Yesterday, we celebrated the 100th day of school at East! This is always an exciting day for our kindergarten and first grade students who are learning about the counting and grouping skills to 100 as a foundation to place value understandings in our base-10 number system. And it’s a terrific opportunity to celebrate learning!
Looking ahead, we hope all of our families enjoy a wonderful February break in the week ahead. Please note that there is no school tomorrow, Friday, February 12th (Professional Learning Day) and the week of February 15th. We will welcome our students back to East on Monday, February 22nd!
East Yearbook Cover Designs!
Each year, a favorite page of the East School Yearbook is the spread of the creative yearbook cover designs submitted by our fourth grade students. We cannot wait to see them all, but in the meantime, we had exciting news to share today as we announced the designs that will be featured as the front and back cover designs for the yearbook. Click HERE to view a special edition of the East Early Late Show (thanks to Mr. Mcleod) that featured our winners!
Emotional Intelligence Resources
Our district Emotional Intelligence (EI) tools have been rolled out over the past several years and our students are familiar with the Classroom Charter, Mood Meter, Strategy Walls, and MetaMoments. These are all tools that support the development of RULER skills: Recognizing emotions, Understanding the causes of emotions and how they may impact others, Labeling emotions accurately, Expressing emotions appropriately, and Regulating emotions when needed.
We wanted to share these tools and related resources with families to continue our home partnership. Click on the NCPS EI website to learn more about the RULER skills and tools; the left-hand toolbar on the website provides links to additional information regarding these tools and how they can be used at home. The use of consistent vocabulary between home and school can support children in this area as well. If you click on any of the RULER tools on the website, there are activities listed by grade that students and parents can complete together.
If you are planning to travel to a state noted on the Connecticut Travel Advisory list over the February vacation week, please note that students who submit a negative COVID test result upon returning from travel in the U.S. do not need to quarantine; please be sure to submit the testing results to our nurse, Liz Buckner, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
***Please note that international travel requires a mandatory 7-day quarantine period.
Friday, February 12, 2021 - No school for students - Professional Learning Day
Monday, 2/15 - Friday, 2/19 - No school - February Vacation Week
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - Early Release Day (Professional Learning), dismissal at 12:05
School resumes on Monday, February 22, 2021.
Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation,