Monday, June 15, 2020

East Hill's 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony

5th Grade Recognition Ceremony Slideshow
A huge thank you goes out to Jennifer MacArthur for putting together this amazing slideshow recognizing this year's 5th graders. Please make sure you take the time to check it out. It's awesome!
5th Grade Recognition Drive-Thru Ceremony
What beautiful weather we had this morning for our Drive-Thru Ceremony! Thank you to the PTA for the t-shirts, treats, and the decorations! East Hill looked great! Thank you to Mrs. Mercer and Mrs. McConnell for welcoming the students with music, thank you to the West Genesee Wildcat for the surprise visit, and thank you to all of the staff members that came out to wish our students well! Here are just a few pictures from the morning.


















Don't forget to return your borrowed Chromebook this week. Have a great summer. I will be in touch!

- Lisa



Friday, June 12, 2020

Here Comes Summer!


Here Comes Summer!
It has certainly been a strange ending to the 19-20 school year. I have missed the staff and students terribly and am staying hopeful that we will be able to return in the fall. If your children are looking for things to keep them engaged over the summer, in addition to reading (which they should do every day), please have them check out the distance learning portal where all of the weekly activities provided by our librarians, music teachers, art teachers, and counselors are archived. They can also return to any unfinished work that was assigned by their teachers in Google Classroom, or complete some of the activities in the CKLA workbooks that were sent home. I hope everyone stays productive, active and healthy over the summer!
5th Grade Recognition
This is just a reminder that the 5th Grade Drive-Thru Recognition Ceremony will be held this coming Monday, June 15th (with Tuesday, June 16th as a rain date). Miss Button's class will begin at 9:30 followed by Mrs. McDonald's class at 10:00. We will conclude with Mr. Meaney's class at 10:30. Please do not arrive early and remember that there will not be access to the building on this day. We look forward to seeing you! Next week we will be sending out the 5th Grade Virtual Recognition Ceremony Slideshow that Mrs. MacArthur has been hard at work producing. I think you will love it! Here's a sneak peek at the first slide!
School Supply Drive
For 11 years the West Genesee District Council has been providing school supplies for students in need. Click here for information on how to register your child.
Report Cards
Report cards will be available via Schooltool beginning Wednesday, June 24. Because of distance learning, the report cards will contain comments only. 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 me at lcraig@westgenesee.org by June 23rd.

Chromebook/Laptop Return
Please return your Chromebook/laptop to the transportation building, which is located between the high school and Applebees, on one of the following dates. Remember to bring the power adaptor. If you have any questions, please contact wgtechhelp@westgenesee.org.
June 16 and June 18, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
June 17 and June 19, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Pictures from Home
I have loved seeing all of the great artwork that students are completing at home. Here are just some of the recent pictures I saw on Facebook.
Joey's Shape Robot

Avery's Summer Selfie
Josh's Summer Selfie

Jackson's Drawings (learned at Art for Kids Hub)

Giada's Summer Selfie (she's hoping for a cat)

Sadie's Summer Selfie

Joey and Alex with their Summer Selfies

Gianna's Summer Selfie

Jordan's Latest Art Creations
Have a great weekend! I'm looking forward to seeing our 5th graders on Monday morning. I will send out one more post next week.

- Lisa

Friday, June 5, 2020

In the Homestretch!

We're in the Homestretch!
It's hard to believe that the school year is almost over. As always, please continue to refer to the district's online learning portal for library, P2 and counseling activities, as well as enrichment activities for art and music. Also, please don't forget to have your child complete this week's PE exit ticket. Thank you!

5th Grade Recognition
All fifth grade families should have received an invitation for the 5th Grade Drive-Thru Recognition Ceremony which will take place on Monday, June 15th (with Tuesday, June 16th as a rain date). Miss Button's class will begin at 9:30 followed by Mrs. McDonald's class at 10:00. We will conclude with Mr. Meaney's class at 10:30. Please do not arrive early and remember that there will not be access to the building on this day. With a great deal of help from the PTA, it should be a very nice send-off for our fifth graders!
Supply Pick-Up
Thank you to all of the families that were able to come and pick up your child's belongings this week. We still have quite a few unclaimed bags (see picture below). If you missed your pick-up time, you can come today from 8:00 - 12:00 or on Monday morning from 9:00 - 12:00. Two or three workbooks from our literacy program, CKLA, were sent home with the student supplies at most grade levels. As you have likely heard from your child's teacher, these were sent home as optional learning opportunities for the students to complete over the summer. They should not be returned in the fall.

Unclaimed Bags


Public Service Announcment: Label, Label, Label!
Please see the picture below that demonstrates the importance of labelling your child's belongings. This is only some of what's left of the Lost and Found after everyone came through the building this week!
Budget Vote
Don't forget to return your absentee ballot if you have not already done so! All ballots are due by Tuesday, June 9th at 5:00 p.m. If you can't get your ballot in the US mail by tomorrow (Saturday, June 6th, at the very latest), it is recommended that you drop your ballot in the ballot box that will be located in the District Office foyer on Monday, June 8th from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 pm or Tuesday, June 9th, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The District Office is located at 300 Sanderson Drive. Thank you!
Yearbook Distribution
Unfortunately, the yearbooks will not be shipped until the last week of June. Lifetouch, the company that we use for photos and yearbooks, was also affected by the pandemic so they are arriving to schools later than planned. When we have a plan for the distribution of the yearbooks we will let you know!

Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism
Mrs. Clark, the principal at Onondaga Road, shared this link with me. Tomorrow morning at 10:00 CNN and Sesame Street are hosting a Town Hall for kids and families. According to the overview found in the link, the show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity, and being more empathetic and understanding. The website has information about how to watch the Town Hall and how to submit questions for the discussion.
Hope and Optimism
I stole another great picture from Facebook this week. The picture exemplifies the P2 strength of hope and optimism. I certainly hope Simon is correct. In the picture you will see his "Summer Selfie." Reflected in his sunglasses is a headline he'd like to see. We all would! Nice job, Simon!
Have a great rest of the week!

- Lisa

Friday, May 29, 2020

East Hill Happenings

Distance Learning
Next week begins our 11th week of distance learning. It still seems surreal at times, doesn't it? Hopefully everyone is making the best of the current situation. We have two full weeks, plus one day, of instruction left. Don't forget to check out the distance learning portal on the website and have your child(ren) complete the weekly PE exit ticket. Thanks!
Chess Tournament
If your child plays chess, please consider having them participate in the West Genesee Chess Club online tournament which will be held on June 10th. Here is a link to the WG Chess Website. There is a page on the website that needs to be filled out to register for the tournament. Thank you to Mr. Mercado at Stonehedge Elementary for extending the invitation to East Hill!
Third Graders!
Did you know that in fourth grade you can learn how to play an instrument? Mrs. McConnell and Mrs. Mercer will be joining one of your Zoom meetings next week to tell you all about it!
Retrieval of Student Belongings
As a reminder, here is next week's schedule for picking up student belongings. Please adhere to the safety protocols in the letter (wear a mask, maintain a 6 ft. distance between others, no additional children or adults, etc.). Please remember to pick up medication in the main office if necessary, visit the Lost and Found (which will hopefully be outside, weather permitting), and follow the one-way traffic flow. Some fourth and fifth graders also need to get their clothes from their gym locker. Again, if you are unable to come at your assigned time, please contact me and we will arrange for an alternate pick up time (lcraig@westgenesee.org).

Monday, 
June 1st
Time
Tuesday,
June 2nd
Time
Wednesday, 
June 3rd
Time
Thursday, 
June 4th
Time
Friday, 
June 5th
Time
A
8:00
Di - Dw
8:00
Jes - Ke
8:00
Pe - Pu
8:00
Wor - Z
8:00
Ba
8:30
Ea - Ew
8:30
Ki - Kle
8:30
Q - Re
8:30
TBD
8:30
Be-Bl
9:00
F
9:00
Kli - Lu
9:00
Ri - Ry
9:00
TBD
9:00
Bo-Br
9:30
Ga - Go
9:30
Ly - Mac
9:30
Sa - Sc
9:30
TBD
9:30
Bu - Car
10:00
Gr - Gu
10:00
Mad - Mc
10:00
Se - Sm
10:00
TBD
10:00
Cas - Col
10:30
Ha - He
10:30
Me - Min
10:30
Sp - Sw
10:30
TBD
10:30
Con - Cu
11:00
Hi - Ho
11:00
Mit - Ne
11:00
Ta - Tu
11:00
TBD
11:00
Da - De
11:30
Hu - Jen
11:30
O - Pa
11:30
Ve - Woo
11:30
TBD
11:30

Fifth Grade Recognition
All fifth graders were assigned a slide to complete for the 5th Grade Recognition Slide Show. Please remind your child to complete his/her slide by June 1st if they have not already done so. Next week you will receive an invitation for the 5th Grade Drive-Thru Recognition Ceremony. Please note that the date has now been finalized and will be on Monday, June 15th, beginning at 9:30. We will keep Tuesday, June 16th as a rain date. You will find more information in the invitation. Thank you to the PTA for purchasing and delivering these awesome lawn signs!
That's all for now! I hope everyone is well. Have a great weekend!

- Lisa


Friday, May 22, 2020

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
It looks like it's shaping up to be a nice weekend for all of us! I hope everyone is able to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. As today is now an instructional day, please have your children utilize this time to catch up on past work, and/or try some of the activities on the portal. Please remind them to complete this week's PE exit ticket as well!
Retrieval of Student Belongings
You should have received a letter in the mail this week that outlines the plan for the retrieval of student belongings. We will be strictly following the safety protocols noted in the letter as well as the times that are posted for pick-up. As indicated in the letter, if you are unable to come at your assigned time, please contact me and I will give you an alternate time. Here is the letter if you did not yet receive it. When you come, please don't forget to bring in library books, pick up medication from the nurse if necessary, drop off instruments (those needing repair only) and stop by the Lost and Found.

5th Grade Recognition
Our fifth grade families also received a letter that indicates our plan for how we will be recognizing our fifth graders. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we are planning a drive-by ceremony on June 16th where the fifth graders will receive their certificates from their teachers as well as a t-shirt and treat from the PTA. The ceremony will start with Miss Button's class at 9:30, followed by Mrs. McDonald's class at 10:00 and Mr. Meaney's class at 10:30. It will hopefully be a special moment for our fifth graders. As a reminder, there will not be building access on this day. Fifth graders were also assigned a slide from Mrs. MacArthur that is due by 6/1.

Kindergarten Screening
If you are a parent of an incoming kindergartener, you will be receiving a letter shortly letting you know that the screening that was scheduled for the end of June has been postponed. We have tentatively rescheduled it to the week of August 24th.
Summer Opportunity
We received this flier for an online summer literacy tutoring program offered by SUNY Cortland for students entering grades 2-12. Tutors are certified teachers who are working on a master's degree in literacy. You can register your child using this link. Space is limited.
Pictures from Home
I've stolen several pictures from Facebook this week showing many activities that students are participating in while at home. I love seeing everyone so busy and productive!
Colin's Hand Art
Ava's Hand Art

Owen on the Treadmill

Dominick on the Court

Olivia in the Tree

Jolene Jump Roping the Morning Mile

Josh and Joey on the Morning Mile
Sadie Trampolining the Morning Mile

Cooper Paddleboarding for PE

Anna and Mary doing Math

Emery and Kaitlyn Social Distancing!


Enjoy the weekend!

- Lisa