Weekly Family Update

Greetings CLA-EAST Families!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and the decent weather we had. As the weather continues to shift to the familiar winter chills we are accustomed to, I want to remind families that scholars are permitted to wear solid colored hoodies (purple, black, white and gray) while in school. This is to accommodate scholars who feel they need to be warmer throughout the school day. Scholars are also permitted to wear CLA-EAST fleece, solid colored (same as above) sweaters and cardigans. Jackets and/or outside coats are permitted to be worn during school hours.

This week we will continue to work on the programming for the Celebration of Learning. COL is on Thursday, December 20th from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. This is a time for our scholars to showcase some of products and cases studies they have completed during the first half of the year. Please mark it on your calendar to attend this exciting event.

At our school, Habits of Leadership are norms we use to help build and sustain a healthy school culture. Each of the six HOL’s is posted throughout the school and discussed during crew and class time weekly. This week and moving forward our school-wide focus will be on self-discipline. The HOL Self-discipline has to targets we will strive to master. (1) I can control my words and actions in all situations. (2) I can reflect on my actions to improve my choices. Please review these HOL targets with your scholar(s) to ensure we are all working towards a common goal.

This Tuesday, I invite all parents/guardians to join me for the family engagement discussion. We will meet at 9:30 am and share with each other, the best ways to move forward with parent engagement and set plans to begin active involvement in the month of December and beyond. There will be coffee and Danish.

I’m looking forward to another great week…let’s go TIGERS!

Yours in Education,

Ricardo Franklin, Sr.

Founding Principal



Academic Updates
MATH Scholars will continue to review from their Unit 2 test focusing on student misconceptions with Greatest Common Factors and Least Common Multiple. Scholars will also begin to work on their COL projects – a recipe page.


Scholars will begin working on multiplying integers using a number line. They will use their knowledge of the number line to add and subtract in order to understand these concepts.
SCIENCE Scientist will begin their study on atoms, elements, and the periodic table. Scientist will continue to build their background knowledge on their COL project of Climate and Weather.
ENGLISH Scholars will be learning about elements of a story including plot and continue reading Wonder. Scholars will be reviewing poetic devices and continue to read in their literature circles.
SOCIAL STUDIES Scholars will continue with their African Kingdoms  unit focusing on three western kingdoms (Ghana, Mali, and Songhai) in preparation for an upcoming QUIZ on THURSDAY Scholars will begin to unpack the Black Death epidemic of the Middle Ages. Scholars will also create their own study guides at the latter part of the week.


Operations, Special Events & Updates

  • 12/7 – PD Day (No School)
  • 12/10 – NWEA Testing (Mid-year) – Monday thru Thursday
  • 12/20 – Winter Celebration of Learning @ 4:30 pm
  • 12/24 – 1/4 – Winter Break

Current School Data

Average Daily Attendance— 94.9% (down)               Suspension rate—5.7%