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Dr. Paul Milcetich, Principal
Jeffrey Morris, Assistant Principal
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As many of you might already be aware, East Woods has a tradition of supporting the American Heart Association through our “Hoops for Heart” program. We take designated PE time for students to set up their websites in school and incorporate the event with a basketball unit. The effort is led by PE teachers Randy Trump and Jayne Marconi. I am extremely proud of our students and teachers. Through their great efforts, we make a difference in the cause for the American Heart Association.
This tradition is now over 20 years in the making. What began as a fundraising effort linked to jump-roping in PE class has now been integrated the into basketball unit, while also recruiting students and parents to be involved, including some specific families who have had children with heart health issues. In this way, we are able to have our East Woods students support students their own age, while coupling with education on the heart and a healthy lifestyle. We work closely with the American Heart Association, as they visit our school to work with our teachers and children to create websites, and this year our children were able to integrate use of chromebooks for this aspect.
The fundraising aspect involves students finding sponsors for them during their “Seven Shot Shoot-Out” event. All students compete and do as many rounds as possible with seven shots in each round. Ultimately, we have a boy winner and girl winner per class and then per grade with all grade level winners earning trophies. Each student has an opportunity to shoot for 30 minutes, picking their five best rounds. The most intense part of the competition is when we determine the grade level champions because inevitably it involves extra shoot-outs for ties.
The most important part of this initiative is that everyone wins. Our students compete, learn about healthy living habits, and have the reward of working for a great cause. Obviously, the American Heart Association benefits from the donations, and our PE program is able to purchase some necessary equipment. After adding up the online money and the cash/check deposits for East Woods, I am happy to announce…(drum roll, please) we have raised $24,152 for Hoops for Heart this year! That is AMAZING! And that surpassed our best year ever in 2004-2005 which raised $23,749!
Also, including this year’s total, East Woods School has officially raised over $300,000 for the American Heart Association! East Woods has now raised $319,765 since the beginning of the Hoops for Heart program, which is truly something of which we are proud!
On a final note, I’d like to proudly announce the February East Woods Students of the Month Award Winners. They are 5th grade students Priya Toot and Justin Stewart. Priya was recognized for the Guiding Principle of Compassion by a fellow student who appreciated her helping out with putting up all of the classroom chairs when the first bell rang at the end of the day. Justin was complimented for the Guiding Principles of Initiative and Respect, as another student noted how he was quiet during group work when other people at their table were working. Congratulations to both of these students…we appreciate your contributions to the learning environment at East Woods!
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Letter from Dr. M., Mr. Morris, and Mrs. Eidson regarding OAA practice tests. Parent Letter NEW DATES FOR OAA TESTS - MAY 6, 7, 8
Student Late Arrival - If a student arrives at school after 8:55 a.m., a parent is required to sign-in the student. Please enter the Visitors Entrance and sign in at the front desk.
East Woods works with Cleveland Clothing Crusade - East Woods families can donage gently used clothing items the week after Spring Break, March 31 to April 4. All donations will go to local families in need. Clothing for all sizes and stages of life from infant to seniors and accessories like shoes, purses, belts and jewelry are needed.Tables for donations are located across from the East Woods office. Additional information is on the attached flyer.
Facilities Study Committee Seeks Community Input - One of the District goals for the 2013-2014 school year is to conduct a facility use study and make recommendations that best suit the needs of our students and continue to operate as efficiently as possible. Community input is very important to us. Please consider taking a few minutes to answer the questions in the survey and to share your thoughts with the study committee about the district's use of its facilities. Please feel free to share the survey link with others who may not or no longer have children in the schools. Hudson City Schools' Facilities Use Community Survey
Muffins for Moms - April 9 & 10 - Sign-up form. Reservations are due by April 8, 2014.
Box Tops USA!- East Woods PTO and your principals have another fun competition for the next month! Bring in another 2,000 box tops by March 10th and Doc M and Mr. Morris will both dye their hair green for St. Patrick’s Day! Keep collecting box tops – and don’t forget to remind out of town relatives to mail them in to East Woods! Those will count towards the 2,000 total. For more information, please visit www.HudsonPTO.org or contact Sue Swain with questions. PTO has added another cool way to bring more Box Tops to East Woods. Ask relatives and friends who live in other states to mail Box Tops to the East Woods PTO (120 N. Hayden Parkway, Hudson, OH 44236). PTO will add these totals to the school total...and paint in each state on the US map across from the office. So, Uncle Charlie’s Kleenexes and Grandma Eunice’s Cheerios could help you earn fun rewards! Forward this to out-of-state relatives to encourage them to help. For more information, contact Laura Jones or visit www.HudsonPTO.org
Homework Requests due to student absence:
After a student has been absent for two consecutive days a parent may e-mail the team teachers and request missed assignments. Teachers are given one day to coordinate with other team teacher and collect assignments that can be done at home. Parents may call the East Woods office, 330-653-1256, after 4 p.m. to confirm if assignments are ready for pick-up. Parents are required to call the Attendance Line (330-653-1300) before 10:00 a.m. every day that their child is absent or will arrive late to school
PTO Rewards Program - The Hudson PTO Rewards Program has 3 easy ways for you to support our schools: - EASY - Clip, Collect and Send to school all Box Tops for Education Labels (monthly) and Acme Fresh Market Receipts. EASIER - Register your grocery store rewards cards ASAP. Next, choose Hudson City Schools under 'My Profile' for both Heinen's Tasteful Rewards™ ABC Program and Giant Eagle® Apples for the Schools. EASIEST - Become a member of Box Tops Marketplace and shop online. Select your school under 'My Profile', and bookmark for future shopping. Visit www.hudsonpto.org for more details.