Eastern Heights Elementary School, August/September 2023
Dear Eastern Heights Elementary Families,
I am so happy to be writing to you in my first family newsletter from Eastern Heights Elementary. While I am new to EHES, I am not new to Elyria. This begins my 11th year in the district and most recently, I served as one of the principals of Northwood Middle School. I look forward to working with and getting to know you and your family.
There is a lot of information in our Welcome Back newsletter so please be sure to read through all of it. This includes information about Kindergarten Orientation, campus traffic, including arrival and dismissal procedures, snacks, and lunch prices.
Elementary doors open at 8:55, school begins at 9:10 and the day ends at 3:10.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and devotion to our schools. It truly is A GREAT DAY TO BE A PIONEER!
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation,
Mrs. Brenda Wittman
21 - Staggered Start for Last Names A - G
22 - Staggered Start for Last Names H - O
23 - Staggered Start for Last Names P - Z
23 - EHES Open House 6-7pm
24 - First day of school for all students
4 - Labor Day ~ No School
12 - Marco's Pizza Night
WELCOME TO OUR NEW KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS!
Kindergarteners and their families, we are so excited to welcome you to school next week! A parent/guardian should plan to come to school with their Kindergarten student on their designated start day and join us in the cafeteria. While your student eats breakfast, you will meet the Kindergarten teachers and other school staff members who will be working with your child this year, as well as learn a little bit more about Eastern Heights Elementary.
Kindergarten Orientation will begin at 9:10 and last approximately an hour.
THE COUNSELOR'S CORNER
Greetings to our Eastern Heights Elementary family from Mrs. Becka, our school Guidance Counselor. She has provided you with some great back to school tips below.
EASTERN HEIGHTS CAMPUS TRAFFIC
Please remember that STUDENT & STAFF SAFETY is our #1 priority during drop-off and pickup times. All drivers entering campus should stay alert, drive slowly, refrain from cell phone use and follow the traffic patterns. Please review the information below, as well as the graphic included.
- Enter the ring road at the PROSPECT and CORNELL entrance to the campus
- Cars are NOT to enter the ring road via Garford Ave.
- Follow the ring road around the building, staying to the left of the bus line
- Stop inside of the coned areas in front of the ELEMENTARY ENTRANCE when dropping off and picking up your student(s)
- Exit the loop at PROSPECT and CORNELL
IMPORTANT DISMISSAL INFORMATION
If, for some reason, you need to make us aware of a change in your child's transportation home, please call the Main Office no later than 2:30pm. This allows us enough time to alert your child's teacher of the change.
Please remember that, during the first few weeks of school, we will be practicing our dismissal procedures with students. For returning car riders and walkers, we have made some adjustments to our routines to help dismissal run more smoothly. Walkers will be dismissed first, starting with grades K-2, followed by grades 3 & 4. 3rd & 4th graders with siblings in the younger grades will be permitted to collect their siblings and exit with the first group. Once the majority of walkers have moved through the crosswalk in front of the elementary entrance, we will dismiss car and bus riders.
During the first few weeks of school we will begin our dismissal process at 2:45. Please be aware that, as students learn the dismissal process, we will move that dismissal time incrementally closer to 3:10. We will be sure to make you aware as these changes take place.
The safety of our staff & students is our upmost priority.
Please be patient and considerate.
WANT TO SEND IN A SPECIAL SNACK?
Below you will find the EHES approved snack list for the 2023-24 school year. Please use this list when planning for class treats for special celebrations and when sending in snacks for your student for individual use. This includes all classroom parties and special events. This list was created by our Nurse & Health Aide to ensure the health and safety of all our staff.
Should you have any questions about a snack that is not on this list, please contact Nurse Val Frank or Health Aide Brittany Fields at school.
Food Service Updates
The price of paid lunches has increased by $0.05; paid lunch for grades K-8 is $3.30. All students who qualify for Reduced lunch will not be charged. They will receive free breakfast and lunch.
All families are encouraged to fill out the Free & Reduced Lunch Application (must be completed by October 3rd.)
The Student Code of Conduct provides full guidance on school clothing expectations but please make note of these important takeaways:
- Hoods may not be worn up and over the head during the school day.
- Clothing may not present a health or safety hazard or disrupt the educational environment.
- Pants must be sized to fit and be in good repair.
- Crop tops may not be worn.
- Footwear must be school appropriate, slippers and slipper socks are not permitted.
- Blankets may not be worn in school.
- Cell phones must be turned off and put away during the school day unless they are being used as part of a teacher-directed lesson.
MEET OUR NEW STAFF!
Rebecca Littleton - Intervention Specialist
A recent graduate of Ashland University, I am excited to be part of this vibrant and kind community! I live with my three children and husband in an old farmhouse we worked to restore. I am passionate about reading intervention and the gamification of learning. I believe that we can do anything we set our mind to. When I am not at school, I can be found at a soccer fields, taking pictures, or fossil hunting with my family.
Coletta Strippy - Paraprofessional
I was happy to join Elyria City Schools as a Special Ed Paraprofessional in December of last year at Northwood Elementary. I'm excited to move to Eastern Heights, as I've heard wonderful things about the school, administration and faculty.
I am a proud mother of two, Brian, a Sophomore at Elyria Catholic and Mary, an 8th grader at St. Peter in North Ridgeville. My husband, Brian and I celebrated our 18 year anniversary last month. We live in North Ridgeville and in our free time outside of our children's sports, we love walking our yellow lab, Tinker, through the walking trails in our development.
This summer, I began working at Save Our Children in Elyria. It has been a wonderful experience. I'm very passionate about helping others and setting a good example to our youth.
I thank you for the warm welcome and am looking forward to serving the community at Eastern Heights!
Maddi Dicken - 2nd Grade
I have lived in Elyria my entire life and went through Elyria City Schools. After graduating from EHS in 2018, I attended LCCC and graduated from Ashland University in 2022. I have worked at a daycare for the past 5 years while I worked on my education. I have always loved working with kids and helping them learn and grow! I am motivated by my family and friends, and inspired by all the teachers in my life. I am so excited to be a Pioneer again!
•going to the beach
Caitlin Baisden - 3rd Grade
I have my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Marshall University. Although this is my 1st year teaching at EHE, this is my 8th year teaching. I am thrilled to begin the school year with you all!
We are going to do so many fun things this year, and of course learn a lot too. I hope you had a great summer, and I can’t wait to hear all about it.
To share a little more about me, I love spending time with my husband and two daughters. We love going to the metro parks, boating, and traveling together. My favorite season is Winter and my favorite color is red. I love reading novels and drinking coffee in my free time.
I am looking forward to meeting you all and learning more about your favorite things this year!
Allison Wensel - Intervention Specialist
Carol Stitak - Instructional Aide
My background is in nursing, but I have been lucky enough to be home with my kids while they were young. This allowed me to spend a great deal of time volunteering with some fantastic teachers and support staff at Prospect.
My three amazing kids keep me very busy! Maddy is a college freshman at LCCC, most likely majoring in Special Education. Adam is a freshman at EHS and plays the sousaphone (tuba) in the marching band. Noah is starting Kindergarten at EHES and is eager to teach all of his new friends everything he knows about dinosaurs.
I am looking forward to all of the new and exciting things that this year will bring!
Brenda Wittman - Principal
My career in education began in Elyria at Prospect ES as an Intervention Specialist. I continued in that position at (the old) Eastern Heights MS and eventually became the Assistant Principal. I moved to Northwood Middle School in 2021 and spent two years there as Principal. I am very excited to be back in the Heights neighborhood!
My husband and I have 4 boys and 3 very cute dachshunds that keep us very busy. In my free time, I love to workout, read and watch up on my tv watching.
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ELYRIA CITY SCHOOLS BELIEF STATEMENTS
- Learners thrive when school is engaging and personally meaningful
- All Pioneers have a voice in decisions that affect them
- Excellence is achieved through vision, commitment and moral leadership