East High Street Family Flyer

Week of September 27th and October 4th

From the Principal's Desk...

Good Afternoon, East High Families!


Please review the information below about some important upcoming dates and events at East High!


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Kari Bittinger, East High Street Principal

kari_bittinger@etownschools.org

717-361-0099

Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, October 1, 2021

  • Let's celebrate Homecoming! Wear your blue and white to show your school spirit!


Thursday, October 7, 2021 -
Early Dismissal for all Students
  • AM Kindergarten hours - 8:50 AM to 10:25 AM
  • PM Kindergarten hours - 10:55 AM to 12:35 PM
  • Grades 1-2 hours - 8:50 AM to 12:35 PM


Friday, October 8, 2021

  • No school for students - Teacher inservice day


Monday, October 11, 2021

  • No school for students - Teacher inservice day

Updates from the district

Home Testing Option (Rapid Antigen Test)

Several constituents had reached out to District Administration regarding the high costs of Covid Tests at regional facilities for asymptomatic students who have been placed in quarantine as close contacts. The constituents requested that the District review the alternative option of "over the counter" take-home tests for students to be able to return to school in a more efficient /cost-effective manner. The health services team met with our school physician on the effectiveness of the Home Testing Option (Rapid Antigen Test) and how the District would verify results to enable students who are asymptomatic AND yield a negative test to return to school. We are pleased to announce that effective Monday, September 27, 2021, the District will begin accepting the results of an over-the-counter at-home test (Rapid Antigen Test) for asymptomatic close contacts only. To exercise this option, a photograph, which includes the student's name, date of the test, and the visual result, would need to be uploaded via email/text to the specific building nurse or the appropriate District designated Covid Point of Contact (POC). Please feel free to reach out directly to these individuals if you are interested in this option.

Elizabethtown Area High School
Nurse: 717-537-8538
Covid POC: 717-537-7132

Elizabethtown Area Middle School
Nurse: 717-537-8539
Covid POC: 717-537-7132

Bear Creek School
Nurse: 717-537-8596
Covid POC: 717-537-8379

Bainbridge, East High Street, Mill Road & Rheems Elementary Schools
Nurse: 717-537-8594
Covid POC: 717-537-8379

School Attendance Reminders

Regular school attendance is critical to a quality education and is essential for successfully completing the educational objectives of the Elizabethtown Area School District. Unexcused absences disrupt the continuity of the instructional process. Below, we have provided our families with a brief overview of our attendance process.

Pennsylvania Compulsory School Attendance (PCSA) laws govern our school attendance policy. Brief highlights are as follows:
  • Excusable absences include: (1) legitimate illness; (2) medically/legally documented appointments; (3) quarantine; (4) death in the immediate family; (5) impassable roads; (6) exceptionally urgent reasons that affect the child as determined by the administration; and (7) Educational Trip experiences pre-approved by the administration.
  • PCSA laws classify a student as “truant” upon the accumulation of three illegal absences.
  • PCSA laws classify a student as “habitually truant” upon the accumulation of six illegal absences (at this time, a truancy meeting will be offered to the family to discuss the absences).
  • At ten illegal absences, a truancy citation can be filed with the local magisterial district judge (if you receive an attendance notification, kindly respond promptly).
  • EASD will send official notices to the parent(s)/guardian(s) upon accumulating three, six, and ten illegal/unexcused absences.
Be aware that illegal absences can result in the inability to make up missed assignments and academic decline. CLICK HERE for more information on school attendance.

Grades 1 and 2 Zones of Regulation Information

Kindergarten lessons COMING SOON!
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From the PTO...

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Does your child need an individual counseling session with the School Counselor?

Is your child...


  • very sad, confused, angry, or worried.

  • experiencing severe behavior changes.

  • having difficulty dealing with family changes or situations.

  • stating something is bothering him/her to the point of distraction or intense anxiety

  • dealing with a loss of a family member or friend

  • experiencing stressors at home that are affecting school performance or self-concept


If you would like to notify the School Counselor, Mrs. Engebretson, that you think an individual appointment is needed, click on the link below. Once your child has been seen by the School Counselor, she will contact you to follow up about future support options.



This form SHOULD NOT be used for concerns about abuse, self harm, or suicide ideation. For those situations call any of the following:

Safe to Say: 1-844-723-2729; www.safe2saypa.org; use the Safe2Say mobile app

Police: 911

Crisis Intervention: 717-394-2631

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741, https://www.crisistextline.org/

Click here to make an appointment.

If you would like to notify the School Counselor that you think an individual appointment is needed, click on the link. Once your child has been seen by the School Counselor, she will contact you to follow up about future support options.

Upcoming Spirit Days

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Family Events

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Coats for Kids Application 2021/Aplicación de abrigos para niños 2021

The Salvation Army Lancaster believes that every child deserves to know the joy of a new coat and feeling warm this winter. The sad reality is that many families in the Lancaster community are not able to provide these joys to their children. We provide warm winter coats to children ages birth – 16 years old to the families that sign-up for assistance in October through our online application and in-person appointments. Must provide the following information: child birth certificate, photo identification and proof of residency.


Coats for Kids Application 2021
Aplicación de abrigos para niños 2021


Children 16 and under are eligible through this program to receive a new winter coat for this year.


Los niños menores de 16 años son elegibles a través de este programa para recibir un nuevo abrigo de invierno para este año.


At the time of your Appointment you must have / En el momento de su cita debe tener License, Passport or State ID for the 1 Adult picking up Coats who is on the Application. YOU MUST HAVE a BIRTH CERTIFICATE (or Medical Card with Childs DOB) FOR EACH CHILD REGISTERED. You must bring the Appointment Ticket you received by mail to the Appointed day and time scheduled.


Licencia, pasaporte o identificación estatal para el 1 adulto que recoja los abrigos que está en la Solicitud. USTED DEBE TENER UN CERTIFICADO DE NACIMIENTO (o tarjeta médica con fecha de nacimiento del niño) PARA CADA NIÑO REGISTRADODebe traer el Boleto de cita que recibió por correo al día y la hora indicados.


*Please call the Lancaster Salvation Army if you have any problems with day and time* * Llame al Ejército de Salvación de Lancaster si tiene algún problema con el día y la hora *



Click on the link below to apply.

Do you have questions about Leader in Me? Please visit the site below for more information about the program!

East High Street Procedures for the 2021-2022 school year!

Please review the below information which will outline all of East High's procedures for the 2021-2022 school year. Here will find specific information on arrival/dismissal, car rider, lunch, attendance/educational trip requests, reporting absences and many more topics.


Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Changes in transportation or schedule

If you need to change the transportation for your child, please email the attendance email and your child’s teacher with your request prior to 9:00 AM. You can also call the main office at 717-361-0099 with the change.


Please note: If you have a transportation change after 9:00 AM, please only call the main office and DO NOT email the teacher or the attendance email. We cannot guarantee the email will be received throughout the day.


We send children home the way they are assigned so any changes in transportation need to be communicated in a timely manner.

Reporting your Child Absent

If your child will be absent from school there are 2 ways to report the absence:


  • Call the East High office (717-361-0099) and press option 7. Please state your name, your child’s name, teacher’s name and reason for absence.
  • Email the attendance email and provide your name, your child’s name, teacher’s name and reason for absence.
  • East High Families: EH_Attendance@etownschools.org

Educational Trips for the 2021-2022 School Year

If your family is taking an educational trip during the school year a form must be completed at least 5 days prior of leaving for the trip. This is so we can ensure teachers have adequate time to prepare any materials you child(ren) may need.


Information about the Form:

  • The completed form must be received in the building principal's office at least five (5) days in advance of the tour or trip.
  • Check the status of your request on EASD's online Community Portal on the attendance link. You are able to check future absences.
  • Forms that are received with less than 5 days notice may be coded as illegal absences


Click here to access the Educational Trip Form

This link can also be found on the East High page on the District website.

Parent/Guardian Technology Center

EASD students use electronic devices to access online resources for classroom instruction. Students in grades K-2 use iPads and Chromebooks while students in grades 3-12 use Chromebooks. Upon registering in the district, student technology accounts are created automatically so they are able to log in to district devices and access online instructional resources. Please read the information in the Technology Center to learn more about the student devices, technology accounts and troubleshooting measures.


Parents are encouraged to create their own technology accounts in our school systems to access their student's demographic information, digital report cards, and daily classroom instruction and grades.


For more specific information, such as where to find your student's Schoology Parent Access code please email techsupport@etownschools.org.

2021-2022 School District Calendar

Click the PDF below to download a calendar for this school year!
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