Week of January 16th-19th

Last week we enjoyed exploring and learning about many different types of rocks with Nana Nature. This week, the rocket scientists will be…

  • Blending words with the digraphs /sh/, /th/, and /ch/
  • Writing sentences that begin with an uppercase letter, have spaces between words, and end with punctuation
  • Building bigger reading muscles to read bigger books
  • Learning to write for readers
  • Discovering and celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s accomplishments

STEM Night at East Side this month!

East Side’s Annual Family STEM Night


Please join us for our annual Family STEM Night this January 23rd  from 6:00-7:30! Cheer your child on as they make paperclips fly, build roller coasters, play with robots, and much more!

Mark your calendars and bring your whole family for this fun-filled STEM Night!

**Please note: this is not a drop-off event and unlike last year, pizza will not be sold**

Week of January 8th-12th

It was a wonderful to be reunited on Thursday and Friday last week! They had much to share about their time spent with family. The students were happy to see each other and eager to learn.

This week the rocket scientists will be …

  • Using different strategies to solve story problems and counting to 100 by ones and tens
  • Adding the digraphs /sh/ and /ch/ to make new words
  • Enjoying another visit from Nana Nature
  • Writing narratives for readers to enjoy

Happy New Year!

Welcome back everyone! I can’t wait to find out about all of the things you did over break and dive in to all we will learn in 2018. See you soon!

Week of December 11th-15th

Wow! What a special surprise to have all of that beautiful snow. Thanks to all who sent in or posted pictures of your children doing something in the snow. We have had a lot of fun sharing stories!

Here are some things to expect this week:

Students will bring home a permission slip to watch a PG movie during our movie day, Wednesday the 20th. Students will choose a movie to attend in a Kindergarten classroom. Some are rated G, while other favorites are PG. The names of the PG movies are listed on the permission slip. Please sign and return if you feel comfortable with any of these choices.

Students will also bring home a “ticket” to the holiday party (which we are calling winter centers). This will enable you present the ticket and skip the check in procedure on that day, Monday, December 18th from 1:00-2:00 pm. Keep this, and bring it with you if you are planning to attend/help with the festivities.

Finally, we will be visiting the media center this THURSDAY for another Bee-Bot lesson, and book check-out. If you have a library book at home, be sure to send it in tomorrow!


Week of December 4th-8th

We had fun and learned a lot last week. Check out the photos from our STEM project “The Great Turkey Escape” on our class Shutterfly account. This was our first time working with a partner, and we learned many lessons about the importance of collaboration. We also learned how to code robots in the Media Center

This week, the rocket scientists will be…

  • Traveling to France, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and New York city to learn about ways holidays are celebrated around the world! Students will have a passport, and will receive 9 stamps before their travels are over!
  • Using super reader powers to become better readers
  • Assessing letter and sound recognition
  • Exploring capacity and mathematical patterns

Week of November 27-December 1

I hope everyone has had a wonderful break. I am so thankful for all of the great books many of you donated to our class from the book fair!

This week the rocket scientists will be

  • Using our super powers to become better readers
  • Experimenting with different types of movement during our STEM project on Wednesday
  • Sorting and counting objects many different ways
  • Writing like scientists by looking closely

We are so thankful for you!

We are so grateful for all of the snack donations and volunteers who helped to serve our Thanksgiving feast on Friday! It will be a treasured memory. Please check out the photos on our Shutterfly account, and post more if you have them.

Mr. Jones has asked that I post this message to all families concerning a parent survey:

East Side families, It is time for you to complete the Georgia Parent Survey. The data gathered from these surveys will be used as part of the calculation of East Side’s School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.  We ask for one parent from each family to complete the survey by Friday, December 15, 2017.

Georgia Parent Survey:



Jeff Jones, Assistant Principal, East Side Elementary


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break this week!

Week of Nov.13th-17th

The book fair will be held in the Media Center this week. Our class preview time is Monday from 1:15-1:35. If you would like to come shop with your student during the school day, check-in at the office and meet us there at that time. If you would like your student to shop on their own, please send money in an envelope labeled book fair any day this week. Mrs. Smith and I will assist them.

Congratulations to Vedika and Siddhant for their amazing entries to the school science fair last week. They were able to tell us what they learned and how they conducted their experiments. Check out the pictures on our Shutterfly account!

Thank you so much for volunteering to send in food items Friday morning for our Thanksgiving feast. Students will enjoy the feast from 1:15-2:00. Parents are welcome to check in at the office and take pictures of us in the classroom during the feast, as we will be dressed in pilgrim or native American attire.

This week the rocket scientists will be…

  • Comparing objects using length, height, and weight
  • Focusing on hearing short vowel sounds in CVC words (for ex.- hip)
  • Retelling familiar stories, using punctuation to make character voices
  • Learing to write like a scientist
  • Sharing how our families give thanks while learning how Thanksgiving began

November 6th-10th

We would like to thank Mrs. Ramirez and the other parent volunteers who helped make our fall centers a fun learning experience on Tuesday! Please remember that there will be no school for students this Tuesday, November the 7th, and Scholastic Book orders should be placed by Friday the 10th.

This week, the rocket scientists will be…

  • Comparing sets to find those that are more and equal
  • Identifying and marking short vowel sounds in CVC words
  • Publishing and sharing our personal stories
  • Retelling familiar stories using more detail and transition words
  • Learning about the first Thanksgiving