The East Central Howling

August 2023

East Central Families,

For those of you whom I have not yet had the pleasure to meet, my name is Samantha Lindsey, and I am the new principal of East Central Elementary School. With a student-centered approach and collaborative leadership, I aim to create a nurturing learning environment that fosters academic and personal growth for all students.

East Central prides itself on excellence. We have built an amazing team comprised of quality teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, office staff, nurse, special education teachers, etc. It is with unwavering teamwork that we will achieve excellence and encourage your child to reach his/her fullest potential academically, socially, and behaviorally this school year.

I believe that the home-school partnership is a critical component to your child's success. I encourage you to be involved in your child's education by staying in contact with the teachers. If you have questions, ask. If you need help or support with something, ask. If you need resources, ask. We are here for one reason .... your precious children.

Thank you for the support you've already shown for our school, faculty, and staff. I eagerly anticipate your involvement and look forward to furthering the school's tradition of academic achievement and community engagement.

Mrs. Lindsey, Principal

RCS FOCUS: Keeping Schools Safe

During pre-planning, our faculty and staff spent a significant amount of professional learning time embedded around safety and security. We reviewed the RCS Focus: Keeping Schools Safe plan, emergency codes, fire evacuation & severe weather plans, etc. We will strive daily to keep your children safe. Please remember that when you enter East Central, you will be asked to sign in at the front office. Always be sure to bring in your driver's license. While it may take an extra minute or two, this will help us ensure our school is safe. I appreciate your support!
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Quick School Facts & Parent Reminders:

Quick School Facts:

  • When you drop students off in the morning, please use the Bobo Street entrance.
  • When you drop students off in the morning, please do not park in the visitor parking spot or in the faculty/staff parking lot. All parents/guardians need to stay in the car rider line.
  • The doors open at 7:15 a.m.
  • The bell rings at 7:45 a.m.
  • Students are tardy at 7:46 a.m.
  • Buses dismiss at 2:25 p.m.
  • The car rider line ends at 3:00 p.m. All car riders need to be picked up by 3:00 at the latest.
  • When you enter the car line in the afternoons, please use the Bobo Street entrance. You will see Ms. Allen as she enters your car numbers each afternoon to keep the line running efficiently. Please do not skip in the line. If you do, your wait will be a bit longer due to the missed number.
  • East Central has a FaceBook page & it's updated weekly. Be sure to check the page daily.


  • Check PowerSchool (attendance and grades), daily
  • Check FaceBook & School Website for communication updates
  • Check Thursday folders, Thursday
  • Ensure students arrive to school on time, daily
  • Attend a Parent Volunteer Training, one time (training is good for 3 years)
  • Students cannot be checked out after 2:10.
  • No outside food is allowed in the lunch room. Please keep this in mind as you visit for lunches. This means, no outside food bags ... McDonalds, Chic-fil-A, etc.

EC Get Fit 2023-2024

EC Get Fit! is here! We are now accepting PTO sponsorships, and that recognition will be year round as well as for Get Fit EC! You can say something like,

In the past, our PTO raised money through the GET FIT EC Fundraiser. This year, corporate sponsors will be highlighted for Get Fit as well as throughout the entire year! The best part is that 100% of our net profits feed right back into the school. Your donation proceeds help ease the financial burden of teachers to assist their efforts in creating a better learning environment for all students. Your support will help ALL of East Central’s students in one way or another!

Students will compete to raise the most money as grade levels and as individuals. We are also taking donations for class parties and individual prizes. If you are interested, you can complete the form below titled 'Corporate PTO Sponsorship'. If you're ready to donate now, click the link below titled 'DONATE NOW!".

$100-$249 Level

  • Recognition at PTO events
  • Business highlight posted on our PTO Facebook Page
  • Business name printed on Get Fit T-Shirt
  • Business name printed on vinyl sign outside school (view from carline)

$250 Level

  • Recognition at PTO events
  • Business highlight posted on our PTO Facebook Page
  • Small Business logo on Get Fit T-Shirt
  • Small business logo on vinyl sign outside school (view from carline)

$500+ Level

  • Recognition at PTO events
  • Business highlight posted on our PTO Facebook Page
  • Larger Business logo on Get Fit T-Shirt
  • Larger business logo on vinyl sign outside school (view from carline)
  • + Business logo on electric marquee for the year
PTO Interest Form

Please consider joining the East Central PTO! It's a great way to be involved with your child's school and get to know other EC parents. You can choose to commit as much or as little time as you like, and joining is free.

August & September Dates

August 2023

Aug 3: Fall Spirit Wear Orders Sent Home

Aug 11: First Popcorn Friday

Aug. 21: Parent Volunteer Training (8:00 a.m & 6:00 p.m.)

Aug: 25: Birthday Celebrations (July and Aug) (1:30p)

Aug. 25: Fun Friday ~ Kona Ice

Aug. 30: Progress Reports

Aug. 31: Flexible Learning Day / Staff Development Day

September 2023

Sep 1: Independent Learning Day

Sep 4: Labor Day / School District Closed

Sep. 26: Parent Volunteer Training (10:00 am & 5:00 p.m.)

Sep 28: Annual Title 1 Meeting @ 5:15pm

Sep 28: Let’s “GLOW” our Literacy Skills & BinGLO Family Night @ 6:00 p.m.

Sep 29: End of 1st 9 Weeks

Sep 29: Fun Friday - Hawaiian Tropical Twist

Sep 29: Birthday Celebrations (1:30p)

Vision to Learn

Vision To Learn will be coming to our school on August 29th to do vision screenings. Vision to Learn will be screening all of our students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. After the initial screenings, Vision to Learn will give the office a list of pass/ fail and opted out. Our community grant will allow us to follow up with the failed screening on our K through 3rd graders, and we will also be able to inform parents of 4th through 6th graders of their findings. On a return date, our failed screenings, in the primary grades, will get a follow up visit from a licensed optometrist. Students who qualify will receive a chance to choose from 100 colorful frames. We are all very excited to see how these vision screenings will benefit our learners. Please be on the look out for an opt out letter that will go home in Thursday folders. This will allow you the option of NOT participating in this program. We are very excited for this amazing opportunity and we hope you are, too!

PBIS Field Trip Reminders:

At the end of each 9 weeks, students will participate in the PBIS Celebration. Students must have meet the following criteria:

  • Earn 75 points
  • Zero office referrals
  • 1 or less steps
  • Zero missing work

Attendance Matters

We consider regular school attendance essential for educational progress.


  • As your child is absent, please communicate with your child's homeroom teacher by sending in parent notes and/or doctor notes.
  • Parents are allowed up to five parent notes. After the fifth parent note, students are considered unexcused.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

Children learn better—and faster—when teachers have a clear picture of what students know and how they are growing academically. This week, students in grades 1st-6th will take the MAP® Growth assessment. Students in 1st and 2nd will take Reading (8/8/23 and 8/9/23) and Math (8/10/23 and 8/11/23) . Students in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th will take Reading (8/8/23), Math (8/9/23), Language (8/10/23) and Science (8/11/23). Please click the links below to read more about the MAP® Growth assessment and watch a few short video clips to take a sneak peek into the assessment.

House Points Parent/Guardian Tutorial

Students earn House Points throughout the day. If you're interested in keeping track of your child's points, view this tutorial & download the "RCA House Points" app on your phone.

Mentor/Volunteer Training Program

We would like for ALL East Central families to attend a Mentor/Volunteer Training session. If you would like to participate in the school in a volunteer, chaperone, or mentor capacity, this training is REQUIRED. Please make plans to attend a session!

2023-2024 Rome City Schools Calendar

Please make note of all the important dates included in the Rome City Schools calendar. The link is available by clicking the grey box above.

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