K-2 Team Newsletter

May 4, 2020

Principal's Message

HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! We just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much we truly love and appreciate you! You have gone above and beyond to ensure our scholars have the tools they need to continue their education during this time of extended safe at home orders. We were all sad when we got the news that we would not be able to return to EEP for the last month of school and you have embraced it along with prepping to begin Distance Learning 2.0. I hope we get to see you all for our Teacher Appreciation Car Parade this Friday at EEP from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. We will have a little something special for you all as you drive through our Teacher Love Line in your cars! More detailed info to come later this week. If you are planning to come please let Dr. P know!
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School Wide Focus

Distance Learning Plan

This week kicks off our Distance Learning 2.0! We are so excited to increase our scholar engagement and enrichment for the rest of May while we are not back on campus. During grade level meetings you shared some ideas you planned to put into practice this week based on what we shared during the PD. I cannot wait to see the surprises you have in store for our scholars. The K-2 Distance Learning 2.0 presentation can be found (here) if you need it and also linked in our documents section.

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Deans of Academics

Wow! We continue to be so impressed by y’all and thankful that we get to work alongside such an amazing team! From seeing Kelley posting about a virtual field trip contest and Nicole offering to get pied in the face by Laursen to Allie creating a virtual book club for the Washington Huskies and Martinez figuring out a way to have a pancake contest via FaceTime, we are amazed by every single teacher’s creativity and ingenuity during this crazy time.


Recap...What’s Due this Week???

  • Enrichment Topic posted in Google Classroom by 5 pm Monday, May 4th.

  • Office Hours

  • Grade Team Meeting

  • Check in calls with your scholars (update on communication log)

  • Plan, record, and upload the videos and assignments to all grade level classrooms for the content for which you are responsible for by 5 pm Friday, May 8th.

  • K-2 Teacher Appreciation Surprise


May 8th

  • DUE: All Teacher Videos and Student Assignments for week of May 11th uploaded and assigned in Google Classroom by 5 P.M Friday, May 8th

  • DUE: Phone calls to all scholars and special comments if needed → Week 7 Log

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Dean of Culture

Hey team...it’s K-2 EEP Virtual Spirit Week May 4th-8th!


Every year we do a theme week as a way to build school spirit … and there’s no reason to stop doing so just because the classrooms have been shifted to distance learning. Instead, we can just have our theme week go virtual too! I will post this on Google Classroom and you all encourage students (or their parents) to upload images or videos, or post them on social media and tag our EEP Facebook and EEP IG each day. Students can even use creative photo or video editing if they don’t have the appropriate theme attire to wear.


Monday- “Animal Day”

  • Upload/Post videos and pictures of or with the animals in your life. You can upload pictures of you with your pets or your stuffed animals. Maybe even draw a picture of your favorite animal. GET CREATIVE!

  • #gowild , #Ilovemypet , #Ilovemystuffedanimal , #animalday


Tuesday- “Pajama Day”

  • Upload/Post videos and pictures of at home were your pjs or comfy clothes.

  • You can even create a “Bored in the House” post of you posing looking very bored at home or doing things you would only do because you are bored.

  • #boredinthehouse , #pjday , #iwokeuplikethis


Wednesday- “Literacy Day”

  • What’cha reading? Upload/Post videos and pictures of you with your favorite book.

  • Post videos of you reading your favorite book to your parents, a sibling, or a friend.

  • Upload/Post videos and pictures of you dress like your favorite character from a book.

  • #ilovereading , #booksarecool , #EEPreads , #Litday


Thursday- “Number Day”

  • Upload/Post videos and pictures of you representing your favorite number

  • Participate in our math virtual scavenger hunt

  • #numberday , #mathscavengerhunt , #mathrocks , #countingwithEEP


Friday- “Spirit Day”

  • Upload/Post videos and pictures of you wearing our school colors, your leadership tee, or any EEP shirt.

  • #Ilovemy school , #Spirit Day , #EEPisthebest


***Our hashtags are #EEProcks #EagleUp #EEPSpiritweek2020 ***

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Scholar of the Week

Teachers you will choose the scholar of the week if it is your will to choose like we do leadership tee. You will have them send you a picture by Friday and email the picture and brief description of why they are the Scholar of the week.


For the week of May 4th

Kinder- Skidmore

1st- Oneonta

2nd- UT

WIG WINNER

Week 04/27: The grade with the most scholars on google classroom (see below)!!

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WIG Goal This Week 05/04: The grade that gets the most scholars to participate in our Virtual Spirit Week wins!

Masked Singer Snippet

East End Prep Elementary K-2 Mask Sing Event Snippet
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Dean of SEL

This week we will focus on our last mindfulness lesson of the month. The SEL lesson is about compassion and positive self-talk. Scholars are asked to watch the posted video and then respond by commenting with a positive self-talk phrase or thought. You may even want to ask about this in your morning meetings, etc.


Habit of the Month

Put First Things First: prioritize work, then play afterward. This habit is important in light of our current academic situation, and can help our scholars understand that even though there is more free time, they should still be prioritizing completing work and growing their brains! This can also apply to prioritizing sleep, proper eating, and exercise.

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Updates

Staffing 20-21

Rhodes shared our EEP staffing update Friday. We still haven’t totally finalized our K-2 placements because we’re still in the process for hiring one AT position for 2nd Math but excited to share our placements for the 20-21 school year.

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Grade Level Lead Application

This year we are opening up the Grade Level Lead role and you may apply for the SY20-21 see link --> (GLL Application SY20-21). We had several interested parties per the intent to return forms. All applications will be due on May 7th at 5 pm. A HUGE SHOUTOUT to Melanie, Macie, and Olivia for their amazing leadership this school year!


Retention Conferences

Thank you to everyone for getting all their data turned in and helping us finalize the scholars who are candidates for retention for the 20-21 school year. This week we will engage in retention conference call meetings with those families. Below you find our meeting structure for these calls. If you received an email from me about the scholars who still have not returned my calls, please try to call them today and schedule. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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May Planning

We will continue with Distance Learning 2.0 through May 20th. Below is a quick preview of the last week of school so you can plan accordingly! Things to plan for Week of May 18th-22nd:

Monday, May 18th

  • Teachers will upload review assignments and videos as normal for 2 days of work based off the new topics taught the previous two weeks

Tuesday, May 19th

  • Teachers will review assignments and give feedback as usual

Wednesday, May 20th

  • Teachers will review assignments and give feedback as usual

Thursday, May 21st

  • Virtual Field Day (Scholars can play BINGO, Charades, Mask Singer, Scavenger Hunt, etc)

  • Virtual Field Trips (let’s coordinate so we have a variety of options)

Friday, May 22nd

Virtual Awards Ceremony

  • 2nd Grade → 9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Kinder Time → 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • 1st Grade → 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

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Upcoming Events

May 4th-7th

  • Retention Conference Calls

May 5th

  • 1st GLM 1:30-2:30 pm

May 6th

  • Kinder GLM 1:30-2:30 pm

May 7th

  • 2nd GLM 1:30-2:30 pm

May 8th

  • Teacher Appreciation Car Parade 11:00-12:00 @ EEP
  • No K-2 Friday Meeting @ 2pm this week so please come to the car parade :)
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Birthdays

May 11th

  • Jessica's Bday

May 23rd

  • Victoria's Bday
May 25th
  • Abbie's Bday

May 29th

  • Macie's Bday
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SHOUT OUTS

Shout Out to Emily and Olivia for trying a new engagement strategy and hosting virtual office hours for ELA and Math content via Zoom!


Shout Out to Tiffany and Shelly for preparing a family newsletter as a new engagement strategy!


Shout Out to Allie for diligently working via FaceTime with a scholar who is struggling at home without his friends and teachers!


Shout Out to Jessica for being one of the kinder spotlights in our Distance Learning 2.0 PD for engaging scholars to increase participation!


Shout Out to Lindsey for doing a great job with an IEP meeting this week ensuring the family was comfortable with the goals and next steps!


Shout Out to Kelley and Stacey for immediately jumping into providing enrichment opportunities for their scholars! Kelley even hosted a Zoom call to discuss an article on electricity from a weekly student-friendly newsletter!


Shout Out to Anya for going above and beyond to build culture in the MTSU/Tenn cohort!


Shout Out to Abbie for planning a strong review on habitats building on prior knowledge that scholars had from the school year!


Shout Out to Yolanda for building joy through academics by planning and executing strong social studies plans in which scholars are smiling, learning, and growing!


Shout Out to Liza, Corrine, Olivia, and Kristin for participating and giving an amazing performance in the Mask Singer Event!


Shout Out to EVERYONE for all the amazing gifts, texts, cards, and kind emails you sent to me for Princiapal's Appreciation Day. I truly felt all the love at a time I really needed it most!

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SCHOLARS OF THE WEEK...

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Reminders

  • Reach out to Dr. P and Rhodes if you are ill and will not be able to work
  • Accept all Google calendar meeting invites and communicate with your coach and Dr. P if you are not going to make it
  • Review the quick find docs below for any documents/resources you may need
  • Remember to smile...WE GOT THIS

Quick Find Docs

Scholar Communication Log click here

Family Call Script click here

Translation Services Needed click here

EEP Distance Learning FAQs click here

K-2 Distance Learning PPT click here

K-2 Wrap Up PPTs Week 1 Week 2 Week 4

Staff Office Hours click here

Scholar Email Addresses click here

Parent Email and Contact Info click here

Daily Expectations for Teachers click here

Weekly Scope and Sequence click here

Good Idea Spotlight click here

MOBC COVID-19 Resources here

K-8 PD click here

Dr. Tianay Perrault

Lower Elementary Principal