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What's Happening @ East? November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian:

We hope you are all looking forward to a fabulous East Pizza Night this Friday, November 20th, and our Grade 4 Game Show Night. We are so fortunate to have such creative and talented staff and supportive PTC who are ensuring that we make wonderful memories for our fourth graders this year!

What’s Happening in Science? (Part 2!)

Ms. Nori, East School science teacher, has more to share this week as we highlight science in grades 1 and 2.

Grade 1: Students have been investigating “Lighting Up the Dark” with a focus on making shadows. Following a reading of the book, Secrets of the Apple Tree: A Shine-A-Light Book, students explored making shadows with flashlights in class. Click HERE to see one in action!


Grade 2: Students developed their observational skills (so valuable for scientists) using hand lenses to observe leaves and then to make observational drawings of what they saw. Take a look! 


Some Thoughts About Report Cards

Student report cards / progress reports will be sent electronically on Monday, November 30th, and parent conference days are scheduled for December 1-4th to bring your child’s progress “to life”. As you review your child’s report card, please keep the following in mind:

  • Our students “Work Hard and Be Kind” each and every day. Celebrate that work and focus on how they have put forth efforts to learn and improve. This sends a message of efficacy to your child, communicating that their commitment and hard work matters and can lead to growth in the future.

  • Before jumping to the indicators, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the meaning of each mark on the progress reports. A “key” explaining the terms is provided at the top of the progress report and can help demystify the markings. Note that these indicators are not intended to correlate with traditional “letter grades”. Instead, they provide insights into the consistency of your child’s performance and your child’s level of independence related to a given skill or concept.

  • Every child has areas of strength as well as areas for growth. This is to be expected (and in fact is true of all of us). Help your child to consider these areas in a manageable way – perhaps noting one or two areas of strength and one (or two) areas for improvement. It can be especially helpful to support your child in brainstorming an action step he or she might take next. All of this also supports your child in understanding the value of feedback and how to use feedback as a springboard for growth.

  • It is important to remember that these progress reports are based on assessments and student work undertaken throughout the fall months. You will have the opportunity at the parent conference to meet (virtually) with your child’s teacher. At that meeting, you will be able to see examples of your child’s work and ask any questions you may have. This student work and the conversation with your child’s teacher will support you in interpreting your child’s progress report in context.

  • Please keep in mind that these progress reports (completed three times each year) track the journey of learning your child is on this year. It is not any one indicator or note that is most critical. It is about the story that is told over time (over the course of the year) about your child’s growth and learning. Enjoy this journey with them!


Gentle Reminders 

  • Please note that travel to states over the Thanksgiving holiday that are listed on the CT Travel Advisory list will require a 14-day quarantine period or a negative COVID test result following return to Connecticut. 

  • If a technology issue arises for your child, please send an email to the district technology support staff using the email address: . Classroom teachers are teaching throughout the day and are not able to respond to emails in the moment to troubleshoot technology issues. 

Upcoming Dates

Friday, November 20, 2020 East Pizza Night and Grade 4 Game Show! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Early Release (12:05 PM)

Thursday, November 26-Sunday, November 29, 2020     No School - Thanksgiving Break 

December 1 - 4, 2020 (Tuesday-Friday)      Early Release (12:05PM daily) - Parent Conferences

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation,

Kristine Woleck
East School Principal

Maura Fruin
East School Assistant Principal

Phone | 203-594-4200 • Office Hours | 8:00am - 4:00pm