Heights Happenings

Eastern Heights Elementary School, April 2022

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Dear Eastern Heights Elementary Families,

Spring is right around the corner and we are only a few short days till Spring break. Our last day of school is April 14th and we will return with students on April 25th. I wish you all a time of relaxation with family and friends during this season.

Just as a reminder that on April 2nd the District will be hosting a district wide open house from 9:00-12:00. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to come and visit the new school sites of: Ely, Eastern Heights, Hamilton, Northwood and Westwood.

The Main Office of any school building is a hub of activity. Students and staff are always on the go, in and out of the space throughout the school day. It’s an active place for regular check-ins and meetings with students, as well as staff conferences and daily interactions with school principals and counselors. The Main Office is also a confidential space at times for conversations and interactions between school personnel and students.

Parents and caregivers are part of the equation, too. For any number of reasons, parents may be asked to come to their child’s school during the day. When that happens, parents should follow the district’s visitor procedures by using the school’s main entrance buzzer and intercom system to gain entrance to the school, and then signing in at the front desk.

If parents/caregivers do not have a meeting at the school but still need to come to the school during the day to see their child or to speak to a staff member, call-ahead notice or an appointment is required. This ensures parents will be seen in a timely manner and upholds the safety practices of the school. To contact the Main Office, please call 440-284-8011.

We are still experiencing issues with our car traffic around the campus.

Here's a few reminders for what is expected during arrival and dismissal:

  • Cars should only drive one way around the school.
  • Students may be loaded or unloaded in the lane next to the curb only.
  • Outside lane is for exit/passing.
  • Please do not block neighbors' driveways or park in other businesses' parking lots during arrival or dismissal.
  • Please have your car tag visible during pick-up, as this helps with getting your child to your car quickly. If you need a new tag, please contact your child's teacher.
  • Prospect and Eastern Heights: Exit Only for all traffic. Cars should NOT enter at this point.
  • Prospect and Cornell is Car Rider ENTER AND EXIT.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and devotion to our schools.

Your Partner in Education,

Mrs. Jessica C. Barwacz

Go Pioneers!

Introducing our NEW Assistant Principal, Mr. Bruner

Hi Everyone!

I am so excited to be a part of the EHES family! I have enjoyed getting to work with you all in the first few weeks as the Assistant Principal. I did want to share a little about myself. This is my 5th year in Elyria and 9th in education overall. While in Elyria I taught at Windsor Elementary and Eastern Heights Middle School. Before my time in Elyria, I taught in Vermilion at Sailorway Middle School. I also coached middle school football and Varsity Girls' basketball during that time.

My wife Danielle is also a teacher. She has worked in Avon for 8 years as both a high school English teacher and an Intervention Specialist at Heritage Elementary. We will celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary this summer. We have two children. Danielle is staying home with them this year and next school year as well. Their names are Melanie, who is 4, and Jack who is 9 months old. We enjoy going to the park, Cedar Point, or watching a movie.

A few of my favorite things are Kentucky Wildcats basketball, all Cleveland sports, and spending time doing things with my family.

I look forward to working with all of you! Let’s make the 4th quarter the best one yet!

Mr. Gary Bruner

Upcoming Dates


1 - NO SCHOOL, Records Day

2 - Community Open House, 9am-noon

6 - Report Cards sent on School Messenger

7 - Walking Club @ 8:30am

7 - Student Council Meeting @ 8:30am

12 - Tech E Club @ 8:00am

14 - Walking Club @ 8:30am

15-22 - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

25 - School Resumes

27 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Playhouse Square

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The Counselor Connection

This month during Mrs. Becka’s classroom counseling lessons, we will be starting the Second Step Child Protection Unit. The main goal is to keep children safe from potentially dangerous situations.

Lesson 1: Ways to Stay Safe

Lesson Concepts

  • Adults should take care of you and keep you safe.

  • The Ways to Stay Safe are:

    • Recognize: Is it safe? What’s the rule?

    • Report: Tell an adult.

    • Refuse: Say words that mean no.

  • Following the Never-Never Rules helps you stay safe.

Lesson 2: The Always Ask First Rule

Lesson Concepts

  • Always ask a parent or the person in charge first. (Always Ask First Rule)

  • Following the Always Ask First Rule helps you stay safe.

Lesson 3: Safe and Unsafe Touches

Lesson Concepts

  • Safe touches help you feel cared for and loved.

  • Unsafe touches hurt your body or feelings.

  • You can say words that mean no to any kind of touch you don’t want.

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Birthday Treats & Party Snacks

Birthdays and holidays are special occasions, and we love to celebrate them. Our elementary school, however, has found that we need to make a change in our birthday treat and party snack policy. Due to the increased number of severe food allergies (peanut, tree nuts, eggs, seeds, gluten, sugar, dairy, etc.), we are joining the many schools that have already adopted a modified treat policy.

What does this mean? It means that birthdays can be celebrated by non-food items that are brought in to school by the student's family. Some examples of acceptable non-edible treats include pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos, erasers, silly bands, or any other similar item.

During school-wide parties, the school will provide pre-approved treats for the students or arrangements will be made for students who require something different than what is provided.

Please reach out to your child's teacher or to Mrs. Barwacz with any questions or concerns you might have.

First Student Bus Information

First Student offers a live tracking app called FirstView that makes it easy for parents to follow the progress of their student's bus before and after school. This is helpful to allow you to see your students bus and in the event of a delay you could get the information quickly.

You can sign up here:


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