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 Mr. Shallow and his fourth grade children for their amazing school store today. The kids loved it.

See the article below for the invitation for the 4th grade parent orientations at East Hills on Monday, March 27th at 7 pm.

The Eat a Rainbow chart is due on Monday, March 27th. Have your child turn their chart into their teacher. If you still need a chart, print it off from the article below.

Next Friday, March 31st is our school Read A Thon Day. Children are allowed to wear their PJ's and bring their favorite books to read all morning. Our 3rd and 4th graders will have an author visit by Eric Ode in the media center. Remember this next Friday is a half of day of school, dismissal will be at 12:20 PM.

The student placement letter and questionnaire form is in a below article. Please print this out and turn into the office if you want to give input about your child for next year's placement. As always, let us know in the office if you are not returning to Eastover next school year, grades K - 3rd.

Spring break begins on April 3 - 7th, with school resuming on Monday, April 10th.

Important upcoming dates:

3/25 - BHS Foundation dinner - buy your tickets before they run out

3/27 - 4th Grade Parent Orientation at East Hills at 7 pm

3/29 - Eastover Talent show 6:30 p.m.

3/31 - Read A Thon, Author visit for 3rd and 4th, and half day of school, dismissal at 12:20 pm

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Crocker

(Very Proud Principal)

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Student Placement Letter and Questionnaire

Dear Families,

It's that time of year again when we are asking for input on your child/childrens placement into the next school year's classes. We will not accept requests for placement into a particular teacher's class. We will accept input on the best learning environments, important goals,and best experiences. Current 3rd and 4th grade families still fill out the forms if you would like, we will work with the staff at East Hills for placement.

The form is due back into the office by Friday, May 5th.

Placement Letter

Student Questionnaire

Thank You,

Mrs. Crocker

Principal at Eastover Elem

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Jump Rope for Heart is Coming

Dear Eastover Families,

I'm really excited to be a volunteer this year for the American Heart Association as I lead our school's participation in Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart.

Thank you for your support of our school's program. The emails and Ecards that you and your child have sent are making a difference and helping to save lives. They are also helping our school earn money for physical education equipment!

We need your help. The American Heart Association is rewarding schools that do a great job spreading healthy messages and raising donations online. We need everyone to not only to register online, but also send 10 or more emails or Ecards. The more families that can send 10, the more money we will get back for PE equipment...up to $500!

It's simple. Just log into your child's account, click on send emails, type or import at least 10 emails into the boxes, select a template, personalize it and hit send! You can also utilize the Ecard feature and challenge 10 of your family and friends to take a healthy challenge! For more information on the Ecard Challenge, visit to learn more or for step by step instructions.

Thank you, I know I can count on your support. Together, we can create healthier kids and help save lives! JUST SEND 10!

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Students Become Teachers at Eastover

Second graders at Eastover recently became teachers and lead adults through thinking routines during their recent "Informance," highlighting thinking, learning and understanding. Art teacher Anne Musson, vocal music teacher Kate Bublitz and Spanish teachers Amber Wright and Gloria Abundis-Cavrell showcase student work and growth while proud family members observed.

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Eat A Rainbow Week

Can you eat a rainbow?

Dear Eastover Families,

This month, Eastover Elementary is celebrating Nutrition Month by focusing on eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. "Eat a Rainbow Week" is a school-wide contest from March 20th-26th to see which class has the most students eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables each day. The winning class will get a special healthy cooking demonstration session with a local chef.

Starting on Monday, March 20th, use the provided chart to keep track of the colors that you have eaten for a week. All you need to do is try to eat as many colors of fruits and vegetables in one day as possible! Put a check mark in the box if you ate any fruit or vegetable representing that color and then return your completed chart to school on Monday, March 27th. We know that some of you might not be able to check off all of the colors in one day, but you should try to check off as many as you can!

Anyone who turns in their chart (even if they didn't get every color every day) gets a small prize for giving it a try! Special prizes will be given to students who are able to eat all the colors every day for the whole week!

To share recipes with other Eastover families or to add a picture of yourself to our "Today I Ate A Rainbow" Hall of Fame, visit our Eastover Gardens Facebook Page at

Rainbow Chart

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Save the Date for the Parents Night Out

2017 Eastover PTO-PNO SAVE THE DATE:

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Eastover PTO Parents' Night Out (PNO).

WHAT: Kentucky Derby Party & Silent Auction

WHEN: Saturday, May 6th at 5pm

WHERE: The O'Bryan Estate, 5263 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Hills

WHY: Proceeds benefit the Eastover Playground and the

East Hills Upper Elementary Transition.

Look for invitations to come home with students later this month.

  • Strolling dinner & donation bar
  • Complimentary valet
  • Derby attire encouraged
  • Derby hat contest
  • Derby games
  • Silent auction
  • We make an effort to support local businesses, particularly those in our Eastover community. Do you (or your employer) have an item (goods or services) to donate to the silent auction? Do you have connections to restaurants/other food/beverage vendors, valet, etc. who might like to participate? Contact Rachel Antone at to donate or get more information.

    Thank you in advance for your support, we look forward to a great evening, for a great cause: our kids!


    The 2017 PTO-PNO Planning Committee:

    Erin Watson, Erin Hunt, Joann Socha, Corie Conroy, Nickole Black &

    Rachel Antone

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    News from the Art Room

    Hello Eastover Families!

    My "Inventor's Station" this year will be the week before spring break for all classes. Will you start saving recyclable and reusable things from home? I'll have a box outside my room for donations. Here are ideas, but I'm sure there are many more possibilities that I haven't considered! (All must be cleaned due to food allergies - thanks for understanding.)

    Empty soda bottles or water bottles

    Plastic cups

    Icee cups and lids

    Cereal boxes (please no cereals with nuts)

    Duct tape. Lots and lots of duct tape. It's like candy for my students!

    Lids / Caps

    Frozen dinner trays


    Puzzle pieces






    Anne Musson, Art Teacher

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    Letter to Current 3rd and 4th Grade Families

    Incoming 4th and 5th Grade Orientations at East Hills—Two Separate Nights (March 23 – 5th Grade and March 27 – 4th Grade)

    The faculty at East Hills is looking forward to welcoming current third- and fourth-grade students and families to our school next fall. To provide you with information about East Hills, we have planned a separate parent/guardian orientation night for each grade level. The Incoming Fifth-Grade Parent Orientation Night is Thursday, March 23; and the Incoming Fourth-Grade Parent Orientation Night is Monday, March 27. Both events will start at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.

    Teachers, counselors, and administrators will welcome you, share information about the upper elementary experience at East Hills, and will answer questions you may have. Families will also have the opportunity to tour the building, to receive an update on the 4th Grade Transition plan, and to speak directly with school representatives.

    Both orientation nights are geared toward parents/guardians. There will be no formal childcare provided, but there will be areas (Gateway Space and Media Center) for family members to take children if they need to be in spaces away from the presentations. Fourth-grade students will have their own visitation of East Hills on Friday, May 26, and third-grade students will have their own visitation of East Hills on Friday, June 2. Each of the grade level student visits will be during the school day. For more information, see the attached letters for each grade level!

    Incoming 4th Grade Students Letter

    Incoming 5th Grade Students Letter

    Jason Rubel


    East Hills Middle School

    Bloomfield Hills Schools

    (248) 341-6205

    East Hills Middle School Webpage

    "Enabling learners to become architects of their futures . . ."

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    Eastover's Lost and Found

    Dear Families

    Are you looking for something that your child has lost? Do you ask your child if they have all their outdoor gear with them everyday? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you need to visit our lost and found.

    The next time you are in the building stop by the boxes by the gym, that's the lost and found, and look for articles of clothing that may belong to your child.

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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

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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.
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