Heights Happenings

Eastern Heights Elementary School, August/September 2022

Welcome back!

Dear Eastern Heights Elementary Family,


Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!!! We are very excited to see your child walk through the doors at EHES!! The custodial team has done an amazing job getting the building ready and the teachers are very excited for the upcoming school year.


Below you will find several links to important information that will help you understand the start of the year as well as provide resources for you to be more prepared in helping your child during this transition to a new school. Our dedicated staff, teachers, and everyone who serves our community will do everything we can to make sure the learning at Eastern Heights Elementary School meets the expectations of our families.


Please make sure to follow us on social media to stay informed of everything that is happening at Eastern Heights Elementary.

Facebook: Eastern Heights Elementary School (@EasternHeightsElem)

Instagram: ehes_pioneers

Twitter: @EHeightsElem


Your teachers will also be reaching out and connecting with you through Class Dojo. This is the communication platform that we will be using as our primary source of classroom to home connections. We will no longer be using Class Tag, as we did last year.


In closing, please know that my door is always open to you. I heartily welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2022-2023 school year.


Your Partner in Education,

Mrs. Barwacz

Go Pioneers!

STAGGERED START SCHEDULE

Students will start on a staggered start schedule. The schedule is as follows:


First day for students with last names A - G: Wednesday, August 24th

First day for students with last names H - O: Thursday, August 25th

First day for students with last names P - Z: Friday, August 26th


Gradual entry is an arrangement by which our students begin the year by attending in smaller numbers for the first three days. Your child will attend only one of the three days, based on the first letter of their last name. This lessens anxiety and ensures greater teacher/student contact. Children stay all day (9:10 am-3:10 pm) with their classroom teacher on their staggered start day.


First day for ALL students: Monday, August 29th


As a reminder, doors open at 8:55 A.M. and instruction begins at 9:10 A.M.

School hours are 9:10am - 3:10pm.

Eastern Heights Campus Update:

When dropping students off or picking them up on campus, cars and buses will follow a specific one-way path in and out of the facility to ensure safety and to keep traffic flowing.


Please use patience and allow for hiccups as families navigate the paths in and out of the campus for the first few times this year.


As always, please be aware of students who are walking and riding their bikes to school and use extreme caution when approaching crosswalks and parking and walking areas in and around the campus.


The maps below illustrate the in/out pattern for car riders, busses and walkers when school resumes next week.

EASTERN HEIGHTS COMINGS AND GOINGS

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Open House - Monday, Aug 22 - 6-7:00pm

We encourage all students to attend Open House with their parents/guardians.

Attending Open House will be your opportunity to accomplish all of the following:


  • Meet your child's teachers
  • Tour the new campus
  • Complete any missing information needed
  • Check out some community organizations and opportunities for involvement that will be set up in the cafeteria during this time.

Which class is my child in?

Class lists will NOT be displayed on school grounds. You can see and access your child's teacher by logging into PowerSchool. Your child's teacher will be introducing themselves to you and your child and giving you classroom information via email on August 22nd.
PowerSchool Parent Portal

Click the link to find out how to register for the PowerSchool Parent Portal and how to fill out all of the important online forms for returning students.

Arrival

STUDENTS MAY BEGIN ENTERING THE BUILDING AT 8:55..STUDENTS SHOULD NOT BE DROPPED OFF PRIOR TO 8:55!!

Dismissal

CAR TAGS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM YOUR TEACHER DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL.


PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THIS CAR TAG BEGINNING ON THE FIRSTFULL DAY OF SCHOOL (MONDAY, AUGUST 29TH)


Any parent/guardian picking up a student in the car rider line will need to make sure that their car rider tag is visible in the car. Please note that the purpose for this car rider tag is to ensure a safe and smooth dismissal at Eastern Heights Elementary.


If you park on a side street and/or walk up to get your child, please do the following:

  • Your child will exit from the cafeteria doors and staff will escort them through the crosswalk you can escort them back to your car. This is the crosswalk at the entrance of Prospect and Cornell. This is a NEW LOCATION for walkers from last year.
  • Parents will no longer be able to stand at the front doors to pick their students up as they come out. You will need to go down to the crosswalk near the corner of Prospect and Cornell.


Please understand that this is a NEW PROCESS for all of us. We ask for your patience and understanding for the first few weeks as we work out any issues with dismissal.

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

Students at Eastern Heights Elementary School will receive a free breakfast , however ALL students need to complete the free/reduced lunch application. This is a change from the past 2 years. All students will no longer receive a free lunch, which is why filling out this application is exceptionally important. If you have any questions please reach out to the main office.


Apply online for free/reduced meals:

Aramark offers an easy online application process for free and reduced school meals at https://payschoolscentral.com/#/user/login.

The online option for completing the meal application is handy and efficient, and is also now possible through the online registration link for new and returning students.

For assistance completing the online application, please refer to this step-by-step guide.

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