Eastshore Elementary School
June 5, 2015
Our school year is quickly drawing to a close! As celebrations take place, starting this week with the annual carnival, we want to take time to thank our community for its constant support. We have lots of news to share for these last couple of weeks of school so please, read on...
ANNUAL CLIMATE SURVEYS: Due to SBAC testing and scheduling at the end of the year, as well as the number of surveys that parents, students and staff have been asked to complete, we have decided not to conduct climate surveys this year. The surveys are usually completed during the final weeks of May here at school for students and staff and a link is sent home via email to parents. We plan to reinstitute this practice next year as the feedback we get from the surveys is very beneficial for us in forward planning.
If you have information, concerns or suggestions you would like to share, please know that my door is always open and so is my email! We welcome your feedbackJ.
RIR AWARD RECIPIENTS: Our final Friday Flag Fanfare was held today and some outstanding students were recognized. Congratulations to all of you!
AYDEN MCKAY- GARNICA
LUCA VAN MOURIK
SBAC COMPLETION: We are proud to announce that our standardized testing is complete! Due to the expert planning of our SBAC Leadership Team, led by Mrs. Bertone, Mrs. Swanson and Mrs. Anderson, testing went off without a hitch. We had plenty of band width and scheduling went smoothly. We learned a great deal about the test itself, how to best support our students and what we need to adjust for next year. Thank you for supporting your child by sending him/her to school well rested, well fed and well prepared!
CLASS PLACEMENT FOR 2015-2016: 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!
STAFFING UPDATE: We have three retirements to announce this year. Cindy Sumers, who opened Eastshore in 1979, is retiring. Mrs. Sumers will be greatly missed by staff, students and parents alike. Her unwavering support of students over these many years has endeared her to all who have known her and the staff will truly miss her wonderful sense of humor.
Also retiring this year is Kathy Lawrence, another long time Eastshore teacher. Mrs. Lawrence recently moved to second grade and made a remarkable impact on her students, as she has for all of her years here. She has been a well –loved member of the Eastshore community and will be missed.
Lastly, Miriam Ninyo has worked at Eastshore for the last 8 years serving first as a support for our English learner population and for the last several years, supporting Kindergarten. She has been a valuable member of our instructional team and we wish Miriam the best of luck as she starts a new chapter!
Additionally, two staff members will be leaving Eastshore to pursue other professional endeavors. Carrie D’Errico, our Education Specialist, will be joining the staff at Portola Springs as a general education teacher. We thank Carrie for her years of service here at Eastshore and for her expertise in supporting staff and students in a multitude of ways.
Also, Carla Beal, our site support Teacher on Special Assignment, will be joining the staff at Meadow Park full time next year. Carla made an indelible impression on our school this year, assisting students, staff and administration and we thank her for her dedicated service to Eastshore.
Nikki Graham comes to us from South Lake and will join our instructional team as Education Specialist. She has a number of years of experience working with both elementary and middle school students. Irini Connerton, TOSA and 5th grade teacher at Stonecreek Elementary School will share the site support position between Eastshore and Stonecreek next year. We welcome Irini and Nikki to the Eastshore family! We are currently in the process of hiring two new classroom teachers.
REPORT CARDS: Just a reminder that report cards will be available on the Parent Portal as of 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18th. If you do not have access to the Parent Portal, please be sure your child’s teacher is aware of that so she/he can print a hard copy of the report card for you.
MEDIA CENTER NEWS: Thank you to everyone who supported our media center by shopping at the Book Fair this year! It was a great success and our teachers benefitted as well, stocking their classroom shelves with new books. Here are some great tips to keep reading this summer...
Summer is a great time for kids to explore the wide world of reading! Encouraging kids to read books they choose for themselves builds a love of reading. The more they enjoy reading, the more they’ll read, and the more they will develop their reading skills and vocabulary. Here are some great summer reading programs to help encourage summer reading:
Let’s help break the World Record! This summer, Join the Eastshore Summer Reading Team as we read to help break the World Record for most minutes of summer reading! It’s easy to participate, and we will have fun prizes for students who read and log their minutes. Stay tuned for details! Reading just 20 minutes a day, five days a week adds up to 100 minutes per week! All reading counts--You may read to your children, they may read independently, or they may read to you or another child or even a pet. Not sure about reading aloud to your “big kids”? You might want to try it. According to a recent report, when surveyed, 83% of kids aged 6 to 17 enjoyed being read aloud to at home.
The Barnes and Noble Summer Reading program allows children to earn a free book when they read and log 8 books. The program runs May 19th through September 7th .
Please support your child reading this summer to help them grow into a lifelong reader and maintain and build their reading skills. It all adds up—students who read during the summer breaks go into high school with up to two additional years of reading experience.
Need some suggestions for reading? Here are a few lists: ALSC’s 2015 Summer Reading List, California Young Reader Medal Nominees and Winners, Orange County Public Library Recommends
Happy Summer Reading!
SUMMER CONSTRUCTION: This summer, a TK/Kindergarten playground will be installed at Eastshore. The project will begin soon after school lets out and the playground will be blocked off for the better part of the summer. In addition to the playground being added, our blacktop will be extended, one handball wall will be moved and our shade structure and lunch tables will also be moved. If your child attends Dolphin Club during the summer, you will be provided with an access route to and from the facility. The hedge at the back of our field will also be installed this summer as well as some fencing between portable classrooms 1 and 2 and the installation of 2 Tuff Sheds between portable classroom 4 and the Dolphin Club. We look forward to our facilities upgrades!
FAMILIES FORWARD FOOD DRIVE: We are holding a final food drive to fill the shelves at Families Forward. Your child should have brought home a flyer with the details. Bins are located outside of the MPR and will be there until June 12th. Please contribute whatever you are able to donate. Thank you!!
TK and K
· Canned fruit
· Fruit Juice, boxed juices
1st and 2nd
· Spaghetti sauce
3rd and 4th
· Chili, stew
5th and 6th
· Beans (baked, refried black, kidney)
· Canned vegetables
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Instrumental Concert – 7:30 at Bethel Korean Church
Friday, June 5 First Friday Flag Fanfare
Tuesday, June 9 P.T.A. Meeting – 6:30 p.m. in the MPR
Wednesday, June 10 Spring Vocal Concert – 6:30 in the MPR
Thursday, June 18 6th Grade Promotion
Last day of School 12:15 DISMISSAL FOR ALL STUDENTS
Report Cards post to the Parent Portal at 2:00 p.m.
HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER – SEE YOU IN AUGUST!!!
First day of school is Wednesday, August 26, 2015