EAS Principal's Update

October 9, 2020

District Wide Professional Development Days

In order to provide quality Professional Development specific to Virtual Learning teaching and learning, ALL district elementary schools will have 100% Asynchronous Days on the following dates:



  • Monday, October 19, 2020
  • Monday, November 2, 2020
  • Monday, December 7, 2020



This means your student(s) will not have any Zoom classes on these dates. Classroom teachers and Specialists work will be independent for these days.


You can expect more work in Seesaw from the classroom teacher to provide the state mandated minimum minutes.


Most students have Asynchronous PE on Mondays. A few students have class with a Specialist teacher on Monday. Those classes who typically meet with a Specialist teacher will also have an independent assignment for Specialist instruction on these Mondays.

Eastin Advocacy Assembly October 2020

Changes to Attendance

Starting Monday, October 5, New Haven will be modifying our attendance taking procedures to meet State requirements for recording of attendance and student engagement.

Attendance will still be recorded by our teachers except there will be quite a few more attendance codes being used. Students will still be recorded as PRESENT or ABSENT. In addition, students will be marked for their engagement with instruction, which will be recorded as "Fully Participated", "Partially Participated", or "No Participation". This assessment of engagement does not affect a student's attendance, however, it will provide our teachers, sites, and families with information to support our students who are not fully engaged with daily instruction.


This is a district wide change to attendance. Please see the attached document for more detailed information.


At the elementary level, different periods refer to different parts of the school day. All parts of the school day are required every day of the week.


Period 1 - 90 minutes with your teacher on Zoom

Period 2 - Did you turn in your independent work the day it was assigned

Period 3 - 40 minutes with your specialist class or asynchronous PE


We have a lot of confusion about 2nd period attendance. Independent work is to be done daily, and we are required to mark participation of independent work daily. Students show their participation by doing their independent activities in Seesaw and turning in activities as evidence they participated. We have seen quite a few Seesaw Activities turned in but they have no work shown. This does not show "evidence" of participation and may result in an absence to 2nd period for that day. Parent - please routinely ask to see your students work. Some students have been telling their parents their assignment is "turned in" which means they have pressed the green check box, but they have actually "turned in" the equivalent of a blank piece of paper.

Healthy Families

There has been a lot of talk these days about the high levels of stress in families with kids at home all day, doing school, and families at home, working. All the multi-tasking that is happening can create friction in any house. We hear a lot about the stress, but what do we do about it. Eastin has joined with Alliance for a Healthier Generation so support physical and mental health at all levels, staff, classrooms, students and families.


Student Vision Board

Important Dates

October 14th - Eastin PTC Meeting 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

October 16th - No School - October Holiday

October 19th - Asynchronous School Day (see information above)

October 21st - School Site Council Meeting 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

October 29th - Parent Workshop with author Tiffany Papageorge (4:30 - 6:00)


Parent Conferences have been moved to November 17th & 18th. Please see additional information here.


Make sure you stay up to date with our Eastin Community Calendar.

Stay Informed

In an attempt to keep important information all in one place, I have create an Eastin Community Padlet. This is a one stop shop for important information regarding Eastin. Check it out today.
Eastin Elementary School Website

Check out our 2020-2021 School Information Section

Child Find

It is the responsibility of the New Haven Unified School District to locate any child in the district who may have a disability, regardless of the severity of the disability. It is also the responsibility of the New Haven Unified School District to evaluate those students to determine if they are eligible for special education or related services under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).


If you suspect that your child, at any age, may need an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services, you may request an evaluation, at no cost, at your child’s school. Please contact the Principal at your child’s school for information about referring your child for an evaluation.