Big Walnut Elementary

We are BWE! Staff Update 1.29.16


  • Important Dates
  • This Week- General Update/Comments
  • Math Night Winners
  • BWLS Assessment Survey
  • Showcase Week Info.
  • Clark's Corner
  • LLI Prep
  • SuperBowl Party - At BW Grill
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Important dates:

January 29th - February 5th - BWE Yearbook Sale

February 1st - 5th: Showcase Week - Check your email for sign ups!

February 7th - Superbowl Party @ Big Walnut Grill ($10 tix - can be purchased at the schools or BW Grill)

February 11th - Coach Sloth - Author Visit (2nd, 3rd, 4th)

February 12th - Valentine's Day Celebrations

February 15th - No School - Presidents' Day

February 18th - Columbus Children's Theatre @ BWE

February 19th - Staff Meeting (7:30 am)

February 24th - Yearbook Class Picture Day

February 25th - Pancake Dinner and Art Show (4pm - 8pm)

February 29th - March 4th - Read Across America

March 3rd - Author visit - Jeanette and Christopher Canyon

- Literacy Night

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This Week...

Hi All,

Math Night was amazing! We had such a great turn out and I watched out families leave happy. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time. It was organized and fun for all! Hoping to do the same for Literacy Night.

Who is interested in joining Mika for the Wizards Basketball Game? It is going to be a great night and the kids will love to see you and your skills!

Have a wonderful weekend!



Here is one of my favorite resources from when I taught...Flocabulary :

Since then, they have grown in popularity and is no longer free, but offers a free trial.

It offers engaging songs for almost every topic being covered and is a tricky way to get kids EXCITED about what they are learning. I used it as a starter for whatever topic I was introducing. It served as a great hook.

Here is a link for 4th grade, knowing they are discussing the branches of government:

Interested in coding? Here is a tutorial on station rotation for coding. Here is a link for a free download:

Math Night Winners

Winners from Pirate Night:

Gummy Alligators- There were 42 gummies and Madelyn Delaney in Mrs. Cannell's room won by guessing 42.

Recess cups- There were a total of 42 and Dakota McClain in Mrs. Griffis' class won by guesssing 75.

Golden Coins- There were a total of 126 chocolate coins, Emily May won from Mrs. Tuel's class by guessing 127.

Raffle- Karsyn Klaus from Mrs. Monfort's class won!

Best Dressed- Brennan Tackett from Mrs. Monfort's class won for being the best pirate! Honorable mentions were: Ava Thornhill, Alexis Thornhill, Ava Thornhill, Logan Calkins, Jonah Blackburn, Kayla Ford and Jacoby Hoehn.

Best Dressed Teacher-Mrs. Monfort

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BWLS Teacher Assessment Survey

As a district, we believe that the purpose of testing is to drive our instruction. Unfortunately, the amount of testing being mandated by the State of Ohio has increased. This has caused us to want to do an assessment inventory. In this process we will examine all district-level given tests and make decisions about which tests are high quality and necessary for our students to take and which tests can be modified or eliminated. A committee of teachers and administrators will complete the assessment inventory over the next several months and make decisions about which tests to give as a district moving forward.

This survey is an important part of our assessment inventory. Your responses will help shape recommendations for the future of the district’s testing program. Please know that your responses to this survey are confidential. Thank you for taking the time to give your input!

Click here to complete the survey.

Showcase Week

You’ve requested- we’ve answered! After having numerous visitors from other districts come and check out our classrooms, it’s time Big Walnut teachers get to tour the district. From February 1 to February 5, we will have our first District Showcase. Each school will have a specific day in which floating subs will be provided so that teachers can visit other classrooms to gain ideas, insight, and inspiration. BWE's IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1st.

During this week, teachers who have graciously volunteered will open their classroom to peers from around the district. This week is devoted to connecting educators across the district and allowing to collaboration and professional learning.

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Clark's Corner


"Something Old":

BRAG TAGS- We will do our next brag tag celebration on Friday, February 5th. Keep this document close, and add your kiddos that will need brag tags that day.

"Something New":

Support groups-If you have as student that you would like to refer to a social group click here. The link will take you to a form will help us to determine the needs of the student.

Leader in Me Lessons- Click here to sign up a lesson for Habit 5! We will be combining January and February so there is still plenty of room.

Upcoming PD:

Are you interested in applying for the LIO cohort next? Do you have questions about LIO? Stop by the think tank on February 9th @ 7:45, I will help clear up any misconceptions you may have. We can also brainstorm ideas for your proposal.

During the staff meeting in February, the other instructional facilitators and myself will be doing a PD on 21st century learning. We will be breaking down the 4 C’s, creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.

Shout out: This week I want to shout out to Mrs. Zirillo, Miss Sliva and Mrs. Griffis. Thank you for being so open and learning about new writing resources.

Resource of the Week: Google Drawing

I have given plenty of resources for writing using technology. One resource that we all have access to that sometimes is forgotten about is Google Drawings. There are so many ways to incorporate Google Drawings into your classroom. Below I list a few, however I know there are many more ways and I would love to hear your ideas. Don’t forget BWE students all have a Google Drive account, so anything they create can be shared with you. Please check out the graphic below, it gives you 10 simple ideas on how to incorporate Google Drawings into your classroom.

10 Ways to incorporate Google Drawings into your classroom:

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LLI Prep

Thank you to Cindy, Laura, Jennifer, and Charlotte for prepping all of the kits!!

Office Notes

  • Quick note to make sure check your mailbox after recess/lunch for bus passes/dismissal notes.
  • Please be cognizant of the amount of personal printing being done.

Thank you!

Super Bowl Party at the Big Walnut Grill

Come Join Us!

The Big Walnut Education Foundation is hosting a Super Bowl Party at the Big Walnut Grill in Sunbury

Sunday, February 7th Doors open at 6 p.m.

Pizza, Pasta and Salad Buffet

Tickets are $10 each

KIDS 5 and under are FREE!

Tickets are available in advance at the BW Grill, all BW Schools and the BW Superintendent’s office.

All proceeds benefit Big Walnut Education Foundation and provide BW scholarships and teaching grants for BW teachers

Hope to see you there!!