East Side News

Week of April 11, 2016

Talking About Fairness With Children

As you know, Fairness has been our character trait of April. Gail Heyman shares some insight about talking with kids about fairness. She shares: A good place to start a conversation about fairness is by talking about collaboration. Young children tend to believe that when people work together, whatever benefits they obtain as a result should be shared. You can begin by describing a situation in which two people work together to earn prizes and one person keeps all of them. You can then ask your child to reflect on how each person is likely to feel, and what can be done to make the situation more fair.

Parents can ask children to think of ways to resolve conflicts, such as when one child complains that another child is being unfair. This not only helps children to get into the habit of thinking about questions of fairness, but it also promotes creative thinking and problem solving.

You can also promote your child’s sense of fairness by engaging in practices that promote fairness and then discussing them. For example, in conflict situations parents can offer everyone a chance to share their perspective without interruptions. It can also be helpful ask children to role play or explain situations from the perspective of people who disagree with them.

Here are some great conversation starters for parents:

Should parents try to treat all of their children in exactly the same way?

Could you be a fair judge of a baking contest that your friend is competing in?

When there is heavy lifting to do, should stronger people be expected to do more work?

Is it possible for a dog to act unfairly?

Whatever we do, we have to remember that as adults, we are the model for our kids. Let's help our kids be great citizens and help them understand what fairness means!

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As we end the year, we start to solicit a slate of officers for our East Side PTO. Our PTO is a huge helping organization for our school and your kids. They are a non-profit organization that supports the students of East Side School. All parents and caregivers, teachers and principal are members of the East Side PTO. The PTO is always open to new ideas and also open to all volunteers and members. If you feel you have a desire for a leadership position, to help children, and to help a great school, consider running for an office. You can contact the school at 315-287-2260 and talk with Mrs. Day about the organization. Even if you don't want to be considered as an officer and want more information, please call the school! What a great way to give back to the school, the community, but especially, to our kids!


All parents and caregivers received the information about our district survey. You can access the link of the letter by clicking here. We ask for your help in completing this survey to help us make our school and district that much better. The survey will be open until April 29th. You can access the survey by clicking here. The password has been sent to you via our School Messenger system. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Donna Bushey, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, at 315-287-4870.

Revision to School District Calendar

Please note that following revisions to our 2015-2016 School District Calendar:


The 2015-16 calendar had 7 emergency days built in. To date, the district has called 3 snow days. Four (4) days will be given back as follows:
May 2, 2016 – no school for students and staff
May 27, 2016 – no school for students and staff
June 22, 2016 – no school for students, staff will report
June 23, 2016 – no school for students, staff will report
If additional emergency days are called, the give-back days will be removed in the following order: May 2, June 22, May 27, June 23.

The Global Day of Design At East Side April 26th

Throughout the week of April 24th, we will be celebrating the Global Day of Design at East Side.

What is the Global Day of Design all about?

Students need to make, build, and tinker. The Global Day of Design is one-day that focuses on using the Design Thinking process in school. Our goal for the Global Day of Design is to inspire a transformation in schools around the world to incorporate design into an every day practice with our students.

Check out the website here: http://globaldayofdesign.com/ Parents can even try some of the lessons to extend this experience at home. How fun!

The LAUNCH Cycle: A Design Thinking Framework for K-12 Students

What's coming up!

  • 4/18/2016: Operation Safe Child Pictures
  • 4/18/2016: 4th Quarter Begins
  • 4/20/2016: East Side UPK Spring Concert 6:00p.m.
  • 4/22/2016: 30 Week Report Cards Mailed Home
  • 4/28/2016: Spring Pictures and Cap and Gown Picutres
  • 4/29/2016: No School for Students
  • 5/2/2016: School is Closed

Be A Rainbow In Someone Else's Cloud!

Dr. Maya Angelou: "Be a Rainbow in Someone Else's Cloud" - Oprah's Master Class - OWN

East Side Elementary School, Gouverneur, NY

East Side Elementary School is an exemplary school where we agree to place the welfare of students at the forefront of our decisions. In becoming a school of excellence, we always identify and implement new or enhanced initiatives in the area of curriculum and instruction, provide respectful and professional learning environments, develop and implement planning and support systems and increase faculty, parent and community partnerships.

We are a Responsive Classroom school, so our belief is that the social and emotional curriculum is just as important as the academic curriculum. We pride ourselves to "Delivering The Promise of A Brighter Future!"

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