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                                       A GUIDE TO EAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

                                                  2018-2019

     

                                                                                                   45 Wilshire Drive

                                                             Sharon, Massachusetts 02067

                                                                Telephone:  781-784-1551

                                                                          Fax:  781-784-7403

     

                                                                        http://ee.sharon.k12.ma.us/pages/SPS_EastES

     

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    Sharon Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, homelessness, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

     

                                                                 EAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

     

    Darrin Reynolds, Ed.D.                                                                      Cheryl Carlson,

    Principal                                                                                             Assistant Principal

     

                                                                                       

    August, 2018

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    Welcome to the East Elementary School community. East is a community that creates a caring and nurturing climate and promotes high expectations for teaching and learning. We are dedicated to providing a challenging and supportive learning environment that builds a solid foundation for life-long learning. We are committed to creating the conditions that capitalize on students' unique talents and abilities in developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential for their academic, emotional and social development.

     

    We work to build a sense of community through experiences that promote and model caring, trust and collaboration. We start with our belief that East is a community with HEART. The qualities represented by HEART--Helpfulness, Effort, Acceptance, Respect, Teamwork--are essential to our success in preparing our children for the challenges and demands of the future. To that end, our hearts and minds are open to your involvement into the life of the school. We believe that children's education is enhanced when parents and teachers work together as a team. Open communication between home and school forms the basis for trusting and supportive relationships that are essential for preparing children to become proficient and lifelong learners.

     

    This booklet has been written with the belief that the more information the school and parents share, the better able we are to create a learning environment that leads to positive educational and social outcomes for your children. We encourage you to visit our website to explore some of what makes East a vibrant and stimulating place to learn and grow. For an overview of the policies and procedures common to all of the Sharon Elementary Schools, please refer to the Sharon Public Schools Elementary Student Handbook on the website for the Sharon Public Schools (www.sharon.K12.ma.us).

     

    Please join us in making East a place where children love to learn, a place in which parents believe their children are receiving a quality education and a place in which teachers express pride in their work as educators. During the year, we encourage you to contact us whenever there is a concern, a question, or an idea. We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead of us!

     

                                                                                       

    Sincerely,

                                                               

    Darrin Reynolds

    Cheryl Carlson

     

     

     

     

     

                                                    GUIDING PRINCIPLES

     

            At East Elementary School, we strive to make our environment one that:

               

    • provides challenging and stimulating educational experiences for all students to achieve their best.

               

    • fosters self-reliance, independence and self-esteem through positive

               

    • encourages students to collaborate and work cooperatively.

               

    • is caring and nurturing and is conducive to learning.

     

    • encourages collaboration, communication and partnerships among the home, school and community.

               

    • encourages everyone to take risks and supports those efforts.

               

    • supports students in making decisions and in taking responsibility for their learning.

               

    • fosters appreciation and mutual respect among students, teachers, staff and parents.

               

    • recognizes and responds to different learning styles, individual needs and interests through the use of a variety of instructional strategies.

     

    • demonstrates a commitment to ongoing professional development for continuous improvement.

     

    • fosters a love of learning and inquisitiveness about the world.

     

    • provides opportunities for students to evaluate their own learning and set goals.

     

    • sets high standards and clear expectations for learning and social interactions.

     

    • emphasizes connections and applications in learning across disciplines and to the world beyond the school.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                                                       EAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

                                                           45 WILSHIRE DRIVE

                                                            SHARON, MA  02067

                                                                781-784-1551

     

    FAX:  781-784-7403                                                www.sharon.k12.ma.us

     

     

                                                              EAST, a community with HEART

                                                                            Helpfulness

                                                                            Effort

                                                                            Acceptance

                                                                            Respect

                                                                            Teamwork

     

     

     

    SCHOOL PROFILE

     

    Approximately 490 children in grades kindergarten through 5 are enrolled at East Elementary School, a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. Our faculty provides educational experiences which will meet the broad range of abilities and interests of our students. Our School Council and PTO provide significant support in our daily work and for special events and activities. As a school community, we work together and learn together to support rich and challenging learning experiences in a nurturing and respectful environment, one that reflects the values represented by H.E.A.R.T.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EAST ELEMENTARY 2018-2019 SCHOOL STAFF

     Principal..................Dr. Darrin Reynolds                 

    Assistant Principal…… Cheryl Carlson

    Office Admin:  Katie Allaire

     Office Admin:  June Blumenthal

    Classroom Teachers

    Grade K            

    A14                  Jennifer Callahan                                                            

    E8                    Meghan Conway

     E10                   Kirsten Pajka                                         

    E6                    Nicole Hart

                                    

    Grade 1 

    A11                  Jaclyn Haddigan

    A13                  Beth Henry

    A12                  Kristen Phinney

    A10                 Aly Steinberg

     

    Grade 2 

    E9                    Katie Blaquiere                                      

    E7                    Suzanne Burke                                                                                                   

    E5                    Rachel Diamond

    E11                   Sue Nardone                                                                                                      

     

    Grade 3 

    A6                    Maureen Chaisson

    A2                    Meaghen Doherty

    A4                    Jaime Martin

    D4                    Nicholle Peixinho           

     

    Grade 4 

    D7                    Melissa Coughlin

    D3                    Rebecca Fuller

    D5                    Deanne Ross

    D6                    Jennifer Spence

                                                                        

    Grade 5 

    D24                  Jacqueline Dowd

    D22                  Keri Brule

    D21                  Julia Dorman

     D23                  Bette Mayer                                                                                 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Specialists

    Art:                              Jenn Grossman (M-Th)                                         

    Foreign Lang:               Emily Van Vaerenewyck- FLES Spanish Gr 2-4

    FLEX                           Sophilia LeBlanc (Spanish), Amy Coombs (French), Amy Tsao (Chinese)

    ELL:                            Maureen Laurie, Heather Cunningham

    Library:                        Judy O’Brien                                                   

    Literacy:                       Amy Gallagher, Rachel Harrington

    Math:                           Nancy Buckley/ Deborah Pruell (Mpm, W, F)

    Music:                          Katie Conway  (T-F)                                                                       

                                        John Coffey  (M,Tam,Wpm)

                                        Julia Sullivan (Wpm)

                                        Scott Tarantino (Wpm)

                                        Lisa Gilman (Wpm)

    Nurse:                                       Maryanne Auld

    Physical Ed:                              Donald Brooks                                                                             

                                                    Justin Monahan (M,W,Thpm)                                                         

    Psychologist:                                   Stacey Small

    School Adjustment Councilor:      Caitlyn Sevigny                                                 

    Learning Center Teachers:          Heather Fitzgerald                                                                                       

                                                          Janis Markman

                           

    LEAP Teachers:               Katie Lee Gr.2

                                          Kara Burr Gr.2

                                          Stephanie Molloy Gr.4

                                          Jody Spear Gr.5

    Speech:                           Dayle  Carroll                                                                                                                                        

    Technology:                  Stacy Newman

    Tech Suppor:                Chris Koury                                                                    

    Therapists:                    OT: MaryBeth Jeans M- Th)                                                                                              PT: Shelley Goverman  (Tpm,Th)

     

    Support Staff

    Custodians:                   Dave Simpson   

                                        Scott Schertz, Jr.

                                        Eladia Cante                              

                           

    Instr. Assistants:            Stacey Bruha  (Kindergarten Assistant)

                                        Betsy Drougen-Keith  (Kindergarten Assistant)

                                        Lauren Stark (Kindergarten Assistant

                                        Emily Perry  (Kindergarten Assistant)

                                        Deborah Baker  (Learning Center Assistant)

                                        Katey O’Neill  (Learning Center Assistant)

                                        Gail Wright

                                         Gillian Gill

                                          Casey Goodman

                                          Laina Julier                                                                   

                                          Kristen Carey  (Leap Assistant)

                                       

    Cafeteria:                      Susan McDermott                                                                         

                                        Martha Silke

                                        Sandra Tremblay

                                                   

    School Assistants:          Dharshi Asirwatham

                                        Anna Magee

                                        Beth Seveiri

                                        Soma Dutta

     

                                                                             

                           

     

                                      SCHOOL HOURS STARTING / DISMISSAL TIMES

     

                                                          9:00 AM – 3:15 PM

     

     

    School Day Begins

    The school opens at 8:45am at the sound of the bell. Please do not send your child to school before 8:45am. There is no supervision available before that time. Except for children attending the Before School Program, or children participating in a scheduled before school activity, no one is permitted to enter the school before 8:45am. For early morning care, contact the Director of the Before/After School Program at 781-784-1574.

     

    The sound of the bell at 9:00am marks the start of the school day. Please note that students who arrive at 9:00 will not have enough time to smoothly transition into their classrooms. If children enter their classrooms after the second bell at 9:00am, they are considered late, and will be recorded as tardy.

     

    To insure the safety of children and staff at school all outside doors are locked and secured throughout the day.

     

     

    School Day Ends

    The school day ends at 3:15pm. To reduce congestion in the hallways, students are dismissed on a staggered basis.  Students who ride buses and vans are escorted to the gym for dismissal. 

     

    Attendance

    It is essential that all effort be made for each student to be present at school. Active participation is an important factor in being a successful learner. Children who do not attend school regularly have difficulty keeping up with the learning expectations and miss out in being part of the fabric of the school. We strongly discourage family travel during school days.  Missing school for vacations adversely impacts learning. Please plan vacations to coincide with the school calendar. Teachers do not prepare materials in advance for students who are planning extended vacations.

     

    If your child is too ill to attend school, please contact the school through the phone check system by 9:00AM and leave a message.  Keep the school informed if the absence continues. When students are absent due to illness, teachers will make every effort to help them in making up schoolwork. If your child is having difficulty attending school for any reason, please contact the school, so we can see if there is any way we can be of assistance to you. If a child is absent, the student is expected to bring a note from home explaining the absence.

     

     

     

    Tardy

    Children who arrive late (after 9:00am) are to report to the office before proceeding to their classrooms so that their attendance can be recorded and their lunch can be ordered. If your child is going to be tardy, please call by 9:00am. and leave a message.

     

    Reporting a Child Absent or Tardy

    Due to concern for children's safety, a phone check system has been established. Parents are expected to notify the school if their child is going to be absent or tardy. Parents should call the school, 781-784-1551 by 9:00am and indicate clearly your name, the child's name, room number and date(s) of absence(s) or tardiness. The absentee list at school is then compared with the parent messages. If a child is absent and the parent has not called the school, the parent will be contacted. To insure the effectiveness and efficiency of the system, it is critical that this call-in procedure be followed. A note to the school office or a message on the school phone should be provided for any scheduled absence.

     

    Dismissal

    If a child is to be dismissed during the school day, please send a note to the teacher. The note should include the child's name, the name of the person authorized to pick up the child, the date and the parent's signature.  The parent or authorized person must come to the office to sign out the child. The child will be called to the office for dismissal.

     

    It is sometimes necessary to consider the dismissal of a child who is ill or who has been injured at school. In such cases, the school nurse attempts to contact a parent. If a parent cannot be reached, arrangements will be made with one of the emergency contacts.  Please make every effort to provide a local emergency contact.

     

    The school strongly discourages parents from dismissing their children early. Please keep this in mind when making appointments. Learning time is a top priority for all of our students.  Parents picking up children should be at the school by 3:15.  If a parent is not at school by the end of dismissal, the child can be sent to the After-care Program and a fee will be charged.

     

     

    INCLEMENT WEATHER

     

    If weather conditions are severe, the superintendent may take one of the following actions:

     

    School Cancellation

    Announcements begin at 6:30AM on radio station WBZ (1030), TV Channels 4 and 5, local Cable, Channel 08, and the Sharon website. An automated phone system also notifies parents of school closings. All classes, school activities, and Before and After School Care will be cancelled for the day. 

     

    One Hour Delay

    Morning bus pick-up and the start of classes will be delayed by one hour (10:00 a.m.). All other school activities (e.g. lunches, dismissal) will take place at the regularly scheduled time. Children should not be dropped at school earlier than the delayed opening time.

    HEALTH

     

    Common colds and other viral syndromes are frequent concerns in the school-age child. Parents must determine whether or not their child is well enough to attend school. You should keep your child home:

    1. If they have a temperature of 100 degrees or above – temperature should be normal for 24 hours before returning to school.
    2. If they have vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours.
    3. If they have a contagious cold with nasal drainage, glassy eyes, and persistent cough or sneeze.
    4. If they have any undiagnosed rash.

     

     

     

    EMERGENCIES

    Early Dismissal

    If school is closed early due to severe weather conditions or an emergency, parents will be notified through an automated phone/email system. If parents cannot be reached, the school office will attempt to reach one of the emergency contacts. If there are severe weather conditions, please check the Sharon website www.sharon.k12.ma.us and your email. Do not call the school or school administration offices during this critical time. Phone lines need to be kept open for emergency calls and to contact parents. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT INFORMATION ON THE SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS ENROLLMENT INFORMATION FORM BE KEPT UP-TO-DATE AND ACCURATE, AND MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE PERSON IN THE LOCAL AREA WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD IN CASE OF ILLNESS OR INJURY. IF NO EMERGENCY CONTACT CAN BE FOUND, YOUR CHILD WILL BE SENT TO THE AFTER-CARE PROGRAM AND A FEE WILL BE CHARGED.

     

    Emergencies

    Conditions may develop, such as an early dismissal or parent delays in arriving home, which require a plan. Parents should develop plans with their children for emergency situations. It is extremely important that information on the enrollment form be kept current and includes at least one contact person in the local area who will be able to pick up your child in case of an emergency or illness. Please sit down with your children and explain safety procedures and contingency plans that should be followed.

     

    Illness

    If a child becomes ill or injured, a parent or person authorized to take care of your child in an emergency situation is contacted.

     

    EARLY RELEASE DAYS

     

    School days are designated as Early Release Days on which students in grades K through 5 are dismissed at 12:35pm. Early Release Days are used for professional development and parent-teacher conferences. A bag lunch can be purchased on those days. Students are expected to ride their regular bus home on Early Release Days; NO BUS CHANGES ARE ALLOWED ON EARLY RELEASE DAYS.

    SCHEDULE FOR EARLY RELEASE DAYS:

                                         

                                     

                                           October 3                                                    February 5

                                        *November 6                                                *April 2

                                        *November 8                                                 *April 4

                                        *November 14                                              *April 10

                                         December 13                                                   May 2

                                                                                                    Tent. Last Day of School

    *Parent -Teacher Conferences

     

                                     TRAFFIC PATTERNS

                                   ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL

     

    SAFETY is the number one priority in establishing the traffic patterns around the school areas. Please review the following procedures and adhere to them to insure the safe arrival and dismissal of our children. Please read the information below thoroughly.

     

    • The front parking lot is One Way Only and One Lane Only.
    • The front driveway is for drop-off and pick-up during arrival and dismissal times (8:30-9:15AM, 2:45-3:30PM). To make drop-off and pick-up move more efficiently, please pull up to the designated Student Drop-off and Pick Up Area before discharging or picking up students.

    The driveway loop on the side of the school is restricted to buses and staff during arrival and dismissal times (8:30-9:15AM, 2:45-3:30PM).

    • Do not park in areas reserved for buses or in the front driveway.
    • During drop-off and pick-up times, there is live parking only in the front driveway.

      (No Idling please).

    • Parents and visitors who arrive during arrival and dismissal times must use the traffic pattern for the pick-up and drop-off line into the front parking lot. This traffic pattern is designed to reduce cars lining up along Wilshire Drive.
    • Children going to and from the school should use a sidewalk and crosswalks. Use the crosswalk by the crossing guard to reach the sidewalk or the crosswalk supervised by a staff member at the front entrance.
    • Children and parents are not to cross between buses or cars.
    • While in the front driveway, do not call children to your car. Children are loaded into cars in an orderly system for safety. (See below.)
    • Buses and School Vans should have the right of way over cars. Please refrain from blocking their way into or out of the driveways.
    • To reduce congestion and improve traffic flow, please enter the front driveway with a right turn only from the Hampton Road /Lyndon Road end of Wilshire Drive.
    • Please note, it is illegal to make a left turn into the main parking lot from the Bay Road side of Wilshire Drive. Violators will be ticketed.

     

     

     

    ARRIVAL

     

    Buses and Vans

    The driveway loop by the side entrance is restricted to buses, vans, and staff. Students who arrive by bus or van will be discharged at the main side entrance. (Door #8)

     

    Car Riders--Drop-Off – Pick Up Line

    Have your children prepared to leave your vehicle, with backpacks on and good-byes finished, so children are ready to exit when the vehicle is fully stopped in the drop off area. Enter the front parking lot, so cars can stack off Wilshire Drive, forming a line along the front driveway of the school through the parking lot.

     

    • Once you have entered school grounds, please follow the designated traffic pattern, and proceed to the Drop-Off and Pick-Up Zone. (Do not hug the sidewalk; leave space between your car and the sidewalk curbing.)

     

    • Pull ahead to the designated area. No vehicle is to stop within the crosswalk, per state law. Once cars are stopped along the sidewalk in front of the school, students should exit their cars. Students may enter the building through the Main Front entrance or through Door #22. Please enter the door closest to your vehicle at the time of drop off. Drop off your children and exit the driveway. (Please note: Right Turn Only at driveway exit.)

     

    • It is helpful to have all students seated on the passenger side of the car. No students should enter or exit a vehicle from the driver’s side. If dropping off your child at school, please teach your child how to buckle and unbuckle seatbelts and to enter and exit the vehicle independently. Parents should not be exiting their vehicle to assist students.

     

    • Do not pull out of line; do not pass cars waiting in the line; wait until the cars in front of you have moved out. No car should be passing on the left in the driveway. Students who are dropped at the Drop-Off Zone enter through the main front entrance. (Door #1) or the side front entrance (Door #22).

     

    • For the safety of our students, cell phone use is discouraged at all times during arrival and dismissal.

     

    Walkers

    • Students walking from Wilshire Drive by the crossing guard will use the main

       front entrance. (Door #1) or the side front entrance (Door #21).

     

    • Students walking from the Peacock Hill side of Wilshire Drive or Kennedy Road

      will walk along the sidewalk and enter the main side entrance by the gym. (Door #8)

     

     

    DISMISSAL

     

    Kindergarten – 5th Grade

    Buses and Vans

    Students will assemble in the gym and board the buses and vans through the gym side door. (Door #9)

     

    Car RidersPick-Up Line

    Enter the front parking lot, so cars can stack off Wilshire Drive, forming a line along the front driveway of the school through the parking lot. (Please No Idling).

    • As you drive through the parking lot, turn left into the front driveway and proceed to the Drop-Off and Pick-Up Zone. (Do not hug the sidewalk; leave space between your car and the sidewalk curbing.)

     

    • Do not pull out of line; do not pass cars waiting in the line; wait until the cars in front of you have moved out, and you are directed to proceed. No car should be passing on the left in the driveway.

     

    • Please display your car pick up number on the right hand corner of your windshield. Students who are picked up in the Pick-Up Line exit the school through the side cafeteria doors. (Door #2).

     

    • When picking up, pull ahead to the hand held stop sign. No vehicle is to stop in the crosswalk. Once cars are stopped in front of the building, students may board their cars. For safety reasons, please do not load or unload students beyond the side front entrance (Door #22).

     

    • Pick up your child and prepare to exit the driveway. (Please note: Right Turn Only at driveway exit). (Please wait patiently for the signal to leave the driveway.)

     

     

    Walkers

    • Students walking to Wilshire Drive by the crossing guard will exit through the side front door. (Door #21).

     

    • Students walking to the Peacock Hill side of Wilshire Drive or Kennedy Road will exit through the gym side door (Door #9) and walk along the sidewalk.

     

    MEETING YOUR CHILD

     

    If you plan to meet your child:

    • Please be clear in making arrangements with your child about where you will meet. These arrangements should be clear to your child each day. Dismissal changes during the day are discouraged. 

     

    • Please instruct your child that you will meet him/her in one of the following places:
    • the area by the crossing guard
    • at the end of the walk on Wilshire Drive
    • at the end of the path on Kennedy Road
    • on the playground hardtop area.

     

    • Please instruct your child to return to the main office if you are not at the designated meeting place.

     

    All car pick-ups should be done through the pick-up line. Please inform your child of your car pick-up number.

    Please do not plan to dismiss your child after 2:45 to reduce congestion as we prepare for dismissal. 

    Parents are not to wait inside the school, since hallways need to be clear.

     

     

    PARKING

     

    • During arrival and dismissal times, the front parking lot is used ONLY to access the live drop-off and pick-up line.
    • There is live parking only in the front driveway during Drop-off and Pick-up times. Please do not let your engine idle if you are waiting more than a few minutes per State law.
    • Per State law, there is no smoking allowed on school grounds.
    • Please do not bring dogs to our school grounds.
    • Children and parents are not to cross between buses or cars.
    • Do not park in the front and side lots at arrival and dismissal times.
    • Parking is available in the front and side parking lots between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
    • Parking is always available away from the school zone: Wilshire Drive, Hampton Road, Peacock Hill, or Kennedy Drive.

     

    The driveways and roads surrounding the school are busy during arrival and dismissal times. Drive slowly at all times; please be patient. Be cautious around other children and other drivers.

     

     

    YOUR COOPERATION AND SUPPORT ARE NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIMES ARE SAFE FOR EVERY CHILD

     

    BICYCLES

     

    • Fourth and fifth graders are allowed to ride bicycles to school. Students should be especially careful entering and exiting school grounds at arrival and dismissal times. They should not ride bicycles on the sidewalks, driveways, the bus loading areas, or by the exits. State law requires that all children 12 and under wear helmets while riding bicycles. To protect against theft, bicycle locks are recommended.
    • Students are not permitted to roller blade, or skateboard on school property during school hours.

     

     

     

    SAFETY

     

    • Children are expected to follow safe procedures at bus stops, on buses and in all school areas. Please review with your child rules of safety as often as necessary.
    • The driveways and roads immediately surrounding the school are busy. Parents are urged to model aspects of road safety in using pedestrian crossings, in parking at designated places, and in showing road courtesy.
    • Please be patient, as our procedures are intended to keep all of our students safe during arrival and dismissal.

      

    Please review the map on the next page for traffic patterns and arrival and dismissal procedures.

     

     East Elementary Traffic Pattern

      

    COMMUNICATIONS

     

    Open House

    Early in the school year an Open House is held for all parents to inform them about school programs, curriculum, and expectations.

     

    East Update

    Each week a newsletter, East Update, is sent out electronically to all of the East community and published through the East website. This Weekly Update features information about programs and activities at the school. It includes a calendar to highlight upcoming school events, articles about school activities, and a summary of PTO activities.

     

    Student Progress

    By communicating regularly, we are best able to meet the individual needs of each child and to work together to your child's advantage. In grades K through 5, progress reports are issued two times per year, February and June. In addition, parent-teacher conferences are scheduled on a regular basis two times per year, in the fall and spring.

     

    Communicating with Teachers

    Recognizing that teachers need the help of parents to do the best job in educating the children, teachers often contact parents to gain their perspectives on issues and to share information. If parents have questions about their child's progress or problems arise, it is recommended that parents contact the teacher at school to arrange a time that is convenient to both them and the teacher.

    Teachers will share their preferred method of communication at Open House.

    It is not appropriate for students to directly e-mail teachers, unless it is for a special project.  Please understand that e mails will be returned within 48 hours. Teachers are spending time during the school days working with your children and DO NOT check email during the school day.

     

    School Office

    The school office serves as the center for a wide range of important activities. Please do not call and ask the office to relay a message to your child in his/her classroom, unless it is an emergency. All efforts are made to eliminate disruptions to classrooms. By sending a note to school, your concerns can be addressed appropriately.

     

    Telephone Use

    The telephone in the office is limited to school related business. Because students are expected to take responsibility for coming to school prepared for the day, they are not permitted to make phone calls for forgotten items, such as homework or musical instruments or to make social arrangements. Children are not allowed to use the telephone without permission from the teacher or the school office.

     

     

     

     

     

    Internet

    Student use of the Internet at school is guided by the Acceptable Use Policy of the Sharon Public Schools. Internet use by students at home is the responsibility of parents and for safety should be monitored by an adult.

     

    Email/Websites

    In an effort to “Go Green” and to reduce paper, most messages will be sent electronically. The PTO and school use email as a means to inform families about happenings at school. Email is used to spread information about school activities and PTO events and to communicate about important school news. Every week a notice about the coming events of the week is sent to families via email.

     

    While teachers often use email to communicate with one another, many prefer to respond to parents’ questions through a phone call. Teachers use websites to help keep parents informed about classroom activities. Check the East web page on the website for Sharon Public Schools (www.sharon.k12.ma.us) to link to teacher sites.

     

    Learning About Learning

    The learning standards developed by the Sharon Public Schools, built around essential questions, serve as the center of our curriculum and instruction.

    A number of events are provided to help parents understand our work including Open House nights. Parents will be provided with opportunities to learn about current topics in education in addition to teacher presentations about the curriculum and classroom routines. A district wide orientation to kindergarten is held during the winter. At PTO meetings and learning celebrations, different aspects of our educational program are presented. Information on the East website and communications from teachers, including classroom newsletters, brief curriculum updates and explanations of teaching practices, also are used to broaden parents' understanding of teaching and learning.   

     

    Homework Guidelines

    Homework is considered an integral part of a student's learning experience. Homework provides the opportunity to:

    • Reinforce and extend skills and concepts taught in school.
    • Help students develop organizational and time management skills, good study habits such as following directions and working independently, and responsibility.

     

    Please review the following guidelines, so that homework is used to strengthen learning, as students become independent learners.

     

     

    Students

    • Bring instructions home or write down homework assignments. Check that you have all the materials you need. Students in grades 4 and 5 are given homework assignment books to help them in recording homework assignments and in planning for long term projects.
    • Ask questions. Be certain that you understand what is expected of you before you leave school.
    • Assume responsibility for completing your homework to the best of your ability and passing it in when it is due. Complete all your work carefully and with pride.
    • Share with your teacher about how your homework is going. Is it too hard or too easy? Did it take longer or shorter time than your teacher suggested?

    If you have a problem, ask for help from an adult or call a friend. Do not complete an assignment if, after trying hard, you are having homework problems. Talk to your teacher about your problems right away.

     

    Teachers

    • Clearly communicate expectations for each assignment. Model or explain what is involved.
    • Post assignments and allow time for students to record them. Provide a timeline for long-term assignments.
    • While most often homework is intended to reinforce classroom work, give some assignments that are creative or exploratory. Variety in homework assignments, including optional assignments, choices among alternatives and open-ended activities allows for individual differences.
    • Make sure that students know that homework is important. Give students timely feedback by examining and correcting assignments. Recognize their efforts in doing their best in completing homework.
    • Implement a system of communication with parents about homework, including how much time students are expected to read independently at home each day. Keep parents informed about homework problems.

     

    Parents

    • Let your children know that you think their homework is important. Encourage your child to do his/her best. Monitor assignments to see that they are completed and how long they are taking.
    • Help your child get organized. Provide the space and materials needed to do the assignments. Make certain that your child has a fairly quiet place and routines are set for when homework should be done.
    • Provide guidance by clarifying or asking questions. Talk to your child about the homework assignments, but let your child do the work independently.
    • Let the teacher know if your child is frustrated or having other difficulties with assignments.
    • Discuss books and read aloud to your child every day. Let your children know that you love and value reading.

     

     

     

    Expectations by Grade Level

    Reading achievement and the love of reading are goals that can be developed through the shared efforts of parents and the school. Research demonstrates that reading regularly improves school achievement. Reading success generally translates into success in school. For these reasons, students are expected to read at home every day.

     

    The Sharon Public Schools has established the following guidelines for homework. These guidelines are general; an assignment may take a different

    amount of time with different students. In addition to independent reading each day, the homework guidelines are:

     

     

                Grade K:        Informal assignments (e.g. extra practice, collecting materials)

                Grade 1:        A minimum of 15 minutes, 2 times/week

                Grade 2:        A minimum of 15 minutes, 3 times/week

                Grade 3:        A minimum of 20 minutes, 4 times/week

                Grade 4:        A minimum of 30 minutes, 4 times/week

                Grade 5:        A minimum of 45 minutes, 4 times/week

     

     

    Students are not permitted to call home for forgotten homework assignments.

    When students are absent from school due to vacation outside the designated school vacations, homework will not be provided prior to leaving. Students will be responsible for completing missed assignments when they return to school.

     

    If a child is absent due to illness, requests for homework should be made to the school office by 10:00 AM. A note will be put into the teacher’s mailbox informing the teacher of the request for homework assignments. Homework can be sent home with a friend or forwarded to the school office for parental pickup at the end of the school day. Please note that homework is based on classroom instruction, and learning experiences are not always in a form that can be sent home.

     

    If a student is absent due to family travel, in accordance with the policy of the Sharon Public Schools, the teacher will determine those assignments that need to be completed. Assignments can be obtained after returning from the family trip.        

     

    Keeping Up-to-date

    The Sharon Public Schools Enrollment Information Form provides important information necessary for contacting a parent or authorized person in the event of an emergency or an unexpected school closing. If available, a cell phone number should be noted along with the home phone number. Please notify the school of any changes in your home or work phone numbers, so you can be quickly contacted in any emergency. Custodial documents and emergency contacts must be kept up-to-date. Parents should use PowerSchool to access information to keep it current.

     

    If you are moving within Sharon, let the school office know in writing along with proof of purchase or rental for our records. Your child's school assignment will be determined based upon your address, system-wide enrollment, and policies.

     

    If you are moving outside of Sharon, please notify the school office. You will be given a Records Release Form to complete after which your child's school records will be forwarded to the new school.

     

     

    After School Plans

    Please plan ahead with your child if he or she is to follow procedures different than usual after school. Because confusions often develop about after school arrangements, please send a note to the teacher indicating any after school plans that vary from normal routines. Do not email teachers with dismissal changes as many teachers do not check e mail during the school day. Please instruct your child to return to the main office if he/she does not find you at a designated meeting spot.

     

    Birthdays

    All birthdays are announced daily during the morning announcements. Students are welcome to come to the office for a birthday pencil or bookmark and a “Happy Birthday.” Party invitations cannot be distributed at school. We want to maintain the celebratory nature of a child’s birthday but ask that parents not send food to the classroom, since we have many children with food allergies. Teachers have developed options for birthday celebrations, such as a donation of a book to the classroom or school library.

     

    Child-to-Child

    Working together is emphasized as a positive means for learning within the school community. By working in groups, through cooperative and collaborative endeavors, children develop social and organizational skills. Based on the belief that children can develop the ability to identify and solve social problems through communication, different formats are used to help children in resolving their conflicts and disagreements.

     

     

    VISITORS

     

    Visiting the School

    To insure the safety of children and staff at school all outside doors are locked and secured throughout the day. All visitors must report to the school main front office upon entering the school. Visitors must sign in at this office and must obtain a Visitor badge before visiting any class or any part of the school sign out when they leave.

     

    • Please sign “in” and “out” at the front desk in the school office.
    • Remember to wear a Visitor badge during your visit.
    • During school hours, please leave any notes, lunches, supplies or any other items you may need to get to your child in the school office. The staff will be glad to assist you, whether it’s calling your child to the office or dropping off items to the classroom. Please do not go to your child’s classroom. This procedure insures that the learning process is not disrupted and that our students are safe.
    • If you plan to help with classroom activities or do other volunteer work, please sign in and wear a Visitor badge.
    • When leaving the school, please sign out.

     

     

    Volunteers

    Parents play a very active and valuable role in the school. Parents volunteer by sharing experiences and fields of expertise, assisting teachers in classrooms, helping in the library, and assisting with educational programs. On a given day, parents and other volunteers can be seen helping children through the writing process, guiding a small group of students through a story, setting up special activities on the playground and organizing library materials. Arrangements for volunteering can be made through the classroom teacher or the PTO.

     

    To ensure that the efforts of the volunteers are most helpful, volunteers are asked to follow these guidelines:

    • Respect the confidentiality of the teacher and the children. If you have any questions or concerns, share them with the teacher. Volunteers are expected to sign a Confidentiality Agreement.
    • Show understanding and support to all the children and the teacher. Be sensitive to the teaching role. Strive for acceptance of all the children.
    • Be flexible. Ask the teacher for explanations. If you are uncomfortable with a task, ask for some help.
    • Maintain your sense of humor.
    • Cell phones should not be used at any time in the school or on field trips. Please turn your cell phones off prior to entering the building to minimize distractions to staff and students.

     

    Volunteers are required to have CORI (Criminal Offenders Record Information) reports on file in the school. CORI reports are good for 3 years. If your report has expired or you have not submitted one, please come to the office and complete the forms. In addition, the office will need a signed/dated Confidentiality Form and Conflict of Interest form. (No one will be allowed to volunteer or attend field trips without these approved forms.)

     

    Tours

    Families new to the school often like to visit the school. Visits can be arranged through the office and are designed to orient families to the school with minimal interruptions to the classes. Each spring, incoming kindergartners are invited to visit the school with their parents to give them an opportunity to become familiar with the school.

     

     

    STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

     

    Our high standards apply to the expectation that students assume responsibilities as learners and members of the school community. Embedded in learning experiences are the notions of hard work, perseverance and best effort. Working for and contributing to the school community are emphasized. A sense of ownership and responsibility is fostered through student involvement in the school community and high expectations for behavior.

     

     

     

    Expectations and Rules

    Expectations and rules are established to insure the safety and well being of all members of the school community. All members of the school community are expected to act thoughtfully and responsibly in school and during all school-sponsored activities.

     

     

    SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS

     

    To have a safe, joyful community where everyone can learn, we need to show our respect for others, ourselves, and our surroundings.

     

    • Show consideration and respect for others.
    • Take responsibility for your own actions.
    • Be polite and helpful.
    • Take care of your school.
    • Walk quietly inside the school.

     

    At the start of the school year, both teachers and students cooperatively determine classroom rules and procedures. Students and teachers discuss and practice these rules and procedures so that students understand their responsibilities in maintaining a productive, safe and positive environment.

     

    In creating a school community that is caring and respectful, students are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions. Students are helped to understand different points of view, to learn to express feelings in appropriate ways, to communicate accurately, to listen to others and to come up with satisfying responses to conflicts. Students have the responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that shows respect for all individuals, their rights and their property in school and during school-sponsored activities, including when they are riding school buses. Students are expected to follow the school rules and to remove themselves from situations that involve inappropriate activity.

     

    Classroom behavior that interferes with teaching or with the learning of other students is unacceptable. Behavior that detracts from the orderly, productive school environment is not permitted. Children are expected to respond to requests by adults to stop disruptive or dangerous behavior. The focus is on resolving problems with the least amount of distractions from the academic program and developing skills to solve problems and resolve conflicts themselves. 

     

    Every effort will be made to help students solve problems or control behavior. When students do not follow the school rules, disciplinary actions will be taken as consequences. These actions include: a meeting in which students discuss and write about the situation as a means to examine their behavior, how they contribute to conflicts and ways to resolve conflicts; restriction from activity (such as recess); a telephone call home; a written report of the incident, written on a Self-Report form or written by the principal; a parent meeting to discuss the situation and develop a plan of action and suspension from school.

     

    A Consequences Chart, outlining a system of consequences when children engage in inappropriate behavior, has been developed. As part of a comprehensive approach to anti-bullying, this standardized system has been developed as a way to ensure that there is consistency and clarity in addressing problem behaviors. The process outlined in the Consequences Chart in the Elementary Student Handbook identifies steps taken after an incident is reported to support a decisive response to incidents of peer aggression and bullying.

     

    To emphasize that everyone is working together, parents should review and discuss the school rules, so we share a common understanding of the behavior that is expected of all students at school.

     

    Many of the faculty uses Responsive Classroom, an approach that integrates academic and social learning. It is based on the belief that the best learning takes place when children are in a school environment that is safe, respectful and predictable. The Responsive Classroom emphasizes a number of strategies, such as Morning Meeting, Rule Creation, Logical Consequences, Guided Discovery and Academic Choice to that bring together social and academic learning throughout the day. We also incorporate the Collaborative Problem Solving Process in our communications with students.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    LUNCH/RECESS

     

    Lunch Program

    The school cafeteria serves hot and cold lunches for $2.75. Lunch typically includes an entrée, vegetable, fruit or dessert and milk or juice. Children may purchase lunch or bring a bag lunch from home. (Applications for free or reduced price lunch are available to each family.) Items sold separately include milk, juice, snacks and ice cream. A computerized point-of-sale system provides a convenient secure and accurate way for parents to prepay money into a lunch account for each child. The school lunch menu for each month is posted on the website of the Sharon Public Schools, www.sharon.k12.ma.us. If you have any questions regarding the school lunch program, call the Director of Food Service at 781-726-1140. Please refer to the Wellness Policy that is posted on the Sharon Schools website.

     

     

    Lunch Schedule

    Three lunch periods including recess are scheduled daily.

               

              Lunch I/ Recess                   11:25 to 12:05

              Lunch II/ Recess                  12:10 to 12:50

              Lunch III/ Recess                 12:55 to 1:35

     

    In an effort to create a more positive experience during this time period, we have scheduled lunch and recess blocks by grade level only. This minimizes the number of students on the playground or in the cafeteria at one time.

    For safety reasons, students are seated together by class at designated tables and are expected to keep the seat taken at the beginning of the lunch period for the entire lunch period. Students are dismissed by tables and are responsible for cleaning the areas around them, discarding food wrappings and scraps and picking up any items on the floor. Cleaning up the table and eating area is a shared responsibility.  

     

     

    Food Allergies

    A food allergy can be a very serious health problem. Foods that may be commonplace for most children can make an allergic child seriously ill. Please keep the following in mind:

    • Parents of children with an allergy should notify the school nurse and discuss this issue, such as what he/she is allergic to and the severity of an allergic reaction. The nurse will provide teachers with a confidential list of students with allergies in her class.
    • When any special activities are planned, Room Parents should check with the classroom teacher in the event that certain foods cannot be brought into the classroom.
    • To help protect students with allergies from allergens in other students’ lunches, we have established a “peanut-free” table in the cafeteria. Lunch assistants monitor students and the table is wiped between lunch periods.

     

    Workshop Day Lunch

    Hot lunch will NOT be served on Early Release Days. Children may bring a lunch or snack, and a bag lunch and milk will be available for purchase.

     

     

    Cafeteria Rules

    Show respect to the school assistants by following their directions and speaking politely.

    • Speak in a quiet voice.
    • Clean up after yourself.
    • Use good table manners; handle food properly.
    • Respect others around you.
    • Respond to the quiet signal: “Give me five”.
    • Remain in your seat – Do not change seats.
    • Raise your hand if you need help.

     

    Consequences for misbehavior in the cafeteria include: verbal reminder, change of seat, a written self-report sent home to parents.

     

     

    Recess

    Recess is an integral part of your child's day at school. Except in inclement weather, the children go outside at recess. Our goal is to go outdoors as much as possible, please be sure your child is dressed for outdoor play. During inclement weather, recess is held in classrooms where children take part in activities that involve a minimum of noise and confusion.

     

    Outdoor Recess Guidelines

    It is our goal to go outside for recess every day. Students need to be prepared for the weather. Please send children to school dressed to go outdoors – hats, gloves, warm jackets, and even boots for snowy conditions. We want to be able to give students a wide choice of play activities, so please send them to school dressed for the outdoors!

     

    We will be establishing the following guidelines for outdoor recess during the winter months:

    At 11:00 am each day we will access the current local temperature including wind chill using Weather.com. We will look at the “feels like” temperature (which considers the chill factor). An announcement will be made determining outdoor recess.

     

    • Feels like 25 degrees and above (considers wind chill factor) – Outdoor recess.
    • Feels like 20-25 degrees (considers wind chill factor) – Abbreviated Outdoor recess to 5 or 10 minutes.
    • Feels like 19 degrees or below – Indoor recess.

     

    Students are to observe the following rules of behavior on the playground:

     

     

    PLAYGROUND RULES

     

    Show respect to the school assistants by following their directions and speak politely.

     

    Play fairly and carefully.

    • Show good sportsmanship.
    • Include everyone in the games.
    • Rough play is not allowed.
    • Keep hands and feet to yourself.
    • Leave sand, rocks, sticks and snow on the ground.

     

     

    Use the equipment properly and safely.

    • Take turns using the equipment and game areas.
    • Sit on the swings; stay clear of the moving swings.
    • Go down the slide one at a time, sitting forward.

     

    Stay in designated areas of the playground.

    • If you need help, speak to a school assistant.
    • At the signal, line up quickly and quietly.
    • Walk quietly into the school.

     

    Toys and Games

    Please do not allow your child to bring special toys, playing cards, items of special value, electronic games and music devices to school. Small toys and playthings are not allowed in school and should stay at home. Many are alike. They can be easily lost, broken or stolen and are a distraction to learning.

     

    Classroom Food

    East Elementary School places a high priority on the safety of all our students. We have many children in our school who have food allergies. These allergies include many different kinds of foods and can be life-threatening. We encourage our students not to share food with others due to concerns about allergies and other dietary restrictions. Therefore, we ask parents not to send food for the classroom to share at any time unless approved by the teacher for a special learning event.

     

    Dress Standards

    Children are expected to dress comfortably and appropriately at all times. Clothing and footwear should be appropriate for school activities. For physical education classes, sneakers should be worn. While we recognize that hats are important outdoors, hats are not to be worn in school, except for religious purposes. During warm weather, children are expected to wear comfortable and appropriate clothing. Short shorts and skimpy jerseys should not be worn. During the winter months, we go outdoors as often as possible so children should come to school with jackets, hats and gloves. The principal, or her designee, reserves final judgment regarding the appropriateness of student clothing. Since clothing and other items are sometimes misplaced, please label all clothing and lunch boxes with your child's full name.

     

    Physical Activities

    If your child is in attendance at school, we expect him/her to participate in all aspects of a normal school day, including recess and physical education. Recess is an integral part of a child's day at school. It provides a time for physical activity, a break from academics, and an opportunity for social interaction. Physical education classes are a required component of your child's education. Children are excused from recess and physical education classes only with a written excuse from a physician, or when deemed absolutely necessary. If a student has been excused from physical education due to an injury, a note from the physician, indicating the student can resume participation in physical activities, should be given to the nurse.

     

    Leadership Corps

    To help students see themselves as positive resources for the school community, we create opportunities for them to build relationships, to assume leadership roles and to take on special responsibilities. On a rotating basis, students in grade 5 take on responsibilities for assisting with different activities at the school. Students who volunteer for the Leadership Corps are responsible for displaying and caring for the flag, assisting with bus lines, monitoring students during arrival and dismissal, assisting with clerical tasks, leading visitors on school tours and paper recycling. In addition, students volunteer to help in many ways, including  assisting the art teacher in preparing materials, shelving library books (Adopt-a-Shelf) or helping kindergartners.

     

     

    Maintenance of the School

    Students are encouraged to take pride in the appearance of our school, both inside and out. Students are expected to clean off the cafeteria tables and pick up around their table, to assist in keeping their classrooms clean and to take responsibility for helping to maintain all areas of the school.

     

     

    BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CARE

     

    Before and after school programs operate for children attending East. Students arrive and are dismissed from our gym entrance. For information regarding these programs, parents should contact the Director of Community Education, at 781-784-2333.

     

     

    TRANSPORTATION

     

    Students riding a bus must follow the bus rules and regulations. (See Sharon Elementary Handbook.) When bus related discipline problems occur, the bus driver will issue a written report to the principal and parents will be notified. Repeated violations of bus rules will result in the student not having the privilege of riding the school bus for a period of time.

     

     

     

    Bus Changes

    Permission to ride a bus other than the child's regularly assigned bus will be allowed under the following conditions:

    • Changes can be made only from Monday through Thursday, beginning in October and ending in May. No bus changes are allowed on Early Release Days or on Fridays.
    • Bus request forms must specify the child's name, the number of the bus and the date of the change.
    • Requests must be submitted to the school at least one day prior to the change.
    • A payment of $5.00 must accompany the request for any student who does not have a bus tag.
    • A maximum of three bus changes per month is permitted.

     

    SAFETY PREPAREDNESS

     

    Throughout the year, safety preparedness routines are practiced and reviewed. Students learn how to respond to the fire alarm by evacuating the school and quietly moving to an assigned area outside. We also practice procedures for situations in which it is important for our students to stay inside the school in a safe and secure way. For this safety drill, often referred to as a lockdown or ALICE drill, we practice the procedures for remaining in our classrooms or other areas of the school. Students also practice on-bus emergency evacuation procedures to prepare how to safely exit a bus in the event of an emergency. We recognize our responsibilities in preparing students in a way that does not create alarm or anxiety while teaching them what to do in an emergency. Visitors in the school during the time of a safety drill, fire drill, ALICE, or lockdown, should follow the established procedures as directed by a teacher or other faculty member. During a fire drill, the visitor should exit the school and join a class. During a lockdown drill or ALICE drill, a visitor should remain in the classroom and follow the procedures of the group or should report to the office.

     

     

     

    LOST AND FOUND

     

    The school cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage to any articles brought to school. While all reasonable care is taken and efforts made to find property that is lost, the responsibility rests with the owner. 

     

    Lost and Found bins are located by the cafeteria and the stairwell near the gym entrance. Personal items (such as keys or eyeglasses) are brought to the office. To help identify your children's belongings, all items should be clearly labeled. Please encourage your children to look for their lost property promptly. Following each school vacation period, unclaimed items in the Lost and Found are donated to a charity.

     

    PROGRAMS

     

    Instructional Program

    The instructional program at East is based on the premise that the individual student is at the center of teaching and learning. Teachers strive to develop a stimulating and challenging instructional program that recognizes and responds to the diversity of our children. The curriculum at East is based on learning standards developed by the Sharon Public Schools and is aligned with the state curriculum frameworks. Our standards are built around essential questions to guide our teaching. The learning standards establish priorities about what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level. They clearly identify what students are expected to learn in one year and are linked to what they need to be successful in the next. Children are expected to think critically, solve problems, explore and probe as they take an active role in their learning. Knowledge from current research about what works in education-- curriculum design, high expectations, teaching methods, meaningful assessment, and how children learn--is brought together to build a high quality instructional program. Revision of our standards-based curriculum is an ongoing process to ensure that the curriculum offers a challenging instructional program. Learning standards are posted on the Sharon website (www.sharon.k12.ma.us).

     

    The English language arts encompasses literacy development, reading and writing, as well as speaking and listening. An integrated focus helps students to understand the connections among these areas and to apply their skills in all the forms needed for communications.

     

    Mathematics instruction, with its emphasis on the development of mathematical understanding of concepts and relationships, leads students to real life applications and problem solving.     

     

    Science utilizes an inquiry-based approach to learning science process skills and concepts about the natural and physical world.

     

    Social studies instruction examines the interrelationships of people and cultures from the historic, geographic, economic, and governmental perspectives.

     

    Music instruction focuses on musical concepts through singing, movement and instrument playing. All third graders learn to play the recorder. Students in grades 4 and 5 are offered opportunities to explore the performing arts through instrumental music lessons and band and choral groups. In the visual arts, students are involved with a variety of tools, techniques and processes as they explore a range of two and three-dimensional art. In making art, students problem solve, understand history and cultures, and make connections to other content areas.

    Physical education and health emphasize physical fitness, motor skills, and lifelong habits for healthy living.

     

     

    Students in all grades visit the library weekly to borrow books for their reading pleasure at home. Children hear and discuss books, become familiar with a

    variety of authors and learn about different genres of books. The library specialist meets with all students to expand their literary horizons and to teach them how to access media resources and how to use reference materials for research. Borrowing privileges may be suspended if materials are not returned on a timely basis.

     

    Technology is used to complement and enhance the curriculum at all grade levels. Students learn to view the computer as a powerful and versatile tool through applications such as word processing, research through the Internet and simulations. Students in grade two begin learning keyboarding skills.

     

    Students in grade 5 participate in the Foreign Language Exploratory (FLEX) program. This program exposes students to the languages of Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese.

     

    Grades 2,3  and 4 students will participate in the FLES Spanish program.

     

    Community service based learning experiences are integrated into the instructional program to help students make connections between their school and the community beyond our school boundaries.

     

    HEART

    In building a sense of community, we have adopted the theme: EAST, a Community with HEART. The elements of this message are: Helpfulness, Effort, Acceptance, Respect, Teamwork, qualities that we know are crucial to a positive school climate. These qualities are emphasized and reinforced by children and adults as we work to together, building a spirit of caring and respect within our school community. Teachers guide students in their understanding of the message of HEART through a variety of different approaches, including using children’s literature, role playing, self-reflections, and sharing examples from real life experiences.

     

     

     

    Multi-grade Interactions              

    Students have opportunities to learn and play alongside children younger and older than themselves. To help students feel they belong to a school community, not just a class, children from different classes interact in many different ways including, sharing areas of expertise, teaching one another, serving as tutors, sharing books and writing, and carrying out projects.

     

    Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden, established in 1994 and rebuilt in 2005, was created through the combined efforts of parents and teachers as an outdoor learning environment to give students opportunities to interact with nature. The garden is used as an extension of the school for learning about nature and to integrate outdoor learning into different content areas. Also, the garden serves as a quiet retreat for students and teachers to read, discuss and express ideas without the boundaries of classroom walls.

     

    Story Garden

    The Story Garden is an outdoor area that serves as an extension of our library. The Story Garden adds to the school environment by offering a special place dedicated to quiet reading, discussions and activities to promote the enjoyment of literature.

     

    METCO

    Through the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunities (METCO), African American, Asian and Hispanic students from Boston attend the Sharon Public Schools. This urban/suburban collaboration enriches both Boston and Sharon students and their families. A METCO instructional aide provides academic support for both METCO and Sharon children and serves as a liaison for METCO families.

     

    Celebrating Learning

    To enable family members to share in the excitement of our educational program, teachers and students invite parents to the school to join in celebrating our children's learning. Families come into the school to students' museums, performances, poetry readings, authors' breakfasts, concerts and to view artwork. 

     

    Field Trips

    Field trips are planned to support and extend the instructional program. All children must have written permission from their parents/guardians in order to participate. Verbal permission by telephone is not acceptable; however, faxed permission with a signature is accepted. Students who do not attend a field trip will be placed in another classroom during the field trip. No student will be denied the opportunity to attend a field trip due to cost.

     

    RtI

    Over the years there have been many positive initiatives in the field of education. One such initiative is Response to Intervention, simply known as RtI. RtI is a district-wide initiative in Sharon. With an RtI model, students who are identified as at risk are given support that is matched to their needs. The focus is on student outcomes based on regular progress monitoring. We are excited about expanding our RtI model at East, working in collaborative teams to improve learning for all students.

     

    Counseling

    A range of issues, from concerns around peer relationships to home-related issues, may impact student learning. The school psychologist and behavioral intervention specialist are available to teachers and students to provide guidance in responding to feelings, sensitivities and different viewpoints. Counseling takes place in individual, small group and classroom settings; consultations with parents are also offered.

     

    Literacy and Math Support

    Our two literacy specialists help students at all grade levels build their reading skills and reading strategies. Our two math specialists work to build math competencies, and offering remedial support. Specialists work within classrooms, modeling instructional techniques and support students in small groups within classrooms and outside of the classroom.

     

    English Language Learning

    English language learners (ELL) are given support in learning English and in familiarizing students with the cultural aspects of living in the United States.

     

    Special Education

    State law requires schools to provide specialized services to students who have disabilities, and who because of these disabilities are unable to progress effectively, so they have the best chance of making progress in the general education program. The disability may be a developmental delay, autism or an intellectual, sensory, neurological, emotional, communication, physical or health impairment, a specific learning disability or a combination of the foregoing impairments that requires specifically designed instruction or related services that are necessary in order to successfully address the child’s individual educational needs.

     

    A student can be referred for evaluation for special education by a parent or a member of the school staff. The purpose of the evaluation is to gather comprehensive information to determine the presence or absence of a disability and the impact of the disability in making effective progress. Based on the results of the evaluation, a multi-disciplinary TEAM consisting of the student’s parents and school staff determines eligibility for services and, if appropriate, develops an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The IEP identifies the goals and objectives for the student and the modifications and related services that are necessary to address the student’s educational needs.

     

    Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) 2.0

                                          2018 - 2019

    MCAS 2.0 is a state mandated testing program designed to measure student proficiencies based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. For the 2017 - 2018 school year, the science MCAS will be administered to elementary students in grades 5 and MCAS 2.0 will be administered to all students in grades 3, 4, and 5 for ELA and mathematics. Please see the tentative schedule below. Please do not plan absences during testing periods. 

     

    The MCAS Test Schedule is:

     

    Tests can be administered from April 1st to May 24th.

     

    Individual, school and district level results provide the Sharon Public Schools with valuable data to help teachers and parents identify areas in which students need more assistance and help the school district determine curriculum and staff development needs. Data examined over several years will be used to identify patterns and trends in the efficacy of Sharon’s curriculum and instructional approaches. This data, used in conjunction with a variety of classroom assessments, provides a means of evaluating our curriculum and helps to guide us to make adjustments and improvements to our curriculum.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                          THE ROLE OF EAST ELEMENTARY PTO

    The PTO has a dual purpose: it is an avenue of communication between home and school as well as a means by which parents can help the school to better serve the children. It is the only organization that brings together everyone who cares about education.

    WHAT DOES THE PTO DO?

    Organizes fundraising activities such as the Fall and Spring Book Fairs, School Photographs, Auction, Spring Fundraiser, and more.

    Coordinates community service programs that give children a sense of commitment to others such as recycling, food pantry and seasonal collections of food and clothing.

    Allocates fundraising proceeds toward educational needs not within the school budget.

    Sponsors enrichment programs to enhance childrens’ school experience.

    Informs' members of events and programs at East through, emails on a list serve, special notices and open board meetings.

    Maintains open lines of communication with the Superintendent of Schools and the School Committee.

    Represents the interests of the PTO and parents on town-wide committees such as the Sharon Youth Coalition, School Committee, Special Needs Parent Advisory Committee and Long Range Planning initiatives.

    Establishes liaisons and committees to address school needs such as New Family Liaison, Public Relations, and Beautification.

    Supports teachers and staff by sponsoring a Welcome Luncheon, book making and publishing, assisting with Celebration of the Arts and more.

    Organizes parent coordinators who assist teachers and staff in classroom activities and maintain a teacher/parent network for the classroom.

    Supports community building through Back-to-School Picnic, Halloween Bingo Night, Freeze-Pop Fridays, and other events.

    Organizes volunteers to support activities and supplement the efforts of the school staff in the library, Beautification, Cooperative Challenge and Experiencing Differences.

    The PTO relies on many individuals to help with its various programs throughout the year. Meetings are held at East alternating mornings and evenings. All meetings are open to all parents. We encourage parents from the entire East School Community to attend. Your input and participation are welcome and needed.

    If you have any questions, please contact your PTO co chairs or leave a note in the PTO box located in the school office.

     

    Stephanie Hadley                   steph.hadley@gmail.com

    Julie Rowe                             jdefalcorowe@yahoo.com