East Elementary Parent Newsletter

February 2018 Edition

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We Love Our East Family!

We hope you enjoyed our suprise snow days and made some wonderful memories with your families! We are back in full swing and are excited to share our upcoming events for the spring semester. We recently completed our middle of the year DRA assessments to measure each individual student's growth in their reading and the progress they've made. This information will be shared with you soon.Our campus is back in full swing and we are excited to share some upcoming events for our spring semester. Our students just completed their MOY DRA testing to measure their growth in reading and we are thrilled with the progress they have made. Our spring parent night on March 9th will be a celebration of their progress in reading this school year.

Please check out the rest of our February newsletter for important upcoming dates and information. Thank you again for allowing us to be a part of your child's education. We hope to see you around campus this spring!

Melissa and Ashley

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Reading with Your Child

Many parents ask us what they can do to help their child at home. Our answer is to read with them - not as a reading teacher but as a parent. Reading with your child helps them academically, but it also has a positive impact on your relationship with them.

As a mom, I have been guilty of being too busy or thinking my 5th grade daughter is too old. But as I have noticed her struggling emotionally this year, I felt led to cuddle up with her just like I did when she was a little girl and read. And the payoff in my life and hers has been huge.

In an article I have referenced below, it shares that with the research this organization has done over time, they have been blown away that kids time and again said the most special time they recall spending with a parent is reading together! So even when we don't know how to help with their math or how to solve the argument they had at school that day with a friend, we can read!

I encourage you in this next season of life to find a few minutes every night to remember what it was like when your babies were little and were excited about books. Curl up beside them and just read! On March 8th, we will have parent night and each family will receive a new chapter book that you can read with your children at home. This will kick off a spring reading challenge for our families that we are excited about.

If you would like to read the article I talked about above, you can find it by clicking here.

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U.I.L. - District Meet on March 24th!

The U.I.L. Academic Program is designed to enrich student learning and provide students with a competitive opportunity. Our interested 2nd and 3rd grade students have began practicing for our local meet and final team selections will happen during the school day on February 15th. These teams will then practice and participate in the district meet in Pine Tree on March 24th. We are excited for these students and know they will represent Hallsville well! Thank you to our wonderful coaches that are working closely with our students to help them be successful!

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February and March Events

Here is a preview of February and March events:
  • February 1st - Group Pictues
  • February 10th - Bobcat Moms Club - Daddy/Daughter Dance
  • February 12th - 16th - Campus Bookfair
  • February 13th - Parent Bookfair Night and PTA Meeting
  • February 15th - UIL District Meet
  • February 16th - Early Release at 12:30 p.m.
  • February 19th - School Holiday
  • February 22nd - 3rd Grade Science Day at North
  • March 8th - Super Readers, Super Leaders - Parent Night at East
  • March 9th - 2nd Grade Program
  • March 9th - Early Release at 12:30 p.m.
  • March 12th - 16th - Spring Break
  • March 22nd - Spring Pictures
  • March 26th and 27th - Mock STAAR Assessment
  • March 29th - Second Grade Field Trip
  • March 30th - School Holiday
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