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What's Happening @ East? January 28, 2021

January 28, 2021


Dear Parent(s) or Guardian:

We hope our students are taking advantage of the terrific STEM activities shared on Friday and posting their exciting work and thinking on the STEM Flip Grid. We would love to hear feedback about our new virtual versions of these wonderful East traditions

Up next, we have updates about Valentine’s Day and the East Science Fair!

picture of heartsValentines @ East!

Valentines are an act of kindness and friendship and we hope to continue that tradition here at East this year as well. Below is the procedure that we will follow across the building for Valentine distribution. Please note carefully the dates for Valentines to be brought to school:

  • Students are invited to bring Valentines to school for classmates (paper only; no food items allowed to be exchanged) on Friday, Feb. 5th or Monday, Feb. 8th.
  • A Valentine should be brought in for each classmate. 
  • Students will place a Valentine into an individual bag for each classmate in the classroom so each classmate will have their own bag of Valentines. Those Valentines will remain in the bags until Thursday, February 11th. 
  • Students will be able to open their bags of Valentines and take them home on Thursday, Feb 11th, our last day of school before the February vacation.

(Please note that Valentines from home must be brought in no later than February 8th to be distributed to classmates.)

East School Science Fair!

East School is hosting its annual SCIENCE FAIR on Saturday, February 6th at 10am. This will be a virtual science fair via Flipgrid and will remain live for families to view for one week. We are excited to see the projects our young scientists develop and certificates will be sent electronically to all who submit their project. All students in grades K-4 at East are welcome to participate!

Please register for the Science Fair online via the East PTC website:

Community Service Continues @ East - Stay Tuned!

We have our annual SOUPER Bowl Collection coming soon to benefit the Person-to-Person organization … start collecting those cans of soup just in time for the Super Bowl! More details coming in next week’s What’s Happening!


If you are dropping off your child, please plan to arrive by 9:00 AM. We have seen an increase in cars pulling in after 9:05 and this makes it challenging for children to start with their classmates and teacher as a classroom community. Also, our staffing available to assist at the drop-off platform have instructional roles and so are not available to assist those arriving late.

If you are planning to travel to a state noted on the Connecticut Travel Advisory list over any weekend or the February vacation week, we encourage you to communicate with East staff prior to vacation. A quarantine period of 10 days following travel or documentation of negative COVID testing results is required based on the most recent CDC guidelines. Note that a rapid COVID test is now accepted in the State of Connecticut (for the purposes of testing out of a travel quarantine only). Classroom teachers can provide the remote learning link to students who need to quarantine due to travel or while they are awaiting testing results, but it is helpful for teachers to be aware of the need for remote learning ahead of time to ensure that students have their devices, core materials, and access to the link. Also, our nurse, Liz Buckner, can assist families in finding testing locations ahead of travel to ensure a prompt COVID test for students returning from travel.

Upcoming Dates

February 3, 2021 Early Release
Dismissal at 12:05 PM
February 10, 2021 Early Release
Dismissal at 12:05 PM
February 12, 2021
No School for students - Professional Learning Day
February 15-19, 2021
February Vacation Week

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