EAS Principal's Update

September 28, 2020

Another Round of Distribution

We should have our materials in to finish off distribution this week. We are planning on doing another distribution, Thursday, October 1st from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. Please plan on coming during these times to pick up more materials!

Having trouble remembering what time to log in for Zoom?

We have heard from parents that it can be challenging reminding students about the different times they need to log into Zoom for class time, small group time and specialist instruction. In speaking with parents, some have found alarm clocks with at least 3 alarms to be helpful. This can be set for each of the times students need to log in daily. I have also spoken to parents who prefer a wristwatch that travels with their kids around the house or between homes! I thought I would pass this idea along and provide a few examples of clocks and watches that you may be interested in.

Here are a few options you may want to consider (I have not tested the quality of these products, and there are many other products on the market):

Digital Alarm Clock with 3 Alarms $11.99

Digital Alarm Clock with 3 Alarms $15.99

Digital 8 Alarm Vibrating Watch for Kids $39.90

3 Multiple Alarms Reminder Sports Kids Wristwatch $15.99

Can students use Google Meets to socialize?

Yes, Google Meets is available to all NHUSD students and they can use this application as a way to socialize while being socially distant. We know many of our students are feeling isolated from school, from their friends and from normalcy. With the limited number of minutes that teachers have with students, it is hard to provide adequate social time during our virtual school day.

One way your students can be more social with their friends during this time is using the Google Meets feature outside of school meetings. Please be aware this platform is not being monitored by NHUSD, but as it is part of the Google Suite of apps, it is available. Depending on the age and familiarity of your student(s) and their friend(s), please plan on monitoring any student to student Google Meets. I am not sharing this information widely with students. You as the parents/guardians should decide limits for how you want your child(ren) to use this application outside of school. Google Meets in not a secure platform and if meeting information is shared with others, they can access the meeting.

All classroom teachers will continue to use Zoom Secure Classrooms for virtual meetings.

Upcoming Assessments

Students will be taking some district level assessments over the next few weeks including Literably and NWEA. You should have received information from our district regarding these assessments via Q Communications. I am providing an outline below.

Literably - Will be taken by all students in Grades 1 - 5. Teachers will be providing information about these assessments and will be assessing students either during class time or small group instruction. Literably assessments should be completed by October 2nd.

Some teachers have already assessed students virtually with Fontous and Pinnell. If this assessment has already been done, students will not be tested again until the end of the trimester.

NWEA - Will be taken by all students in Grades 3-5. Teachers will be providing information about these assessments and will be assessing students during class time. NWEA assessments should be completed by October 23rd.

I want to highlight a very important excerpt from our district communication on NWEA (this also applies to Literably)!

It is extremely important that the assessment be completed by the student without any additional support from another device (phone or computer) or an individual in the home. In order for teachers to plan their instruction appropriately, the score a student receives on the NWEA assessments must reflect their own ability.

Healthy Families

There has been a lot of talk these days about the high levels of stress in families with kids at home all day, doing school, and families at home, working. All the multi-tasking that is happening can create friction in any house. We hear a lot about the stress, but what do we do about it. Eastin has joined with Alliance for a Healthier Generation so support physical and mental health at all levels, staff, classrooms, students and families.

Here are some ideas for 20 Family Bonding Activities!

Union City Library No Contact Pick Up

Want to check out physical books for your children to read at home? Check out the No Contact Pick Up happening at Alameda County Libraries.

Child Find

It is the responsibility of the New Haven Unified School District to locate any child in the district who may have a disability, regardless of the severity of the disability. It is also the responsibility of the New Haven Unified School District to evaluate those students to determine if they are eligible for special education or related services under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).

If you suspect that your child, at any age, may need an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services, you may request an evaluation, at no cost, at your child’s school. Please contact the Principal at your child’s school for information about referring your child for an evaluation.

Important Dates

September 29th - English Learner Advisory Council Meeting (Virtual) 9:30 - 10:30

October 5th - Eastin Spirit Assembly - Advocacy via Zoom Webinar 9:40 - 10:05

October 16th - No School - October Holiday

Parent Conferences have been moved to November 17th & 18th. Please see additional information here.

Make sure you stay up to date with our Eastin Community Calendar.

Stay Informed

In an attempt to keep important information all in one place, I have create an Eastin Community Padlet. This is a one stop shop for important information regarding Eastin. Check it out today.
Eastin Elementary School Website

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