Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Happy December!

 

Happy December!
I hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving break with your families. Thank you to everyone that donated an item or money toward the Thanksgiving meals. We were able to provide meals to nine East Hill families. Speaking of donating, the PTA is again sponsoring our Community Giving Program this year. We will be helping to purchase gifts for seven local families. A flyer went home Monday with the specifics. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity! 

Kindness
Speaking of kindness, that is this week's character strength focus. Individuals with this strength might be described as caring, thoughtful, considerate, selfless, compassionate, and generous. I am fortunate to work with such a kind and caring staff and community! For more information on kindness, click here

COVID Testing
Thank you to everyone that signed up to have your child tested this Friday. The available slots at East Hill filled up very quickly. If you agreed to testing, your child will be tested on Friday morning. I will be present at the testing along with Mrs. Condon and Mrs. Farley. Here is a short video from CNY Central showing what the testing process looks and feels like. If you have any questions regarding the testing, don't hesitate to contact me (lcraig@westgenesee.org) or call the main office (315-487-4648).

Remote Student Supply Pickup
The next supply pickup for all K-4 students has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 5th from 3:00 - 4:00. Please contact the office if you need to arrange for an alternate time. Thank you.     

Enjoy the rest of the week!

- Lisa



Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
Picture Retakes and Makeup
Picture retakes and makeups are this Friday, 11/20. Remote students should plan to come between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30. If you are getting a retake, you need to bring your original package with you. Please park on the right side of the building. 
Remote Student Supply Pickup
All East Hill remote students can pick up their music kits on Monday, 11/23 between 12:00 and 3:00. Students in grades 2, 3, and 4 can also pick up their literacy materials at this time. Any remote students that are getting their pictures taken (or retaken) on Friday, 11/20 can pick up their materials at that time. Please call the office (315-487-4648) if you need to arrange for an alternate time.

Report Cards
As a reminder, we are no longer mailing out report cards to all families. Report cards will be available via Schooltool beginning Saturday, December 14.  Click here to access the viewing instructions. Here is a short video that also explains how to access the report cards online. If you need to update your email or phone number on Schooltool, please click this link. If you need a hard copy of your child's report card mailed to your home, please contact Mrs. Farley at efarley@westgenesee.org, or call the school at 315-487-4648. 
Gratitude
We are focusing on the character strength of gratitude this week and next. Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. I am so grateful to work with such amazing children, and families, and with such a caring and dedicated staff. I am truly very fortunate. Thank you to those of you that donated money or items for the Thanksgiving dinners. It is very much appreciated. I hope you can all take some time over the Thanksgiving holiday to rest, relax, and enjoy your families! Speaking of Thanksgiving, I found turkeys all over the school today!






Parent Conferences
As a reminder, next Monday and Tuesday are half-days. Bus dismissal is at 11:00 with parent pickup immediately following. All conferences are being held via Zoom.
Enjoy the rest of the week and the Thanksgiving holiday!

- Lisa


 



Tuesday, November 10, 2020

East Hill Mid-November Update


Upcoming Dates:
  • November 23rd and 24th are half-days due to parent conferences. Bus riders will be dismissed at 11:00 with parent pick-up immediately following. 
  • The Fine Arts department has assembled general music kits for every student in grade K-6! Remote students in grades K-4 can pick up their music kits on 11/23 from 12:00 - 3:00. 
  • Remote students in grades 2-4 can also pick up their literacy supplies for the next couple of units on 11/23 between noon and 3:00 p.m.
Bravery
This week's character strength focus is bravery. Bravery means you act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary. Tomorrow, on Veterans Day, we take the time to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all United States veterans. For more information on bravery from the Positivity Project, click here


Enjoy the rest of the week! Please remember that instructional setting change requests must be received in writing by Tuesday, November 17th. Thank you!

- Lisa



 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Happy November!

Happy Election Day from East Hill!
We have a lot going on here at school today! You will need to stay tuned to find out who the election winner is in Mrs. Tynan's room - students are casting their ballots for Duck, Teacher, and Clifford later today!


In Mrs. Devereaux's room students casted ballots for the actual presidential candidates. We will have to wait and see!



Community Giving
Each year the PTA, with a great deal of support from our East Hill Community, helps to put together Thanksgiving meals for East Hill families and also organizes a Community Giving campaign to help out families who could use some additional support with holiday gift purchases. If you could use a little extra help at Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, please let me know. We would love to provide a helping hand! Just shoot me an email (lcraig@westgenesee.org) or give me a call (315-487-4648.) 

Perspective
This week's character strength focus is perspective. Perspective means you appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view. This strength may be invaluable in the coming weeks! For more about perspective, click here.

School Photos
School photo make-up day is Friday, 11/20. Remote students who need their pictures or need a retake should plan on coming between 10:00 and 10:45. Please bring your first package with you if you are getting a retake.

Instructional Setting Changes    
Please be on the lookout for a letter from the elementary principals regarding requests for changes to your childrens' instructional setting.

Remote Students
As a reminder, pickup of supplies for grades 2, 3, and 4 is on Monday, 11/23 from 12:00 - 3:00. Several people did not come pick up their school pictures last week so if you need to pick them up, you can also plan to do that on 11/23. 

Thank You, PTA!
Thank you again to the PTA for the donation of over 350 pumpkins last week!! Here are just a few of the ways that they were decorated!















Have a great rest of the week!

- Lisa

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

East Hill Update

Masks
I am happy to report that for the most part students are wearing their masks appropriately. We do, however, have some students that are having difficulty keeping their mask on and their nose covered. In order for us to keep students safe, keep the building open, and keep your child(ren) in school, it is imperative that students wear their mask correctly. Your support in this would be greatly appreciated. In addition, while West Genesee does allow students to wear gaiter masks (some districts do not), I would ask, if at all possible, that your child wear a regular mask. We are finding that most of the gaiters are too big for the students. Because of their large size, students pull them up over their head and ears, often making it difficult to hear, and we have a few students that actually end up chewing on the mask. If you have the choice of sending your child to school with a regular mask, it would be helpful and appreciated. We also have disposable masks available at school. Finally, masks should be washed on a daily basis to keep them clean and free of germs (and unpleasant odors). Thank you!
Pumpkins and Pictures and Books, Oh My!
East Hill Remote Students - This is just a reminder that pickup of the pumpkins and students photos is this Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 - 4:00 for remote students. East Hill's remote kindergarteners can also pick up their school supplies on Thursday from 3:00 - 4:00. Books that were ordered from Mrs. Holzwarth can also be picked up on these two days. Check out Mrs. Holzwarth's site if you have not done so already!
Creativity
Creativity is this week's character strength focus. Creativity means you come up with new and original ideas to think about and do things. I am looking forward to seeing how creative students can be when decorating their pumpkins this week! For more information on creativity, click here

Fall Frenzy
See below for pictures from the first two days of Fall Frenzy. As a reminder, tomorrow is Wacky Wednesday (be creative!), Thursday is Sports Day, and Friday is Wear your Orange and Black. Please do not send students in with costumes on Friday. Thank you for your cooperation.





Community Giving
Each year the PTA, with a great deal of support from our East Hill Community, helps to put together Thanksgiving meals for East Hill families and also organizes a Community Giving campaign to help out families who could use some additional support with holiday gift purchases. If you could use a little extra help at Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, please let me know. We would love to provide a helping hand!

Enjoy the rest of the week! Have a Happy Halloween and don't forget to set your clocks back!
- Lisa