MiniNews January 22nd, 2021

A Message from our Principal

Dear ELE Families,

Please join our staff in congratulating the ELE Teacher of the Year, Emily Brewster!  Mrs. Brewster joined the ELE staff last December and has been an amazing asset to our team.  Mrs. Brewster teaches fifth grade literacy and social studies and supports her team with technology integration.  She was nominated and selected by her peers for this well-deserved honor.

We are also excited to welcome Bonnie Sheppard and Caroline Green to the ELE team!  Mrs. Sheppard is serving as an interim teacher for Mrs. Platner’s class while she is away on maternity leave.  Mrs. Platner (Mr. Platner and big brother Logan) welcomed Ameila Ann to their family on Friday, January 15.  Caroline Greer is working with us as a full-time student teacher from East Carolina University.  Ms. Greer is working with Mrs. Wright’s Kindergarten class and we are excited to have her learning alongside of us.

During this period of remote learning, most of our school staff members are being encouraged to work from home when possible.  Our custodians are on site daily and the school office is staffed between the hours of 8 AM – 2 PM.  We are currently restricting campus access to staff only and no visitors are allowed inside of the building.  Families who are picking up or returning materials should use the drop off boxes located on the sidewalk or ring the doorbell for assistance (between 8 AM – 2 PM).

Our staff is incredibly grateful to the PTA and for your support of the All For One Fund!  Our teachers have been able to purchase tools and materials that they need to make remote learning more efficient through the classroom support fund, and the newest resources provided (Boom Cards and PearDeck) will help us engage students more effectively.  We are really excited for a major campus update that will be coming…stay tuned for additional details about our (much-needed) field improvement!

Thank you for all that you do to support the ELE Family.  Have a wonderful weekend!


Crystal Lail

PTA President’s Points

Happy Friday Hawks!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week! It certainly was nice to have a little warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine for a change! It’s hard to believe but there is only week left in January! In some ways the days can feel so slow and routine and in other ways it feels like time is slipping away. Keep up the good work and finish January strong and may February bring a little more love and joy to us all!

Have a great weekend!

A Few Reminders and Updates

February 2021

9 –    Spirit Night at Penn Station Subs in Rea Farms

15 –   Resume In Person Learning

Group A: Monday, 15th and Tuesday, 16th

Group B: Thursday, 18th and Friday 19th

17 –   CMS Early Release

18 –   PTA Board Meeting at 7pm


Please remember to be respectful of the area around our beloved Spirit Rock! Please NO painting of the ground, trees or message board when it is your turn to celebrate! Keep our grounds neat! Thank you for your help!

Curbside Service Pause

Due to CMS guidelines, the ‘ELE Media Center Curbside Service’ is ‘PAUSED’ until further notice. Students may continue to hold books through Destiny Discover. Students may get their items once Curbside Service resumes and/or students return to the building. Books may be returned to ELE during school days between 8:00-2:00 into the ‘Library Book Return’ collection bins.


SORA Information

While we are disappointed that we cannot share our print library collection with our Hawk readers, we want to remind you that your child has access to our digital library collection, Sora! Sora is the CMS  ebook/audiobook platform that connects CMS ebooks, CM Library ebooks and NC Kids Digital Library ebooks to our readers.
Click here for K-2 iPad Directions.
Click here for 3-5 Chromebook Directions.
Click here for a video tutorial.

Please email Anne Wassell ( if you have questions.

Spirit Week

Join us for ELE Spirit Week next week.  Have fun and share with the whole school on the padlet link below.  We can’t wait to see what you do!

MONDAY:  Stuffed Animal Day (Bring your favorite stuffed animal to your zoom meeting.)

TUESDAY:  Favorite Color Day (Dress in your favorite color for all to see.)

WEDNESDAY:  Dress to Impress Day (Wear your fanciest clothes…NO PJs.)

THURSDAY:  Random Acts of Kindness (Do something kind for someone and share what you did.)

FRIDAY:  ELE Spirit Day (Dress in purple, spirit wear or decorate your work space.)

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ELE’s New Family Group

Hi ELE Families! 

If you are looking for an easy way to get more involved from home, please consider joining the mentoring program through ELE’s “New Family” group!  This easy program allows existing families to Buddy up with a new incoming ELE family to show them the ropes,and act as a resource  throughout the school year should they need any assistance.   For more information please contact Samantha Zierler at:

First Reader Contest

The ELE Media Center is excited to sponsor another ‘First Reader’ contest! We now have a copy of Dan Gutman’s first graphic novel from the ‘My Weird School’ series!
Please submit your entry by Monday, January 25, 2021. We will announce the winner on WELS on 1/29/21. The winner will be contacted by phone. GOOD LUCK!.