Staff Memo

Dec. 11, 2015

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Winter Open House Info Reminder

I am looking forward to seeing you and yours at the CRES Winter Open House at my home on Dec. 15 from 6-8 pm. All are welcome. Pop in and out. Come and stay for awhile. It's all good. Bring spouses, significant others, partners, kids, maybe dogs, no cats. An Open House means my house is open for all.

If you have food/beverages to share, please do. If not, know I'll be providing some of each.

Parking will be an issue. You are welcome to park out front or around back on the access road. Looking forward to seeing those of you that can come.

Address is 13332 Alston Drive in Saxony off of 126th and Pennington. Dark gray house, red front door. Second on the left.

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Growth Mindset Thoughts

WIth more and more research around trauma, we must pay attention to how childhood trauma impacts children. The article below gives a brief perspective. Please read as numerous strugglers at CRES might be kids who have dealt with trauma. The more we know, the better we support.

Instructional Strategy: Fan-N-Pick

Fan and Pick


Each team receives a set of question cards. These can be teacher made or student made. If students make the cards, be sure to teach them how to ask a good question and avoid yes/no or one word answer questions.

• Student 1 holds question cards in a fan and says, “Pick a card, any card!”

• Student 2 picks a card, reads the question aloud and allows 5 seconds of “think time”.

• Student 3 answers the question.

• Student 4 paraphrases [says in own words] and praises or coaches.

Students rotate roles one person clockwise for each new round.

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Upcoming PD Reminders and Revisions

  • Jan. 15 1:00-4:00 PM Our next early release PD will focus on Socratic Seminar/Questioing wiht Meg Strnat. We will also be talking about The Myth of Average and HSE21.
  • Jan. 22 7:35 Staff PD - The Art of Teaching Reading Chapter 4
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Looking Ahead

Monday, Dec. 14 Day 1

  • Pledge/MOS - Snair
  • 8:15 Share the Load - Jesse - Greiwe
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2 - Math

Tuesday, Dec. 15 Day 2

  • 9:30-10:30 Admin Team meeting - Central Office
  • 12:15-4:00 Math Planning - Team 1
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3 - Math
  • 6:00-8:00 PM CRES Winter Open House - Lederach's home

Wednesday, Dec. 16 Day 3

  • 8:30-4:00 ELA Planning - Team 3
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4 - Math

Thursday, Dec. 17 Day 4

  • 8:00 New Teacher Breakfast - It's been a roller coaster
  • 1:45 Music Showcase Roth, Omeish, Dankoski - gym
  • 2:20 Music Showcase Cook, Koewers, Meng - gym
  • 3:10 Collab Team K
  • 4:05 Discussion
  • 5:30-8:30 STEM Scouts Lab Open House in Parking Lot
  • 6:00 Third Grade Showcase - Cook, Meng, Koewers
  • 7:00 Third Grade Showcase - Roth, Omeish, Dankoski

Friday, Dec. 18 Day 1

  • $1 Hat Day
  • Ugly Sweater Competition
  • PTO Surprise

Dec. 19-Jan. 3 Winter Break - Have a marvelous one!