News from East Chester Elementary School

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Kim Scott
ECES Principal

What a great week of learning we had here at East Chester Elementary school! We celebrated Red Ribbon Week and “Drug Free Looks Like Me” by dressing in a theme for each day. On Monday, we wore our favorite Eagle shirt to show that “Eagles are Drug Free!” We decided to Shine Bright! on Tuesday by wearing our best neon colors to school. Wednesday was Favorite Disney Character day, and we celebrated by wearing our favorite Disney clothes. On Thursday, we showed that we are proud to be drug free by wearing red clothes. We ended the week by being part of a team and wearing our favorite sports team. A reminder from your friends at East Chester, drug free is the way to be! 
In kindergarten the students are learning and growing so much! They continued their study of letters by identifying letters, sounds and blending using the letters. Last week’s focus is on Uu, Qq, Ww and Jj. In math the students learned about the number seven and 2-D shapes. They also continued their study of fall focusing on bats and spiders. 
First graders are showing out with what they are learning! In reading class the students learned about the moon. They read stories such as “Papa Get the Moon for Me” and “The Moon.” The students learned about equal shares specifically with halves and fourths in math. 
In second grade the students worked hard! In keeping with the theme of some of the tall tales they have read, the students learned about how America expanded westward in the 1800s. They studied the Oregon Trail, Sequoyah, the Trail of Tears, the steamboat invention and more. This was a fun filled, informative filled unit that the students always enjoy. Last week, they focused on the Oregon Trail. What was it like? What hardships did they face? Why did they even choose to make the journey? In math the students began the biggest skill for second grade, adding two-digit numbers. They began by adding a two-digit number to a single digit number.
Third graders are showing all that they know! In reading class the students finished up their study of animal classification. They learned so much about how animals are classified! If you see an East Chester third grader, be sure to ask them what they know about vertebrates and invertebrates! The students learned how to use the distributive property to find the product when they multiply. They really enjoyed breaking apart larger multiplication problems into smaller ones to solve problems. 
If you were able to attend our Literacy Luau, then you know it was a wonderful night of reading fun for all! Students listened to “Too Many Mangoes: A Story About Sharing” by Tammy Paikai and “Tutu’s Quilt of Adventure: A Hawaiian Tale” by James Rumford, participated in the vocabulary limbo and made a tasty snack all with a Hawaiian flare. What a fun night of literacy activities! 
With the crisp autumn air and cooler temperatures now among us, we are celebrating with a Fall Fun Day! We will be spending Oct. 29 reading books and participating in autumnal activities to celebrate the season of Fall! 

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