Eastshore Elementary School

January 10, 2017

Happy New Year!  We have had a smooth transition back to school after winter break and hope that you feel the same.  Though the weather has been a bit wet, staff and students are greeting 2017 with enthusiasm and positivity!  Here is the news for this month:

TITLE I DESIGNATION:  As mentioned in previous emails and during our PTA meetings, Eastshore has been designated as a Title I school for the last decade or so.  Unfortunately, our numbers this year do not meet the district average.  In fact, we are about four families short of qualifying for this program.

Title I funding is based on the number of free and reduced lunch applications approved for our students.  The information about who applies and qualifies is completely confidential.  The funding is significant and can range from $45,000-$69,000 in any given year.  We use that funding for instructional materials, highly qualified intervention teachers, and to allow for our teachers to plan instruction together.  The loss of this funding source will significantly impact our instructional program at Eastshore.

If you are a new family to our school or think you might qualify, please apply!  We still have time to increase our numbers and qualify for funding next year, but we need to act quickly.  Applications can be picked up in the front office or by going to the IUSD website ( .

ANNUAL TALENT SHOW:  Eastshore’s annual Talent Show will take place on Friday, January 27th.  Try outs are being held on the 11th and 25th of January. Please join us for this much loved and well-attended event!

EASTSHORE DINES OUT:  Please join us tonight at California Pizza Kitchen at Alton Square from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Be sure to download and print the flyer (which can be found at and show it to the servers at each location so Eastshore can earn 20% of the proceeds.

PTA UPDATE:  The next P.T.A. meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the MPR.

SCIENCE FAIR:  Eastshore’s Science fair will take place on Thursday, January 12th.  Congratulations to our sixth graders on all of their hard work this year.  We look forward to seeing what scientific discoveries they have made!

MUSIC CONCERTS:  Our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade music students will perform their winter concerts On Tuesday, January 24th.  Parents are encouraged to attend.  PLEASE NOTE:  we have very limited seating and so request that attendance is limited to parents only.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and courtesy!

4th Grade:  8:10 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

5th Grade:  8:55 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

6th Grade:  9:40 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

PARENT CONFERENCE WEEK:  This year, parent conferences fall during the week of January 23rd.  It is hard to believe but this is the half way mark in the school year!  Recent calendar changes have pushed these conferences up and will allow teachers to communicate with parents and students about progress to date.  These are optional conferences and may be requested by the teacher and/or the parent.  Please look for communication from your child’s teacher about mid-year conferences and the opportunity to sign up.

The week of January 23rd students will be on a modified schedule to accommodate for parent conferences.  Kindergarten will not be on a modified schedule.  Grades 1-6 will be dismissed as follows:

Grades 1-3 dismissal at 1:20 p.m.

Grades 4-6 dismissal at 1:29 p.m.

RESIDENCY VERIFICATION 2017-2018: Residency Verification begins in February – please be on the lookout for emails providing information on how to complete and submit documentation verifying your place of residence.  The office will be sending home student specific envelopes containing a blank residency verification form for you to complete and return along with required documentation.

MISCELLANEOUS:  Please note that our Area Traffic Officers have been diligent about monitoring traffic in front of our school.  They do not hesitate to cite cars parked in the loading zone or in ‘no parking’ zones.  They will also ticket those who make illegal U-turns in the front of the school.  Your cooperation with the city traffic laws are greatly appreciated!

We have two parents who have signed up to help us monitor early student arrival and are still on the look-out for others who might be able to help with this project.  Please contact Mrs. Kadam at if you are willing and able to assist!

Here’s to a great 2017!!


Tuesday, January 10 Eastshore Dines Out – California Pizza Kitchen

Thursday, January 12           Science Fair

Monday, January 16         Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday-no school

Tuesday, January 24              Upper Grade Music Concerts

Thursday, January 26              P.T.A. Meeting – 6:30 p.m., MPR

Friday, January 27                  Talent Show

January 23-January 27      Parent Conference Week-Minimum Day dismissal for Grades 1-6 only