MiniNews September 24th, 2021

A Message from Our Principal

Dear ELE Families,

We are feeling more settled into the school routines this week and have received news that two additional bus drivers have been added for our area!  Our teachers are leading students through the second unit of the first quarter literacy module and will be moving into the third math unit (topic) within the next week.  As I walked down our hallways this week, I remembered how they looked at this time last year.  I hope we never have a September with empty classrooms again.  Our students’ work is proudly displayed along the walls and evidence of their learning can’t be missed.

Bringing our children (and families) back to school has highlighted some expected challenges because of the pandemic.  Our students are re-learning (or learning for the first time) how to interact in the school community.  As adults, we are trying to navigate a new balance of mid-pandemic life.  This is hard work, and honestly, I didn’t think it would be as tough as it is.  It helps me to think of our current functioning in the same way I would approach healing and recovery from a significant injury, illness, or surgery.  Most adults have experienced this before.  At first, you are expected to “take it easy” and people are eager to be supportive to help you get back on your feet again.  The harder part of recovery comes when things are much better, but you aren’t 100% yet.  That’s where we are right now.  Frustration during transitional times is normal, and things won’t always go exactly as they should.  School staff, students, and parents will forget things and make mistakes along the way.  Most importantly, know that we are partners in this recovery and our children will learn from our leadership through these challenges.

Moving through this phase requires a careful balance of grit and grace.  Helping their children manage anxiety and gain confidence in social situations is the main support resource that families have asked for this year.  The article linked below may be helpful if you are looking for advice.

Resilience is Self-Care (for Kids)

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


Crystal Lail

President’s Points!

Happy Friday Hawks!

I hope you have all had a nice week and are enjoying this beautiful fall weather! So refreshing!

This month has flown by! It has been so much fun being able to volunteer at school again and see your sweet children in person! I loved greeting those first few days, seeing them laughing and playing on the playground when I run by to drop something off or helping them check out books in the media center, they’re so well mannered and fun to work with! Something else that has lifted my spirits is your enthusiasm and dedication to PTA!

During this Month of Membership you have shown your ELE Spirit by joining the PTA, paying classroom funds, signing up to volunteer and purchasing spirit wear! I am so excited to announce that we have over 215 members and counting, that’s the most in the last couple of years!! It is exciting to see our Classroom Fund account having $2,ooo in it! And volunteers… over 50 of you have signed up to help on one or more of our 30+ committees! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for partnering with the PTA and for encouraging me as I seek to lead.

Next week is our final week of Membership Drive, so if you haven’t filled out those forms yet do it today! You are partnering with an incredibly devoted group of parents when you do!

We have one week of AFO fund in the books and y’all are showing up there too! In our first four days you have given $2,600+!! Way to support the ELE Family!! Keep it coming and let friends, family and neighbors know that we appreciate their support by sharing our AFO link with them too!

On a less exciting note, I would like to share that we had to make the difficult decision of cancelling two family events, Family Book Fair Event that was to be on Friday, October 8th and Family Movie Night that would have been held on Monday, November 1st. While the decision was not easy, we do feel it is for the best as we consider the logistics, safety and cost of holding such events. Let’s continue to help our children reacclimate to being back at school, and celebrate with them later in the year! Thank you for understanding!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lauren Stroupe

A Few Reminders and Updates


24           Hawk Dads in Carpool, 7:15 am

24           PTA Committee Coordinators Meeting, 9:15

27           Fall Picture Day


1           Last Day of Membership Drive

1           Last day to Order Spirit Wear

6           Early Release

6           Walk to School Day

6           Hawk Dads in Carpool, 7:15 am

8           PTA Board of Directors Meeting, 9:15 am

Calling All Hawk Dads!

We’re looking for some awesome dads to step up and serve!  Our main role is to help out with the carpool lane a few times each month and bring some fun to Friday mornings!  There will also be a few opportunities to help out with cleanup/planting projects around campus throughout the year.  Being a Hawk Dad does not commit you to serving at each requested event, but we do need to build up a good pool of volunteers to share the responsibility.  We will make every effort to provide at least a 2-week notice prior to any event so that you have time to check your availability and determine whether you are able to participate.  If you’re able to help out on even one or two Fridays this year, please take just a few moments to sign up as a Hawk Dads volunteer:

Once you sign up, I will send you an email with the schedule of dates.  Hope to see you out at the carpool lane!

Yjasming Kistner

Hawk Dads Coordinator

Get Your ELE Spirit Wear!

Show your Hawk pride with new ELE spirit wear this year! Our fresh, new shirt designs and logos can be found on our webstore at ELE Fall 2021 Spirit Wear. But don’t delay! They’re only available through Friday, October 1st.

ELE Spirit Night: Tuesday, October 5th at CiCis Pizza!

Come hungry and full of school spirit for our first 2021 ELE Spirit Night at CiCis Pizza in Matthews!  Dine-in or take out on Tuesday, October 5th between 4pm-8pm, but be sure to say you are a part of the ELE family, as our PTA will receive 20% of all sales when ELE is mentioned.

CiCis Pizza:  1804 Windsor Square Drive Matthews, NC 28105

Picture Day is Coming!

Picture day is this Monday, September 27th. Skip the order form and preorder at Classic Photography & Imaging | Elizabeth Lane Elementary ( Pre-order access will expire 48 hours after picture day. Click here to view our 2021 COVID Picture Day Process. Questions? Call Classic Photography at (800)869-9515 x112.

ELE Art at Festival in the Park

Congratulations to the following artists who will represent ELE at the 57th Annual Festival in the Park!

Madeline F. (4th), Josie S. (2nd), Mary Ellis M. (5th), Hannah D. (4th), Campbell H. (6th), Enya J. (K)

The festival will be held in Freedom Park from Friday, September 24th to Sunday, September 26th. For more details, visit

We hope you will be able to visit the festival and see our students’ art on display!

2021 After School Fall Flag Football

Go 4 It Athletics is a flag football program for 3rd – 5th grade boys and girls, with all experience levels. This 4 week long program includes 8 sessions and a flag football tournament to conclude the season. The tournament will also include participants from other schools. During the season the boys and girls will learn fun lead up games, rules and skills of flag football while also developing different character traits like sportsmanship, perseverance, integrity and teamwork.

$135 Fee Includes:  8 after school sessions, 1 tournament (Saturday October 30th or November 6th) with other schools, performance t-shirt with number and wrist band.

Online Registration is open

Season: September 28th – October 21st

Tournament Date: Saturday October 30th or November 6th at Indian Trail Elementary School

Minimum amount of students is 12 and the Maximum is 24

Elizabeth Lane Elementary School

Days:  Tuesdays and Thursdays

Time: 2:45 – 4:00

Where: Elizabeth Lane Elementary

Meet after school:  The Court Yard

Pick-up: Front Field

First Day: Tuesday September 28th

Coaches: Coach Maddox

Sign-up and register at:

Contact: Trevor Young at  or call 704.441.0527