Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 12/17-12/21

Put Students First • Seek Growth • Be Open to Change . Do Great Work Together • Value Differences

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Principal's Message for the week:

This past Sunday, 60 minutes aired a segment on Ryan Speedo Green. Ryan is from Norfolk, Virginia and was headed in the wrong direction until two educators (his 4th grade teacher and his social worker) gave him hope. Even though this segment ran on Sunday, it has stayed on my mind throughout this week on many different occasions. Education is a hard field that is not getting any easier. Our students are coming to us with more and more varied needs and our families have more and more on their plate. This makes our job much more difficult at times, but it also makes our job so crucial and vital at others. Even though students like, Ryan, might not say it in the moment they are beyond grateful for your words, your actions, your compassion, and your love that you give to them on a daily basis. Patti and I want to thank all of our staff for making a difference in our students' lives. We see it everyday and we know our students feel it everyday. Enjoy this weekend, take some self care time, and some family time because our students need you at your best. :)

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Colts Pride in Action

As part of our purposeful work to design a school culture where our PRIDE is encouraged and celebrated, each week a staff member or group of staff members will be highlighted for demonstrating one aspect of P.R.I.D.E

All first-time Coders! Participating in "Hour of Code" can seem like a daunting task, but BRAVO to YOU for trying it out with your students! Coding has many benefits, one of which is helping students sharpen their executive functioning skills (e.g. sequencing, organizing, if-then, etc.). Thank you to Mr. Doss for all of the support to get make coding approachable to all of our classrooms!

PBIS tip of the week

Make time to "play". Holiday time can make students a little more giddy or silly. Let's channel that "silliness" and bring some purposeful #joy into our classroom group activities this week !

Don't forget about trying out our Colt Tracker!

This link will, also, be in our handbook along with our flowchart!

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Responsibility is our Character Trait

Dec. 17th - Dec. 21st

* Please note, we will be collaborating this week and when we return from break. Also... make sure you don't wear the same pair of jeans every day next week. Happy Jeans Week!!!!!

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Monday, December 17th

  • 2nd Grade PLC - Math focus
  • 7:00 am - Parent Coffee Hour with Admin and Mrs. Yoshida - Digital Citizenship and Study Habits Focus
  • 8:30 Coaches Meeting
  • Ms. Backer out in the PM
  • 2:40 - 4:20 - Girls on the Run
  • 3:30 - 5:00 Meet the Teacher - Ms. Frierson (1st Grade)
  • 5:00 pm - Parent Coffee Hour with Admin and Mrs. Yoshida - Digital Citizenship and Study Habits Focus

Tuesday, December 18th

  • 9:00 Gifted Info Meeting (Innovation Lab)
  • 8:00 SPED TA PL
  • 3rd Grade PLC - Math Focus
  • 1:30 - 2:20 5th Grade Electronic City Expo (Cafeteria)
  • 3:00 - Faculty Meeting (All Teachers and Staff) (Cafeteria)

Wednesday, December 19th

  • K PLC - Math Focus
  • 1st Grade PLC - Math Focus
  • 8:20a - 9:05a - AM Winter Concert (Cafeteria) (AM-K, 1,2,3)
  • 1:30p - 2:15p - PM Winter Concert (Cafeteria) ( PK, PM-K,4,5)
  • 7p - 8p - Evening Winter Concert (Cafeteria)

Thursday, December 20th

  • Gifted Testing
  • 5th Grade PLC - Math Focus
  • Holiday Parties
  • 2:40 - 4:00 - Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34, Rm 34a, Art Room)

Friday, December 21st

  • PJ Day for Staff and Students
  • Adjusted Dismissal @12:10
  • Winter Break begins!!!

Diligence is our Character Trait

Dec. 31st - Jan. 4th - Only collaboration will be on Friday - Katie and Molly will be here for content collaboration during PE Blocks.

Wednesday, January 2nd

  • Welcome Back! Winter Break ends.

Thursday, January 3rd

  • Citizen Recognition Lunch (All Lunches)
  • 2:40 - 4:00 - Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34, Rm 34a, Art Room)

Friday, January 4th

  • You made it through the 1st week of the new year. Way to go!!!
  • Katie and Molly will be here for content collaboration during PE Blocks

Pajama Day

Our adjusted dismissal day, Friday - December 21st, will be a School-wide Pajama Spirit Day. Feel free to wear your "G-rated" PJs to school. We have communicated this through alert now and will send home a flyer for Tuesday folders.

Winter Celebrations

Grade levels should plan to host their classroom winter celebrations on Thursday unless you have already communicated with admin. Celebrations are limited to an hour. Feel free to invite parents. If you are asking parents to send in edible items, please ask for the ingredients. Classroom teachers are responsible for checking ingredients for allergies for food brought in for the classroom celebrations. Note that it is a winter celebration rather than a Christmas party as we must be mindful of students whose families do not celebrate Christmas or any other holiday during this season.

Holiday Spirit Week

To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, we will be having an "Elf" themed Holiday Spirit Week Dec. 17th - Dec. 21st. We don't want to ruin all of the surprises and fun but check out the schedule below if you would like to participate.

Monday 12/17 - Festive Accessory Day

Thursday 12/20 - Festive Sweater Day

Friday 12/21 - Pajama Day

Shout Outs

Shout out to all the teachers and staff that have "caught" students being respectful, responsible, and ready! - Robyn and Patti

Thank you to Patti Csenar for tracking data this week while we were at trainings! - Patti and Robyn

Mrs. Pleasant, you are an awesome substitute and a great friend. - Eddie

Mrs. Goodman, Thank you for helping during centers on Tuesdays. - Eddie

Ms. Mercy'd, Thank you for your cheerful greeting each morning. - Eddie

Mr. Richardson, thank you for cleaning up after my first graders each day and making sure I get to my truck safely in the evening. - Eddie

Thanks Damien for the quick clean up on aisle 3! Glass and pot roast made quite a mess! - Michelene

Katie Burok, thanks so much for your support. You have been very professional. I appreciate you for being my daily source of positive energy , enthusiasm and laughter. - Sra. Otero

To all the Christopher Farms staff, thanks so much for making me feel welcome since the first day. - Sra. Otero.

Mrs. Pleasant, you guided my first step at CFE and were always very supportive. You are a rock star! Thank you. - Sra. Otero

Thank you Mrs. Mercy and Mr. Ortiz for being an on time help! - September

Shout out to Nurse Jill for always taking care of my boo-boos! - Al

Thank you to everyone who supported the Hour of Code! I know it is not everyone’s thing, but just think, the next Mark Zuckerberg could have just found his life’s passion while paying with code in your room! - Al

Shout out to Mrs. Cannuli for being so great to work with during Santa’s Workshop! - Al

Shout out to my amazing, loving and supportive 2nd grade team! Love y'all! - Claire

Shout out to you, Alisha, for being awesome! - Claire

Shout out to Patti C. for being my mentor as a first year teacher and as an old teacher. - Claire

Shout out to my TRIBE - Claire

Shout out to Al for helping with the virtual gifted K lesson when I was snowed in at Wintergreen. - Debbie

Shout out to Mrs. Armstrong for having the Menu’s back and keep the calm. You’re the best! Thank you! - Colleen

Shoutout to the many amazing teachers I visit each day! It’s super cool to see the collaboration within grade levels and throughout the building! You guys are awesome and your hard work shows! - Heather

Patti, thank you for an awesome lesson! - Danielle

Shout out to Fatima Dorbin! Thank you for always taking your time to collaborate in a joyful respectful way. Thank you for watching my group for five minutes because of personal illness. You always make time to meet with me and answer questions related to the program. You always offer suggestions and your honesty is what makes you a great person. Keep it up! - Karla

Thank you Jennifer P. for always being willing and able. It's so appreciated! - Ceci

If you have any shoutouts, please send them to Ms. Backer and Mrs. Jacobs by Thursday.


12/21 - Beth O'Brian

12/26 - Fatima Dorbin

12/28 - Wendy Harris

Important Links from the principal packet

Modeling, Modeling, Modeling

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Our instructional leadership team mapping out action steps..

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Whoville Court is now in session1

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Santa Sleigh STEM activity!

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Keep these coming!

Please check out our form below to see how Mrs. Porter and myself will be celebrating our students and continuing our positive culture and environment.