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     September 2019

    I can't believe that the start of a new school year is fast approaching!  Summer always seems too short and I hope you were able to spend some time to relax and do fun things with family and friends.

    This summer brought some emotional feelings to our community and we will forever be impacted.  As a small community, it is certain that most of us knew or had interacted with the victims of two car accidents.  Lives that were way too young to be lost.  Their families are in our thoughts as they cope with these tragedies. What I noticed throughout that time was how people came together to support each other and to just listen as our young people needed to express their feelings and question "why?".  I feel so fortunate to be part of this community.

    This summer was a busy one at EBH.  We hosted summer school and had a great turnout for students to stay fresh with reading, writing, vocabulary and math.  We also offered Summer Enrichment again - courtesy of our PTO.  Students took classes in Football, Archery, Sinking/Floating and Technology/LEGOs. We thank all of the teachers who were willing to give up some of their summer to offer these opportunities to our students. The annual School Supply Give Away was held on August 13 and we appreciate the support from a generous donor in our community along with the Rotary Club, Salvation Army and Focus on the Children to make this possible. We were able to help almost 150 students be ready for the school year! Thank you to Lauren Cutting for being the organizer for this huge endeavor. I hope you notice our new outdoor classroom located in the front of EBH.  Marshall Barron (class of 2019) made this for his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scouts.  It will be a great space for our learners to get outside and have a change of scenery.  Can't wait to see it used!

    As we look to beginning the 2019-2020 school year, we will greet many faces on opening day - Wednesday, September 4!  We welcome our new third graders and welcome back all of our returning students.  Plans are already underway for various clubs, activities and action teams.  We can't wait to get back on track!  As I mentioned before, EBH was given Lighthouse Status and this means we have a lot to be proud of.  It also means we have to keep going and it is exciting for us! Being a Lighthouse School is an honor as there are only select schools across the country to earn it. 

    I'd like to welcome some new adult faces to EBH.  Ms. Kahn and Ms. Baumgardner are joining us from the Primary School.  They will serve as teaching assistant and AIS teacher, respectively.  We will also welcome Ms. Bradley to our third grade as Mrs. Heeres has decided to take the next school year off to spend time with her new baby.  We welcome all of you to EBH and know that you will all bring a lot to our community!

    Please mark your calendars for Open House.  It will be on Thursday , September 19 from 6:00 - 7:00.  Picture day will also be on this day - during the day.  I have invited all new students to EBH to come take a tour and get to know their way around on August 27 from 3:30 - 4:30. Invitations were sent to third graders and all who are new entrants. This is an informal time for kids to wander when it is less crowded.  Teachers will not be present but I will be with some student tour guides. It is always a nice time and students seem to feel more relaxed after they get to do this.  PTO will have their first meeting of the year on September 9 at 6:30 pm in the EBH library. Hope you can come!

    As always - please contact our office if you have any questions.  We are ready for a great school year and I look forward to seeing you all at Open House!


    Lisa (Johnson) Allen  


            Lighthouse Seal