EES Cougar Update - April

#weareeastland and we are #allin

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From the desk of the Principal:

It's finally spring! The kids are getting back outside and their energy is high! Let's hope we don't have too many rainy days that have to be spent inside. We had another full month with lots learning and celebrations and it's hard to believe we're this far into the school year. Read on and see what we've been up to!
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April Calendar:

4-12 through 4-19: IAR testing for 3rd through 5th grades

4-13: YMCA Summer Camp Q&A through Zoom: 5:30-6:30

4-16 through 4-26: eBook Fair

4-21: School Board Meeting, EES, 6:30

Follett Book eFair!

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YMCA Summer Camp:

I put out a YMCA Summer Camp Survey and we had a great response. Because of that, the directors would like to have a Q&A session on April 13th at 5:30 through Zoom. Since this program is housed at the school, but not run by Eastland, this would be a great time to ask questions! Even if you didn't fill out the survey, but are interested in hearing what this summer camp is all about, you can join in on the zoom. You can find the link here: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5337393374?pwd=Vzhpc0xhQisyL0psOWNPSmRBblJlZz09

A reminder will be sent out the night before as well.

Celebration Circles:

We had our March Celebration Circles again! We still have students to celebrate in April and May and I know I've said this before, but this is one of my favorite days. I love hearing about the achievements our students are making, big and small, as well as how our students are just good, kind kids!

Book Character Dress-Up Day!

As part of our Read Across America Week, we had a book character dress-up day and I think the staff had more fun than the students!

Rock Your Socks!

We celebrated National Down Syndrome Awareness Day with crazy socks and matching t-shirts!
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Virtual author visit:

We had another virtual author visit in March. His name is Michael Patrick O'Neill and he is an underwater photographer and children's book author. Check out some of his photography below! Thank you to Mrs. Woessner for getting this set up for us!

March Madness:

You can't get through March without a little March Madness. This year, the books chosen were Monarch Book Award winners. Students could watch and listen to the books on video and then vote. You can see the final winner below!

How about a little goal setting to get us through the rest of the year?

When I get stuck in a rut, it's usually because I don't have a goal to work towards or even a timeline to get me there. That's why goal-setting is important. It helps us focus on the task because we can see what the end result could be. However, we also need to know how to get to that goal. It doesn't work if we just do some random tasks mindlessly without any roadmap. If we know what steps to take to reach our goal, we're often more focused and can accomplish much more. Goal-setting can be an extremely useful tool for students. Knowing what they're working for and what they can accomplish can help them become very motivated as long as they have the roadmap to do so. Check out this article on goal-setting for kids and see what you think!


https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/style/how-to-teach-kids-perseverance-goal-setting/
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