October 8-12, 2018

Conference Week is Here! I am looking forward to meeting with each one of you next week! I hope that you will find the conference time informative and helpful, as we are working together to improve your child’s performance and love for learning!

Your children worked really hard this first quarter, so please take the time to praise them and celebrate their accomplishments!

  • Because of Conference Week, lunch will change to 10:10-10:40 and dismissal will begin at 12:30.  Please be mindful that there is NO After School Enrichment next week, and please make sure your child knows how they will go home each day and brings a note with them to school of their dismissal plans!
  • FOUNDATION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN-I did want to extend one last “thank you” to all who have been able to donate to the Foundation Capital Campaign.  Please see my last post for more information about how the Foundation impacts all of us at school every single day!  No amount is too small, and…if we have 100% participation (meaning everyone in our class donates some amount), we will be in the drawing to be the 1st class able to play on the new TURF field the Foundation will be installing for us!
  • East Side’s PTA’s biggest event of the year, our Fall Festival is this coming Friday, October 19th from 5:30-9:30 pm! We will have more rides, more games and more inflatables than ever before! Please visit the Fall Festival page for more details. You can login and purchase a wristband online until Tuesday! Wristbands will then be sold at school after Tuesday. I hope to see many of you there!
  • Be on the look out for Mrs. Brooks’ Teacher Auction donation to our Foundation! Four lucky winners from our class will join Mrs. Brooks for an exciting adventure trying to “Escape the Room”. Once you get the email from Foundation Teacher Auction, you may bid online, or bid at the Fall Festival. As a teacher, it is so much fun to spend time with your students outside of the school. This is truly a fun memory your child will LOVE!


Reading: Non-Fiction Text. We will discover all non-fiction text features and learn how to read non-fiction differently by paying attention to all the details.

Writing: Informational. We will become experts in one kind of animal and teach others through our writing.

Math: Multiplication. We will continue exploring visual representations and arrays.

Due to the short schedule we will skip Science and Social Studies.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!




Dismissal Changes/ Early Release

Hello Families!

A couple of important reminders from our Administration:

  • Transportation changes- to help keep children safe:
    • MUST be made in writing
    • If something changes during the day, teachers are NOT allowed to take texts, emails, or phone calls to make the change.
      • Parents MUST call the front office.
  • NO BEST Clubs/ Enrichment/ After school activities
    • Thursday, October 11 (tomorrow)
    • During Conference Week (October 15-19)

Thank you for helping us keep your children safe!

Foundation Capital Campaign

Dear parents:

Please consider donating to the East Side Foundation! This is the final week for the capital campaign and we only have 27% of the families who donated so far!

Danny Carlson has offered to teach a cartooning class during field days, which the kids will love! It will be based on the highest participation percentage per class for kindergarten/first grade, second/third grade and fourth/fifth grade, so there will be three total classes. So, your child might benefit from it as well. Any donation amount is appreciated!

Please consider clicking on the link below to donate through the East Side Foundation website:  http://www.eastsideelementaryfoundation.org/

October 1-5, 2018


The Foundation Capital Campaign is underway.  As a teacher, I feel so fortunate to have such a supportive and generous Foundation here at East Side. Just last year, I received a very generous grant for a special training at the Ron Clark Academy! Also, this year we received brand new Versatiles classroom sets for math!

A few examples of items funded by the Foundation are i-Pads, technology programs/apps, Learning Commons materials & furniture, MakerSpace materials & instructor, classroom library materials, teacher training, STEM supplies, etc.  They are currently planning to replace the grass on the infield of the track with turf.  The kids will love it!

Please consider clicking on the link below to donate through the East Side Foundation website:  http://www.eastsideelementaryfoundation.org/

Thank you for your generosity and support!


Reading Workshop: We have finished our first Reading Workshop unit culminating with a series of projects related to “Stone Fox”. Our non-fiction unit is next!

Writing Workshop: Publishing our small moment stories.

Social Studies: Taxes/ Needs/Wants/Resources-Studies Weekly due on Oct 12, 2018

Science: Soil investigation

Math: Two-step word problems-test on Friday, Oct 12th. This is a skill we will be building on throughout the year. We have also begun modeling multiplication through equal groups during our number talks.

Enjoy your weekend!

September 17-September 21, 2018

Many thanks to Caroline McNeely for making special rice crispy treats, and Kerri Grant for bringing in Dunkin’ Donuts to celebrate the end of testing!

Please sign-up for a conference time if you haven’t already done it! Thank you!


I will be out of the country for a very special trip to Asia through October 4th. The class will be covered by a substitute teacher October 1st through October 3rd. All e-mails will be answered upon my return on October 4th!

Enjoy your well-deserved Fall Break! Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!


September 10-September 14, 2018

Many thanks to Caroline McNeely for buying special IOWA treats. All students worked really hard on this week’s tests. We still have two more days next week! On Monday, we will test our Math skills and on Tuesday, we will test Science and Social Studies concepts.

Please remember to log-in Biblionasium the page numbers and minutes read every day. We had a blast in Math this week, exploring Greg Tang Math and Kahoot.

Every Friday, we will assess weekly Math and ELA concepts. We practice and review these concepts daily. Please help your child at home by reviewing it again on Thursday.

Next Week-at-a-Glance

Reading: Identifying Character Traits/ Use Text Evidence

Writing: Personal Narratives-Editing

Math: Subtraction Strategies (Number Line and Expanded Form)/ TEST ON FRIDAY

Social Studies: Economics/ Send in currency from other countries for display


Wednesday, September 19th

Book Buddies & All-day collaboration for teachers

Enjoy your weekend!


September 4-September 7, 2018

It was great seeing so many of you on Friday Night! We are so blessed to have such an amazing group of parents who support and serve on the board of the Foundation. Just recently, I received a grant from the Foundation for a class set of VersaTiles. These tools are extremely beneficial for daily Math instruction.

Hats off to all students who ran for Student Council representative last week. All seven students worked incredibly hard on their posters and speeches, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. We wished we could have voted for all 7 of them. Congratulations to Lydia Black for being nominated as our Student Council representative! Well done!

Many thanks to the Bolte family for sending in super power mints for every day of testing.

This week, we will begin IOWA testing on Thursday and Friday. Your child worked extremely hard last week during testing. Please make sure your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast, as this week’s IOWA tests are a little longer. Please note that during these testing days, we will not be getting to each subject everyday.

Next Week-at-a-Glance

Reading- This week, we will continue to use Stone Fox as our anchor text to practice our reading skills whole-group. Students will continue using strategies that can help them figure out tricky words and context clues.

Writing- Personal Narratives

Social Studies- Economics

Math- Subtraction Strategies

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Daily Reading Log

Dear parents:

I hope all of you enjoyed a relaxing Labor Day weekend. Starting this month, your children will need to log-in the number of pages and minutes they read every night. This is part of their daily homework assignment.

The requirement is to read at least 20 minutes every day. The book titles and number of minutes will be recorded in BIBLIONASIUM. This site can be accessed by using the QR Code listed below or by going through www.destinydiscover.com.


Password: 3850

Each child should know how to log-in and how to type the number of pages and minutes they read each night.

Please e-mail me if you have any questions. Thank you for your help and support!

Scan to go to Destiny Discover and Biblionasium

August 27-August 31, 2018

Many thanks to our wonderful mothers and grandmothers who chaperoned our first field trip to the Booth Museum in Cartersville! Please check out pics on Shutterfly. We learned so many interesting things about different Native American tribes. Ask your child how resourceful each tribe was in using different parts of the animals for clothing, tools, weapons, housing, etc.

A big thank you goes out to Laura Black for taking the time to organize our classroom library, and to Kerri Grant for volunteering during STEM Day!

Our STEM challenge was to create a rock display within a $1,000 budget. Pics to follow soon.



IOWA TESTING: 9/13-9/18


Reading: Strategies used to decode and understand the meaning of hard words

Writing: Narrative-Small Moment

Math: Addition within 1,000- TEST ON FRIDAY 9/7

No Science or Social Studies due to testing

Enjoy your long weekend! See you back on Tuesday!


Field Trip to the Booth Museum

Our first field trip is coming up tomorrow! I received our class shirts and I will pass them out in the morning. Please either pack a disposable sack lunch or have your child buy one from the lunch room. Chaperones-please meet us directly at the Booth Museum at 10:00. You can go ahead and pay the admission fee before we come.

Have a marvelous Monday!