Ellisville Elementary
1425 Froesel Drive, Ellisville, MO 63011
Phone (636) 891-6600
Principal Blog - Dr. Allison Loy

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Feb 22
Prop T Information

Dear Ellisville Families,

We have known for a long time that hands-on, experimental activities engage more students. We have made a concentrated effort to provide more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to prepare our students for the future.


Being a critical thinker and problem solver is one of the most essential skills for students to be successful. Our Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost shares what innovation looks like in our schools. Take a moment to view the video and read his message.


Funds from Prop T will fund the creation of an innovative learning space in our school. This space will become a collaborative K-5 classroom that will be equipped for robotics, computer programming, STEM+ maker spaces, 3D design in prototyping, and invention kits in arts/engineering.


Prop T is on the April 4 ballot and will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate. I invite you to learn more about Prop T projects for our school and feeder community.


Feb 16
Prop T

Dear Ellisville Parents,

I wanted to share that our Board of Education recently voted to place a bond issue on the April 4 ballot. Rockwood voters will consider Proposition T (Thrive) to address increasing enrollment and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning. Prop T will not alter the current Rockwood tax rate.

Funds from Prop T will build a new elementary school in Rockwood.  The last time Rockwood built a school was in 2004 in response to growth in the Wildwood area when we built Fairway Elementary School.

We are again experiencing increases to student enrollment. According to Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost, about 2,300 homes are expected to be built in the district in the next five years. Projections of increases in student enrollment led district officials to review current capacity in our schools. We evaluated how much space is available in each school. We also considered our curriculum and the learning spaces needed to meet the needs of instruction.

During the last few years, the district has made a concentrated effort to decrease class sizes at the elementary levels. Our preferred Rockwood class sizes have made a difference in our elementary schools as we move toward the state's desirable class size numbers. Here is a quick overview of the projects funded by Prop T:

Class Sizes

  • build a new element ary school in Eureka to address increased student enrollment
  • repurpose the existing school for early childhood education and RSD programs
  • add classrooms to schools to address increased student enrollment

Innovative Learning

  • create and equip innovative learning spaces in our elementary schools to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in our curriculum
  • complete the final phase of high school STEM lab renovations
  • expand the implementation of the one-to-one student/technology program

The $95.5 million bond issue requires a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority for passage on April 4. I'll continue to share more information about the bond issue in the coming weeks.  You can always contact me with questions or visit the Prop T website for more information. ​

Jan 26
Celebrating Diversity

Dear Ellisville Families,

Did you know that we currently have almost 50 countries represented at Ellisville Elementary by first or second generation immigrants!  Recently we displayed each of these flags in the front hallway. It has been joyful to watch our students proudly find their country represented.  Attached is a picture of our flags and countries.​ Click here​ to look at the list ​​and contact the office if your child is a first or second generation immigrant and your flag is not flying! 

 

​​STEM night was a success!  Thank you for attending and making this a fun family event!  We had 290 RSVPs which was amazing for our first time hosting!  It was great seeing our families experimenting and learning together.  

Mark your calendar for our annual pancake breakfast hosted by Chris Cakes.  This event will take place on Saturday, February 4th, from 7:30-10:30 AM.   This is always a yummy event that our Dads of Ellisville puts together for our community!  Join us and show off your pancake catching skills!

Have a great day!

Allison Loy, Principal

Jan 12
Kindergarten Registration is right around the corner...spread the word!!

Dear Ellisville Families,

Happy 2017!  I hope that everyone had a joyous holiday season!  It was so great to welcome the students back to school!  Every student should be working hard to set a personal and academic goal in their classrooms.  Please ask them about their goals.  Not only should they be able to tell you what their goals are they should be able to share strategies on how they will meet their goals.  Every Friday in their classrooms they will be meeting briefly with their accountability partners as a check-in process to keep their goals in the forefront of their minds. 

HELP SPREAD THE WORD:   Do you have a child who will be ready for Kindergarten next school year?  Do you know a family in your neighborhood that includes a future Kindergarten Student?

Remember and share this important information about kindergarten registration dates at our school:

Wednesday, Jan. 18     7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 19        9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Coming Soon…..

The Community Service Action Team will be doing a collection for the Shower to the People Organization.  This is a truck that drives around and provides showers to homeless people.  The truck has been redesigned on the inside with two showers, sinks, etc...to allow them to get cleaned up.  The Action Team will be collecting hygiene products in January and February.  Please check out the link below for additional information.  So proud of our students for helping assist those that are less fortunate.

http://www.showertothepeople.net/

​Have a wonderful day!!

 

Allison Loy, Principal


Dec 22
Kindness Spreads Cheer! Happy Holidays!!!

Dear Ellisville Families,

 

Thanks to all of the families that donated presents or gift cards to make this Holiday so wonderful for other families within the Ellisville Elementary community.  This year we had parents of staff members, previous teachers as well as the West County Bible Church join us in the giving. With the extra Walmart Gift Cards we were able to purchase turkey dinners and fixings for all of the families to make it even more special.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everybody for your kindness and generosity.  May your holiday break be as great as you have made theirs…

 

I would also like to highlight a few other acts of kindness from our Leader in Me Action Teams that meet once a month.

Friendly Faces:  Filled welcome bags for new students to Ellisville, delivered them to classrooms and made them feel like a part of our family from Day 1.  Within the last month we have welcomed 8 new students to Ellisville. 

Random Acts of Kindness:  This team collected items such as granola bars, gloves, socks, and personal hygiene items to create bags for homeless people.  Bags are kept in vehicles to hand out to people in need.  Students have created 20 bags so far and are excited to make more.  In January the RAK team is making blankets to donate to kids as they go through chemo treatments.

Animal Action Team:  The Animal Action Team has been busy brainstorming different animal causes and spear headed a collection for Stray Rescue of St. Louis.  Dog and cat toys, collars and treats were collected along with bath towels and dryer sheets.  All to support Stray Rescue and their efforts to find and rehabilitate stray pets!  Way to go Animal Action Team!

Students at Ellisville are always thinking of ways to reach out and help different causes.  Stay tuned as I highlight upcoming events. 

My wish is that everyone has a wonderful holiday break!  Create some special memories with your kiddos…they are pretty cool!  J

 

Sincerely,

 

Allison Loy, Principal​

Dec 19
Friday Dismissal

Dear Ellisville Families:


Friday afternoon was an extremely difficult dismissal for our school, for Rockwood and for our community-at-large. I want to thank everyone involved in bringing our students home safely during a stressful time. First and foremost, our top priority stayed on keeping kids safe and warm.  I appreciate the bus drivers, parents, teachers and staff who kept focused on our students and meeting their needs.

I would like to apologize about the various technology failures in our automatic notification systems. I assure you that I’ll look into the specifics of each situation.  We want to fix the systems that failed us, as we understand that communicating with our families is vital.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call me at (636) 891-6600.


Sincerely,

Allison Loy​

Nov 16
Nightly Reading Homework: Best Practices for Parents

​Dear Parents,

If you are in need of some strategies for reading practice at night watch the brief video that offers some best practices.​

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=korfvEOQb14&sns=em

​Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!!

​Allison Loy, Principal


Oct 19
We LOVE our students!!

Dear Ellisville Families,

Each year at our annual kick-off staff meeting the topic that rises to the top is always "relationships".  Relationships are viewed as one of the most important things we can do for our students.  When teachers form positive connections with students, classrooms become supportive places in which students can engage in academically and socially productive ways.  Academics are always a high priority and this year we are taking additional steps to make social/emotional wellness a high priority. 

Some things that we do to create this type of supportive environment are simple and some are more complex.  For instance, each morning you will see teachers and staff members greeting kids and getting their morning started off on a positive note!  We encourage all stakeholders in our school to do the same including our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, volunteers, etc.  Sometimes what may have been a problem in the mind of a student is alleviated by a meaningful greeting.  The Leader in Me Program supports our efforts by providing opportunities for student leadership as well as identifying a student's spark.   Problems are solved during "lead time" or class meetings held once a week where our students' voices are valued.   BEST teams are meetings with staff where specific strategies for both academic and social struggles for individual students are put into place and monitored.

As a parent you may be interested in learning more about how to navigate social/emotional learning.  The link below will take you to a website where you can investigate the five sets of competencies developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) by grade level of your child. 

http://www.parenttoolkit.com/index.cfm?objectid=50A8EC10-32D8-11E4-B03B0050569A5318

We are all looking forward to seeing you at our Student-Led (1-5) Conferences next week.  Kindergarten will invite students to join in during Spring Conferences. 

Our next super fun PTO sponsored event…Trunk or Treat…will be held next Friday, October 28th, from 6:30-7:45.  Come out and join the fun!!

Have a wonderful day!

Allison Loy, Principal​

Oct 12
Random Acts of Kindness

This month in our Random Acts of Kindness action team we made signs thanking our bus drivers for keeping us safe. The action team will give them to the bus drivers next week during Bus Safety week. We also brainstormed kind things we can do for others. Each student decided to challenge themselves to do at least one kind thing for someone everyday. They will record these acts in a calendar and share with our team at our next meeting.

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We are also looking for a couple of parents that are interested in helping with the knitting, crocheting, and loom knitting action team!! Please call the office if you are interested and available for 30 minutes on each half day!!  

Have a great day!!!

Allison Loy, Principal


Sep 14
Tigers are Proactive!

Dear Parents,

As you know Ellisville is a Leader in Me School receiving Lighthouse Status in the Spring of 2015.  Periodically I will be sharing Homeside Activities with you that can reinforce the 7 Habits at home.

Habit 1:  Be Proactive “I am in Charge”.   Being proactive takes practice, and sometimes it involves changing our language.  Below are some examples of reactive vs. proactive responses.

Reactive Proactive

I can’t I will

That is wrong Let’s look at our alternatives

She made me do it I control my own feelings

This month, we are inviting you to practice using proactive language by reading the scenarios on back of the page and discussing as a family whether the person was proactive or reactive.  If the character was reactive, how could that person change his/her response to be proactive?  If the character acted proactively in the scenario, what did he/she do to show that they were in charge?

On the bottom, tell us how you as a family have been proactive in the past or plan to be proactive in the future.  Please turn in your homeside activity by Friday, September  23rd.  We will display the feedback on a bulletin board at school.   



Luke was very bored at home on a Saturday.  He kept bugging his mom to take him to the store because he was "so bored!" Nancy decided that even though he was not having a great day, she was going to stay in a positive mood.
Students were working in a group project and Allen decided that he was going to sit back and let everyone else to the hard work.  Barb did not study for her test.  She was very upset when she received a D on her test and told her mom that she was not as smart as her classmates.
Frank wanted to go to the zoo for his birthday.  He woke up on his birthday morning to rain.  Frank said that it was the worst day ever.   Jay just watched a movie about how recycling is so important.  He decided to pick up trash while he was at recess.
Think of a time when your family was proactive….. Think of a time when you or your family did not act proactively.  What can you change?
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