EES Cougar Update - February

#weareeastland and we are #allin

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From the desk of the principal:

The 100th day of school is quickly approaching. Why should this be a huge celebration this year? Because for 100 days, we have been in session. We've settled into the changes, wearing the masks all day, waiting in line for the bathroom, using the small gym as a makeshift cafeteria, sitting behind Plexiglas, using airplane arms to keep our distance, holding virtual events and staying spread out all over the classroom. These changes are only the tip of the iceberg! We still have students who are remote, and staying connected has proven difficult, but we continually try to improve this. We have students and staff who have been, or are, quarantined and that is another hurdle in itself. We still have to problem solve day-to-day, but if we reflect back to day one, we really have done well! We still take it day-by-day, but 100 days in school is something to celebrate. For our students who are remote, 100 days of doing remote work is cause for celebration too. That's 100 days of disciplined learning and working through problems, which at times can be even more difficult than being in school. Congratulations to all of you, the staff and students for making this work.

Woody wears a mask too!

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What's with the weather??

All students brought their computers home so that remote learning can take place tomorrow (February 4th) because of the weather. For details on remote learning and school closure, make sure to check your emails and listen to the message that Mr. Kashner sent out this afternoon.
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February Calendar:

2-5: 100th Day (dependent on weather).

2-11: No preschool, ALL sessions. This is a change from the previous schedule.

2-12: No early dismissal (changed to the 19th). All preschool classes in session.

2-15: President's Day, no school, no preschool

2-16: Regional Spelling Bee - CJ H. and Callie B. are in it!

2-17: School board meeting, 6:30, EES Cafeteria

2-19: Early dismissal at 11:30. All preschool classes in session.

Regional Spelling Bee:

Two of our 5th graders were finalists in our school spelling bee: Delaney M. and CJ H. After an afternoon competing with 6th, 7th and 8th graders, CJ H. advanced to the Regional Spelling Bee which will be held on February 16th. 7th grader, Callie B., will advance as well. Congratulations to all who participated and good luck to CJ and Callie!

Celebration Circles:

It was once again time for our monthly Celebration Circles. We hope you can see the "party hands" in the background while the kids celebrate each other! Pictures will be put on FB this week.
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February 1st-5th is National School Counselor Week

This is the week we recognize Mrs. Prowant and acknowledge all that she does for our students!
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5th Grade Science and Engineering Unit

Building bridges and towers using straws and spaghetti can be tough, but these 5th graders built their structures, found their failure points, and continually bettered their structures. We may have some future engineers in the making!

In 1st grade science, they made snow ice cream!

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100th Day Fundraiser for the food pantry:

We are setting a goal of raising $100 for the Shannon/Lanark Food Pantry! If you'd like to participate, send in $1 with your child, and in return, he or she may wear their favorite hat to school on the 100th day!
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Believe in the Children Shoe Donation

Eastland is holding a shoe donation, sponsored by EJSHS FCCLA and the Jr. High Student Council. Donate your gently worn, used and new shoes to help us raise funds for Believe in the Children, a non-profit Community Resource Center, located in Forreston, IL. We have a donation box in the entryway at EES, so stop in anytime and drop them off!
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Two reminders:

  • Please make sure your child has a reusable water bottle. Our drinking fountains are still turned off, but we do have the bottle fillers on. This is about the time of year that water bottles get lost or they're taken home and not returned to school, so please check to make sure your child has one.

  • If you are calling your child off of school, please make sure to call the office or send a note even if you've let your child's teacher know. You can even call early and leave a message.
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Places to go:

Who is getting stir crazy? I am! There are so many places to visit, but not only is our travel limited right now, it's the middle of winter. Why not take a little virtual getaway and check out cities all over the world? There are many ways to take virtual field trips or use Google Earth, but check out 360 Cities! I took a little trip to Arizona just to see the mountains and sun. Check it out here:
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Final thoughts...

We are deep into third quarter, and even during a typical year, we start to see a slide in motivation. It's cold, we can't get out as much and there is a serious lack of sunshine. It is more important than ever to help your children take care of themselves, both physically and mentally. Make sure they are getting enough sleep and that their time is structured in a way that allows for homework, as well as downtime. Nutrition is important to make sure they have plenty of energy as well. Try some new activities at home like a virtual field trip or visit a new city on 360 Cities. If you see boredom and lack of motivation sneak in, trying a new activity may be just the thing to help your child find their excitement again!
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