the croc chronicle THE NEWSLETTER OF SYCAMORE CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Please welcome our new principal Melody Brunson
BRUNSON’S BEAT WELCOME
Wow! What an exciting start to 2018! I absolutely love snow days but would never have guessed I would be facing so many as soon as I arrived! I am so proud and honored to be your new principal! ~ Melody Brunson, Principal
ABOUT ME I want to first introduce myself and share a little bit about my journey that led me to Sycamore Creek! My name is Melody Brunson. This is my 24th year in education, all of which have been at year round schools. I am a teacher at heart and have continued to teach through all of my positions including sixth grade teacher, fourth grade teacher, instructional resource teacher, and assistant principal. My family is the most treasured part of my life. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Gary, and we have a 4 year old daughter, Ella, who inspires me every day. My personal mission at Sycamore Creek is to love, serve, challenge, and inspire all learners.
PARENT FEEDBACK Your feedback is important to me. If you have not already, please complete the short parent survey. https://goo.gl/forms/ aGFsuKpTwT7p9v8H2 BAGELS WITH BRUNSON I invite you to pop in at one of the informal “Bagels with Brunson” so that I can meet you! Tuesday, January 30, 8:30 AM Friday, February 16, 2:00 PM Monday, March 19, 8:30 AM Saturday, April 14, 8:30 AM Wednesday, May 30, 2:00 PM
SPELLING BEE Congratulations to all of the classroom Spelling Bee Winners! I felt so proud to see all the students representing their classes as well as the tremendous support Even though I have only been from the parents at this year’s at SCES for a few days, I am so impressed and excited about what Spelling Bee. Special Thanks to Ms. Gruenewald, Mr. Gentile, and I see when I go into the classrooms. The students and staff are Ms. Powell for organizing and coordinating such a successful so enthusiastic about creating a supportive learning environment. Spelling Bee. Congratulations to Sydney Caplan who was our I am overwhelmed by the warm welcome I have received from the 2017-2018 Champion and will be PTA and Sycamore Creek families. I representing Sycamore Creek at truly see a strong shared commit- the Regional Spelling Bee. SCES ment from all stakeholders. I look BEE-lieves in you, Sydney! forward to getting to know your children and family as we move forward together.
SNOW MAKE UP DAYS (Tracks 1, 2, and 3) February 10 March 24 April 7 April 14 *Hours: 8:30-12:00 SCHOOL ASSIGNMENTS Assignment for 2018-2019 Your child’s official school assignment information for the 20182019 school year was sent home 01.09.18. It is a yellow assignment strip with important information for you to read. If you have any questions, please contact our Data Manager, Karen Prosser, 919-841-4333, ext. 25464 or email@example.com. TRACK CHANGE REQUESTS Track Change Requests can be made from January 29 to February 16, 2018. INNOVATION EXPO We are excited about the upcoming Innovation Expo. We will still have it on February 10th which is a Saturday make-up school day. The Innovation Expo Registration is now open. Please visit scienceatsycamore.weebly. com to register today! The deadline to register is January 31st. facebook.com/SycamoreCreekPTA @SycamoreCreekES @MCBrunson
Happy 2018!! A new year, a new principal and a whole lot of fun to look forward to!
~Cat Jackson, PTA President WELCOME We welcomed Melody Brunson as our new principal on December 21st. She is very excited to Chomp with our Crocs! SNOW DAYS We are off to a cold start with 2 snow make up days on the books! We hope everyone enjoyed the extra time at home. Tracks 1, 2 & 3 will have make up days on January 20th and April 7th. The PTA provides muffins, donuts and coffee to our teachers on Saturday make up days. Thank you to our VP of Hospitality, Leslie Rossner, for organizing these days. Thank you to all of the parents who have signed up to bring in items for breakfast. If you would like to receive SignUps for Hospitality donations please email leslie. firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to her list. KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Kindergarten Registration began on January 8th. The PTA assisted the staff in greeting our new families and kindergarteners. Thank you to our flexible PTA Board members who helped with this important process and assisted with necessary paperwork and base school verification.
BOOK FAIR Our school will be having our annual Scholastic Book Fair from February 6th- 14th and on Saturday the 10th (during the Innovation Expo). Information will be in your child’s Friday folder and sent via email. Students will visit the Book Fair with their class and get their Paws on some great books. I encourage you to visit and get your Paws on their wish lists. INNOVATION EXPO The Innovation Expo will be held on February 10th from 10am- 12pm. Please visit http:// scienceatsycamore.weebly. com for further details and to register. The deadline to register is January 31st.
SPONSORS We have 8 sponsors this year! We are incredibly supported by our community! I wanted to take a moment and thank Campbell Orthodontics, Farm Bureau Insurance, The Coder School, Dogwood Pediatric Therapy, The Perry Group, Ostling Laser Craft, Raleigh Pediatric Dentistry, and Title Boxing Club. Thank you to all of you who have joined the PTA and paid your membership dues. The money that comes into the PTA directly benefits and enriches Sycamore Creek students and staff. Thank you!! SAVE THE DATE Turf Drive - March 2nd Chili Cook Off - February 23rd Spring Palooza - May 4th
FAMILY FUN NIGHTS Thank you to our VP of Fundraising, Brendan Betts, for organizing these fun events! Thank you to everyone who came out to the Triangle Rock Club! On February 23rd from 5:00- 9:00 pm we invite you to Backyard Burger & Goodberry’s. Our Chili Cook Off will also be that afternoon - so bring in your award winning recipe for the teachers to enjoy and judge (prizes for the top 3 chili recipes) and take the night off from cooking!
2018 N EW
HAPPY NEW YEAR, WHO WANTS TO VOLUNTEER?
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JOIN US HAVE A COOL & SWEET BREAK WITH FRIENDS
FEBRUARY 23, 2018 @ 5:00 PM 13260 STRICKLAND RD.
CHILI COOK OFF
PTA BOARD President: Cat Jackson email@example.com Treasurer: Dawn Cain firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Amanda Meehan email@example.com VP Communications: Courtney P. Orning firstname.lastname@example.org VP Faculty Appreciation: Leeanne Burda email@example.com VP Fundraising: Brendan Betts firstname.lastname@example.org VP Hospitality: Leslie Rossner email@example.com VP Membership: Amanda Howell firstname.lastname@example.org Track 1 VP: Ben Bobay email@example.com
Track 2 VP: Beth Raymond firstname.lastname@example.org Track 3 VP: Meghan Becker email@example.com Track 4 VP: Jen Fox firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMITTEES Book Fair Dawn Cain, email@example.com Megan Phanmiller, firstname.lastname@example.org Amanda Meehan, email@example.com Box Tops Heather Swanson, firstname.lastname@example.org Croc Crew Ryan Orning, email@example.com Croc Mile Theresa Sarmiere, firstname.lastname@example.org Cat Jackson, email@example.com Croc Shop Asia Chavis, firstname.lastname@example.org Cultural Arts Cat Jackson, email@example.com EOG Proctors Jessica Kronen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Movie Night Brendan Betts, email@example.com Outreach Sherry Oliver, firstname.lastname@example.org Retail/ Restaurant Nights Brendan Betts, email@example.com School Improvement Team Elizabeth Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org Heather Swanson, email@example.com Science Expo Stephanie Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org Sue Mabe, email@example.com Spiritwear Vacant Square One Art Michele Minehart, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance Dawn Cain, email@example.com
Student Recognition Deborah Hendren, firstname.lastname@example.org Cayce Wagner, email@example.com
GoPlaySave Dawn Cain, firstname.lastname@example.org
Super Crocs Day Mike Miller, email@example.com
Website Hospitality/Recognition Leslie Rossner, firstname.lastname@example.org Courtney P. Orning, email@example.com Leeanne Burda, firstname.lastname@example.org Yearbook/Historian Juliana Novozhilova, email@example.com Hurricanes Cayce Wagner, firstname.lastname@example.org Brendan Betts, email@example.com
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