Message from Mission Control
* Thanks to everyone who helped out on Literacy Night to make it a huge success. Shout out to Ashley and the Literacy Night committee for organizing it! Shout out to Vicki for a great performance by the 2nd graders and by Hoofbeats. Also, thanks so much to Tammie and the Junior Council for all of their work organizing the In-N-Out fundraiser! Great job to Leslie, Melanie, Lindsey, Gina, and Bobby for their hard work on the spelling bee!!
* This Friday, our parties will begin at 10:50. Make sure to let the office know if you have parents who need to come down before this time. We will not send parents down to the rooms before 10:50 unless you have told us otherwise.
* We will be on early release schedule on Friday, so make sure to print off that schedule, so you will know when to go to specials, get lunches, etc..
* Don't forget the holiday shut down procedures for all of your appliances/electronics in your classrooms. Everything needs to be unplugged, fridges defrosted, etc.
* With the holidays around the corner, this is a week where we often run out of steam in teaching, and the kids are more "busy" than usual. Just remember the rules about showing movies. It's in the grading handbook that we do not show movies longer than 10 minute intervals without stopping to teach/have a discussion intermittently. There are special occasions (i.e. Kinder is showing Polar Express) and events that come up and get approval, but please make sure you are not showing movies as a way to "pass" the time this week.
* Dr. Parker will be here this Thursday beginning at 12:30. If you have something exciting going on, make sure to let me know, so we can make sure to stop by! I know we will be visiting Kindergarten to take a look at their gingerbread communities PBL they have been creating! :)
* I know we get a lot of emails per day, but please take the time to read the emails that come from our campus and/or the district. We get a lot of phone calls to the front office with questions that have been explained in an email, either sent by me, Bobby, or central administration. We try to limit emails, but we also use this as a way of communication to lessen the number of staff meetings we have. Please make sure you take the time to read these emails in order to be aware of important information.
* This Wednesday, December 13th, the district is hosting the annual Holiday Open House. This is always a great event. I encourage each of you to stop by during your conference time! It has great food and performances all day by various district choirs/bands. It takes place at the EMS board room!
* Don't forget about our stockings hanging by the "Elkins Fireplace" outside of the lounge. Everyone loves a treat now and then, so take some time to drop a "warm fuzzy" or a quick note to your colleagues. This does not have to cost money. A simple handwritten note goes a LONG way! Make sure to take your stocking when you leave on Friday.
* Friday after the kids are dismissed, we will begin the holiday party in the cafeteria! We will enjoy snacks and painting as we celebrate together! My intention is to have everyone completed and finished by 2:00, at the latest!! Let's make it even more entertaining and have an ugly sweater contest on Friday!! I know many of you are super excited to try and win this year!! :) We will have voting jars available in the cafeteria, so we can see who will take the prize!
This year, we will be implementing our GE life principles during announcements, as well as having the opportunity for kids to respond using the white interactive papers in the hallway (formerly used for vocabulary).
Each life principle will be talked about during a 1 week period. You will be getting the schedule sent this week, and it will also be posted on the One Note staff portal. We will discuss on announcements, and students will have the opportunity to write (or draw) how they show this life principle. For example, the first one is self discipline. They can write on the paper how they show or can use self discipline. This will require thinking and application... so it brings in the higher levels. We will talk about the expectations of how this will be used on the announcements, so the students are familiar with what is acceptable.
Just as the vocabulary has been done in the past, the life principles will remain posted on the wall, so that the students can see them and refer back to them. The Elk of the Month will be chosen based on the life principles that have been discussed for the month. Each student chosen will not have to demonstrate ALL of the life principles, but one or more.
This week, our life principle is:
Curiosity- wanting to learn or know about something
DATES TO REMEMBER
Tuesday, December 12th:
Kori off campus at Principal luncheon (11:00-1:00)
Wednesday, December 13th:
Holiday Open House at board room (please try to stop by during conference)
Thursday, December 14th:
Dr. Parker here for visit @ 12:30
Friday, December 15th:
Early Release at 11:40 for Holiday Break
Staff painting party w/ snacks provided after dismissal
Tuesday, January 2nd:
Staff returns- campus PD day (K-2 off campus training)
Wednesday, January 3rd:
Kids return from break
Bobby off campus in AM at meeting
Thursday, January 4th:
Kori off campus at meeting
Tuesday, January 9th:
ELAR Vertical Council Meeting (AM)
Math Vertical Council Meeting (PM)
LiiNK grade levels- Meeting at 3:30 @ Elkins!
Thursday, January 11th:
Kori off campus at meeting
Friday, January 12th:
Spirit Rally @ 10:00
Early Release @ 11:40