Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Positivity Project

The Positivity Project
This week we kicked off year three of the Positivity Project!! We are spending the entire week on the Other People Matter Mindset. We are learning that we are going to continue working on building strong relationships this year. The main thing we all need to remember is that other people matter. Period. We will identify and appreciate the good in other people, understand that our words and actions affect other people, support others when they struggle, cheer on others' successes, and be present and give others our attention.
P2 in Action
We will be focusing on the character strengths of curiosity, teamwork, and open-mindedness in September. We are looking for pictures of students working as part of a team for an upcoming assembly. If you have a couple to share (scouts, sports, dance, etc.), please email them to me at Thank you!

Do you know what your top character strength is? Mine is fairness. You can find out yours by taking the free survey at Are you interested in learning more about the Positivity Project? Here's a short, seven-minute video that summarizes it for you!

Curriculum Night
I hope you will be able to make it to Curriculum Night this Thursday at East Hill. Please remember that this night is for parents/guardians only. The schedule is as follows:
K & 1 - 6:00 - 6:25
2 & 3 - 6:30 - 6:55
4 & 5 - 7:00 - 7:25

Meet Mrs. Finn!
Stephanie Finn is our District Literacy Coach. She works with teachers at all grade levels on all things literacy-related and is an expert when it comes to the research behind appropriate and effective reading instruction. This year she is also working with me as an administrative intern. You will likely see her with me on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and her office is also located at East Hill this year. If you see her, please welcome her to East Hill!

Curriculum Night
I hope you will be able to make it to Curriculum Night this Thursday at East Hill. The schedule is as follows:
K & 1 - 6:00 - 6:25
2 & 3 - 6:30 - 6:55
4 & 5 - 7:00 - 7:25

Thank you to the PTA for another successful Ice Cream Social! I think we broke a record in the number of ice cream sundaes that were served this year. Luckily the weather cooperated for us once again. Please join us for our first PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 17th in the East Hill Library at 6:30.

Talk With The Superintendent Reminder
Come meet our new Superintendent, David Bills, on Tuesday, September 24th. This event, sponsored by the West Genesee PTA/PTO District Council will be held in the WGHSLGI at 7:00 pm.

Have a great rest of the week. I hope to see you tomorrow at Curriculum Night!

- Lisa

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!
We had a great first day at East Hill and are looking forward to many more! We have many exciting events coming up in September, so please get out your calendars!
Ice Cream Social
We hope you will be able to make it to the PTA's Ice Cream Social this Thursday from 6:00 - 7:30. This is a great time to reconnect with friends! Thank you to the PTA for hosting this annual event. Speaking of the PTA, please join us for the first meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 in the East Hill Library.
2018 Ice Cream Social

Curriculum Night
Curriculum Night will be held next Thursday, September 12th. This night is an informational night for parents/guardians only. The Open House that is held in the spring is for the entire family. Kindergarten and 1st Grade Curriculum Night takes place from 6:00 - 6:25, 2nd and 3rd grade takes place from 6:30 - 6:55, and 4th and 5th grade takes place from 7:00 - 7:25. I hope you can make it! The building is looking great thanks to our wonderful custodians, pictured below!

Talk with the Superintendent
Our new superintendent, David Bills, will be hosting a "Talk with the Superintendent" night on September 24th from 7:00 - 8:00 in the WGHS LGI room. This is an opportunity for you to meet him and ask questions.

The annual jogathon will take place on Friday, September 27th. This is the PTA's major fundraiser for the year. You will be hearing more about this event soon.
2018 Jogathon

Safety First!
Please remember that during school hours visitors will need to present a photo ID prior to being allowed into the building. We will scan your ID or input the information into the system, and then you will be given a pre-printed badge with your photo on it along with your destination in the building. If you have given authorization for someone else to pick up your child, please make sure you remind them to bring the proper identification.

East Hill has several new staff members to welcome this year:
Maria Stark, Early Literacy Teaching Assistant
Danielle Kreis, Early Literacy Teaching Assistant
Megan Garropy, Lunch Aide
Martha Summa, Lunch Aide
Kathleen Clark, Adaptive Physical Education
Kyle Prenoveau, Physical Education
Hanna Brady, Special Education Teaching Assistant
Jennifer Corby, Instructional Specialist
Danielle Dattellas, 3rd Grade Teacher
Sarah Moore, Speech Teacher
Cindy Blanding, Special Education Teaching Assistant
Stephanie Finn, Administrative Intern, District Literacy Coach
Joe Curtin, District Math Coach

The School Day
School starts each morning at 9:00. Doors are opened at 8:50 for students getting breakfast, and at 9:00 for all other students. Please make sure you do not drop your child off early as there is not adequate supervision until 9:00. The doors open again at 3:10 for parents picking up students, and students riding the bus are dismissed at 3:20. Please remember that buses may be running 10-15 minutes late the first couple weeks of school.
Our first grade team is ready to go!
I look forward to a great 2019-2020 school year! Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns!

- Lisa

Monday, August 26, 2019

It's Time for Routines!

School is Coming!
School is right around the corner, nine days to be exact! It's time to start getting your children in the school routine if you have not already done so. The sooner you start the routines, the easier it will be for them to transition. Going to bed early and getting up at "school time" will help them when September 4th rolls around.

Placement Letters
All students should have received their informational packet and placement letter by now. For students whose teacher was listed as TBD, you will be receiving a new letter this week. You should also be able to access Schooltool later today to find out this information. To access Schooltool, go to the West Genesee website ( and click on Schooltool which is found on the bottom left under Connect, or just click on this link. If you do not have a Schooltool account or have forgotten your password, there is a link that shows you what to do. When it asks you to enter your email, be sure to enter the email that we already have on file.

If you haven't yet purchased your school supplies, now is the time to do so! School supply lists are located on the West Genesee website ( Just click on East Hill Elementary at the top and then Supply Lists under School Links, or just click on this link. If you need assistance securing supplies for your child, and you were unable to attend the school supply drive this past weekend, please contact me at (315) 487-4648 and we will make sure your child has everything he/she needs.

Join the PTA!
Please consider joining the PTA this year. We have a very active PTA that does many wonderful things for our school. Membership is $6.00 per year. The PTA will have a membership table set up on Curriculum Night (along with a committee sign up table - we always need volunteers!) or you can join online via this link.

Welcome to East Hill!
We have 67 new kindergartners and 26 new 1st through 5th graders to welcome to East Hill! Kindergarten Orientation takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, 8/27 at 9:00. New Student Orientation takes place on Wednesday, 8/28 at 9:00.

I look forward to everyone's return next week! As always, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

- Lisa

Monday, August 12, 2019

Summer Check-In!

Greetings from East Hill!
I hope you and your family have been enjoying your summer! My summer has been wonderful so far. I've been able to spend time with family taking short vacations and seeing a lot of live music, my favorite thing to do! Before we know it the State Fair will be here!

Summer Mailing
Our summer mailing, which includes placement, meal, and transportation information, is scheduled to go out on Wednesday, August 21st so you should receive it by that Friday or Saturday. It is possible that your child's teacher will be noted as TBD (To Be Determined). The reason for this is that a couple of our grade levels currently have an enrollment that may require us to add an additional section. Rather than assign teachers now, and then have to reassign teachers later, we feel it is best to hold off until we are sure. Students come and go throughout the summer so we want to make sure we have the most accurate information before proceeding. Please do not worry, we have several excellent candidates in mind should we need to add any additional sections.

Important Dates
Tuesday, August 27th - Kindergarten Orientation, 9:00 am
Wednesday, August 28th - New Student (1-5) Orientation, 9:00 am
Wednesday, September 4th - 1st Day of School (Half Day, 11:30 Dismissal)
Thursday, September 5th - 1st Full Day of School; Ice Cream Social at 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 12th - Curriculum Night for Parents/Guardians
Tuesday, September 17th - PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
Friday, September 27th - Jogathon

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

- Lisa

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Summer's Here!

Class of 2032
We spent two full days last week screening our incoming kindergarten class. They seem so small and so unbelievably cute!
Class of 2026
We bid farewell to our fifth graders last week. Thank you to all of the parents who had a hand in decorating for the recognition ceremony as well as providing and serving food. It's always such a special day for the students and their families, as well as for the staff.

Field Days
Thank you to everyone that volunteered their time at Field Days. It is many students' favorite day of the year. We were lucky again this year with the great weather!

Upcoming Dates
Here are a few fall dates you might want to put in your calendar:
Kindergarten Orientation: Tuesday, 8/27, 9:00 a.m.
New Student Orientation: Wednesday, 8/28, 9:00 a.m.
First Day of School (Half-Day, 11:30 Dismissal): Wednesday, 9/4
First Full Day of School: Thursday, 9/5
Ice Cream Social: Thursday, 9/5, 6:00 - 7:30
Curriculum Night: Thursday, 9/12, 6:00 - 7:30

The East Hill Office
The office closes today at 3:00 and will reopen on Monday, August 5th. If you need anything in the meantime, you can always reach me by email at  Enjoy the summer!

- Lisa

Friday, June 14, 2019

Seniors and Eggs and Flags, Oh My!

It's been a busy day at East Hill!

Senior Walk
This morning we were visited by graduating seniors who attended East Hill Elementary. It is amazing how much they have changed! Luckily they wore nametags this year so we could tell who they were! I think the best part for them, other than seeing their favorite elementary teachers, was viewing the slideshow from their 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony. They definitely got a kick out of that!
Mrs. Craig with Kyle and Jared
Jackson and friends checking out the new library

WGHS Seniors, formerly East Hill Students

Jack and Katie

Mrs. Tynan with some of her former 1st graders

Viewing their 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony Video
Maggie as a 5th grader
Egg Drop
Also this morning was the annual 5th grade Egg Drop, also known as the Mars Rover Landing Project. Students worked in teams to design a device that would safely land a raw egg. Some were more successful than others!

Flag Day Celebration
Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate with us to have our Flag Day Celebration outside, but we made the most of it! I apologize for not being able to invite parents, but as you can see, there just wasn't any more room to be had! Thank you to Mr. Dimmel and the middle school band for coming to play for us! Click here to hear It's a Grand Old Flag!

Upcoming Dates:
6/18     Field Days (rain date 6/19)
6/21     4th Grade Salt Museum, 5th Grade Ultimate Goal
6/24     5th Grade Recognition Ceremony, 9:30; Half-day, 11:30 Dismissal
6/25     Last Day of School, 11:30 Dismissal

Have a great weekend!

- Lisa

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Happy June!

Kindergarten Readiness
Last night we welcomed students that will be joining us in the fall for kindergarten. While the parents listened to presentations about what to expect from East Hill staff members, the students rotated to the different classrooms where they met the kindergarten teachers. They worked with Playdoh, listened to a story, and worked on fine motor activities. The night was a big success!

Girls on the Run
We want to give a big a thank you to all the families and participants of Girls on the Run for their generous donations of toiletries and canned goods to a local women's homeless shelter. One of the goals of the program is for the participants to contribute to society by designing and implementing a Community Impact Project. The girls wanted to help those who are less fortunate in our local community. Way to go team! 20 girls are participating in this program. The culmination is a 5K which they will run on June 14th.
Ms. O'Keefe Wins Award!
Congratulations to Molly O'Keefe who was selected as a finalist for the Better Beginnings Award which honors the life of Helen Bach Moss, a New York educator who passed away in 1988. Ms. O'Keefe was nominated in January by staff, parents, and students. In order to be considered, the nominee had to be skilled at engaging young minds and developing nurturing relationships with elementary school students. Molly is so deserving of this award!
Yesterday our last CODE assembly of the year was held for the third, fourth, and fifth grade classes. Officer Brand announced the winners of the fourth grade Internet Safety Poster Contest - Eliana Becker, Mary Paul, and Hannah Austin. The fifth grade essay winners then read their essays that detailed why they want to remain drug and alcohol free. The essays were very well-written and informative!

Upcoming Events:
6/7       Lemonade Serenade Volunteer Reception, 11:00
6/11     Kindergarten Field Trip to the Zoo
6/14     Flag Day Celebration, 1:00
6/18     Field Days
6/21     4th Grade Salt Museum Trip; 5th Grade Ultimate Goal
6/24     5th Grade Recognition Ceremony, 9:30; 11:30 Dismissal
6/25     Last Day of School, 11:30 Dismissal

Have a great rest of the week. I hope to see many of you on Friday!

- Lisa