Eastside: One Team, One Dream

"We never lose. We either win or we learn. - Nelson Mandela

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Week of September 16th

Eastside's Mission

Our mission is to build a strong educational foundation while meeting the unique needs of our students.

Eastside's Vision

Working in partnership with the community, Eastside Elementary will provide all students:

  • A collaborative team of professionals who are committed to improve their practices, so that all students learn at high levels

  • A safe, positive, and inviting learning environment

  • An engaging and challenging curriculum focused on essential academics and life skills

  • Individualized and timely support that provides students with what they need to succeed

Hattie's Corner: Making Learning Visible

"As teachers adapt to their students’ unique needs and create the conditions to focus on mastery learning and progress for all, they too are being visible learners. The long view of Visible Learning is about developing schools as true learning organizations as everyone sees themselves as a learner and an evaluator of their learning. Teachers learn by collaborating with colleagues and students to ensure clarity about student learning and about how students are progressing in that learning. It is no longer just about covering the curriculum, but about recognizing the phases of learning, responding to students’ needs during those phases, and seeing assessment as feedback as also being valuable for the teacher. Making the learning visible and continuing curiosity recognizes the complexity involved in implementing the findings of the world’s largest database of educational research."

Read the whole article here. https://corwin-connect.com/2019/02/5-teacher-insights-from-long-term-engagement-with-visible-learning/

MVP of the Week and All Star Team of the Week


Sweep shout out this week goes to the following:

Mrs. Graham- She was helping one student to attach a letter with a sound. She could tell the rest of the group was ready to move on. She called a student to do the next one. He picked right up where she was and asked the next letter/sound and students were finding it on the ABC chart! Great evidence of student ownership in the classroom!

Mrs. Lane and Mrs. Robertson - All students were engaged in PROWL. They were both listening individually to one student at a time for an assessment piece while the other students were whisper reading!

Details for the Week


  • SIT doc updating - for any students in grades 4 and 5 - needs to be completed by end of day on Friday. All staff working with these students on reading interventions will input a comment. For example, the PROWL teacher will comment, the interventionist will comment, and the literacy teacher will comment. Let me know if there are questions about this. If you did not comment on grades 2 -3 as the PROWL teacher, interventionist, or literacy teacher that needs to be completed by end of day on Monday since that was due last week. If I am the PROWL teacher and their literacy teacher, I will have two comments. One about PROWL and one about classroom performance. PROWL comments need to include information from the Kilpatrick one minute drills. Example of a detailed comment: Sam worked on identifying lowercase letters with the alphabet arch. He can identify the letters in his name but still needs to focus on all other letters. or I worked with Izzy on D2 of the one minute drills. She is still not automatic. We will begin using concrete objects this week to help her become more understandable with these phonological skills.

  • MAP Progress Monitoring will be with grades 4 and 5. They will take their test in the computer lab with Mrs. Cardin during their keyboarding time.

  • Be sure to have students pick up any school supplies out of the floor before the end of the day. The district spent $24,000 on school supplies for Eastside and they do not need to be thrown away due to them being on the floor. The custodians have found boxes of brand new crayons and pencils in the floor when they go to sweep. We must teach students responsibility to clean up their area!

  • If a parent mentions anything about 504, IEP, or dyslexia testing, you must email me that same day and let me know.

  • If you know in advance that you will be absent, please submit your request to ESS the day that you know of your absence and turn in your leave request on the same day. We are sharing subs with the entire district, which sometimes makes it difficult to get your class filled.

  • Please fill out the fall festival doc. We need all of your help! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SlBXzDkz9SlP3kzsv0CaLR881cOKvwj2mTVawVzCwZQ/edit#gid=0

  • PTO grade level reps - It was mentioned at the PTO meeting about contacting grade level reps. Keep in mind these ladies are volunteering to be the liason between us and the grade level volunteers. Some grades only have a couple of volunteers. Please be kind to them when requesting what you would like done. Be understanding if they aren't able to get it done. Make sure to give them plenty of notice about a task that you would like them to do.

  • Car tags at car rider - Please make sure you ask parents to park if they do not have a tag and come in to get one. Great job Coach Winn being vigilant with this on Friday! I know many of you know most parents. We must always think about on days when there are subs or staff members unfamiliar with parents we want that car tag to have the child's name on it.

  • Qballs - Make sure your Qball is working and you are using it with students! I have only seen it in use in a few rooms. If you are having connection issues, put in an IT ticket.

  • PROWL dismissal (7:45 for intervention groups, 7:47 for enrichment groups, 8:17 for enrichment groups, 8:20 for intervention groups) Students will stand in the hallway outside the door until 7:50. Teachers make sure you are outside your door greeting students coming into PROWL at 7:50 and leaving PROWL at 8:20. We need all eyes for supervision.

  • Monday

  • We will have about 15 visiting principals from around our area on our campus from 8:30 - 9:30. We will popping in some rooms and showing them around our school!

  • Ms. Heller will be working with 3-5 literacy.

  • Progress reports go home today. If you have any questions, please ask before 10:00 AM.

  • Mrs. Turner is starting literature circles in the cafeteria today during PROWL! 50 kids will be selecting what book they would like to start in!

  • Tuesday

  • Ms. Heller will be working with 3-5 literacy.
  • Constitution day - make sure your social studies lesson plans include something related
  • PRIDE blitz led by Mrs. Krogman (time will be unknown - hence the word blitz)
  • SIT will meet
  • VIP after school
  • Wednesday
  • Grade level team meeting day - agendas can be found on the Google site
  • Thursday
  • August Perfect attendance recess (Times will be announced later)
  • 5th grade flag etiquette speaker at 2:00 PM
  • Parental Advisory Committee with Mrs. Dunlap and Mrs. Robertson at 5:00 PM
  • Lil' Dribblers meeting at 6:00 PM
  • Friday
  • Clubs 7:50 - 8:20
  • Safety door drills (Times will be announced later)
  • Recess meetings (more info to come on materials to bring)


  1. Hope everyone is enjoying the morning announcement and Name that Tune! We dramatically decreased our behavior incidents this week due to setting this positive tone daily. (If you are reading this sentence, email me by end of school day on Monday with the message, I read it. You will receive a special prize.) It will continue to occur around 9:30 to allow all students to be present in the building.
  2. Celebrate Freedom Week during the last full week of classes in September (September 24– September 28), pursuant to Act 682 of 2003, Please make appropriate lessons for this week. The link will provide resources and ideas for you. http://adecm.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?id=4133
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Important Dates (Refer to EES 2019- 20 Calendar shared by Mrs. Krogman)

Week of September 23rd - Take your parent to PE Week

September 27th _ TEACHER TAILGATE sponsored by PTO (Taco Bar)

Oct 1 - Fall Picture Day

Oct 1-2 - Dr Howse to work with 3-5 math teachers

Oct 11 - Spirit Day/1st Nine Weeks Awards Assembly

Oct 11 - Homecoming Greenbrier Sr High Football Game

Oct 11 - End of first nine weeks

Oct 14 - 18 - ACT Aspire Interim 1

Oct 22 - 1:30 Dismissal time (Elementary PD)

Oct 24 - 1:30 Dismissal Time - P/T Conferences 2:00 - 7:00 PM

Oct 28 - 31 Red Ribbon Week

Oct 31 - Book Character Parade

Fall Festival Important Dates

Sept 17th - Fall Festival elections for kings and queens

Sept 26 - chocolate boxes and raffle tickets go home with students

Oct 23 by noon - last day for students to turn in money for chocolate and raffle tickets

Oct 19th - Fall festival games: Sweet walk, games, bingo, silent auction, vendor booths

Oct 24th and 25th @9 AM - Coronation practice at Panther Pavilion

Oct 26th - Coronation at 5 pm Panther Pavilion

Words to Live By This Month


PRIDE WORD = Perseverance