K-2 Team Newsletter

December 16, 2019

Principal's Message

We were so excited to celebrate our scholars with our second school-wide paycheck party with our “Going Wild” petting zoo. It was great to see scholars celebrated for their hard work all semester and making G.R.E.A.T. choices to focus and go all in during testing. The habits they develop now will help them continue on the path to setting goals and achieving them for college and beyond!

Quote: "Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead" ~Nora Ephron

School Wide Focus

Principal Leadership Survey

Each year about this time we administer principal leadership surveys to gather specific feedback from grade band teams to inform actionable plans for continuous leadership development for principals. Below is the link for the K-2 Principal survey. Please complete this survey by 4 pm on December 20th; estimated time is about 15 minutes. I know we all have a million things going on this time of year; your time on this survey is very much appreciated in advance. When you finish the survey, take a screenshot of the page that says survey completed and turn it into your coach/direct manager as part of the semester 2 check out process.

K-2 Principal Survey Link

Semester 1 Celebrations

This year will be our first year giving out Principal Awards for two scholars in each classroom per teacher/dean nomination. Please see the link here to sign up your scholars (one achievement and one behavior). An example is included for each award and this is due by 4pm Tuesday, Dec. 17th in order to prep all the materials. Don't forget that we are celebrating inclusivity this winter holiday season so be mindful of playing Christmas songs this week and rather play more ambiguous holiday songs like Jingle Bells vs Silent Night. Thanks for your support and if you have any questions please reach out!

Deans of Academics


Next Week Schedule: Please continue your normal academic schedule, including centers, until Wednesday EOD. Deans will continue to STEP.

DDI: K-2 Math, please email Molly when you are done inputting your IA data. 2nd grade ELA, please email Ayana when you are inputting your IA data.


RTI/Progress Monitoring: Please continue to pull RTI groups with fidelity. Due to a limited schedule, you may progress monitor one more time before the end of the quarter.

Check-Ins: We will have check-ins this week. If you need any help or support, please reach out to your coach.

STEP: Please send Ayana any individual or group shots of students who have passed new step levels in their STEP swag! She will post as much as possible on the Academic boards. Either email her or text her the pictures at 901-262-3039.

Dean of Culture

We are still in the midst of testing season so let’s keep high expectations 100% of the time and work together to keep our hallways silent. Let's continue to focus on transitions. When scholars are walking in the hallways they must be silent, safe, and speedy. It is important that leaders, teachers, and scholars are following through on their end of the hallway transitions. We want to model these expectations to ensure a high-achieving professional testing environment.

Some things to remember:

  • All restrooms breaks are silent.
  • While scholars are waiting to use the restroom the expectation is they are waiting silently.
  • Scholars that are in the restroom are silently doing their business and moving quickly.
  • Hallway transition are silent 100% of the time.
  • H-A-L-L-S. (H)Your hands are at your side, (A) all eyes are tracking forward (L), legs and feet on the blue line, (L) lips are zipped, and (S) we are silent.

Going Wild Petting Zoo Pics


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Dean of SEL

We have really been focusing on our Leader in Me curriculum during the last two weeks. I am using the Leader in Me books to help our scholars learn more about each habit, and how they can incorporate this knowledge academically and socially. During the upcoming week, we will be focusing on Put First Things First again by discussing the “big rocks” and “small rocks” regarding priorities.

LIM Habit: Put First Things First

Work first, play later

  • Do the important things (big rocks) before you focus on the little things (small rocks).
  • Prioritize your time so that you are able to accomplish your goals

Operations Important Information

Titans Game Fundraiser

Just a reminder that we would love for you to participate in our school-wide fundraiser, which includes discounted tickets to the Tennessee Titans home games. Please share with your friends and family. Each ticket sold results in a portion going to East End Prep! There are two games left to attend.

Breakdown of savings:

· November 24th vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Savings of over $42 per ticket (47% discount)

· December 15th vs. Houston Texans – Savings of over $49 per ticket (51% discount)

· December 22nd vs. New Orleans Saints – Savings of over $63 per ticket (58% discount)

Link to buy the tickets: https://www.titansonline.com/tickets/school-ticket-program

Promo code: EAST

Secret Santa

Secret Santa continues this week. This Friday, Dec 20th we will do our big reveal in the downstairs cafeteria at 8 am so be ready!
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Upcoming Events

Dec. 18th

  • Grades Close
  • STEP Window Closes

Dec. 19th

  • 2nd/3rd Grade Puppet Show

  • Report Cards Sent Home

  • Semester 1 Class Celebrations

Dec. 20th

Data Day (LINK)

  • Lunch will be provided K-8 in upstairs cafe

Dec. 27th

*Tibbs B-day*

Dec. 28th

*Martinez B-day*

Dec. 23rd-Jan 3rd

Winter Break -- NO SCHOOL

Jan 6th

PD Day (tentative schedule LINK )

Shout Outs

Congrats to our G.R.E.A.T. Winners of the Week and check out the Class Photo of the Week!

Staff Absences

Dec. 16th

Tiffany Johnson (2nd)

Dec. 17th & 18th

Kelley Simpkins (1st)

Dec. 19th

Ticoria Wagner (2nd)

*1/2 day AM

Reminders - please see bolded items

  • All elements of AgMo should be in place (pathways, laps, codes, data trackers, and a response to the data)

  • All boards should be updated with the current date, objective (SWBAT..), and the common core standard code

  • Grades should be updated in Illuminate weekly

  • All lesson plans for the week should be on a clipboard or other system (i.e. binder/folder)

  • Principal and GLLs should be notified of late arrivals (after 7:28 am) or "early outs" (before 3:45 pm). Please see K-5 Playbook for details.

  • Use Kronos to schedule an absence in advance and input all unplanned absences in Kronos within 24 hours of your return
  • All sub plans should be updated immediately after an absence

Dr. Tianay Perrault

Lower Elementary Principal