A day in The life of your child at Eastway Elementary

Teachers introduce themselves to families at Parents Night Out, held on Sept. 15 at Eastway Elementary School. (Staff photo by Travon Wallace)


 

The hallway is filled with chatter as students and their families poured into the building, on Thursday, September 15, Eastway Elementary School hosted its annual Parents Night out.

“This night is a way for parents to come into the building after school has started to meet with their child’s teacher and to get a feel for how things are going,” Principal Shayla Holeman said. “A day in the life of your child.”

Teachers introduce themselves to families at Parents Night Out, held on Sept. 15 at Eastway Elementary School. (Staff photo by Travon Wallace)

Teachers introduce themselves to families at Parents Night Out, held on Sept. 15 at Eastway Elementary School. (Staff photo by Travon Wallace)

Holeman also added that teachers enjoy the night just like the parents because it allows them to build the connection with the parents, show the students’ progress and give an overall feel for the classroom atmosphere.

Teachers at Eastway made it clear to parents that they just want their students to succeed.

“I tell my students to at least try. Nobody’s perfect, trying is perfection to me,” fifth-grade math teacher Ms. Brafield said.

The school has 29 teachers and 15 additional support teachers. This allows the teachers to have small classes giving students a chance to have additional help and one on one time if needed.

Teachers explained to the students and their families that the teaching styles have changed and that things like homework aren’t going to be as stressed because they understand that the coursework can be harder and that some students may not have the resources to get help at home.

The event also gives parents the chance to learn about other programs the school offers. For example, BOOST, an outreach program that helps builds an interest in science.

Parents also got to see that reading is very important at Eastway. Book bulletin boards and book baskets could be found in the front office and cafeteria.

Holeman says that the demographic of the school is mostly Hispanic so vocabulary and reading are stressed heavily so they can ensure that students are learning and able to complete tasks.

On top of Parents Night Out, Eastway tries to keep families and the community involved in the school by hosting clothes drives, backpack drives and jacket drives.

“We try to keep the community involved as much as possible, that’s why we have so many community programs for the kids,” fifth-grade teacher James Johnson said.

Holeman added that at Eastway, they just want the best for the students and that building these relationships with their parents is the first step in that direction.

Travon Wallace of Washington, N.C., is a journalism student at NCCU. He is a staff writer-photographer for the VOICE.


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