Eastside: One Team, One Dream

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

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Week of February 18th

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

If you want to be encouraged, hear it from our students!

See the link below to hear why kids love being at the Dream School and on the Dream Team!

It's going to be a great week as we dig in and continue to help kid by kid, skill by skill reach their potential!


Be aware of the importance of each day!

  • 30 important practices until K-2 Summative MAP (THE BIG GAME April 13-17)
  • 35 important practices until 3rd-4th Summative ACT (THE BIG GAME - April 20 - 22)
  • 40 important practices until 5th Summative ACT (THE BIG GAME - April 27-29)

Nurse Leah MVP of the Week

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Much Love for Hattie during the month of love

How's your Hattie board looking? You should have at least two strategies colored in from the past two weeks. The requirement is to get 5 in a column. There are 4 weeks in February so you only have 4 strategies in a column. In your lesson plans in February, you will state "We Love Hattie" and then list your strategy and what content will be with this. Make sure your Hattie board is posted in your room. If you want to also do one of the rows going across without a heart free space, you will get a drink of your choice at the end of February. If you choose to cover your board and do all 12 strategies in the month, you will get your drink of choice, a chance to win a $25 gift card and a chance to win having your class covered for 30 minutes by admin.

2 Stars and a Wish in Action in 2nd Grade

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Hattie's Corner: What is Cognitive Task Analysis?

Some of you have asked since cognitive task analysis is effect size of 1.29 (3 years of growth in one year), what is it? Below is the information.

Strategy Number 3: Cognitive Task Analysis

With an effect size of 1.29, this strategy really packs bang for your buck. The cognitive task analysis method analyzes and represents the cognitive activities that users utilize to perform tasks that require decision-making, problem-solving, memory, attention, and judgement. In other words, it’s teaching students how to think and problem solve. Some of the steps of a cognitive task analysis are: the mapping of the task; identifying the critical decision points; clustering, linking, and prioritizing them; and characterizing the strategies used.

This life-long skill is something that is not inherent; it must be taught and practiced until it almost becomes second nature. Unfortunately, because of the lack of time in the classroom today due to so many curriculum areas to be covered, much of the focus on these steps has fallen by the wayside. It is critical that every teacher, regardless of subject matter, help students learn how they learn and how they can improve that process. We all know that the future requires the ability to constantly learn new things. But this cannot be accomplished without strong cognitive skills.

Any technology that helps students in the planning of a task or solving a problem can assist with cognitive task analysis. This includes things like OneNote, G Suite for EDU, mind-mapping apps, graphic organizers, journaling, and even calendars. Breaking down a particular problem into steps and then creating a schedule of how each step will be tackled is key.

Link to read more about other strategies.


Sweeps this Week

We will be taking the Block Team to sweep with us this week! Block team, Mrs. Krogman and I will gather you up at some point this week and we will be on the lookout for engagement using our new defined what engagement looks like, sounds like, and feels like.

Sped Team Swept the Building Last Week and found 90% Engagement

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Details for the Week


  • Click this link for the board. Bring It On Board Feb 18-21 The board is open for everyone to sign up! Currently there is no one signed up to be observed. Things that teachers have asked to see are assessments in block, 2 stars and a wish, microteach, and student ownership.

  • Vote on the Fall Festival Money Round 2 https://forms.gle/zHijGfPwR1QEz8nEA

  • Post Conference Reminders: Set up any conferences that did not show. We need to try to make contact with parents. If parents would rather do a phone conference, that is fine as well. Turn in your conference sign in sheet to Mrs. Krogman's box.

  • Black History Month: Make sure you have used your book that was purchased and gifted to you for Black History Month. If you haven't yet, be sure to post your work outside in the hallway that goes with your book. Kinder did a great job of this already! The Log Cabin will be doing a story on this and I would like them to get lots of great pictures for the paper when they are here on Friday!

  • Enrichment during PROWL will be changing starting next week. We will review this with block staff on Wednesday during team meetings. The purpose will be to ensure that everything is purposeful around literacy activities to help prepare for end of year testing.

  • Keep your hallways and rooms looking nice!

  • 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.

  • 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 4th and 5th grade

  • DIBELS PM will be for grades 3-5.

  • MAP PM will be for grades 4th and 5th grade


  • Enjoy President's Day!


  • #LoveTeaching Week - Enjoy the Photo Booth in the lounge with fun props - Feel free to post on Facebook, Insta, or Twitter with the #LoveTeaching Week
  • SIT meets
  • Lil' Dribblers at 7 PM


  • #LoveTeaching Week - Post on personal Facebook why you love teaching - Post on Facebook, Insta, or Twitter with the #LoveTeaching Week
  • Team Meeting Day - All teachers are bringing student data organized on a spreadsheet linked to the SMART goal you have been working on. In team meetings, your team will determine next steps with the data as far as reteach and extensions. You will then graph it on your essential standards chart. This will be every two weeks from now until testing. We are tightening this process up to increase results!


  • #LoveTeaching Week - Find a creative way to tell your students you love being their teacher!
  • Dr. Deal with Kinder and first grade at 8:30


  • #Loveteaching Week wraps up with a special surprise from Mrs. Krogman and me

  • Clubs 7:50 - 8:20 - Special visitors at Woodworking Club - Mayor Hartwick and Log Cabin Democrat

Great Learning in Action

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

Feb 25 - Spring Picture Day

Feb 25 - Education Northwest from Oregon visits

Feb 25 - Lil' Dribblers perform 7:00 PM

Feb 26 - Team Meeting Day and Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10

Feb 27 - Digital Learning Day

Feb 28 - New Club sign up day


March 2-3 Dr. Howse with Math teachers (rescheduled from original dates)

March 4 - Team Meeting day and Guiding Coalition meets at 3:10

March 6 - Clubs/Dr Seuss Day/Spirit Day

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