We are deeply saddened by the tragic violence that occurred in Parkland, Florida this week. Our hearts are with their entire school community.
As a parent, I grieve for the parents who lost a child. As your principal, I am committed to our work on safety and security, ensuring our school remains the safest place for our children. I can assure you that safety and security is something we work on, consciously, every day.
I can assure you we have conducted three lockdown drill practices this year at Eastover. These included times when kids were in the building and outside of the building. We do these drills so children, staff, and guest teachers know what to do in the event of a real emergency. Kudos to our staff and students for knowing exactly what to do. These drills were all done in coordination and in the presence of our police liaison officer.
We cannot stress enough that your child's safety is our number one priority. We also conduct fire drills and inclement weather drills. While many parents may feel apprehensive about these types of exercises, it is imperative that these types of training events take place with the full cooperation of everyone involved. It is only through these types of practice events that we can truly identify our strengths and weaknesses and take the necessary corrective actions, so that if actual incident took place, we are all better able to coordinate, manage, respond, and recover from an event.
All staff have telephones and walkie talkies in their rooms so we can communicate with one another. All staff have emergency bags and procedures in their classroom. Everyone is aware of what to do and how to respond in the event of an emergency.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership in this matter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Other news -
Just a reminder there is no school for students Monday and Tuesday, February 19th and 20th, 2018 for the February break.
Flu season is in full swing. For the good of the many, please take your child seriously when you hear, "I'm not feeling great today," and have your child stay home. Too frequently we have students coming to school ill only to be sent home soon after arrival. This strain has been a tough one as we have students and staff missing up to a week of school. As a reminder, students should not return to school until 24 hours fever free. The same rule is in effect for students who have thrown up. We will continue to remind our students of the importance of hand washing as well as other preventative techniques.
We are so proud of two of our Eastover students, Liam and Mollie Black. On our snow day, February 9th, they were busy helping a family in need. They worked with a group called, "Humble Design." Humble Design is a non-profit company that helps families transition out of homeless shelters by providing furnishings and design services and gets them into a warm, clean home. It is great to see Eastover students out helping in the community and serving others.
UP Coming Events, Due Dates -
If your child is interested in creating a science fair experiment or display, science fair submission forms are due today. Also, see the article below which outlines this year's talent show. Print off and turn in your submission form asap.
PTO News -
The PTO pancake 5K 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. Stickers should be coming home today for the Chuck E. Cheese event next Tuesday. Hope to see you there.
Important upcoming dates:
Monday, February 19th - No school for students
Tuesday, February 20th - No school for students
Tuesday, February 20th - PTO Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser 5-7 p.m.
Stay warm, healthy and safe on the roads,
Mrs. Crocker (Proud Principal of Eastover)