East Elementary

September 2020

Welcome to East!

I am Erica Weadon, and I am excited to be joining the Jackson R-2 School District as the building principal at East Elementary. This is my 19th year in education. Previously I worked for the Poplar Bluff R-1 School District where I taught fourth grade for five years, was an instructional coach for three years, and a building principal for ten years. My husband, Joe, and I have been married for 18 years. We have two girls, Bristol (9) and Brynnlea (6), who get to go to work with me everyday.

The school year is off to a great start! I will have to say, East Elementary has some of the most passionate, loving teachers. They take Love All, Serve All to heart and make it their mission each and every day. The PTO has been phenomenal to work with. I want to thank them for making the first day so amazing for our families and for the Andy's Ice Cream treat for all students on Friday. What a fun way to end a great first week.

This year at East, we will focus on taking our professional learning community to the next level. We will work as a team to revisit our mission, vision, commitments and goals. Teachers will continue to work in collaborative grade level teams to plan, teach/assess, study the results, and then act. Four questions will guide our work to ensure high levels of learning for all: What do we want students to know and be able to do? How will we know if they have learned it? How will we respond when some students do not learn? How will we extend the learning for students who are already proficient? These questions have never been so important as they are this year. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call. Here's to a great year!


Welcome to East Elementary! It’s been a pleasure getting to know your children these past few days. I wanted to take a minute and share a bit about myself. This is my 21st year working in the Jackson R-2 School District, and I spent my first 7 years teaching third grade. I’m also the principal at Millersville Elementary, so I do go back and forth quite a bit. I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with my Bachelor, Masters, and Specialist Degrees.

My husband, Jamie, and I have been married for 21 years. We both went through the Jackson School District for grades K-12, and we love this community. We have 3 beautiful children, and are so proud that they attend school in this district. We have 13 year old twins, Austin and Addison, who are in eight grade, and an 11 year old, Ryan, who is in fifth grade. I also have an identical twin sister who teaches at the Jackson Middle School. Many people tend to get us mixed up, so I try to always make parents and students aware of my double (By the way, I’m the pretty one). My younger sister works at the high school, and my parents are both retired educators. So, I guess you can say, teaching runs in our family.

I am looking forward to this school year and working with the children, teachers, staff and parents at East!

Shauna Criddle, Assistant Principal


Wow! What a fantastic start to the school year at East Elementary in our Early Childhood Center. It is a joy to see all of the adorable faces of our students entering the door to our school each day. We have missed our student's soo much! We are certainly working on learning all of our new routines and procedures at our Early Childhood Center with our teachers. We have already seen so much progress with our little friends in their ability to be comfortable little learners at school this past week!

I continue to be impressed with the children, families, teachers, staff members, and administrators that make this school a community of learners. Our school is putting our students first, and we are doing wonderful things for our students! Thank you all for being a part of this process and helping with our new systems for drop-offs and pickups! For the safety of your children, we will ask that you continue to present your ID to your child's teacher as you pick up your child. Thank you so much for your attention to this detail and making sure that children are picked up by the appropriate persons! I look forward to working with you all this year!

Brooke Uchtman, Director of Early Childhood


Hello East Elementary Families!

My name is Jenny Moyers and I am the school counselor here at East. To tell you a little about myself, this summer I celebrated my 9th wedding anniversary to my husband, Tyson. We have two children, Josie (6) and Moses (3), who keep us on our toes! Josie is doing Ignite Online for Kindergarten and is enjoying her experience! This marks the beginning of my 9th year as a school counselor and I am very excited to get to work with the K-4 students this year!

As the school counselor, I will see each K-4 class each week for classroom lessons using a curriculum that covers three main areas: Personal/Social; Academic; and Career Development. In all of my lessons, I work to help students understand the importance of being safe, respectful, and responsible in all aspects of life and how the lessons can not only help them where they are at now, but in the future as well. In addition to classroom lesson, I also work with students individually and in small groups.

Family support is a vital part of the success of the school counseling program, so please contact me anytime by calling the school, emailing me at jmoyers@jr2mail.org, or filling out this online form. I also have a website that I will be adding resources to on various topics for parents and students.


It is so good to be back at school!!!!! I love seeing all the staff and students back at it again!!! I want to give you some tips so we can STAY at school!!!

1. Parents - please continue to screen your child in the morning before school. If fever (100.1 or higher), vomiting, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, body aches, runny nose/congestion, cough, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste/smell = PLEASE, PLEASE keep them home! If your child is sick please let the secretary know which symptoms they are having. You will then get a follow-up call from the nurse. If we all follow these procedures we should be able to keep school going!!!! (Hint *if your child is running close to 100.1 you may want to recheck their temperature a few times before sending them to school! Also, please don't give your child ibuprofen/Motrin or acetaminophen/Tylenol before sending them to school - that will mask a fever - and if they are complaining we may have to send them home for "unknown fever").

2. Keep encouraging your child (and practice this at home) to use good hand washing!!!! I love catching students washing their hands correctly!

3. Make sure your child has a clean water bottle for school - we have water bottle fill up stations if they need more water! (If you don't routinely clean their water bottle and they are using it daily....they can get strep!! So, please clean daily).

4. Make sure your child is getting plenty of sleep at night. In today's world they may stay up later if they have a phone/iPad/computer access. You will want to limit screen time before they go to sleep (sometimes the light of the screen can "wake up your brain"). Never look at those devices in a dark room; a background light is good to have on while on the device!

5. Mask care - if your child is wearing a cloth face mask at school make sure those get cleaned daily, too!! Please encourage your child to use the ear loops when adjusting their mask (try not to touch the front of your mask!). We are also telling them to use hand hygiene (hand washing or using hand sanitizer) before and after touching their masks.

Thanks everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Art with Mrs. Job

Welcome back Parents!

I am SO HAPPY to get to see your child in art this year! As with years in the past our school is signed up for Artsonia. This is an online website that showcases your child's artwork. Throughout the year, when we finish a project, I will take a photo of it and it will be sent only to you and whoever else in your family would like to sign up to see their artwork. If your child attended our school last year they were automatically 'graduated' to the next grade level and their artwork from previous years is still under that account too. If you are new to our school, you should have received an email allowing you to sign up! I hope you will! After the artwork is sent to you, you can purchase items with your child's artwork on it, perfect for gifts and keepsakes. When you purchase anything from the site our school gets 15% of that back to be used on your child in the art room! Wins all around! I can't wait to see what your child is going to create this year - it's going to be a great one!

PTO Fundraiser Coming Soon!

Our PTO fundraiser is just around the corner! This year, everything will be available online and many items can be shipped across the US. This is exciting for all of our family members living out of town! Check out the flyer below for specific information. Packets will be sent home on Tuesday, September 8.
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East Strong T-shirts

Starting Tuesday, September 8, we will offer our East Strong T-shirts to students and parents. They will be $12 each (with plus sizes running $1 or $2 more). The online order form will be emailed to parents on Tuesday. Thanks for showing your support! #EastStrong

2020 Yearbooks

Extra 2020 yearbooks are on sale for $15.00. Please call 243-5271 for more information!

Boy's Boot Camp and Girl's We Run

NOTE: Girl's We RUN and Boy's Boot Camp will NOT be offered this fall. We hope to be able to offer them in the spring!

Full Day Kids Club October 12th

Kids’ Club is offering a Full Day on October 12, 2020 at South Elementary from 7:30 AM - 5:45 PM. The deadline to sign up and pay for Full Day is October 2, 2020 before 4:30 PM. Students must bring a drink and sack lunch. If you have any questions, please call Kids’ Club at (573) 382-7930.

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Amy Brueckner, MA, CCC-SLP, Julie Layton, MA, CCC-SLP, Lori Heuring, MA, CCC-SLP,

Christy Gibbs, MA, CCC-SLP


Listening is half of communication. Help your child learn to be a better listener, and he or she will become a more effective communicator. You can encourage your child’s good listening skills when you:

1. Get your child’s attention before speaking

2. Talk to your child at eye level

3. Speak slowly and clearly to your child, and repeat if necessary

4. Respond to what your child says so he or she knows you are listening

5. Give your child time to think after a question

6. Give praise when your child listens well


7 No School - Labor Day

8 Fundraiser Packets Sent Home

15 PTO Meeting 5:30 pm

18 First Quarter Mid-quarter

23 EC Pictures - Cheekwood

24 K-4 Fall Pictures - Cheekwood

24 PTO Imos Fundraiser (more information coming soon)

25 Mid-Quarter Grades Emailed

25 Fundraiser Ends

30 EC Dental Screening

East Elementary PTO

If you are interested in being involved in our East Elementary PTO, please contact jacksoneastpto@gmail.com.