Eastside Elementary

January 8, 2019

Welcome Back!

We are thankful for the rest and family time that came with the break, but are now ready to welcome back your students! We are looking forward to a great semester of growth and success!

2nd 9 Weeks Awards

January-Character Education

This month we will focus on the Arkansas Department of Education's topic for January of Character Education.

What is Character Education?

Comprehensive character education addresses many tough issues in education while developing a positive school climate. It can be effective in any school setting, as our National Schools of Character demonstrate. Educators from this diverse array of schools have transformed their school cultures, reduced discipline referrals, increased academic achievement for all learners, developed global citizens, and improved job satisfaction and retention among teachers.

Character education includes and complements a broad range of educational approaches such as whole child education, service learning, social-emotional learning, and civic education. All share a commitment to helping young people become responsible, caring, and contributing citizens.

Because students spend so much time in school, our schools offer a critically important opportunity to ensure that all students get the support and help they need to reach their full potential. Schools that embrace character education become places people want to be because they bring out the best in everyone.

To be effective in schools, character education must involve everyone—school staff, parents, students, and community members—and be part of every school day. It must be integrated into the curriculum as well as school culture. When this happens and school communities unite around developing character, schools see amazing results.

Character education is not new—and it is something we can all agree on. It was an important objective for the first U.S. public schools and today it is mandated or encouraged in most states. The current movement is simply a reminder of education’s long history of stressing shared values and character.

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Reminders for Parents-

When dropping off students after the 8:00 bell to start the school day, please walk your student in and sign them in for the day. It is important for safety that they are escorted in after this time.

3rd Grade created Cookbooks and used the money from donations to purchase Angel Tree gifts!

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Parent Resource Center!

Our Parent Resource Center is up and running. There are math and literacy materials your student can bring home to help close any gaps in learning and reinforce skills and concepts learned in the classroom. Just ask your classroom teacher for a prescription for learning and the perfect resource will be headed home with your student!

Computer Science Word of the Month: BUG/DEBUGGING

Character Word of the Month: Engaged

Podcast for the Week-"Wow in the World"

Below you will find a link to an NPR podcast aimed for students!

Listen with your children for science, health, interesting topics, and silliness with Guy Raz and Mindy!

Menus and Lunch Times

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Upcoming Dates-

Jan. 8-1st day students back

Jan 14 - 17 ACT Aspire Interim 2 for grades 3-5

Jan 14 - PTO Meeting at 3:45

Jan 15 - Stephanie Siete, Guest speaker, Drug Prevention - Fine Arts Bldg

Jan 21 - Report Cards go home for 2nd nine weeks

Jan 30 - Class Pictures

Feb 4 - Lil' Dribblers at 7:00 PM

Feb 8 - Spirit Day for Jan/Feb

Feb 12 - Progress Reports/Parent-Teacher Conferences - Dismiss at 1:30

Feb 18 - President's Day/No School