Chancellor News and Notes

January 11, 2015

A few reminders:

  • Please review the Market directions before this Friday. Karen Boecker sent an email out last week with details. Please promote ticket sales- this is one of our biggest school fundraisers.
  • Please turn in Market envelopes daily. Turn in all Market envelopes on Wednesday. There will be no ticket sales on Thursday.
  • The Family Center is open now for the spring semester. If you have work for the parent volunteers in the center, or are interested in having a volunteer help out in your room, please let Candase Carr know.
  • If you know anyone who would like to volunteer with the school, please refer them to Candase to get their application in. It takes 2-3 weeks for approval.
  • If you are on late duty for dismissal, please go to the dismissal areas that need help. Last week these areas were car rider, daycare, front office, AND the bus rider lines (rough week!).
  • Please check your textbook, literacy lab, and library book checkout inventories to see if you are missing anything. Better to find it now than find out it's gone at the beginning of May when everything is due!
  • There is water for sale in Marie's office if you get thirsty!
  • Do you have students that need intervention that aren't receiving it? This is the perfect time of year to start before/after school tutorials if you haven't done so already! An extra 30 minute session with you can make a huge difference!
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Behavior Issues or Lack of Motivation a problem?

If you are struggling with behavior issues or a lack of motivation in the classroom, please click on the link below. PBIS World has hundreds (maybe thousands) of interventions for every type of behavior in the classroom, from staying in your seat, to not doing work, to inappropriate language, poor peer relationships, etc. As you can see below, behaviors are just listed out on the screen, and you choose what you want to focus on. It then links to tons of interventions and tracking tools. It is an awesome source of help!
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Click on the link below to get started!

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Positive Energy Please!

As we continue the new year in making positive changes, think about how attitude affects those around you. When you are more positive, others will be more positive (or be quiet), but when you are more negative, it increases the negative atmosphere around you. As the saying goes, misery loves company! This is why body language and flippant comments are so important to be conscious of. When we are unhappy with something, we tend to express that discontent either verbally, or nonverbally. And people notice! Gossip is another one of those things that tends to go around, and generally becomes a negative situation for all. Be cognizant of how you want to be seen, and how you want to contribute to the climate of your classroom, the building, and at home.

January is a great time of year to think about how you want to be a better you. One of my major goals for this year is to eat healthier, and while I'm only about a week into my plan of change, I am already seeing results on the scale (feel free to come join in the healthy eating fun, there's a few of us who have started and it's going really well!). It doesn't take much to make a change, just a conscious decision to do it. When you know better, do better!

Some ideas to add to a positive school (or home) climate:

  • Be friendly and SMILE.
  • Make it a goal to have at least 4 positive interactions to every negative interaction with students (and everyone else you come into contact with).
  • Set a goal to step in and offer problem-solving skills versus commiserating when someone is complaining about where the students are performing.
  • Say good morning to everyone you pass in the morning.
  • Ask others how they are doing each day. Make a personal connection each day.
  • SMILE more.
  • Keep a Gratitude Journal.
  • Say thank you.
  • Exercise- there are many studies showing the positive impact of exercise on stress levels. Exercise can actually make you happy!
  • Reflect each day on who may need a positive or encouraging word tomorrow from you.
  • Reduce gossip. If it's something you know would be hurtful or embarrassing to someone if it was known about, should you really say it?
  • SMILE some more!
  • Don't put time into those who are stuck in a negative mindset. They will suck the energy out of you. If the energy vampires don't want to get on the bus, you can't force them (for those Energy Bus readers out there).
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Have a fantastic week!