Weekly Office MEMO

Week Of September 25, 2017

Batman - Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb (complete scene)

Sometimes you just can't get rid of a bomb!

This video is an oldie but a goodie from a few years back.

Everyday we walk into our workplace and carry with us our history and experiences. We even walk in carrying our latest feelings of the day. Perhaps you started with car problems, a morning argument or even not feeling well. These “BOMBS” shape who we are when we come to work each day.

The same happens with our kids. They come to us with a plethora of experiences that shape how their day is going to go. Maybe they didn’t eat, maybe they had a fight with a sibling, maybe they are worried about Mom, Dad, Grandpa and Grandma. Each day kids come to us with their own “BOMBS”.

As we think and interact with our fellow colleagues, students or bosses at work each day, think what Bombs are you carrying around. Our job is to find a way to deal with each one that does not adversely affect those around us.

What do BOMBS look like? Eye Rolling, Yelling at Kids, Spreading Rumors, Passive Aggressiveness. These are BOMBS that can blow up and hurt those around us.

BATMAN had many opportunities to get rid of his bomb, but he choose to find a way that did not affect those around him. What are some positive ways to deal with stress? A Forbes article emphasizes these 5 ways to decrease workplace stress.

1. Shift the way you think about stress.

2. Focus on helping others.

3. Start work conversations by saying something positive.

4. Turn off news alerts.

5. Focus on your “Now Step.”

To read the full article, follow this link.

Your challenge this week is to treat yourself right. Find a way to identify your BOMB and effectively get rid of it! Your Bomb does not need to impact others if you find ways to positively deal with it. Our #1 Job is to help others succeed. We can do this by first “KEEPING OUR DAY”.

Have a great week! And GO SPARTANS!


#CSESTRONG Weekly Staff Mindfulness Challenge

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This week's challenge is easy! Before you walk into the building, check your "Bombs" and don't give them to someone else.

Your visual reminder is located on your PO. Take this Emoji and place it in a place to remind you to Positively DEAL with your Daily Bomb!

I Did It!

Push The Button to Commit to the #CSESTRONG Mindfulness Challenge for this Week!


September 4 - Kara Linz

September 10 - Mary Ann Hennen

September 22 - Kim Emons

September 29 - Ken Rausch

Weekly Schedule

Monday 9/25

  • DAY 3
  • 7:30 - SAT
  • Eric out of building
  • Faith Formation - Grades 1/2

Tuesday 9/26

  • DAY 4
  • 7:30 - Health & Safety Meeting
  • Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5

Wednesday 9/27

  • DAY 1
  • 7:30 - Building Collaboration - Media Center

Thursday 9/28

  • DAY 2
  • 3:00 - Imagine Learning Awareness for Teachers - Media Center

Friday 9/29

  • DAY 3
  • 7:00 - District CI

Important Upcoming Dates

10/6 - Family Group Activity (2:20-2:45)

10/10 - 5th Grade Kindness Retreat with Discovery Elementary

10/11 - CS Fire Dept. here for K-3 (more details to come)

10/12 - Rockville Fire Dept. here with Smoke Trailer (more details to come)

10/13 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal

10/19 - NO SCHOOL - MEA Break

10/20 - NO SCHOOL - MEA Break

10/26 - Picture Retake Day

10/26 - Hearing Screenings (more details to come)

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Social Media @ ROCORI

Please consider sending in your information and a few pictures for the Staff Spotlight on the district Facebook page. Here are the steps:

1. Fill out the short survey from this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2HB359

2. Send 1-4 pictures of yourself to socialmedia@rocori.k12.mn.us

2017-2018 WBWF Goals


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the READING will increase from 54.6% in 2017 to 65% in 2018.


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the MATH MCA will increase from 60.4% in 2017 to 68% in 2018.

What are potential FOCUS areas of Improvements for SLG/PGP?

Time on Text

Close Reading

Oral Vocabulary Usage/Development


Student Targets

Standard Alignment and Deconstruction

School News/ Annoucements

  • Lunch count and attendance should be done by 9:00 a.m.

  • Need CPI Refresher and Training DATES? Click HERE

Teacher Evaluation

Student Learning Goal (SLG)

Due by Oct 18th to Mr. Skanson

Document Link HERE

Send to skansone@rocori.k12.mn.us

Professional Growth Plan (PGP)

Due by Oct 18th

Document Link HERE

Send to Brad Bauer (bauerb@rocori.k12.mn.us)

Formal Observation Form

Summative Observation Form

Congrats, Kudos, and Thank You!

Thank You CSE Office Staff for the incredible work in counting and depositing all the money from the beginning of the year! This was an incredible task!

KUDOS to Joel B. on another Awesome Homecoming Week in ROCORI. Mr. Baumgarten puts in an incredible amount of hours during homecoming week! Thank You!

Committee Updates:

Click HERE to access the CSE committee memberships

Why do we have Committee Structure at CSE?

1. To improve decision making process/feedback between staff/administration

2. To Empower Staff to See the Problem/Own the Problem #TOP20

3. Amplify All Voices at CSE

4. Assist in the overall communication and governance at CSE

RtI (Response to Intervention)

Click HERE to access the District RtI Notes

Committee Chair: Jim Meyer

CSE Building RTI met and updated the Yearly Assessment Matrix. We will be asking each teacher to contribute to our BUILDING Assessment Document. More information coming soon.

CI (Curriculum and Instruction)

Click HERE to access the District CI Notes

Committee Chair: Joyce Baumann BaumannJ@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3145

Math roll out is underway. We are looking for a way to gather information about questions, materials, training needs, etc. The "math experts" will have their training on Tuesday, the 26th. They will decide how to gather this information.

Piloting of our potential new reading curriculum will begin in October.

Deconstruction of standards work will continue this school year.

Training focuses for upcoming year: Grades K-2: Orton-Gillingham Grade 3-5: Close Reading

SD (Staff Development)

Click HERE to access the District SD Notes


Chair- Sharon Posch- poschs@rocori.k12.mn.us -Ext 3142

Why: To create a culture of literacy with students, staff, and families

Goals for the year:

  • Promote an increase in student conversations around texts students are reading
  • Create practice profiles for CAFÉ and Conferring
  • Get some Little Free Libraries up and running in the building
  • Continue the Principal Book Clubs with 4th/5th grade and possibly look at adding 3rd grade
  • Get posters of books made to hang around the building to get excitement around reading the books
  • Collaboration with CS Public Library
  • Library Book Shelves dedicated to students’ book recommendations


Chair- Rachel McDougall Ext 3129

"Working is hard and distracts from having fun." -Orson Scott Card

Check out the email about the mugs, notebooks and birthdays. More fun coming soon!

Health, Safety, Building Improvement

Chair- Tom Petroski PetroskiT@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3116

Family Groups

Chair- Brian Kothrade KothradeB@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3111

Spartan Pride

Chair- Dustin Kramer KramerD@rocori.k12.mn.us Ext 3136

More Spartan Badges coming soon!

Digital Leadership

Chair Greg Spanier SpanierG@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3119

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The First Six Weeks!

Week 4- Expectations to teach, model & practice

Classroom Routines:

______Conflict Resolution in the classroom

______Continue modeling and practicing rules and routines

______Continue common language

______Continue handing out Great Spartan tickets

School-Wide Expectations:

______ Assembly Expectations

Instructional Expectations:

_____ Launch Daily 5 and CAFÉ Routines in 15 Days: Day 15

_____ Review Daily 5 and CAFÉ strategies

_____ Continue to Build Stamina and Independence

_____ Complete Conferring Notes for ALL students

Daily 5 Tip of the Week.. from the DAILY CAFE

By Ellen Greany

September 22, 2017

Issue #480

My husband Joey is a strength and conditioning coach for a Major League Baseball team. People outside professional sports often misunderstand his job and mistake him for an athletic trainer. I explain that whereas athletic trainers provide athletes with treatment to recover from injuries, strength and conditioning coaches provide a training regimen aimed at preventing injuries. Their job is to keep athletes in optimum shape so they can perform at their highest level. It’s vitally important that the athletic trainer and the strength and conditioning coach communicate regularly with each other to support their athletes in the best possible way.

At the Major League level, there is no doubt that every athlete is talented. They’ve worked tirelessly in the minor leagues and proven that they have what it takes to play at this level. However, there is a big difference between Triple-A, the highest minor league level, and “The Show.” In the Major Leagues, the competition becomes even more rigorous. Small, sometimes seemingly insignificant things can make the difference between athletes being good at their sport and being great at their sport. Each athlete is looking for that tweak that will give them the edge over others who are competing for their job.

As I shared about how hard these athletes work and explained the day-to-day routine of Joey’s job, I realized that it parallels what we do with our students in many ways. Just as my husband provides all athletes with the same two or three foundational workouts, we provide our students with two or three brief foundational focus lessons. And just as we provide our students with individualized goals, small-group lessons, and regular conferring sessions (because each child is different), Joey works to provide his athletes with individualized supplemental exercises and workouts (because each athlete is different).

This “aha!” moment reminded me of why I wholeheartedly believe in the Daily 5 and Daily 3 structures. Individualized instruction certainly benefits our students from an academic standpoint, but it also opens the door to building relationships and truly getting to know our students.

So as you reflect on past teaching practices and dive into the new teaching year I offer you this challenge. If you’re not already using the Daily 5 structure, take the leap and give it a chance. I’m certainly glad I did!

Dustin Kramer Grade 3

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?

5th year


3rd Grade Teacher

What I love most about my job at CSE

I love the staff here at CSE! I think we have the best teachers in education and the support staff is exceptional! They always put the kids first and are always willing to lend a hand (or head) when needed.

Favorite Food

Buffalo Wings


I love to spend my time outdoors. My favorite things to do are hunting, fishing, and camping. I also stay very busy with sports year round. I coach wrestling and baseball during the spring through the summer. I still love to compete and enjoy playing baseball, softball, and broomball.

Interesting FACTS about ME

My wife and I have two, going on three kids this September. Brayden is now a 5th grader, Brynley is 2.5 years old, and our new baby girl named Brielle.

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