We have had an awesome fall season at Eagle Heights! We are fortunate that our Maratón de Lectura Fundraiser did so well, and we have raised funds to give directly back to the teachers and staff for enhancing learning in the classrooms!
This is our 3rd year offering a grant program to teachers and school staff and feedback from our wonderful staff has been very positive. It’s entirely funded by donations so THANK YOU, parents, for contributing to the success of our children’s classrooms!
What is the Grant Program about?
After Maratón De Lectura finished, the PTO sent out grant applications to all of the school staff. The purpose of the grant process is to give all school staff the opportunity to request funds for resources and/or activities that would help enrich, enhance, and engage the students within a deeper level of their curriculum learning.
Our PTO board recently approved the following requests:
Stylus pens for iPads for fine motor skill building for Kindergarten
1st Grade Tower Garden
2nd Grade Ride and Read Action Based learning
Art and Culture diversity books for art classes
New Music for 5th and 6th grade band students
Spelling City licenses for individualized spelling lists for 3rd & 4th graders
Song books for letter sound word study for K-2 grades
Kinder Rug & Sound Phones for K-1 grades
Ukele tuners for music class
Bowling cart, VersaBag Duffel for Physical Education classes
Headphones, Fidget pencil toppers, Thinking Putty
5th Grade PALS program (Peer Assisted Learning Strategy)
5th Grade Units of Study Research-Based Writing Curriculum
Educreations.com teacher app for word work/word sorting
Get comfortable reading – bean bags for 6th grade
We can’t thank our awesome parents enough for supporting the PTO, which in turn helps directly support our children, teachers and classrooms! We appreciate your support! Thank you for making our school an even better place for our children.
Many thanks on behalf of the PTO,
Michelle Barnes and Amanda Muhlbauer, PTO co-Presidents
Did you get your purple student directory? It should have gone home by now to oldest or only child at EHSI. Did you know the PTO creates this and pays to be printed? Shout out to Michelle Barnes and Kelly Weinblatt for doing the work to create these books! We love having the directories!
On November 14th, students learned about strategies to avoid bullying and bully behaviors and ways to be a good and supportive friend through the Rock In Prevention program. We were joined by 30 CMS 8th graders who were all former EHSI students. We loved this partnership and hope to look for more ways to make this happen!
The day was presented entirely in Spanish, including the music, and each of our students were given a music CD to take home to share the message and songs they learned that day.
This event was also featured on the Eden Prairie School’s Facebook Page – check it out!
This majority of this event was funded by the PTO. Thanks to everyone for supporting the PTO – your fundraising efforts enable us to bring events like this into the school to benefit our children!
This event is made possible b/c of the efforts of our fabulous Sra. Roos and many staff and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without ya!
Wanna join the fun and help plan the event next year? We need 2 event coordinators and 2 assistant coordinators for next year so that we can keep the tradition going. **These positions have flexible hours and the majority of the work can be done outside of the normal school day.**
Our second annual Día De Los Muertos was a success! This event was made possible due to the efforts of many. Thank you to Sra. Roos for all of her work in creating the event and to parent volunteer coordinators, Damaris Hernandez and Kelly Hedlund. Thank you to our dozens of volunteers for helping throughout the day. Special thanks to Sr. Pinck for performing his music during the event and to local Eden Prairie restaurant, Aurelia’s, for donating proceeds to the PTO. The money donated will be used to help pay for programs like this one that help enrich our school!
We also had several teachers and staff participate as well, including Sra. Chepokas, pictured below, as well as Sr. Hegland and Sra. Sigüenza, pictured with Sra. Roos. Thank you to everyone for attending!
Here is a note from the Eden Prairie School Board:
Dear Parents and Guardians of Eden Prairie Schools:
On November 3rd residents of Eden Prairie will have the opportunity to elect four of seven School Board members to serve 4-year terms beginning January 4, 2016. We encourage you to become informed about all of the candidates so you are able to vote for School Board members who will best represent your priorities and values. If you have questions about voter eligibility, polling locations or early voting, please visit the Eden Prairie School website www.edenpr.org or contact Laurie Hemstock, Elections Coordinator, at 952-975-7072.
Over the past few years your current School Board has made it a priority to find new ways of connecting with taxpayers and residents of Eden Prairie. We have attended meetings with groups such as the Preschool and Community Ed Advisory Councils, the Senior Center, members of the Somali community, and PTOs. If you are a member of a community group that would like to invite the Board to come to one of your meetings, or if you simply have questions or comments for the Board, please email us at SchoolBoard@edenpr.org.
Thank you for your valued partnership!
Ranee Jacobus, Chair
Dave Espe, Vice Chair
Karla Bratrud, Treasurer
Elaine Larabee, Clerk
John Estall, Director
Holly Link, Director
Holly Parker, Director
EHSI is proud to host our 2nd annual event, this Saturday from 9am-1pm in the cafeteria. We will have bread, hot chocolate, music, crafts, and more! Food from local Mexican restaurant, Aurelia’s, will also be available to purchase.
What is Día De Los Muertos?
It’s a cultural event that is celebrated in many Latin American countries. On November 1 and 2, the people in many Spanish-speaking countries celebrate this event by gathering with their families and friends to honor and remember their relatives who have passed away.
Families celebrate by making delicious treats such as bread, hot chocolate, and tamales. They listen to music, dance, and tell stories to their children. The children play games and make decorations. They write short rhyming verses in honor of relatives who are no longer with them.
Take a look at the video from last year’s event above. This event is made possible by our volunteers. Click here to sign up to help!
Special thanks to Marcela Roos for organizing this wonderful cultural celebration!
We are so proud of our school for what we have accomplished this week as we showed our Eagle Pride through our KINDNESS toward others by donating socks. It really is our RESPONSIBILITY to be good, contributing citizens and to help others also be SAFE. Fresh, clean, socks will help others have warm healthy feet and stay safe!
SEGURO — AMABLE —RESPONSIBLE
We are really doing it, Eagle Heights, and we are so proud of you!