K-2 Team Newsletter

November 25, 2019

Principal's Message

We are super excited to celebrate what we are thankful for this holiday season and appreciate our staff. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by the staff lounge to see your thankful note please do. It’s important to know that you are all valued and loved. As an admin team we are so THANKFUL for every single member on our K-2 team going to bat for our scholars everyday in an effort to close the achievement gap. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! If you are traveling to be with family - please be safe and if you are staying local - enjoy this time with your families!

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Operations Important Information

Titans Game Fundraiser

Just a reminder that we would love for you to participate in our school-wide fundraiser, which includes discounted tickets to the Tennessee Titans home games. Please share with your friends and family. Each ticket sold results in a portion going to East End Prep! Dr. P was thinking of going to the Saints game on the 22nd of Dec and doesn’t want to go alone….please let me know if you are interested as well so we can order our tickets.

Breakdown of savings:

· November 24th vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Savings of over $42 per ticket (47% discount)

· December 15th vs. Houston Texans – Savings of over $49 per ticket (51% discount)

· December 22nd vs. New Orleans Saints – Savings of over $63 per ticket (58% discount)

Link to buy the tickets: https://www.titansonline.com/tickets/school-ticket-program

Promo code: EAST

School Wide Focus

Priority #2 - No Opt Out Academics

During our last priority walkthrough we saw many classrooms with their exemplars in hand, providing scholars their codes, and teachers taking their laps!! Awesome work taking the key learnings from our AgMo PD and running with them. Our next steps are to push our response to data and understanding what parts of the day to utilize AgMo.

  • Data trackers should be utilized during Guided Reading (not evident in all rooms)

  • Intervening whole class if data suggests (both the AT and Lead should collect data)

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your coaches for support or clarification!

Weekly Data Meetings

Kinder will be our last WDM of Quarter 2 on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd. Thank you everyone for your commitment to this focus area and the amazing gains we have seen from scholars is due to your selection of the right sized reteach model. Keep up the amazing work!! We're looking forward to our next Data Day on Dec. 20th to quantify the total growth we have have seen and cannot wait to continue WDMs in Quarter 3.

Deans of Academics

Kindergarten and 2nd Grade RTI Group Leaders

Please remember to implement any changes to RTI that you decided if scholars weren’t making growth in Tier 3. It is important that we implement with fidelity as you are a vital part of our scholar’s future in closing the knowledge gap for these scholars in the bottom percentiles.

Schedule Change

If you plan to make any temporary changes to your daily schedule please remember to inform your coaches. We schedule observations and our support time based off the master schedule. If you are running significantly behind or need to make an adjustment just provide your coach a heads up so that we can provide support or reschedule.

Dean of Culture

Focus of the Week

This week let’s go GO WILD for 100% and sweat the small things. Let’s keep the bar high for all scholars and classroom culture. Absolutely no talking while the teacher or the speaker is talking. Giving logical consequences and going up and down the ladder to address every unmet expectation. This week is Habit 4: Think Win-Win and our animal is a Zebra! Zebras work together in a herd to survive. This week as educators let’s work effectively with others to achieve optimal results. Let's all embody this week’s habit!

Paycheck Party

The next paycheck party will be either Dec 6th or 13th . We are waiting to finalize the “Going Wild” theme reward from the Nashville Zoo who will be bringing animals to our campus. How exciting!! We will provide more details and a finalized date soon.

This week’s WIG WINNER IS...

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Congrats to 2nd grade for placing in Bronze!!
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Dean of SEL

We are wrapping up our unit on safe bodies. Hopefully your scholars have learned how to keep themselves and others safe. Please send me any scholars that you think would benefit from a growth mindset small group after Thanksgiving break.

The first mental health parent night on Wednesday was very helpful! Parents were asking questions about discipline at home, and counseling services for themselves. I got some good suggestions for future nights as well!


Our focus for the next two weeks will be think win-win. Try to find a solution that helps everyone. Compromise helps our brains grow and change.

  • Talk through a problem until there is a solution everyone likes

  • If a solution cannot be reached, decide on no deal and take a break from the situation.

Secret Santa

It is a Secret Santa time! If you wish to participate, please click the link below to sign up and build your wish list by the evening of Sunday, November 24th . Below is a screenshot of what the wish list page looks like. Please disregard the left side with the pre picked gifts and create your own original list on the right side of the screen. After everyone has signed up, you will get an email letting you know whose name you have and then you will be access to their wish list. As a Secret Santa, you will spread Holiday Cheer by delivering small gifts (like candy, etc) the week of December 6th and December 13th. Then, you will do a big reveal with a final gift on December 20th during PD. Please keep it a secret until then (get creative in your deliveries!). As a guideline plan to spend $20 on your Secret Santa. Let Tiffany Johnson know if you have any questions!

LINK: https://www.drawnames.com/t/vQTQ-BA

Upcoming Events

Nov. 24th

  • Sign up for Secret Santa

Nov. 26th

  • Coffee w. the Principals: 8:15-9:15 am

Nov. 27-29th

  • Thanksgiving Holiday -- NO SCHOOL

Shout Outs

Congrats to our G.R.E.A.T. Winners of the Week and check out the Class Photo of the Week!

Staff Absences

Nov. 25th

Stephanie Beasley (2nd)

Danielle Smith (1st)

Rebecca Walsh (1st)

*1/2 Day PM

Grade Level Photos of the Week

Check out our photos from last week...way to go exhibiting our core values!


  • Grades should be updated in Illuminate weekly
  • All elements of AgMo should be in place (pathways, laps, codes, data trackers, and a response to the data)

  • All boards should be updated with the current date, objective (SWBAT..), and the common core standard code

  • All lesson plans for the week should be on a clipboard or other system (i.e. binder/folder)

  • Principal and GLLs should be notified of late arrivals (after 7:28 am) or "early outs" (before 3:45 pm). Please see K-5 Playbook for details.

  • Use Kronos to schedule an absence in advance and input all unplanned absences in Kronos within 24 hours of your return
  • All sub plans should be updated immediately after an absence

Dr. Tianay Perrault

Lower Elementary School Principal