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Windy Hill News - 1.6.23

East End Community School's Windy Hill News - January 06, 2023

  “Empowering Students of the World for the World”


Welcome Back: Happy New Year!


    Pre-K lottery applications open January 9th and closes at midnight on Jan. 27th


East School Hours

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

Important information


School hours are 7:45 AM and ends at 2:10 PM.


Wednesdays are early release dismissal are 1:10 PM 


January’s Breakfast & Lunch Menus 

Jan. 9- 27th, 2023




Jan. 10th (6 PM)


Jan. 16, 2023 (NO School) 



Jan. 23, 2023 (5:30-6:30)


March 1 & 2, 2023



Pre-K applications opens



PTO meeting (Link)


Martin Luther King Day 



Community Dinner


Spring Conferences



First Chapter Friday!     

First Chapter Friday (for all students)

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson (9:35)

This video is recycled from last year, but the book hasn't been circulating and it's a great new series that's winning many accolades! Summary from Follett: The Hart family of Portland, Oregon, faces many setbacks after Ryan's father loses his job, but no matter what, Ryan tries to bring sunshine to her loved ones. Recommended for ages 7-10, but I think it could appeal to middle school students as well.


MSBA Friday (for gr. 4 &5)

D & D Dungeon Academy: No Humans Allowed by Madeleine Roux (7:09)

Summary from the publisher: Welcome to Dungeon Academy, where monsters and creatures train for the dark world that awaits just beyond the dungeon walls! But Zellidora "Zelli" Stormclash is a bit--different. She's the one thing monsters and creatures of the Forgotten Realms fear the most: Zelli is a human! Knowing she'll never be accepted, Zelli's parents disguise her as a minotaur in hopes she'll blend with the academy's monstrous surroundings. Zelli does her work, keeps to herself, and becomes "invisible" to everyone.

While in History of Horrible Humans class, Zelli learns of the great human adventurer, Allidora Steelstrike, who oddly resembles her. Could Zelli also be a Steelstrike? Seeking answers to her true lineage, Zelli embarks on a dangerous adventure. Recommended for grades 3-7.


FCF videos are ad-free (thanks,!). The full list is here, if you'd like to access old ones.



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Help PTO and EECS meet our goal for the 

#SeedMoneyChallenge, a 30-day fundraising challenge. 


 It is a grant that will help East End expand our garden program. 


We are currently in the top 50 who will make an extra $100 if we can maintain that lead until noon tomorrow. Please help us win! 


Donate HERE.


Check out 

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and information. 



From Dawn Girsch, School Counselor…  

For the month of January, the school counseling lesson is all about Size of My Problem, Size of My Reaction.  Students will determine which problems are small (can be solved themselves), medium (may need some adult assistance) or Big (adults need to solve).  We will discuss reactions that fit the size of the problem. In the lower grades we will discuss tattling and will read the book Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal.  We will do some role playing in the upper grades. Next time your student has a big reaction to a small problem, ask if they match!

We would like to remind students, families and staff that we try to keep East End a Fragrance Free environment. Some individuals have immediate reactions to fragrance due to allergies or sensitivities to fragrance and/or chemicals.  


Exposure to scented product may adversely affect a person's health, some or all of the following symptoms are typically reported:

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness

  • Nausea

  • Fatigue

  • Upper respiratory symptoms


  PTO News & Parent Resources


 Donate to the PTO here!


Who is our PTO?


Aoife Nugent and Sharon McGauley, Co-Presidents

Jessica MilNeil and Elizabeth Atterbury, Co-Vice Presidents

Lindsay Humphries, Secretary

Mike Dixon, Treasurer

Instagram: @eecs_pto

Mayo Street Arts partnership with EECS

These performances are part of a collaboration between Mayo Street Arts and the East End Community School. This MSA-EECS Partnership is a portion of a year-round approach toward engagement with our neighbors in East Bayside. A committee of elementary students and faculty helps to select artists and tailor workshops to support classroom curriculum.


The Gottabees | Friday, February 17, 2023  (PreK-2nd graders)


Big Lux | Friday, April 7, 2023  (Whole School)



Local resource for families:


BOYS & GIRLS CLUB: 277 Cumberland Avenue, Portland


Kindergarten-5th grade PROGRAM HOURS: 2-6pm

Transportation provided from EECS to the Club

click here for more info

Register Here

LEARNING WORKS: 181 Brackett Street, Portland

Has Not Begun Yet

click here for more info

Check with your child's teacher if your child is a good candidate


REC: program takes place at EECS


PROGRAM HOURS: 2:10-5:30pm (1:10 on early release Wednesdays)

click here for more info 


Fee Waiver Appplication: If financial assistance is needed, this MUST be submitted BEFORE registering.


ROOT CELLAR: 94 Washington Avenue, Portland



Transportation provided from EECS to the Root Cellar

click here for more info

Register by calling 207.774.3197 or stopping by 94 Washington Avenue


Coming Soon:  Community Dinners

  • Jan. 23         (5:30-6:30)

  • Feb. 27         (5:30-6:30)

  • March 27      (5:30-6:30)

  • April 24        (5:30-6:30)

  • May 22         (5:30-6:30)


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Multilingual and Multicultural Center Support

If you need help with translating this information into another language, please call the Multilingual and Multicultural Center at 874-8135. 

Acholi Ka imito kony me kwango ngec man i leb mukene, tim ber go cim i ofic pa Multilingual ki Multicultural Center i nama 874-8135. 

Arabic أذا كنت بحاجة الى المساعدة في ترجمة ھذه المعلومات الى لغة أخري, يرجي اتصال بدائرة برامج اللغات والثقافات المتعددة في التربية على الرقم 8135- 874. 

Chinese 如果需要这个资讯翻译成中文请打电话到多元文化和多种语言办公室874-8135。

 French -Si vous avez besoins d’aide avec la traduction dans une autre langue, s’il vous plaît appelez le Centre Multilingue et Multiculturel au 874-8135. 

Khmer រ◌បសិនេ◌បេ◌លកអរ◌ត+វករជ◌ំន◌ួយ ◌ួយ បែក រ◌បដំណឹងេ◌នះេ◌ទជ◌ាភ ◌ាស◌ូមទក់ទងម ទងម ជ◌ឈ មណ+លពហុហុភ◌ាស ◌ាស /វប◌បធ ◌បធ ◌បធ ម◌៌៨៧៤-៨១៣៥ ។ 

Kinyarwanda -Nimwaba mukeneye ubasemurira mu rundi rurimi, tubasavye guhamagara ikigo C’Indimi n’Imico itandukanye kuri 874-8135. 












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