Eastside: One Team, One Dream

"We never lose. We either win or we learn. - Nelson Mandela

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Week of February 3rd

Eastside's Mission

Our mission is to build a strong educational foundation while meeting the unique needs of our students.

Eastside's Vision

Working in partnership with the community, Eastside Elementary will provide all students:

  • A collaborative team of professionals who are committed to improve their practices, so that all students learn at high levels

  • A safe, positive, and inviting learning environment

  • An engaging and challenging curriculum focused on essential academics and life skills

  • Individualized and timely support that provides students with what they need to succeed

Note from Mrs. Krogman about Behavior Tips/Tricks

In order to ensure students are engaged in the learning, once you have asked three questions and called on three different hands up volunteers it’s time to turn and talk. Creating the discourse between their peers will allow everyone to share, minimize “blurt alerts”, and deepen thinking.

If you are having trouble with students getting up from their seats and roaming. Create a box that they are allowed to freely use when needing a break. This will keep them from distracting others, but allow for movement.

Be aware of the importance of each day!

  • 40 important practices until K-2 Summative MAP (THE BIG GAME April 13-17)
  • 45 important practices until 3rd-4th Summative ACT (THE BIG GAME - April 20 - 22)
  • 50 important practices until 5th Summative ACT (THE BIG GAME - April 27-29)

Thank you Mrs. Hogg for all you do! We all love you!

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The Power of an Effective Team: "The Answer is in the Room"

Much Love for Hattie during the month of love

This week you can do any type of Hattie strategy you would like to.

In February, you will get to have some choice in which strategies you want to use and when. The requirement is to get 5 in a column. There are 4 weeks in February so you only have 4 strategies in a column. In your lesson plans in February, you will state "We Love Hattie" and then list your strategy and what content will be with this. I will be placing a copy of the Hattie board in your box this week. I want you to post it in your room so your kids see that you are using Hattie and they can get excited about when ya'll can mark one off the board.

Again the 5 in a column is the requirement. If you want to also do one of the rows going across without a heart free space, you will get a drink of your choice at the end of February.

If you choose to cover your board and do all 12 strategies in the month, you will get your drink of choice, a chance to win a $25 gift card and a chance to win having your class covered for 30 minutes by admin.

Quick video to show older students for reciprocal teaching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsfzZKMickI

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Hattie Strategies from Coach Winn and Ms. DeVorak

"In Kindergarten, we initially weren’t quite sure how to incorporate reciprocal teaching with beginning readers. I was able to incorporate reciprocal teaching through read aloud time using fun characters that assisted students in analyzing the text as they listened to me read. These characters are Clara the Clarifier who attempts to figure out the meaning of unknown words, Paula the Predictor who makes predictions about the text, Quincy the Questioner who asks who, what, when, where, and why?, and Sammy the Summarizer who selects important points from the text to explain what the story was about. This assists students in thinking about what we are reading and understanding it rather than just hearing or listening to a story. Student engagement increases through this process as well because students are always excited to take on a fun,new role with challenging tasks."

Details for the Week


  • Click this link for the board. BRING IT ON See Mrs. Isom's email for details. The board is open for everyone to sign up!


  • This week is Kindness Week! Mrs. Hogg and her Kindness Club is leading the activities this week. Teachers will give students a copy of a kindness checklist. The challenge is to do as many kind acts as possible.There will be a kindness station in the lobby to write notes to others throughout the week. There will be signs posted in the lobby for specific challenges each day. Teachers will be submitting the name of a student each day from their class that has done a random act of kindness. These students’ names will be added to a drawing on Friday. We have 4 passes to Urban Air. We will have kindness fairies throughout the building watching for acts of kindness.These students may receive a coupon from Sonic from Mrs. Hogg.

  • HALLWAYS - Please turn your attention to your hallway this week. With conferences next week, you will want the hallways displaying current student work of high rigor. Place that I can statement with the work so it is clear what they have been working on. Thinking back on the first semester, I did not see much writing in the hallway for K-2. Make sure writings are being posted for every student. Prior to conferences, take down the old All Star work of your student and place a new one there. Leave a note with Mrs. Patty about the name you need on the star and we will get these made for you.

  • Read as One Book - This week we are reading chapters 13-14. Make sure to place this on your newsletter each week. Encourage parents to send pictures of their kids reading so we can post on social media.

  • February 11th and 13th are early release days. Secondary P/T conferences are on Tuesday and Elementary on Thursday. On February 11th, we will have Building PD (more information to come.) Make sure you have arranged for childcare that afternoon and on the 13th.

  • Thursday, April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day. A Google Form offering the purchase of a t-shirt to support Autism Awareness was shared last week. If you decide to purchase a t-shirt, you may wear them with jeans on April 2nd.

  • A Very Special Talent Show will be hosted in Greenbrier on April 25th for students with special needs from central and North Central Arkansas. Sign up to help: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yNjYirCv1TTiX9YNUx41KlRosUkkQmvvKnKvgbBnf00/edit?ts=5d89f3dc#gid=0


  • SIT comments will be for kinder and 1st grade.

DIBELS and MAP PM Assessments

  • DIBELS PM will be for grades 3-5.

  • MAP PM will be for grades k and 1st grade.


  • Send home the P/T conference notices to parents TODAY! Make sure to give Mrs. Patty a schedule of your conferences by Wednesday, February 12th. Remember no conferences will be schedule prior to conference night. If parents cannot make it that night you will schedule them for the days following conferences, but not before.
  • Team Meetings today (content for 3-5)
  • 5th grade will meet with GMS Counselor Mrs. Buchanan at 12:50 in the cafeteria about their middle school schedules
  • Duty Schedule - See the Building Schedule for updates on duty. I switched some people around on morning, lunch, or afternoon duty. Also if you are with car riders in the afternoon, look at that schedule to see which people will start picking up car rider kids from each hallway. On Friday afternoon kids coming out to the front porch area needs improvement for safety. This will mean that those picking kids up from car rider has to be in front of their hallway prior to 3:20. This is very similar to what is happening with bus dismissal and it has been running smoothly.


  • Dennis King and Kim Bailey from Solution Tree will be here. They will be looking over our Smart goals, testing data, and determining next steps for Eastside. I will also have them look at the Model PLC Application and artifacts and provide feedback. Thank you to Guiding Coalition members that have constructed some of these artifacts.
  • We are kicking off our Nutrition challenge starting the week of February 10th! We are going to have Sheena Steele from Crossfit Greenbrier come and speak to us about the details of this challenge on February 4th at 3:40! Although this is an optional challenge, it is going to be awesome!! We all know how beneficial a routine can be! It’s going to be a great opportunity to better ourselves!!


  • Dennis King and Kim Bailey from Solution Tree will be here. A few members of Guiding Coalition will be meeting with them.
  • Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10


  • Lil' Dribblers perform at 6 PM


  • Staff meeting at 7:40 in the Team Meeting Room (no clubs - do not tell students that we won't have clubs - we need them here!) Classified staff meeting directly after.

  • Lil' Dribblers will leave campus for their photos and should return around 10AM. THank you Mrs. Reed for driving the bus for this event!

  • No recess meetings. Take this time to work on your hallways if you haven't at some other point in the week.

  • SIT meets

Important Dates (Refer to EES 2019- 20 Calendar shared by Mrs. Krogman)

Feb 10 - 11 Hillman here to address assessment with teams

Feb 11 - Board Meeting

Feb 11 - 1:30 dismissal PD day at Eastside

Feb 13 - 1:30 dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb 14 - Spirit Day at 8:30, Rotary Club coming to read to classes at 10 AM and Valentine Parties at 2:00 PM

Feb 17 - No School President Day

Feb 18 - Lil' Dribblers at 7 PM

Feb 19 - Team Meeting Day

Feb 19 - Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10

Feb 25 - Spring Picture Day

Feb 25 - Lil' Dribblers perform

Feb 26 - Team Meeting Day

Feb 27 - Digital Learning Day


March 2-3 Dr. Howse with Math teachers (rescheduled from original dates)

March 4 - Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10

March 6 - Staff Meeting (no clubs)

March 20th - Teacher Tailgate hosted by 4th grade and PTO

April 24th - Teacher Tailgate hosted by 5th grade and PTO

Words to Live By This Month


Character Word of the Month = Kindness