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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 Eastover Eagle Families,
Parent and Teacher conferences - 
We had almost 100% attendance at parent and teacher conferences this week.  This is wonderful news.  We appreciate you partnering with us to best support your child.  We sincerely hope you found this time valuable and we hope that you gained some valuable insight into your child's progress with academics, along with social and emotional learning.  We look forward to working alongside you throughout the remainder of the year. 
Second Grade Plant Parade - 
Families of second grade students are invited to see our "Plant Parade," a visible thinking and sustainability exhibition on Tuesday, Nov. 20th. Families must follow building protocols and check in to the office.  The event begins at 2:15 pm in the gym with their opening song.  If second grade students have siblings at Eastover, they may not be pulled from their classroom. Students are still learning that day and we do not want to disrupt multiple classroom environments.  Thank you in advance for understanding.  
Thank you - 
Thank you to our wonderful PTO (and families).  We have some new playground equipment that was installed and is now ready for student use.  Special thanks go to Mrs. Costis, Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. Fagan for all of their hard work getting this coordinated, along with past PTO presidents.  Check out the Eastover PTO Facebook page for pictures at:
Recess and Cold Weather Gear - 
It is that time of year again, where the temperatures are falling and snow is on its way.  Here are some helpful reminders, as we continue to go out for recess.  
Cold Weather Gear -
It is that time of year again..."SNOW SEASON". As the temperature continues to drop, we will go out for recess unless the temperature drops below 10 degrees with the wind chill or there are harsh weather conditions (rain, sleet, hail, etc.)
Having 450 children with many extra clothing needs, we need your help.
It is easiest to manage winter clothes if your children have a reusable bag (not plastic, it is messy) with their name on it to house all of their winter gear.
Please make sure your child's winter coat, snow pants, boots, hat, and gloves are LABELED with your child's name. You will be amazed how many children lose their hats and gloves and do not recognize the missing ones that are actually theirs.
Another thing I would like to mention is that snow boots are required (when there is snow and mud). Having wet boots in the room makes our classroom floor slippery and unsafe. Please make sure your child has a pair of indoor shoes to change into. Wearing winter boots all day is messy and very uncomfortable.
Thank you so much for your assistance with winter/cold weather clothing.
Car Pool and Bus Loop: 

  • The driveway loop in front of the building is the bus loop.  The carpool area is in the East lot. 
  • Please remember the basic rules of our parking lot:
  • Cars picking up or dropping off students need to use the loop in the east lot over by the lower elementary playground area.  Do not use the lane in front of the school at arrival or dismissal times.  "Just this once," or "the buses are almost gone" does not make it okay.
  • The carpool lane needs to keep moving at all times.  
  • Have your yellow sign ready, at the end of the day, with your family name up so we can call kids down to your car quickly and easily. This is a time saver. 
  • Our staff are in the car lane to supervise and help the flow of traffic, not to serve as valets. If you choose to use the car line to drop off or pick up, your child needs to be capable of getting in and out of the car quickly and independently in the morning. The car line is not the place for a long drawn out good-bye, or a repacking of the entire backpack, etc. 
  • Pull up, pull up, pull up. The further you pull up, the more cars can load or unload behind you along the sidewalk, and the faster everyone will make it back out of the parking lot.
  • If you choose to park and walk your child in at arrival or meet your student by the sidewalk at dismissal, use a designated parking space. Do not park in traffic lanes or create your own parking spot.  
  • Do not walk between or behind the buses—they cannot see you.
  • Understand that the parking lot does not move quickly. Do not pull in with unrealistic expectations that you'll just zip in and out. Pack your patience and good humor and allow plenty of time.

 No SODA November - 
As a school, we have partnered  with the American Heart Association before.  We have been invited to join in on "NO SODA NOVEMBER"! No Soda November is a way for us to encourage students, staff, and families to choose water over sugary drinks during the month of November. 

Visible Thinking-
One of the ways we try to nurture student growth at Eastover is through "Visible Thinking Routines," which is one of our school initiatives.  Families frequently ask how they might partner with us at home on what we are doing in school. Using thinking routines is a great way to do this.  Here is a link  which explains one of the routines we use at school called, "Generate, Sort, Connect, Elaborate"  
Important Upcoming Dates:
Tuesday, November 20th - Second Grade "Plant Parade" at 2:15 pm
Tuesday, November 20th is a full day of school 
Wednesday, November 21st - 23rd - NO School - Thanksgiving Break 
Monday, November 26th - School resumes 
Tuesday, November 27th - Book Fair Family Night 
Have a wonderful weekend.
Mrs. Crocker (Proud Principal of Eastover) 

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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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