East Elementary: Team East News

Staff Newsletter for 2016-2017, Episode 3

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October is here and Fall is in the air! We have already experienced many successes together and also had a little fun along the way. We are amazed by the progress we've seen with some of our students and by your ability to adapt to meet their needs. I know it is taxing at times but you are making such a difference in the lives of our students. Rita Pierson is quoted as saying, "Every child deserves a champion -- an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." Thank you for being a champion for your students!

I cannot conclude this note without telling you once again what a blessing it is to get to serve beside each of you. I pray we can do this work together for a very long time. So, care for yourselves, your families, and each other well so that we can look forward to serving our families here at East for years to come. We love you all and look forward to the coming weeks!

Melissa and Ashley

TEAM EAST -- WE CAUGHT YOU IN ACTION! (Click on a picture to see it up close)

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Classroom walkthroughs and evaluations are in full swing. If you are scheduled for a full evaluation this school year, you should have received a calendar invite for your preconference and evaluation dates. If you haven't, please contact your assigned campus appraiser.

Once a walkthrough has been completed, please login to DMAC to review your walkthrough and digitally sign the document.

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College Days begin in October!

We will begin hosting a college day each month district wide to help our kids envision life after high school. The first Thursday of every month students and staff may wear their favorite college t-shirt (with jeans). Begin making your plans now so we can kick off College Day on Thursday, October 6th!
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CHAMPS Expectations and Celebrations

CHAMPS - Beginning Week 7

We are continuing to see students exhibit evidence of the foundation you have built with our CHAMPS expectations. Consistency is the key. Please make sure you are continuing to uphold these expectations. Hallway behavior continues to be the one area where I see inconsistency from classroom to classroom. Ashley and I will continue to be intentional about praising behaviors we see both in and out of the classroom and reminding students who have forgotten.

Also, please remember - If a student's behavior escalates to the point of you needing an administrator to be involved, please contact the office and allow us to come to you or to our designated behavior area.

Second and Third Grade students have submitted their ideas for the CHAMPS rewards and Ashley is working to build a ballot for the entire school to vote. We plan to vote on Tuesday, October 11th. Mrs. Orren and Mrs. McKinney are working to set up voting booths for our students so that we can schedule and allow students to have a "mock" voting experience similar to the Presidential Election. This will be a wonderful opportunity to discuss the voting process with our students and to experience our own election day. We will announce the winners for each nine weeks on Friday, October 14th.

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Looking Ahead: October Events

  • October 4th - Vision Screening
  • October 5th - Staff Appreciation in Lounge (Nachos and Desserts)
  • October 6th - College Day
  • October 7th - Flu Shots
  • October 10th - Reading CBA
  • October 12th - RtI Meetings
  • October 13th - Math CBA
  • October 14th - End of Nine Weeks
  • October 17th - "No Tricks, Just Treats" - Treats provided by Sunshine Committee
  • October 18th - Data Meeting (Reading CBA)
  • October 19th - Data Meeting (Math CBA)
  • October 19th and 20th - CHAMPS Reward (see schedule here)
  • October 20th - Kindergarten Field Trip
  • October 20th - SBDM Committee Meeting
  • October 21st - Fall Pictures
  • October 24th - Teacher/Parent Conferences
  • October 24th - Fall Birthday Luncheon
  • October 25th - 28th - Red Ribbon Week (Every day you participate you may wear jeans)
  • October 31st - Halloween (You may wear jeans with orange/black or Halloween shirt)

***Please see campus calendar for additional information and details.
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Have an AMAZING Week!