Eastover News Details

A Note from the Principal

Dear Eastover Eagle Families,
More news about the wild turkeys.  Why yes, they were spotted on the Eastover playground the other day trying to chase each other around.  Quite a hilarious sight to see.  Not sure if you know, but part of my new job is “turkey chaser.”  Yes, I chased the fowl players out just in the knick of time. Children were getting ready to come out for recess. The day was saved.   
Thank you to everyone for attending parent teacher conferences this week. Your involvement and engagement is needed and appreciated. We know how important it is that we continue to work together for your child's success. We work hard to make sure important information is shared and future goals are set.
Thank you also for the support around literacy and the Eastover media center, through our school-wide book fair.  Thank you to Mrs. Livingston, Mrs. Galli, Mrs. Short, the PTO and volunteers who made this happen.  We love seeing kids excited with new books in their hands that they cannot wait to read.  Once the final totals are in, we will let you know how much money we made to buy new books for the media center.  
PTO Meeting - 
Due to the snow day this past week, our PTO meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4th at 4:15 p.m.. Childcare will be made available to families attending the PTO meeting. 
Sledding for Second and Third Grade only - 
Sledding will begin Wednesday, November 20th. Sledding is allowed Wednesdays and Fridays for the 2nd and 3rd graders only. Because storage is an issue, students are only allowed to bring roll up sleds. Their name written on them signals your permission. 
Two golden rules of playing out in the snow (in addition to the basics):
Never throw snow
Do not slide or play on ice
Dear Eastover Eagle Families,

PA 306/Individualized Reading Intervention Plans
Being a good reader is critical for success in school and life.  In Bloomfield Hills we have a deep commitment to empowering students by developing strong reading skills in every child.  To this end, in 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed the “Third-Grade Reading Law” (Public Act 306)  to ensure that students exiting third grade are reading at or above grade level (as measured on the state assessment) beginning in the school year 2019-20, this year.   This law requires that a child be retained in 3rd grade if they are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade.  Here are answers to some frequently asked questions: Family FAQ about PA 36

PA 306 provides school districts with guidance and structures to create a system to ensure that every child is supported in their growth toward literacy.  We are fortunate to be in a district that has utilized successful structures to ensure high levels of literacy among our students.   As a means of better informing classroom instruction districts are required to administer a variety of reading assessments to determine any areas of difficulty in reading for students.  These assessments provide important information to help teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student need as well as identify students needing more intensive reading instruction or intervention.  As in previous years, our students in grades K-3 will be assessed using the NWEA MAP assessment.  Each teacher will use results from the MAP assessment, combined with diagnostic literacy assessments, to identify students who may be struggling with concepts of early literacy.  Classroom teachers will work collaboratively with parents, building literacy specialists, support staff, and principals to develop an Individual Reading Intervention Plan for identified, struggling K-3 students.   Regular communication with families will include information about current services being provided, additional reading supports, and strategies to support literacy at home, including a Read-At-Home plan.  

Bloomfield Hills Schools are committed to building strong foundations in literacy for all learners.  Our culture of continuous improvement will serve to support our efforts around K-3 literacy as we continue to strengthen our assessment, instruction, and intervention practices.  Much work is being done to ensure the success of our K-3 students throughout the district;  family involvement and understanding is an important part of this effort.  We look forward to collaborating with you to promote literacy and a love of reading, in each child, at home as well as in the school setting. If your child is in need of an individualized reading intervention plan (IRIP), you will hear more about this from your child’s teacher at conferences.  

Title I and Academic support Night -
Who: Anyone interested in hearing about how we support students academically at Eastover. Come meet our specialists and hear about how they support students. Financial information about our Title I funding will also be shared.  
When: Tuesday, November 19th
Time: 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (you only need to attend one time slot)

My child needs more support, where do I begin?  

Your first step is to contact your child’s classroom teacher. Share with them your specific questions and concerns.  If you have academic, behavioral, or social and emotional concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.  Depending on your concerns, the teacher may share observations and/or recent data.   You would then partner with the teacher to review current information and review strategies currently in place. You would work together to create a plan that best meets the child’s needs.  The first line of intervention is with the classroom teacher.  

What is B.I.T.?

If a student is not responding to the interventions in place, the teacher and/or parent may refer the child to the Building Instruction Team (BIT).  The Building Instructional Team includes: building administrator, literacy interventionists, math interventionist, special education teacher, school psychologist, social worker, speech and language pathologist, learning specialist (formerly known as the General Education Resource Teacher or GERT), English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, and the classroom teacher.  If a child is referred to BIT, you will be notified and then provided follow up information regarding the recommendations of the team.  After a student is referred to BIT, the classroom teacher will follow up with families.  

Dress for the Weather - 

 With the cold air coming, it's been so hard to keep track and to dress for the weather. ❄

Please remember that all students go out each day unless the windchill is 10 degrees or below or if it is more than a rain mist.🌧

Students/families who request to have a student remain in the office during recess due to illness or injury must have a doctor's note on file. 
As you prepare for our very winter months, please remember to write your child(ren)'s name on everything so that we can reunite lost items with their owners. Children will need to bring in coats, hats and gloves/mittens as it turns colder and then add boots and snow pants when the snow begins to fly.

 ⛄If you know of a child who needs any winter gear, we can help, just let us know.

🏂  We are always appreciative of gently used coats, snow pants and boots if you are looking to find a new home for items that have gotten too small.

Important Upcoming Dates:
Monday, Nov. 18th - Global Education Team meeting - 4:15 p.m (all are welcome to attend) 
Tuesday, Nov. 19th - Title I Information sessions 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22nd - 2nd Grade Exhibition at 2 pm 
Tuesday, Nov. 26th - ½ day of school
Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 27th - 29th NO School (Thanksgiving break) 
Monday, Dec. 2nd  - students return to school for a full day 
Monday, Dec 2nd - Vision Screening for grades 1 and 3 
Wednesday, Dec. 4th - PTO meeting 4:15 p.m. 
Mrs. Crocker (Proud Principal of Eastover) 


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