Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving break!  

This week in class we have set up an electronic journal for your students. The name of the program is SeeSaw.  Your child has directions on how you can access their work in their folder. I have to approve any work before it appears in your child’s journal, so please give me a day or two to get their first piece of work uploaded.  We will use SeeSaw throughout the year and I hope you enjoy seeing your child’s hard work.

Book Fair Hours

We loved seeing all of the great books at the book fair this morning. Some students have made a wish list of books they would love to buy (it’s in their folder).

The book fair is open tonight (Tuesday) for family night from 6-8pm. This is a great event for the whole family!  The fair will also be open Wednesday and Thursday until 6pm so you can stop by after school and shop.  The book fair is not accepting checks this year.  We hope you can stop by and shop!

Monday November 13

The book fair will be in the media center all week.  Tuesday night is family night.  We will shop as a class on Tuesday from 8:35-8:55.  Grown-ups are welcome to join us and shop with us!

From Mr. Jones:

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:


Don’t forget to check your child’s folder for this week’s read sheet. Homework is to read the rule and have your first grader read all of the words on the sheet.  Your child should complete the section on the back that we didn’t complete in class.

If you signed up to donate food to the holiday food baskets please send in your donation this week.  Thank you!

Phonics practice

This week we are learning about adding the suffix -s to the end of a word.  To spell the word we need to identify the base word (or root word), then add the -s.  Today we did a practice sheet that many did not finish.  Please use this for homework practice.  Your child should finish following the directions and then read you all of the words on the sheet. You can also use this word for dictation practice.  Ask your child to spell the words as you call them out.  Are they spelling the base word correctly and then adding the -s?  Thank you for practicing at home!

Monday, November 6

Don’t forget there is no school tomorrow for Election Day.  

Our class will be visiting the Scholastic Book Fair in the media center next Tuesday from 8:35-8:55.  Grown ups are welcome to come and shop with us during that time.

A math game came home today in your child’s folder.  We are working on learning our doubles math facts.  If your child needs to practice these facts, play this game!  Use cards or make a spinner, we used a 10 sided die.  Ask your first grader how to play 🙂

Please have your child wear red, white, and blue on Friday as we honor the many Veterans that will be at East Side for a special celebration.

Book Drive

East Side Elementary is proud to support the Kiwanis Circle K Club of Kennesaw State University and Georgia Highlands Paulding Campus to promote the America Reads program this year.  America Reads Initiative is a federal program that allows KSU and GHC work study students to tutor elementary and middle school students in Paulding and surrounding counties who are in need.  Please consider donating a gently used or new book, but please don’t put your child’s name in it.  A note of encouragement about the joys of reading that is slipped between the pages of a book is most welcome.  The book drive will run until November 30th.  Boxes are placed by the cafeteria and gym doors.

Week of October 30th

Where did October go?  The months are flying by!  Halloween costumes may not be worn to school on Tuesday.  I have some fun centers planned for Tuesday afternoon.  Thank you to the parents that have signed up to help out.  If  you would like to help please go to our Shutterfly site and sign up.  Thanks!

I am sending  home information this week about Six Flags’ Read to Succeed reading program. This is an optional program.  Your child will get a free ticket to Six Flags for participating.

Information came home last week about our Veteran’s Day breakfast.  If you will be attending please RSVP.

Information about the Jingle Jog has also been sent home.  This is always a fun event, even if it’s cold!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the media center the week of November 13th.  I will let you know soon when our shopping day and time is.  Parents are welcome to come and shop with us during our time.

Have a Happy and safe Halloween!!!

Monday, October 23rd

Today I had the opportunity to go to the Georgia STEM Forum in Athens.  It was a great day of learning and seeing my STEM teacher friends.  Tomorrow I will be at the Teacher of the Year celebration.  Tell your kiddos I will see them on Wednesday!

The read sheet of our phonics rule will come home on Wednesday instead of Monday.  Please don’t forget to send in letters for our troops.  I loved seeing the letters from some of our families!  Kids don’t have to be the only ones writing letters.  Our soldiers protect us all 🙂

Don’t forget about red ribbon week this week.  Dress up days are in the post before this one.

Have a great week!