Northbrook Elementary Blazin' News

October 17, 2016

"The fundamental purpose of school is learning, not teaching." ~Rick DuFour

This Week at Northbrook

Monday, October 17

  • Gina off campus for training

  • PLC Meetings

  • No faculty meeting

Tuesday, October 18

  • Gina off campus for training
  • PTA Book Club - Frindle; 6:30

Wednesday, October 19

  • Jeans day in honor of October birthdays
  • Fourth grade math PLC

Thursday, October 20

  • Pep Rally Assembly planning meeting, 3:00
  • PTA Meeting, 6:00

Friday, October 21

  • After School Staff Choir Practice @ Chuys in Alliance 3:30 pm-???

Saturday, October 22

  • Building in use by YMCA

Sunday, October 23

  • Happy Birthday, Heather Granger!

Next Week at Northbrook


Monday, October 24"

  • PLCs
  • "I love my Drug-Free Self" -Wear Red/hearts. Give students red ribbon

  • Halloween Secret Pals begin
  • Grades due in the computer by 8:00 am
  • Fundraiser Kick-off, gym, 1:45
  • Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, October 25

  • Gina off campus for principals' meeting
  • "Sock it to drugs" -Wear crazy socks
  • PTA Book Club - Wonder; 6:30

Wednesday, October 26

  • "My future is so bright without drugs" -Wear neon colors & Sunglasses. Give students a pencil.

Thursday, October 27

  • "Turn your back on drugs" -Wear shirt backwards
  • Staff Luncheon- Appetizers/Halloween inspired foods
  • Report cards sent home
  • 3rd Grade Musical- 6 pm

Friday, October 28

  • National Chocolate Day
  • "Hugs not drugs" bring a stuffed animal to hug. Give students suckers.
  • Blazers Pep Rally - 1:30

Instructionally Speaking...

Our Instructional Focus
  • Each year the district and campuses determine an instructional focus - something that everyone is going to focus on to move the campus forward. Last Monday, Scott and Mallory led you through some work around our focus for this year - critical writing across subject areas and grade levels.
  • We will talk about this throughout the year, but make sure you are thinking of ways to incorporate critical writing into as many lessons as possible as you plan with your team each week.

Professional Learning Communities

  • We are a professional learning community. As such, we work together and collaborate freely in order to improve instruction and increase learning.
  • Collaborative conversations require us to make goals, strategies, materials, questions, concerns, and results public. We will do this in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.
  • Our focus must be on learning, rather than teaching.
  • Our effectiveness is not based on how busy we are, but on how much progress we make on our goals of student achievement.

Thank you...

  • to all of you for holding down the fort while Maggie and I were in San Antonio. A big shout out to Shannah for taking on an administrative role in our absence!
  • to Leeann for putting together an adorable second grade show. The students had so much fun performing for their famiiles! Thank you to the second grade teachers for their support, too!
  • teachers for your work last Monday to further your understanding of planning and teaching at high levels of rigor and relevance. It is extremely important that this be foremost in your mind as you plan and execute lessons.

Reminders and Notes...

  • An important aspect of continuous improvement is celebration. For that reason we will have a pep rally next Friday, October 28. We will begin to have these on a regular basis. If you would be willing to help plan the first pep rally, please join us this Thursday, October 21 at 3:00 in the library. Let's make it fun!
  • October 31st is Storybook Character Day (and yes, Halloween!). Please make sure that you send a note home about costuming. No weapons or bloody makeup.
  • Reminder from the LA Department: Please do not send portfolio writing home. We will keep those pieces to measure growth.

Our mission is to work together to create a safe, nurturing community where every child has the opportunity to develop academic and social skills and a life-long passion to achieve at their highest potential.

Northbrook Staff 2016-2017

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Upcoming Events:

October 31 Halloween /Storybook Character Day

November 3 Picture re-takes/ Thanksgiving Lunch for Families to attend

November 10 4th Grade Musical @ 6:00

November 11 Turkey Trot/Early Release @11:40/ Parent conferences


December 2 1st Grade Field Trip

December 8 5th Grade Musical @ 6:00

December 16 Class parties/ Early Release @ 11:40

December 19- January 1 CHRISTMAS BREAK

January 2 Staff In-service/Student Holiday

January 12 Talent Show

January 13 Talent Show day performance/ Early release @ 11:40

January 16 No School- MLK Day

January 17 Father/Daughter Dance

February 2 Group and Spring individual Pictures

February 24 Early release @ 11:40

March 3 4th Grade Field Trip

March 9 Open House/ Family Fitness/Kindergarten Musical@6:15/1st Musical@ 6:45

March 13-17 SPRING BREAK

March 30 Kindergarten Field Trip

April 14 Bad weather day??

April 20 Kindergarten Graduation Pictures

April 21 Mother/Son Kickball 6 pm

April 28 2nd Grade Field Trip

May 12 3rd Grade Field Trip

May 19 Science Day

May 24 Field Day 3rd-5th

May 25 Field Day K-2

May 29 No School

May 30 Perfect Attendance field trip

May 31st Award Ceremonies for 1st-4th

June 1 Award Ceremonies for Kinder & 5th / Last Day of School