Jaguar Journal

Week of October 21st

Kim Brennan....WRAL's Teacher of the Week!

We are expecting the piece to air this coming Wednesday am at 8:30 and noon! We will be sure to share the clip once it has aired!
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Important Events for the Week:

Monday, October 21st

  • 3rd PLC (different day)

  • Sparklers at NCE at 3:30

Tuesday, October 22nd

  • 4th grade quarterly collaboration at PLC Building, Horton 8 AM

  • 5th/K PLC

  • Dual Language Meeting after school in Membreno’s room

  • 1st grade field trip to Duke Energy Center

  • PTA Meeting in the Media Center from 6- 7

Wednesday, October 23rd

  • Read to Achieve test for 4T students in PLC Room

  • 4th Grade PLC will be in the conference room

  • The window for DESSA closes today

  • Pasta Lunch/Dessert Dash (sign up on workroom/mailroom doors for a dessert to share)

  • District MTSS Meeting 1:30 - 4:00 (Murray, Evans, Loftus, Ross)

  • SCIENCE KITS DUE to main office!

Thursday, October 24th

  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade MATH Check Ins. We are testing around the building so please keep the halls quiet.

  • 2nd PLC

  • Kaitlyn’s Bridal Shower 3:15 in the AIG Room

Friday, October 25th



  • 2nd grade quarterly collaboration at PLC Building, Horton 8AM

  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Pumpkin Patch

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 28th -- 3rd grade quarterly collaboration

  • Tuesday, October 29th -- 4th and 5th grade ELA Check Ins

  • Thursday, October 31st -- Early Release (you will be able to use this day for conferences/planning!)

  • Friday, November 1 - Teacher Workday/Parent Teacher Conference/Champs Training (see info. below)

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RED RIBBON WEEK - this week!

It’s that time of year! North Chatham Elementary is gearing up to support October as National Bullying Prevention Month and Red Ribbon Week® (October 21-25) to promote a drug free and healthy lifestyle. This week students will participate in activities that promote a drug free & healthy lifestyle as well as learn how NCE promotes a bully free community and acceptance.

Monday, 10/21 - “Sock it to Drugs” Students & Teachers wear crazy/ mix match socks

Tuesday, 10/22 - “Team up against drugs” - Students/Teachers wear their favorite jersey (university, NFL, NHL)

Wednesday, 10/23 - Unity Day/ Stop Bullying Day - Students wear Orange

Thursday, 10/24 Keep America Drug Free - Wear Red, White, and Blue

Friday 10/25 - Jaguars are Ready for a drug free-future! - Students wear Jaguar spirit wear, or school colors.

Students and teachers are encouraged to participate as we celebrate a safe learning environment!

November 1st District PD: If you are not a classroom teacher there is a district PD you are expected to attend on November 1st. Please see below:

  • MTSS Teams: Coaching CHAMPS (Evans, Ross, DePietro, Loftus, Trygar/Murray)

    • This session will be an all day session (8:30-3:00) with the presenter, Tom Stacho, that we heard in August. He will work with teams on digging deeper into STOIC and working through a coaching book on tools that can be used when working with teachers. Plans for implementation will also be created. Location to be shared soon.

  • Instructional Assistants: CHAMPS

    • All instructional assistants will receive a 3 hour training. Exact times and locations to be shared soon.

  • Specials teachers: CHAMPS

    • All music, art, PE, etc. will receive a 3 hour training. Exact times and locations to be shared soon.

Jaguar Fun Run is coming soon! Here are the details we have right now.

Science Fair: The Science Fair is fast approaching. Entry forms are due October 28. There are extra copies on the worktable in the mailroom. Please return completed forms to Juliana Maul (form does require a teacher signature). Display boards will be provided after entry form is completed and turned in. Projects will be due November 19. Also, there will be an open house on November 19 from 5:30 to 7:00. All are invited!

Science Kits: The Science Kit Rotation Schedule is linked on our staff page under Science Links. Please have your kit packed and brought to the main office by the end of the day WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd and Mandy will call to schedule pick up. You can ask a custodian for help moving yours from your room if needed-- no one is going to come get it from your room. If your kit is not up at the office by Wednesday, you will need to call and schedule the pick up yourself.

Class Parties:

  • A few years ago we discussed in School Improvement Team that we needed to protect instructional time and not have parties for every holiday. We do have students that do not celebrate various holidays throughout the year. I know parents love throwing parties. However, please remember that you are responsible for protecting your instructional time. Consider how you can have instructional tie ins when appropriate (activities with Holidays around the world,math activities, etc.). We set a two party limit for the year. Consider asking parents that ask about parties to help with instructional/learning activities too.

Happy National School Lunch Month!

Just a reminder that Pasta Day will be at NCE this Wednesday from the start of lunch until 1:10pm for staff. General info below:

  • Entire cooking process takes 2 mins per person
  • We can prepare up to 3 at a time
  • Pasta may be paid for either with a credit/debit card, lunch account or cash

The Sunshine Committee will have a dessert dash on Wednesday too!

NC Check-Ins

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade will take the NC Check-In for math on Thursday, October 24th

4th and 5th will take reading on Tuesday, October 29th


  • Administrators- Please have materials checked out of the PLC room no later than 7:30.

  • K-2 Teachers- Keep the hallways quiet. There is no recess until testing is complete. We will let you know when it is complete.

Did you know?

IStation: Several PLCs have asked to have various IStation documents shared here again. Here is the NCE IStation Google Folder . It is also now linked in the staff page under Reading Links. In this folder you can find the cut off points for all the subtests in English and Spanish, the directions to find the cut off points in IStation yourself, the correlation chart for lexile and guided reading, and the correlation chart for the ISIP overall score and guided reading. Using these charts and the Student Summary Handout Report in IStation can help guide your reading conversations during parent conferences. Please remember NOT to give any IStation reports to parents.

DESSA: For those of you who have had issues with DESSA, they are all resolved. You can log in to your account from the link on the staff page under Counselor’s Links, DESSA/Aperature Education Log In. Please make sure you have completed your DESSA mini ratings for all the students in your homeroom. The DESSA system will populate a DESSA full rating for any student who is red on the mini and you will need to complete that rating too. Dual language teachers have the option of just doing their own homeroom or doing both their classes. You have access to both classes in your account. The window will close on Wednesday, October 23rd.

FREE Digital Reading Sites for Current Event Articles: Here are some great, FREE, websites that allow you access to current event articles for your students, some are even leveled by lexile. These are also linked on the staff page under Reading Links. These would be great to include as part of an i/e or reading station!

Screencastify: We all have Screencastify on our computers!! It’s so cool! Screencastify is a Chrome-based extension that allows you to record a video of your browser or desktop while talking over it. You can record your image or just your voice AND whatever you want to display on your screen at the same time. Chatham County has purchased this digital tool for all students’ and staff’s computers. In the upper right hand corner of all school computers you should see a little red/pink arrow. The first time you click on it, you will go through the easy steps of setting up your account. After that, when you click the arrow a box will pop up in that corner allowing you to immediately begin recording. You could flip lessons, document student problem solving and thinking, capture and edit video, formatively assess learning, send video messages to your students, provide brief "how to" tech videos for students or parent newsletters, and use with substitutes! There is so much potential with this tool. Click HERE to learn about a canvas course you can take to understand how to use Screencastify and earn digital ceus.

Duties for the Week:

AM Duty:

Early Bus/Cafe/Lobby: Trejio, K. Horton

Main Lobby/Hallway : Loftus

Intersection/MPR Lobby: Ross

4th/5th Hallway: Maul

Buses: Trygar

Cars: Murray, Brooks, Parrish, Avila, Depietro, Rowland

PM Duty:

Bus Ramp: Trygar, Bland, Crankshaw

Late Bus: Trygar, Avila, Brooks, Parrish, K. Horton

Cars: Gomez Hackney Harner Teague Robinson Woods

Rogers Pegram/Wheeler Depietro-TL Spencer- TL

Big Grant Money for NCE:

  • Congratulations to Lynne Crankshaw! She was awarded 500.00 for more books for the media center!

  • Congratulations to Liz Woods! She was awarded a grant for graphic novels for her classroom!

  • Shout out to our PTA and especially Michelle Zwahlen! She completed a grant for World's Fair/Carnival and we were awarded 1,000. for that effort!

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Way to go Eva Membreno!

Eva was honored at the school board meeting Monday for being named NCCTM Outstanding Math Teacher! We are so proud!!

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