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October is an exciting month at Eastshore!  Students are settling into a school routine, teachers have completed preliminary benchmark assessments and instruction begins in earnest.  We also have a number of fun events taking place this month so please read on…

NCLB Qualified Staff: Each year we are required to notify the community regarding the qualifications of our teaching staff.  The Eastshore teaching staff is in full compliance with the requirements outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act. This means that every teacher at every grade level is highly qualified to teach at the elementary school level.

Fees and Donations:  For information on the IUSD policies regarding fees, donations and fundraising, please check the IUSD website http://www.iusd.org/student-fee-info/index.html.

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) Gets Under Way: During the first week of school, three days were devoted to teaching students and staff school expectations for demonstrating respect, integrity and responsibility.  The experience was very positive and we are seeing great results.

Thank you to all parents for demonstrating respect, integrity and responsibility by honoring our closed campus policy.  Your cooperation and support is paramount to keeping our students safe and allowing our staff to supervise children effectively before, during and after school.  You set a fine example for your own children as well, teaching them that following rules and obeying the law are things to take seriously.

School Site Council: Two seats on our School Site Council have been vacated so we are seeking people to fill those seats.  If there are a number of people interested, we will hold a school community vote.  If there are only two people interested, then we will fill the seats with those individuals.

School Site Council is an advisory committee made up of parents and staff.  Together we discuss the school budget, curriculum and instruction and major issues facing our school.  While the council is not a decision making body, the dialogue is valuable and helps us make important decisions about how we do business.

Typically School Site Council meets four times a year for about an hour.  We also try to schedule a spring walk through.  Please contact me directly by Monday, October 6th if you are interested in serving on the Eastshore School Site Council this year (lisakadam@iusd.org).

Harvest Cup:  The Harvest Cup Soccer Tournament occurs this month and we’d like to thank Don Burrus and Jake Leyerle (girls’ coaches) and Hongtai Yu (boys’ coach) for stepping up and leading our school teams this year.  The games occur on the weekend of October 17th-19th and we look forward to a great showing this year!  Go Dolphins!!

Halloween Parade:  Our annual Halloween parade will be held on Friday, October 31st at 8:15 a.m.  Students are encouraged to wear costumes that represent positive characters – preferably they will wear their costumes over their clothing so they can easily remove the costume after the parade.  Students may wear masks during the parade but will need to remove them afterwards so that they are not interrupted or distracted during the instructional portion of the day.  Toy weapons or props promoting violence are also not allowed.  Please keep our dress code in mind (absolutely no face make-up) and be sure your child wears an appropriate costume for school.  If you have questions about a costume, please check with your child’s teacher. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences:  The week of October 20th is designated for Parent-Teacher conferences.  Hopefully you had a chance to sign up at Back to School Night.  If not, please make arrangements to meet with your child’s teacher during that week.  October conferences are really goal setting meetings to help set the stage for success for your child. Unless requested by the teacher, students should not attend conferences and supervision on campus is not provided during conference times.   Tuesday, October 21st is a non-student day which allows parents and teachers to schedule conferences throughout the entire day.    Here is the schedule for all students during conference week:

Grade Level

Days

Schedule

Transitional Kindergarten

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Regular schedule

Kindergarten

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Friday

Wacky Wednesday schedule

Regular schedule

Grades 1-6

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Minimum Day schedule

**Please be sure to make transportation arrangements for your child during this week.**

Climate Survey Results:  Each year we ask our students, staff and parents to participate in a Climate Survey to measure our success and receive feedback for improvement.  This year the staff analyzed the results in detail at our first staff meeting.  The analysis was compiled and the staff was able to determine areas to focus on this year.  Thank you to the parents who did participate – just under 200.  Your feedback is valuable and we take the survey results quite seriously.  A recap of the survey results is attached to this email.

International Night:  Please plan to join us on October 10th on the playground as we celebrate the diversity of our school and community.  This event is one of the best loved at Eastshore – families bring delectable dishes that represent cultures from all over the world and right here at home.  It is a night of tasty treats and all are welcome!  There is no charge for this event and we look forward to meeting and greeting everyone on Friday, October 10th at 6:00 p.m.  Come early to ensure you get to taste a little bit of everything!

P.T.A. Update:  Thank you to our P.T.A. for a fantastic welcome back 80’s dance night!  Families danced the night away while consuming yummy food and listening to great retro music.  Many people dressed the part and were awarded prizes for their efforts.

Do you shop at Ralphs??  How about Target??  Amazon???  All of these retailers provide our school with a percentage of the proceeds from our families.  Ralphs is particularly generous and all you need to do is scan a bar code which is provided in the Membership Packet.  You can do it online or take it to the store the next time you go.    If you shop on Amazon, just click the link on the PTA homepage – it directs you to Amazon and we reap some benefits.  Imagine what we could earn if ALL of our families signed up!!!

IPSF News: The Irvine Public Schools Foundation stars their annual campaign this month.  Please support this foundation as they provide immeasurable support to our schools throughout Irvine.  At Eastshore, we benefit from IPSF funding which pays for our primary music program, a number of our instructional assistants, support of our Science Specialist program and much more.  Attached is the latest issue of IPSF Insights.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, October 10                         International Night-6 p.m./playground

Monday, October 13                      Staff Development-Non-student day

October 20-24                                Parent-Teacher Conference Week

                                                      ~Minimum Days all week-see schedule above

                                                      Red Ribbon Week (More info will follow)

Tuesday, October 21                      Parent-Teacher Conference Day – Non-student day

Wednesday, October 28                  P.T.A. Meeting

Friday, October 31                          Halloween Parade-8:15 on the field