Eastside: One Team, One Dream

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

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Week of October 21st

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

Student Led Conferences

Tips for a successful conference:

- Take a bird's eye view of your room. Make sure it is neat and free of clutter.

- Make sure the work outside your hallway and inside your room displays a museum of rigorous activities. This is your chance to show off all the great things that have been occurring in your room!

- K-2: Students will need access to their data binder in the hallway so they can share with their parents prior to the conference time. This is why they arrive 15 minutes early. Be sure to go over this process with students and explain it in the newsletter to parents.

- 3-5: This will be a complete student led conference. You are in the room available to answer quick questions and support the students. Make sure you rehearse this with students.

- If any parents seem to want a longer time to visit with you about their child, let them know you will be happy to schedule another time to meet with them.

- Be sure your appearance is professional on conference night.

- When you speak with the parents, remember the compliment sandwich. Start with a positive comment about their child. Also, be sure to end on a positive note. If you share with the parent how you have connected with their child on a personal level, parents will appreciate this.

- Be honest! Parents need to know where their child is at academically and if you try and sugar coat it so they do not get mad at you then you are not helping the situation. Be honest about what you are doing and how the child is performing. If the child is struggling then YOU NEED TO HAVE SOMETHING FOR THE PARENTS TO TAKE HOME TO BE ABLE TO ASSIST THEIR CHILD! DON'T LET THEM LEAVE EMPTY HANDED! Get materials from the parent center or have other resources ready. The worst feeling as a parent is hearing that your child is struggling, but having no idea how to help them. ALL parents want to help their child. Always remember parents are doing the best they can for their children with the resources and skills they have. It's our job as the professionals and experts in the field to equip them with more resources.

- If you have a concern with a conference, please add it to the spreadsheet sent out by Mrs. Krogman.

Hattie's Corner: Resources

"Self-reported grades (d=1.44) comes out at the top of all influences researched by Hattie. With an effect size of 1.44, that is more than 3 years of growth in one year! Hattie says he would re-name this learning strategy “Student Expectations” to express more clearly that this strategy involves the teacher finding out what are the student’s expectations and pushing the learner to exceed these expectations. Once a student has performed at a level that is beyond their own expectations, he or she gains confidence in his or her learning ability. It provides students knowledgeable about their chance of success; awareness of what they know about a subject and how they will likely perform."

Go to Global PD for a great video on Students as Owners of their Own Learning. https://globalpd.com/search/content/NQ== In this video, Dylan Wiliam gives strategies for students to assess their level of understanding. We learn anecdotal examples of students using colored cups and discs to communicate comprehension to their teacher. When these channels of communication between student and teacher are open, teachers must be able to quickly assess student feedback and adjust instruction.

Click on the link below, "3 Tips on Students self reported grades" for practical tips.

Video 1: On the Hattie survey I sent out, grades K-2 asked for examples to see how Hattie works in their classrooms. See the video below "formative assessment in the classroom". There are 2 really great ideas! Any grade could use these two strategies.

Video 2: "Self assessment: Reflections from Students" is a great tool of how to use their rubric.

Formative assessment in the classroom
Self-Assessment: Reflections from Students and Teachers

EES All Stars of the Week: The Sped Department

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English Language Learner Resource: Click below for the newsletter!

Details for the Week


  • Be sure to give Mrs. Patty a copy of your P/T conference schedule. Conferences will be held from 2:00-7:00 on Thursday.

  • Last day of this club group will be November 8th. The survey results showed 48% preferring to do a 3 club rotation in the year. We will do three clubs for a 12 week rotation.

  • SMART goals - Do the students know the goal for your essential standard? Make sure to post your goal with your essential standard in your room, so students know the focus. I think most of you for Unit 1 had an 80% goal.

  • 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.

  • K-2 DIBELS Progress Monitoring this week.

  • Monday

  • Mrs. Bailey will be with us! I cannot tell you all how proud I am that you have signed up to visit with her. Please add students on the second tab, so we can visit with about data binders on Tuesday. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yumqSc4eLVUKLLATWf6Je0wX2O02sNfvjaZwbHXY1MI/edit#gid=0

  • All report cards updated by end of school day. Ask Mrs. Hogg if you have any questions.

  • ACT Aspire Interim 1 makeups begin. Mrs. Krogman will be communicating this process Monday morning.

  • 2nd grade - select one student that will receive a taxi ride to lunch for Friday. Place name on spreadsheet sent out by Celebration Committee. You will all three have to agree on one student.

  • Make sure to communicate to parents about lunch schedule changes this week in case they want to come up for lunch on Tuesday or Thursday.

  • Tuesday

  • Mrs. Bailey will be with us! I cannot tell you all how proud I am that you have signed up to visit with her. We will be visiting with students from 8:00 - 10:00. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yumqSc4eLVUKLLATWf6Je0wX2O02sNfvjaZwbHXY1MI/edit#gid=0
  • Dismissal for car rider at 1:20
  • We will call for bus riders.
  • If you are one leaving to go to the PD center, make sure your duty is covered. You will need to park out by PE building that day to avoid traffic. You need to leave campus between 1:20 - 1:25.
  • See schedule for lunch times, block, recess, and classified staff assignments for 1:40 - 3:40. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZlTKPVaVE4pmfV59pp4x-x3N7SIF3ixleY70RRZXf6s/edit?usp=sharing
  • Check the google doc sent out about your location for PD after school. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pqJ1w4H77dFEZane5Gcd_Pl2gNMe5DDfEeMOv05EkUg/edit?usp=sharing
  • Wednesday
  • Guiding Coalition meeting - 9:15 - 10:20 in the team meeting room.
  • SIT will occur at noon
  • Thursday
  • No PROWL. Certified staff meeting 7:40 - 8:20 in the team meeting room.

  • Fall Festival coronation practice 9:00 AM

  • Dismissal for car rider at 1:20

  • We will call for bus riders

  • See schedule for lunch times, block, recess, and classified staff assignments for 1:40 - 3:40. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZlTKPVaVE4pmfV59pp4x-x3N7SIF3ixleY70RRZXf6s/edit?usp=sharing

  • Conferences will begin at 2:00. Pasta Grill dinner has been purchased. It will be delivered around 2:30. If you don't have a block of time for supper, let the block staff know to make you a plate and bring it to you.

  • Friday
  • Club day

  • Fall Festival coronation practice 9:00 AM

  • Recess meetings - more info to come

Learning Happening at Eastside

Thank you to everyone working Fall Festival!!!

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

Oct 28 - 31 Red Ribbon Week

Oct 28 - Kinder Country Critters field trip

Oct 30 - Student flu shot clinic (afternoon)

Oct 31 - Book Character Parade and Panther Bank Store

Nov 15th - PTO Teacher Tailgate

Nov 15th - Movie Night

Fall Festival Important Dates

Oct 23 by noon - last day for students to turn in money for chocolate and raffle tickets

Oct 26th - Coronation at 5 pm Panther Pavilion

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Words to Live By This Month


PRIDE WORD = Respect