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  • 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 greenbrierschools.org, 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 Entertainers

    Eastside Entertainers had a big day singing at the Arkansas Capitol for Sounds of the Season! They were greeted by Representative Stephen Meeks and did such a wonderful job! They then got to continue spreading their holiday cheer to several senior facilities in the Conway area. They represented Eastside so well and we are so proud of them! #EESlegacy #GreenbrierProud

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  • 2024 AAESP Assistant Principal of the Year: Kristen Barnett

    Kristen Barnett, Assistant Principal at Greenbrier Eastside Elementary School in the Greenbrier School District, was recently named the 2024 Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals (AAESP) Assistant Principal of the Year. Mike Mertens, AAEA Assistant Executive Director, Lenett Thrasher, AAEA Director of Learning Services and Operations, Scott Spainhour, Superintendent of Greenbrier Public Schools, and Dr. Kelli Martin, Deputy Superintendent of Greenbrier Public Schools, presented Mrs. Barnett with the award during Greenbrier Literacy Night on December 7.

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  • Christmas Parade Victory!

    After much, agonizing deliberation we are excited to announce our 2023 Greenbrier Christmas Parade Winners! Whew! This was tough. 2023 OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION: Eastside Elementary (Winning $300) School Division: 1st Runner Up: Westside Elementary ($200) 2nd Runner Up: Greenbrier Middle School ($150) 3rd Runner Up: Greenbrier High School Public Division: 1st Runner Up: Cindy Lou Whos in Crushville ($200) 2nd Runner Up: Greenbrier Area Arts Council ($150) 3rd Runner Up: McGintytown Bible Church (by the way they celebrate 100 years in the community!) People’s Choice: Springhill Elementary ($100) Entries were judged on execution, creativity, clarity, craftsmanship, and most of all the celebration of our theme; “Christmas Through the Decades!” EVERY SINGLE PARTICIPANT went above and beyond and we are truly appreciative of your support and excitement surrounding our parade! The magic of Christmas was in the air, indeed!

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  • Whatever It Takes Award

    Our November Whatever it Takes recipient has served the Greenbrier School District and Eastside Elementary as a speech language pathologist for over 27 years. She holds students to high expectations and supports them both in the therapeutic setting, as well as the classroom setting. Her plethora of knowledge on language and articulation is particularly crucial for our youngest learners in ensuring they have the foundational skills necessary for reading and writing. One of the many reasons Ms. Elisha Strick is deserving of our recognition is because she advocates for her students and their growth every day. Recently, she dressed up as a pirate for a few weeks in honor of “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” and students practiced many of their speech and language skills wearing eye patches and giving their best pirate impression. Students all over the building wanted to go to speech so they could participate in the fun! She even read to kindergarten classes in full pirate attire! In addition to her services to students, Ms. Strick serves the staff at Eastside Elementary in a number of ways. She is a leader in the Special Services department, helping support newer special education teachers with paperwork and timelines. She also assists on the Sunshine Committee and with staff celebrations. Ms. Strick is a key member of the Eastside crew and certainly helps us build a legacy with our students! We are proud to present her with our November Whatever It Takes award.

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  • Coteaching Model

    Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Aitchison were trying out a coteaching strategy called parallel teaching! This is where the class is split into two parts and each teacher teaches one-half!  With this strategy, teachers can work with a smaller number of students, clarify misconceptions, and extend student's thinking based on individual needs.  

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  • A Boy Called Bat

    Many of our students in 2nd-5th grades are in a building-wide book study during PROWL and they are loving it! Sometimes students read independently, out loud to the whole group, or with a reading partner. Lately, they just like to read ahead!😅 Our book is called A Boy Called Bat, which is a story about a third-grader who becomes fascinated with an orphaned skunk and wages a campaign to convince his veterinarian mom that their family should care for the animal until it can be released to the wild. Bixby Alexander Tam, also known as “Bat”, is on the autism spectrum and while he is extraordinary, his experiences and emotions are quite ordinary and relatable. If your 2nd-5th grader is in the PROWL group in the inside recess building, be sure to ask them about their book study! 📖

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  • Math Chat

    Mrs. Farris’ third-graders used a strategy called Math Chat to solve an application problem today, followed by some carpet time where students explained and compared their solutions.

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  • Internet Safety Night

     Please make plans to join us for this very important educational night!

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