East Elementary: Team East News

Staff Newsletter for 2016-2017, Episode 5

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We are TEAM EAST!

November has come and gone and we are staring down the end of the first semester! WOW! I spent time in our December newsletter sharing with our families how much we appreciate all of you. I hope I never sound like a broken record when I say that. Our students are learning and growing because of you and we will never be able to say thank you enough.


I love the quote I included. I have caught myself having similar moments over the past few weeks. My prayer for you over the course of the next two and a half weeks is that you catch yourself smiling at your students. I pray that you are able to enjoy your time with them and see glimmers of growth and are encouraged.


We look forward to celebrating with you tonight at our Christmas party! And Freida Welch - we'll reveal our plan for jeans then... <wink, wink> We love you all!


With December now here, I want to provide links to your schedules for class parties/early release schedule and to the holiday luncheon in a central place. You may access those schedules by simply clicking on the links in the prior sentence.


Merry Christmas!

Melissa and Ashley

TEAM EAST -- WE CAUGHT YOU IN ACTION! (Click on a picture to see it up close)

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The Leader in Me: Habit #2 - Begin with the End in Mind

For the month of December, I have continued to include a link to the Leader in Me Guide for parents in the parent newsletter and highlighted Habit #2. All grade level classrooms are also intentionally teaching a lesson in their classrooms on Habit #1. We will debrief these experiences at our January faculty learning and discuss Habit #2. In the meantime, check out this link with lesson plan ideas and literature related to beginning with the end in mind by clicking here.
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Let's Spread Some Christmas Cheer!

In our Parent Newsletter I have invited our students to join us in some old fashioned Christmas fun by having a Theme Week the week of December 12th.

Here are our days!


Monday, December 12th - Sport your Holiday Socks!

Tuesday, December 13th - Dig up Your Ugly Christmas Sweaters!

Wednesday, December 14th - Break out your Santa Hats!

Thursday, December 15th - Christmas P.J.'s are So Much Fun!

Friday, December 16th - Holiday Shirts are the Best!


Please include this information in your classroom newsletters as well.

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Looking Ahead: December and January Events

  • December 1st - College Day
  • December 1st - Staff Christmas Party at Papacita's
  • December 6th - Math CBA
  • December 7th - RtI Meetings
  • December 8th - ELA CBA
  • December 9th - Shoes for Kids
  • December 9th - 1st Grade Program
  • December 13th - Christmas Feast (1st and 3rd Grades)
  • December 14th - CHAMPs Reward to Movies
  • December 16th - Class Christmas Parties and Early Release (Staff will be released at 1:00 p.m)
  • January 2nd - Staff Return for Professional Development Day - Welcome Back!
  • January 3rd - Second Semester Begins and Students Return


***Please see campus calendar for additional information and details.
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January Learning

January 2nd will be our first day back from the Christmas Holidays. Please review the schedule above and be sure to bring your new Lucy Calkins kits with you on this day. You will also have team time to plan. All staff will join us for our Staff Breakfast and Visioning and additional directions will be given from that point.
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Have an AMAZING Week!