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.

Eastover 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.

Visible Thinking and Sustainability- students gardening

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,

Happy New Year everyone and welcome back. School is back into full swing again. We hope everyone had an enjoyable break with their families.

Update -

As you know, the decision to transition 4th grade to East Hills has been solidified by the Board of Education effective THIS fall. We are happy to report that the transition process is in full swing. An update was sent to all families on December 23rd, 2016 explaining what has happened so far. If you would like a copy of this, please let me know.

You should have received an email regarding a PTO Transition Team that is coming together. This team will focus specifically on PTO issues surrounding the transition and will work on amending PTO bylaws, and other PTO specific programming at East Hills. Please contact the Eastover PTO if you are interested in helping with this work.

In addition to the PTO transition team, a more all-encompassing "Lead Transition Team" has been identified and includes the following (13) people:

4 PTO (2 EHMS, 2 Eastover)

o Erin Watson (EHMS)

o Tracey Kevelighan (EHMS)

o Michele Linn (Eastover)

o Rachel Antone (Eastover)

3 Administrators

o Carey Crocker, Principal at Eastover

o Jason Rubel, Principal at EHMS

o Angie Konzen, Associate Principal at EHMS

4 Teachers (2 EHMS 5th grade/support, 2 Eastover 3rd/4th)

o Pam Walch, 4th Grade at Eastover

o Michelle Kurtycz, 3rd Grade at Eastover

o Tracy Friedman, Support at EHMS

o Amy Kiesel, 5th grade at EHMS

2 Media Specialists

o Cindy Livingston, Eastover

o Denise Moll, EHMS

This team has established 5 key areas of focus, which will each serve as its own committee. The five areas are listed below (in no particular order) based on feedback received from families over the last year.

1. Physical Space

2. Media Center

3. Community Building

4. Support Programming

5. Logistics

The Lead Transition Team meetings that have happened in the short time since this decision was finalized have been open-minded and productive. The next phase will be getting specific and making decisions within the subcommittees. Please look for continued updates and ways you can share your input and feedback in the upcoming weeks.


We have a half day of school on Friday, January 27th for records day. Dismissal is at 12:20 p.m.

Important upcoming dates:

● 1/20/17 - PTO Skating night at Skate World in Troy from 5:15-7:15. The rink is reserved for Eastover families only that evening.

● 1/27/17 - ½ day - No school for students in the afternoon. Dismissal is at 12:20 p.m.

● 2/1/17 - BBFA presentation - Parent talk (Anxiety and Stress) 7-8:30 p.m.

● 2/7/17 - PTO meeting @ 9:30 a.m.

● 2/14/17 - Valentine's Parties during the day

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Crocker

(Very Proud Principal)

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Skate Night

Skate Night!

The Entire Rink is just ours until 7:15! (it is closed to the public)

Races! Lucky Star Game! Prizes!

When: This Friday, January 20th @ 5:15pm - 7:15pm

Where:Skate World of Troy (2825 E. Maple, Troy )

Cost: $4 admission fee for skaters, plus rental fee if you need to rent skates (or rollar blades).

Pizza and snacks for sale at the snack bar! Join us for a night of family fun!

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2017 Talent Show is Coming

The 2017 Eastover Talent Show is Wednesday, March 29th.

Auditions: March 8th at 6pm

Dress Rehearsal: March 22nd at 6pm

More details to come!

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Science Fair 2017

Sign up for the Science Fair!

This year's Science Fair is bigger and better than ever. We're combining Eastover and East Hills into one amazing event open to all grades K-8.

It's one night ONLY — Tues. March 14, 2017 — 6:30-8:00pm

The theme is SPACE... conduct an EXPERIMENT, create an INVENTION, or follow your curiosity with a RESEARCH PROJECT.

Get all the details, watch the trailer, and sign up today at the EO/EH Science Fair website:

or sign up directly from here:

EO/EH Science Fair Sign Up Form

Last day to sign up:

Friday, Feb. 17th

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Eastover Students Take Care of Animals

The students of the Eastover D/HH program have been taking care of the animals in our woods! To make sure they were well fed over break they strung popcorn and cranberries. The students were very proud to hang them in the trees for the deer and birds to snack on!

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Black Hawk Fever

Join the varsity boys basketball team on Friday, February 17, 2017 starting at 5:30 p.m. for Black Hawk Fever! The first 100 elementary and middle school families to register receive free game entry, a free event t-shirt, and VIP lounge/pizza dinner for family at 5:30 P.M. All registrants will be able to attend the Pep Rally at 6 PM and will be eligible for raffle ticket purchases, VIP seating, and a special performance by the Flight Crew at halftime. To register visit

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Sledding for 3rd and 4th graders

Sledding will be allowed Wednesdays and Fridays for the 3rd and 4th graders only. Because storage is an issue, students are only allowed to bring roll up sleds and their name written on them signals your permission.

Now that snow is on the ground and the temperatures are very wintery, please remember to have your child bring the following to school

  • Boots
  • Hats
  • Gloves/Mittens
  • Snowpants
  • Please remember we will go outside EVERYday for recess provided it is not bitter cold (with the wind chill below 10 degrees). However, the Eastover staff may cancel outdoor recess based on weather conditions.

    Two golden rules of playing out in the snow (in addition to the basics):

  • Never throw snow
  • Do not slide or play on ice
  • If you have any questions do not hesitate to call.
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    Yearbook 2016-2017

    Did you take a photo this year that would be perfect for the yearbook? Any Eastover family can upload a photo to the Lifetouch Community website:

    community upload activation code: JOMQPU

    Anyone that uploads a photo by January 31, 2017 will be entered into a drawing to win one of three free yearbooks!

    Please limit the number of photos you upload to 1-2 of your favorites per event/subject. The amount of photo space we are allowed is limited. In the second step of uploading you will be asked to include keywords about the photo and a description. Include the student name and teacher in the description line. This will serve as his/her entry into the free yearbook contest. You MUST include the student name and teacher or he/she will not be entered into the contest.

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    Eastover SpiritWear is Online Now

    The spirit wear shop is open! There are lots of options and you can customize colors and logos. Check it out here! All ordering is done on the web page. Go to Eastover Spiritwear.

    Most orders are produced and shipped in 7-14 days.

    The order is shipped directly to you!

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



    Eastover Elementary
    1101 Westview Road
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304


    Main Line: 248.341.7100
    Attendance: 248.341.7110

    Carey Crocker, Principal

    Sally Gerard, Secretary

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    Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
    Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

    7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Michigan Green SchoolNCA AcreditedEastover Elementary Earns 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Recognition

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