East High Street Family Flyer

Week of December 20th and December 27th

From the Principal's Desk...

Good Afternoon, Families!

Please review the information below about the upcoming winter break, early dismissal and spirit days! We are also going to start our school wide goal in January 2022!

I hope you and your family have a great holiday break! We will see you all in 2022!

Kari Bittinger, East High Street Principal



Upcoming Important Dates

Thursday, 12/23/21 - Early Dismissal for Students

  • AM Kindergarten hours - 8:50 AM to 10:25 AM
  • PM Kindergarten hours - 10:55 AM to 12:35 PM
  • Grades 1 & 2 hours - 8:50 AM to 12:35 PM

Friday, 12/24/21-Sunday, 1/2/22 - Winter Break

  • No school for students and staff

Do the Right Thing Award Winners!

Congratulations to Tommy from Miss Doughty's class and Timothy from Mrs. Elliott's class! Both boys were recognized on Friday, 12/16 with the Do the Right Thing award. Both boys found money that did not belong to them and gave it to Mrs. Hirst. Mrs. Hirst, the K-2 STEAM teacher, nominated both boys for this award!

Congratulations to Tommy and Timothy!

What is the Do the Right Thing Award?

Throughout the school year, the “Do The Right Thing” initiative recognizes students in the Elizabethtown Area School District who distinguish themselves by their positive behavior. A collaborative effort between the Elizabethtown Borough Police Department, the Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care, and the Elizabethtown Area School District, the Do the Right Thing Program aims to create additional opportunities for students to see school in a positive light.

Students that are recognized will receive a DO THE RIGHT THING T-Shirt, special prize package (coupons, gift certificates, etc.), article in the local newspaper, a framed certificate of recognition, and an invitation to the annual recognition event.

East High Street School Wide Goal - Starting in January 2022!

We are starting our schoolwide goal in January 2022!

Our schoolwide goal is: All students will make progress in reading.

Our lead measure is: tracking how often students read each night!

Reaching our Goal

To help our students reach this goal, we are encouraging students to read (Kindergarten: 5 mins, 1st Grade: 10 mins, 2nd Grade: 15 mins) each night starting in January!


  1. Families can expect to see a calendar sent home with your child for the month of January.
  2. Please track which night(s) your child reads at home using the suggested times above.
  3. Classroom teachers will let families know when the reading calendars are due!

Have fun reading!

PTO Volunteers Needed!

  • Creativity needed!! Volunteers to assist with teacher and staff appreciation for Jan, February, March and April. Have a cute/creative idea for showing appreciation? Pick a month and get involved in showing the school teachers and staff just how much we cherish them!
  • Love Books? We need a Book Fair Co-Chairperson willing to cover at least half of the fair so we can hold an in-school fair in the Spring (~5 days - ½ day commitment). The kiddos get so excited to come shop for their own books and we really want to support that in the Spring, but need your help to make that happen!
  • Ready for Spring already? We need ideas and Co-Chair volunteers for fun Spring activities- possible examples being Family Movie Night, Spring Carnival, Bingo, etc.

Please email us at EastHighStreetPTO@gmail.com if you are interested!

Come Join the Fun!

A HUGE THANK YOU to the PTO and our parent volunteers for running the Jingle Bear Shop this week!

12 Days Before Winter Break Spirit Days for all students and staff!

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Home Testing Option (Rapid Antigen Test) for Asymptomatic Close Contacts only!

Several constituents had reached out to District Administration regarding the high costs of Covid Tests at regional facilities for asymptomatic students who have been placed in quarantine as close contacts. The constituents requested that the District review the alternative option of "over the counter" take-home tests for students to be able to return to school in a more efficient /cost-effective manner. The health services team met with our school physician on the effectiveness of the Home Testing Option (Rapid Antigen Test) and how the District would verify results to enable students who are asymptomatic AND yield a negative test to return to school. We are pleased to announce that effective Monday, September 27, 2021, the District will begin accepting the results of an over-the-counter at-home test (Rapid Antigen Test) for asymptomatic close contacts only. To exercise this option, a photograph, which includes the student's name, date of the test, and the visual result, would need to be uploaded via email/text to the specific building nurse or the appropriate District designated Covid Point of Contact (POC). Please feel free to reach out directly to these individuals if you are interested in this option.

Bainbridge, East High Street, Mill Road & Rheems Elementary Schools
Nurse: 717-537-8594
Covid POC: 717-537-8379

Does your child need an individual counseling session with the School Counselor?

Is your child...

  • very sad, confused, angry, or worried.

  • experiencing severe behavior changes.

  • having difficulty dealing with family changes or situations.

  • stating something is bothering him/her to the point of distraction or intense anxiety

  • dealing with a loss of a family member or friend

  • experiencing stressors at home that are affecting school performance or self-concept

If you would like to notify the School Counselor, Mrs. Engebretson, that you think an individual appointment is needed, click on the link below. Once your child has been seen by the School Counselor, she will contact you to follow up about future support options.

This form SHOULD NOT be used for concerns about abuse, self harm, or suicide ideation. For those situations call any of the following:

Safe to Say: 1-844-723-2729; www.safe2saypa.org; use the Safe2Say mobile app

Police: 911

Crisis Intervention: 717-394-2631

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741, https://www.crisistextline.org/

Click here to make an appointment.

If you would like to notify the School Counselor that you think an individual appointment is needed, click on the link. Once your child has been seen by the School Counselor, she will contact you to follow up about future support options.

Do you have questions about Leader in Me? Please visit the site below for more information about the program!

Click here to access the information on the District's website!

You can also visit East High's Leadership Day website from the 2020-2021 school year for more information on how Leader in Me is used in our school! Click on the link below for more information.

Click here to visit East High's Leadership Day website!

This site is from the 2020-2021 school year!

East High Street Procedures for the 2021-2022 school year!

Please review the below information which will outline all of East High's procedures for the 2021-2022 school year. Here will find specific information on arrival/dismissal, car rider, lunch, attendance/educational trip requests, reporting absences and many more topics.

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Changes in transportation or schedule

If you need to change the transportation for your child, please email the attendance email and your child’s teacher with your request prior to 9:00 AM. You can also call the main office at 717-361-0099 with the change.

Please note: If you have a transportation change after 9:00 AM, please only call the main office and DO NOT email the teacher or the attendance email. We cannot guarantee the email will be received throughout the day.

We send children home the way they are assigned so any changes in transportation need to be communicated in a timely manner.

Reporting your Child Absent

If your child will be absent from school there are 2 ways to report the absence:

  • Call the East High office (717-361-0099) and press option 7. Please state your name, your child’s name, teacher’s name and reason for absence.
  • Email the attendance email and provide your name, your child’s name, teacher’s name and reason for absence.
  • East High Families: EH_Attendance@etownschools.org

Educational Trips for the 2021-2022 School Year

If your family is taking an educational trip during the school year a form must be completed at least 5 days prior of leaving for the trip. This is so we can ensure teachers have adequate time to prepare any materials you child(ren) may need.

Information about the Form:

  • The completed form must be received in the building principal's office at least five (5) days in advance of the tour or trip.
  • Check the status of your request on EASD's online Community Portal on the attendance link. You are able to check future absences.
  • Forms that are received with less than 5 days notice may be coded as illegal absences

Click here to access the Educational Trip Form

This link can also be found on the East High page on the District website.

Parent/Guardian Technology Center

EASD students use electronic devices to access online resources for classroom instruction. Students in grades K-2 use iPads and Chromebooks while students in grades 3-12 use Chromebooks. Upon registering in the district, student technology accounts are created automatically so they are able to log in to district devices and access online instructional resources. Please read the information in the Technology Center to learn more about the student devices, technology accounts and troubleshooting measures.

Parents are encouraged to create their own technology accounts in our school systems to access their student's demographic information, digital report cards, and daily classroom instruction and grades.

For more specific information, such as where to find your student's Schoology Parent Access code please email techsupport@etownschools.org.

2021-2022 School District Calendar

Click the PDF below to download a calendar for this school year!
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