ETR Cougar Tracks
December 2, 2020
Parents and Guardians: On a daily basis, please monitor students for symptoms of COVID-19.
If a child is experiencing 1 in the Group A list or 2 or more in the Group B list, they must stay home.
In addition, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and contact the school nurse at email@example.com
Holiday card making will take place Tuesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 10th after school until 3:45 in the wrestling room. Please see Mrs. Parsons in Room 4 if you have any questions.
Welcome Back to the Cougar Track’s
Counselor’s Corner Topic of the Week:
Sleep and Mindfulness help with reducing stress, increasing healthy sleep habits, and helping improve focus. Check out these free apps that can help you take a few minutes each day to help you feel calm and refocus.
Apps for Middle School Mental Health
ETR Counselor Names and Emails:
6th Grade: Mrs. Beatty Maramei.Beatty@ssdcougars.org
7th Grade: Mr. Spiropoulos Demetrius.Spiropoulos@ssdcougars.org
8th Grade: Mrs. Harris Ivy.Harris@ssdcougars.org
Social Worker: Mrs. McCans Staci.McCans@ssdcougars.org
Turkey Fund Raffle
All week at lunches and all of December, students may buy raffle tickets for the “Chick-fil-A and Chill” prize. It includes a 32” Smart Roku TV - choose from 500,000+ movies and episodes! - And some cheer from Chick-fil-A, including gift cards for trays and other items. Staff may also participate.
Chances are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00
Help raise money for the Turkey Fund!!
Save the Date!!
Support ETR and dine with Yosemite Burritos on December 7th from 4pm-9pm.
Please see the flier for details!
In order for ETR to get credit for your order, please order through the app and use promo code 19064
Register your child for the ETR Spelling Bee Program
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow ETR to host a school spelling bee program, whether your children are learning in classrooms or remotely from your homes.
In place of our traditional spelling bee program, we will hold two levels of competition through online spelling and vocabulary tests. The first step to spelling bee participation is for you to register for the Scripps National Spelling Bee's online testing platform by visiting https://online-test.spellingbee.com.
I encourage you to watch this video tutorial that will walk you through the registration process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htXzjpnMijc
Once you have registered, I will be able to assign the appropriate grade-level test to your child. Your child must complete the test before the given deadline, and these tests can be taken on any device with a web browser, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones. The ETR test will be occur between 12/14/2020 and 12/16/2020.
The students from each grade with the highest scores will move on to compete at the school level. This year, we plan to give our school-level competition during school as an oral spelling test toward the end of January or beginning of February.
Our school champion will then move on to represent ETR in the DCIU regional spelling bee program, which also may include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events.
The first step to spelling bee participation is to register at online-test.spellingbee.com. Please register at your earliest convenience as I will begin assigning tests to students soon. If you have already registered in the online testing platform for another child, you can log in to your account and add an additional child to that same parent account. There is no need to register a different email address for each child in your household.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions about our school spelling bee program. I look forward to having your child compete to represent our school!
Picture Retake Days
Picture Retakes are Thursday, December 17th for DAY A students and Friday, December 18th for DAY B students.
Click the link below to prepay!
2020 Essay Contest
Attention Writers: The Daughters’ of the American Revolution has announced it’s 2020 Essay Contest.
March 5, 2020 marks the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre, considered to be a pivotal event that paved the way to the American Revolution. Imagine you are living in Boston and, after witnessing the event of March 5, describe your family’s discussion about the Boston Massacre and what role it played in organizing the Colonists against the British King and Parliament.
Full contest details can be found on the ETR Essay Contest Google Classroom (https://classroom.google.com/c/MTg4MDg1NjYzMzg3?cjc=mnygixc, or go to Google Classroom and enter the class code: mnygixc.)
The deadline is December 18th.
Drama Club Schedule
· Sunday December 6th: Solo flipgrid auditions due
· Tuesday December 8th, 3-5pm: Group B
· Wednesday December 9th, 2-4pm: Both groups
· Thursday December 10th, 3-5pm: Group A filming day
· Tuesday December 15th, 3-5pm: Group B filming day
Now On Sale!
Sales will end on January 22nd so be sure to order one TODAY!
Homework Club will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays directly after school until 4:00 pm. Tuesdays will be in Room 137 for “B’ students with Ms. Dun and Thursdays will be in Room 140 for “A” students with Mrs. Murphy. Please have your parent or guardian sign-up using the google form below.
If you think you may be interested in Homework Club, please complete the following form: https://forms.gle/1r3Q5bf4kjgSGa716
The following is the Dance Club schedule:
Monday, December 7th - Hip Hop in cafeteria, 3-4pm
Tuesday, December 8th - Ballet in chorus room, 3-4pm
Monday, December 14th - Jazz in cafeteria, 3-4pm
NO dance club for the rest of December after 12/14.
Please see Ms. Oppenheimer in Room 162 for more information.
PJAS - Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science
Students in PJAS who are in group A will meet every other Thursday and students who are in group B will meet every other Tuesday in Room 135.
Upcoming December Meeting Dates:
- Monday, December 7th (in-person and Zoom)
- Tuesday, December 15th (in-person and Zoom
2020-2021 Home and School Executive Board
Aubrey Bassett, President - firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Croce, Vice President - email@example.com
Kristin Schoffler, Treasurer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ali Neville, Secretary - email@example.com
Just a reminder! We are still collecting boxtops. One child from each grade who collects the most will be rewarded a giftcard. Please send you cut boxtops to the main office.
Information about Security Clearances for Volunteers
If you handed in your Security Clearances last year to any of our schools in the Springfield School District, we would have this information in our system and it is good for five years. There is no need for you to give us another copy.
If you have any questions about this information that is needed you can click below to go directly to our SSD Website: SSDCougars.org > Parents > Security Clearances
Three clearances are needed to be a chaperone or volunteer: