Hello Eastshore Parents!
This will be the first of ten newsletters that come out monthly. Please take the time to read them all the way through as they contain important information about our school and community. You will also receive phone calls related to upcoming events. These are the most effective means of communication for us and we appreciate your attention to all communicationJ.
PARENT CONFERENCE WEEK: Hopefully you were able to sign up for a goal setting conference at Back to School Night. Conferences will be held during the week of September 26th. Students in grades 1-6 will be on a minimum day schedule for the entire week. Mrs. Storrs’ Kindergarten Bees will be on a Wacky Wednesday schedule all week. Thursday, September 29th, is a non-student day. Teachers will be meeting with parents throughout that day.
If you have not signed up for a conference with your child’s teacher, please contact him/her immediately to do so. Conferences are an important part of your child’s education and help solidify the connection between home and school.
Conference Week Schedule:
September 26, 27, 28, 30
Minimum Day Schedule-Grades 1-6
- Primary Students dismissed at 1:20
- Upper Grade students dismissed at 1:29
Mrs. Storrs’ class – Wacky Wednesday schedule all week
September 29 Non-student day
TRAFFIC FLOW: Thank you to everyone for helping the start of school run so smoothly! We appreciate that parents have been parking in designated spaces and staying in their vehicles if they are in the loading zone. We also want to thank you for recognizing the “No U-Turns” sign posted on Eastshore.
The Irvine Police Department has increased efforts to support traffic flow at school sites and were ticketing cars yesterday after school. They plan to make frequent, unannounced stops at our school site to ensure traffic rules are being adhered to.
The best option is to park away from the front of the school and walk to meet your child. Of course, if you live near the school, walking is the best mode of transportation!
PTA NEWS: Thank you to our wonderful PTA for a terrific Welcome Back Coffee kick-off to the year! Our Pledge Drive is well underway and we have already brought in over $15,000. The goal is $25,000 so if you haven’t pledged yet, please do so. The drive officially ends on September 30th, however pledges and donations are accepted in any amount and at any time during the year.
We had an outstanding first General PTA meeting! Thank you to all who attended and especially to our first time attendees. These meetings are a great way to get up to date information about our school community and what the PTA does to support Eastshore.
Thank you also to the 70+ parents who signed up to be room parents or to assist room parents. Teachers will be notifying their parent teams this week of particular roles. In the event no one requested the position of room parent, others who offered to assist may be asked to share the position. Your willingness to support your child’s classroom is greatly appreciated!
This Friday, September 16th, the PTA is hosting its first family event. Please join us on the black top this coming Friday for the Welcome Back Sock Hop! Plan to bring a picnic dinner and Kona Ice will be on hand for dessert. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. We look forward to a fun evening!
HARVEST CUP SOCCER TOURNAMENT: Calling all 5th and 6th graders! Teams are forming for the annual Harvest Cup Tournament and all players are welcome! Klara Saunders is the school liaison for the event (she is seeking someone who would be willing to handle this role) and Coach Licona, our P.E. Paraprofessional will be coaching the boys’ team. We need a girls coach and players! This is one of only a few annual tournaments where our students play as a school team. Specific information has been sent to all parents of 5th and 6th grade students so check your email!
ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL: We have a large number of students arriving on campus before 7:50 a.m. This is problematic for a variety of reasons, primarily because there is no supervision by adults prior to 7:50. Teachers have addressed this issue with students and now we are asking for your support. Students walking or riding their bikes to school should practice the route to determine exactly what time they need to leave the house to arrive at school no earlier than 7:50. If parents are dropping their students off at school, please also determine how to ensure your child arrives no earlier than 7:50.
While we understand some parents may need to be at work at a certain time and therefore drop their students off at school prior to 7:50, this is an unacceptable practice. Please make other arrangements for child care if the start of school does not correspond with your work schedule.
Moving forward, students will sign in if they arrive too early to school repeatedly. Families will be contacted in much the same way as if there are excessive tardies or absences. We do not want to discipline students for something parents can rectify.
We appreciate your support and compliance with these safety procedures in place at our school.
DATA RE-REGISTRATION: We have only a few families in each classroom who have not yet completed Data Re-Registration (The process is basically an online FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PACKET). Please do so immediately. Our office will be contacting you within the next week or so to remind you to complete the process.
Thank you to all of you who have completed re-registration!
FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS: There is still time to fill out this form and submit it. As shared previously, the number of applications approved at our site determines whether or not we qualify for Title I funding. This funding amounts to approximately $65,000 a year for Eastshore. We use the funds to pay for support staff and purchase supplemental instructional materials, including technology and software. It also helps us pay for teachers to support students outside of the contracted work day so that we can provide before and after school classes.
Even if you do not want to take advantage of the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, you are encouraged to apply so that Eastshore can benefit from the funding. Your application and subsequent approval is completely confidential. Thank you for your support!
September is always a very busy month as teachers and students get to know each other and instructional programs are planned for the trimester and the year. Our teachers are required to participate in a number of trainings throughout the year and they are also required to meet as teams to plan their instructional programs, analyze assessment data and determine the most effective strategies to meet the needs of all students. This requires teachers to be out of the classroom several days throughout the school year. Our staff works very hard to identify substitute teachers who are familiar with our school, students and instructional practices so that when they are absent, students do not miss valuable instructional experiences. We want to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding with regard to the number of days teachers are not in their classrooms. The work they are doing benefits all of our students and ensures an outstanding instructional program.
Thank you for making it to the end of this long, first newsletter! Those to follow will be easier to get through…promise! Have a wonderful September and we look forward to seeing you on Friday at the Sock Hop!
P.S. Please be sure to check the Eastshore website for current information about school happenings (www.iusd.org/ea) and the PTA website for up to date information on the pledge drive and upcoming events (www.eastorepta.com). We also have a Facebook page – please check it out! https://www.facebook.com/IUSDEastshore/