Eastside: One Team, One Dream

"We never lose. We either win or we learn. - Nelson Mandela

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Week of March 2nd

Eastside's Mission

Our mission is to build a strong educational foundation while meeting the unique needs of our students.

Eastside's Vision

Working in partnership with the community, Eastside Elementary will provide all students:

  • A collaborative team of professionals who are committed to improve their practices, so that all students learn at high levels

  • A safe, positive, and inviting learning environment

  • An engaging and challenging curriculum focused on essential academics and life skills

  • Individualized and timely support that provides students with what they need to succeed

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Be aware of the importance of each day!

  • 20 important practices until K-2 Summative MAP (THE BIG GAME April 13-17)
  • 25 important practices until 3rd-4th Summative ACT (THE BIG GAME - April 20 - 22)
  • 30 important practices until 5th Summative ACT (THE BIG GAME - April 27-29)
HOOSIERS - State Championship game closing scenes


The video clip to watch for this week is all about #WINNING! I thought you all needed a reminder of how great it feels to WIN! We truly had a big win this past week by winning a national award! We have truly had something happen at Eastside that has never before in history happened! If that does not get you excited to give it all you have got for kids, nothing will!

My favorite part of this clip is at the very end. The coach says that the game is 5 players on the floor functioning as one single unit and not one more important than the other. I want all of you to know that by accomplishing what we have done to become a Model PLC School is the definition of all of us functioning as a single unit. I don't know what all the future holds for us this year, but I know winning will continue to be part of the story. Becoming a Model PLC school provides plenty of opportunity for us to continue #winning for kids! We have just a few short weeks prior to our end of year test. We all need to get in the winning mindset and keep giving it everything we have for our students to succeed. Looking forward to cutting down the nets with all of you real soon, but until then we will keep working hard!

Hattie's Luck

Great work with Hattie in the month of February! This should have given you LOTS of artifacts for your PGP goal. It for sure was great for students to interact and own the classroom!

I have heard from several of you that have loved the accountability piece that this brings. For the month of March, you will not have any big requirements with Hattie but I encourage you to keep using them because they are research based and effective for student growth!

The only "fun" we will have with Hattie in March is that you will receive a shamrock to post outside your door. You can write the Hattie strategy you are focusing on. If you would like to post the work from that strategy by the shamrock or a picture of your kids doing that activity that will be great. You could keep the same strategy all month if you want to really master it. You could even put your name on the BRING IT ON BOARD for your colleagues to come see it in action. This provides more freedom. If you are using a Hattie strategy during a certain week in March, you will place it in your lesson plans labeled HATTIE'S LUCK!

Hattie's Corner: Great Examples from our own Teachers

Mrs. Gentry shares about Hattie in action with Kinder using 2 Stars and a Wish

Even Kindergarten students are able to use Hattie Strategies and have set goals for themselves for the rest of the year! Students worked with their teachers to do "2 Stars and a Wish" where they told 2 things that they were doing well in school and a wish for a goal they wanted to reach. Students gave goals such as: reach the top of their MAP graph, read bigger words, add and subtract with large numbers, and write words with lots of letters and sounds. A few days later, students got with a buddy and shared their data binders and goals. They took turns explaining their MAP data and showing where they wanted to be the next time we graph. They were able to explain to their peers how to work hard and stay focused so they can reach those goals by the end of the year! It is amazing how they strategies can work, even with 5 year olds. They are taking learning into their own hands and are very proud of where they are headed next! See pictures below for great examples.

Mrs. Robertson shares about using Hattie in 3rd grade

Third grade students have been working on constructive responses in preparation for the ACT Aspire Summative Test. Students have used a 3rd grade common CER rubric to self-report their grades on their responses to determine if they have appropriately and sufficiently answered the question. After using the rubric to grade their own response, they used the rubric to provide "2 Stars and a Wish" for the constructive response of a peer. This process has encouraged a culture of authentic learning as well as a culture of positivity, improvement, and kindness peer-to-peer. The feedback that they have given to me about his process has been productive allowing me to improve my own presentation. Along with the students, I have also grown in understanding the success criteria for the CER rubric.

Sweeps this Week

Due to ACT Aspire, we will pause on taking staff on sweeps this week. It will resume next week.

Sweeps from this past week with the kinder staff showed 98% engagement!!!

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We Made the Paper!

Details for the Week


  • Click this link for the Bring It On board. Bring it On Board March 2-6 Things that teachers have asked to see are assessments in block, 2 stars and a wish, microteach, and student ownership.

  • Make sure you are using every minute with your students. A few of you have emailed me during instruction time. This is not okay and I have addressed it with those that have. If it is something urgent, you need to intercom the office.

  • Our Groupme will only be used after school hours from now on. I know when you send something you are on your prep, lunch, or break, but those receiving the messages are not and this can be a distraction to the learning. A few people have had to send something this past week, but that was with my permission.

  • Make sure if you are in a room to assist a teacher with interventions that you are doing just that and not visiting with the adult in the room. I have addressed those that I have seen this happen in. You are in the room to help kids! If you have questions about this, please see me personally.

  • Know that I am never too busy to visit with you. If you need to speak with me, please let me know and we will schedule a time to sit down and visit.


  • SIT comments will be for 2nd and 3rd grade

  • DIBELS PM will pause since we have ACT Aspire Interim for 3-5. We will DiBEL 3-5 next week.

  • MAP PM will be for 2nd only (We will get grade 3 next week since they are Interim testing this week.)


  • ACT Aspire Interim 3 English (timed 45 minutes) - make sure to remind kids of their goals
  • Dr Howse schedule: first grade from 8:20 - 10:00, kinder from 10:00 - 11:30, 3-5 math teachers will work with her from 12:00 - 3:00. Math teachers, subs will come to you at 11:30, so you can take your lunch at that time.
  • Send home new reading passages on Monday. Make sure you have emailed Mrs. Patty the list of those kids that completed their reading passage this past week so she can get their prize to them.
  • Have you turned in your Hattie board from February? Several have been turned into my box, but I am still missing some. Please do so before the end of Monday.


  • ACT Aspire Interim 3 Reading (timed 45 minutes) - make sure to remind kids of their goals
  • Dr Howse schedule: second grade from 8:20 - 11:20. 3-5 math teachers will work with her from 12:00 - 3:00. Math teachers, subs will come to you at 11:30, so you can take your lunch at that time.
  • SIT meets


  • ACT Aspire Interim 3 Math (timed 45 minutes) - make sure to remind kids of their goals
  • Team Meeting Day: see agenda that you all created at the end of last week's meeting.
  • Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10 - 3:40


  • ACT Aspire Interim 3 Science (timed 45 minutes) - make sure to remind kids of their goals


  • Club Day 7:50 - 8:10
  • Dismiss to class at 8:10 to take attendance and lunch count
  • Spirit Day 8:30
  • Seussical the Musical by 3rd grade at 9:30 (K-2 will be viewing it and pre-k if they would like.)
  • Seussing at 10:00 and costume judging
  • Volunteer readers at 10:15 will come to classrooms
  • Recess meetings - more information to come

Important Dates (Refer to EES 2019- 20 Calendar shared by Mrs. Krogman)

March 9 - 5th grade parent BASH meeting 5:30

March 10 - Board Meeting 6 PM

March 11 - Team Meeting Day

March 12 - End of Third Nine Weeks / PTO Meeting

March 13 - Staff Meeting 7:40

March 16th week - Book Fair

March 16-17 Mrs. Bailey will be with us

March 17 - Math and Wellness Night 6 PM

March 18 - Team Meeting and Principal from Gravette Elementary to see our school and Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10

March 20 - Clubs/Awards Assembly

March 20th - Teacher Tailgate hosted by 4th grade and PTO

April 24th - Teacher Tailgate hosted by 5th grade and PTO


Words to Live By This Month


Character Word of the Month = Kindness