MiniNews October 30th, 2020

A Message from Our Principal

Dear ELE Families,

WE ARE READY!!  We are ready to welcome in-person students back next week on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.  We are ready to continue a consistent, highly engaging experience for our Full Remote Academy students. We are ready to host voting during a Presidential election year.  (That’s a teacher workday and most of our staff will work remotely!)

We are ready, in large part, because of the incredible efforts of our CMS District Leadership Team.  We have made an intentional effort at ELE to prepare for in-person learning using only state and district-provided resources along with staff manpower.  We did not request to use PTA funding because it’s important to us that we hold true to our commitment to equity.  As I’ve shared before, we will ensure that our students in Plan B and Full Remote Academy receive the same level of priority in our school’s focus on excellence.  We also believe that it is important for our families to know that all CMS schools have the same resources available to provide the PPE, campus preparations and other precautions needed for a safe return to school.

I can also confidently say that we are ready because of the tremendous efforts of our staff and families over the past four months.  We wouldn’t be as ready without your trust and understanding as we encountered difficulties along the way.  I know that the road ahead will bring new challenges, but we will get through those too!

This year has been the most difficult AND most valuable in my leadership journey thus far!  Thank you for letting me know what works, and sharing your feedback when things aren’t working well.  As we move forward, the ELE team will continue communicating, listening, and adjusting to make the best decisions for our students and families.  Thank you for helping me learn to lead the ELE Family more effectively and for the sacrifices you’re making to keep us moving forward together.

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


Crystal Lail, Principal

A Message from Our Assistant Principal

Hello ELE Families,

We are so excited to begin welcoming students back to campus this coming Monday, November 2, 2020! If your student will be riding the bus to or from school, please remember that you will be required to complete the Parent Symptoms Screening Authorization Form (Attestation Form).  A link to the document can be found on the ELE webpage.  You will need to complete a weekly Attestation Form for each student in your household who rides the bus.  If you have any questions related to transportation, please feel free to contact me at  We look forward to seeing your students soon!

PTA President’s Points

Happy Friday Hawks!

I hope everyone had a nice week and has adjusted to their new classes if changes were made. How exciting and a little bit overwhelming to have in person learning starting Monday! I know my fourth grader is thrilled to be getting back to school, seeing her teachers and friends! While it will surely be a different experience from what she is used to, it will be comforting to reconnect! I know and trust that ELE has and will continue to strive for the highest standard in safety for our children and staff who are returning! Remember to pack your patience along with symptom screenings, school supplies and charged chrome books each morning!

Keep those words of encouragement coming! Whether you have emailed, mailed or dropped off a note to your teachers, your kind words are greatly appreciated! And don’t forget about the rest of the ELE staff, there’s not an individual there not working hard to make the best of our unique school year!

Thank you so much to Chick-fil-A Arboretum providing a delicious lunch this past Monday! It’s the little things, like not having to pack your lunch, that mean so much!

And WOW, did y’all ever answer the call to give! Thank you so much to the ELE PTA Hospitality Committee and all of you who gave snacks so generously! What a spread of delicious treats you created to get our staff over the hump and finish the week strong!

Have a nice weekend, enjoy Halloween and stay safe!

A Few Reminders and Updates


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 – Tuesday, 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!!

Going on now and extended through November 13th

Our All for One Fund is continuing to grow! We reached our third milestone– $15,000.  We appreciate everyone that has contributed. Every donation, in any amount will make an impact!

Your support of the PTA helps in so many ways. We are able to reimburse Teachers for some items they have personally purchased to help teach our children. This includes rolling carts to navigate between classrooms and helpful computer accessories. In addition, the PTA recently purchased 3 extra laptops to allow our Teachers to “Press on and Keep Teaching” even when their assigned devices require an untimely repair.

We recognize this continues to be a unique school year and we are adapting with a growth mindset! Please visit 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:

Room Parents Volunteers Needed

With the recent teacher/classroom changes, we are looking for RPs to cover the following classes, please let us know if you would be interested in volunteering.  While the role looks different this year, Room Parents will still serve as a liaison between teachers, PTA and parents. It’s important that volunteers for this position are effective communicators, active on email, organized, and responsive.

Ki – Reynolds

1st – Squires

2nd – Baker

2nd – Hurst

2nd – Pannizzo

3rd – O’Reagan

Please let us know if you have any questions.  Thank you!
Bridget Martin

Spirit Nights

Please join us for ELE’s spirit night on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020! (correction from last week) from 5pm-9pm at MOD Pizza in Matthews.  Find the information in the link below to provide when ordering from MOD to make sure 20% of the night’s proceeds are given back to ELE.  Thanks for your continued support!


Hawks Committee – Supply Donations

Hello from the Helpful Hawks committee:

Our wonderful teachers and staff are in need of extra of certain supplies as they prepare for our students’ arrival (any brand fine but new only please):

Kid size masks

Colored pencils


Dry erase markers

Post-it notes

There is a box out front of school labeled “supply donations” for anyone who is able to drop off this week. Starting next week (11/2), your students can put them in the box in the lobby.

Thank you!!

Changes to ELE Media Center Circulation and Curbside Pickup

Students who attend school on A or B days, no longer need to use Curbside Service. K-2nd graders may check out up to two library books and 3rd-5th graders may check out up to 3 library books from the ELE Media Center. The books will be delivered to the student’s homeroom. Full Remote Academy students may check out up to 10 books. They may continue to use Curbside Service to pick up library books. Please note the new day/time: Wednesdays between 12:00 and 2:00. Books may be returned/picked up by the outer Media Center door which is to the left of the main entrance. All students should return books within two weeks. Click here for directions on accessing and using Destiny Discover, our library management site and for more details about ELE Media Center library book circulation.

Questions? Email


Vote Tuesday November 3rd!

In addition to the State School Superintendent being on the ballot, the NC Senate, House and County Commissioner positions have a direct influence on funding for our schools.  Find information about the candidates and get informed on where the candidates stand on funding public education!


Hawks Inspire!

Thank you to all the students who participated for our Spooky Newsletter projects! We got some amazing ones!

Next week we will start with a new topic for the beginning of November; can you guess what the topic will be?

Keep inspiring Hawks!


Georgiana Tognoni


Third Grade

Emmie McAllister – Poem

Halloween, Halloween oh so fun

All the treats all the scares bring candy by the ton.

During this crisis you can be safe out there,

Stay 6 feet away and know people care.

Witches and goblins can be scary too,

Especially when they pop out and say BOOOO!!!!!!!!!!


Seona Gosu


Fourth Grade

Elexa Robinson


Birthday Thank You 

Thank you to the following students and teacher who celebrated their birthdays by adding a new book to the ELE Media Center!

August: Ethan B.

September: Asher B.

October: Alexander C., Mrs. Edwards, Madeline F., Ava Elizabeth M., Preston B., Ricardo M.and Mary Elizabeth S.

We hope you had a wonderful birthday and thanks again for the new book for the media center. These books will be enjoyed by many readers. If you need a Birthday Book order form, please click here.