News from Administration
September 24, 2020
As we have learned over the past year, things can change in a moment's notice. With that being
said, we would like to provide you with some important information regarding Distance
Learning in the event we switch to distance learning at any point throughout the 2020-2021
school year. Please note, this is not to be confused with our District Elementary Distance
For East Lake Distance Learning, your child(ren) will be required to log onto our LIVE Google
Meet sessions daily. We are practicing this in class together, so your child(ren) becomes familiar
with the process. We encourage you to have your child(ren) show you how they log onto the
Clever Portal on their chromebooks and show you some of the wonderful programs they are
currently using daily!
During distant learning our students will follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Log onto The Clever Portal on their chromebook
Step 2: Select the icon
Step 3: Enter Class Google Meet Code
For your convenience all Google Meet Codes can be found on our teachers PSL pages in
addition to our special area PSL pages.
IF we need to pivot and find ourselves in a distance learning model, class schedules will be
posted on PSL pages. If your child(ren) receives other services outside the regular classroom,
you will be provided with those specific schedules. Specific schedules related to your child(ren)
will not be posted on PSL pages, they will be emailed directly to you. The same applies for
small group instruction, classroom teachers will email a schedule with specific log on time
directly to you.
We will continue to keep you informed of any changes as soon as feasibly possible so that you
may plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your
Thomas A. McKillop III
Office of the Principal
September 23, 2020
As we begin the new school year, I would like to reacquaint you with our “Birthday Celebration” procedures here at East Lake School. A child’s birthday is always a special occasion and in the past some parents have chosen to mark this special day with a birthday treat for their child that can be shared in school with their classmates. While we will continue to allow this practice in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade, it is not permitted in grades 3 and up. We further request that you send in only enough food items for the child’s classroom as they will not be permitted to travel around the building with their treat. All food coming in must have a food label, be individually wrapped, and approved by the classroom teacher.
With the ever increasing number of students who have been diagnosed with food allergies, some of which can be life threatening, we are attempting to make the school environment as safe as possible. We have made many advancements in this area over the past few years and this is another procedural change that will assist us in making our school safer for all students.
Again we fully recognize that a child’s birthday is a special day that should be honored and recognized. Therefore, all students whose birthdays fall during the school year will still have their birthday recognized during morning announcements, as well as on our television monitors. In addition, students are still welcome to come down and receive their birthday prize from both Mrs. Velte and myself.
In addition to these changes we are also now requiring our teachers and/or class parents to notify all parents prior to an event in the classroom that will include food. It is imperative moving forward that you check with the classroom teacher before sending in snacks for parties, birthdays, special occasions, etc.
I appreciate your understanding and support in meeting these important accommodations. The health and safety of all our students is our primary concern, and I thank you in advance for your cooperation and consideration in this matter.
As always, if you would like to further discuss this or any other matter, please feel free to contact me at 308-5201.
Thomas A. McKillop III