Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cooperation: Spirit of the Month Assembly

Wear your Spirit Shirts!  Show your EAGLE SPIRIT!

We are excited to see you all there.  8:45 am in the gymnasium!

Our special guest Superintendent Lyons will be there.

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Indigo Lakeshore and Eastwood School Partner for Reading

Mrs Mundy and Mrs Nardone read to children at Indigo Lakeshore

Saturday, March 26th teachers, students and parents joined at Indigo Lakeshore to entertain, sell baked goods, read and talk about learning and school.  The day culminated a month of fund-raising at Indigo Lakeshore. During the month of March all staff were dedicated to raising Love of Reading donations that directly supported Eastwood’s diverse reading program needs.

The grand total after the month was incredible!

$3017.83

Donations were collected at the kiosk, during two bake sales and through raffling off a donated hand-made artistic bird house.  Special thanks go to everybody that helped the cause from the Indigo sales personnel and management staff, to the teachers that made baked goods and donated time and money.  Our great partnership came by the way of a grant proposal for the Canadian wide Love of Reading Grant through Indigo/Chapters.

During the final event many teachers donned their “I’m a TEACHER ask me about LEARNING” shirts and were available for talking and reading.  Some teachers read to a group of children and many kids made arts and crafts about story.  The Eastwood Band played theme songs and entertained the many parents who came out to support their children and the school!  It was a great day and event.

Cross your fingers that we will be succesful in our bid to become Essex County’s first official Love Of Reading school!  We will find out in June!

 


New Blogs up or Coming Soon!

Madame Swain has a French blog up and running check it out.  Can you find yourself in the pictures?

Our ECO team is also starting a blog thanks to the team and especially Austin who has been working hard with Madame to set it up.

I wonder…will the Stand Up Club soon have a Blog?

Check back soon!

A Poem From QD

A POEM ABOUT DIVERSITY

EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT AND SPECIAL IN THEIR OWN WAY,
SO WHY SHOULD IT MATTER WHAT COLOUR WE ARE.
WHAT WE LOOK LIKE OR HOW WE SAY THE THINGS WE SAY,
EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT AND EVERYONE IS UNIQUE.
SOME PEOPLE ARE TALL AND STRONG ,
SOME PEOPLE ARE SHORT AND WEAK ,
SOME PEOPLE LIVE NEAR SOME PEOPLE LIVE FAR,
BUT ITS THOSE DIFFERENCES THAT MAKE US WHO WE ARE.
SOME PEOPLE TALK A LOT AND SOME CAN’T MAKE A SOUND,
BUT IT TAKES ALL THOSE PEOPLE TO MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND!

By Quentin Doak

 

Tell Them From Me!

The students at Eastwood School have given us input on two separate occasions using the "Tell Them From Me" survey. You can view information about the survey at: http://www.thelearningbar.com/. As a result of this survey the staff of Eastwood has been working on school wide improvements. For example:

  • Students stated that there were issues of bullying in the school. As a result we started the "Stand-Up" club which is a student lead group that works on our positive culture at Eastwood. We also held a pink shirt campaign. Students also started an "I Saw You" campaign in order to catch students doing great things for other students.
  • The students told us we needed improvements to our library and classrooms. We decluttered. We brought in new fixtures and furniture to our library. We even added a lounge and televisions to show pictures of learning in our school.
  • 83% of our students in grades 4 to 8 reported they were "trying hard to succeed." 54% of the same group reported they were motivated to learn. We were interested in this and responded by making sure we are using LEARNING GOALS and SUCCESS CRITERIA to make connections between hard work and motivation and goal setting!
  • We are also making sure to continue our work towards differentiating our instruction for learning styles: verbal, kinesthetic, visual etc.
  • We are investing in our Arts program in order to offer more opportunities for students that are musically and artistically inclined.
  • We have used our students’ voices all over the school so that they are more connected to the school. New clubs, Spirit Assemblies and our daily announcements are examples.

We are dedicated to listening to our students and providing opportunities for them to use their voice to share ideas, concerns and celebrations. This may we will again "Tell Them From Me!"

Dental Screening

Our students in JK, SK and grade 2 will be welcome to use the Dental Screening program at Eastwood on Thursday, March 31st. This program put on by the Windsor and Essex County Health unit is a huge positive and helps students remember dental health and recognizes any issues early.

 

Join us for a talk about literacy!

The Indigo Lakeshore store is our local supporter of the $135,000.00 Grant application that was submitted in January. The winners of this Love of Reading Grant will be announced in June. For more information on the Grant please our Indigo grant post.

In addition to this support, Indigo Lakeshore is currently collecting donations and having some bake sales to raise funds from February 27 to March 26 as part of their Love of Reading Foundation. Lakeshore will gift all the money that is collected during this time period back to Eastwood so we can purchase new books and e-readers from the Lakeshore Indigo Store!

This is such great news many Eastwood staff will be attending the Indigo Lakeshore store on Saturday, March 26th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to promote this excellent initiative. Many guest teachers from Eastwood will attend on this day to talk about reading and learning to parents and patrons, some staff will bake food items and some will read stories to children and parents that visit the store. Our Eastwood band will be playing a selection of songs from 1 to 2.

With such a dedicated effort from our community partner to support Eastwood, we would like to invite as much participation from our parents. If parents wish to support the baked goods sale, please deliver your goodies directly to the Lakeshore Indigo Store on Friday evening or Saturday Morning. If you would like to support through a monetary donation, please use the Indigo post card supplied and drop it off at Indigo Store on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Parents can also support by attending with their children on Saturday, March 26th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Students can support by attending with their parents and wearing their Eastwood Eagles Spirit Shirt with pride!

Thank you for your consideration and support of Eastwood through our wonderful community partner Lakeshore Indigo. Hope to see many parents and students this Saturday, March 26th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Thank you,
Eastwood Staff