Eastwood-Prospect PTO
Oberlin Summer Camps Sunday, May 5

The Oberlin community offers a wide variety of summer camps for kids.

Here is information about some of the camps we have heard about: Oberlin summer camps.

Report from Confronting Hate: Creating Community Conference Monday, April 29

PTO President, Laura Slocum, had the opportunity to attend the first day of the Confronting Hate: Creating Community Conference, which was held at Lorain County Community College on Monday, April 29th, 2019 from 9am until 2pm. The program featured a variety of voices, including Director of the DC Mayor’s Office, Executive Director of the Cleveland Chapter of The Council on American Islamic Relations, a representative from the League of Women Voters Lobby Corps, a State Board of Education representative, a US Attorney who prosecutes hate crimes, Superintendents/ Administrators/Teachers and Coaches from a variety of local school districts, and a couple of local (Oberlin) high school students.

The primary focus of day one of the conference was Confronting Hate in School and it was pleasing to see students from several area high schools as audience-participants. General topics addressed throughout the day included the concept of "Otherism" by Julia Shearson, CEO of C.A.I.R.; ways we can strengthen community and work together to reduce/stop hate crimes and the Justice Department's role in processing hate crimes cases by Justin Herdman, US Attorney Northern District; how to create space for hope (i.e., "our replacements," the children) in "the future tense of our humanity" by Reverend Thomas Bowen; and current challenges facing the schools (from a summary of recent athletic events to legislative decisions - such as charter schools and school vouchers to high stakes testing - and their impacts on local schools) in a series of moderated panel discussions. Questions from the audience were welcomed throughout the event. Two additional items worth viewing are the Mid-Sized Urban Districts Leadership Collaborative and the Questions for Reflection: Teatime for Peace.

State of the City / State of the Schools Address Wednesday, April 24

The City of Oberlin organized this free, public event as part of their ongoing commitment to improved community communications. The first half of the presentation featured Oberlin City Manager, Rob Hillard, in tandem with Oberlin City Council President, Bryan Burgess; Superintendent of Oberlin City Schools, Dr. David Hall, followed. Anne Schaum, President of Oberlin School Board, also provided several brief remarks during the second half of the presentation.

Both the City and the School representatives did a fine job presenting a strategic overview (i.e., long-term Strategic Planning) as well as a thorough review of current and impending projects. The event was made available via livestream and may be accessed through this link.

Show your teacher appreciation Monday, April 22

The teacher appreciation committee is looking for volunteers and donations to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.

Please use these online forms to sign up - thank you!

PTO Elections Saturday, April 20

Elections for PTO Officers to begin serving 2019-2020 will take place at the next general meeting on May 13, 2019 at 7pm, Prospect School.

If you are interested in serving, it's not too late - you may nominate yourself at the meeting. Any parent, guardian or other adult standing in loco parentis for a student at Eastwood or Prospect School is eligible to serve. Teachers at Eastwood and Prospect Schools are invited to serve.

We invite all members to attend the meeting and participate, thank you!

PTO Nominations Invited Saturday, April 6

The Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to fill PTO officer positions for the 2019-2020 school year. Any parent, guardian or other adult standing in loco parentis for a student at Eastwood or Prospect School is eligible to serve. Teachers at Eastwood and Prospect Schools are invited to serve.

If you are interested in serving as a PTO officer or nominating someone for a position, then complete and return the nomination form to school no later than April 8, 2019. Thank you!

Spring Plant Sale Begins! Sunday, March 31

Our Eastwood-Prospect PTO Spring Plant Sale has begun. Our goal is to raise $2,400 for Care Grants and Principal Funds for the 2019-2020 school year. Care Grants (available to teachers and staff members at both schools) and Principal Funds are used for various activities and materials throughout the school year that enhance student learning.

Given the success of our Spring Plant Sale last year, we have asked Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse to help us out again this year. We are selling beautiful, fresh, naturally grown flowers and other plants delivered directly from their greenhouses in Delaware, Ohio. All of the plants are grown using natural soy-based fertilizer, and pests are controlled biologically rather than through the use of harmful insecticides. Many of the plants being sold attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to help your garden thrive! Be sure to check out new products in this year’s catalog for more information about all of the featured flowers and plants, including plant care.

Each student at Eastwood and Prospect has a catalog with an order form. Please note that we are not offering online sales and orders cannot be shipped directly to the purchaser. All products will be delivered to Prospect School on Monday, May 13th and you will need to pick up your order. Our Spring Plant Sale schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 15th – Turn in order forms to school by end of school day
Monday, May 13th – Plants available for pickup at Prospect from 11am-2pm and 4:00-6:00pm

Please be sure the order form is filled out completely, including the student's name, parent/guardian name and contact information, and teacher/grade. All money should be turned in with the order form. Checks should be made payable to "Eastwood-Prospect PTO." Contact us through email or Facebook with any questions.

PreK-5 Facilities Update Sunday, February 24

Oberlin City Schools PreK-5 Facilities Committee consisting of 22 staff and community members will recommend Thendesign Architectural (TDA) firm to the Oberlin Board of Education at the Tuesday, February 26 Regular Board Meeting. The PreK-5 Facilities Committee met on Saturday, February 9 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Oberlin High School. During the meeting, Lesko, BSHM, and TDA architectural firms provided presentations to the committee. After great discussion and reviewing all of the presentations, the committee selected TDA as their first choice. TDA designed the new North Ridgeville Academic Center, North Olmsted Performing Arts Center, IB International School in Cleveland, and various other innovative projects. Please visit TDA’s website at thendesign.com.

Eastwood & Prospect Assistant Principals Monday, February 4

Oberlin City Schools would like to welcome Mr. Kishman and Ms. Mahan to our school community. Mr. Eibel has been periodically out this year due to personal reasons, but he will remain the head principal of Eastwood and Prospect Elementary. Mr. Kishman and Ms. Mahan will provide Mr. Eibel with support.

Mr. Kishman and Ms. Mahan come to our district as retired administrators and educators with over 30 years educational experience. Mr. Kishman has been a dynamic elementary administrator (K-6), and an instructor at the high school and Early College level. Mr. Kishman is actively involved in Lorain County. He has two wonderful daughters who pursued careers in the medical field. Mr. Kishman has a wonderful and supportive wife Karen. Mike enjoys golf, reading, spending time with his grandchildren, and playing more golf. Mr. Kishman believes in providing students and families with social and academic support to be successful in life.

Ms. Karen Mahan has done it all! Her career pathway consists of working as an innovative administrator at the elementary and middle school level, School Psychologist, Associate Director of Student Services, Executive Director/Superintendent, educational consultant, and an Adjunct Professor with Ashland University. Karen enjoys working with students, visiting her grandchildren, reading, and traveling. Ms. Mahan educational philosophy is “All students can succeed with support as needed.”

Mr. Kishman has been assigned to support Mr. Eibel at Eastwood Elementary on Mondays and Fridays. Ms. Mahan will support Mr. Eibel at Prospect Elementary on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Mr. Eibel will fill in the rest of the days during the week. Feel free to contact Mr. Eibel, Mr. Kishman, or Ms. Mahan if you have any concerns. We are excited to have them as part of our team.

PTO Survey Monday, January 28

Dear Parents/Guardians and Teachers,

The Eastwood-Prospect PTO is your organization. At this time the PTO executive board is asking for your input so that we might include your ideas and suggestions as we plan future activities and events. We invite and encourage you to participate in our online survey and submit your response no later than Monday, February 11. Thank You!

You can access the survey through the following link.

Should you prefer this survey in print, you may request a copy from the administrative assistant at Eastwood or Prospect School. Should you need any other assistance completing our survey, please contact us at oberlinpto@gmail.com. Completed surveys should be returned to your child’s school no later than the posted due date above.

School District Update (Dec. 19, 2018) Thursday, January 24

After discussions with parents, staff, and community members, it has been determined that Eastwood and Prospect Elementary can use additional part-time assistant principal administrative support for the 2018-2019 school year. The district will provide support for the remainder of the school year, starting in January, for 2-3 days a week. This support will allow Mr. Eibel time to adjust to the one administrator model for the Prek-5 facility. Mr. Eibel will remain as the lead principal for both buildings. The administrators are Mr. Mike Kishman (Eastwood) and Ms. Karen Mahan (Prospect). Both administrators come to the district with a wealth of elementary and administrative experience. The administrators will support Mr. Eibel with daily operational needs and student, staff, and parent concerns. Please welcome them as part of our awesome Oberlin team.

Eastwood-Prospect PTO Website Unveiled December 18, 2018

Hello Fellow Eastwood and Prospect Families!

My name is Laura Slocum and I am a 1993 graduate of OHS. It is my honor to serve as your PTO President for the 2018-2019 school year alongside talented officers and a dedicated group of parents, teachers and staff.

Last year, the PTO supported many programs and events, including Kindercamp, Literacy Night, Family Fitness Night, Fine Arts Night, Winter Fest, Spring Carnival, Teacher Appreciation Week, Responsible Citizen Awards, Care Grants and more! These amazing accomplishments would never have happened without you as we rely on donations of time, talent and resources to get things done. There are so many ways to get involved at Eastwood and Prospect Schools and the PTO is always looking for volunteers. If you want to learn more about ways to help or should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share, please feel free to reach out to me at oberlinpto@gmail.com.

I look forward to working with you to continue to help and support our schools!

Laura Slocum
PTO President 2018-2019