East Elementary: Team East News

Staff Newsletter for 2018-2019, Episode 3

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We are Blessed!

I know it must be as hard for you to believe as it is for me that October is here. While our work is not without its challenges, it is blessed because of the heart you have for our students, our families, and for each other. Our students are worth it... Our East family is worth it...

This year has already been marked with many successes and has been filled with experiences that have allowed us to truly get to know the strengths and needs of the families and students we serve. I know that knowledge is often times sobering and at this point in the year can feel overwhelming. But our mindset must remain that our goal is to help our students achieve as much as they can individually and collectively. Our calling is to ensure that they grow academically and socially as much as they can while they are in our care.

You are all amazing at what you do and I have no doubt our students will accomplish much under your leadership this year. You make the difference.

I know at this time last year I reminded us all of a quote from Rita Pierson. I must once again share her inspiration. "Every child deserves a champion -- an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." Thank you for being a champion for our students!

My prayer is that I get to do this work along with all of you for a very long time. So as I've said many times before, let us all be reminded to care for ourselves, our families, and each other well so that we can look forward to serving our families here at East for years to come. We love you all and look forward to a fabulous October!

Melissa, Ashley, and Courtney

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Western Days is Here!

Our Specials Team has done a fabulous job organizing and planning our annual Western Days celebration! Please see below for links to your schedules for the day.



First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

All staff will be asked to assist with stations, events, and parent check-in.

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Classroom walkthroughs and evaluations are in full swing. If you are scheduled for a full evaluation this school year, you should have received a calendar invite for your preconference and evaluation dates. If you haven't, please contact your assigned campus appraiser.

Once a walkthrough has been completed, please login to DMAC to review your walkthrough and digitally sign the document.

Please make sure and sign your walkthroughs electronically when you receive an email prompting you to do so. This will make things easier for you at the end of the year!

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Red Ribbon Week (October 29th - November 2nd)

We are looking forward to our upcoming plans for Red Ribbon Week! Please remember that any day you participate in the theme for the day, you may wear jeans! Teams - as always, we will celebrate our Character day with some sort of campus assembly and costumes for you and your team members are always fun! See below for the scheduled events for the week.

Red Ribbon week is observed in memory of Enrique Camarena, a DEA agent who was killed in the line of duty. Citizens began wearing red ribbons on their clothes to show their commitment to drug awareness. Today, Red Ribbon week is dedicated to activities that promote healthy lifestyles and drug abuse prevention.

Monday (October 29th): "Show us your SMILE" - Dress for Fall Picture Day and we will give students a RED bracelet to wear after pictures to show that East Elementary pledges to be DRUG-FREE!

Tuesday (October 30th): Dream BIG!!! Good choices can help you reach your goals! Wear pajamas today!

Wednesday (October 31st):Let your CHARACTER shine! Wear a costume today. (NO blood, scary masks, or weapons. As part of a costume, hair color and face paint are okay today.)

Thursday (November 1st): Our TEAM leads the way to a healthy life! Today you can wear a sports uniform, jersey, or cap.

Friday (November 2nd):PURPLE OUT!!! You can’t hide East’s Bobcat PRIDE! We love who we are! Wear your purple EVERYTHING!!! (Face paint and hair color are okay today.)

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District College Days

We will continue this year with hosting a college day each month district wide to help our kids envision life after high school. The first Thursday of every month students and staff may wear their favorite college t-shirt (with jeans). Our October College Day will be this Thursday, October 4th!
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Looking Ahead: October Events

  • October 3rd - Western Day Pictures
  • October 4th - HEE College Day (wear college t-shirt)
  • October 4th - Guided Reading with Kathy Newsom
  • October 5th - Western Days Activities
  • October 8th - Deal Time - Habit 1
  • October 9th - Design Lead Meeting
  • October 9th - Watch DOGS Event
  • October 9th - Fall Fundraiser Begins
  • October 12th - Hallsville Homecoming and Spirit Store
  • October 12th - Early Release Day and 1st Nine Weeks Ends
  • October 15th - 19th - Fall Break
  • October 22nd - Parent Conferences - Students are encouraged to attend with parents!
  • October 23rd - Jeans for All Staff with 1st Nine Weeks Perfect Attendance
  • October 24th - Behavior and Academic RtI Meetings
  • October 24th - Anti Bullying Campaign
  • October 25th - First Grade Field Trip
  • October 25th - SBDM Meeting
  • October 26th - Dinosaur George
  • October 29th - School Pictures
  • October 29th - November 2nd - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 31st - Janice Baker Writing Support during Common Planning
  • October 31st - Fall Fundraiser Ends

***Please see campus calendar for additional information and details.
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Have an AMAZING Week!