Enjoy your summer!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer break – I wish you all an enjoyable summer and best of luck in 6th grade wherever you are next year! I will truly miss this group; feel free to come back and visit whenever…I love seeing you all grow up!

I did want to share the slideshow that we watched on the last day of school with you all, please enjoy!

Once again, thank you for everything YOU ALL have done for our kids and me this year!

Last week

Happy last Monday of 5th grade! Today was an absolute blast with awards and then the finale – thank you to all the parents that helped put together an amazing finale for the kiddos! Feel free to upload photos on our Shutterfly if you want to share. They truly enjoyed the hallway decorations, candy, games, tumblers, food, etc (and I did too)! It was also great to catch up with some of you after the awards – so proud of all 30 of them! I hope to see all of them again in the future – that is my absolute favorite thing as a teacher!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is early release (12:30). We also are having a pizza party for lunch around 11, but we will run them through the lunch time at 9:57 if they want anything extra! They are allowed to bring their book bags tomorrow

Wednesday, we will watch the slideshow in the morning then the Walk of Honor starts at about noon. Be sure to send in the sheet stating how your child is getting home – I am still miss about 10 of them.

Please remember that no students are allowed to bring things home on the buses Wednesday. This means no book bags and all lunches/water bottles should be disposable for the last day of school.

Happy last Friday!

I want to say thank you to everyone that came to the Author’s Tea today – the students and I had so much fun today! I hope you all enjoyed your time and their poems!

Please do not forget that the awards program is Monday at 8:30am in the cafeteria.

5th Grade Finale
•Invitations were delivered to your child today.
•Please ask your child to wear his/her class shirts on Monday.
•The Finale will be from 10:00am-1:00pm on Monday in the bus port. If it is raining, we will move it to the gym.



I hope all you lovely mothers enjoyed Mother’s Day yesterday and all weekend long! I wanted to let you all know about some things coming up these last 8 days of school…can you believe that?!?

Tomorrow is our School-wide STEM day and we are still looking for STEM supplies if you have any laying around your house…paper core tubes (toilet paper/paper towel rolls), cardboard (snack boxes, pizza boxes, etc.), plastic lids (bottle caps), empty metal cans (soda/canned goods), assorted fabric scraps (preferably neutral colored), and plastic bottles (various sizes)…thanks for the stuff sent in thus far!

BOGO Book Fair is this week – we will visit on Wednesday at 11 (feel free to come with us). Then later that day, we will have our Pizza Party (thank you Mrs. Winfrey) at noon.

Our Author’s Tea is this Friday at 1 – 2pm and the invite is coming home today. Please bring that with you on Friday if you are able to come celebrate their poetry.

On Monday, May 21st, we have a busy day!  At 8:30, there will be an awards ceremony for fifth grade students.  Then, students will be able to change and we will head to the 5th grade finale celebration outside.  The awards we will be giving out are below.  That way you know if your child will be receiving an award. There are a few other awards that will be given out by specialist teachers from specials or clubs, but this is the general award list. Please check ParentVue for their grades from this school year.
Perfect Attendance –  No Absences/No Tardies
Superior Attendance – No Absences/3 or Fewer Tardies
A Honor Roll – All A’s All Year – Students may not have U’s in behavior and/or work study habits
A/B Honor Roll – All A/B’s All Year – Students may not have U’s in behavior and/or work study habit

Don’t forget the last two days of school are early release days so please plan accordingly and the 5th Grade walk is the last day of school and starts around noon.

Reminders & Dates

Chattanooga is tomorrow – I know the kids (and I) are so excited. Please arrive around 6:45am to drop them off and then arrive back at 6:30pm to pick them up. Please remember to have them wear our class shirt (bright blue) and comfy shoes that are made for walking. They are responsible for the phones, cameras, money, and anything else they bring on the trip. We will provide lunch but they need to have a snack and disposable water bottle(s). Look forward to see you all bright and early tomorrow! I will post pictures later on our Shutterfly website so stay tuned.

All Scholastic book orders need to be ordered online no later than next Tuesday (May 8) so they can come to your child before then end of school!

East Side’s last school wide STEM Day is May 15th.  Our 5th grade students will be doing an awesome activity involving animal family creations.  We are asking that parents donate the following items if they are able:  paper core tubes (toilet paper/paper towel rolls), cardboard, plastic lids (bottle caps), empty metal cans (soda/canned goods), assorted fabric scraps (preferably neutral colored), and plastic bottles (various sizes).  Please send in these recycled items by Monday, May 13th.  Thank you in advance for your help in making our last STEM day a huge success! 

Next week…
Math – measurement & test on 5/16
Reading – book clubs are finishing up (meeting on Monday)
Writing – career essays & poetry
S.S. – decade project & breaking news report (Cold War)
Science – minion project & heredity test on Wed (May 9)

End of the Year Dates…
Yearbooks will come home on Monday, 5/7
Marathon is on 5/8 @ 1pm
Field Day is on 5/10 @ 8am (wear class shirt please) then kickball game starts at 1pm
BOGO Book Fair is May 14 – 17
STEM is on 5/15 (please bring in supplies if possible)
Class Pizza Party is on 5/16 @ 12
Author’s Tea is on 5/18 @ 1 pm (invite will come home this coming week)
Awards Day is on 5/21 @ 8:30am then we will have our finale the rest of the day
Early release on 5/22 & 23
5th Grade Walk is on 5/23 (time TBA)

Week of April 30

Can you believe it is almost May?!? Next week we have Human Growth & Development on May 1st and then we leave for our Chattanooga on May 4th! Please make sure you read that pink sheet that went home in Monday folders this week…your child needs to wear his/her class shirt and arrive at school at 6:45am. Also, Target will not meet again until May 17th.

Looking Ahead: We will have an Author’s Tea on Friday, May 18th at 1 – 2pm. There will be more information to come but just wanted to let you all know the date so hopefully you can come to this event! Invites will come home in a week or so. Progress reports will be placed in your child’s Monday folder this week – we still have a couple more grades for each subject. Awards and 5th Grade finale are on Monday, May 21 – more information to come later. Please continue to send in money if you got a notice about the finale and send in photos for the slideshow. Thanks for making this year run so smoothly!

What are we learning next week?
Reading – book club books and tracking the plot throughout the novel
Writing – poetry (no vocab. this week due to field trip on Friday)
Math – line plots (line plot quiz on Thursday)
Social Studies – Cold War (test on Tuesday)
Science – learned behaviors vs. inherited traits & project on heredity


Only 4 students have sent in photos…please email your child’s two individual pictures (Kindergarten age and 5th grade age photo) to Dawn Alexander, our media specialist.   She makes an amazing photo slideshow to stream for the whole school to watch on the last day of school that highlights the 5th graders!  Each class is streamed one at a time.  We would hate for a student to not be featured in the slideshow, so we need your pictures! These photos are due via email, May 4! Please send an email to we[email protected] and include your child’s name and my name. If you have 2 or 3 other pictures that feature groups of students during their time at East Side, we would love to have some of those as well. Thanks so much!

Also, don’t forget the Art Show is tonight, April 26th from 5:00-8:00 pm in the Gym. All students have framed artwork on display. Frames can be purchased for $25.00 each. Students who cannot attend the Art Show, but wish to purchase their frame, may do so by sending a check payable to East Side Elementary with a memo “Art Show” on the check and envelope. This is a fundraiser for the Art Program, but more importantly, it is an opportunity for the students to view their art work in a gallery-like setting.
Please email Mary Kaltreider (art teacher) if you have any questions!


I am still missing some Human Growth and Development permission sheets…please sign them this weekend and return them Monday since they were due today. Also, if you were unable to attend the parent preview for the upcoming Human Growth and Development program, there is a second opportunity to come in and  look at the information your child would receive. This is not the original presentation by Kathy Krueger but rather an opportunity to look a the information in a folder format with photocopies of the slides from her PowerPoint presentation.  If you would like to have an opportunity to look at this information please email Virginia Hetzel (4th & 5th counselor) at [email protected]. The second preview session will Tuesday, April 24th 10:00-11:00 am or 2:00-3:00 pm. Our day will be May 1st.

Next week we will learn…
Math – quadrilateral project & line plots & Morning Work #17 quiz on Wednesday, April 25
Reading – book club projects & read aloud is Schooled
Writing/Grammar – poetry w/figurative language & vocab (test on Friday)

Science – genetics with learned behavior vs. inherited traits
S.S. – Cold War (Test on 5/2)

Shutterfly – please look on there for snack sign-ups for Field Day along with photos from our STEM Day this past week! Enjoy the weekend!

Last but not least…there will be a pink sheet in their Monday folders about Chattanooga – please read it over since it has pertinent information about our upcoming trip!

Help – Career Day

We are in need of any parents that have a job within the government field and would be willing to talk to our fifth graders THIS Monday, April 24 at 10:30 – 11:45 (30 minute presentation)…email me before the day ends please and thank you!

Happy Weekend!

Happy weekend – two more days of testing (Science is Monday and S.S. is Tuesday)…we can do this!

Please send in any of those STEM supplies A.S.A.P. if you have anything laying around the house since we will be parachuting our army men on Wednesday! I greatly appreciate it!

Lost and Found will be cleaned out this coming Friday, April 20. There will be one more cleanout for the school year on Wednesday, May 23rd. Please make sure you stress to your child to check in there if he/she is missing something.

One of our East Side traditions is that on the last day of school there is a photo slideshow streamed throughout the school that features our 5th graders. We need your help to make this happen! Please send a photo of your child as a 5 year old and a current photo to the email address below. If you have 2 or 3 other pictures that feature groups of students during their time at East Side, we would love to have some of those as well. Please send the email to: [email protected] and include the name of your student in the subject line by May 4, 2018. We look forward to receiving pictures of all students!