ESTLA Family Newsletter

OCTOBER 4 2021

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FROM THE DESK OF MS. TAYLOR AND MR. RODRIGUEZ

Dear ESTLA Families

During this sixth week of school, I can’t express how happy we are to welcome everyone back into the building for in-person learning. The last 18 months had its ups and downs. Covid-19 has impacted each and everyone of us in its own way. We understand everyone is facing their own challenges so please reach out if you are in need of help with school supplies or uniforms. We do not want those things to stand in the way of your student being successful each and every day when coming to school.

As students are adjusting again to the normalcy of school and are trying to adhere to the expectations that are set for them, we believe that it is important to make you aware of behaviors that we are noticing across all grade levels. We believe by addressing these behaviors early, we can set the tone for the rest of the school year and ensure that our focus is on teaching and learning.

  1. Bullying - This will not be tolerated. We have done lesson talks and have had some of our 8th grade “leaders” speak to classes about bullying and the expectations and how we conduct ourselves at ESTLA.

  2. Cell Phones - Cell phones are off and in lockers at all times. 8th graders do get the “privilege” to carry their phones and use them during lunch, however if they abuse it, it can get suspended. NO one should be calling a parent or guardian during the school day for any reason. If a student needs to call home, they should speak to a teacher, administrator or school nurse. We have phones that can be used in the school.

  3. Masks - Everyone MUST wear a mask in the building..NO EXCEPTIONS. Students must come with a mask to school each and every day. It is highly recommended to send your student to school with an extra mask or two each day. All masks must fit and be worn over the mouth and nose.

Finally, we wanted to re-share the letter sent by our Superintendent regarding Social Media. Here is the link...Letter regarding TikTok School Challenges 9-30-2021.pdf and it is attached.


I know as an ESTLA parent you are asking yourself, how can I help...

  • Please talk to your student about this and the consequences that follow.

  • Please speak with your student and let them know if they see something to report it.

  • Regularly review your student’s social media activity with them, ask them to show you their TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. and review it with them.


Students can email us directly at ctaylor@nasd.k12.pa.us or Mr. Rodriguez, jrodriguez@nasd.k12.pa.us if they find hurtful or harmful information on social media. Reports will remain anonymous. We have an amazing school and have worked so hard to ensure that our focus is not only student learning, but developing students who respect differences and are aware of how their choices can influence their future opportunities. Thanks for your help and please let us know if you have any questions.


In service,


Christina Taylor, Principal, ctaylor@nasd.k12.pa.us

Mr. Joseph Rodriguez, Assistant Principal, jrodriguez@nasd.k12.pa.us

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SPROUTS COMMUNITY GARDEN

I just wanted to share with you that there will be 3 events held at the garden in October.

These are evening events except for the October 15th storytime which is being held on an early dismissal day. That event begins at 2pm. The events are:

October 4th 5pm-6pm: Fall Garden: Put it to Bed, Plan Ahead Workshop

October 15th 2pm: Garden storytime for children 3 years old -7 years old

October 21st 5pm-6pm: Harvest cooking demonstration

Shanita Fields

Community Health Educator | Norristown Sprouts Community Garden Coordinator

Office of Community Information and Education

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

PO Box 311, Norristown, PA 19404-0311

267-433-8551 | sfields2@montcopa.org

To learn more about our Health Promotion programs visit LiveWell Montgomery County

To learn more about the Norristown Sprouts Community Garden visit Norristown Sprouts

2021-2022 GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION

REMINDER: PER SCHOOL DISTRICT REQUIRMENTS, ALL STUDENTS AND GUESTS VISITING NASD BUILDINGS MUST WEAR A MASK

I. PLEASE NOTE: It is strongly encouraged that students have extra masks with them.

-If you are willing we are accepting donations of disposable masks in case

a student looses a mask.


II. CHROMEBOOKS and CHARGERS MUST come to school everyday in a backpack. If Chromebook is broken or not working, please send into school.


III. SCHOOL UNIFORMS-MANDATORY

Eisenhower is a FULL uniform School. Our uniforms are light/navy or white collared (polo) or button down shirts, Blue or Khaki pants/skirt/skort/shorts. Jeans are NOT Allowed! Students should wear a belt if needed. Sneakers are best, but NO open toe shoes, slides, flip flops, slippers without rubber soles. Gym uniforms can be purchased via our website. Those students who do not purchase a gym uniform can wear blue shorts/sweatpants (not jeans) and a white or blue shirt to school on those days they have gym class. Please keep accessories to a minimum. During the colder months, students may wear a sweatshirt.

STUDENTS MUST BE IN UNIFORM OR A CONTACT HOME WILL BE MADE TO BRING IN UNIFORM

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ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL

1) GRADE ENTRANCES DURING ARRIVAL;

5th Grade = Enter through Middle Door (Number 2), next to Main Entrance

6th Grade = Enter through Door (Number 6) Near Gym

7th Grade = Enter through Door (Number 10) Back parking lot-next to loading dock

8th Grade = Enter through Door (Number 16) Back Parking Lot Door

DOORS WILL OPEN DURING REGULARLY SCHEDULED TIME...8:00AM.


PLEASE NOTE YOU ARE CONSIDERED LATE AFTER 8:20AM


IF YOU ARE DROPPING OFF YOUR STUDENT, PLEASE FOLLOW THE MAP FOR OUR CAR LOOP (map with red directional path).

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE DROPPED OFF IN THE LOOP AND THEY WILL WALK TO THIER DESIGNATED DOOR.


2) DEPARTURE;

We will be dismissing our Buses and Vans first. We have unique situations and strict safety protocols...DO NOT PARK, STOP AT ANY TIME IN FRONT OF OUR BUILDING! From the corner of Coolidge/Markley to the entrance of our LOOP.


IF YOU ARE PICKING UP YOUR STUDENT, PLEASE FOLLOW THE MAP FOR OUR CAR LOOP. (map with red directional path)

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Gym Uniform purchases-A Message from Mr. Ryan

Gym uniforms are available for purchase at school. In school purchases must be made with cash.

T Shirt $10

Long Sleeve shirt $15

Shorts $10

Joggers $15

Hooded Sweatshirt $25

Students who have money to purchase uniforms will have time to at the end of the day to make their purchases.


Due to back orders some sizes are unavailable at this time. First come first serve while uniforms are still in stock.


Please contact Mr. Ryan with any questions. jryan@nasd.k12.pa.us Or 610-277-8720 and ask to speak to Mr. Ryan, Math IST & Athletic Coordinator.

Sport Practice Locations

  • Eisenhower: 7th/8th Football
  • Stewart: 7th/8th Field Hockey
  • East Norriton: 7th/8th Volleyball & Soccer


At 2:55 all student-athletes will report to the locker rooms to get changed for practice

(athletic wear).


*Volleyball, soccer, and field hockey sit patiently on the bleachers as students finish getting dressed for practice. Mr.Fahler will walk student-athletes out to the buses.


Please contact Mr. Ryan with any questions. jryan@nasd.k12.pa.us Or 610-277-8720 and

ask to speak to Mr. Ryan, Math IST & Athletic Coordinator.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

NJHS CANDIDATE FORMS: 7th and 8th grade students wishing to be considered as a candidate for the National Junior Honor Society will receive a special form on November 1st. The form is due December 3rd by 9am. Students must demonstrate Scholarship, Leadership, Character, Citizenship, and Service. Students who complete the form will be notified whether they were accepted or not on December 23rd.


A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC IN OUR COMMUNITY: Giving Thanks Together

This is a NEW special performance on November 23rd (conference evening) beginning at 4pm. We are inviting students, families, and community members to perform! If you would like to sing, dance, or play an instrument at this one-of-a-kind event, email Dr. Weikert at bweikert@nasd.k12.pa.us


WINTER CONCERT:

Tuesday, December 14th at 7pm (Auditorium)

Wednesday, December 15th at 9am (Auditorium)