MiniNews October 23rd, 2020

A Message from Our Principal

Dear ELE Families,

I know we are all on information overload these days, so this week I’ve decided to share some happy ELE Staff Family news instead adding more “need to knows.”

Shannon Bondurant, TD Teacher, welcomed baby Isaly in August.

Jennifer (Huber) Wanner, 2nd grade teacher, welcomed baby Mila in September.

Marian Bryant, 1st grade teacher,  welcomed baby John in September as well.

Katina Kondilis, 1st grade teacher, was married in September, and is now Mrs. Coggins

Mandy Brock, PE Teacher, was married in October and is now Mrs. Fields.

Although 2020 has been an exceptionally challenging year, there is still much to celebrate!  Most elementary educators chose to work with young children because they bring so much JOY to our lives.  Interacting with your children is what keeps us grounded and gives us purpose.  I am so thankful that we have had the opportunity to improve our online teaching skills and engagement strategies over the past few months.  We are more ready than I would have ever thought possible to enter the hybrid learning model.  Full remote or attending in-person, our Hawks will continue SOARING!

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! Quarter two, week one, DONE!

I know that this has been a stressful, tedious week for many! Teacher changes, decisions being made about remote and in person learning and lots of information being shared! Hang in there! Right now is tough as we prepare for a new way to learn and adjustments and information keep coming! I am so thankful to our amazing administration team for the proactive approach it is taking to making the necessary changes and communicating so effectively! This cannot be said for all schools in our area, we are so fortunate to have such a strong team!

Don’t forget that in addition to teaching lessons daily our terrific teachers are preparing for the big shift to in person learning, let them know how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication to our children by writing a quick email, dropping by a note of encouragement or mailing a sweet card! Notes and cards can be mailed to school, 121 Elizabeth Lane, Matthews, NC 28105.

Rollin Roast was a huge hit as always, this past week. Thank you, Rollin Roast for treating our staff!

Monday, Chick-fil-A Arboretum will be generously giving grab-and-go sandwich lunches for all staff! Thank you, Chick-fil-A Arboretum for partnering with the PTA to support our staff!

And on Wednesday our very own ELE PTA Hospitality Committee will be distributing  treat bags for all of the staff! Thank you to each committee chair, member and donation volunteers for helping!

We love and so appreciate all the teachers and staff at ELE!

Fall Spirit Wear Sale

Looking for a cozy sweatshirt for the fall and winter? Long sleeve T more your style? And who couldn’t use some “comfy” pants?!? Order your ELE spirit wear TODAY! Store closes Monday! Remember, no SHIPPING cost this time around!

Order NOW!

A Few Reminders and Updates


26 – 30 –    Teachers Prepare for Students to Return


2 –  Students Return to In Person Learning

Attendance Group A attends on Monday and Tuesday

Attendance Group B attends on Thursday and Friday

*Wednesday is Virtual Learning for everyone

3 – No School – Election Day

9 – PTA General Meeting and Committee Reports

11 – No School – Veteran’s Day

19 – PTA Board Meeting

25 – 27    No School – Thanksgiving Break


We are All For One, Now More Than Ever!!


Please visit the ELEPTA.ORG to learn more information and consider giving a donation today!

General PTA Meeting

Please join us for our next General PTA Meeting on Monday, November 9 at 7:00pm. Join us from the comfort of your own home via Zoom!  Please see the following information to register for the meeting.  Look forward to hearing about the great things happening at ELE for our school and families.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Nov 9, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Link for the previous meeting notes

ELE Room Parent Orientation 2020-2021

Questions?  Email Libby Fuller:

Spirit Nights

Make plans to join us at our third Spirit Night for this school year! Thank you MOD Pizza in Matthews for hosting our next ELE Spirit Night on Sunday, November 1st! Come out and enjoy seeing other ELE families while fundraising for ELE!


Book Fair

Dear ELE families,

Time is running out on our Scholastic Time Machine! Our online store closes Sunday! Get those orders placed and don’t forget to check out the teacher wishlist and include a book for your teacher along with your favorite reads! All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.

  • All orders ship direct to home
  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair Homepage

Here you can sign up to purchase a book for our ELE teachers!

Happy reading!

Please contact us with any questions:

Amanda Molbert:

Felicia Ahn:

Lauren Stroupe:

CMS Eats at Home Update!

CMS Eats Update!  Meal bundle bus stop delivery ends Friday, Oct 23th.  Pick up will replace deliveries as students transition into in-person learning.Beginning Oct 28th, meal bundle pick-up will be weekly on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm.

  • Meal bundles will be available to all full remote learners and 6-12 students.
  • K-5 students can also get a meal bundle to cover their out of school days.
  • EC and pre-k attending in-person learning, 5 days a week, are not eligible for meal bundles because they are receiving meals at school.
You do not have to preorder meal bundles. Visit one of the select distribution locations, including Providence High, to pick up a weekly meal bundle for your eligible children 18 years old and younger. You do not have to be a CMS student to participate. Complete and present the Meal Bundle Pick-Up Form to receive a weekly meal bundle. This form will also be available at the pick-up location if you do not bring one.
The week of Nov 9th, the meal bundle pick-up day will be on Tuesday, Nov 10th, due to the Veteran’s Day holiday on Wednesday, Nov 11th. Bundles will be available Tuesday, Nov 10, 10am-1pm.


Hawks Inspire!

Calling all students for our Spooky Haunting Projects!

Fall leaves bring in all Halloween and candy related colors. This week we want all your ghost stories, spooky drawings and candy corn projects!

Keep inspiring Hawks!