East Elementary: Team East News

Staff Newsletter for 2017-2018, Episode 2

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We are Blessed!

We are off and running and October is here! I know we have said it many times but we are so grateful to all of you for such an amazing start to our school year. While our work is not without its challenges, it is blessed because of the heart you have for our students, our families, and for each other. Our work is worth it. Our students are worth it.

We have already experienced many successes together and have gained a deeper understanding of the strengths and needs of the students we serve. I know that is often times sobering and at this point in the year can feel overwhelming. But our mindset must remain that our goal is to help our students achieve as much as they can individually and collectively. You are all amazing at what you do and I have no doubt our students will accomplish much with you in their corner. You make the difference. I know at this time last year I reminded us all of a quote from Rita Pierson. I must once again share her inspiration. "Every child deserves a champion -- an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." Thank you for being a champion for our students!

My prayer is that I get to do this work along with all of you for a very long time. So as I've said many times before, let us all be reminded to care for ourselves, our families, and each other well so that we can look forward to serving our families here at East for years to come. We love you all and look forward to a fabulous October!

Melissa and Ashley

TEAM EAST -- WE CAUGHT YOU IN ACTION! (Click on a picture to see it up close)

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Western Days is Here!

Our Specials Team has done a fabulous job organizing and planning our annual Western Days celebration! Please see below for links to your schedules for the day.


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

All staff will be asked to assist with stations and events. Jennifer, Elayna, and Trisha will be reaching out to paraprofessionals and additional staff to find out when you are available to help.

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District Website Update

We have not emphasized updating our campus website page up to this point because we will soon be transitioning to a new platform for our district and campus pages. I will be attending training with Mark Page next week to get clarity on our timeline and will be working with our campus website manager - our wonderful Brandi Symoniak - to put together a plan for making the changes we need to make. Stay tuned for more information!
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Classroom walkthroughs and evaluations are in full swing. If you are scheduled for a full evaluation this school year, you should have received a calendar invite for your preconference and evaluation dates. If you haven't, please contact your assigned campus appraiser.

Once a walkthrough has been completed, please login to DMAC to review your walkthrough and digitally sign the document.

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District College Days

We will continue this year with hosting a college day each month district wide to help our kids envision life after high school. The first Thursday of every month students and staff may wear their favorite college t-shirt (with jeans). Our October College Day will be this Thursday, October 5th!
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Looking Ahead: October Events

  • October 4th - RtI/DRA Data Conversations
  • October 6th - Western Day Activities and Homecoming
  • October 9th - School Holiday
  • October 10th - Fundraiser Sales End
  • October 10th - Design Lead Meeting
  • October 13th - DEAL Time - Habit #1
  • October 17th - Math CBA
  • October 18th - Reading CBA
  • October 19th - Fall Pictures
  • October 20th - End of Nine Weeks
  • October 23rd - 27th - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 25th - RtI Meeting and Data Review
  • October 26th - Curriculum and Assessment Review with North
  • October 27th - 2nd Nine Weeks Assembly and Early Release
  • October 30th - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 31st - Halloween (You may wear jeans with orange/black or Halloween shirt)

***Please see campus calendar for additional information and details.
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Have an AMAZING Week!