.

At this time, we are still working on the parent access part of Power School. The plan is to have parent access go live at the end of the first quarter. We plan to have login information for you by parent-teacher conferences.

At the end of this week, the ODE is planning on releasing a scaled down version of the school report cards. The full version is still pending the ODE investigation of some districts across the state for accountability issues. I hope to have information to share with you by our next newsletter at the latest.

October will bring parent-teacher conferences, our annual Halloween events, the Book Fair, and several other special programs. More information about these events will be going home with students as the month progresses!

From the principal’s desk,

Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.

SEPTEMBER, 2012

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year! On behalf of the entire staff at Ely School, I would like to welcome all of our new and returning families.

It was great to see so many of you last week at Open House. We had a packed crowd at the all-school session in the gymnasium, and the classrooms seemed busy during the classroom portion of the event! I hope you had the chance to visit our all new, wireless computer lab while you were at open house!

As I mentioned at Open House, Progress Book is no longer being used by our district. All of the schools in our county have switched to a new school management program which is not compatible with Progress Book. Our new parent access for Power School should be up and running no later than the end of the first quarter. I will send home login information and directions once it is up and running!

I also mentioned at Open House that the ODE has delayed the release of school report cards. Unofficially, we had an excellent year. The initial draft of the report card indicated that Ely met 7 out of 8 academic standards, and had a substantial increase in our Performance Index Score. At this time, Value-Added data and designations have not been released. Stay tuned!

This year, Ely School is piloting the STAR Enterprise system for tracking student growth in Reading, Math and Early Literacy. All of the assessments are online and students will be tracked at several points during the year to monitor growth.

Our monthly school newsletter is a great way to keep in touch with events happening at the school. You can always also find a copy of our school newsletter on our school website; www.elyriaschools.org/ely. Many of our classroom teachers also maintain webpages on our school site.

I would also like to invite parents to attend our first Ely Pride Parents Group meeting of the year on September 4 at 6:30 PM in the school gym. This year, we have scheduled three evening meetings during the year, in addition to several morning meetings to meet the various schedules of parents. Information about various parent group sponsored events during the year will be shared. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the many events we offer for our students.

As I begin my ninth year as principal at Ely School, I want to thank you for your continued support! I am looking forward to another great year at Ely School!

Sincerely,


Dr. Jack Dibee
Principal



MAY/JUNE 2012

Recently, there has been a lot of attention in the media comparing charter schools to public schools. It’s hard to judge other schools when you don’t have first hand experience with them. However, I believe the programs and staff we have in the Elyria City Schools, and especially at Ely School are second to none. We aren’t perfect—no school is, but we certainly have a lot of great programs designed to help students at all levels.

Did you know, we offer the following programs at Ely School: a gifted program for students in grades 4-5, remedial reading help for students in all grades during the school day, intervention blocks for all students in Math and Reading, computer based instruction at all grade levels (i.e. Accelerated Reader, Kindergarten Breakthrough to Literacy, First in Math, Study Island, Everyday Math Online, TumbleBooks), guided reading groups, Fundations Phonics for grades K-3, reduced cost before and after school care through a grant with Horizon Activities Center, schoolwide assemblies, a school counselor, school psychologist, special education programs, SMARTBoards in every 1st-5th grade classroom, art, music and P.E. classes, a speech language program, just to name more than a few! I could go on and on, but the point is that we have a lot of great things going on—many things that various charter schools can’t and don’t offer.

In fact, next year, all elementary schools in the Elyria City Schools will be receiving a free breakfast to start the day in their classrooms.

My point in listing many of these is that we depend on parents and the community to spread the good news about the things going on at school. If your neighbors or friends want to learn more about our school, please help spread the good news! If they have questions, have them contact me!

There are many, many activities going on at school in the final six weeks of the year. Please checkout the school newsletter and calendar for more information about them. Many of these events will have more specific information sent home as the event approaches.

I want to thank everyone for their cooperation during OAA testing! All reports from the teachers were very positive about how hard students worked during test periods. We had a total of only five students miss one of the tests during the week and all of the makeups have already been completed!

As we approach the end of the school year, I want to thank everyone for all of their support of our students, staff and activities at Ely School. I wish all of you a safe and enjoyable summer break! See you in August!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


MARCH, 2012

The recent events at Chardon High School undoubtedly leave parents wondering about what training students and staff have in dealing with emergency situations.

In our building, and each of the Elyria Schools, we have a very detailed Safety Plan which details specific procedures for emergencies, lockdowns, fires, severe weather, and other unplanned emergencies. The Safety Plan is reviewed annually prior to the start of the school year, and copies are distributed to all staff members, the district office and the Elyria Police Department. Staff members also receive annual training in the Safety Plan.

Our students participate in training including participation in our annual lockdown drill (which was held this year in November), and monthly fire and severe weather (seasonal) drills.

We also make sure substitute teachers are aware of the emergency procedures, and locations of our Safety Plan document.

As always, if you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Lastly, I want to take a moment to invite each of you to attend our Family Literacy Night on March 7!

From the Principal’s Desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.

FEBRUARY, 2012

We are now in the third quarter of the school year. We continue to have impressive numbers of students at each grade level qualify for the honor roll. We will be recognizing the second quarter honor roll students in grades 3-5 this coming Wednesday at our quarterly honor roll assembly.

During the next few months, our intermediate grade teachers will be spending quite a bit of time and energy in helping students get ready for the OAA tests which students in grades 3-8 take each April.

Included with this month’s newsletter is a copy of the annual Effective Schools Survey for parents. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and return it to school in the attached envelope. The survey results are important for us as we plan our school improvement activities. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 7 from 6-7 PM for our annual Family Literacy Night. More details about the event will appear in next month’s newsletter, but this is always a great event for our Ely families!

Please help keep your child’s contact information up to date in the school office. If any of your emergency contacts or phone numbers change, please let the office know. Also, if you move during the year, please make sure you provide the school office with your new address. Although we have not had much winter weather this year, the Alert Now system uses the contact numbers in our database for calls when school is canceled.

Have a great month!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


DECEMBER 2011

We have a variety of ways that we reward and recognize students school-wide at Ely School. From time to time a parent will ask me about the various awards and how students are selected for these awards.

One of our “trademark” awards is the Ely Pride award. Staff members present an “Ely Pride” slip to a student who has demonstrated something that all of us can be proud of. When students receive their slip, they keep a copy of it, and place the other copy of the slip in a special box outside of my office. On Friday mornings, we select two boys and two girls to receive the school-wide Ely Pride award, which consists of a certificate, bumper sticker, and the student’s name appearing on our school marquee for the week. The Ely Pride slips stay in the box from week to week, so students might be selected for school recognition in a week that they did not receive their original slip.

Also on Friday mornings, the Principal’s Award, which is sponsored by the downtown McDonald’s, is presented. Staff members nominate students for this award based on an accomplishment or act of kindness which deserves recognition. Typically 15-25 students receive these awards in an average week.

Each month we have a special “Celebrate Success” awards assembly to present students these awards. The Celebrate Success awards consist of approximately 10 different categories. One student from each class is selected to receive an award from each category. Typically, during Celebrate Success assemblies, we present almost 200 awards to students! The dates and times for these assemblies are included in our monthly newsletter, and parents are always welcome to attend this assembly.

There are many exciting events planned for the month of December! I hope to see you at many of our upcoming events!

Lastly, we recognize all of our students in grades 3, 4, and 5 who achieve honor roll with a special honor roll assembly each quarter.

In addition to the school wide recognitions, there are many special awards and rewards that go on in classrooms. I am very proud of our students and it is always nice to recognize them for the many good things they do day in and day out!

There are many holiday events at school planned during the month of December. You can find out more about them in the newsletter.

Have you logged on to Progress Book lately? It’s a great way to keep up with your child’s progress at school!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

From the Principal’s Desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


NOVEMBER, 2011

It’s hard to believe, but the first quarter is almost over! That means report cards and parent-teacher conferences are just around the corner. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for November 9-10, and invitations will be going home with all students on October 31. Please make sure you read the parent-teacher conference letter and complete the bottom potion and return it to school. We want to make sure that every parent has the chance to conference with their child’s teacher. There are also tips on page 2 of the newsletter for parents to prepare for the conference!

The Ely Pride Parents Group fundraiser was a huge success! The sales were so strong that we ended up having 30 students qualify for the limo ride to lunch! We are putting together the final details about this, and will be sending a notice home with those students who qualified in the next week or so. The event is tentatively scheduled for November 22, the day before Thanksgiving break! At this time, we do not have a definite date for when orders will be in for pickup, but we will send a note home a few days prior to pickup.

We just had our first Celebrate Success Awards presentation. It was wonderful to see some many students be recognized by their teachers for doing a great job at school!

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held November 9-10-11. It will also be open during parent-teacher conferences, so please stop by the stage and check out the Book Fair!

Finally, our annual “When Will It Snow” contest is underway. Each student and staff member guessed the day that they think we will have our first inch of snow in Elyria. The guesses are decorating the bulletin board outside my office. This is always a fun contest at the school! Check it out next time you are in the building!

Have a great month of November and Happy Thanksgiving!

From the Principal’s Desk,



OCTOBER, 2011

Yesterday (September 28) was an exciting day for Ely School. Our teachers were awarded the Wal-Mart Teachers of the Year for the Wal-Mart store at Chestnut Commons in Elyria. Three representatives from the store came to our school for an assembly, where all of our teachers were presented with a gift bag and gift card from Wal-Mart. In addition, ten lucky teachers each won a $100 gift card from Wal-Mart. We were fortunate enough to have coverage of the event from The Plain Dealer, The Chronicle-Telegram and the Elyria Schools Channel 98. Our teachers are a fantastic group, and it was wonderful for them to earn this award!

I want to thank all of you that attended our Open House on September 15. The turnout was huge and I really appreciate all of the positive comments I heard from parents about all of the wonderful things going on at Ely School. As the year goes on, I encourage parents to keep informed! Please check your child’s Progress Book account regularly, watch for updates of upcoming events on our school website, and follow us on Twitter for text alerts and reminders! Parent-teacher conferences are coming up in early November, so there will be another chance for you to spend some time talking with your child’s teacher.

Thank you to the many parents that signed up already to help with Ely Pride Parent Group events! Their fundraiser ends next week on October 4. Our students benefit from the many activities they support, so your support in their fundraiser is very much appreciated!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee Jr.



SEPTEMBER, 2011

Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year! On behalf of the entire staff at Ely School, I would like to welcome all of our new and returning families.

We started the school year with some great news when the Ohio Department of Education released school report cards. Ely improved in 7 of the 8 areas on the ODE report card, and also meet all of the requirements for No Child Left Behind! Meeting the “Adequate Yearly Progress” of NCLB has become a challenge for many schools as the requirements have greatly increased (and will continue to increase each year). Please take some time to read the specific information on page 2.

Our monthly school newsletter is a great way to keep in touch with events happening at the school. You can always also find a copy of our school newsletter on our school website; www.elyriaschools.org/ely. Many of our classroom teachers also maintain webpages on our school site.

This year, we are also going to use Twitter to send out reminders and information to parents. If you have a Twitter account, you can follow us @ElySchool. Twitter users can receive emails or text alerts when updates are sent out. If you don’t have a Twitter account (they’re free), you can simply go to www.twitter.com/elyschool and see the “tweets”.

I would also like to invite parents to attend our first Ely Pride Parents Group meeting of the year on September 9 at 9:15 AM in the library. Information about various parent group sponsored events during the year will be shared. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the many events we offer for our students.

I am looking forward to another great year at Ely School!

Sincerely,


Dr. Jack Dibee, Principal



MAY/JUNE, 2011

It’s hard to believe that this is the last newsletter of the school year! When we return from Spring Break, we have six and a half weeks left in the school year. It will be a very busy time period. Please take some time to review all of the upcoming and end of year events mentioned in the newsletter.

When we return from Spring Break, OAA testing begins almost immediately for students in grades 3-5. Our students and staff have worked hard preparing students to do their best on the OAA. These tests are an important measure of how your child stacks up against the state standards. There are several things parents can do to help their child(ren) be rested and prepared to give the OAA’s their best effort. Our school counselor, Mrs. Becka, lists many great suggestions and ideas in her article on page two. Please encourage your child(ren) to take some time over Spring Break to read and do some educational games online if you have access to computers and the internet!

The end of the school year is an exciting time for everyone, but its important that the students remember that they need to work hard up until the end of the school year. Remember, Progress Book is a great way to keep up to date with your child’s progress at school!

From the principal’s desk,



APRIL, 2011

As we get ready to begin the month of April, there are a couple of schedule reminders I would like to make.

Friday, April 1 is Teacher Records Day. There is no school for students on April 1. Also, there is no school on Monday, April 4. This day was a day off from school that was identified as a possible calamity make-up day. However, the district has announced that this day is not needed as a calamity make-up day, therefore school will not be in session on April 4.

The third quarter is almost over! Student report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, April 8. As a reminder, you can always check your child’s progress online using Progress Book. If you have misplaced your login information for Progress Book, or did not receive one when you enrolled (for mid-year enrollees), please contact the school office. The Progress Book login link is located on the Elyria Schools homepage at www.elyriaschools.org.

The month of April consists of only 12 school days! Spring Break begins Thursday, April 21 as our first day off from school. School will resume after break on Monday, May 2.

I would like to thank all of the parents and family members in attendance at our annual Family Literacy Night in March. We had over 400 people attend the event! It was great to see so many people in attendance.

I also would like to congratulate all of our 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students on their music performance held earlier in March!

Lastly, thank you to those families that ordered pizzas from the Ely Pride Parent Group pizza fundraiser. Pickup for the pizzas will be with the April Market Day pickup on April 20.

Enjoy your spring break!

From the principal’s desk,

Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


MARCH, 2011

The month of February is over, and hopefully Spring weather is not too far away!

Last year, for the first time, we participated in the Stomper’s Reading Club program, sponsored by the Lake Erie Crushers. Many of our students earned free tickets to an Ely School night at a Crushers game, and had a great time! It really was a lot of fun, and I hope all of our students will participate this year and earn their free tickets!

I hope everyone will be able to attend our annual Literacy Night on Thursday, from 6-7 PM. There are many events planned and we always have a great turnout at this annual event!

Don’t forget to keep up with your child’s progress at school by logging on to Progress Book regularly!

Thank you for your continued support of our school!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


FEBRUARY, 2011

The school year is more than half-way over as we begin the month of February. There are many great things going on at school this month.

Today you should have received an Effective School Survey to complete and return to school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in completing this annual survey.

It’s not too late to order a school yearbook. Yearbook orders are due February 11. Additional order forms are available in the school office.

Last month we began offering before-school tutoring in grades 3-5 for students to prepare for the upcoming Ohio Achievement Assessments. We have over 70 students participating in our tutoring sessions on Thursdays and Fridays. If your child was invited, and has not yet signed up, it’s not too late!

The Elyria Schools is once again planning a Mardi Gras fundraiser for Tuesday, March 1 from 5-8 PM at Nick Abraham Ford . Tickets are available in the school office. More information about the event is located on page 2 of the newsletter.

We will be doing our annual three-day magazine sale this month. This is a great opportunity for you and family members to renew magazines you currently subscribe to and help the school. We will not be doing a cookie-dough sale this year.

Lastly, during our busy student drop-off and pick-up times, it is very important that everyone follow the procedures we have in place in order to keep safe paths for our students and the traffic moving. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


JANUARY, 2011

Welcome to 2011! I hope all of you had the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends over our holiday break.

Each year from January through OAA testing in May, we really step up our efforts on getting students prepared for the OAA. Student performance on the OAA is the main way schools are evaluated in the State of Ohio. Our efforts in making sure we get students to not only pass the OAA, but perform at the highest levels possible is of the utmost importance. Not only do we look at individual student performance, but we also look at trend data and school, grade and teacher performance as we make decisions about curriculum and student instruction.

Again this year we will be offering before school tutoring to identified students in grades 3-5 to help them prepare for the OAA. The tutoring will begin later in January. If your child receives an invitation, I strongly hope that you will consider having your child attend these twice a week sessions. This year, we are going to be using a computer based tutoring program as our main emphasis. This will surely be an excellent opportunity to help your child succeed!

Happy New Year!

From the principal’s desk,

Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


DECEMBER, 2010

The first quarter of the school year is over. I am very excited about how well so many of our students did in the first quarter. We had 110 students in grades 3-5 make honor roll. These students had to have all A’s and B’s, with at least one A in a major subject to earn honor roll status. This is the largest number of students we have had on the honor roll for three grades!

We also had a large number of students who were simply one subject away from making honor roll. At a special assembly last week, I talked with the students about ways that they can keep track of their progress, and get assistance when needed, so we can have even more students achieve honor roll status this quarter!

A reminder to parents that Progress Book is online for you to regularly check your child’s progress. Our teachers in grades 3-5 have also taught the students how to log on and check their own progress. If you ever misplace your parent access login or password, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office to have it sent home to you.

We recently received the results of the 3rd grade fall administration of the Reading Ohio Achievement Assessment. I am happy to report that Ely had the largest year to year gain and tied for the highest percentage of students passing out of any school in our district Congratulations to our students and teachers on this accomplishment!

There are many exciting events planned for the month of December! I hope to see you at many of our upcoming events!

Have a wonderful holiday season!


October, 2010

The new school year is off to a great start! It’s nice to still see so many smiles on the students each morning as they come to school! Our staff is working hard on building on their energy and excitement to help them learn and achieve at the highest level.

Have you logged onto Progress Book yet? We sent home Progress Book logins and passwords with parents at Open House, or the next day with the student if their parent was unable to make it to Open House. If you did not receive a Progress Book login/password, or misplaced it, please contact the school office and we will gladly send a new one.

I have asked our teachers to make sure they are updating Progress Book at least once every other week. Many of the teachers are updating it much more frequently! By checking Progress Book frequently, you can have the information to talk with your child and/or your child’s teacher if grades begin to slip, or you have other questions or concerns.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tour the new Elyria High School. It was amazing...to say the least. The new high school is just beyond anything you could ever imagine. I hope you will take the time to tour the new high school later in October when public tours begin. There will be some tours in conjunction with the Elyria Schools Tailgate Party on October 22. More information about his event is printed on page four of the newsletter.

From the Principal’s Desk,

Dr. Jack M.. Dibee, Jr.


September, 2010

Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year! On behalf of the entire staff at Ely School, I would like to welcome all of our new and returning families.

It was nice to hear so many positive comments from the students about how they looked forward to the first day of school, especially after our extra long summer break!

Don’t forget to attend our open house on Thursday, September 3. More information about the event is located on this page in the newsletter.

Last year, we piloted the online Progress Book program to keep parents informed of their child(ren)’s progress during the year. This program is being utilized district wide this year. I strongly encourage you to utilize this program on a regular basis. It’s a great way to keep track of how your child is doing at school, and ask questions if your child’s grades begin to slip. We will be sending home parent access information in the next few days.

Our monthly school newsletter is a great way to keep in touch with events happening at the school. You can always also find a copy of our school newsletter on our school website; www.elyriaschools.org/ely. Many of our classroom teachers also maintain webpages on our school site.

I would also like to invite parents to attend our first Ely Pride Parents Group meeting of the year on September 10 at 9:15 AM in the library. Information about various parent group sponsored events during the year will be shared. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the many events we offer for our students.

I am looking forward to another great year at Ely School!

Sincerely,


Dr. Jack Dibee, Principal


May/June, 2010

Another school year is drawing to a close! It’s hard to believe that we are six weeks away from the last day of school!

Our Ohio Achievement Assessment testing is over! Testing week went very well, and attendance was excellent. Our students worked hard and were well-prepared by our excellent staff.

Parent access to Progress Book begins May 3. I am very excited about this tool as it will allow parents to be able to more easily keep track of their child’s academic progress at school. Our school is very fortunate to have been selected by the district as one of the pilot schools for this program. We will begin Progress Book in full implementation at the start of the school year next year!

This month’s newsletter contains details about many of the upcoming events. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school office if you have any questions about the upcoming events.

Please don’t forget to vote on May 4!

I look forward to seeing everyone in the upcoming events at school. I hope all of you have a great and enjoyable summer. See you in September!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


April, 2010

As we get ready to begin the month of April, there are many exciting events going on at Ely School!

First, I would like to thank all of the parents and friends in attendance at our Family Literacy Night in March, and our Ely Goes Disney music performance by our 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders last week!

A quick reminder that all Lake Erie Crushers reading program forms are due on Monday, April 12, when we return from Spring break! We have to physically take the forms to the stadium on the 12th, so late forms can not be accepted. Those students meeting the criteria for the program will earn tickets to the Crushers game on June 16 vs. Washington Wild Things at 7:05 PM.

OAA testing begins on April 19. These tests are extremely important for both student and school accountability progress. Please read through the tips on page 3 of the newsletter. Please also make sure your child is at school, on time for testing days. There are lunch schedule changes for all grades during testing week, so please check the schedule out on page 4.

Also in the newsletter is information about the Elyria Schools levy on May 5. There is additional information on the Elyria Schools website at www.elyriaschools.org.

Enjoy your spring break!

From the principal’s desk,

Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


March, 2010

The month of February is over, and hopefully all of our students enjoyed their snow day on Friday. It was interesting to hear in the news this weekend that Ohio is considering creating e-Learning days to help school districts address calamity days. It will be interesting to see what happens with this idea. Technology has changed enough to the point that this just might be a feasible idea. Stay tuned!

Last week we kicked off Stomper’s Reading Club, sponsored by the Lake Erie Crushers. The end result of this (more details later in the newsletter) is that students can earn a free ticket to an Ely School night at a Lake Erie Crushers game this summer. This will be a lot of fun, and I hope all of our students meet their goal. Stomper, the Crushers mascot, will come to Ely to distribute tickets to those students who earn them, in an assembly to be held after Spring Break.

I hope everyone will be able to attend our annual Literacy Night on Wednesday, from 6-7 PM. There are many events planned!

Thank you for your continued support of our school!





February, 2010

The school year is more than half-way over as we begin the month of February. There are many great things going on at school this month.

Last week you should have received an Effective School Survey to complete and return to school. It’s not too late to complete your survey. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in completing this annual survey.

It’s not too late to order a school yearbook. Yearbook orders are due February 12. Additional order forms are available in the school office.

Our second grading period is over. Report cards went home last week. Congratulations to those students in grades 3-5 that made it onto our honor roll!

Beginning with the 3rd quarter, our student report cards will look different. Ely is one of two Elyria schools piloting the Progress Book program. This program will change the way student report cards are presented, and eventually (most likely in the 4th quarter) there will be some online access for parents to keep track of their child’s progress at school. Stay tuned as more information about this exciting program is still being implemented.

Last month we began offering before-school tutoring in grades 3-5 for students to prepare for the upcoming Ohio Achievement Assessments. We have over 70 students participating in our tutoring sessions on Thursdays and Fridays.

Ely’s student council has begun a penny drive for the Haiti relief fund. The drive continues through February 12.

The Elyria Schools is once again planning a Mardi Gras fundraiser. More information about this event is located on page 4 of the newsletter. Tickets are available in the school office.

Lastly, we are once again partnering with our neighbors across the street, the American Legion, to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring. We will be accepting any boxed or canned goods (not just soup) through February 12. All donations will be given to the Salvation Army. Thank you for your cooperation in this worthy cause!

Have a great month!

From the Principal’s Desk,

Dr. Jack Dibee,


January, 2010

Happy New Year everyone! It looks like January with the snow falling outside. I am sure we will be in store for many more days like today in the next few months. Hats, gloves, and other snow gear seem to add up quickly in our lost and found. Please label your child’s items so we can get them back to them when they are found!

I would like to thank the many volunteers we had helping with our various December events. We had many, many volunteers helping with Santa’s Shop! There were also several parents helping with Lunch with Santa and of course the classroom parties! Lastly, thanks to the thirty or so of volunteers who helped chaperone the 4th and 5th grade dance!

We have just a few weeks left in the second quarter. The time between now and spring break is a very busy and pretty demanding time for students, especially in those grades that administer the Ohio Achievement Assessment in April. Please check your child’s assignment notebook daily to help them stay on track with their assignments!

Parent-teacher conferences are coming up at the end of January. For the January conferences, teachers will contact those parents they need to have a conference with. If you are not contacted by your child’s teacher, but wish to have a conference, please feel free to contact the school office to have one setup. Conference invitations will go home mid-January.

I wish all of you a safe, happy and prosperous 2010! A new year gives new hope, and a new chance to set goals!




DECEMBER, 2009

Thank you to everyone who supported the Elyria City Schools operating levy renewal! Your support is greatly appreciated!

It was great to see so many of you at parent-teacher conferences! Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher during the school year if you have any concerns. We are all here to help provide the best education we can for your children!

During the month of December, we have a lot of exciting activities going on at school. Please check the newsletter for the list of upcoming events. Many of these events are successful due to the tremendous efforts of our parent volunteers!

I would like to thank Paul Moore for donating the new “Ely School Mission Statement” banner hanging in the hallway. Next time you are in the building, check it out!

Each year, every student makes an ornament for the Ely Christmas Tree! Our tree is now on display in the main hallway. The decorations look great! Thanks to our art teacher, Mrs. Stewart, for coordinating this project!

I wish all of you the very best this holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

From the principal’s desk,


Dr. Jack M. Dibee, Jr.


NOVEMBER, 2009

Thank you to everyone that donated to our food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank. We easily surpassed our goal of 1,000 items thanks to your generosity! Our building total was 2,331 items! Mrs. Cardwell’s 3rd grade class collected the most items (211) and will receive a pizza party.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for the first week of November. If you have not received your conference notification form yet, please contact your child’s teacher. We hope all parents and guardians will be able to attend these important conferences.

Horizon Activity Center in Elyria still has spots open for their tutoring program after school. As a result of a grant they received, Ely students can attend for a substantially reduced rate (or possibly free). For more information, contact Kelly Ann Kelly at Horizon’s Elyria office (440) 458-5115.

Our cookie dough and magazine fundraiser is underway and continues until November 10. Orders will arrive in late November and early December, and pickup information will be announced when it is confirmed. Thank you in advance for your support!
Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day! Don’t forget to vote!

Finally, after eight years at Ely School, Mr. Garrett Fitzpatrick, our head custodian, is leaving Ely to take on the position of head custodian at Elyria High School. Mr. Fitzpatrick has done a fantastic job in his years at Ely, and will be missed very much. Best of luck to him in his new position!


OCTOBER, 2009

It’s hard to believe October is almost here! As the cooler weather is beginning to arrive, please help us identify lost and found items by labeling your child’s jackets and other outside apparel with his or her name. We already have a very full lost and found after only a few weeks of school. Remember, students are not allowed to wear clothing with hoods in the classrooms or cafeteria. Students are being reminded to hang the items up in their locker, coatroom or the hallway before entering the classroom or cafeteria.

Our new biometrics scanning for lunch is moving along. We had a slow start getting everyone to learn the system, but the process is moving along better. Remember, you can always prepay your child’s lunches at school using cash or check, if you prefer not to use the online method.

Horizon Activities Centers received a grant from the Ohio Department of Education for after school tutoring for Ely School students in need, at Horizon. This grant also provides discounts for child care. Grant participants must qualify for free or reduced lunch status. To learn more about the program, please contact the school office, or call Horizon at 458-5115

SEPTEMBER, 2009

On behalf of the entire staff at Ely School, I would like to welcome all of our new and returning families. We had a great first day, and it was nice to see so many smiling students and parents in the building.

This year we welcome all-day kindergarten to Ely School. We have four sections of kindergarten this year (as well as four sections of every other grade 1-5). The kindergarten orientation process continues until Thursday, when all of our kindergarten students will attend together for the first time.

Don’t forget to attend our open house on Thursday, September 3. More information about the event is located on this page in the newsletter.

Our monthly school newsletter is a great way to keep in touch with events happening at the school. You can always also find a copy of our school newsletter on our school website; www.elyriaschools.org/ely. Many of our classroom teachers also maintain webpages on our school site.

I would also like to invite parents to attend our first Ely Pride Parents Group meeting of the year on September 11 at 9:15 AM in the art room. Information about various parent group sponsored events during the year will be shared. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the many events we offer for our students.

I am looking forward to another great year at Ely School! Welcome or welcome back to all!