Dear EW Families,
We have had such a great start to the school year! First, I’d like to thank the HHS Cheerleaders for welcoming the students on the first day of school! You know you have students that LOVE Hudson when they choose to come support EW and McD students when they don’t have to be at school!
Just a couple of updates from the office:
Drop Off and Pick Up: Just a friendly reminder about dropping students off in the morning at East Woods, as well as picking up at EW after school:
As stated in the East Woods Family Handbook, all students are to be dropped off at McDowell School before 8:45. After 8:45, students may be dropped off in the faculty parking lot. This ensures the safety of students walking to school, as well as alleviates traffic congestion for the busses. Our goal is to keep car and bus traffic separate, to keep our students safe.
In the afternoon, parents can pick up their students from McDowell. Cars are not permitted to enter the school driveway when busses are loading or unloading (3:30-4:00).
Please help us keep our students safe. If you have any questions regarding these procedures, please do not hesitate to ask. Please make sure to clearly communicate with your child if they are coming home on the bus or parent pick-up. This helps prevent confusion and frustration for the student at the end of the day as well as keeps our busses running on time.
Hudson PTO: Please consider joining the Hudson PTO! They are a vital part of the Hudson City School District by supporting all students and staff. There are many things we would not be able to do without their support. For more information, please check out their website.
Hudson PTO Spirit Wear: Spirit wear is on sale NOW! Orders are due by Friday, August, 31. This year, you have the opportunity to purchase an EW EXCLUSIVE T-shirt!
Safety and Security: Mr. Morris and I went around to each team on August 14, 15, or 16, to talk about our EW safety procedures. The students had great questions and we stressed that emergencies are rare, but we need to prepare for them.We had our first fire drill on Friday (August 16) and our first tornado drill today. We will also practice our lockdown drill later this week. When we practice our lockdown drills you will recevie an email from our communication’s office. Please let me know if you have any questions about EW school safety.
Cell Phones: Students are to only be using their cell phones before school starts or after the bell rings at 3:40. During the day, cell phones should be in their lockers - they should not be texting you during the day. If your child is sick, they need to be seen by the nurse. If they forget something at home, they need to ask their homeroom teacher to use the phone. A natural consequence for forgetting something at home, might be that they do not get to participate in the activity that day. And, despite what your child my tell you, everyone else does not have a phone. At this age, there really is not a need for a cell phone at school, especially with our students being 1:1 with their Chromebooks, all necessary work can be done on those. On occasion, a teacher may have a reason for students to use a device, other than their Chromebook, but this would be communicated to you specifically. (Ex. Stop-motion videos)
Final Forms: Please check the status of your Final Forms. If you need assistance, please call the EW Main Office - 330.653.1256. All Final Forms must be completed before your child attends any field trips. Field trips include walking to other Hudson schools (marching band show, reading to another grade, etc.).
Absent or Late: When your child is absent, please call the attendance line: 330.653.1300. Thank you for coming into the office when signing in your child if they arrive to school after 8:55.
Raptor Visitor Management System: This is our first week using the Raptor Visitor Management System. Please remember to bring your state or federal issued ID when you visit. After your first visit, you may use the scanner to sign in. We appreciate your patience as we work through implementing this safety feature.
Thank you for all you do to support our students, staff, and schools. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.
Michael J. Sedlak
East Woods Music Department Fifth Grade Music Options
- General Music – Orff Ensemble and Eurhythmics ClassAll 5th graders start the year scheduled for two General Music classes per week but their attendance is based upon the further instrumental options below (band or orchestra). If a 5th grader chooses neither of those options, they take the two General Music classes as already scheduled. There are no lunch recess rehearsals associated with General Music classes. For more General Music information, visit Mrs. Chunn’s website.
- Band – Woodwind, Brass, PercussionAny 5th grader may choose to be in Band. Band instrument class partners with General Music. The Band student takes one Instrument class lesson per week and one General Music class per week. Band students rehearse as an ensemble two lunch recesses per week. To register for Band, attend the Band Open House on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit Mr. Burrington’s website.
- Orchestra - Primarily for returning string students, these 5th graders have two String Instrument classes per week and two ensemble rehearsals at lunch recess per week. Register for Orchestra online via Mrs. Lowell’s website (paper registration also available). The String Open House is on Tuesday, August 27th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the EW Commons for students needing string instruments. Students will need New Directions Books 1 and 2 for fifth grade orchestra.
- Choir (East Woods Singers) - Choir is NOT connected with any of the morning music classes. Choir rehearsals take place only during two lunch recesses per week. Any 5th grader is eligible to participate in choir. To join, students see Mrs. Chunn to schedule a Voice Assessment (a non-audition needing no preparation). A parent signature on the Choir Contract registers the student for Choir. Students may ultimately participate in Choir and General Music or Choir and Band or Choir and Orchestra. . AGAIN this year - a Mentorship between East Woods Singers and Kindergarten Music Students at Evamere. Visit Mrs. Chunn’s website for more information about Choir.
Fourth Grade Students make a choice between two music specials for their fourth-grade year. Learn more about the available options and how to register.