Welcome From John Eliot Parent-Teacher Council!
Welcome to John Eliot Elementary!!   The John Eliot Parent-Teacher Council would like to welcome all students and their families. Starting at a new school, whether as a Kindergartener or as an older student, can be a challenge. We have put together some information in order to try to address common questions for new families. In addition, please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.

Where to Start?
Your first step is to Register with the Needham School District. All necessary registration documents and forms are listed on the District website along with step by step instructions for registering your child.

School Calendars and other District Information
The Needham Public School District has school calendar information as well as other district-wide information ranging from lunch menus to District goals.

Health Questions?
Information regarding school health policy such as medications, health screenings and allergies can be found at District Health Services.

Eliot Elementary has a wonderful school nurse who is a dedicated and loving resource for all students. If your child has any medications that must be given during the school day please contact her by phone or mail.

What’s happening at Eliot
If your child is starting mid-year, a great way to get involved is to attend a PTC (Eliot Parent-Teacher Council) sponsored event or fundraiser. The Eliot PTC bulletin and the Eliot School bulletin have information on the PTC meeting dates, meetings with Principal Bourn and school events.

These are only a few resources and understand that you might have additional questions. (For example, see below for an explanation of many of the acronyms and terms we Eliot PTC parents have gotten used to!) Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions and we will be glad to assist you!

Kara Sickmier
Newcomers to Eliot PTC Committee

Meredith Lopez
Co-President, John Eliot Parent Teacher Council

Cheri Pugatch
Co-President, John Eliot Parent Teacher Council

What does this mean? Acronyms and Abbreviations in the Needham Schools

CAP:  Child Assault Prevention. A program run by trained community parents to help kids navigate stranger danger and abuse. Takes place in grades 1, 3, and 5.

KASE: Kindergarten supplemental program that costs additional to attend. You can go to morning KASE if you’re in afternoon kindergarten or afternoon KASE if you’re in morning kindergarten

NEDP: After school care program

PTC:  Parent Teacher Council (Similar to PTA and PTO)

SEPAC:  Special Ed Service and Programs–district wide

UDA: Understanding Our Different Abilities–Enrichment program put on by parents for each grade exposing the kids to what it might be like to be blind, to be deaf, to be physically or mentally impaired, etc.  Organized and run by parents.