Birth to Five Initiative
We are excited to continue our support of the district's Birth to Five initiative by funding the new ESF Community Room at the Birth to Five Center. This year the funds went to help set up the room as a place for resources for parents in our community, as well as a location to offer parenting classes.
District Initiatives supported by ESF
The Ozobots are amazing little robots that introduce students to coding. These little guys can be coded using paper and pens and special coding patterns, OR they can be coded on a chromebook using block coding. They really get the students to problem solve and work together. Ozobots support learning and integrate content in many ways:
Math: learning with measurement, geometry, fractions, telling time and building.
ELA: Retelling, writing procedures, connecting parts of a story, learning parts of speech, practicing spelling and sentence writing.
Science/Social Studies: Recycling, oceans, motion, life cycles, communities and habitats.
Art: Code a snowflake, building a snowman, parade floats and light path.
Microscopes can be used:
Individually - let students explore independently and create ways to share their learning.
Small Group - small group of students can investigate and see what they are exploring. Members can take turns capturing images and putting on a shared slide or document.
Whole Class - attach to teacher laptop and project into your board for whole class learning and discussion.
Math - identify patterns, shapes and measurement
Science - investigate various objects, find details and compare and contrast.
ELA - scientific or nonfiction writing, writing clues, descriptive sentences and step by step directions
SquidBooks for EMS & TMMS
SquidBooks is a personalized learning platform with a library of differentiated, self-grading, digital resource with many benefits:
- reading level can be adjusted
- it can be read aloud to students
- the language can be changed to Spanish
- there's vocab resources, graphic organizers, and lesson assessments
- a great support for our ELL and SPED students
Squidbook lesson include over 1000+ differentiated lessons including interactive diagrams, graphic organizers, vocabulary exercises, games, articles and quizzes in the areas of Earth Science, Space Science, Life Science and Physical Science.
Theater for Elementary Students
Every elementary student in each of our five elementary schools is given the experience of a live performance by our EHS Drama department. All 2nd-5th Graders will have the opportunity to travel to the EHS auditorium to get the full theater experience as they watch a special performance of EHS Drama's fall play, and all Kindergarten-1st Graders will have their own special assembly just for them in the spring when EHS Drama travels to each of the elementary schools to put on a new play.
Books for Babies
All babies born in our local hospital receive a book donated by ESF as part of a gift to welcome them to our district and community.
This program started as a grant request and has proven to be a very popular and well-loved experience for our 5th graders. A few years back ESF decided to turn it into an initiative, and now all five elementary schools are participating.