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Eastridge Elementary School February 16, 2020

New Visitor Procedure

Please click the link below to review our updated school visitor policy. Thank you for your support in helping keep Eastridge a safe and secure environment!

New School Times

School Day - 8:05AM - 3:05PM

Doors Open - 7:55AM

Tardy Bell - 8:05AM

Morning Car Rider Reminders

Please note that in the mornings you and your student must be in line and unloaded by 8:03 am at door #13. The door will lock automatically at 8:03 am and you will then need to bring your student to the front office for drop off. Any students dropped off at the front office after 8:05 am are considered tardy and must be signed in by an adult.
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  • February 17th--> President's Day (No School)
  • February 20th--> Skating Party @ The Roller Cave (6PM-8PM)
  • February 22nd--> Robotics Competition
  • February 24th - 27th--> Hearing and Vision Screenings
  • February 25th--> PTA Meeting @ 6PM (enter through door 1)
  • February 24th-28th--> Be a Hero Spirit Week (Pennies for Patient)
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Principal's Message

Parents and Families,

At Eastridge this week, we will be spending intentional time with our students revisiting the dress code. With the change in weather, we begin to see student dress change as well. Currently, we have seen an increase in the number of students wearing items that are not within our current guidelines. Please see the dress code (linked uniform dress code). Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bell (Dean) or Mr. Phillips (Counselor). We appreciate your support on this and all matters that ensure students are able to enjoy a successful learning environment.

Mrs. Tomeka Johnson, Proud Principal of Eastridge Elementary School

Welcome: Natalie Freehan (Social Work Intern from IUPUI School of Social Work)

My name is Natalie Freehan and I am an intern from the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Social Work. I am an undergraduate student graduating in May of 2020.

I have always had a strong passion for working with children. For the last eleven years I have played the role of babysitter, nanny, small group leader, after school care employee, and summer camp counselor. All of these experiences have taught me the importance of a healthy and safe environment for academic and social development. I am interested in the social and cognitive development of children as well as nurturing their imaginations and interests.

While at Eastridge, I will work with social skill building activities to help the children in both a classroom setting and in other everyday activities. I feel that building strong, helping relationships with students here will be the most beneficial for me to best understand their needs and the ways in which they learn. Some of the services I will provide to students are:

  • Group meetings about friendship, communication, manners, self esteem, etc.

  • Individual meetings about emotional regulation, calm down strategies, worries, etc.

  • Connecting families to resources within the community

If you feel that your student(s) could benefit from meeting with me, please contact Mrs. Johnson directly. She and I will work together to make sure that their needs are met.

Hero Call: Pennies for Patients

It’s not too late to contribute and help fund life-saving research. You can support our squad by clicking on the link below:


When heroes work together, we change cancer.


Our purpose is to introduce the sport of wrestling to the youth of Warren Twp. Camp will be instructional in nature, but will also include fun activities. Registration is on-site at WCHS, Tuesday, Feb. 18 before camp from 5:30-6 pm. Cost is $20 which includes camp and T-shirt) Current member - no additional cost (free)

Camp Dates & Times:

Tuesday, Feb. 18 6-7:30 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 19 6-7:30 pm

Thursday, Feb. 20 6-7:30 (includes a parade to State of WCHS State Qualifiers)

Roller Cave Skating Party

Please join us this Thursday, February 20th for a night of skating fun! Doors open at 6:00PM. Hope to see you there!!

Be a Hero Spirit Week is coming up...

$1 dollar participation fee. All proceeds will go to Pennies for Patients.
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We've got your school year covered! Great memories are captured in pictures in your 2019/20 Eastridge yearbook. They are available for $12. and our order deadline is March 12, 2020. We take cash or checks should be made out to Lifetouch.

Order online at ybpay.lifetouch.com

Yearbook ID Code is 13516920


Please do not bring toys to school...

Please do not allow your children to bring their toys, sports equipment or precious items to school to avoid any loss or damage and upset. The school will not take responsibility for loss or damage of personal items.


We believe that recess is an important for students both socially and physically, however there may be times where students are not feeling well. If a parent requests their child to remain indoors, they can write a letter with that request for up to 2 days. If it is longer than 2 days, a note from a doctor would be required to keep the student indoors for recess. Occasionally, Indiana weather conditions require outdoor recess to be canceled. When temperature or heat index is above 90 students will not participate in any outdoor activities. In addition, when temperatures and/or wind chills are below 20 students do not have any outdoor activities.
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Attendance Matters, Facts Matters, Information Matters

Why attendance matters?

Fact: Missing just 2 days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year.


Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. Every school day counts in a child's academic life...A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. The effects of lost school days build up one absence at a time on individual students. Please ensure that your child understands the importance of good school attendance and is at school every day. Every day matters! Every day provides important learning opportunities! Set your child up for success by developing these good habits now!

MSD of Warren Township Attendance Policy Reminder

Students with 7 or more absences will provide a doctor's excusal for each absence. Parents should send medical excusals to the classroom teachers when the student returns to school. Medical excusals will be counted as excused absences. Our goal is to ensure that your child's attendance is accurate.

Attend today. Achieve tomorrow.

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3rd Graders will take the IREAD-3 Assessment during the week of March 16 - 20. This is a critical statewide standardized assessment. The Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD-3) assessment measures foundational reading standards to Grade 3 students each spring. Based on the Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 is a summative assessment that was developed in accordance with House Enrolled Act 1367 (also known as Public Law 109 in 2010). For further information on IREAD-3 you may visit the IDOE website at https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/iread-3


3rd and 4th Graders will take the statewide assessment called ILEARN. The ILearn testing window opens on Monday, April 20. ILEARN measures student achievement and growth according to Indiana Academic Standards. ILEARN is the summative accountability assessment for Indiana students and assesses the areas of Language Arts and Math. Fourth grade will have an additional Science assessment that they will complete. For more information about ILEARN, please visit the IDOE website at https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn
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School Safety

In an effort to make sure our students and staff understand and know what to do in the case of emergencies, we plan practice drills throughout the school year. Some of these drills include procedures we practice monthly, like fire drills, and some we practice only a few times during the year, like wind/tornado drills.

We wanted you to be aware of the types of drills that we practice together in the event of a school safety concern so that you can talk with your students about these situations if they should come home with questions.

  • Fire Drills – Students and staff evacuate their classrooms and exit the building. All classrooms report to a designated location outside of the school building. During these drills, cars entering campus will be stopped by staff until our perimeter is clear of students and staff.

  • Wind/Tornado Drills – Students and staff report to designated locations in the building away from large windows and doors with windows. During this drill, our exterior doors will be locked so that all office staff can participate as well.

  • Lockdown Drills – Our buildings are secured internally and externally. Students remain with staff and wait for directions. During these drills, if you visit campus, you may see law enforcement agencies like Warren Police, parked on our campus supporting this practice.

  • Bus Evacuation Drills – Students practice exiting the bus using emergency exits upon arriving to school. During these drills, cars entering campus will be stopped by staff until our perimeter is clear of students and staff.

It is important to note that your student’s focus and cooperation during our drills is paramount. When drills are conducted, all individuals on our campus must participate, and that number can be upwards of 500 people. Paying attention, being alert and following directions allows for the best learning experience during the drills. Please reinforce this at home. Also, please know that if you are in the building when these drills are being practiced, you will be asked to practice with our school.

I appreciate your support and ask that you reach out with any questions.

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The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/ social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/ political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognitions if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.

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Notes from the Nurse

Please keep your child at home if he/she has a fever of 100 or higher. Do not give your child Tylenol to get the fever down and send to school. Students must be fever free for 24 hours without taking medication before returning to school.

The Marion County Health Dept will be coming to Eastridge to test for vision and hearing. First and third graders will be screened for vision, first and fourth graders will be screened for hearing. This event will take place February 24-27 at Eastridge. This is a free screening for the students. Thank you.

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Lost and Found

There is a continuous Lost & Found table set up in the cafeteria. All clothing items and lunch boxes left outside during recess are sent to the table. Please encourage your child to check the table for their items during lunch. Lost jewelry, glasses and other miscellaneous items will be in the office. Identify them and they are yours again!
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Lunch Menu

Warren Township Schools, in partnership with Chartwells K12, publish breakfast and lunch menus through Nutrislice - an interactive website and a free smartphone app. Our school community can access our menus anywhere, anytime! Click here for the menus or download the menu Nutrislice app.
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Breakfast / Lunch


Breakfast is served each morning from 7:55AM - 8:20AM

Lunch Times for the 2019-2020 School Year

Kinder Lunch - 10:45AM - 11:15AM

4th Grade Lunch - 11:18AM - 11:48AM

2nd Grade Lunch - 11:51AM - 12:21AM

3rd Grade Lunch - 12:24AM - 12:54AM

1st Grade Lunch - 12:57AM - 1:27AM

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Healthy Celebrations

While we love to celebrate, please remember that there is a “no birthday treats “ guideline. To access fun and helpful resources for healthy celebration ideas please visit the district wellness policy by clicking on this link. Also, note that no birthday invitations are allowed to be distributed at school. It is school policy.

PTA Corner

Some other future events that are in the works for this spring semester include, a 'Cookies N' Canvas' event in March, Spring Fling in April, Teacher Appreciation week in May. If you would like to volunteer with any of these events, we invite you to come to our February 25th PTA meeting.

As always, our school collects Box Tops. You can still find traditional clipped box tops on select items in stores or use the new Box Top For Education app from your phone. Simply take a picture of your receipt and box tops are automatically added!

Lastly, did you know the Census is this year? Did you know young children are the most unaccounted for population? When counting please make sure to count children and adults where they sleep at night. The Census is vital to our schools as it helps to determine how much federal money our school will receive. Census counting begins online in March 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.census.gov/

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to be more involved with PTA. We are here to help support our school families and advocate for our children.

Thanks so much,

Tabitha Jackson

Box Tops

Thank you for supporting Eastridge Elementary. Please continue to send in your box tops!!

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Box Tops App

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. With the Box Tops for Education app, you can turn your everyday receipts into cash for your school.

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New Warren App and Website

Warren Township School District has a new app and website! The purpose of the app and website is to provide regular updates through the live feed, district news, and

district events sections as well as other important district information. The app includes easy access to the weekly breakfast and lunch menu, staff contacts, district documents, bullying and safety reporting form, and much much more. The Warren app can be downloaded at the Apple and Android App Store. Stay informed and download the app today. The district website is www.warren.k12.in.us.

Eastridge Elementary School

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