Monday, February 10, 2020

Enrichment Day a Huge Success!

Enrichment Day a Success!
This past Saturday over 240 East Hill students attended Enrichment Day. That's about two-thirds of the total student population! Students were able to participate in two different classes, from crafting and cooking to football and mining! Thank you to Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. Yeager for coordinating this wonderful event for our students; it is quite an undertaking! Thank you also to everyone that volunteered their time in one way or another. A great day was had by all!


Love is in the Air
This week's P2 character strength focus is love. Love means you value close relationships with others and value being close to people. Love is imperative to an individual's happiness and fulfillment in life. On a group level, love is vital for the well being of society. For more on this character strength, click here.

Valentine's Parties
Valentine's parties will begin at 2:15 on Friday. As with all classroom parties, only those people who have been contacted by the room parents should plan to attend. Students in nut-free classrooms should not have treats attached to their Valentine's and all food in those classrooms should come with a label that can be checked by the teacher and/or nurse. Thank you for your assistance!

February Break
There is no school next week, 2/17 through 2/21. School will resume on Monday, 2/24.

Have a great rest of the week!

- Lisa


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

I Forgive You

Forgiveness
This week's character strength focus is forgiveness. Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured and accept that people make mistakes. Admittedly, it is not one of my top strengths but I am working on it! For a one-page overview on this strength, click here.

Griffin's Guardians Change for Hope Campaign
We are about half way through this campaign and our change bucket is about half full! Thank you so much for reminding your child to bring in loose change for this organization. Griffin's Guardians helps children and their families with financial assistance, provides laundry supplies to Golisano Hospital for families being treated as inpatient and provides funding for pediatric cancer research. For more information on this organization, visit the website at www.griffinsguardians.org.

Education Fair
The 7th annual Education Fair will be held on March 24th this year. Students received applications that they need to complete as soon as possible. Students can either complete a science project or a reading project. Click here for a short video that contains more information as well as some pictures from last year's projects. If you or your child has any questions, just let me know!
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration has begun for the 2020-2021 school year. These students will be the graduating class of 2033! Wow! Registration will begin on December 3, 2019 and will go until March 31, 2020 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 website. Prior 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.

Upcoming Dates
CODE Assemblies, 2/4
PTA Meeting, 2/4, East Hill Library, 6:30
Hello Dolly! Preview for 4th & 5th Graders, 2/5, 9:30
Enrichment Day, 2/8, 9:00 - 11:30
Valentine's Day Parties, 2:15
Winter Break, 2/17 - 2/21
School Resumes, 2/24

Have a great rest of the week!

- Lisa

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Fractions are Everywhere!

Fractions, Fractions, Everywhere!
Walk into any intermediate classroom during math right now and you will see all things fractions! It's so interesting to see the progression from third grade, to fourth grade, to fifth grade.

In third grade they are learning how to use halves, thirds, and sixths to make a whole and have begun to compare fractions. They learn about equivalent fractions and learn that fractions can be greater than one. 
Fourth graders build on their fraction knowledge from third grade. They continue to compare fractions and extend the concept of equivalence by multiplying fractions. 

In fifth grade they are multiplying and dividing fractions. Mr. Meaney's class took to the snow last week to use an area model to multiply one-third by one-half. 

Students in the primary grades also learn about fractions. First graders learn to partition squares and rectangles into halves and quarters. Second graders build on that knowledge and are introduced to thirds. If you are really interested in the progression of fractions, here's a seven minute video that is actually pretty interesting! 

Supporting Others When They Struggle
This week we return to the Other People Matter Mindset, focusing on supporting other people when they struggle. According to Jeff Bryan, the Positivity Project co-founder, supporting others while they go through tough times is a critical piece of being human. There are many ways to help people when they are struggling. At this morning's P2 assembly Erin Engle, the founder of Griffin's Guardians, came to speak to the students about the organization that was started in memory of her son. Students were asked to bring in spare change over the next few weeks to raise funds for the Change for Hope Campaign which helps families with sick children in a variety of ways.

  
Weekend Power Packs
Through the generosity of our PTA, we are able to support 24 East Hill students with food each weekend. This is another way our community helps people in need of additional support. The PTA funds, and volunteers shop for and sort food each week for students who could use a little extra support. One of our Girl Scout Troops is doing a fundraiser to help out with this project. Students in each grade level were asked to bring in a certain item and deposit into the bin of their choice. Look who is winning!
Enrichment Day
Thank you for being so prompt in returning your forms. All of the classes are full! Enrichment Day will be held on Saturday, February 8 from 9:00 - 11:30. Please do not arrive early as the doors will not open until 9:00. Also, please be prompt in picking up your child(ren). It's going to be a great day!

Have a great rest of the week!

- Lisa

Monday, January 13, 2020

Prudence

Prudence


According to the Positivity Project co-founders, prudence is the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons. Leveraging this strength helps a person set goals, make plans, and have the discipline to accomplish them. For a 1-page overview, please click here.
Hope was last week's character strength.



PTA
Please join us tonight at 6:30 in the East Hill Library for January's PTA Meeting. A huge thank you goes out to the PTA and the East Hill community for the success of this year's Community Giving campaign. East Hill was able to help make seven local families' holidays much brighter thanks to everyone's generosity. Thank you also to the Camillus Police Department, Howard Hanna Realty, and the Skaneateles Student Council for their generous support in helping out some of our families. It is so appreciated!

Strategic Planning Team Calls for Commentary
If you haven't had a chance to take part in this annual survey, please do! We'd love your input regarding the District's areas of strength as well as areas in which improvement is needed. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates
1/13/20     PTA Meeting, 6:30, Library
1/20/20     No School, Martin Luther King Jr., Day
1/27/20     No School, Superintendent's Conference Day
2/8/20       Enrichment Day

Have a great rest of the week!


- Lisa


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Happy 2020! I hope that you all had a nice two-week break with your families! My children were home from college which was nice (although we barely saw them as they were busy with friends) and I was fortunate to be able to get a lot of reading done.

Hope/Optimism
Hope/Optimism is the P2 focus for this week. Hope means that you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it. Hope and optimism represent a state of hopefulness and confidence about the future, both short and long-term. I am hopeful and optimistic that 2020 will be a great year! For more about this character strength, click here.
Calls for Commentary
Every year the West Genesee Central School District's Strategic Planning Team comes together to review the District's progress toward improvement and make recommendations for continued growth. One of the key pieces of feedback is gathered from our staff, students, and community. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. We'd like to hear your opinions on our areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Thank you!

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration has begun for the 2020-2021 school year. These students will be the graduating class of 2033! Wow! Registration will begin on December 3, 2019 and will go until March 31, 2020 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 website. Prior 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.

Upcoming Dates
1/12/20     PTA Meeting, East Hill Library, 6:30
1/20/20     No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/27/20     No School, Superintendent's Conference Day
2/8/20       Enrichment Day

Have a great rest of the week!

- Lisa

Monday, December 16, 2019

Self-Control

Self-Control
What an appropriate character strength on which to focus at this time of year! Self-control is the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act. People with this strength understand that through discipline and restraint, there are greater, long-term goals that they can accomplish. Admittedly, self-control is not one of my top strengths but definitely something upon which I can improve! For more about self-control, click here.

Holiday Concerts
What a beautiful job our orchestra, band, and chorus did at the holiday concerts last week! They sounded great at the afternoon assembly and sounded amazing at their evening concert at the high school! The band and orchestra also performed last Friday night at Destiny USA. We really are fortunate to have such wonderful music teachers, musicians, and supportive families! Thank you to Don Schuessler for pinch-hitting for Mrs. Causer!




Holiday Parties
Classroom parties will be held this Thursday at 2:15. Only those parents who have been contacted by the room parent and are on our list will be allowed in the building for the parties. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Report Cards
The first trimester report cards were sent home with the students last Friday. Please take the time to review this document with your child. Please pay close attention to the Characteristics of the Learner section. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.

Calls for Commentary
Every year the West Genesee Central School District's Strategic Planning Team comes together to review our progress toward improvement and make recommendations for continued growth. One of the key pieces of feedback is gathered from our staff, students, and community. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. We'd like to hear your opinions on our areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Thank you!
5th Grade Library Chalk Talk
Square1Art Fundraiser
If you purchased artwork from this year's fundraiser and were not able to pick it up last week, it is being held in the main office for you. Please let us know if you'd like us to send it home with your child.
SU Day!
Upcoming Dates
Tuesday, 12/17: Deck Your Neck DayWednesday, 12/18: School Spirit Day
Thursday, 12/19: Holiday Parties, 2:00; Holiday Attire Day
Friday, 12/20: Flannel and Fleece Friday
Monday, 12/23: Holiday Recess Begins
Monday, 1/6: School Resumes

I hope you all have a wonderful break with your families! If I don't see you before the break, have a Happy New Year!

- Lisa

Monday, December 9, 2019

Humility

Humility
Humility is the character strength focus of the week. Humility means you do not seek the spotlight; you let your actions speak for themselves. Humble people have an accurate (not underestimated) sense of their abilities and achievements. For a one-page overview from the Positivity Project on humility, click here.

Kindness was last week's character strength focus.
Community Giving
Thank you so much to those of you that were able to take a tag off of our giving tree and purchase an item or two for a local family. Please remember to bring in your wrapped gift, with the tag securely fastened on, to the school by this Friday. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Label Those Clothes!
This is the time of year when students tend to lose their boots, snow pants, gloves, etc. Please take a few minutes to clearly label your child's belongings. You will be glad that you did! Also, if you have any gently used snow pants, boots or gloves you'd like to donate to the school, we'd love to take them off of your hands!

Calls for Commentary
Please take a few minutes to respond the the District's Calls for Commentary. This annual survey helps our Strategic Planning Committee to identify the areas of the district that are cause for celebration and identify those areas where improvement is needed. Here is the link. Thank you for your time!

Kindergarten Registration
Believe it or not, kindergarten registration has begun for the 2020-2021 school year. These students will be the graduating class of 2033! Wow! Registration will begin on December 3, 2019 and will go until March 31, 2020 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 website. Prior 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.

Square One Art Fundraiser
If you purchased artwork from this year's fundraiser, please plan to pick it up this Friday between 3:00 and 4:00 in the library.

Spirit Week
We will be having Spirit Week the week before break. The days are as follows:
Monday, 12/16: Hat Day (antlers, sports, etc.)
Tuesday, 12/17: Deck your Neck (scarves, necklaces, etc.)
Wednesday, 12/18: School Spirit
Thursday, 12/19: Holiday Attire
Friday, 12/20: Flannel and Fleece Friday

Upcoming Events:
4th & 5th Grade Winter Concert, 12/12, 7:00, WGHS
Spirit Week, 12/16 - 12/20
Holiday Parties, 12/19, 2:00
Holiday Recess Begins, 12/23
School Resumes, 1/6

Enjoy the rest of the week!

- Lisa