The jockeys are mounted and at the starting gate. The flag has dropped and the race is on!
On March 28th, during the John Eaton Kentucky Derby Auction, we will draw the winning raffle ticket. The odds are outstanding and the prize is even better -- $1,500 cash.
Check the scratch sheet. There are even more ways to win. There will be prizes for the top ticket sellers, the student who sells the winning ticket, and the first class to sell of all of its raffle tickets!
Did you find the envelope with five raffle tickets to sell and instructions on how to sell them? You still have a month to get your friends and families to buy tickets and support our school. You don't have to be at the Auction to win (though everyone is invited!). All proceeds benefit John Eaton programs.
So dust off those colors, grab the reins and get on the track. You just may be the winner!
(BTW – If you are around to help selling or collecting tickets before or after school in March, contact Barbara Heffernan at email@example.com. It’s really loads of fun!)
Principal Dale Mann returned to John Eaton this week, just in time for record breaking temperatures. Staff, students and parents welcomed him as he eased back into his schedule, visiting classrooms to talk to students about his return and to answer their questions about his absence.
This morning, more than 30 parents stopped by the library for the Principal's Breakfast to show their support and to warm up with coffee, bagels and other tasty treats before heading back out into the record breaking temperatures.
Watch your emails and backpacks for the next Principal's Breakfast reminders and be sure to join us!
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Support Eaton Together (SET) fund so far this academic year. We are very excited to announce that we have received over $60,000 in donations! If you haven’t donated yet this academic year please donate today. You can make a donation through our Paypal link http://www.eatondc.org/support-eaton-together-set.html
OR drop a check at the school office.
Together we can reach our goal of 100% participation and $100,000.
2014 Tax Letters
We just finished sending out the 2014 Tax Letters via email. If you expected a confirmation letter and have not received one please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get that to you right away.
Employer Matching Contributions
We also wanted to remind you to check with your employer to see if they will match your contribution to Eaton. This year we received matches from Symantec, The Gates Foundation, The Kaiser Foundation and more! The SET team and Eaton treasurers are always happy to assist with providing the necessary paperwork.
Spotlight on SET $ in Action!
Right now Eaton 2nd graders are participating in the Washington Ballet program Dance DC. Twice a week Washington Ballet instructor, Saki Scheller works with the second grade classes to learn the basics of ballet. The program introduces discipline, purposeful physical activity, classical music, and team work. Thank you all for making this fantastic program possible!
Over 90 solicitation emails were sent off to local businesses this past week thanks to ERIN LOUBIER, KAREN ROBINSON-OGBEBOR, CAROLYN MELROSE, HILDA WILLIAMS AND LORNA NEILL. The race to the finish (March 28th) is on for this year's Annual Auction Eaton Presents: The Kentucky Derby. Saddle up folks and SIGN UP to volunteer today! We need your support to make this year's auction a success. There is much to be done before the big day!
Every child in the school benefits from the extras (Art, Enrichment, Technology, E-learning programs, classroom supplies and much more!) that the funds pay for. Please do your part to support our biggest fundraiser.
Contact Bekki Welter at email@example.com.
Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044aa4a62ca7fb6-2015
Thank you for investing in our children!
Click on this link to view Eaton students as they testify before DC Council members in support of the bill "DC Rocks, So We Need One." Out of all the children, in all the schools in Washington, DC, this group of Eaton Eagles realized that we do not have a state rock and then they did something about it! We think our Eaton Eagles rock!
Hardy Middle School will hold an open house for prospective parents on Monday, December 15, at 9:30 a.m.
Eaton currently has dual feeder rights to both Hardy Middle and Deal Middle. Under the new boundary proposal, enacted by Mayor Gray, Eaton will feed only to Hardy beginning with the students in our current 2nd grade class that do not have a sibling in 3rd or 4th grade.
At the December 9 HSA meeting, Hardy's Principal Pride answered questions and briefed the attendees about recent improvements to the school, the benefits of a smaller student population and ongoing curriculum development.
Hardy also has an active PTO that meets for coffee the first Friday of every month at 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. outside the 35th street entrance when the weather cooperates, or in the Parent Resource Room on the first floor if it's too cold outside. It's an informal gathering where parents can meet and talk, and they welcome any interested Eaton families.
For more information, visit www.hardyms.org
Do you ever wonder where your money goes when you donate to John Eaton through SET? Here is the first in a series of posts about the daily impact of donated funds on the education of our children.
SPOTLIGHT: EAGLE TIME
In November, the school hosted an Open House for parents to experience the special classes offered in the very popular Eagle Time program.
Eagle Time is a weekly enrichment opportunity for all students in grades 3-5. Each year, students participate in three 8-week sessions. At the beginning of each school year, students are given the opportunity to rank a selection of enrichment classes based on their personal interest.
The Eagle Time electives explore a range of topics:
Eagle Time class sizes are generally smaller than regular classes which allows the teachers and students to build stronger relationships and explore the subject matter in a more interactive way. Eagle Time classes meet on Friday mornings.
One of the classes offered by our SET-funded Enrichment Coordinators is the popular Continent Quest class. Students learn about world geography and are excited about exploring the world with our talented teachers.
Your contributions make this possible! Donate now!
This blog will be a resource for families to learn more about issues affecting the students, the school, and the community of John Eaton.
The Home & School Association (HSA) is made up of the families, teachers and administrators of Eaton. There are no dues. You are already part of this community and your direct and indirect contributions to the HSA supports Eaton activities beyond the budget allocated by the District's school system. You can join the listserv to get regular updates on activities here.
The HSA has many support goals already underway for the 2014-15 school year:
The HSA also brings families together through community-building activities such as:
Throughout the year, there are opportunities to get involved. If everyone volunteers a little, a lot can be accomplished. Feel free to contact any of the HSA board members or an event organizer to get involved!