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Eastridge's Weekly Update for Students and Caregivers

Week of February 8, 2020

Important Dates

February 12th

  • Midterms uploaded in ParentVue

February 15th

  • President's Day - No School

February 16th

  • Staff Professional Development - eLearning Day for students

February 18th

  • Roller Cave Skating Party

February 24th - 27th

  • Vision and Hearing Screenings

Health Update

Please remember to communicate with the school if your son or daughter is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or has been tested for COVID-19. In both of these situations, we ask that you keep your child at home until the symptoms have gone away or you have received the results of the COVID test.
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Weekly Update

With the extreme cold temperatures forecasted for this weekend and next week, I would like to share that our Moorhead Community Resource Center has new coats available for students. Coats can be picked up from 8 AM - 4 PM. If you have questions or additional needs, you can call our outreach hotline at 317-608-0545 or email at MSDWarrenOutreach@warren.k12.in.us with your request.

Next week, MSD Warren School Board and Administration will be hosting our annual legislative forum to discuss proposed legislation that impacts our schools and community. This year, the forum will be held virtually on February 10th from 7:00 - 8:30. I welcome you to join us via Zoom. The link for the virtual forum is bit.ly/MSDWarrenLegislativeForum.

Winter Recess

School Board and School policy encourage outdoor recess for our K-4 students whenever possible to encourage activity and social playtime. Our threshold for cold weather is 20 degrees. When the temperature falls below 20, students will have recess indoors. The 20 degree temperature would also include wind chill. In other words, if the temperature is 25 but the wind chill falls below 20 degrees, students would remain indoors for recess. If students are not feeling well or parents want them to stay in for health reasons beyond 1-2 days, a doctor's note is required.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning Emphasis

At Eastridge Elementary, we want our students to be strong readers! There are 5 major components to reading. I will be sharing information on each of the 5 components of reading over the next several weeks. Let's start with Phonological and Phonemic Awareness definitions.

Phonological awareness is a broad skill that includes identifying and manipulating units of oral language – parts such as words, syllables, and onsets and rimes. Children who have phonological awareness are able to identify and make oral rhymes, can clap out the number of syllables in a word, and can recognize words with the same initial sounds like 'money' and 'mother.'

Phonemic awareness refers to the specific ability to focus on and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. Phonemes are the smallest units comprising spoken language. Phonemes combine to form syllables and words. For example, the word 'mat' has three phonemes: /m/ /a/ /t/. There are 44 phonemes in the English language, including sounds represented by letter combinations such as /th/. Acquiring phonemic awareness is important because it is the foundation for spelling and word recognition skills. Phonemic awareness is one of the best predictors of how well children will learn to read during the first two years of school instruction.

Students at risk for reading difficulty often have lower levels of phonological awareness and phonemic awareness than do their classmates. The good news is that phonemic awareness and phonological awareness can be developed through a number of activities.

Next week I will share a list of activities that you can do at home to help your child continue to learn in this area of reading.

Update: Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)

Important P-EBT Update - FSSA has updated its estimated issuance date to February 28, 2021, so you may hear from families who are concerned when they don't receive cards this week as expected. Please share the updated estimated issuance date of Feb. 28, 2021 with families in this week's newsletter, and with staff who may be fielding questions. I've attached P-EBT flyers that reflect the new date in English and Spanish (***Note: The FSSA flyers direct families to contact their school with questions). For more information, visit https://www.warren.k12.in.us/article/388678?org=msd-of-warren-township, which includes links to FSSA P-EBT webpage and FAQs.

"All Warren Township Schools will participate and provide the necessary data to the Division of Family Resources for the 3rd round of the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). The funds will begin to be mailed out to your home on January 31, 2021. It is essential that you keep your card, as additional P-EBT assistance will be loaded back onto this same card. Again, PLEASE KEEP THIS CARD. For additional questions or information, please feel free to call our Food Service Department at 317-869-4381 or 317-869-4389, or you can visit https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/dfr-policy-changes-and-actions/pandemic-ebt/.

If you should happen to move and need to complete a change of address form, please visit the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ur-ZIQmkE0wxBi0WTPYjbJ_x7DdGCFIvwlvRHlpyNNUN1pDMjdWOE1EQ1o5QTJQTkNJTFY0UVlCUi4u"

Along with this, I have included an additional flyer for your review.

The assistance is only for students in grades K-12. Early Childhood and Adult Education does not qualify.

For additional information about P-EBT, please feel free to visit: https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/dfr-policy-changes-and-actions/pandemic-ebt/

Please let me know if you have any questions.

(Mason Gallmeyer / Asst. Director of Business Operations & Contract Services / 317-869-4389)

Tech Support

If you are in need of a Hotspot please use the link below to make your request.


If you are in need of Parent Tech Support please use the link below.

Moorhead technology help desk is located at door 11 at the rear of the building near the playground. Please drive through the gate on the west side of the building and, after parking, enter door 11 for assistance. The Technology team will keep the same hours for the help desk: Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 10am to 2pm.

Help for Virtual Learning

If you have any technology needs, you can access one of the following supports:

  • Technology Help Desk at Moorhead Community Resource Center from 10:00 - 2:00, Monday - Friday. iPad concerns should be directed here.

  • All three Intermediate Middle Schools during school hours for chromebook help.

  • Chromedesk at the High School during 1st and 2nd period.

  • Submit a help ticket through IncidentIQ by clicking on Technology under the Explore Tab and then select Parent Tech Info.

If you have any academic needs, you can access the following supports:

  • Contact your child's teacher(s) for support. Teacher contact information is available on each school’s website under the Explore Tab, then select STAFF.

  • Contact your child's school counselor or administrator.

Ms. Jones, counselor - kjones11@warren.k12.in.us or 317-532-3150 X 3187

Ms. Bell, dean - pbell1@warren.k12.in.us or 317-532-3152

Mrs. Johnson, principal - tjohnso1@warren.k12.in.us or 317-532-3153

If you have other needs beyond what is being provided, you can access of the following resources:

  • Contact your child’s counselor or administrator. All of our schools are open during normal school hours. Eastridge's office line is 317-532-3150.

  • Share your request through our outreach hotline at 317-608-0545 or email at MSDWarrenOutreach@warren.k12.in.us.

  • Visit our Moorhead Community Resource Center. Monday / Wednesday / Friday - 8:00 - 4:00 or Tuesday / Thursday - 8:00 - 8:00.

Moorhead Community Resource Center

The Moorhead Community Resource Center (MCRC) will remain open during the VIRTUAL window and is committed to providing Warren Township families and students with programs and services in a safe, non-judgmental environment where families feel welcome and supported.

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Main Line: (317) 532-3854

Address: 8400 E 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219

For more information about the Moorhead Community Resource Center, click here. If you have needs beyond what is being offered, please reach out to your child's home school or contact us through the Community Outreach hotline at 317-608-0545.

Click the buttons below for helpful information!

Parent Recommendation Form for High Ability Program

Parents may refer their child for high ability consideration for the 2021-2022 school year. Complete this form to do so. The window is open through March 26th to collect the recommendations. A recommendation does not guarantee placement.

Helpful Tips and Links for Virtual Learning

Trouble Shooting Tips to help with Virtual Learning.

Title 1 Presentation

Title 1 is a federally funded program that provides support for students and groups of students who are at risk of not mastering Indiana Academic Standards. In Warren Township, all elementary schools and middle schools are Title 1 served schools.

Updated S.A.F.E. Reopening Plan See Page 10

This document has been updated to reflect the latest guidance from the Marion County Health Department.

Stay Connected!

Please continue to monitor our website, mobile app, school newsletters, and our social media accounts for updated information. If you haven’t already done so, please consider following Eastridge on Twitter and/or Facebook…

Twitter: @eastridgeelemen

Facebook: http://eastridge.warren.k12.in.us/

School Webpage: https://eastridge.warren.k12.in.us/

Warren Township App: The Warren app can be downloaded at the Apple and Android App Store.


Warren’s mission is to connect tradition with innovation, in a safe and caring environment, that provides exceptional learning experiences and fosters meaningful relationships for ALL Warren students, families and employees.

MSD Warren will graduate students who exhibit the skills and dispositions of the Journey of a Graduate.

Citizenship - Contributing to our community in a meaningful way

Collaboration - Working with others to achieve better results

Communication - Expressing ideas through listening, discussion, and awareness of impact

Content Knowledge - Developing a strong foundation to support future learning opportunities

Critical Thinking - Engaging in analysis and reasoning to arrive at a conclusion

Resilience - Using skills and strategies to thrive, adapt and overcome challenging situations

MSD Warren Values...Academic Excellence, Commitment to Community, Respect for Diversity, Personal Learning Experiences, Equitable Access to Opportunities, Strong and Supportive Relationships

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At Eastridge Elementary our mission is to develop a community of lifelong learners who will positively impact society.