GRE Staff Newsletter

For the Week of January 21, 2019

Dear Team,

Hopefully you stayed safe and warm indoors this weekend. We didn't get the snow I was hoping for but it sure shut down all of Columbus! This past week Ginna and I visited some other Elementary schools to look at their 3rd and 4th grade writing. It was great to get out and see what other teachers are doing. One take away that Ginna and I discussed is the need for students to have authentic writing opportunities that include using evidence from a text or resource.

Also this past week we held our Literacy/STEM Night. It was so much fun! Thank you to all that were involved in making this night a success. I enjoyed walking around and playing with my kids. A special thanks to Angie Keller and Ginna Crawford for the time they put into planning such a fun evening.

Here's to a great week!


News to Share

1. When having Ginna or I come in to work with your students, please remember that this is a professional development opportunity for you. Ginna and I work hard to be prepared to provide you with new ideas while we are teaching. When we come in, we would love to see you engaged in the lesson, interjecting in a co-teaching environment, and supporting students needs that Ginna and I may or may not be aware of. We promise to continue to work our tails off to provide you with rich learning opportunities and ask that you reflect on what you would like to get out of these opportunities and what you need to do to make that happen.

2. February conferences are on the 21st and will be here before we know it. All Elementary's will be asking our teachers to fill out this letter for each family, indicating whether or not you feel like a conference is needed. We understand that this round of conferences may require more than 20 minutes per family. Please use your professional opinion to plan for the appropriate time for each conference. PTO will once again be hosting dinner from 5:20-6:00 PM. Please send home all conference letters on Friday, February 1st. If there are any conferences you need me to attend, please schedule those so I can make sure you get the support you need.

3. PAC met this past Tuesday. The team discussed that we have much work to do considering we only have four more meetings prior to the end of the school year. Take a look at the notes from the meeting here. If you have any questions, please see your PAC representative.

4. Congratulations to Renee Wodzinski who is the first to return Future Driven back to the book trail! Who wants to join in on the fun! This book is sitting on my table, stop by and grab it join the book trail.

Congrats to Mary Wolf!

Each Child, Our Future

The Ohio Department of Education released their Strategic Plan for 2019-2024. If you take a close look, you'll see that it really connects with Big Walnut's 2020 Vision. Take a minute to review the infographic and see what connections you can make. If you want to read more about the Each Child, Our Future, click here.
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Week at a Glance

Monday, Jan. 21- No School; Happy Birthday to Gabi Rader and Tonia Carter!

Tuesday, Jan. 22- B Day;

Wednesday, Jan. 23- C Day; Yoga at 4:15

Thursday, Jan. 24- D Day;

Friday, Jan. 25- A Day;

Upcoming Important Dates:

Jan. 18-Feb. 1 Yearbook Sale

February 7 PTO Meeting 6:30pm

February 15 K-4 Valentine Parties

February 18 NO SCHOOL: President’s Day

February 21 P/T Conferences 4:00-8:00pm

February 22 Columbus Zoo Visit

Feb. 25-Mar. 1 Read Across America Week

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