Dear First Grade Parents,

Beginning Monday, November 26, your child will be engaging in the engineering design process through the act of “packaging kindness” with positive messages and pictures shared on local grocery bags.  In addition, your child will design and create “fortune cookies” out of paper that will hold positive, kind messages.  If your family chooses to participate, your child can have the opportunity to take home a special “cookie” to give to a local helper in our community such as a cashier at Publix or a coffee barista at Starbucks.   With safety being our number one priority, please be sure to assist your child as they share an act of kindness with someone.

We look forward to collaborating with you spread kindness in our community!


Mollie Cushing – Makerspace Teacher

Danny Carlson – STEM Lab Teacher



Ronald McDonald Donations

Student Council is asking for your helping hands this holiday season!

East Side Student Council will be visiting the Ronald McDonald house on November 29th and supplying them with travel size toiletries and laundry supplies.

Please consider donating to the great cause! Items are due by November 13th and must be travel size.

Items needed:

Men and Women’s deodorant


Mouth wash



Body wash

Tooth brushes

Hand Sanitizer

Wet Ones Travel Size Wipes

Quart Size Ziplock Bags


Thanks for your help!

Student Council

Week of 10/22

Happy Friday! 🙂

Today is the last day to bid on the Teacher Auction! I  am auctioning off an afternoon at the movie theater for two students! Here is the link if you are interested:

Teacher Auction Link

Next week is Red Ribbon Week. Each day has a different theme:

  • Monday – Wear something RED
  • Tuesday – Crazy hair, crazy hat, or crazy sock day
  • Thursday – Favorite sports team shirt or colors
  • Friday – Superhero day

Have a great weekend!


Conference Week Schedule

See you all for conferences next week!

Just a reminder, we will have an altered lunch/specials schedule due to Early Release. If  you were planning on joining your child for lunch next week, our lunch time will be 9:10-9:40 am.

Have a great weekend!

Week of October 8th

Please remind your child that toys should not come to school. We have been having some issues with students bringing personal items from home, causing a distraction in the classroom. Thanks for understanding!

Science Guy was so fun today! Ask your child about the experiments he showed us!

Support Our Foundation!

Dear Parents,

We are so fortunate to have a Foundation here at East Side. As you may know, the Capital Campaign fundraiser is happening now!

The Foundation gives us the ability to request materials and trainings to make East Side Elementary THE place to teach and learn! The first grade team would like you to know how much we appreciate your donations and support. Your generosity makes all the difference!

What has the Foundation already funded? Here are a few!

  • First graders have personal dry erase boards, Ozobots for coding activities, QuickWord resource books for writing, and educational apps for iPads.
  • Our teachers have received amazing trainings including: Orton-Gillingham, Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, and Greg Tang Math.
  • The Foundation funds two collaboration days during the school year for grade levels to plan instruction.
  • Our students love the Maker Space which is funded by the Foundation!
  • Flexible seating in the media center that allows for students to work in different spaces.

Click to access the Foundation website for more information and to make a donation! The Foundation is asking each family for a donation of $75 per child; however, any donation amount gets us towards our goal.

As a bonus, the Foundation is even offering class rewards for participation rates. Oooh la la! 🙂

Thank you,

The First Grade Team




Happy Monday!

Some important info in addition to the week’s newsletter:

  • We will have our first field trip to Xdrenaline for some STEM fun on October 24th. Permission slips will come home in the next couple days. We will be able to have 3 parents per class meet us there to chaperone. Look for the sign up on Shutterfly if you are interested.
  • Friday is Falcons Friday! Please have your child wear red and black or their Falcons gear on Friday!

Have a great week!