Monday Memo

February 7, 2016

From the Principal.....

The book of the month from ASCD is called Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom. by Kristin Souers and Pete Hall. They explore an urgent and growing issue--adverse childhood experiences (ACE), the kind of trauma and it's profound effect on learning and teaching. This book helps cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas and grade levels.

Other topics in the book :

  • Understand what trauma is and how it hinders the learning, motivation, and success of all students in the classroom.
  • Build strong relationships and create a safe space to enable student to learn at high levels.
  • Adopt a strength-based approach that leads you to recalibrate how you view destructive student behaviors and to perceive what students need to break negative cycles.
  • Head off frustration and burnout with essential self0care techniques that will help you and your students flourish.

We face the impact of childhood trauma in the classroom every day. As a school, who strives to ensure that each child is safe, healthy, supported engaged and challenged, we must find ways that help us move from dwelling on problems to building relationships that allow students to grow, thrive and learn at high levels. In the midst of challenges, it's often hard to stop and consider the adverse childhood experiences, the chronic stress, ...trauma that many of our toughest kids experience on a daily basis. Many of our students would have a an ACE score (trama score) of 3 or higher which has the most affect on behavior and attendance.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in better understanding how children in these conditions learn and what can be done to help them be successful. Feel free to borrow my copy or order a copy of your own.

Construction Update!

Yes, you heard me correctly! It's been about 3 years since we've needed a construction update in our Monday Memo. It's that time again! Of course with a great deal of mixed emotions...we've been advised that construction on our gymnasium is expected to begin this month! At this time, I can speculate that it will impact some of our traffic flow issues near the parking lot and along SW 51st, at least for a little while because of the planned placement. I would also speculate that there will be some impact of our playground area. As more details come, we will provide further information and make plans for safety for students and staff during this construction project. The gymnasium will be a FEMA-rated tornado shelter, includes 10 additional parking spaces, and a small-medium multipurpose room. We anticipate construction to take a minimum of 1 year. As more information is available we will share it.

Trading Spaces!

As you all know, space is at an all time premium at Arthur Elementary. We have special ed teachers, specials teachers, counselors, psychologists, and other professionals trying to make-do in some very tricky situations. Our new building was originally designed with very small places for these people, and in the interim we allowed the spaces to be used for other things. Now that we are at full capacity with service providers, students and programs, we will be needing to make some space changes next school year. This primarily effects, PE, Speech, Cafeteria Manager, Counselor, School Psych, Title I Remediation Specialists. The plan has not been completely determined, however, it is best to start expecting and planning for these things now. More details will come at a later time.

Updates from Principal's Meeting

  • RSA 3rd grade retention projections training at the site before Feb.26th.
  • RSA Parent and Community Meeting (at each school site) before April 15th.
  • RSA Good Cause Exemptions prepared NO LATER THAN May 2-11
  • Summer Schools: OKCPS Summer School and RSA Academy will be combined and held in June. Dates are TBA
  • EOY Parent conferences 3, 4th, 5th grade if required for RSA May 20-25th.
  • Continue striving for Reading, Math , Social Studies, and Science daily. Also include sustained silent reading opportunities and journaling/writing at each grade level. Intervention for Tier 2 and 3 should be integrated throughout the school day and during the course of the 90 minute reading or math block.
  • Intersessions for Spring break will be held for only 3 days, instead of 5. Sites are asked to partner with another site. (Arthur Students will be going to Adams) Details to come.
Click on the blue text above and below to link directly to short clips from Atomic Learning . The clip addresses question frames that are at the applying level.

Important Dates

  • February 9-10 Digital Promise Site Visits and Forms. (Student Forum Feb. 10)
  • February 11-12 Group and Spring Pictures
  • February 15 District PD Day -Apple PD at Arthur~ Reaching All Learners.
  • February 19 iArthur Technology Showcase
  • February 24 OCCT 5th Grade Writing Test
  • February 22-29 Common Assessments ( Atleast 1 Reading/ELA and 1 in Math)

Happy Birthday!

Rachel Farmer 2/8

Brandi Criminger 2/9

Patti Morgan 2/11

Supporting Gifted and Talented Learners (Click here)

In compliance with the Gifted and Talented Education service requirements. If you were notified that you are serving a qualified GATE student, this training series is required to completed by April 29, 2016. It is highly recommended for others.