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The Home of the Sharks

Phone: 860-489-2303

Fax: 860-489-2308

 A message from our Principal:


May 1, 2017

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that another school year is rapidly coming to a close. At this time, I would like to pause and recognize groups and individuals for jobs well done. Thank you, parents and families for your support throughout the year. Your interest and involvement have made our efforts to support student learning especially meaningful.

We are particularly grateful to the East School PTO: President Jim Coons, Vice President Sharon Coons, Secretary Tracey Cravanzola, and Treasurer Tiffany Marsh – along with the countless volunteers who did such a wonderful job this year! Their dedication and hard work benefitted our students in many ways: school-wide assemblies, enrichment programs, field trips, yearbooks, family events, etc. Thank You, PTO! We appreciate the tremendous amount of effort and enthusiasm you put into all you do for East School. The PTO is in need of new officers. Please contact one of the folks listed above to express your interest. It truly is a team effort, so you would not be working on your own.

I’d also like to extend a BIG shout out to our amazing staff. I am so fortunate to work with such a talented group of people who are truly dedicated to their professions and the children and families with whom they work. Thanks so much for all you do in whatever capacity you serve.

For your convenience, upcoming activities and events are listed below.

Happy Spring!


Susan Fergusson



May and June Upcoming Events at East School:

  • 5/4 Art Show- 6-8 pm in the GYM

  • 5/9 East School Spring Concert 7:00 pm

  • 5/10 Pre-K “Muffins For Mom” Event- 10:00 am

  • 5/10 Project A.C.E.S. Day- 2:30 pm

  • 5/12 East School Plant Sale (open to the public) 3:30-5:30 pm

  • 5/15 East School PTO Meeting- 6:30 pm- Cafeteria

  • 5/17-5/19 Lions Club Vision Screening (All Grades)

  • 5/18 Early Dismissal Day

  • 5/19 5th Grade Field Day at TMS

  • 5/22 5th Grade Field Day Rain Date

  • 5/22 Kindergarten Screening for Incoming Kindergarten Students

  • 5/24 Grade 2 Field Trip to Joe Ruwet Park

  • 5/26 Kindergarten Field Trip to the Children’s Movement Center

  • 5/29 Memorial Day-No School

  • 6/1 5th Grade Field Trip to Sturbridge Village

  • 6/1 Mrs. Ledversis and Miss Colao’s classes go to the New England Air Museum

  • 6/4 Kids Marathon- 9:30 am at THS

  • 6/5 Grade 3 Field Trip to White Memorial
  • 6/6 Grade 2 Field Trip to Roaring Brook

  • 6/6 Grade 5 Field Trip to Torrington Police Department

  • 6/7 PDG Pot Luck Graduation 5:30-7:30 pm

  • 6/9 Grade 1 Field Trip to White Memorial

  • 6/9 Grades 3 & 4 Concert (Recorder and Beginner Band) 2:30 pm

  • 6/12 Fun Fair- Time Slots to be announced soon

  • 6/13 Fun Fair Rain Date

  • 6/13 DARE Graduation Time TBD

  • 6/14 Grade 2 Folktale Fiesta 6:00 pm

  • 6/16 5th Grade Picnic

  • 6/19 5th Grade Picnic Rain Date

  • 6/21 Students Last Day- Early Dismissal Day


March/April 2017

Dear Families,

Although the wind is whipping up here on the hill, and the thermometer may still be hovering near the freezing mark, Spring is definitely in the air! And East School is ready! Our schedule for March and April is filled with fun, and family friendly programs and activities for all to enjoy. We hope you’ll be able to join us! Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s happening:


What Are You Grateful For?

Our “Look for the Good” Project is well underway. This is essentially an awareness campaign around the core belief that gratitude changes mindsets, reduces violence, and improves everything. Anne Kubitsky, a biologist-turned-author/artist, originally started the Look for the Good Project as a public art project. For three years, thousands of grateful messages poured into her PO Box from all over the world which helped her go through a lot of personal growth and healing. So many kids participated in the project that she finally founded an organization in 2014 to specifically serve schools. Anne is an international speaker, the author of the book, What Makes You Grateful, and a recipient of "The Points of Light Award," awarded by The White House. The East School staff and students are excited to be participating in this project that spans the globe, helping to remind us that there is good to be found in every situation. If you have a chance, stop by and take a look at our Gratitude Wall!


St. Jude’s Telethon – Sunday, March 5th in the Torrington High School Little Theater

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, founded in 1962, by Danny Thomas, is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases. Every year, the City of Torrington sponsors a telethon which raises tens of thousands of dollars for St. Jude’s. The event is held at Torrington High School, and each year, the students of the Torrington Public Schools provide entertainment. As in years past, the East School Chorus, Dance Team, and Grade One students will perform. The schedule for this year is as follows:


East School Chorus-9:15

East Dance Team-10:15AM

East School 5th Grade Leadership Council will make a donation at 10:45AM

Grade 1 performance-11:15AM


From the Literacy Corner:



  • Thursday, March 2nd for PreK through Grade 5

  • To promote the importance of reading and celebrate Read Across America Day

  • Students will read together across grade levels and participate in literacy based activities related to Dr. Seuss


One School, One Book

  • March 17th through April 4th

  • All East School students and staff will read Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year, by Bill Harley

  • Kick Off Assembly – Friday, March 17th

  • Author visit – Tuesday, April 4th

  • Spirit Week – April 3rd through 7th


Literacy Night

  • April 4th, 5:00-7:30 PM

  • Literacy exhibits and activities

  • Hot dogs on the grill

  • Bill Harley book signing and concert


Building Bridges to Literacy

  • Tuesday, March 14th and April 25th at 9:15 AM

  • Students from Oliver Wolcott High School visit Grade 2 classrooms to read with students



From the Math Corner:


Family Math Night

  • March 22nd from 5:00-7:00 PM

  • Math games in the gym and computer lab

  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? in the Media Center

  • Pizza


From PTO:


This year, East School celebrates its 40th birthday! On March 24th the PTO will be sponsoring a 40th Birthday Bash, complete with DJ, Photo Booth, and birthday cake! Save the date – more details to follow!



Additionally, there are always exciting things happening in our classrooms at every grade level, and parents are encouraged to visit whenever your schedules permit. Your involvement is an essential component to the academic success of your child. Your participation in our school is needed and greatly appreciated!


We hope to see you at any or all of our early spring events!


Warmest regards,


Susan Fergusson




January 2017

Happy New Year!  It is always a pleasure to see all of the children, teachers and staff back on campus after a long break.  We enjoyed a seamless transition back to school after the winter holidays, and kids seem generally refreshed and focused after the time off.  Here is a look at what is happening at East School as we kick off 2017 together:

DROP-OFF PROCEDURE – keep our cars moving and our kids safe!

To ensure the safety of all students, we strongly encourage all students to take the bus, as our parking lot becomes very congested during arrival and dismissal.

Children walking to school or being transported by parents/guardians should arrive no earlier than 8:50 A.M. Parents are asked to drop off their child in the drop off area where a staff member will let your child out of the car. Please have your children ready to get out of the car prior to reaching the drop off area. 

FLU SEASON – help keep us all healthy!

Flu season is upon us!  We have seen an increased number of absences due to illness.  In order to protect those around us, parents and guardians are required to keep children at home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours.  Please do not send your child to school with a low-grade fever—or the morning after he or she has had a fever!  Such decisions spread illness and ultimately reduce attendance. 

RECESS DURING WINTER – getting the kids outside for fresh air

Weather permitting, recess will be held

LOST AND FOUND – retrieve your belongings while you still can

Please swing by the lost and found soon—it is unusually full this month! We still have all items that were left on campus in December, as well as the new January items. All will be donated at the end of this month.


  • January 10th - Students from Oliver Wolcott Technical High School visit Grade 2

  • January 12th - PTO sponsored enrichment program, “Dig It” comes to Grade 3

    • NO SCHOOL in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 16th

    • January 18th – PTO meeting

    • January 20th – PTO Family Game Night











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