Monday Musings

Weekly Update for Douglas Staff - January 11, 2016

The week ahead...

So THIS is what January and Winter are supposed to feel like...We were spoiled with the mild temps prior to break! The plethora of activities this week will keep us all moving and warmed up in the frigid temperatures.

Thank you to everyone who is contributing ideas, time preparing and/or baking, physical presence and providing opportunities for families, and positive promotion to our Family Literacy Night - Snow if Falling! Books are Calling! - taking place this Thursday night. Even if you haven't signed up, you are welcome to join us...the more the merrier! Please contact Amy Marchant or sign up on the fridge in the lounge if you would like to help out. As the date approaches, please pump the event up to your students - there will be fun for all ages at the event.

Finally, I hope you all had meaningful conversations with your teams over the past week - following our staff meeting. The PLC Planning Team will be meeting later this month (Monday, Jan. 18th) to gather feedback and plan forward as we further our development as collaborative teams focusing on student learning.

Have a great week, everyone!


Science Fair - Sign-Ups will be accepted ALL WEEK!

Optional - Responsive Classroom "Morning Meeting" - with FOOD! (Wednesday, 1/13 - 7:30 AM)

WUSD Compensation Plan Presentation - Wednesday, 1/13 at 3:45 (@ WHS)

Snow is Falling! Books are Calling! - Thursday, 1/14 - 5:00-6:30 PM

Douglas Readers Rock!

We have reached 1 MILLION MINUTES! To celebrate, we will dedicate our celebration with the DJ on Jan. 21st to our Rockin' Readers! If your grade level would like to plan any additional activities that morning, feel free!
Books of Elsewhere - Author Visit - March 10th!!

Award-Winning Author, Jacqueline West, will be at Douglas on March 10th for 2nd-5th grade presentations and book signing! Check out the website all about her best-selling series - Books of Elsewhere! Videos - Games - Book Info - and More!

Optimal Learning Model - Great Visual from Regie

We talked quite a bit about the Optimal Learning Model during Regie in Residence a few years back. Check out this visual for a review.

Emily's Schedule for the Week (1/4-1/8)

Announcements - Daily @ 8:05

Informal Observations throughout the week. If you would like me to pop in to observe something in particular to give you feedback, please send me an email. I would love to pop in!

Monday - 1/11

7:30 - Wrap Around Meeting (Conference Room)

9:15 - 504 Meeting (Torgerson/Hankins)

1:00 - Playworks Phone Conference (Wendt)

2:15 - Paw Pride Club Training (Cafeteria)

3:30 - Collaborative Time Study Meeting

Tuesday - 1/12

8:45-11:15 Cabinet (ESC)

1:45 - GEO Bee Final (Cafeteria)

6:00 - PTO Meeting

Wednesday - 1/6

7:30 Responsive Classroom "Morning Meeting"


10:30 IEP (Rowedder/Stark)

12:30 IEP (LoClark/Baxter)

2:00 IEP (Berres/Rens)

3:45 Compenstation Plan Meeting @ WHS

Thursday, 1/14

7:20 Special Ed Team Meeting

9:00 Network Photography Meeting (Conference Room)

5:00 Literacy Night! "Snow is Falling! Books are Calling!"

Friday, 1/15

8:15 Team Leader Meeting (office)

9:30 Chamber Meeting (Chamber of Commerce)

Time for Kids - Poetry Contest

Free and easy opportunity for kids to enter a funny, rhyming poem in a contest. Parent/guardian email needs to be entered, so it would likely require either parents entering the poem for them, or a permission slip with a parent email written out.

ALA - Youth Media Awards (Announced on Monday, 1/11)

The awards presentation (Newbery, Caldecott, etc) will begin at 7:00 AM via Live Webinar from Boston. Check out this website later on to see who this year's winners are!

Douglas Calendar - 15/16...

If you see things missing that your grade level has planned, please contact Dawn in the office. Dawn is also the "go to" for field trips, please contact her if you need a packet for planning.

Monday, 1/11 – Battle of the Books “lunchtime battle”

Tuesday, 1/12 – Battle of the Books “lunchtime battle”

Tuesday, 1/12 – PTO Meeting – 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, 1/14 – Family Literacy Night – “Snow is Falling! Books are Calling!” 5:00-6:30 PM

Tuesday, 1/19 – Battle of the Books!

Tuesday, 1/19 – 5th Grade, Weather Man Visit 10 to 10:45 am in the cafeteria

Thursday, 1/21 – Last Day of 2nd Quarter

Thursday, 1/21 – Dance Party in Gym (Reading Rocks! Celebration – 12:00-2:45)

Thursday, 1/21 – Rock ‘n’ Recess Family Dance & Dinner (5:00-7:00 PM)

Friday, 1/22 – No School (Students) – Teacher Work Day

Friday, 1/29 – Class Meetings – Trait: Fairness

Friday, 1/29 – Report Cards Home: K-5

Monday, 2/8 – No School (Students) – Professional Development

Thursday, 2/11 – Science Fair

Friday, 2/26 – Class Meetings – Trait: Perseverance

Thursday, 3/3 – Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences (4:00-7:35)

Friday, 3/4 – No School (Students) – Professional Development

Tuesday, 3/8 – PTO Meeting – 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, 3/10 – Author Visit (Jacqueline West)

Monday, 3/14 – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Schauer Art Center, Hartford, (8:30 to 1:30)

Thursday, 3/17 – Spring Arts Festival (4:00-6:00 PM)

Friday, 3/18 – Early Release – 11:30 AM (Students)

Monday, 3/21-Friday, 3/25 – No School (Staff/Students) – Spring Break

Thursday, 3/31 – Elementary Choral Concert 6:30 PM

Friday, 4/1 – Elementary Chorus Trip

Monday, 4/4 – Class Meetings – Trait: Courage

Tuesday, 4/12 – PTO Meeting – 6:00-7:00 PM

Friday, 4/22 – No School (Students) – Professional Development

Friday, 4/29 – Class Meetings – Trait: Citizenship

Tuesday, 5/10 – PTO Meeting 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, 5/12 – 4th grade to Madison (Link-Up Concert) – All day

Friday, 5/27 – K/1 Class Meetings (Tentative)

Monday, 5/30 – No School (Staff/Students) – Memorial Day

Tuesday, 6/7 – Field Day/Year-End Celebration

Thursday, 6/9 – Early Release (Students) (Last Day of School)

Thursday, 6/9 – Year-End Assembly 9:00 AM