Greenbrier Eastside Elementary

Whatever It Takes!


  • Whatever it Takes Award

    Mrs. Araya Ossius is an exceptional example of a teacher who does whatever it takes for the students at Eastside Elementary. During her tenure, she has taught literacy and science, mentored at-risk students in our VIP program, and served as a leader on our district science curriculum team. As a guiding coalition member at Eastside, she supports novice teachers through instructional coaching. Her high expectations for what learners can accomplish with the right will and skill creates a culture for learning and growth mindset in her classroom. For the last several years, she has led Eastside’s Black History Month experience through the coordination and facilitation of projects in six different grade levels that educate our school community on the rich culture and contributions of black figures throughout history. This year, she took that endeavor past our own walls by sharing her work with teachers at Springhill Elementary, as well. Recently, an at-risk student was posed the question “who is the most important person at our school?”, to which they responded “Mrs. Ossius, because she won’t let anyone fail.” Eastside is building a legacy of strength and high expectations in large part due to the relentless pursuit of greatness by Mrs. Ossius. We are #GreenbrierProud to present her with the April Whatever It Takes Award.

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  • Vowel "arrrrrrr"

    🏴‍☠️ Captain Bossy R has been in Mrs. Hamaker’s class all week teaching about how an r right after a vowel changes its sound. We’ve done a multi sensory “challenge” with our new bossy r sounds each day to see if the kiddos can join Bossy R’s crew. ❌ They were challenged with creating a map of AR words that were set out around the class, with a few trick words that did not have ar (and therefore had to walk the plank) ❌ They had to choose and read the correct word with “IR” to feed my bird, Miranda ❌ They were given “silver” and had to read them and decide which words to put in the treasure chest (words with “ER”) and which words were “counterfeit” to toss back to the sea. #EESlegacy #greenbrierproud

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  • Kindergarten Registration Coming Up!

    📣We are excited to meet our incoming KINDERGARTENERS and their families. We will be holding kindergarten registration on April 9th from 4-6! To prepare, families can do a few things that will ensure you complete your registration: go to, click - for families, choose how to register from the drop-down menu, and select new student online to begin the registration process. Please do this step before arriving on April 9th. On April 9th from 4-6 pm bring: ▪️a copy of your child’s birth certificate (We can make the copy for you if need) ▪️a copy of your child’s social security card ▪️2️⃣ proofs of residency in the EES zone (Drivers license may serve as one form of proof.) ▪️your child’s most recent physical and up-to-date shot records If you are still awaiting shot records, the 5-year checkup, or have any other issues, we can help! Come by that evening so we can get you registered and in our kindergarten numbers. You will also be given a date for your child's kindergarten screening on this night! These dates and times are first come, first served! Please share this post to pass the info on to others in our school community! ##EESlegacy #GreenbrierProud

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  • Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

    Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! Today we celebrated by dressing up, bubbles, Kona Ice, guest readers and cookies! It was a great day! 

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  • Writing Land!

    🍭 Mrs. Jutze started her 5th grade literacy class in a really ‘sweet’ way! 🍬 She transformed her room into ‘Writing Lane’! Students worked in groups on different writing skills and activities including cupcake commons🧁 with appositives and lollipop woods🍭 with complex sentence creation to name a couple! Students were so engaged with this unique ‘hook’!

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  • MC Grammar

    MC Grammar showed up today for 3rd-grade literacy! Who wouldn’t be excited to learn some grammar with a teacher dressed like this! Mrs. McWilliams's class is sharpening their grammar skills in writing and speaking! #EESlegacy #GreenbrierProud

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  • Court is in Session!

    👩🏼‍⚖️Judge Jutze held court today! Her class read short articles about Valentine's Day to determine if it is a scam holiday this week. Then they had to write a 5 paragraph opinion piece about if they thought Valentine's Day was or was not a scam holiday. Today they had a mock trial with each side stating their opinion and backing that opinion up with supporting details. Super cute way to get kids engaged in opinion writing and fostering some deeper thinking. The students LOVED it.

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  • February Unplugged!

    🔌For Unplugged Day🔌, first grade hitched up their covered wagons and travelled through time to the 1800s to experience life like Laura Ingalls Wilder. We made our own butter, yarn dolls, practiced handwriting (and even had to make our own lines like in the olden days because lined paper was too expensive), turned off the lights and used the sun from the window as our light, and also had a little Groundhog Day fun with predictions. Little Eastside in the Big Woods was a success!

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  • The History of Chewing Gum

    4th grade put our main idea and supporting details skills to the test this week while learning all about the history of gum. Students got to choose a flavor of gum to chew during the lesson. Most of them were extremely amazed to learn that the gum they love to chew today have actually been around for many years and even used to cost 0.05 cents at one point in time. Students were asked questions over main ideas of different paragraphs and key details and then had to find evidence that proved their answer in various colors!! 💜💙💚💛🧡❤️✨🫧

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  • 1st Grade Phonics

    Ms. Hamaker hooked her students into learning today with a treasure box! Students were so curious to find out what was inside during phonics time. When they finally opened it, they had to figure out what they all had in common. It was that they all have al as /o/ (short o sound) like in “salt!” Students also played a vowel sound game tossing playdoh in the air based on the words they heard from their teacher. Last, they had to make a word that has al in it using playdoh. Some made ball, chalk, talk, and even walrus! #EESlegacy #GreenbrierProud

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  • Eastside Peddlers!

    📣 BIG ANNOUNCEMENT 📣 For the past few months we have been keeping a secret 🤫and today we got to let the cat out of the bag! Coach Wilcox has been passionate about finding a way to teach ALL kindergarten and first grade students how to ride a bike! With her hard work and leadership she found a way! Thank you to First Security for their monetary donation, All Kids Bike for matching the donation, and Greenbrier School District for using local district funds to purchase a class set of balance bikes to teach all K-1 students how to ride a bike in PE! Matt Wilcox with First Security Bank, Mayor Hartwick, and Dr. Martin came over today to help us with the reveal! Our favorite picture of the day was the little surprised and excited faces when we told them!❤️Keep an eye out for more from your Eastside Peddlers! 🚲

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  • Come be a Panther!!

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Eastside Staff

Lunch Times

Parent FAQs

    • When is the school day?
      • School day begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. Car riders should not arrive before 7:25 a.m. Students arriving after 7:50 a.m. and before 8:30 a.m. or leaving between 2:40 to 3:20 p.m. will be considered tardy and must be signed in/out through the office by a parent/guardian. Students arriving after 8:30 a.m. or leaving before 2:40 p.m. will receive a 1⁄2 day absence.
    • When does my child have to be picked up?
      • Car riders must be picked up by 3:40 p.m. Parents/guardians should remain in their cars when picking up their children in the afternoon so that students may be more closely monitored unless a parent needs to speak to school staff. No one will be allowed to wait inside the building.
    • How many days of school can my child miss?
      • Students shall not be absent, as defined in this policy more than 8 days in grades K-5 in a semester. When a student has 4 days in grades K-5 absences, his/her parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis shall be notified that the student has missed half the allowable days for the semester. Notification may be by telephone.
      • Whenever a K-5 student exceeds 8 unexcused days in a semester, the District shall notify the prosecuting authority and the parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis shall be subject to a civil penalty as prescribed by law. A K-5 student with 8 unexcused days in a course in a semester shall not receive credit for that semester. If the student fails to receive credit for a sufficient number of courses and at the discretion of the principal after consultation with persons having knowledge of the circumstances of the absences, the student may be denied promotion. Excessive absences, however, shall not be a reason for expulsion or dismissal of a student.
    • Can I come eat lunch with my child?
      • Yes, we have an outside lunch area set up for parents to eat with students. You must sign in at the office with Ms. Whitney and she will call for your student. 
    • Can I bring cupcakes for my child’s birthday?
      • Unfortunately, you cannot bring cupcakes for your child’s birthday. If you would like to send a special snack, you are welcome to bring something from the approved snack list.
    • What should I do if I have a concern about my child?
      • We ask that you contact your child’s teacher first with any issues. If your child’s teacher is unable to resolve the issue they will direct you to the administrator.