Heights Happenings

Eastern Heights Elementary School, May 2022

Dear Eastern Heights Elementary Families,

It's hard to believe that we are already in the final weeks of school! Thank you, families, for such a wonderful and productive school year in our brand new school building. I can’t acknowledge everyone enough for their flexibility and support to our students and staff during this whirl-wind school year.

This week, May 2- 6, is the nationally celebrated, "Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week." I hope you'll join me in recognizing the incredible team of educators and support staff that make up the Elyria Schools.

There is lots of information below in this newsletter, and I hope you take the time to read through it. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out, because remember we are all in this together.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and devotion to our schools.

Your Partner in Education,

Mrs. Jessica C. Barwacz

Go Pioneers!

School Calendar Change: Learn at Home on May 27

The May calendar has been adjusted to include a learn at home day on Friday, May 27.

On May 27, students will not attend school in person; they will learn independently at home.

Students will be assigned work by their teachers that can be completed at home without the need for computers or Internet service.

The teachers will provide their students with pertinent information on when the assignments are due and on grading of the assignments.

While students are learning from home on May 27, teachers and school staff will be engaged in professional development on classroom strategies to continue supporting positive behaviors in our schools.

Students are also off on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Upcoming Dates


2-6 - Staff Appreciation Week

4 - Interims emailed home

5 - Student Council Meeting @ 8:30

10 - TechE Club @ 8:00

10 - Marco's Pizza Night

12 - Walking Club @ 8:30

24 - Tech E Club @ 8:00

24 - Kindergarten Safety Day @ Ely Stadium

25 - Field Day

27 - Students Learning At Home Day

30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day


1 - Flower Walk

2 - Q4 PBIS Incentive Event

3 - Pioneer Challenge Day

8 & 9 - KG Celebrations

10 - Last Day of School!


23 - First Day of School for 2022-2023 School Year!

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Instant Information at Your Fingertips

If you haven't already, please take a moment to sign up to receive automatic text messages from Elyria Schools.

This is a valuable tool in an emergency or when there's important, time-sensitive information to share.

The service is free and opting in is easy. Parents or guardians simply need to send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our district's short code number at 67587.

Just as simple, you can opt out at any time by replying to one of our messages with “Stop.”

The text feature and the robocall system are tied directly a student's contact information that is on file with your child's school. Please make sure this information is kept up-to-date to ensure you continue receiving calls or texts from Elyria Schools.

New Custom App

Earlier this year the district launched a new website and now we're introducing a new mobile app.

You'll find the Elyria Schools app on Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Check it out!

App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/elyria-city-school-district/id1609987132

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.relianceco.cma.ElyriaCitySD

Birthday Treats & Party Snacks

Birthdays and holidays are special occasions, and we love to celebrate them. Our elementary school, however, has found that we need to make a change in our birthday treat and party snack policy. Due to the increased number of severe food allergies (peanut, tree nuts, eggs, seeds, gluten, sugar, dairy, etc.), we are joining the many schools that have already adopted a modified treat policy.

What does this mean? It means that birthdays can be celebrated by non-food items that are brought in to school by the student's family. Some examples of acceptable non-edible treats include pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos, erasers, silly bands, or any other similar item.

During school-wide parties, the school will provide pre-approved treats for the students or arrangements will be made for students who require something different than what is provided.

Please reach out to your child's teacher or to Mrs. Barwacz with any questions or concerns you might have.

First Student Bus Information

First Student offers a live tracking app called FirstView that makes it easy for parents to follow the progress of their student's bus before and after school. This is helpful to allow you to see your students bus and in the event of a delay you could get the information quickly.

You can sign up here:


Elyria City Schools' Belief Statements

  • Learners thrive when school is engaging and personally meaningful
  • All Pioneers have a voice in decisions that affect them
  • Excellence is achieved through vision, commitment and moral leadership
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