Monday, April 19, 2021

East Hill Weekly Update

 

Spirit Week
Next week is Spirit Week! East Hill third graders wrote persuasive letters and voted on daily themes that inspired this districtwide event. The flier pictured below shows what students should wear each day. We will also remind the students on the daily announcements. Thank you to our third graders for the ideas!
Fun Hunt Winners
Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring this great activity for our students! There were over 80 entries in the Spring Break Fun Hunt. Each participant received a coupon for a free ice cream cone from Charlee's Ice Cream, and there were three grand prize winners. Blake, in first grade, won the Lego set. Eve, in second grade, won the American Girl Doll, and Joey, in 4th grade, won the free session to the Syracuse Warrior Factory. Thanks to the PTA, thanks to Charlee's Ice Cream, and congratulations to our participants!
Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
This week we are focusing on the character strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. This means that you notice and value the world's beauty and people's skills. You don't take things for granted.  Appreciating excellence and beauty helps an individual experience positive emotions and connect to the world around him/her. For more about this character strength, click here

Ramadan Mubarak! 
Happy Ramadan!  This year Ramadan began on the evening of Tuesday, April 13 and will end the evening of Wednesday, May 12. Ramadan concludes with Eid Al-Fitr, the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.”  To gain a better understanding about Ramadan and what it means to our Muslim community members, here is an essay written by West Genesee High School senior, Sereen Awawda. Thank you, Sereen, and Ramadan Mubarak!

Kindergarten Registration Reminder!
Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened virtually on December 1, 2020 and has been extended until April 30, 2021. This will allow our families to register their children from the comfort of their home or office. Please click here to start the virtual registration process. This will schedule a telemeeting with you.

Earth Day
If you ordered an Earth Day shirt to be delivered to East Hill, they are supposed to be here by Wednesday. We will send them home with the students that day. Please remind your child to wear their shirt on Thursday! Here are some pictures of Earth Day activities made by some of our second and third graders. 



Enjoy the week!

- Lisa

Monday, April 12, 2021

East Hill Update

 
NYS Testing
Our third and fourth graders will take the New York State English Language Arts Assessment next Wednesday, April 21st, and the NYS Math Assessment on Tuesday, May 4th. The test is only one session this year and should take no more than one hour. The tests, administered on the computer, will be given to only in-person students (not remote). Like every other day, please make sure your child comes to school well rested, well fed, and on time. Our fourth graders will also take the multiple choice portion of the NYS Science Assessment on Monday, June 7th.
Purple Screening Slips
More and more students are coming to school each day without their completed purple screening slip. Please make sure they are prepared with this daily. If you need more slips, just let us know. Thanks!
Toss & Fire Pizza Fundraiser
Stop in to Toss & Fire Pizza in Township 5 this Wednesday between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm for lunch, dinner, or a snack, and 10% of your total order will be donated to the East Hill PTA. Here is a flier with more details. 
PTA Meeting
Please join us tonight at 6:30 for the April PTA meeting. We will discuss how we will celebrate our 4th graders who will be going to the middle school next year. We will also vote on new officers as well as reveal the grand prize winners of the scavenger hunt! RSVP to wgehpta@westgenesee.org.


Positivity Project
This week we are focusing on the character strength of fairness. Fairness means you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect. For more on fairness, click here.
Upcoming Dates:
4/12    PTA Meeting tonight at 6:30
4/13    Deadline for ordering Earth Day/P2 Shirts
4/14    Toss & Fire PTA Fundraiser
4/21    NYS ELA Assessment
4/22    Earth Day
4/26    Spirit Week

Have a great week!

- Lisa

 


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Happy April!

 

 

Spring Break

I hope everyone had a nice spring break! I certainly did! I was able to take a brief trip to Florida to soak in the sunshine, bike, kayak, swim, eat, and of course, read - a lot! I'm sure a lot of you had fun participating in the Scavenger Hunt over the break. As a reminder, entries are due this Friday. Send your entry to wgehpta@westgenesee.org. Here are a few pictures the PTA graciously shared with me!







Positivity Project

This week during P2 time we will focus on "Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others".  According to the Positivity Project, This element means that you actively look for the good in others. Identifying and appreciating the good in others isn’t always what comes naturally. Often, it’s easier to blame others for our problems or find flaws in others to use as excuses for our own jealousy, bitterness, or resentment. The problem is that this negativity usually leads to problems – for ourselves, for the other person, and for our relationships. To see the good in others, we must first slow down and take the time to pay attention. Look for the intentions behind people’s words and actions. If you feel slighted, you can use perspective and ask, “Did that person intend to hurt me or did they just come across in an awkward manner?” It’s also useful to see the skills and character strengths others possess. Doing so leverages your appreciation of excellence and strengthens your leadership capacity.


Important Dates from the PTA

  • Yearbook orders are due today! (ybpay.lifetouch.com, ID# 10705621)
  • Scavenger Hunt entries are due this Friday, 4/9
  • The next PTA meeting is 4/12 at 6:30 (RSVP to wgehpta@westgenesee.org)
  • Toss & Fire Pizza Fundraiser, 4/14 (stay tuned for more info)
  • Charlee's Ice Cream Fundraiser, 5/4 (stay tuned)

Earth Day

The West Genesee High School Building Community Club, formerly called WGHSP2, and the High School ECOS (Environmentally Conscious Organization of Students) club have teamed up to celebrate Earth Day while also fundraising for green initiatives and P2 programs in the district. They are having an Earth Day apparel sale through Holy Shirt. There is an option to have the shirts delivered directly to your home. Here is the link to purchase.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened virtually on December 1, 2020 and has been extended until April 30, 2021. This will allow our families to register their children from the comfort of their home or office. Please click here to start the virtual registration process. This will schedule a telemeeting with you.


Have a great rest of the week!


- Lisa





Monday, March 22, 2021

East Hill Update

 

Spring Break Fun!
The East Hill PTA has whipped up some fun for your and your family to participate in during next week's spring break. The PTA invites you and your family to participate in a scavenger hunt to encourage you to get outside and enjoy some of the cool places our area has to offer. Each student will receive a small prize for participating, and, in addition, you will be entered into a drawing for one of three grand prizes - an American Girl doll, a Lego set, or a free session at the Warrior Factory Syracuse! More information will be sent home later this week!

Go Green for MDA
Thank you to everyone for your very generous donations for the Muscular Dystrophy association! Each of the elementary schools in the district participated and collected over $3400.00! That is awesome!!


Panera Bread
The Panera Bread fundraiser is this Wednesday from 4:00 - 8:00. Bring the flyer with you that was sent home or show this electronic version to the cashier. Thank you for your support!

Humility
This week we are focusing on the character strength of humility. Humility means you do not seek the spotlight and you let your actions speak for themselves. For more information on humility, click here. 

Upcoming Dates
3/23    Talk with the Superintendent
3/24    Panera Bread Fundraiser, 4:00 - 8:00
3/29    Spring Break Begins!
4/6      School Resumes (we have Monday, 4/5 off!)

Here are a couple pictures from last week - St. Patrick's Day and indoor physical education.



Have a great rest of the week and an awesome spring break!

- Lisa


Monday, March 15, 2021

East Hill Weekly Update

West Genesee Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council
As you may have read in the Superintendent’s Message from February 26th, there is an opportunity for all members of our community to come together as members of the West Genesee Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. The council recognizes the need to listen to the voices, experiences, and perspectives of people from diverse backgrounds in order to advance the council's mission and help all members of our community achieve success. This council is open to all members of our community. If you are interested in joining, please fill out this Google form and a member of the team will contact you directly. Thank you!
Go Green for MDA
As a reminder, this Wednesday is Go Green for MDA! Students should wear green on Wednesday and bring in a donation if they choose. They will "lap the loop" out front with their class, either in gym class or during the day with their own class. Here is the video again from Colton, an Onondaga Road 4th grader, and here is a BrainPOP video about Muscular Dystrophy that many of our students have seen in class. Thank you for your support!
Old MacDonald's Farm
Mrs. MacArthur arranged for all of our kindergarten classes to go on a virtual field trip to Old MacDonald's farm. Mrs. Devereaux's class actually got to see two baby calves being born! So exciting! Each class also gets to name a calf. Mrs. Devereaux's and Mrs. MacArthur's are shown below. Mrs. Tynan's class will "visit" the farm this Friday.
"Princess Snowflake" (MacArthur)
"Marshmallow" (Devereaux)

Remote Student Materials Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminder
Remote students! Don't forget that this Thursday is your next pick up day for materials. Also, students in grades 1-4 have several items to drop off. Here is the list for your reference. Please plan to drop off and pick up materials on Thursday, May 18th, between 3:00 and 4:00. If you need to arrange for a different time, please call the office (315-487-4648).

Love of Learning
This week's character strength focus is love of learning which means you master new topics on your own or in school. Those with a love of learning are intrinsically motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard. They enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. For more information on this strength, click here

Masks
We are on our last box of children's masks. We have more on order, but please remind your child to bring in a mask daily, as well as a spare if possible. Mrs. Condon gave out 200 masks in the last ten days! Thank you!
Yearbook News
Yearbook sales are in full swing. This year's theme is "Using our Imagination". It is truly a unique book with more photos of classroom activities. To order your book, either return the order form that was sent home with your child, or, better yet, go to the Lifetouch ordering site: ybpay.lifetouch.com. The East Hill ID is 10705621. The deadline for ordering is 4/6. The PTA Yearbook Commitee is also looking for more photos, especially of our remote students in action. Please send a few photos to EastHillBook@gmail.com. Be sure to include the student's and teacher's name in the subject line. The deadline for pictures is 3/25. If your child didn't have a portrait taken, there's still time to take one at home and send it to the above email using the Shutterly app. Please choose a blue background for the yearbook if possible. You can find more information at lifetouch.com/picture-day-snaps-at-home

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened virtually on December 1, 2020 and has been extended until April 30, 2021. This will allow our families to register their children from the comfort of their home or office. Please click here to start the virtual registration process. This will schedule a telemeeting with you.

Upcoming Events
3/17    Wear Green for MDA (donations optional)
3/18    Remote Supply Drop-off and Pick-up, 3:00 - 4:00
3/19    SU Day! Wear your orange and blue!
3/28    Remote Students Materials Pickup and Return
3/23    Talk with the Superintendent, 7:00 (rescheduled from 3/16), RSVP here
3/24    Panera Bread PTA Fundraiser, 4:00 - 8:00
3/29    Spring Break begins

Have a great week!

- Lisa


Monday, March 8, 2021

East Hill Update

 

News from the Kitchen
Lunch: Last week we started having our third and fourth graders walk to the kitchen to pick up their lunch tray. So far it has been a success! This is a huge help to the kitchen staff and it is also helps to save money and trees as less packaging is needed. We may try it with second graders soon if it continues to be successful and if students continue to stay socially distanced in the hallways.

Breakfast: Starting tomorrow (Tuesday), all students who pre-order breakfast should enter through the main door. They will pick up their breakfast in the lobby and head right to their classroom. This should also be a huge time saver for the kitchen staff and should cut down on unneccessary packaging. If you have any questions, just let us know!

Lap the Loop!
On Wednesday, March 17th, we will be participating in a district wider fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Why? Let Colton, an Onondaga Road 4th Grader, explain it to you:
As Colton says, students are asked to wear green on that day. They will lap the front loop with their class, and if they want to, they can contribute a donation to one of the green buckets that will be placed outside. Flyers will be sent home later this week. 

PTA News
Our next PTA meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, March 9th, at 6:30 via Zoom. The PTA is seeking volunteers so please attend if you can. Please RSVP to wgehpta@westgenesee.org. Additionally, don't forget that the next PTA dining fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, 3/24 from 4:00 - 8:00 at Panera Bread.

Positivity Project
This week's character strength focus is social intelligence. Social intelligence means that you are aware of other people's thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things. It refers to a person's ability to understand and manage relationships. For more on social intelligence, click here

Remote Students Materials Pickup and Return
The next materials pickup date is March 18th from 3:00 - 4:00. Students in grades 1-4 also have several items that should be returned on that date. Here is the list of items to be returned and picked up. Please let us know if you cannot come at this time and we will arrange for an alternate time. 

Free National Park Service Passes
Every fourth grade student is eligible to receive a FREE National Park Service's (NPS) Every- Kid- in-a Park pass. NYS will accept this pass for free vehicle entry admission (with the fourth grader present) for all of their State Parks in 2021. Therefore, the student and anyone in the vehicle will have free entry. This pass is also accepted at state historic sites for the fourth grade student and up to three adults. To read more about the program you may do so at this link: https://parks.ny.gov/environment/connect-kids.aspx.

Have a great rest of the week!

- Lisa





Monday, March 1, 2021

Enthusiasm!!

Enthusiasm!
This week's character strength focus is enthusiasm! Enthusiasm means you approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you. It is the ability to bring life and excitement to different situations. Each week the people at the Positivity Project include a video for educators as an example of the week's character trait. The excitement and enthusiasm in this video brought me to tears! (Full disclosure: I remember seeing this while I was in college. I know some most of you weren't even born yet!)
The 100th Day
Last week we celebrated the 100th day of school! Here is a short video of Mrs. Ciciarelli who is teaching remote kindergarten this year. We were happy she shared this video of herself because we look forward to seeing, and especially hearing, "Mrs. Flannery" each year. 
For the 100th day celebration the students completed a variety of activities that demonstrated they were 100 days smarter. In addition, some dressed as though they were 100, some drew a picture of what they would look like and be doing when they were 100, some made 100 day hats, and in Mrs. Devereaux's kindergarten class students had to use their knowledge of numbers and their fine motor skills to glue together a picture puzzle of themselves, creating their own 100s chart.





Can you guess Mrs. Devereaux's top character strength?

Mark Your Calendars for these March Events:
3/3 - Board of Education Listening Session, 6:00
3/9 - PTA Meeting, 6:30
3/14 - Daylight Savings Time begins! (Set clocks ahead one hour)
3/17 - Lap the Loop MDA Fundraiser (More information to come!)
3/18 - Remote student materials pick-up and drop-off, 3:00 - 4:00
3/24 - Panera Restaurant PTA Fundraiser, 4:00 - 8:00
3/29 - Spring Break begins

Have a great first week of March!

- Lisa