Eastover Elementary - Visible Thinking and Sustainability

Eastover is a student-centered learning community that values the unique potential of each child by setting high expectations, while respecting the individual needs and abilities of our diverse student population.

Oakland County Michigan Visible Thinking School CrestEastover Elementary Earns 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Recognition!

Former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized Eastover Elementary School as a 2015 U.S. Department of Education Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award is a highly recognized symbol of commendable teaching and learning. Schools are honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. with a plaque affirming the hard work of students, educators, families and communities, and presented with a special flag to grace the school building. “This is an incredible honor for our school,” said Principal Carey Crocker. “The teachers, students, and families have worked hard to earn this distinction.” To read more click here.

Students Gardening at East Hills Elementary Visible Thinking Program

Visible Thinking and Sustainability

At Eastover, we aim to educate the whole child. In addition to a comprehensive curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards, students receive instruction in music, art, Spanish, physical education, and technology. Students also engage in learning opportunities that develop their creativity, compassion, and leadership skills. Character traits are continually reinforced through our Positive Behavior Support program. Our Visible Thinking initiative provides a culture of thinking that fosters creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. Students are given opportunities throughout the year to make a positive impact at home, in the community, and beyond, through our school sustainability initiative.


A Note From the Principal

Dear Families,

Thank you to Mrs. Socha, our wonderful PTO, and volunteers who helped make teacher appreciation week a huge success. Thank you for your donations; it truly made our staff feel special. Thank you for all you do. It was sincerely appreciated.

This past Wednesday, our school hosted teachers from Wayne Westland and from Walled Lake to share our cultures of thinking journey. They toured our school and we were able to share our visible thinking journey. It was great to showcase all of the work kids and teachers do everyday in our school.

Our student ambassadors are doing a book drive for a school in Oak Park that is in need of books. Please see further details in the school newsletter.

Don't forget all third and fourth graders are invited to the ice cream social tonight at East Hills starting at 6 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Families of Incoming Kindergarten students;

Please register your child/children if they are starting kindergarten with us in the fall. The enrollment documents are located on the district web page, . We are forming our classes and we depend on student services to provide us the names of registered students. The student service center is located at 7273 Wing Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills. They have a late night registration on June 1st; they will be open until 6:30 pm.

Important upcoming dates:

5/19 - Ice Cream Social at East Hills for incoming 4th and 5th graders tonight 6-9 p.m.

5/26 - ½ day of school and move up day for fourth grade students to fifth grade in the a.m. dismissal at 12:20 p.m.

5/29 - No School

5/30 - Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 12:15 to 1:15 pm in FAW

6/2 - Move up day for third grade students to fourth grade - more information to come

6/2- Kindergarten Art/Music performance

6/5 - Field Day K-2 is from 10-11:30 a.m. and 3rd-4th is from 1:30-3 p.m. (rain make up day is 6/7)

6/6 - Principal coffee talks 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

6/8 - Fourth grade to Oakland Yard

6/9 - PTO extravaganza 5:30 - 8 p.m./Big Event Day at School

6/12 - Third grade picnic celebration 11:30 a.m./1st grade to zoo

6/14 - Second grade picnic celebration 2:30 p.m.

6/15 - 4th grade informance/celebration 2 p.m.

6/16 - Last day of school ½ day dismissal at 12:20 p.m.

Have a safe and restful weekend,

Mrs. Crocker

(Very Proud Principal)

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Book Drive


We need your help!

The need is simple: Children need books. The Eastover Student Ambassadors will be collecting books for students at Frederick Douglass International Academy in Oak Park. These children have hardly any books to read and they would love to have more. You can help by donating new or used children's books from Preschool to 8th grade and dropping them off in the box in the lobby by the main office.

Thank you for giving the gift of reading!

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4th Grade Move Up


As part of the transition to fifth grade, fourth grade students will visit East Hills on Friday, May 26. On May 26th, Eastover students should report directly to Eastover in the morning. Shortly after 9:00 a.m., the students will be transported by bus to East Hills. May 26th is a half-day for all district students.

The East Hills transition program for the fourth graders will end at 11:00 AM. Students will not return to Eastover at the end of the day. Families will need to arrange rides home directly from East Hills. In order to lessen traffic congestion at EHMS, car-pooling is encouraged. Prompt student pick-up at 11:00 AM will be appreciated. Students will not be permitted to walk home after the program. If you plan to park your car and come inside the building to pick up your child, there is no parking in the traffic loops . . . they are for pick up only. We will be using the front loop (not the steps entrance) as our pick up point for all fourth-grade students participating in the program.

The entire East Hills staff is looking forward to this event for our new students. We have an informative morning planned for your children and we know they will enjoy their "first day" at East Hills.

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Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

Dear Eastover Families,

We are so grateful for all the things our wonderful PTO and volunteer families do for us every day of the school year. We would love to shower all of you with praise and gratitude by having our Volunteer Lunch. This will be on Tuesday, May 30th at 12:15 pm in our fine arts area.

Please let us pamper and show you how much your efforts are appreciated by all of us here at Eastover.

Let us know in the office if you can make it.

Thanks for all you do!

The Staff of Eastover

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Eastover recently hosted a Cultures of Thinking tour, coordinated through Oakland Schools. Participants from Walled Lake and Wayne-Westland Schools spent the morning learning about Eastover's journey as a Cultures of thinking school, observing classrooms and studying student thinking displayed throughout the building. Many thanks to teachers Missy Kacy, Clare Manion and Katie Tocco for opening their classrooms to other Oakland and Wayne County educators.

Jamie Goldschmidt

Visible Thinking and Sustainability Coordinator

Eastover Elementary School

1101 Westview Road

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304

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Green School Award

For the eighth year in a row, Eastover Elementary has been designated an Evergreen school, the highest award given by Michigan Green Schools. An award ceremony was held on April 26 with Jamie Goldschmidt, Visible Thinking and Sustainability Coordinator and Mihaela Cobb, parent volunteer and Master Gardener attending to accept the award.

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Cultures of Thinking Tour

Eastover Elementary recently hosted a Cultures of Thinking Tour, coordinated with Oakland Schools. Participants from Walled Lake and Wayne-Westland Schools learned about Eastover and Cultures of Thinking. "Visitors observed classrooms and studied student thinking displayed throughout the building," Jamie Goldschmidt, Visible Thinking and Sustainability Coordinator says. "We would like to thank Missy Kacy, Clare Manion, and Katie Tocco for opening their classrooms to other Oakland and Wayne County educators."

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Eastover Bug Bash

Eastover Elementary students invited family and friends to attend the Bug Bash, showcasing student learning and Visible Thinking & Sustainability Initiatives.

Julia Matti, 1st grade student, shared a model of a ladybug she created and labeled with main body regions. "The insect wings used for flying must dry before the ladybug can fly," Matti says. "Some people believe ladybugs are good luck. Ladybugs live in all different places in spring and fall." Read more to view the photo gallery.

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Math and Reading Enrichment

Dear Eastover Families,

The Math and Reading Enrichment Program is moving for the summer.

The program will be held at St. Stephens Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, starting June 27th. The church is located at 5500 North Adams Road, at the crossroads of Westview and Adams, in Troy. This is the former Saturday Enrichment group which meets here at Eastover on Tuesday and Thursday after school.

This program is for students who need to review what they have learned over the school year, as well as students seeking advance study.

Please call Ms. Pat at 586-264-0008 if you are interested. Thanks.

Pat Parikh

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K-8 Robotics Registration Due June 2

Are you interested in joining a Robotics Team?

Please follow the steps below:
1. Visit
2. Click on the green button the sign up, login / register an account if needed
3. Click "browse" and "continue" to register for Robotics

All students grades K-8 must register by June 2. If you have questions, please contact the Recreation Department at 248.433.0885 or

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Booth Center - Room A, Booth Center - Room B, Booth Center - Room C



Eastover Elementary
1101 Westview Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304


Main Line: 248.341.7100
Attendance: 248.341.7110

Carey Crocker, Principal

Sally Gerard, Secretary

Jamie Goldschmidt, Visible Thinking Coordinator

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Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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