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

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Week of December 2nd

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

15 days of instruction from now until Christmas Break

Hattie's Corner: Learning Targets

Learning targets fit under many categories of Hattie's effective strategies. Learning goals yield an effect size of 0.68, student self efficacy 0.92, scaffolding 0.82, and self reporting grades 1.33.

Within the last two weeks of December, make learning targets and/or students as owners of their learning part of your lessons. We will checking lesson plans for these during the last two weeks of December.

Watch the video below for how students use learning targets in class. You can skip to about the one minute mark to hear from a student. There is another video for upper grades with close reading and how to make sure kids know the learning target.

Two great videos to involve students in their learning is on Global PD. If you have forgotten your Global PD login, please let me know.

Students as owners of their own learning - practical strategies described such as pre-flight checklist, red and green, two stars and wish, and Captain's log. (I highly recommend this one.)


Students involved in their learning targets


Learning Targets: See student example at 1 minute mark

Visible Learning Strategies in the Classroom

Learning Targets and Close Reading Strategy for Upper grades

Common Core Literacy Close Reading Strategies with Informational Text

Details for the Week


  • Reciprocal teaching should be in lesson plans this week! Please take pictures of these in action and send to Mrs. Krogman and myself.

  • Make sure to see the Hattie strategy for the last two weeks of December listed above.

  • SIT doc updating - for any students in grades K and 1 - 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 and DIBELS Progress Monitoring will pause until after Christmas Break.

  • Make sure you have looked over the emails I sent about assessments that need to take place from now until Christmas break. Let me know if you have questions.

  • MAP testing will take place next week. Make sure you have looked over the schedule Mrs. Krogman sent out. Take time this week to set goals and have students look at their data binders.

  • Make sure you have signed up for the Staff Christmas party by end of day on Monday. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JijeOXZR8mhLOiNJYOivwZYOaXHnLbGDnlj_2ZiGeQE/edit#gid=0

  • Attendance Focus - By the end of Monday, we will have placed your Attendance tracker sheets in your box. You will hang this up outside your door. You will calculate percentage of students present each day and record it on the chart. If students check out early, you will need to change your percentage. Students must be present all day to count as present. We will collect these percentages up to Dec 18. On Dec 19, you will let students know which class out of their grade had the highest percentage and they will receive their 30 minute celebration (which you as the classroom teachers are choosing). Mrs. Krogman and I will calculate grade level percentages and the winning grade will receive a 30 minute party in the PE building on December 19th! Remember, December is a difficult month to get the kids here, so keep these incentives fresh on their minds.

  • Literacy Night Flyers are being placed in your box today to go home in Monday folders.

  • Any Christmas ornament or decorating by students will need to be at a minimum and be creative with the time, such as doing some of it during a rotation center so instruction can continue. I LOVE Christmas and I still hang my children's ornaments on our tree, but I don't need 3-5 ornaments each year. One is a wonderful memory!! If you need help brainstorming ideas to minimize loss of instruction then please visit with Mrs. Krogman and I. You could get a parent volunteer to allow the students to rotate out in hallway while teacher is still instructing!

  • We will not ask parents for money for any craft items or party items. Also, make sure that all food brought for parties are purchased from stores and not homemade.

  • 2nd Nine weeks writing assessments will need to be administered, graded, and entered on the literacy assessment spreadsheet prior to leaving for Christmas break.

  • Monday

  • Make sure to watch the news first thing in class so kids can learn about the No Tardy Party. You will start taking attendance on Tuesday of this week. Ask Mrs. Krogman if you have any questions.

  • Tuesday

  • Dallas Henderson visits 2nd grade for RISE observation and feedback
  • Mrs. Bailey will be here and will be joining the SIT team that day.
  • SIT will meet at 1:30.
  • Lil' Dribblers perform at 6 PM
  • TAG Dig day for 5th grade
  • Wednesday
  • Mrs. Bailey will be here to work with grades 3-5. Content teams will meet with her twice in that day. Agenda will focus on making a plan for after Christmas break. Schedule of team meetings are as follows:
  • 8:25 - 9:15 Math
  • 9:20 - 10:10 Literacy
  • 10:10 - 11:00 Science
  • 11:00 - 11:50 Science (I need three block staff members to volunteer to cover the three science rooms)
  • 1:30 - 2:20 Math (subs will cover rooms)
  • 2:20 - 3:10 Literacy (subs will cover rooms)
  • Thursday
  • Mrs. Bailey will be here to work with grades K-2. These teams will meet with her twice in that day. Agenda will focus on making a plan for after Christmas break. Schedule is as follows:

  • 8:25 - 9:15 2nd grade (sub will cover)

  • 9:15 - 10:05 1st Grade (sub will cover)

  • 10:05 - 10:55 Kinder (sub will cover)

  • 12:10 - 1:00 2nd grade

  • 1:30 - 2:20 1st grade

  • 2:20 - 3:10 Kinder

  • Staff Christmas Party at 6:00 PM at Mrs. Dunlap's house

  • Friday
  • PTO Pizza Party Fall festival incentive

  • Glow Run 5K at Springhill - See Coach Winn if you have questions.

Learning Happening at Eastside

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

Dec 9 - Mid Year MAP begins K-5

Dec 9 - Literacy Night: Santa the Scientist at 6:00 PM

Dec 12 - PTO Meeting 3:45

Dec 13 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 K-2 at 8:15 Spirit Day with K-5 at 9:00 and 3-5 at 9:30 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