Success for all, whatever it takes!
Issue 32: April 4 - 8, 2016
Welcome back! I hope that this newsletter finds you rested and rejuvenated after last week's spring break. I wish it had had these effects for me, but after spending my spring "break" with a 3 year old and a 4 month old, I'm convinced that here IS THE BREAK! It is times like these that I realize just how fortunate I am to have a childcare provider that teaches and nurtures my children as if they were their own.
With today behind us, we have just 33 1/ 2 days and only 6 Mondays before school releases for the summer. For those of you that have "been around the block", you know how fast this time will go. For you newbies, keep all hands, feet, and other objects inside the ride at all times! All kidding aside, MAP testing and end of year activities will cause these next 6 1/2 weeks to fly by, and on May 20, many of us will be wiping away tears as our students walk out the door for summer.
These weeks always serve as some of the best learning times for our students, as all of their hard work throughout the year comes to fruition. However, our historic building data will show you that it is also one of the toughest times for behaviors. I encourage you to maintain your routines and procedures, and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. This is also the time you will want to remind your students about the privilege, not right of participating in end of year events.
Wishing you many blessings throughout the week. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask.
Guest readers, Daryl & Cooper, reading to Mrs. Beckstead's class.
Richie teaching Rita how to read the water at his fishing seminar.
Ms. Smith's class used their measurement & fraction skills to create rice crispy eggs.
Pinks & Blues
It's hard to believe that in just a few short weeks (May 4) we will be creating class lists for the 2016-17 school year.
In order to make this process smooth and efficient, please complete a PINK or a BLUE student information sheet for each student in your classroom and have them turned in to my mailbox by Friday, April 29.
Pinks and blues will be available on Shari's desk beginning after school today.
We will meet in Jessica's office this week for team meetings. Time permitting, we will delve into each of the following agenda items:
- District Data (SRI & Fact Fluency)
- CFA #5
- Others as needed.
Please make sure that all data is entered on the CFA Data Spreadsheet prior to your team meeting on Wednesday.
Additionally, please elect a team member to keep notes on the agenda below. This is an agenda for all teams as the topic(s) are the same.
PLC - Wednesday
K-2 - Please submit an agenda using the template below by the end of the day on Tuesday.
3-5/All Test Administrators - We will meet in the gym to complete our MAP training as a team. Please see Jessica's email with all the necessary information.
Salvy Splash milk from Shatto! Still not sure about the flavor.
Mrs. Bottom's students observing the effects of erosion on soil.
Anchor chart to help students make connections.
A Look Ahead
5 - Fundraiser Money Due
6 - NO PRESCHOOL (MPP Regional Meeting)
8 - Diner's Club (K-2 @ 11:00; 3-5 @ 11:45)
11-29 - MAP Testing (Grades 3-5)
11 - Preschool Mobile Zoo @ 10:45
11 - PAWS Meeting @ 6pm
11 - BOE Meeting @ 7pm
15 - 2nd Grade Zoo Field Trip
15 - Q4 Midterm
18 - Snack Day
19 - McTeacher's Night 4-8 pm (sign ups in workroom)
21 - 5th Grade Field Trip
21 - Kindergarten Music Performance @ 6:30p
26 - Leadership Meeting @ 4pm
27 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Kauffman Stadium
29 - 1st Grade Zoo Field Trip
Mary Newell helping students prepare for their mock trial in Mrs. Howe's room.
Using the 5-finger rule to select a "just right" book.
Measuring with non-standard units in Mrs. Johnson's room.