Eastover Elementary Building
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,
Drills - 
One of the questions I was asked recently was, does Eastover continually do drills? The answer is yes. So far this year we have completed 2 severe weather drills, 3 fire drills and 3 lock down drills all done in coordination with our police liaison officer. Eastover continually reviews with staff and students what to do in the event of an emergency.  
Safety and Security District Information - 
Please check out the new webpage on the district website for further details and links on where to share ideas with district administrators:
Building expectations and procedures - 
I am so honored and proud to be principal of this wonderful learning institution.  With this in mind, recent events have us reviewing some of our current practices.  While we love having families come in and participate and volunteer in our classrooms; we are finding there is just too much adult foot traffic coming through the building during the day.  We are currently reviewing our practices and making some changes, to keep Eastover safe and secure during the school day.  

Please review the following expectations outlined here:

  • All school visitors are required to state their name and purpose for entering the building when hitting the buzzer to gain entry to the building, even if we know you. 
  • All school visitors are then required to report to the school office on arrival, sign in and get a visitors badge. The badge should be visible throughout your visit.  Remember to sign out when you leave the building.
  • All school visitors are to remain in the office to await further instructions. 
  • Visitors will not be permitted to walk down to classrooms until  confirmation is made with that teacher. 
  • Our classrooms have important instruction taking place every moment.  When you are in the building to volunteer, you are to stay with your assigned duty and then sign out and exit the building. You may not go to any other classroom or area besides the one you are assigned to for that specific time frame.  
  • Students are not permitted to enter the building before 8:50 a.m. unless they are enrolled in the Latchkey program. Students are permitted to enter the building at 8:50 a.m. and should line up in their designated area. We have wonderful designated staff in hallways and in carpool to get them where they need to go.  Families are to drop off their children and not enter the building at this time.  Students who arrive after 9:05 a.m. must be signed in by a family member in the office. Once the student is signed in, the family member must exit the building and the student can go to their class.  
  • During arrival and dismissal time, families should never enter through the carpool doors.  All visitors must use the main entrance. 
  • If your child forgets lunch, snack, or an item that needs to be dropped off you will follow the building entrance procedures, drop the item off in the office clearly labeled with your student’s name and teacher’s name and then exit the building.  Office staff will have the student come and pick up the item in the office.  Family members should not be going to classrooms to drop items off.  
  • Staff are permitted to ask visitors or volunteers their purpose in visiting the school.  
  • If your child needs to be picked up early for doctors appointments or other activities, the above procedures need to be followed.  Family members picking up children will be asked to remain in the office until your student is called down.  

Thank you - 
Thank you to Mrs. Welch and Mrs. Newell for a coordinating the wonderful K-8 combined science fair for Eastover and East Hills.  It was great to see so many families and students with their amazing science experiments. It was a fun evening for everyone.  
 Congratulations - 
Eastover wants to congratulate Mrs. Tollafield (our physical education teacher) and her husband on the birth of their first child, Quinn Grace Tollafield. She was born on Thursday, February 22nd in the evening.  Mom and baby are doing well.  We wish Mrs. Tollafield and her family the best while she is on maternity leave. We have a guest teacher filling in while she is on leave. We welcome Mr. Clinton to Eastover.  
 Reminder - 
Dismissal notes are needed when your child is going home a different way.  Any last minute changes need to be called into the office no later than 3:00 p.m. daily.  
PTO News - 
The PTO pancake dash is coming up to raise money for our Eastover community playground on the upper hill.  Please sign up and have fun while exercising.  The details are listed out in the articles below.  
Important upcoming dates:
Monday, March 18th - Eat a Rainbow week begins
Wednesday, March 21st - Color day - wear as many colors as you can
Wednesday, March 21st - Talent show dress rehearsal 6 p.m. 
Thursday, March 22nd - 4th grade orientation at East Hills 7 p.m. (for parents/guardians)
Thursday, March 22nd - CK Diggs PTO fundraiser 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, March 24th - PTO Pancake 5K dash 
Monday, March 26th - Rain forest production at East Hills 7-9 p.m. $5 per person, all families are welcome  
Tuesday, March 27th - Read-a-thon (wear your pajamas, bring a stuffed animal and a blanket) 
Wednesday, March 28th - Kindergarten Exhibition in the AM

Wednesday, March 28th - Talent show for families in the evening 6:30 p.m. 
Thursday, March 29th - ½ day of school
Friday, March 30th - No school
April 2nd - April 6th - No school - Spring break begins (Enjoy your break and be sure to READ!) 
April 9th - School resumes 
Mrs. Crocker (Proud Principal of Eastover) 

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Boys Youth Recreational Lacrosse Registration Closes 3/23

Calling all Kindergarten to 8th grade boys interested in lacrosse! The Bloomfield Hills Lacrosse Program will have the following programs available:

  • K-2nd grade introduction to lacrosse
  • 3/4th grade recreational team
  • 5/6th grade recreational team
  • 7/8th grade recreational team

The spring season is right around the corner and the last days for registration are coming to a close. Please visit for all your questions and registration information.

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Deadline for Yearbooks are this Friday

Dear Eastover Families

Yearbook sales end soon, the order deadline is Friday, March 16!

Eastover Elementary school has a year's worth of memories that'll become more cherished as time goes by. Your child will love seeing friends, favorite places and everything that makes this year so much fun.
Order today at:

Yearbook ID Code: 12235018

Orders are preferred to be taken online. If you need to send a payment to school for your order please make the check to "Lifetouch," include a flyer indicating student's name/teacher and circle the package letter on the flyer. Please contact Michelle Callahan at or Lifetouch directly at 1-800-453-9764 if you have any questions about your yearbook order.
Thank you for supporting our yearbook at Eastover Elementary School!


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Rain Forest Brought to Life

 Please mark your calendars for Monday, March 26th at 7pm in the East Hills gym:

Eastover PTO will be hosting an Understanding Wildlife ( production called "LIVE ON STAGE...THE RAIN FOREST". This "family night" show consists of a beautiful jungle setting with special effects that will turn the East Hills gym into a rain forest! Live birds, monkeys, lemurs, alligators, and snakes are all included in this program. From Understanding Wildlife: "Unless you have specifically seen our program we can guarantee you have NEVER seen an educational, entertaining show like this before." Admission is $5 per person (children under the age of 3 are admitted free.) This small fee helps fund Understanding Wildlife so they can continue to bring their show to schools.

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4th Grade Orientation

Dear Current Third Grade Families,

Dear Current Third Grade Families,

The faculty at East Hills is looking forward to welcoming current fourth-grade students to our school next fall. To provide you with information about East Hills, you are invited to attend the Incoming Fourth-Grade Parent Orientation Night on Thursday, March 22, beginning at 7:00 PM in the East Hills cafeteria.

This meeting is geared toward parents/guardians. There will not be any formal childcare provided, but there will be areas (Gateway Spaces 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 to East Hills on Friday, May 25, during the school day.  Click HERE for a letter from Mr. Rubel with more information!

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PTO Playground Fund 5K Run/Walk - Pancake Dash

Dear Eastover Families,

The Eastover Pancake Dash 5K & Fun Run!
Saturday morning, March 24th, the Eastover PTO will host a 5K Run/Walk, with all-you-can-eat pancakes afterward (courtesy of Chris Cakes).
All proceeds will fund improvements to the Eastover playground.
This event is open to the whole community - please spread the word!
See links/attachments for registration information or visit:

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A Friday Night Out

In need of a Friday night out? Bloomfield Recreation has you covered! Your child will enjoy the Friday Craft Night and/or the Friday Night Freak Out, held on several days in February, March, May, and June from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. while you enjoy dinner out on the town!

In the Friday Craft Night, students will enjoy using clay, paint, and new techniques to make projects that they will then take home at the end of class. In the Friday Night Freak Out, students will dance under disco lights, work on tumbling, braid hair, and much more!

Siblings can register at a reduced rate by asking the recreation team. Please bring $1 for a pizza dinner. Space is limited. Register at or call 248.433.0885.

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Eastover Elementary School - Fine Arts 1 - Band Room
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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Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

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