Happy New Year everyone and welcome back. School is back into full swing again. We hope everyone had an enjoyable break with their families.
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)
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
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,
(Very Proud Principal)