Eastshore has been named a 2014 California Distinguished School!!!
Thank you to our staff, students and community who all contribute to the amazing learning that happens here every day!
Congratulations to Mrs. Kadam
Irvine Unified Council PTA Outstanding Administrator
Presented by IPSF, District and IUCPTA
Eastshore readers are taking the Summer Reading Challenge and teaming up to help break the World Record for summer reading minutes! Information packets have gone home with students with a randomly generated screen name and password to login to www.scholastic.com/summer . You may also track minutes on paper and bring that to school in the first week of school. All reading counts: reading independently, being read to, reading to another person. We’ll have prizes for students who reach 200 minutes, 500 minutes, and 750 minutes. Just 20 minutes a day, 5 days per week adds up to about 1000 minutes!
Need some suggestions for reading? Ask a librarian, or a friend, or take a look at these lists: ALSC’s 2015 Summer Reading List, Great Kid Books for Summer Reading (choose the grade you just finished), California Young Reader Medal Nominees and Winners, Orange County Public Library Recommends.
You can also check out the Summer Reading Program at the public library. The program is for kids 0-18 years old, and runs June 22 - August 2. You can sign up at any of the Orange County Public Library branches (we have three in Irvine) to log minutes and earn rewards. The libraries will also have free family programs through the summer.
The Barnes and Noble Summer Reading program allows children to earn a free book when they read and log 8 books. The program runs May 19th through September 7th .
We are pleased to report that for the school year 2014-2015 all Eastshore teachers and instructional aides are "highly qualified" as defined by the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Federal law gives parents the right to request information relative to the certification of teaching staff.
REVISED FOOD POLICY: As has been discussed at P.T.A. meetings and in previous newsletters (October 2012), 2013 will see some changes at Eastshore with regard to food on campus. As you may know from recent news reports, food allergies are on the rise in children. We currently have a peanut free table to accommodate our students who have severe nut allergies and parents have been very supportive in providing alternative choices for their children with food sensitivity during class parties. However, considering the rise in juvenile diabetes, obesity and food allergies, we will be instituting some changes to support all of our students and families.
A common tradition at our elementary schools is for families to provide treats for a child’s classmates when celebrating a birthday. The treats often consist of unhealthy (although very tasty!) sweets which we would like to eliminate. We still want to honor students on their special day so here are some suggestions:
- Donate a book for the classroom library
- Post-it notes
- Inexpensive hand-held games
- There are many items in the $1 section at Target
We understand that this will be a transition and want to express our gratitude for your understanding and support in this effort. Please confer with your child’s teacher prior to sending anything to school for celebrations. We would also like our room parents to consider healthy snacks/treats when planning class parties whenever possible.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
In the coming months, the Irvine Police Department and Community Services Department will continue our efforts to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety as part of the City’s Safe Routes to School Program. As we build upon these safety activities, you may see an increase of police officers on bicycles around different Irvine schools during high traffic drop-off and pick-up times. These officers will conduct safety education, enforcement and incentive activities such as giving prizes to students who are seen biking and walking using safety methods discussed at the presentations. Officers will also be enforcing traffic laws in areas surrounding the schools.The City of Irvine is excited to offer this program to enhance the safety and well-being of Irvine students and families. Safe Routes to School Link