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Meet the Director

My name is Alyson Harris, and I will be the Director of eStem East Village Elementary when it opens in July. I started with eStem, as a teacher, in 2010 and have since served as Title 1 Coordinator and Assistant Director of eStem Elementary Downtown. I love working with eStem students, teachers, and families, and I look forward to getting to work with you and your child! 

At eStem, our school culture is created by our values and our heart. We believe that our culture is the foundation of our school. We promise each morning to use our values to help us make good choices.

Establishing this culture paves the way for learning. We create classroom communities that treat each child as an individual. Our teachers are creative, caring, and committed to your child's success. We strive to use the best teaching practices to reach each student and work together to do what's best for our students and our school.

Are there any important dates coming up?

  • July 17th-East Village K- 2nd grades New Parent Orientation 5:00-6:00
  • July 18th-East Village 3rd- 6th grades New Parent Orientation 5:00-6:00
  • July 21st-Open House- Elementary- 9:00-11:00; Jr. High-10:00-12:00
  • July 24th-First Day of School

Can we tour the East Village campus?

The building is still under construction and won't be available to tour until Open House on July 21st. Check out our website and Facebook page for a virtual tour and pictures of our progress.

My child currently receives special education services. Will he or she have access to those services at eStem?

Yes! We offer special education services, OT, PT, and speech therapies to students who qualify.

What should I do if my child currently has an IEP or 504?

You should let your current school know that your child will be attending eStem. The school will send your child's paperwork to eStem. Then, our special education or 504 coordinator will contact you to set up a conference for the new school year.

What time should my child arrive?

Students should be in class each morning by 8:00. Our doors open at 7:20 and students can go to their homeroom class at 7:30.

What time is dismissal?

Students will be dismissed by 3:45. eVisors(our part-time employees) supervise dismissal until 4:45, when all students must be picked up.

Does eStem have an after-school program?

We follow an extended day schedule that is approximately one hour longer each day that traditional schools in the area, therefore eVisors supervise students at dismissal. Students will be seated in their dismissal locations until picked up by a parent. Several local agencies and churches offer after-school programs to eStem students. We do not offer a formal after-school program.

Will all of the teachers at East Village be new to eStem?

Some of eStem's current teachers will be moving to East Village. The rest of the teachers are being hired because they show the same enthusiasm and innovative attitude that our current staff members exhibit!

What can my child wear to school?

eStem students can wear khaki or navy blue pants, shorts, or skirts. Students can wear an eStem t-shirt or plain collared shirt or blouse that is blue, yellow, gray, or white. Students can wear jeans on Friday and have the option of paying $1 to dress out of uniform (Cash for Casual).

Will my child be learning the same thing as students at the other elementary campus?

Yes! The schools will be working closely together to ensure that all students are involved in rigorous, appropriate, and engaging activities and lessons, based on the Arkansas State Standards.

Will my child be pulled for Gifted and Talented? Will my child be challenged?

We do not pull students for a separate Gifted and Talented class because we believe that all students should be engaged in enriching activities. Our classrooms are taught in a way that allows teachers to individualize learning for each student. In addition, each grade level has a time set aside each day (METS Camp) for enrichment and intervention taught in interesting, engaging, and new ways.

Will my child have the opportunity to learn a foreign language?

We offer Spanish as an enrichment class.

What technology will my child be using?

Students will be using desktop computers, laptops, and chromebooks. Each classroom also has an interactive whiteboard. Many of our teachers, especially in the older grades, use Google classroom for assignments and assessments. Students are issued a Google account through eStem as well.

Will my child be able to purchase breakfast or lunch?

Your child can purchase breakfast and/or lunch. Eligible students can participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. These applications will be available at the beginning of the school year.

How will drop-off and dismissal be run?

We have a systematic, safe way that we run arrival and dismissal. Your family will be given a carpool number and drop-off and dismissal procedures will be covered during New Parent Orientation on July 17th and 18th.

Will my child have recess?

All students have recess each day. Students in kindergarten through second grade have two daily recess times.

Will my child be able to go on field trips?

Yes! We take advantage of our resources and utilize various downtown businesses, museums, parks, and the Main Library.

Who should I contact with questions about the waiting list or admissions?

Our Director of Admissions, Rebecca Cleveland. Her email address is rebecca.cleveland@estemschools.org.

Where do I turn in my child's registration documents?

Your child's birth certificate, social security card, shot record, and Kindergarten physical can be turned into Mrs. Owens in the downtown main office.

How and what will my child be learning?

Math

At eStem, we encourage our students to be innovative thinkers. We provide them with the tools and resources they need in order to be successful. Math lessons are designed to be a mixture of teacher led mini-lessons, along with independent and collaborative student work. Students are encouraged to share ideas and explore additional problem-solving strategies. Students are taught to solve problems using Singapore Math methods. The underlying principles of Singapore Math require students to begin learning through concrete and pictorial means before moving into abstract thought and development.

Literacy

The eStem literacy curriculum integrates social studies and includes a balance of instructional approaches that are driven by authentic, ongoing assessments. The curriculum is implemented through the workshop model. Students learn through modeled, shared, guided, and independent practice. eStem utilizes the Daily 5 system to manage the literacy block. Students select from five authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets with individuals and small-groups. These choices include:

Read to Self

Work on Writing,

Read to Someone,

Listen to Reading, and

Word Work.

Daily 5 classrooms produce productive, highly engaged students who are developing a true love of literacy.

Science

All students receive daily science instruction that involves inquiry-based activities, labs, engineering challenges, direct instruction, and rigorous assessment. In addition to their daily science lessons, K-4 students receive science instruction weekly in our elementary STEM Lab led by an elementary science specialist. The eStem Science department utilizes an integrated curriculum of four main content areas: physical science, earth and space science, life science, and engineering. All lessons are fully aligned with both the Arkansas Framework for Science and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Where are the East Village Campuses located? 

The new Elementary and Junior High campuses are located on Shall Street right across the street from Heifer International. (We encourage you to drive by and look at the progress)

Are these new schools taking the place of the current downtown buildings? 

No, these new schools are in addition to the current downtown buildings. We will now have two (2) elementary schools and two (2) junior high schools. We will still have one (1) high school that will remain on the UALR campus.

If one of my children is accepted to attend the new campus will all siblings attend the same campus? 

If you accept the seat for one of your children to attend the East Village Campus, all siblings must also attend the East Village Campus. We cannot separate elementary and junior high siblings between campuses.

How many students will be housed in the new buildings?

For the first year the new elementary school will house approximately 750 students and the junior high will house approximately 350. These campuses will continue to grow to max capacity of 864 and 450 students respectfully by the year 2025.

Will the class sizes be similar to the current building? 

Yes, class sizes will be the same in the Downtown and East Village Schools.

Will there be a difference in curriculum, class offerings, programs, activities etc.? 

No, we anticipate creating environments that are extremely similar to the current schools. Curriculum, programs, activities etc., will all be the same.

Other Questions? please email Rebecca.cleveland@estemschools.org. 

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