K-2 Team Newsletter

August 26, 2019

Principal's Message

We were so excited to kick off the end of the week with our first Friday Morning Motivation. It was amazing to get scholars excited about our LIM Habits and Core Values connected to our culture goals! For the next two weeks we are going to focus on our core value of respect. Be sure to not only give scholars glows for our targeted LIM habit but also shoutout scholars showing respect to their peers, teachers, and others. We want to create an environment that is based on a foundation of respect for self and others so we must model this and shout it out when we see it! Since there is no school this Friday you are free to do a small paycheck celebration on Thursday to keep the positivity momentum going! We want EEP to be a place where “amazing” happens everyday and you are a key ingredient in making this true.

"Can our schools be so welcoming, so inviting, and so comfortable that every person who walks through the doors believes they are about to have an amazing experience?" ~D. Fisher, N. Frey, and I. Pumpian

Important Operations Information

Staff Vacancies

Please scour your networks and help us find great teachers for the EEP Family. We currently have the following vacancies:

  • Kindergarten Lead Teacher

  • 4th Grade Special Education Teacher

  • 7th Grade ELA Teacher

Please email Caroline Rhodes crhodes@eastendprep.org if you know anyone or send a connecting email.


Please be sure to update your time off in Kronos on your timesheet once your approved leave has been taken. This must be completed within 24 hours of returning from your time off. Please see Caroline Rhodes if you have questions or don’t know how to do this!

How to sort your class roster in School Pass

Within School Pass, teachers are able to sort their dismissal rosters by destination (car, YMCA, after school clubs, bus riders, etc). This could help make the process of lining students up at the end of the day more straightforward. Check out this 1 minute video on how to make School Pass work for you made by our very own Stacey Neal (thank you, Stacey!).

Deans of Academics

Progress Reports, TNReady Score Reports and MAP Scores

On Thursday, August 29th, we will send home students’ progress reports and their beginning of year MAP scores in math and reading. Everything will be sent home in one large envelope for easy parent access. Stay tuned for more information on collecting these three items from your academic deans’ offices.

Dean of Culture

Culture Corner

It’s week 4 and that means it’s time to take it to the next level, so this week we will go all in on 100%! The work we do is difficult, our growth goals for scholars are ambitious, and in order to hit the mark we have to think 100% and BEYOND! Half way is unacceptable, 99.9% is not enough, and 100% is what it will take for us to move scholars. Warm demanders I implore you to dig in and sweat the small things. Also, you will receive an email later this week from me explaining our school-wide incentive theme “House of Cards: School is A Magical Place” with details about upcoming K-2 culture events. Please reach out if you have any questions!

Culture focus for the week:

    • Transitions- In order to provide a safe and urgent hallway, we will focus this week on transitions and reset hallway expectations across the K-2 team. It is important that leaders, teachers, and scholars are following through on their end of the hallway transitions. Please model these expectations to ensure a high-achieving professional learning environment.

      • Silent

        • 100% of scholars are using silent signals and we do not answer questions in the hallway. Have scholars wait until they get into the classroom, and raise a silent college hand unless it is an emergency. Utilize bubbles for scholars who have a hard time staying silent in the hallway.

      • Safe

        • I have noticed an increase in the number of scholars in the hallway, more scholars running in the hall, and scholars with untied shoes. Please remind scholars to tie their shoes before the transition. If they don’t know how to tie their own shoes please tie their shoes or have other scholars tie shoes.

          • Set goals with families around teaching them how to tie their shoes and encourage them to practice

          • Also please remind scholars the professional uniform expectation is that shirts must be tucked in when inside the school building at all times. Teach them the term “dress for success” as this will be stated across the building.

      • Speedy

        • This week set a goal with your class to reduce how long it takes to complete your restroom break. Make it a challenge to beat your time!

    • Joy Factor- Let’s take the “J” Factor to the Max! Cheers, chants, encouragement, positivity, etc.

      • You can create magical inspired call and responses, chants, activities, etc. to go along with our school-wide culture theme “House of Cards: School is a Magical Place”

Our Focus Glow this week is:

  • Enthusiasm/Participation (Be Proactive)

    • Setting a strong example for academic participation

    • Demonstrating authentic engagement and excitement about learning

    • We can use this glow to celebrate scholars who are consistently on task, actively raise their hand, and joyfully complete classwork

  • The WIG GL Winner is KINDER TEAM!!! Way to go team!!! You crushed the glow focus and this week as a team you had a 6:1 Ratio! KEEP IT UP!

    • ***1st and 2nd grade game on! The challenge has been issued.***

    • Our goal is 45,000 glows by the end of the school year, that is 11, 250 glows a quarter, and 3,750 glows per grade level Quarter 1.


    • Who will take the GL WIG Winner for this week?

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Dean of SEL

It has been a fun week in classrooms! Next week, first grade will have their first SEL lessons. Small groups will begin for kindergarteners next week as well, followed by a small group for second graders. If you have a great idea for a small group, please let me know via email so that I can schedule it. Individual counseling has begun, and more scholars are being added to the caseload daily.

Additionally, our new Centerstone therapist, Ashley Smith, has started working at EEP this week! Scholars who receive Centerstone services will be pulled beginning next week. A Vanderbilt School Counseling intern will also join our K-2 team in the coming weeks. As I onboard her, I will give you more information. So excited for the great work that you are doing in classrooms this year!

LIM Habit of the Week: Habit #1 - Be Proactive

  • Get your work done before you play! Plan out how you will complete tasks so that they are manageable. Take charge of situations before they take charge of you!

Special Message

Yearbook Team

As we are heading into another amazing week wanted to update you all on the newest members of our 19-20 yearbook team...Jessica Moore and Jaquandria Hayes. With that being said, it is time to collect those pictures!! They ask that as you collect photos of events and special activities please send them to either Jessica or Jaquandria so they can archive them for the yearbook.

Front Office Team

Please do not send scholars who have accidents to the front office without an adult. We cannot always help as we are manning the front office and trying to answer calls etc... Scholars in K-2 should have a change of clothes in their backpacks and one of the teachers should support the scholar in getting changed. Extra grocery bags can be found in the K-1 workroom closet where the paper towels are kept if you need them. Thanks in advance!

Book Room

The first grade team spent several hours organizing the guided reading book room on Friday. We would love to keep this space organized for all to use this year so here are some suggestions to make it a usable space for us all!

  • Please put back books in the correctly labeled bins.
  • Please do not remove post-it notes or plans from the bags. Let's work smarter, not harder on guided reading plans. If the ones in the bag don't work for you, feel free to write your own but leave the existing ones in the bag.
  • If a bag is worn out, please replace it and write the title and guided reading letter on the bag for all to see. If you need a gallon size bag for this, there will be some in the guided reading room or ask another teacher for some (most have plenty!)
  • Please return books after use - don't hoard them!
  • If you don't know where a book should go (such as the level or can't find the bag with the other books), there is a bin on the top shelf for you to put it in so we can get it to the right place.
  • If you are missing books, check the bin on the top shelf marked missing books as some have fallen out or gotten separated.

Thanks for helping us work together to keep this room organized this year!

Weekly Reminders

Please be informed:

  • iPads serial numbers: (OVERDUE) Email Dr. P the iPad # and serial #, we are still missing a few classes

  • Lesson Plans for the week must be accessible as admin will continue observations this week and will use them as we target our focus areas for 8/26-8/29

  • Glows and Grows must be entered into LiveSchool to track behavior trends...if a push in is requested the corresponding GROW should be entered into LiveSchool. This week we are focusing on what is a PUSH IN vs SOLUTIONS SPACE & LADDERING - yup made that word up :)

  • Uniform Full Compliance - Log into LiveSchool by 9:00 am daily and send home parent notices from Ms. Jones

  • Grade Level Team Meetings - start on your selected day 3:45-4:15 pm and remember to upload the notes into the GLT meeting folder on Drive utilizing your meeting agenda template

    • K & 2nd - DOC Culture Meeting

    • 1st - Scholars of Concern Meeting

Upcoming Events


August 29th

Friday PD

August 30th (differentiated and agenda will be sent)

AM Time

-Leader in Me (new to EEP teachers only)

-STEP Training (new to STEP Leads)


PM Time

-RTI (all staff)

-STEP Training (1st and 2nd STEP Leads)



Staff Absences

August 26th

Jaquandria Hayes (K)

Alicia Schenck (1st)

Shelly Gaughan (2nd)

August 26th-30th

Lindsey Barnes (SPED)

August 30th

Abbie Jennings (2nd)

Shout Outs

Congrats to our G.R.E.A.T. Winners of the Week and check out the Class Photo of the Week!

Leadership Tee Winners

These scholars were recognized for showing the core value of GRIT this past week!

Dr. Tianay Perrault

Lower Elementary School Principal