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Happy Holidays from East Side Elementary School 2015

Tis' The Season for Generosity

Generosity. That has been our Character Trait of the Month for East Side. Generosity. Webster's Dictionary defines generosity as "the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish." As parents and adults, we want our kids to have this character trait and be generous to each other and those we do not know. In our world today, it's one of the Good Character Traits that needs to be on the top of everyone's list! Training our kids to be adults who give cheerfully is best achieved by making generosity a lifestyle rather than a few random, singular acts. It's in the little things that you can do every day, not just the grand gestures, that come along every now and then. Here are some ideas for training, generous kids:

  • A Generous Lunch Box: Every now and then, let your child take an extra cookie or snack to share with a friend as a treat, or to help out a kid who forgot to bring his lunch. You can plant the seed of sharing love with our printable lunchbox notes.

  • A Generous Closet: When things get cluttered, have your children help clean out their closets and donate some gently-used clothing and toys to a local charity.

  • Generous across the generations: If you have senior citizens in your neighborhood, opportunities to be generous abound. Let your older children go over a couple of times a month just to see if they can help with any chores. Simple things like changing light bulbs can be hard for the elderly, and they love the company of young people!

  • Civic Generosity: It’s important for kids to realize that not all generosity involves money. Let tweens or teens volunteer at a local animal shelter or food pantry.

  • Mentoring generously: Tweens and teens have a great opportunity to give back by mentoring younger kids. Let them help out at school, or just spend some time with a younger cousin or neighbor teaching them to pitch a baseball or braid hair in the newest style.

  • International Generosity: It’s great for US kids to realize at an early age how blessed they are to enjoy so many everyday luxuries when kids in third-world nations have to survive on so little. Check out some charities to work together to sponsor another child.

  • Generous at home: Encourage your children to look for one way each week that they can help one of their siblings. It might be helping with a chore, with homework, etc.


Our kids are great. We have to step in and help nurture and model good character traits and generosity is one of those traits that will help our kids be wonderful citizens and contribute to our community and world. Let's do this - our kids deserve it!


On behalf of the East Side staff, we wish you a wonderful and safe holiday season and a prosperous New Year! See you in 2016!

Chris Hopper comes to the East Side to talk about Generosity! He was AWESOME!!

Don't Forget: 15 Minute Early Dismissal December 22nd will start at 3:20p.m.

Boogie Fridays are always a blast! East Side Booging Down!

First Grade Partying for the Season!

East Side with West Side kids present at the Board of Education Meeting about the Hour of Code

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What coming up!

  • December 22: 15 Minute Earl Dismissal (Dismissal will start at 3:20p.m.)
  • December 23- January 3: Holiday Break (School resumes January 4th)
  • January 13: East Side PTO Meeting @ 6:30p.m.
  • January 20: East Side Family Hour of Code 6:00p.m.-7:15p.m.
  • January 27: UPK Winter Concert 6:00p.m. East Side Gym

East Side Elementary School, Gouverneur, NY

East Side Elementary School is an exemplary school where we agree to place the welfare of students at the forefront of our decisions. In becoming a school of excellence, we always identify and implement new or enhanced initiatives in the area of curriculum and instruction, provide respectful and professional learning environments, develop and implement planning and support systems and increase faculty, parent and community partnerships.


We are a Responsive Classroom school, so our belief is that the social and emotional curriculum is just as important as the academic curriculum. We pride ourselves to "Delivering The Promise of A Brighter Future!"

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