Wednesday, May 15, 2019

East Hill Happenings

Open House
We had an excellent turnout again this year for Open House! Thank you to everyone that was able to make it. Many classrooms reported having 100% attendance which is just awesome!

Spring Concert
We also had a great turnout for our spring concert on Tuesday night. Our orchestra, band, and chorus did an amazing job!

Staff Appreciation
Thank you so much to the PTA and all of the people who went above and beyond last week to appreciate our staff! We are lucky to have such amazing support!

We've been trying out some new ideas in the cafeteria as you can see in the pictures below. Some students end up with a lot of time to spare after eating so we are now allowing them to color or grab a game/activity to do. If you have any hand-held games (Rubik's cubes, etch-a-sketch, etc.) that you'd be willing to donate, please send them our way!

Upcoming Events:
5/20     Fifth Grade Visit to CMS, 9:15
5/20     Fifth Grade Parent Information Night, CMS, 6:00
5/21     Budget Vote, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., WGHS
5/22     Fourth Grade Science Performance (McPeak)
5/23     Fourth Grade Science Performance (Barry & Spencer)
5/24     West Genesee Special Olympics
5/27     Memorial Day, No School

Have a great rest of the week!

- Lisa

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Open House Thursday!

Open House
Students and staff have been working hard to prepare for this Thursday's Open House which will showcase all of the things they’ve been learning and doing. We are celebrating our Open House from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. This is an evening to bring the children and let them show you around their school. Let them tell you about and show you their projects, their writing, and their art work. It is always a special night. The PTA will also be holding their family BOGO Book Fair from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Don't forget to visit the amazing art show in the cafeteria (sneak peek below).

We will be running two shuttle buses throughout the evening from the high school parking lot to East Hill. These buses will begin running at 6:45 and the last shuttle will leave East Hill at 8:05. Please park in the lot between the high school and Applebees. Buses will be waiting at the curb. The children especially enjoy taking their family for a ride on the school bus. As you are all well aware, there is very limited parking at East Hill.

Collegial Cafe
Last Thursday West Genesee teachers had their own sort of "Open House" where they showcased their work in the high school library. Several teachers from East Hill took part in Action Research as well as Collegial Circle projects. This truly shows their committment to lifelong learning.

Leadership is this week's character strength focus. Leadership means that you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best. For more information on leadership, click here.

Staff Appreciation
Thanks again to our wonderful PTA for all they are doing to show appreciation for our amazing East Hill staff! Staff is being treated to Reiki today as well as EFT tapping (whatever that is!). We are looking forward to our luncheon on Friday!
Upcoming Events
5/8     Book Fair
5/9     Open House, 7:00 - 8:00; BOGO Book Fair, 6:30 - 8:00
5/14   Spring Concert, 7:00, WGHS 
5/20   5th Grade Visit to CMS, 9:15: 5th Grade Information Night, CMS, 6:00
5/21   Budget Vote, 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., WGHS
5/24   West Genesee Inaugural Special Olympics, 10:00, WGHS
5/27   Memorial Day, No School

Have a great rest of the week. See you Thursday!

- Lisa

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Spring is in the Air!

Appreciation of Beauty
The sounds and sights of spring are just one of the many things that people with the character strength of "Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence" admire, which is this week's character strength focus. To read more about this strength, click here. Here are a few signs of spring around the building!

Please join us for tonight's PTA meeting which will be held at the West Genesee High School LGI at 6:00. Immediately following the meeting you will have the opportunity to hear the 2019-2020 budget presentation.

Syracuse Mets Education Day
Our fifth graders will be attending the Syracuse Mets vs. the Buffalo Bisons at NBT Bank Stadium tomorrow. We are excited that our band will be performing the National Anthem! Please have your children dress warm as the temperature is expected to be in the upper 40s tomorrow.

Upcoming Dates:
4/30     Chipotle Fundraiser, 4:00 - 8:00
5/1       Grades 3-5 NYS Math Assessment, Session 1
5/2       Grades 3-5 NYS Math Assessment, Session 2
5/8       Book Fair
5/9       Open House, 7:00 - 8:00; Family Night Book Fair, 6:30 - 8:00
5/14     4th & 5th Grade Spring Concert
5/20     5th Grade Parent Information Night, CMS, 6:00

Enjoy the rest of the week!
- Lisa

Friday, April 12, 2019

Love Our School Day!

Love Our School Day!
Yesterday was national Love Our School Day! I spent a good deal of time asking students what they loved about our school. I was pleasantly surprised to hear so many responses that involved learning about new things and everyone being so kind, in addition to gym and the playground, of course!
"I love P2!"
"I love our teachers!"

"I love everything about this school because everyone is so kind!"

"I love the students!"

"I love the playground!"

"I love our awesome principal!" (Had to include this one!)
Put Down That Device!
This week's Positivity Project focus was on another element of the Other People Matter Mindset - Being Present and Giving Others My Attention.  According to the co-founders of the Positivity Project, the purpose of the Other People Matter Mindset weeks is to consistently remind students why they're learning to see these character strengths in themselves and others - to build positive relationships. A deliberate focus on being present is so important due to the increasing number of distractions vying for our time and attention. Phone calls, texts, messages, emails, and social media notifications all have the formidable capacity to pull us away from the pesent moment and what's most important - our relationships with other people. We have challenged kids to put down their devices over the break and be present with their families.

East Hill's 5th Grade Band Takes the Gold!
On Wednesday our 5th Grade Band attended the NYSSMA competition at Fabius-Pompey and came home with a gold! This was the first year that West Genesee has ever sent an elementary band. We are so proud of them!

Upcoming Dates
Spring Break! 4/15 - 4/19
PTA Meeting, 4/23, 6:00, WGHS LGI
PTA/PTO Budget Presentation, 4/23, 7:00, WGHS LGI
Fifth Grade Field Trip to Syracuse Mets, 4/24

Enjoy your spring break!

- Lisa

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

You Crack Me Up!

This week's Positivity Project focus is humor. Humor means you like to laugh and bring smiles to people. To read more about this strength, click here. As you can see in the picture below, many of our students and staff identify humor as their top strength! I am not sure why Mrs. Klaben is not in this picture as she is our resident April "fooler" as shown in the pictures below the humor photo!

Starting next Monday, East Hill will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System which will aid in keeping our students and staff safe. You will receive a letter home with your child this afternoon that details how this system works. Visitors will need to provide identification when they visit the building and plan on going any further than the office. This can be a driver's license or a passport. If you do not have either of these forms of identification, two alternate IDs will be accepted, as long as one is a photo ID. Because the letter details this new system, I won't go into further detail here. Please let me know if you have any questions after reading the letter. Thank you.

Love My School Day
Next Thursday is Love My School Day! Students should wear their East Hill or West Genesee gear on this day. To learn more about the history of this day, click here. Those of you following us on twitter
will see tweets with the hashtag #LoveMySchoolDay. If you aren't yet following us on Twitter, please do! Our twitter handle is @EHElementary.

A huge thank you goes out to our PTA and all of the many volunteers who made last Friday's Bingo night successful! Thank you also to all of our community members who sent in donations and prizes for the raffles. We had an amazing turnout (please ignore the "Maximum Occupancy" sign in the picture below - we definitely exceeded it. Sh!) and a great time was had by all!

Third Grade Chorus Concert
Mrs. Causer and our third graders did an amazing job on last week's concert. The concert's theme was the Positivity Project. Students told the audience what many of the character strengths stood for and sang songs incorporating perserverance, love, creativity, and humor, to name just a few. Well done!

Loved seeing this kindergartener tie his friend's shoes at the concert!
Survey Says!
If you haven't had a chance to take our school survey, please do! Your feedback is necessary, valued, and appreciated. Here's the link

Upcoming April Events
4/2 & 4/3, ELA Assessments
4/11, Love My School Day!
4/15 - 4/19, Spring Break
4/23, PTA Meeting & Budget Presentation, 6:00, WGHSLGI
4/24, 5th Grade Field Trip to Syracuse Mets
4/30, Chipotle Fundraiser, 4:00 - 8:00

Have a great rest of the week!
- Lisa

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Education Fair A Success

Education Fair
The Education Fair was another huge success this year! We had over 120 students participate, completing over 80 science and reading projects. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend the Education Fair as well as to all of the parents that helped support their children in putting together a project. Thank you to Mrs. Diddle for putting this short video together!
Positivity Project
This week's character strength focus is fairness. Fairness means you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and tret everyone with respect. Cultivating the character strength of fairness helps people to become trustworthy friends, responsible citizens, and generally moral people. To learn more about the character strength of fairness, click here. Yesterday, groups pictures were taken of students and staff according to their top strength. Pictured below is Fairness.
Student Council Paper Towel Drive
The Student Council ran a very successful paper towel drive for the Francis House. The idea for this project came from Nicole Tessier, a West Genesee High School Senior, who is the youth board Vice President at the Francis House. Thank you to everyone that contributed paper towels and/or financial donations. We collected 253 rolls of paper towels and over $300.00!
Survey Says!
An important part of our East Hill Vision is to continuously reflect on and look for ways to improve our practice. It would be really appreciated if you could take a few minutes to complete this short survey about our school. With your honest feedback we can work to improve the areas in need of improvement, and celebrate our areas of strength. Thank you for completing this anonymous survey!

Upcoming Events
Third Grade Chorus Concert, 3/28, 7:00, East Hill Gymnasium
BINGO, 3/29, 6:30 (Doors open at 6:00, Raffles 3:30 - 7:00)
English Language Arts State Assessments, 4/2 and 4/3
Budget Presentation, 4/23, 7:00, WGHS LGI (PTA Meeting at 6:00, same location)

Have a great rest of the week!

- Lisa

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Please Forgive Me!

This week's character strength focus is forgiveness.  Forgiveness means you forgive those who have done wrong and you accept that people make mistakes. To quote Mahatma Gandhi, "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. To learn more about the character strength focus of forgiveness, click here.

Education Fair Tonight!
The Education Fair is tonight from 6:30 - 7:30. There is an amazing display of both reading and science projects so come out and take a look! Please remember to take your child's project home at the end of the evening.

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 school will go until March 29 at the Central Registrar Office located at 300 Sanderson Drive, Camillus, NY 13031.For information about registering your student, go to the Registration Section of the websitePrior to coming in to register, you will need to make an appointment by clicking the appropriate link on the Registration web page or by calling the Central Registrar at (315) 487-4683.

NYS Testing
Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be taking the state assessment in English Language Arts on Tuesday, 4/2 and Wednesday, 4/3. Parents will be receiving a letter home today from Interim Superintendent Michael Schiedo regarding this testing. Please make sure your children have a good breakfast (always) and arrive to school on time. They are well prepared for these assessments and we are anxious to see the results!

Upcoming Dates
Teacher Workshop Day, 3/20, Dismissal at 11:30
3rd Grade Concert, East Hill Gym, 3/28, 7:00
BINGO, East Hill Gym, 3/29, 6:30 (Doors open at 6:00)
NYS ELA Testing, 4/2 and 4/3

Have a great rest of the week. Hope to see you tonight!

- Lisa