Eastside: One Team, One Dream

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

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Week of November 11th

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

A committed team is a dangerous team!

I want to remind everyone of our conversation on Friday! I am so proud of each and everyone one of you and the growth you have shown! The students are the ones that get the benefits of all of us being committed to the dream! I am so proud of all of you earning the Top 6 - 10% performance money of $19, 350! I will send out a form later this week for a staff member to be selected to serve on the committee to make plans of how to use these funds. Below I am posting our staff commitments. Read over these and remember the one you selected to focus on that you wrote on a post it note. I still have mine on my computer that I read daily. We have 10 days until Thanksgiving Break. Once we return from Thanksgiving, we will have 15 days until Christmas break! I need you to push hard for these 25 days. Use every minute of instruction to dig deep! Before we walk out the doors on December 20th, there should be no regrets!

Staff commitments:
  • We commit to intentionally seek and share best practices with colleagues.

  • We commit to building wide collaboration to keep our work student focused.

  • We commit to using data and evidence to improve student learning.

  • We commit to respecting all students and meeting their diverse needs: academic, social, and/or emotional.

  • We commit to setting goals to ensure continued student success.

  • We commit to engaging parents in their child’s education and making them feel welcome in our school.

  • We commit to celebrating all success, large or small.

Way to go Mrs. McNew! She was selected as an Arvest teacher and won $500 for her class!

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All Stars of the Week = 1st Grade team and MVP of the Week = Mrs. Robertson Teachers of the month = Hacket and Hope

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10 Days of Instruction until Thanksgiving Break

15 days of instruction from Thanksgiving Break until Christmas Break

Hattie's Corner: Self Efficacy (NEW STRATEGY TO TRY LISTED BELOW)

If you haven't watched the video with your kids, please do so this week! Several of you have let me know how perfect it was for students!

Self-efficacy refers to a student’s belief that they can perform a particular task successfully. Unlike self-confidence, efficacy is specific to the task. For example, a student may have high self-efficacy on a spelling test, but low self-efficacy when playing cricket. Looking at the effect size, student self efficacy is 0.70 which is almost two years of growth in one year.

Check out this link https://www.transformingeducation.org/self-efficacy-toolkit/. There are lots of ideas on this site.

"One way students can achieve self efficacy is through Social Persuasion (found on slide 21 of the self efficacy toolkit in the link above). An important source of self efficacy is the specific feedback students receive from us on what is driving the student's performance. Note that negative comments are more effective in lowering self efficacy than positive comments are in raising self efficacy.

When Providing Feedback to Students, Follow this Sequence:

1. State why the student succeeded or failed

2. Explain to what degree the student was successful.

3. Use words related to the achievement or encouragement at the end.

For example,

"You used the Read, Ask, Put strategy correctly. You read the paragraph, asked yourself what it was about, and put the main idea and two important details in your own words. By using this strategy, you got the answers correct. Nice job!"

Importance of Self-Efficacy
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Details for the Week


  • New decodables are here in the room! Be sure to sign them out and mark a line through when it is returned.Each decodable book individually cost about $10, so keeping up with these resources is key. If you would like to place the ones that students have just finished reading in their familiar book box, please do. Just make sure kids know the importance of taking care of them. The rigor of these books is much better than those from Reading A to Z.

  • Make sure you have posted the SMART goal poster you made in team meeting/recess meeting outside your door.

  • SIT doc updating - for any students in grades 2 and 3 - needs to be completed by end of day on Friday. All staff working with these students on reading interventions will input a comment. This comment should be focused on decodables, phonics skills, and phonological awareness.

  • MAP Progress Monitoring will be with grades 2 and 3. Please refer to the new schedule I sent out about when students will take their test.

  • 3-5 DIBELS Progress Monitoring this week.

  • Make sure you have voted for our Christmas outing. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrQlChPgu1YzhHwUG5YmHK7Xyid4pCo2vjFpVy6Dk6ddnFQA/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • Monday

  • PROWL - Enrichment groups swap up today.

  • Veterans' ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM for grades 3-5. Make sure you bring your breakfast item to the library. We will be serving the veterans at 9:15.

  • Progress Reports will be sent home.

  • Literacy Night Meeting after school in Mrs. Isom's room

  • Tuesday

  • Mrs. Bailey will be here. She will meet with the Guiding Coalition from 9:30 - 11:30 in the team meeting room. Guiding Coalition will meet with Mrs. Krogman from 8:30 - 9:30 in the STEAM Room.
  • Wednesday
  • Team meeting agendas are updated for this week. Mrs. Bailey will be meeting with us. It will be content teams for 3-5. Remember the agendas are on our Google site. Make sure to look at what you need to bring for your meeting time.
  • Thursday
  • SIT meets 10:30 - 1:00

  • 5th grade field trip to Petit Jean

  • PTO meeting at 3:45

  • Friday
  • Club Sign up in homeroom at 7:50

  • Recess Meetings

  • Teacher Tailgate provided by PTO "Thanksgiving Feast"

  • Movie Night Toy Story 4 at 6:00 PM

Learning Happening at Eastside

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

Nov 18-22 Book Fair

Nov 18 and 19 - Hillman Assessment coaching for teams

Nov 20 - Chili lunch Fundraiser for VIP

Nov 21 - Special visitor with Mrs. Hogg (more info to come later)

Nov 21 - Hat Day Fundraiser for VIP

Nov 22- Grandparents Day

Nov 25-29 Thanksgiving Break

Dec 3 - TAG Dig Day, RISE 2nd grade observation with Dallas Henderson, LIl Dribblers at 6 PM, Dec 3 -5 - Mrs. Bailey visits

Dec 4 - Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10 PM

Dec 6 - Staff Meeting at 7:40

Dec 9 - Mid Year MAP begins K-5

Dec 9 - Literacy Night: Santa the Scientist

Dec 12 - PTO Meeting 3:45

Dec 13 - Spirit day at 8:30 and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at GHS at 1:00 PM

Dec 17 - VIP Christmas Night

Dec 18 - Choir Capitol Trip

Dec 19 - Awards Assemblies Time TBA and Christmas Party at 2:00

Dec 20 - Staff Meeting 7:40 and Polar Express day and End of 2nd Nine weeks

Dec 21 - Jan 5 - Christmas Break

Words to Live By This Month


PRIDE WORD = Integrity