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February 27, 2017

image of students Dear Families,

We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful vacation week with time for family and friends.

East School Cares!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, care, and community service, East School students were involved in several activities in the weeks heading into February vacation to demonstrate their appreciation and thanks. Students across classrooms at East made Valentines (hundreds!) to send to Veterans; this project was especially meaningful to our students given our Veterans Day assembly earlier this year with students meeting and honoring Veterans. image of staff Also, students from our Kids Care group and grade 4 Community Service student leaders held an Appreciation Luncheon on Valentine’s Day for our secretaries, custodians, campus monitor, and cafeteria staff to say thank you for all that they do for East School. Students collected pennies throughout the fall to purchase sandwiches for the luncheon and made treats at home, as well as decorations, for the event. There were plenty of smiles all around and this was a wonderful opportunity to show gratitude to the many people that make East School work!

East Eagles Soar … with One Good Book!

East School has launched its annual school-wide read-aloud program! Each teacher in the building has read to students a book with the theme of creativity and flexible thinking. The book, The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires, shares the many attempts a child makes to create an idea. Thanks to the generosity and support of the East PTC, each classroom has a copy of the selected book. Each child will have an opportunity this month to bring the book home to read with family members before returning the book to East the next day. Home discussions and thoughts inspired by the book can be captured in a class recording booklet that will accompany the book.

image of student artwork We hope that the book will springboard conversations about creative problem solving and persistence at home. This project was organized by our library media specialist, Miss Stilwell, and our reading specialist, Mrs. Valiante. If you are interested in additional children’s books that capture the themes of problem solving and perseverance, here are a few you might enjoy with your child:

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak

What Do You Do with a Problem by Kobi Yamada

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Sensory Friendly Classrooms Live!

Please join us at next Tuesday’s PTC Meeting (March 7th, 9:30AM in the East Galley) for a Sensory-Friendly Classrooms showcase of equipment and resources that will be coming soon to classrooms across East School, thanks to the PTC fundraising this fall. Hope to see you there!

Take care,