Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

December 15


Moreau Heights is a collaborative community focused on student growth with a commitment to excellence.

PBS lesson - How to Show Empathy to Others

The PBS lesson this week focuses on How to Show Empathy to Others.


Our Second Steps lessons this week will focus on whatever skills you have not addressed through Skills for Learning and Empathy. We will begin our focus on "Emotional Management" after the break.


Are you using Charger Cash to reinforce PBS expectations and Second Step skills?

- We want to use positive reinforcement to draw attention to what we want to see more of

- How do you make sure you are putting the focus where you want it?

- Are you remembering to use all your tools? Specific feedback? Charger Cash?



"You are a giant, yellow highlighter. Highlight behavior you want more of, and help children become aware of the many kind and helpful things they do each day."

Link for Great Strategies for Specific Areas of Need

Want some ideas of how to respond when students show they need it? Check out the suggestions via this link!

Conscious Discipline - Noticing and Reinforcing

How are you doing with noticing, directing, and providing positive feedback?


Are you using the steps we learned and practiced at our staff meeting on Wednesday?


- Acknowledging Intent

"You wanted . . . "


- Communicating Limit.

"You may not . . ."


- Targeting alternatives.

"You may . . . or . . . which is better for you?


- Celebrating

"You did it. You . . . "

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Character Trait for December is Compassion

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Duties for the Week

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Calendar of Events

Monday, December 18

*AB IEP (Farmer, Skinner, Haugen, OT, PT, Humphreys) 8:30

*Leadership Team 3:40


Tuesday, December 19

*DG Staffing (Fleming, Haugen, Treat, Spear, Jesseca) 11:00

*RZ meeting (Haugen, Bray, James, Spear) 2:15

*PBS Team 3:40


Wednesday, December 20

*Family Time at end of day (schedule to come)


Thursday, December 21

*Collaboration Day

*5th grade Holiday Luncheon

*End of 2nd quarter


Friday, December 22

*Early Dismissal - 12:15

*9:00 - 9:45 - School-wide Sing-a-long in gym

*10:00- 10:45 - Holiday Celebrations

*10:45 - 11:45 - Sack lunches in classrooms

*12:15 student dismissal begins

*When all students are gone, staff is dismissed for the holiday break


Tuesday, January 2

*8 - 11 - morning PD session at MH

*11 - 12:30 - lunch on your own

*12:30 - 3:30 - Trauma session with Daniel


Wednesday, January 3

*Classes resume

*District admin meeting 9 - 11 (Sue at Dix Rd)

*SSTs for McGeorge and Schell 10:00 (Schell, McGeorge, James)


Thursday, January 4

*Collaboration Day

*Quarter 2 grade cards sent home


Friday, January 5

*AH parent mtg 11:30 (Haugen, James, Spear, Kaiser)

January 2 Professional Development

We will have our full day of Professional Development on Tuesday, January 2nd.


8:00 - 11:00

Grade level teachers and others not assigned will be here are MH for the morning session. We will have a Second Steps training session and engagement collaboration time.


Paras, sped teachers, and SLPs - Strategies to Promote Independence with the Thompson Center at the Hawthorne Event Center


Specials teachers will have PD for their specific content and will be provided information about where and when to report.


11- 12:30 - Lunch on your own

Paras will have lunch provided. Information will be available at the morning session.


12:30 - 3:30 - Advanced Trauma Training with Daniel Rector for all staff unless attending de-escalation training.

Staffing Updates

- Please welcome Brittany Basinger who is joining the 2nd grade team. She did her student teacher at West Elementary. We are excited to have her join us!


- Sydney Kaiser will be joining the 1st grade team. Please welcome her to our Charger team! She did her student teaching at North Elementary.

Grading and Grade Cards

The Second Quarter Grading window opens on Wednesday, December 13 at the beginning of the day. Think about spending a little time before school is out on the 22nd to complete your second quarter grade cards....that way you can take a WINTER BREAK!


The grade card window closes on Wednesday, January 3 at 7:00am. Please let Lyvie know when you are finished posting grades (special class too). She can start printing grade cards when she knows everything is ready and this gives you more time to look them over for errors while the window is still open!

Kelly's Coaching Corner

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iReady Diagnostic Testing

Our next i-Ready Diagnostic Testing cycle is January 3-January 12. Be sure to sign up for Chromebook carts to give the Reading and Math assessments during that window!

Jay Pride Alive - Have you applied for a grant?

Attention JCPS teachers! Jay Pride Alive is doing it again! Follow the link below to submit information about a need in your classroom and you could score up to $500! Submissions are due by December 22. Presentations are in January.


http://www.jaypridealive.com/for-the-teachers

Thank you to PTO!

https://youtu.be/w2xD-tl82bM