Gator Gazette

Expect Success for All!

We did it!

Thank you to everyone! We made it! We survived our first week at the new Gardens. I know the school is not perfect. Tell me a campus that is. I know it is hot. They are working on the AC. I know not all of your computers are up and running with internet. Technology services is aware. I know your projector and pens are not connected. Be patient. It is coming. Here is what I do know that has been successful at the new school. You. The opening of the new campus would not have been as successful as it was without your hard work and dedication. Your rooms look fantastic. The students are ecstatic. The parents and community are thrilled. Our adventure has just begun. Just know that as a Gator family, we did it! We survived the move to a new campus in the middle of the school year. Chalk that one up on your resume.

Lone Star Math

In an effort to vertically align our math warm ups, Kindergarten -4th grade teachers we have purchased the digital version of Lone Star Math. This is replacing Everyday Counts. Lone Star math is rigorous and directly aligns to the student expectations. On Monday, December 15, at 3:30, Norma Jimenez is going to give a training explaining the program and how to use it. She will send an email out letting you know the location of the training.

Where are we?

Lindsey - Here all week

Cindy - Here all week

Christmas Writing

Are you looking for a fun way to jazz up some writing for next week? Here are a bevy of ideas:

PK/Kindergarten/First Grade

  • Design your own Christmas card.
  • Make a Christmas wish list.
  • Make a Christmas memory quilt square by drawing a picture of your favorite Christmas memory and writing a sentence about it. Paste your picture and sentence onto a sheet of red or green paper.
  • Write a letter to Santa.

Primary Grades

  • Write a Christmas shopping list.
  • Bake Christmas cookies with a family member or friend. Write a paragraph about the process.
  • Write an unselfish letter to Santa, asking him to bring a needed item to a friend or family member.
  • Write an invitation inviting a family member or friend to a Christmas party. Tell where and when the party is. Put the invitation in an envelope and address it properly.
  • Make a Christmas memory quilt square by drawing a picture of your favorite Christmas memory and writing a short paragraph (three to five sentences) about it. Paste your picture and sentence onto a sheet of red or green paper.
  • Write a short paragraph (three to five sentences) telling what you like most about Christmas.
  • Choose a short Christmas-themed word and use it as a springboard to write a simple Christmas acrostic.
  • Imagine that you are an elf in Santa's workshop. Write a letter to a friend telling what the week before Christmas is like.

Upper Elementary Grades

  • Interview a grandparent or elderly neighbor to learn about their childhood Christmases. Create a Venn diagram comparing Christmas then and Christmas now.
  • Write an acrostic poem using the phrase "Merry Christmas."
  • Try to write a Christmas story using only one-syllable words.
  • Write and illustrate an original Christmas story. Read your Christmas story to a younger child.
  • Write your own Christmas carol, paying attention to meter and rhyme scheme. You may set it to a familiar tune or compose an original tune for it.
  • Write a description of Christmas morning at your house.
  • Brainstorm a list of holiday traditions.
  • Make a top ten list outlining your ten favorite aspects of Christmas.
  • Should schools allow students to have Christmas parties? Write a letter to your school principal arguing for or against Christmas parties.
  • Write a paragraph telling what Christmas means to you.

Science Fair

Yes. I have not forgotten. Just in case you forgot, the science fair will be here right after break. Keep reminding your students and holding them accountable.

This and That

We have a busy week ahead of us. We are still working on finishing the CBAs. Make certain the scantrons are turned in to the PFs.

Monday - Ballet Talks. Mary sent a schedule out last week. Please follow it.

Tuesday - Polar Express Day for some grade levels. Open house from 6:00-7:00.

Wednesday - COOKIE CONTEST DAY! Make certain you sign up! An entry guarantees one day of your choice of no afternoon duty. Judges are coming with their sophisticated pallets. De Zavala will be in the house as well on Wednesday. Polar express day for some grade levels.

Thursday - Early Release Day. Faculty Christmas Party. Bring a dessert. Bring an ornament if you would like to participate in an ornament exchange. We are getting our meal from Antonio's. We will be having chicken alfredo, lasagna, salad and bread.

Friday - Early release day. Enjoy your break and spend some quality time with family and friends. You have earned it!

Did someone say jeans?

I did! As a thank you for all your hard work, you can wear jeans all week next week! Please wear a holiday, red, green or spirit shirt with your jeans.