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    Elmont Elementary School Newsletter - Summer 2018


    Joel Wells, Principal, jwells@usd345.com
    Melanie DiDio, Secretary, mdidio@usd345.com


    8:45 a.m. First bell - Students may enter the building

    8:50 a.m. Class starts

    4:00 p.m. School dismissed

    Students achieve best when they attend school on a regular basis and are at school on time daily.

    Message from the Principal . . .

    As I reflect on the past school year, I could not be any prouder of the many things we accomplished as a school. Our students learned at extremely high levels. Our staff continued to prove that they are a model by which all other educators should strive to be. Our families and community provided the traditional love and support that makes Elmont go. We are best school for a reason, and will continue to be moving forward.

    This summer will be a busy one at Elmont, with more changes set to occur than we have dealt with at any time over the past 10 years. We will be welcoming several new staff members, and will be seeing many familiar faces taking on new challenges throughout our building and elsewhere. I am extremely excited for this new era at Elmont Elementary, and feel that you will enjoy it as well.

    It's been a great year, and it will surely be a great summer as well. Enjoy every second of it. Have fun, be safe, and be ready to hit the ground running in August for the 2018-19 school year!

    Joel Wells

    Joel Wells, Principal


    Important Dates

    June 6                       Elmont Office Closes

    July 16                      On-line Enrollment Opens

    July 30                      In-person Enrollment Day 11:00 a.m. @ Seaman Middle School

    July 31                      Elmont Office Opens

    August 15                  Elementary Sneak Peek Night 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    August 16                  1st Day of School

    August 20                  Kindergarten Parent Night 5:45-6:45 p.m.

    August 20                  PTO Meeting @ 7:00

    August 21                  1st-3rd Parent Night (Choice of two sessions: 5:45-6:30 p.m. & 6:30-7:15 p.m.)

    August 21                  4th-6th Parent Night (Choice of two sessions: 6:30-7:15 p.m. & 7:15-8:00 p.m.

    August 24                  Watch DOGS Sign-Up Breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m.


    Office Summer Hours

    The Elmont Office will be open until June 6, and will re-open on July 31. Mr. Wells and Mrs. DiDio will be out of the office for duties around the district on many of those days, so it is advised that you call ahead if you are planning a trip to the school.

    Yearbook Ordering 2nd Chance

    We have a VERY limited quantity of extra 2017-18 yearbooks available to purchase if you missed out during the original ordering opportunity. The cost is $15 (cash), and they will be sold in-person on a first come, first serve basis. No holds or reservations will be available.

    School Supply Pre-Orders

    Looking to save some time and money this summer? Consider purchasing back-to-school supply sets on-line through Elmont's PTO. Click HERE to get started, but make sure you do so before June 8th.

    2018 Summer Math & Reading Challenges

    Over the final days of school, students have been receiving information about summer reading and math challenges! Look for information in bookbags, or visit the Elmont homepage to download any needed forms.

    New Elmont Staff Members

    We are excited to announce the following additions to the Elmont staff for the 2018-19 school year:

    • Erica Breshears will be joining our staff as a 5th grade teacher.
    • Leanna Fitzgerald will be joining our staff as a 5th grade teacher.
    • Darian Sanner will be joining our staff as a 1st grade teacher.
    • Karen Watson will be joining our staff as a Speech and Language Therapist.

    Staying Connected

    To stay up to date on all the latest news and information at Elmont, bookmark our website, follow us on social media, and make sure an updated e-mail address is set-up within school messenger. The Elmont office is happy to provide assistance with any of this.


    Facebook: @ElmontUSD345
    Twitter: @ElmontUSD345

    Looking for a Community Resource?

    Is your child or family in need of a community resource, but just aren't sure where to begin? Consider completing a community resource survey offered by Elmont's School Counselor, Megan Klaassen. All information received and any service provided is kept strictly confidential.

    Click HERE to access the form.

    Changing Schools?

    If you are planning on your child attending a different school or district next fall, please contact the Elmont office. This will greatly assist us in making classroom and staffing decisions for the 2018-19 school year.

    Address Changes

    Please make sure you are updating us with new addresses when moves occur. Students that are not residing within the Elmont attendance area MUST complete an in-district transfer request through the superintendent's office. Students that are not residing within the Seaman district MUST complete an out-of-district transfer request through the superintendent's office. Know that these requests must be made annually, beginning in April. The address you provide as your "home" address must be the address where your child permanently resides.

    2018-19 Transfer Requests

    If you reside outside the Elmont attendance area, you are required to submit an in-district or out-of-district transfer request to attend our school. This is required EVERY year, even if your child is a current Elmont student. (Click HERE to download a form) Please keep in mind that the following factors are weighed when approving and denying requests:

    • Class Size
    • Student Behavior
    • Fees Owed

    If your child is a transfer student, you need to take care of this request as soon as possible.


    WATCH D.O.G.S.

    WATCH D.O.G.S.

    Thank you so much to all of our tremendous volunteers through the school year! Mark August 24th on your calendars for our annual Donuts with Dads Watch DOGS sign-up and information session. Dads and grandfathers will be able to sign up for a maximum of 2 days during the 2018-19 school year. (no semester limitation this time) Please know that this limit is in place to provide as many Watch DOGS as possible a chance to sign up. We have over 250 families, and only around 170 dates available.  

    Important Summer Dates

    • The Elmont office will close for the summer on June 6.
    • On-line enrollment begins on July 16.
    • All-district enrollment day is on July 30 (11:00-7:00) at Seaman Middle School.
    • The Elmont office reopens on July 31.
    • Sneak Peek is on August 15 from 5:30 to 6:30.
    • The first day of school for students is August 16.

    Office Max/Office Depot 5% Back

    Office Max

    As part of their Give Back to Schools program, Office Max and Office Depot give Elmont 5% credit for purchases made when our school ID is given. Simply let the clerk know Elmont’s school ID (70039230), and that’s all you need to do. We use this credit to purchase supplies for use throughout the school. Click HERE for a printable ID card.

    Things to remember

    Elmont’s start/dismissal times are 8:50 am and 4:00 pm.

    Reporting an absence or tardy 
    Mrs. DiDio keeps track of attendance, not teachers. Please remember to call the office if your student will not be at school by 8:50 (either due to being tardy or absent). When your child will be absent or tardy, a reason must be given. There are different codes used in PowerSchool that are used for health reporting/monitoring.

    Requesting Homework
    When reporting a student as absent, the office can also take requests for missing work. Work can be held in the office for pick-up, sent with a sibling, friend, or neighbor, or held in the classroom for the absent student's return.

    Transportation Changes
    If you have a change of transportation for your child (will be a car rider instead of riding the bus, etc.), please notify their teacher or the office BEFORE 3:40 pm. We are unable to grant change requests after 3:40. Thank you for understanding.

    Lunch Guests
    If you or other family members are planning on eating a school lunch with your child, you must alert your child's teacher the day before you plan on eating to ensure an extra adult lunch is included with the next morning's classroom lunch count submission. We cannot guarantee last minute requests will be filled.

    Call Phil McKay at 785-286-8516 with concerns regarding security at Elmont Elementary.

    Summer Gymnasium Reservations

    Needing practice time for your youth basketball or volleyball team this summer? Contact the Elmont Office or Mark Simoneau (msimoneau@usd345.com) for information on reserving gymnasium space at Elmont. There will be limited days of the week the gym may be booked: Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Building maintenance work may cause some interruptions with this access.

    Opportunities to book fall times will be available in mid-August.

    Bus Drivers Needed

    Become a bus driver for Seaman Schools. We offer competitive pay and no experience required. Part-time, competitive pay and training provided. Call the Seaman Transportation Department at 785-286-8440 to join a staff of outstanding and award-winning drivers and make a difference in the lives of Shawnee County Children.

     Food Service Substitutes Needed

    Looking for an opportunity to get out and make some extra money? General hours are between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm, depending on the school. Call the Seaman Food Service Department at 785-575-8650.

     Useful Links

    Elmont Elementary

    Lunch Menus



    Elementary Meal Prices

    Do you know your student’s meal account balance? Have you signed up for the free email low balance notification? Meal accounts are debit accounts. Positive meal balances are required. Automatic recurring deposits are accepted online anytime.

    Sign up for low balance email notifications and make online payments www.myschoolbucks.com (you will need your student ID number) Thank you for supporting healthy school meals!

    Elementary Lunch: $2.60

    Secondary Lunch: $2.85

    Adult Lunch: $3.85

    Student Breakfast: $1.80

    Adult Breakfast: $2.30

    Reduced Lunch: $0.40

    Reduced Breakfast: $0.30

    Extra Milk: $0.50

    All meal related questions may be handled via Kaye Kabus, Director of Food Services at 575-8650. 

    Free Preschool Screenings

    Have you ever had a concern about the way your child is walking, talking, or playing?  Maybe you have wondered about your child’s development. If so, please be informed that the Seaman School District Special Services Department offers free monthly screenings for children ages 3-5.  Areas to be screened are speech/language, motor, cognition, vision, hearing, and social/behavioral skills.  If you would like to have your child screened please call 575-8670. 

    PTO/Site Council Information

    Elmont's PTO and Site Council are both great ways to get more involved with our building, and we need you to make them the strongest possible team they can be. Dates for next year have been set, and we encourage you to consider attending!

    2018-19 PTO Meeting Dates (7:00 p.m.)









    2018-19 Site Council Meeting Dates (6:00 p.m.):






    From PTO:

    Take a look at the meeting dates above, and make plans to us for meetings beginning next fall. We have several things we're excited to look forward to, including:
    • School supply on-line ordering for your convenience (Click HERE to order!)
    • On-line shirt sales beginning this summer
    • Our first-ever Elmont Fun Run on October 5th (mark your calendars!)
    • Continued funding for ALL Elmont field trips
    • Supporting numerous classroom and school special projects

     Important Information Regarding Volunteers

    In an effort to keep our students and staff safe, the district will run a background check on all school volunteers. These forms may be obtained in the office or from the Elmont Website. (Click HERE to download)