Eastshore Elementary School

May News
May 6, 2016

May is a very busy month as we prepare for end of the year festivities and work to ensure our students are prepared for next year.  Please read the newsletter carefully and mark your calendars!

KIDS RUN THE OC:  Eastshore students and staff finished their weeks long goal of completing the Orange County Marathon on Saturday, April 30th at the Orange County Fairgrounds.  As students and staff ran their final mile, families were cheering them on all the way.  Over 200 of our students participated in this fun and healthy event!  We also had a record number of staff participate this year.  Congratulations to all for reaching a commendable goal and representing our school so well.  Thank you to Heather Amundson and Rex Lyon for coaching our team!

MUSIC NEWS:  The annual Honors Concert was held on April 19th at the beautiful Segerstrom Concert Hall and we are delighted to share the names of the Eastshore students who participated.  We are all so proud of their accomplishments!

Honor Chamber Strings:

Kacy Chung, 5th
Benjamin Fan, 5th
Alexander Kimm, 5th
Talia Nguyen, 5th
Aniyah Shen, 5th
Jayden Yeung, 5th
Alison Ho, 6th
Celine Shafee, 6th
Colin Sueyoshi, 6th

Honor Orchestra:
Andrew An, 6th
Evan Chan, 6th
Jason Ie, 6th
Peter Joo, 6th
Eric Kim, 6th
Ethan Lai, 6th
Natasha Le, 6th
Jeffrey Meredith, 6th
Matteo Ramos, 6th
Iris Shen, 6th
Lauren Suh, 6th
Maya Ueoku, 6th

Honor Chorus:
Chris Chou, 6th
Julia Diest, 6th
Ashutosh Kandala, 6th

Spring concerts are planned as well.  The instrumental concert is planned for June 1st at Concordia University.  On Tuesday, May 24th, the Spring Vocal Concert will be held at Eastshore in the MPR.   Reporting time for 5th and 6th graders is at 6:10 p.m.  Reporting time for 4th graders is at 7:00 p.m. Students will bring home more information soon!

CAASP TESTING:  Our testing has gone seamlessly this year and our sixth graders are the last group doing testing now.  We have had no band width issues and our hardware is performing very well.  So are our students!  They are taking the tests very seriously and we appreciate you sending them to school well rested, well fed and ready to do their best!

ENROLLMENT: Thank you to all of our families who have completed their Residency Verification and Return to Eastshore documentation.  As you know, the city is growing by leaps and bounds and consequently our enrollment continues to rise.  We are already closed at most grade levels for next year as we do not have enough space to accommodate any more students.  It is important that students report for school on August 24th, 2016 – which is the first day of school next year.  District calendars are posted for at least one year prior so that families can make arrangements for summer vacations, etc. 

BOOK FAIR IS COMING!!    The Annual Eastshore Book Fair will be held from

Thursday, May 19th through Wednesday, May 25th (see hours below).  Students and their families may shop after school.  Our Book Fair celebrates reading and earns credits for lots of books for Eastshore!  Please help us man the book fair by signing up on this link:

 Thursday, May 19th          2:30-3:30 pm         Media Center

 Friday, May 20th              2:30-3:30 pm         Media Center

 Monday, May 23rd            2:30-3:30 pm         Media Center

 Tuesday, May 24th            2:30-3:30 pm         Media Center

 Wednesday, May 25th      6:00-8:00 pm         Multi Purpose Rm

OPEN HOUSE:  Please plan to join us on Wednesday, May 25th for our annual Open House.  Students showcase their accomplishments for the year and we all celebrate their success together!  Our Book Fair will be open and we encourage you to also visit the Media Center and Science Lab. The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. with the Book Fair.  Classrooms will be open for visiting between 6:30 and 7:30.  The Book Fair will close at 8:00 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you then!

GREEN TEAM WINS!!  Congratulations to our sixth grade Green Team members who won an award for recycling foam trays!  This was a widespread contest that resulted in a $1000 reward for our school.  Thank you to Mr. Brooks for taking the lead in entering this recycling contest and to our sixth graders for their efforts to keep our school clean and green!

IRVINE JUNIOR GAMES: On Sunday, May 15th, Eastshore’s team of fourth, fifth and sixth graders will compete in a variety of track and field events at Irvine High School.  This is a fantastic annual event-one of the only events where our students compete as a school team.  Thank you to Mr. Harrell for taking the lead and coaching our students!  Good luck Dolphins!

CLASS PLACEMENT FOR 2016-2017: Class placement is preliminarily made at the end of the school year with final placements made just before the start of school in August.  Requests for specific teachers are not accepted or considered.  However, if there are specific educational issues that you feel your child’s current teacher does not know about, please advise them of these issues so that the best possible placement can be made for your child.  This might include conflicts with peers, anxiety or behavioral patterns, for example.  Most likely your child’s teacher knows your child very well and our staff works diligently to form well balanced classes each year.  If you have any specific questions or concerns that your child’s teacher cannot answer, please contact the front office for further assistance.

If you have not already notified our front office that you DO NOT plan to return to Eastshore, please do so immediately.  Our enrollment continues to grow and we want to place as many of our neighborhood students as possible.  Thank you!

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL NEWS:  On Tuesday, April 26th, our School Site Council members conducted a walk through accompanied by teachers who also serve on the council.  Their focus was the use of technology in the classroom as well as identifying common core instructional practices.  Each member visited a variety of grade levels and took notes on what they experienced.  The School Site Council will debrief on Tuesday May 10th to discuss findings and identify areas to consider for improvement next year.  Thank you to our School Site Council members for taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in this annual event.

LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP):  As you know the State of California has instituted a Local Control Funding Formula which allows districts more flexibility in spending allocated dollars as needed locally.  In order to maintain our funding, we are required to analyze our use of funds annually.  This process includes reaching out to stakeholders to solicit their input.  Parents are primary stakeholders in this process, as are students and staff.  The input stakeholders provide has a direct impact on how district dollars are spent.  This year, for example, input from stakeholders impacted Eastshore directly by providing a P.E. paraprofessional and an Elementary Resource Counselor.  The PTA, School Site Council and staff participate in “think tank” like sessions to review the proposed actions and provide input.  There is also a survey for students in grades 3-6 which is conducted at school.  Likewise our Superintendent, Terry Walker, has sent out a link to all IUSD community members to provide input on the LCAP.  Please take a few moments to complete the survey (link attached) as your feedback and input really do make a difference in how IUSD dollars are spent.

Thank you to Samantha Rogers and her crew for an absolutely amazing Staff Appreciation Week!  We were treated to an abundance of tasty treats and lunch, twice!  We also had mini massages, a raffle and a delightfully themed week of recognition and surprises.  Everyone felt greatly appreciated!

Have a marvelous May!


Tuesday, May 10                       School Site Council Meeting

Thursday, May 12                       Teacher of the Year Banquet Minimum Day

  • Congrats Ms. Leschke!!!

Sunday, May 15                          Irvine Junior Games – Irvine High

Thursday, May 19                       PTA Meeting – 6:30PM , MPR

May 19-25                                   Book Fair

Tuesday, May 24                         Vocal Music Concert @ Eastshore

Wednesday, May 25                     Open House

Thursday, May 26                         Minimum Day

Friday, May 27                              School Holiday-No School

Monday, May 30                            Memorial Day-No School