GRE Staff Newsletter

For the Week of February 4, 2019

Dear Team,

Well that was an interesting week for sure! I hope you took the time to recharge and hang out with loved ones. When I talked to many of you, you shared a sense of urgency to get back at it. I appreciate that. With three unexpected days off, adjustments will need to be made and I would encourage you to keep that sense of urgency but not rush through the deep learning you had planned.

On Thursday, a select group of 4th Grade students will take the NAEP Assessment in Trisha Hilton's room beginning at 8:50 and then again at 1:00 (we will also be using Stefanie Plowman's classroom at 1:00). As you move through out this area of the building, please keep voices down and help to create the best testing environment possible. We have 51 students that were selected for this test, which requires the whole fourth grade schedule to be thrown off. If you work with a fourth grade student, you can see their homeroom teacher or myself to see if they were selected for this group.

We will have Eagles Nests this Friday morning, look for details to come out from Ginna soon. In addition, we will have a modified Party Wagon this Friday. We will attempt to do each grade levels party wagon at the end of their lunch to avoid interrupting classes.

Here's to a great week!


Welcome to the GRE family Avery Loretta Roan!

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News to Share

1. Tuesday's staff meeting will focus on PBIS and help us set the stage for next school year. We will be working in vertical teams to help define what our common building expectations will be. I will provide a light breakfast, including coffee. Please come prepared to listen and focus on the building as a whole. We have been working on the behavior matrix behind the scenes to start our discussions, click here if you want to add some ideas.

2. Be sure all conference letters go home in backpacks on Monday. If there are any conferences you need me to attend, please schedule those so I can make sure you get the support you need.

3. Another layer of support will be provided by Trevor, our Y club site Director. Beginning the first week of February, Trevor will work from 9:00-10:00 am on Fact Fluency with our struggling students. We will provide this intervention M-F for third and fourth graders right outside the classroom. During this intervention, Trevor will do a flashcard review and help students graph their progress. His intervention will last about 5-7 minutes per student. If you feel you have a student who would benefit from this intervention, please click here to submit their name and information. If you have questions, please see me.

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Laura Lawrence shared the following article with us: Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns. In the article a High School teacher shadows a student for a day. This is a movement I've seen through my Twitter PLC as well and the observations are always a little alarming. The word cloud above pulls out the key ideas. What do you see? Please take time this week to read the article together and create your own word cloud using this site: Your word cloud should be made of the notes you take as your PLC discusses the article. Share your images with me for casual stickers! An additional prize is planned for one PLC team as well...

Week at a Glance

Monday, Feb. 4- C Day;

Tuesday, Feb. 5- D Day; Fire Drill at 9:30

Wednesday, Feb. 6- A Day; Yoga at 4:15

Thursday, Feb. 7- B Day;

Friday, Feb. 8- C Day; Eagles Nests; Party Wagon at the end of lunch

Upcoming Important Dates:

Jan. 18-Feb. 1 Yearbook Sale

February 7 PTO Meeting 6:30pm

February 15 K-4 Valentine Parties

February 18 NO SCHOOL: President’s Day

February 21 P/T Conferences 4:00-8:00pm

February 22 Columbus Zoo Visit

Feb. 25-Mar. 1 Read Across America Week