Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Positivity Project
This week's character strength focus is prudence. Prudent people plan for the future and achieve their goals by making careful everyday choices. People with this strength might be described as practical, judicious, sensible, and careful. To read more about prudence, click here. Third, fourth, and fifth graders were utilizing their character strengths today with a visit from the Merry Go Round Theater, especially the strength of creativity. If you have a child in one of these grade levels, ask him/her to tell you all about it!

Enrichment Day
Enrichment Day is Saturday, 2/2! Please make sure you read through the information carefully and return your choices as soon as possible. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis and many classes are already full. Thank you to everyone involved in making this such a great event for our students.
File Photo

File Photo
Education Fair
Education Fair packets were sent home with students last week. Thank you to Mrs. Holzwarth for explaining the reading projects to our students! We already have a lot of interest which is awesome. For those students wanting to do a science project, it does need to be a test, versus a model, where students can use the steps of the scientific method to test out a hypothesis. If you have any questions about the Education Fair, please don't hesitate to contact me. Here are just a few pictures from a couple of years ago:

Spring Concert Date Change
The fourth and fifth grade spring concert has been moved. It will now be held on Tuesday, 5/14 in the WGHS Auditorium at 7:00.

Upcoming Dates:
1/28   No School, Professional Development Day
2/2     Enrichment Day, 9:15 to 11:30
2/5     Rapunzel, K-5 Production
2/6     Bye, Bye, Birdie Preview at High School, 4th and 5th Grade
2/7     Education Fair Application Due
2/14   Valentine's Parties

Have a great rest of the week! Stay warm!

- Lisa

Monday, January 14, 2019

Hope and Optimism

Hope and Optimism
This week's character strength focus is hope/optimism. Hope means you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it. "Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear any hardship today." - Thich Nhat Hanh. Students are hopeful and optimistic that it will warm up so they can get outside and play! To read more about hope and optimism from the Positivity Project co-founders, click here.
Students in Mrs. Devereaux's class are hopeful and optimistic
that they will be the next one chosen for the special tent!
Enrichment Day
Enrichment Day will be held on Saturday, February 2nd. Informational packets are going home this Thursday. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis so please make sure you return the information ASAP! It's always a great time for our students.

Student Council
Fifth grade student council will be meeting again this week. They are helping Mr. Smith, our new yearbook advisor, with suggestions for this year's yearbook. They are also getting ready to work on a community service project. One thing all student council members do throughout the year is lead the individual classrooms in a Fit Friday routine every Friday morning. Here are just a couple of the pictures from last Friday.

Upcoming Dates
1/14   Tonight! PTA Meeting, 6:30, East Hill Library
1/21   No School, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
1/28   No School, Professional Development Day
2/2     Enrichment Day
2/5     Rapunzel Production, K-5
2/6     Bye, Bye, Birdie Preview, Grades 4 & 5

Have a great rest of the week! I hope to see some of you tonight at the PTA Meeting!

- Lisa

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Happy New Year!

Welcome Back!
I hope your holidays were both happy and restful! We are right back into the swing of things here at East Hill.

Positivity Project
This week's character strength focus is perseverance. Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up. To read more about this character strength, click here.

Upcoming Dates
Please mark your calendars!
January 14     PTA Meeting, 6:30, Library
January 21     No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 28     No School - Professional Development Day
February 2     Enrichment Day

Have a great rest of the week!

- Lisa

Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Holidays from East Hill!

Positivity Project
This week we have been trying to focus on self-control, something many of us, myself included, especially struggle with at this time of year! Self-control means you have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.  People with this strength are more disciplined and have the ability to wait and think through things before acting. To read more about this strength, click here.

Spirit Week
We have had a lot of fun at East Hill showing our spirit this week! On Monday, all students in grades 3-5 went to the Dome to watch the women's basketball game. Students had a great time!

Tuesday was, "Deck Your Neck (and above)" day. Students wore all sorts of necklaces, scarves, headbands, and hats. We also held our December P2 Assembly where Miss O'Keefe reviewed the strengths on which we have focused so far this year, game-show style.

Wednesday was Blue and Gold Day. Everywhere we looked our wildcat pride was showing!
Thursday was "Festive Wear" day. The 5th Grade orchestra "caroled" during lunch which was a nice treat and the day was capped off with our holiday parties!

Today is Pajama Day. We are also holding an "In-School Snow Day" which has been a lot of fun so far! Students get to choose two different activities in which to participate, including coding, caroling, games and puzzles, storytelling, arts and crafts, and movie viewing (with popcorn, of course).

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday break with your family. See you next year!

- Lisa

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


The Positivity Project
This week's character strength focus is humility/modesty. According to Jeff Bryan, co-founder of the Positivity Project, humble people have an accurate (not underestimated) sense of their abilities and achievements. They hold the capacity to acknowledge their mistakes and limitations, and are open to advice and new ideas. They do not show off their possessions or accomplishments. True humility is a sign of strength. To read more about humility, click on this link.
Square One Art
Square One Artwork is in and available for pickup this Friday from 3:15 - 5:00. If you are unable to come to the school at this time to pick up your order, please contact the office at (315) 487-4648 to arrange for an alternate time.
Thank you to Mrs. Moser-Vogler and all of the East Hill students for this beautiful bulletin board display!
Winter Concert
Thank you to all of you that were able to attend last Thursday's concert. The orchestra, band, and chorus looked and sounded great!

Spirit Week Reminder
  • Monday, 12/17, SU Day! Wear Orange
  • Tuesday, 12/18, Deck your Neck (decorate neck and above - hats, scarves, etc.)
  • Wednesday, 12/19, School Spirit Day, Wear your blue and gold!
  • Thursday, 12/20, Festive Wear Day
  • Friday, 12/21, Pajama Day 
Upcoming Dates
12/14 East Hill Band and Orchestra at Destiny, 7:00 pm
12/17 SU Women's Basketball Game, Grades 3-5
12/20 Holiday Parties, 2:15
12/22 Holiday Recess Begins
1/7     School Resumes

Have a great rest of the week!
- Lisa

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Happening in December

Positivity Project
This week's character strength focus is kindness. Kindness means you are generous to others and are never too busy to help out; you enjoy doing good deeds for other people. Kind people think about the needs and feelings of other people, and then act to help those people. This strength is especially important at this time of year. Ask your child to tell you more about what they are learning about kindness. To read more about this strength, click here.

Last week's Positivity Project assembly focused on the strengths of bravery and gratitude. To discuss and demonstrate bravery, Miss O'Keefe arranged for New York State Troopers Conners and Kissock to come to East Hill with their K-9s, Schini and Ray. Several of our students expressed gratitude to the troopers by making a bulletin board, wearing police hats and badges, and writing thank you cards. I am sure your children came home and told you all about the exciting assembly!

Community Giving
Thank you to everyone that was able to take a tag off the tree to support a local family in need this holiday season. As a reminder, wrapped gifts should be placed in the boxes in the lobby with the gift tag securely attached by Monday, December 10.  Several of you asked what you could do to help if you did not get one of the tags. If you would still like to help out, gift certificates for gas, Target, or Walmart would be appreciated. Just send them to school in an envelope marked, "PTA Community Giving." Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Concert Tonight!
The East Hill Winter Concert will be held tonight at the high school at 7:00. The school will get a sneak preview at this afternoon's assembly.

Elk's Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest
Six students represented East Hill at last weekend's Camillus Elks Hoop Shoot: Colin Straub, Alex Benenati, Ryan Klaben, Claire Lauricella, and Lily Owens. Congratulations to Colin Straub and Ryan Klaben for winning first place in their division. They will go on to the second round in January. Way to go!
Colin Straub made 20/25 free throws!

Ryan Klaben made 17/25 free throws!

Upcoming Dates:
Report Cards Distributed, 12/7
Spirit Week, 12/17 - 12/21

  • Monday, 12/17, SU Day! Wear Orange
  • Tuesday, 12/18, Deck your Neck (decorate neck and above - hats, scarves, etc.)
  • Wednesday, 12/19, School Spirit Day, Wear your blue and gold!
  • Thursday, 12/20, Festive Wear Day
  • Friday, 12/21, Pajama Day 

SU Women's Basketball Game, Grades 3-5, 12/17
Holiday Parties, 12/20, 2:15
Holiday Recess, 12/24 - 1/4
School Resumes, 1/7/19

Have a great rest of the week! I will see many of you at tonight's concert!

- Lisa

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Happenings at the Hill (East Hill, that is!)

Thanksgiving Break
I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving break! It was nice to spend time with family and get re-energized for the craziness that is December. As I tell my staff, the more routine we can keep things for our students, the better off all of us will be! Gratitude was last week's character strength focus. Here are a couple of pictures of students sporting their pre-Thanksgiving day outfits as well as a picture showing some of the things for which our kindergarten students are thankful.

Positivity Project
Yesterday we began focusing on the third week of the Other People Matter Mindset: "Knowing that my words and actions affect others." This means that everything we do, say, text, tweet, snap, or post can positively or negatively impact other people. On an individual level, our words and actions impact our relationships with other people. They have the power to lift others up or tear them down. Our words and actions also impact ourselves. Next week's character strength focus is kindness.

The Morning Mile
Ninety-four (94) of our students in grades 2-5 are participating in Ms. O'Keefe's monthly mileage club. One morning per month students arrive early to run or walk, or run/walk, a mile outside, weather permitting. The purpose is for fun, fitness, and friendship! This morning's weather did not cooperate, unfortunately, but that didn't stop anyone from finishing their mile! Each student receives a toe token when they complete the mile. Thank you to Ms. O'Keefe for organizing this monthly event and to Mrs. Klaben for helping out!

Picture Retakes and Group Photos
Picture retakes have been rescheduled for this Friday. If you were unsatisfied with your child's pictures, please send the package in with your child on Friday. We will also have group photos (band, chorus, orchestra, student council, etc.) taken on Friday.

Have a great rest of the week!

- Lisa