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Eastridge Elementary School November 17, 2019

New School Times

School Day - 8:05AM - 3:05PM

Doors Open - 7:55AM

Tardy Bell - 8:05AM

Morning Car Rider Reminders

Please note that in the mornings you and your student must be in line and unloaded by 8:03 am at door #13. The door will lock automatically at 8:03 am and you will then need to bring your student to the front office for drop off. Any students dropped off at the front office after 8:05 am are considered tardy and must be signed in by an adult.

Upcoming Events...

November 1st -November 26th --> Canned Food Drive Begins

  • All food will be donated to our local food pantry (Sonny Day)
  • If we collect 500 cans we will have an all school party

November 18th - 4th Grade Spell Bowl Competition @ LP

November 19th - NO SCHOOL

November 20th - PTA Meeting (6:00PM- 7:00PM) ---> Date Change

November 22nd - Literacy Night (5:30PM - 7:00PM)

November 27th - November 29th --> THANKSGIVING Holiday (No School for Students)

December 2nd - December 20th --> Think First and Stay Safe Lessons

Greetings Eastridge Families,

It seems that Winter has arrived! As temperatures continue to drop please make sure that your student(s) have proper winter wear. If we can be of any assistance in helping make sure your student has access to a winter coat, hat, gloves, etc. please contact the school office at 317-532-3150 and ask to speak with our school counselor Mr. Phillips or our Dean Mrs. Wilson.


School Board and School policy encourage outdoor recess for our K-4 students whenever possible to encourage activity and social playtime. Our threshold for cold weather is 20 degrees. When the temperature falls below 20, students will have recess indoors. The 20 degree temperature would also include wind chill. In other words, if the temperature is 25 but the windchill falls below 20 degrees, students would remain indoors for recess. If students are not feeling well or a parent wants them to stay in for health reasons, a doctor's note is required.


Here are some reminders about some upcoming events:

  • Spell Bowl is on Monday, November 18 at Liberty Park starting at 5:00pm. Good luck to our Spell Bowl Team!!

  • No school on Tuesday, November 19th in support of Red for Education Rally.

  • Literacy Night is this Friday, November 22nd from 5:30PM - 7:00PM! We hope you are able to stop by!

  • Thanksgiving Break starts Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29 -- No School on these days. School will resume on Monday, December 2.

  • Our can food drive is still going strong. Please send in canned food to donate to our drive through November 26th.

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Message from Dr. Hanson

Dear Warren Families,

Our goal in MSD Warren Township is to provide a safe and high quality educational experience. As you may have heard, Tuesday, November 19 has been designated as Red for Ed Action Day in Indiana by the Indiana State Teachers Association. At their most recent public meeting, the MSD of Warren Township Board of Education approved the recommendation to cancel school on Tuesday, November 19 in support of Warren Township teachers and staff participating in the Red For Ed Action Day at the Indiana Statehouse with colleagues from around the state. The MSD of Warren Township and the Board is supporting our staff participating in this event to improve conditions for Indiana teachers as well as to advocate for our students, our schools, and our community. By cancelling school on November 19th, we believe this supports our district goal of providing a safe and high quality educational experience both short term and into the future. Further, the Board approved the utilization of our flex day on Friday, May 22nd as the designated make up day for canceling school on November 19th. School and district offices will be open on November 19th.


We recognize that not having school will create challenges for some of our families. We will be providing lunch to all MSD Warren Township students at no charge; the host sites serving will be the three intermediate middle schools from 11:00 - 1:00. We are working with the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club to provide opportunities for those families who need supervision for their child. Please monitor our digital app and district website for additional information that may be distributed regarding student activities and services available on November 19th. We are communicating this as early as possible to provide families with an opportunity to plan for the closure on November 19th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for supporting our teachers and staff and the great work they do each day in our classrooms and community for our students.


Timothy E. Hanson, Ed.D.

Superintendent

975 North Post Road

Indianapolis, IN 46219

(317)869-4300

@timehanson

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Read and Rise

Indianapolis Urban League - Read and Rise!


The Indianapolis Urban League is partnering with Warren Township to offer a program, Read and Rise, to our parent community. The foundation of the program is aimed at promoting reading and literacy development in the home. Their mission is to reinforce that parents are a child's first and most important teacher.

Warren will host three family literacy workshops as outlined below:

  • Thursday, November 21; 6:00-7:30 p.m. at ECC; Focus on Birth to Age 4

  • Tuesday, December 3; 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Lakeside; Focus on Kindergarten and 1st Grade, up to age 7

  • Tuesday, January 7; 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Lakeside; Focus on 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade, up to age 9

IUL teaches the workshops, provides how-to guides for parents and reading materials for children.

New Visitor Management System

Warren Township Schools is pleased to announce we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and staff. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor System will allow us to do that. The Raptor System will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff. Our goal is to keep a balance of being a welcoming school district as well as maintaining the safety of our students and staff.

Beginning November 11, 2019, every visitor who enters our school will be asked to present a state of federal ID, such as a Driver’s License, that will be scanned into the Raptor System. Once the visitor has been approved, the office staff will enter the reason, destination of the visit and the Raptor System will print a photo ID visitor badge. If for any reason a parent or guardian does not have a U.S. government-issued ID, the staff member can use any form of ID and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor System.

A photo ID visitor badge is not required for those who visit our schools to drop off an item or pick-up paperwork at the front desk. Further, they may drop off their items(s) or remain in the waiting area until their student is available. Please be aware that current practices established in each building will remain in effect.

The safety of our students is our highest priority. The Raptor Visitor Management System will provide us with a consistent process of knowing who is in our buildings at all times as well as a tool to identify those individuals who may present a danger to our students and staff.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support towards enhancing school safety protocols in our district. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Eastridge Elementary School at (317) 532-3150.


Sincerely,


Mrs. Johnson

Principal

JoG Survey

Journey of a Graduate (JoG) Survey


MSD of Warren Township will be creating a comprehensive strategic plan based on community input that will ensure all students and staff have the conditions necessary to develop and apply Journey of a Graduate (JoG) skills. Click link to take survey.


bit.ly/MSDWTSPS




Remaining Town Hall Meeting Dates:

Monday, November 18th, 6:00 p.m. at Warren Central High School (WCC) - Students are

encouraged to attend!

Tuesday, December 10th, 6:00 p.m. at Lowell Elementary

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Attendance Matters, Facts Matters, Information Matters

Why attendance matters?


Fact: Missing just 2 days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year.


RESEARCH SHOWS THAT ATTENDANCE IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.

Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. Every school day counts in a child's academic life...A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. The effects of lost school days build up one absence at a time on individual students. Please ensure that your child understands the importance of good school attendance and is at school every day. Every day matters! Every day provides important learning opportunities! Set your child up for success by developing these good habits now!


MSD of Warren Township Attendance Policy Reminder

Students with 7 or more absences will provide a doctor's excusal for each absence. Parents should send medical excusals to the classroom teachers when the student returns to school. Medical excusals will be counted as excused absences. Our goal is to ensure that your child's attendance is accurate.



Attend today. Achieve tomorrow.


The following classrooms had 96% or higher attendance for the week of 11/11 - 11/15:

K2 (Mrs. Cannon's class), 1B (Mrs. Bumb's class), 2A (Mrs. Burdine's class), 2B (Ms. Sergi's class), 3B (Mrs. Fitzgerald's class), 3C (Mr. Ashabraner's class), 3D (Ms. Smith's class), 4A (Mrs. Rist's class), and SP1 (Ms. May's class). All classrooms listed above will the spin the wheel for a class prize.

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Free Girls Lacrosse League at Warren Central H.S.

Try something new this winter. Girls lacrosse, one of the fastest growing sports in America, is a varsity sport at Warren Central. This winter there will be an indoor recreational league for girls in grades 3-8. We plan to have two divisions, one for grades 3, 4, and 5, and one for grades 6, 7 and 8.

This program is absolutely free. Times, dates and other information can be found on the registration page by following this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexFM8gyoCqu_s3qSg-xaIfnxLFJA6U7t4vs1pSKnD6Q9VDTQ/viewform


Contact Coach Gary Roberts with questions at groberts@warren.k12.in.us

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High Ability Program

Warren's High Ability Program is designed to meet the unique academic needs of gifted and talented students. The curriculum in these classes is differentiated and faster paced and students will be working above grade level if they qualify. As a district, we look at all students in grades 1, 4, 6 and 8 to see if they qualify for the following school year based on eligibility criteria. Parent recommendations are considered along with achievement scores when determining placement in high ability. More detailed identification information can be found here. If you would like to complete a recommendation for the broad based planning committee to consider you can do so here 2020-2021 High Ability Parent Recommendation Form The parent recommendation form will be open until January 31, 2020.

Notes from the Nurse

The school clinic needs pants desperately. SIZES 5-12 in both female/ male. The accidents have taken all my supply in shorts/skorts/pants. Please consider donating any clothing that is not being used. Also, if your child has had one or several accidents this year from spills to restroom it might be best to pack an extra set of clothes for your child in their book bag. Let your child and your teacher know about the extra clothes.It would be greatly appreciated and I wouldn't have to call parents at work telling them I don't have pants for their child.. Thank you so much!

Lost and Found

There is a continuous Lost & Found table set up in the cafeteria. All clothing items and lunch boxes left outside during recess are sent to the table. Please encourage your child to check the table for their items during lunch. Lost jewelry, glasses and other miscellaneous items will be in the office. Identify them and they are yours again! .

Healthy Celebrations

While we love to celebrate, please remember that there is a “no birthday treats “ guideline. To access fun and helpful resources for healthy celebration ideas please visit the district wellness policy by clicking on this link. Also, note that no birthday invitations are allowed to be distributed at school. It is school policy.

Box Tops

Thank you for supporting Eastridge Elementary. Please continue to send in your box tops!!

Box Tops App

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. With the Box Tops for Education app, you can turn your everyday receipts into cash for your school.

PTA

Join the PTA for $7 and receive a discount card.

Our next PTA meeting will be held on November 20th @ Eastridge Elementary School (enter through door 1). PTA meetings begin at 6 pm and end at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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New Warren App and Website

Warren Township School District has a new app and website! The purpose of the app and website is to provide regular updates through the live feed, district news, and

district events sections as well as other important district information. The app includes easy access to the weekly breakfast and lunch menu, staff contacts, district documents, bullying and safety reporting form, and much much more. The Warren app can be downloaded at the Apple and Android App Store. Stay informed and download the app today. The district website is www.warren.k12.in.us.

Eastridge Elementary School

At Eastridge Elementary our mission is to develop a community of lifelong learners who will positively impact society.