Ellisville Elementary
1425 Froesel Drive, Ellisville, MO 63011
Phone (636) 891-6600
Principal Blog - Dr. Allison Loy
Mar 23
2017 Mouse Races

Dear Ellisville Parents,

I hope that you will consider joining us at Mouse Races this Saturday evening!  It is a fun adult event that has supported many of our efforts at Ellisville Elementary!  

We would love to see you there!! 

Allison  

Mar 02
2017 Ellisville Teacher of the Year....Maureen McGeehan....

​               ELLISVILLE 2017 TEACHER OF THE YEAR:

We are excited to announce our 2017 Teacher of the Year…Ms. Maureen McGeehan!!!  Today we celebrated with an exciting school-wide parade.  This year is Maureen's 31st year in education.  She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades.  When I asked her what her favorite things about teaching were this was her response.  :)

  • developing relationships with students and colleagues
  • seeing my students develop independence and confidence
  • seeing students achieve their potential
  • sharing my sense of humor with students

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    DONUTS WITH DADS:

    It was great to see so many Dads and family members the past two days!  Thanks to Rachael Narsh and her committee for serving donuts!!!  Our students are always so proud to walk in and show off their Dads! 

     

    DISTRICT NEWS:

    Rockwood consistently balances its budget and works hard to be fiscally responsible. In fact, we are one of only four school districts in Missouri to earn a AAA rating from Standard & Poor's for this high level of financial responsibility. 

    Now, we are aware of 2,300 new homes being built in the district in the coming years.

    These 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 – realizing the calculations are different at the elementary, middle and high school levels. 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 elementary class sizes. Our preferred Rockwood class sizes have made a difference in our school as we move toward the state's desirable class size numbers.

     In the latest edition of Super Talks with our Rockwood Superintendent, Dr. Eric Knost provides an overview of Prop T. The bond issue will address increasing enrollment and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning.  Prop T is a $95.5 million bond issue that will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate. 

     Learn more about Prop T on the April 4 ballot.

     Have a great day!!

    Allison Loy, Principal

     
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​

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