Heights Happenings

Eastern Heights Elementary School, February 2022

Dear Eastern Heights Elementary Families,

As the winter weather is here, we have an increase of students being picked up and dropped off by car, causing an increase in traffic immediately before and after school. We have a lot of traffic handling student drop-off and pick-up in a short window of time. It is important for everyone to cooperate and follow the established procedures to help make these times safe and smooth for our students and the drivers in the area. I would like to thank those of you who cooperate and follow the procedures daily! I know the weather has made it more challenging, but It is greatly appreciated!!!

Here's a few reminders for what is expected during arrival and dismissal:

  • Cars should only drive one way around the school.
  • Students may be loaded or unloaded in the lane next to the curb only.
  • Outside lane is for exit/passing.
  • Please do not block neighbors' driveways or park in other businesses' parking lots during arrival or dismissal.
  • Please have your car tag visible during pick-up, as this helps with getting your child to your car quickly. If you need a new tag, please contact your child's teacher.
  • Prospect and Eastern Heights: Exit Only for all traffic. Cars should NOT enter at this point.
  • Prospect and Cornell is Car Rider ENTER AND EXIT.

I’m sure, regardless of the groundhog, we have another couple of months of winter weather ahead of us. Our custodial staff works hard to keep our walkways clear of snow and ice. However, there are always times where we simply can’t keep up when precipitation is falling. Please remind your child(ren) of the importance of being careful when they are walking on snow and ice. I know many of our students walk to and from school, and don’t always have clear sidewalks to walk on in the neighborhood, so it’s important for them to pay attention to where they are walking.

Finally, I’d like to remind parents to continue to check their child’s progress on PowerSchool. If you need your login or password information, please contact Ms. Hyder in the front office. It’s important to continue to watch your child’s grades so you are aware of any areas to focus on at home or areas to celebrate with your child. In our upper grades (3-4), it is important to know that grade categories are sometimes weighted. By establishing categories (i.e., participation, in-class work, quizzes, tests, final project, etc.) and assigning percentages to those categories, the instructor can predetermine how much of the student’s final grade will come from each category. If you have questions regarding your child’s classes and how their grades are weighted, please feel free to contact the teacher or Mrs. Barwacz directly.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and devotion to our schools.

Your Partner in Education,

Mrs. Jessica C. Barwacz

Go Pioneers!

Upcoming Dates


3 - Student Council Meeting @ 8:30am

8 - Tech E Club @ 8:00am

10 - Walking Club @ 8:30am

14 - Valentine's Day Parties

17 - PTO Kick-Off Meeting @ 3:30pm

21 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

23 - 3rd Quarter Interims emailed home via School Messenger

24 - Walking Club @ 8:30am

24 - Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences


8 - Tech E Club @ 8:00am

10 - Walking Club @ 8:30am

14-25 - Suzin L. Fundraiser

22 - Tech E Club @ 8:00am

24 - Walking Club @ 8:30am

31 - Last Day of Quarter 3


School Mask Mandate Lifted

Elyria Schools will eliminate the mask requirements for students in all grades as of Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.

Students will no longer be required to wear masks in school beginning Jan. 31 but they most certainly can continue to wear them if they desire.

Elyria Schools still adheres to other policies surrounding COVID-19, for example, masks are still required on busses, per the Centers for Disease Control.

If students display any signs of illness, they are asked to stay home. Also, any students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain out of school for five days from the day after the onset of symptoms, returning once their symptoms are improving and they have no fever.

Children ages five and up are now able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if desired. For more information or to find locations of upcoming vaccine clinics, please visit Lorain County Public Health.

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Elyria City Schools' Belief Statements

  • Learners thrive when school is engaging and personally meaningful
  • All Pioneers have a voice in decisions that affect them
  • Excellence is achieved through vision, commitment and moral leadership