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Central Elementary Staff - Monday Message - Oct. 17, 2016

Becoming a PLC

Last week I had the privilege to attend the PLCs at Work conference. The stellar educational practitioners that we were able to learn from left me in awe. I received lots of affirmations about the many things that we are already doing correctly while attending this conference. However, there was a big shift in my thinking based on these quotes.

"Becoming a PLC is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve."


"PLCs are not something that we do, but it is who we are!"

PLCs are so much more than a designated time to meet and talk about students. Professional Learning Communities are constantly thinking through the 4 critical questions in all of their decisions.

  1. What is it we expect our students to learn?
  2. How will we know when they have learned it?
  3. How will we respond when some students do not learn?
  4. How will we respond when some students already know it?

Our goal on this journey is to continuously improve our practices by embedding the PLC philosophy into everything that we do, always thinking about how to better serve our students.

We are becoming a true Professional Learning Community.

Have a great week!



Welcome to the Family . . .

Yalie Henry - Special Education Teacher

Katie Rabalais - ISS Instructional Support

This Week at Central Elementary

Monday - October 17, 2016

Instructional Technology Facilitator Julia Solnek will be at Central.

Check out Solnek's Tech Spot to see how she can help with instructional technology.

4th Grade PLC/Data Meeting
at 2:10 in Rm 515

Tuesday - October 18, 2016

2nd Grade PLC/Data Meeting at 2:10 in Rm 515

Wednesday - October 19, 2016

ALL DAY see schedule Wow Wednesday - 90 Minute Planning 16-17

Lewisville Fire Department Fire Safety Show for PreK-2nd grade. The show will start around 9:00 and end around 9:45. If your class is in the 90min. planning, please let the specials and paraprofessional in charge know to bring and stay/watch your students.

Please bring your class to the primary cafeteria at the following times:

PreK: 8:50

Kinder: 8:45

1st Grade: 8:40

2nd Grade 8:40

Science Facilitator Stephanie Lawson will be at Central.

Lewisville High School Homecoming Parade

The Parade will begin at 6pm. Join us at our parade float with your Maroon Central Zone shirts before 5:30 to walk with us in the parade. More details soon.

Thursday - October 20, 2016

Happy Birthday - Maria Vowell

Kinder PLC/Data Meeting at 2:10 in Rm 515

Friday - October 21, 2016

Central/Farmer Zone/College Shirt Day

Early Release at 11:45pm.

5th Grade PLC/Data Meeting at 12:30 - 2:00 in Rm 515

1st Grade PLC/Data Meeting at 2:10 - 3:40 in Rm 515

Lewisville High School Homecoming Football game

Early Release Schedule

Please review the schedule below and let us know if you see any conflicts. The schedule on the 'All Things Central' spreadsheet has been recently updated for Early Release.

This year early release will be at 11:45. 1st-5th grade students will eat lunch in their classrooms on Friday. Teachers, please be prepared to have lunch with the class you normally take to lunch. Sack lunches will be available in your hallways at your designated lunch times. (See schedule below.) The students will follow the same procedure for lunch that is followed for breakfast to get their food.
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October Events

October 19 - K-2 Fire Safety Program @ 9am, LHS Homecoming Parade @ 6pm

October 21 - Student Early Release, LHS Homecoming Football Game

October 24 - Grade Lockdown @ 4pm.

October 26 - 2nd/3rd Hallway Party

October 24-28 - Red Ribbon Week

October 28 - Read Across Central

October 28-Nov. 4 - Book Fair

Grade Lockdown will be Monday, October 24th at 4:00pm.

Report Cards will be printed Tuesday, October 25th and will go home, Friday, October 28th. Lockdown will be Monday, October 24th at 4:00pm.

Please have all grades and comments entered by that time.

Here are a few reminders as you enter grades.

1. Assignments - All assignments should be dated October 21 or before. So, if you are entering grades after Friday, please make sure the date of the "assignment" and "due date" is October 21st or before.

2. Language Arts Combined- After you have entered all of your Spelling, Writing, and Reading grades, please open your Language Arts Combined Class. You don’t need to do anything with it, just open it! Make sure you do this “after” you have entered all of your grades for Spelling, Writing, and Reading before Monday, October 24th at 4:00pm.

3. Remember to enter your "Life Skills".

4. Comments will be done in Skyward before Monday, October 24th at 4:00pm.

To enter comments in Skyward…

Open your Life Skills, and click on comments. You will see 1st Nine Weeks, Post Comments.

5. Teachers marking modified classes.

Submitting 9 Weeks Modifications (Elementary Only)

In order to mark a class as modified for each nine weeks, you will need to go to each Modified Class and mark that. You have to mark it for that student in that class EVERY nine weeks.

  1. Open each class that is modified and Choose the path: Posting >> Post Comments.
  2. In the column for the comment type in an “M” for any student Modified in this class.
  3. Click Save to apply the changes.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact your team lead, coach, administrator.

Read Across Central - Friday, October 28th.

Here is a list of the food and drinks we will be asking you to supply for our volunteers during Read Across Central.

Pre K: 1 large veggie platter with dip

Kinder: 6 packages of cookies

First & Second Grade: 2 gallons of tea, 2 gallons of lemonade & 2 cases of water

Third Grade: 2 platters of crackers and cubed cheese

Fourth Grade: 1 large platter of vegetables with dip

Fifth Grade: 1 large platter of fruit with dip

Specials: 1 large fruit tray with dip, 1 case of water

Administration/Office: coffee and 1 dozen donuts & set up decorations in the library

SPED: plates, napkins, forks, cups for coffee

Special Instruction: 1 dozen donuts and 2 gallons of orange juice.

If you are in charge of bringing something nonperishable, please bring those items to the Library as soon as possible. If you are in charge of vegetables, fruit, dips, crackers and cheese, please bring those the morning of Friday, October 28th on platters ready to serve.

If you have not done so already, please discuss this with your team and email Katie Delamarter your 1st choice book theme.

Reading/Listening Etiquette

So that the students are able to fully enjoy the stories being read during read across Central, remind the students to use their best reading etiquette and to be good listeners for the guest readers.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Thanks so much for your help in making our volunteers for Read Across Central feel welcome and appreciated.

Thanks for all you do!

Shout Out to . . .

Have you gotten a Shout-Out? It is your turn to give one!

Submit a Shout-Out HERE and we will share it in future Monday Messages.

Ms Sandoval (Kinder) who's encouraged me so much while on medical leave.

Mrs. Pryor and Ms. Armijo for helping me out with iStations, not once but every time I had a question, when I needed assistance while learning the program, and taking my students to the lab. Ladies, You rock!

Ms. Bryant for the little things you do for the teachers. We appreciate those little pick me ups!

Mayra Cortez for always being available to help us plan our lessons.

Kathy Beaty for going above and beyond to conference with her students so they can set goals and grow!

Alison Eck for bringing in what is taught in whole group into her guided reading groups to build comprehension!

Lindsay Henderson for jumping in and teaching 4th grade math for a day.

Rosa Pryor for explaining Guided Math and helping with sample schedules and material.

Gabi Armijo for helping with BOY testing and grading.

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