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Eastridge Elementary School January 12, 2020
Morning Car Rider Reminders
- January 13th - 21st --> PTA Sponsored Door Decorating Contest
- January 17th --> Team Huddle
- January 20th--> M.L.K. Day (No School)
- January 21st--> Paula Bell joins our team as the new Dean of Eastridge
- January 25th--> Legislative Forum (more information below)
- January 28th--> PTA Meeting @ 6PM (enter through door 1)
- January 31st--> Life Skills Field Trip to Smiley Center
- February 3rd-28th--> Black History Month
- February 3rd--> Social Health Films (4th Grade students only)
- February 4th--> 4th Grade Field Trip to Walker Career Center
- February 5th--> Midterms sent home
- February 7th--> PTA Sponsored Sweetheart Dance (6PM - 8PM)
- February 14th--> Friendship Celebration
- February 17th--> President's Day (No School)
- February 20th--> Skating Party @ The Roller Cave (6PM-8PM)
- February 22nd--> Robotics Competition
- February 24th - 27th--> Hearing and Vision Screenings
- February 25th--> PTA Meeting @ 6PM (enter through door 1)
Greetings Eastridge Families,
I hope that you and your family had a safe and enjoyable break spending time with family and friends! 2020 is going to be another amazing year of learning and growth for our students and we are so excited to begin the 2nd semester of this school year.
As we continue to review and refine safety protocols, we have updated our K-4 school visitor policy in Warren Township. Please take a moment to review the "Visitors Procedures" document below. Thank you for your support in helping keep Eastridge a safe and secure learning environment.
I hope that you and your family have a great weekend and as always, I thank you for your continued support of Eastridge Elementary!
I am originally from Lexington, Kentucky but, I lived in Bloomington, IN for many years. I attended Indiana University where I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education. I have my Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership as well as a Building Level Administrator License from the University of Indianapolis.
Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a teacher. I always knew that teaching was my passion. After High School, I joined the US Army as a Photographer and Videographer for four years. After serving in the US Army, I moved back home to Bloomington, IN to attend college at the IU School of Education. After receiving my teaching license, I became a teacher at Fairview Elementary School for Monroe County Community School Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana.
Recently, I was a first grade teacher and an Instructional Coach at Skiles Test Elementary School in Lawrence Township. I have three adopted children and three cats. On my time off, I love spending time with my family! I am looking forward to working with the Eastridge community in 2020. I am ready to soar with the Rockets!
Yours Truly, Ms. Bell
Updated Visitor Policy----Effective January 6, 2020
MSD of Warren Township Elementary School Visitation Procedures
Parents and visitors are encouraged to visit Eastridge Elementary. We are making a more concise effort in our visitor policy because the safety and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority. All visitors must provide a government-issued ID to be scanned into the Raptor Visitor Management System. At the conclusion of all visits, please return to the main office to sign out. You can find more information about Raptor by visiting our website. School administration reserves the right to refuse visitation for anyone who does not comply with school visitation procedures.
Classroom visits consist of observing teaching and learning in action. To protect instructional time and the activities taking place in the classroom, we ask that parents refrain from talking with the teacher to allow him/her to continue teaching. If you need to speak with a teacher, please follow the procedure for teacher visitation below. Procedures for classroom visits:
provide advanced notice to the teacher
must be on students emergency contact list
maximum visitors in a classroom of 2 parties
limited to a maximum of 30 minutes
classroom visitations during arrival and dismissal will not be allowed.
including walking students to class
Meeting with your child’s teacher(s) is a valuable part of the education process. Procedures for teacher visitation:
schedule a meeting time with a teacher
must be a custodial parent or guardian
If you are interested in eating lunch with your student at Eastridge, please follow these procedures:
eat in a designated area assigned by the school
only visitors who are on a students contacts list
other students will not be able to accompany your student
outside food/drink is permitted
at the conclusion of lunch, please return to the office.
Thank you for your assistance in ensuring a safe and secure school environment for all students and staff members.
New Visitor Management System
Warren Township Schools is pleased to announce we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and staff. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor System will allow us to do that. The Raptor System will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff. Our goal is to keep a balance of being a welcoming school district as well as maintaining the safety of our students and staff.
Beginning November 11, 2019, every visitor who enters our school will be asked to present a state of federal ID, such as a Driver’s License, that will be scanned into the Raptor System. Once the visitor has been approved, the office staff will enter the reason, destination of the visit and the Raptor System will print a photo ID visitor badge. If for any reason a parent or guardian does not have a U.S. government-issued ID, the staff member can use any form of ID and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor System.
A photo ID visitor badge is not required for those who visit our schools to drop off an item or pick-up paperwork at the front desk. Further, they may drop off their items(s) or remain in the waiting area until their student is available. Please be aware that current practices established in each building will remain in effect.
The safety of our students is our highest priority. The Raptor Visitor Management System will provide us with a consistent process of knowing who is in our buildings at all times as well as a tool to identify those individuals who may present a danger to our students and staff.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support towards enhancing school safety protocols in our district. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Eastridge Elementary School at (317) 532-3150.
Attendance Matters, Facts Matters, Information Matters
Why attendance matters?
Fact: Missing just 2 days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year.
RESEARCH SHOWS THAT ATTENDANCE IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.
Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. Every school day counts in a child's academic life...A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. The effects of lost school days build up one absence at a time on individual students. Please ensure that your child understands the importance of good school attendance and is at school every day. Every day matters! Every day provides important learning opportunities! Set your child up for success by developing these good habits now!
MSD of Warren Township Attendance Policy Reminder
Students with 7 or more absences will provide a doctor's excusal for each absence. Parents should send medical excusals to the classroom teachers when the student returns to school. Medical excusals will be counted as excused absences. Our goal is to ensure that your child's attendance is accurate.
Attend today. Achieve tomorrow.
In an effort to make sure our students and staff understand and know what to do in the case of emergencies, we plan practice drills throughout the school year. Some of these drills include procedures we practice monthly, like fire drills, and some we practice only a few times during the year, like wind/tornado drills.
We wanted you to be aware of the types of drills that we practice together in the event of a school safety concern so that you can talk with your students about these situations if they should come home with questions.
Fire Drills – Students and staff evacuate their classrooms and exit the building. All classrooms report to a designated location outside of the school building. During these drills, cars entering campus will be stopped by staff until our perimeter is clear of students and staff.
Wind/Tornado Drills – Students and staff report to designated locations in the building away from large windows and doors with windows. During this drill, our exterior doors will be locked so that all office staff can participate as well.
Lockdown Drills – Our buildings are secured internally and externally. Students remain with staff and wait for directions. During these drills, if you visit campus, you may see law enforcement agencies like Warren Police, parked on our campus supporting this practice.
Bus Evacuation Drills – Students practice exiting the bus using emergency exits upon arriving to school. During these drills, cars entering campus will be stopped by staff until our perimeter is clear of students and staff.
It is important to note that your student’s focus and cooperation during our drills is paramount. When drills are conducted, all individuals on our campus must participate, and that number can be upwards of 500 people. Paying attention, being alert and following directions allows for the best learning experience during the drills. Please reinforce this at home. Also, please know that if you are in the building when these drills are being practiced, you will be asked to practice with our school.
I appreciate your support and ask that you reach out with any questions.
High Ability Program
SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLICATIONS/NEWS MEDIA USE
The occasion may arise when the school district wants to recognize your child or your child's school. This may include your child's photo, your child's name or your child's work in district publications, newsletters, on school district websites, and in electronic/ social media or in staff training videos. We may also want to tell the media (including newspapers, television, and radio) about your child's achievements. We never knowingly release information about a student to anyone who wants to use it for commercial/ political purposes. However, we will honor your request to not include your child in these types of recognitions if you notify your child's school office in writing that you do not want this type of information released.
Notes from the Nurse
The school clinic needs pants desperately. SIZES 5-12 in both female/ male. The accidents have taken all my supply in shorts/skorts/pants. Please consider donating any clothing that is not being used. Also, if your child has had one or several accidents this year from spills to restroom it might be best to pack an extra set of clothes for your child in their book bag. Let your child and your teacher know about the extra clothes.It would be greatly appreciated and I wouldn't have to call parents at work telling them I don't have pants for their child.. Thank you so much!
Lost and Found
Breakfast / Lunch
Breakfast is served each morning from 7:55AM - 8:20AM
Lunch Times for the 2019-2020 School Year
Kinder Lunch - 10:45AM - 11:15AM
4th Grade Lunch - 11:18AM - 11:48AM
2nd Grade Lunch - 11:51AM - 12:21AM
3rd Grade Lunch - 12:24AM - 12:54AM
1st Grade Lunch - 12:57AM - 1:27AM
Thank you for supporting Eastridge Elementary. Please continue to send in your box tops!!
Box Tops App
No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. With the Box Tops for Education app, you can turn your everyday receipts into cash for your school.
New Warren App and Website
Warren Township School District has a new app and website! The purpose of the app and website is to provide regular updates through the live feed, district news, and
district events sections as well as other important district information. The app includes easy access to the weekly breakfast and lunch menu, staff contacts, district documents, bullying and safety reporting form, and much much more. The Warren app can be downloaded at the Apple and Android App Store. Stay informed and download the app today. The district website is www.warren.k12.in.us.