Monday Musings

Weekly Update for Douglas Staff - April 11, 2016

Staff-Only Apparel Order

Click here to access our staff apparel order. Our Access Code is: lessne6HM If interested, please place orders by April 15th! 10% of sales will be used to purchase t-shirts to welcome new staff members in the fall!

$10 Monday Jeans - for Lights and Sirens

Lights and Sirens is a HUGE community event at Riverside Park on July 12th. In efforts to reach out to our community, Douglas will be hosting a booth - focused on health/safety. The $10 from your Monday Jeans contribution will be used to purchase Easy Reader books about Community Helpers and Health, as well as "luggage tags" to be used as backpack tags (Name, Emergency Contact, "I get home by ______"). Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far...and there is still time! If you would like to participate in Jeans Mondays for the rest of the year - and contribute to this cause, please put $10 in the envelope in Amy M.'s mailbox. It will be a great event!

Upcoming Events/Meetings...

Tuesday, April 12th - Brown Bag Breakfast - PDP Process (7:20-7:50 AM)

Looking to know more (or share what you know) or get some tips on the PDP process? Meet in the Douglas media center to learn the basic steps in the process and get helpful hints. You are welcome to bring something to munch on (coffee will be provided)!

**This is an optional activity, all certified staff welcome to attend!


Tuesday, April 12th - Staff Meeting

3:15-4:00 Unpack Standards in Grade-Level Teams

4:05-4:30 All Meet in Media Center

- SLN Activity - Joan/Deb/Karla

- Mike Brezonick - National Fitness Champion Grant Application

- PLC Planning Team - Data Literacy Survey


Tuesday, April 19th - PLC Planning Team Meeting

(Teams will use alternate meeting time this week)


Thursday, April 21st - Poem in your Pocket Day

https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/poem-your-pocket-day

Simple steps - students and staff copy down a favorite poem and put it in their pocket in the morning...coordinate sharing of poems throughout the day! Simple, fun, literacy love!

**Sharing ideas:

- Share with neighbor classroom

- Grade level as a whole group (cafeteria)

- Teacher's Lounge

- Reading Buddies

- Invite in parents??


Friday, April 22nd - Districtwide PD Day

- Douglas Hosting!

- AM = Writing (Districtwide)

- PM = Unpacking (Prior to this date - teams should unpack Literature and Foundational Skills)


Tuesday, April 26th - Staff Meeting

Vision - Mission - Priorities

Vision - Excellence for All


Mission - The mission of Douglas Elementary School is to engage the Douglas community in learning and growing together, preparing children to pursue the dreams and opportunities of their future.


Priorities -

Learning and Growing Together

Driven by High Expectations and Goals

Fostering a Positive, Safe Learning Environment

PLEASE VOTE! RMS Garden Grant

RMS is up for a large grant for a watering system for the school garden. You can vote daily to help them get to the top 50! Students can vote, too!! How awesome for our kids to vote for their future school's grant!

Class Announcements: Tuesday (Olszewski), Thursday (Stollberg)

Reminder: Field Day Lists (by this Monday PM)

A creative parent committee is shaking things up for Field Day this year! The first thing I need from every classroom teacher is: your class list split into three "equal teams". Please email me your class split into three groups by Monday, April 11th - PM Thanks!

Project-Based Learning Links - PBL (Updated Weekly)

What is a Makerspace?? (VIdeo Link)

Click here to watch a 5 minute video from a school all about the what and why of their makerspace!

PBL (Project-Based Learning) Institute - June 16-17

Did you know??? Watertown is hosting the PBL (Project-Based Learning) Institute this summer? Topics will include PBL and STEM/STEAM - with sessions on the elementary level. Interested?? Click this button for more info - and email Emily to attend!

Edutopia - PBL Page

REPEAT LINK WEEKLY: What to explore PBL? Here is a link to the Edutopia page for all things PBL. Videos - articles - explanations...

Beverly Cleary turns 100! (April 12th)

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary - Turns 100 Years Old!

5 minute video from the Today Show - GREAT! Her Birthday is April 12th! We will feature her books on announcements next week.

The World of Beverly Cleary (Website)

Click here to visit Beverly Cleary's Website...Meet the characters, play games, Beverly's Bio.

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary (from NY TImes)

Click here for an article about Beverly Cleary!

Emily's Schedule - 4/11-4/15

Announcements - Daily @ 8:05

Informal Observations + Formals

FORWARD EXAMS - 8:15-9:15, 9:15-10:15, 1:35-2:35


Monday, 4/11

8:00 IEP (Sefzik/Rens)

8:45 Meeting (Wendt)

9:30 IEP (Kreutzman/Schubarth)

11:00 IEP (Schwager/Schubarth)

12:00 Meeting (Thompson)

1:00 IEP (Rowedder/Stark)

2:30 IEP (Schwager/Schubarth)

3:45 Collaborative TIme Committee


Tuesday, 4/12

Classroom Announcements: Olszewski

7:20-7:50 Brown Bag Breakfast - PDP Overview

8:30-11:30 Cabinet (ESC)

1:00 New Student Tour

3:15 Staff Meeting (Teams to Media by 4:05)

5:30 WRMC Board Meeting


Wednesday, 4/13

7:30 SIT - Adacellie/Olivia (Chapman)

8:15 School of Merit Meeting (Rens/Weddig)

9:05-10:00 Pre-Obs. Meeting and Observation (Formal)

12:00-12:30 Cafeteria Coverage

3:15 3rd Team Meeting

6:30 Books and Company - Educator Night!


Thursday, 4/14

7:00-8:00 Special Ed Team - Caseload Planning

Classroom Announcements: Stollberg

10:30-11:00 Observation

1:30 Statewide Tornado Drill

3:30 Culturally Responsive Meeting (@ RMS)


Friday, 4/15

9:45 WHS Show Choir Visit (All Students in Gym)

1:00-2:00 Emily out