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November News

The annual Halloween candy collection began Friday, November 1st and will run through Friday, November 8th.  Collection bins are located in the front atrium and by the bus port.  The donated candy will be distributed to The Ronald McDonald Peachtree Dunwoody House and Project Mail Call at Mt. Bethel UMC for the troops overseas.  So donate your extra candy today!

The East Side Book Fair is coming this month!  Mark your calendars for Nov 18-22 in the Media Center.  Come see all the new books in stock as well as old favorites.  The book fair will run during the following hours: 7:30am-6:00pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs); 7:30am-3:00pm (Tues); 7:30am-12:00pm (Fri).  Also Family Night will take place on Tues, November 19th from 6-8pm.  There will be games, door prizes, and teacher readers so make sure to join in the fun.  Please also consider donating your time.  The Book Fair is run by East Side parent volunteers.  Follow this link to see what you can do to help out: http://vols.pt/vi67Bi.

Do you have books to donate?  Please contribute to Ms. Sahadevan’s Re-Book Book Drive during book fair week.  All books are accepted.  Boxes will be located to the left as you enter the Media Center.  All donations will be given to area homeless shelters for the holidays.  What a great way to share your outgrown books with others!

Mark your calendars for Sat, November 9th from 5-9pm for PE Movie Night.  The cost of the program is only $25.  Reservation forms are being sent home today.

Finally, all 4th and 5th graders and their parents are invited to a Study Skills Seminar hosted by one of our Partners in Education, Huntington Learning Center, and the PTA.  The seminar will take place on Monday, November 11th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Media Center.  Topics will focus on study skills, homework and time management, and tricks for memorization.  Please contact president@eastsideelementary.com for any questions.

Book Recycling Drive

Ms. Sahadevan’s Re-Book Book Drive!  Have your children outgrown some of their books? Re-Book them!  During book fair week (Nov 18 – 22), clear out some space and donate books to the Re-Book boxes in the media center.  Books will be given to area homeless shelters for the holidays.  Now other children can enjoy those same books!  All books are accepted – from board books to novels! Boxes will be located to the left as you enter the media center.

Book Fair Coming Soon

The East Side book fair is Nov 18 – 22 in the media center! See all the new books and old favorites during these hours: 7:30 – 6:00 (Mon, Wed, Thurs); 7:30 – 3:00 (Tuesday); 7:30 – 12:00 (Friday);  Join us for more book fair fun at Family Night on Tuesday, Nov 19 from 6:00  – 8:00 pm for games, door prizes, and teacher readers.  Interested in volunteering?  The fair is run by East Side parent volunteers.  Please follow this link to view the volunteer opportunities:  http://vols.pt/vi67Bi

Fall Festival Information

The PTA will be selling Fall Festival Wristbands in the morning during carpool and at the Front Desk during the day until October 17th.  Save money by purchasing your children’s wristbands BEFORE the Fall Festival on Friday, October 18th.  Wristband pre-sale price is $12 (or $15 on day of Festival).  Parents, caregivers, and children 4 and under are free.

Looking for ways to help out?  We need your drink donations!  Please go to https://eastsideelementaryfallfestival.shutterfly.com/#:tab=115 (password: festival) to sign up.  All donations need to be dropped off at the picnic tables near the Gym/Bus Turnaround on Friday, October 18th from 7:20-10:30am.  Thanks!

If you have any questions regarding the Fall Festival, please email fallfestival@eastsideelementary.com.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!

Science Fair Results!

Let’s give a big round of applause to all the students who showcased their scientific thinking and creativity at the 9th Annual East Side Elementary Science Fair! There was an amazing variety of topics and impressive experiments! Thank you to our judges and many parent volunteers that helped make the Science Fair run smoothly.  Congratulations to our winners! The top three finishers in grades 3-5 qualify for the Cobb County District competition.

The WINNER’S for each grade level are:

Kindergarten:

1st Place: Abby Sunderland, “Which Paper Towel is Strongest?”

2nd Place: James Peterson, “Cars”

3rd Place: Natalie Wray, “Balancing An Egg”

 1st Grade:

1st Place: Samarth Mahapatra, “Magic Memory”

2nd Place: Adith Sriram, “Fingerprints: A Detective Tale”

3rd Place: Fiona Peterson, “Has Man-Made Trash in Oceans Raised the Water Level?”

2nd Grade:

1st Place:  John Wagner, “Does More Carbonation Mean a Bigger Mentos Explosion?”

2nd Place: Rafael Bashizi, “Why Do Some Plants Have Thick Skin?”

3rd Place: Collin Marbutt, “Baking Soda and Vinegar Make the Bag Pop”

 3rd Grade:

1st Place:  Shreya Khanna, “Studying With Music: Help or Hinder?”

2nd Place: Javyn Angra, “Why Do We Eat Junk Food When We Are Anxious?”

3rd Place: Grace Haggerty, “EGGstraordinary EGGstravaganza”

 4th Grade:

1st Place:  Samiksha Sriram, “Green Light Slow Down or Stop”

2nd Place:  Achyutan Narayanan, “Weather or Not: Predicting Weather at Home”

3rd Place: Jake Haas, “Go With the Flow”

 5th Grade:

1st Place:  Satoshi Inoue, “Does Coffee Have the Power to Kill Germs?”

2nd Place:  Stephen Kaste, “Water Rocket Flight Comparison”

3rd Place: Vishaal Ganesh, “Inhale Exhale: How Long Can You Live?”

Fall Festival Wristband Presale

Save Money! Get your wristbands for Fall Festival now! Wristbands are on sale at the school in the carpool line this week and next and from the Front Office Volunteer during the day.  You can also get them using this form. Wristbands are $12 through pre-sale and $15 the day of the Festival.

Memory Book Order Form

Click here for the Memory Book order form.

This Week at East Side

Tiger’s Cage is now open for business!  The East Side school store is open from 7:20-7:50am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students can stop by the school store on their way to their classrooms to purchase fun school supply items.  They can use their 2013-14 Sunshine Math coupons, as well as money from home.  Let your student know that the new location for Tiger’s Cage is in the 5th grade hallway near the end of the stairwell and windows.  To help with crowd control, please remember to shop on the days for your designated grade level.  We look forward to seeing your student shoppers this year.

Wednesday is our first Waste Free Lunch day for the new school year.  Volunteers will be giving out surprise rewards for those students with waste free lunches.  If you need any tips on how to pack a waste free lunch, please visit http://www.wikihow.com/Pack-a-Waste-Free-Lunch.  Help teach our students how to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!

Volunteers are needed for Recycle Fridays.  This is an easy volunteer opportunity to help collect paper recyclables from the classrooms.  We recycle approximately 200 pounds of paper products at school every week.  This will amount to saving 60 trees in the course of a 36-week school year.  We need 3 volunteers every Friday morning before school (7:20-7:50am).  If you are interested, please contact environmentaleducation@eastsideelementary.com.

Don’t miss out on this year’s East Cobber Parade on Saturday, Sept 21st.  The parade will begin at 10:00am on Johnson Ferry/Princeton Lakes Drive and will travel south to The Fountains of Olde Towne shopping center.  Get ready to show your support for Ms. Mavity, East Side’s administration, Teacher of the Year, and Professional of the Year.  We will need two convertibles with drivers to transport all the honorees.  If you own a convertible and would like to volunteer, please email obrien98@comcast.net.  Can’t wait to see you all there!!

Volunteer Opportunities with the PTA

Volunteers are a vital source of talent, of enthusiasm, of encouragement for learning and support of our children, teachers, and school programs. Relationships established between students and volunteers help students learn more and schools gain more support from their communities. Your continued involvement is essential to the success of our overall school.

Who Will Benefit ?

Students – There is research that has been done, that shows when parents volunteer at school, children do better in their studies, have a more positive attitude.

Parents – Volunteering allows parents to learn new skills, understand how the school works, and gain insights into dealing with children.

Teachers – Volunteers help improve teacher moral, free up time for special class projects, and improve student achievement

The Community – Volunteers help improve the relationship between school and businesses. The community often enjoys higher educational achievements and a positive reputation.

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Between The Lines from Education and Literacy Committee

Between the Lines

September/October 2012

The following article was submitted by Mrs. Kirsten Fournier.  Kirsten is a Reading Specialist and Proud Mom of an East Side kindergartener.

What is Literacy?

What do you think of when you hear the term “literacy?” Most of us parents would readily respond: “reading.” But, defining literacy is actually a much more complex and thoughtful endeavor.

In a search for this definition, we begin to realize that the act of learning to read is actually just the beginning of a life-long process of becoming literate. Because to be literate in one’s family, school, community, and world, one must be able to take in new information, make sense of it, and use it for active learning in countless environments and for endless purposes.

Reading for Meaning

C-a-t. C-at. Cat. The early days of learning letters sounds and blending them together swiftly evolves into sentences, paragraphs, chapters, books, and units. Reading for meaning is the single most important step in your child’s educational journey. But the “meaning” is constantly changing. The meaning of the words, numbers, or symbols that they read is dictated by the format of the text (novel, science text book, chart), the purpose of the text (to inform, persuade, humor), and the context of the literature.

To help our kids recognize, appreciate, and account for these variables, conversations and experiences with our children must give them ample time to experience, recognize, and practice different forms of literacy.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.”

So, what does this all mean to East Side families?

We as parents must educate ourselves about how to define literacy so that we may in turn foster an environment for our children to become fully literate in today’s ever-changing world.

We never stop reading aloud to our children, teaching them to think and write critically, and encouraging them to read whenever they can. We talk to our children: What are you reading about? Why do you think the author feels that way?

We expose our children: different errands, holidays, events, cultures, neighborhoods.

And we support our children as they navigate new forms of literacy, whether it’s a cookbook, a label on a bottle of sunscreen, a computer game, or Time for Kids.

During the school year Between the Lines will highlight some of the most important types of literacy, including cultural literacy, health/safety literacy, digital/media literacy, and even financial literacy.  We’d also love to hear from you and how you help your child become literate in the broadest sense of the world as s/he grows.

The ultimate goal is for our children to love reading and to understand what they read. And as their community and world expands, we want the literacy skills they need to thrive to develop alongside.

Source: “The Plurality of Literacy and its implications for Policies and Programs”. UNESCO Education Sector Position Paper: 13. 2004.

“Between the Lines” is a feature of the Education and Literacy committee of East Side Elementary School’s PTA.  Monthly articles will highlight topics that may be of interest to our families.  If you’d like to submit an article or have suggestions for future articles, please email us at educationandliteracy@eastsideelementary.com