RES Staff Update

May 7-11, 2018

Link to May Rocket Register

Please be sure you have read through all of this important information.

Calendar Updates

Friday, May 18- Electronics Day (Free 30-minutes of electronics for students contributing to the Robison Alumni Scholarship fund.)


Wednesday, May 23- Yearbooks distributed


Thursday, May 24- Calendar Committee Meeting (4:15-6:15 pm) Course #18240. Team leaders and others who schedule events will attend. Please register if you are attending.


Friday, May 25- Mentor/Mentee Celebration @ 8:00 am (Rescheduled due to calendar meeting)


Wednesday, May 30- Yearbook signing. Kinder and 1st will sign in their classrooms. 2nd-5th will sign at an agreed upon time with their entire grade level. Check with other teams to make sure there is not an overlap with recess or other grade levels. Students should go outside to sign yearbooks due to the noise level.

End of Year Checklist

You will receive this on Friday. Detailed information about all of the check-in dates and procedures for having a smooth end of the year will be included.


For those that are new, you are allowed to use all of your cabinets, except the tote tray cabinet, for storing your materials over the summer.


Everyone will need to use the two drawers in the teacher cabinet for storing technology: Chromebooks, hovercam, and the Lightspeed system. All technology will now be assigned to classrooms, not individuals, with the exception of your laptop. Your equipment will be relabeled by room number rather than your name. The Promethean board will also stay in the room where it is currently located. This was the district's intent, and it will make inventory much easier to do it this way and will avoid us having to relabel equipment as staff changes over the years. We want to be sure that all equipment is accounted for; therefore, there will be a date on the checklist when your technology will be inventoried (current classroom and new classroom). You will be able to keep your laptop during the summer.

End of Year Parties

Please read the information in the Rocket Register about end-of-year parties. RSVP forms will go home soon so that parents may pre-register for this event. There are actually 2 separate events that take place on this day: a classroom awards ceremony (PK-4th) where all parents are invited, and a party during large group (volunteers only). The large group party will take place before your classroom awards, so parents will not have to worry about their children missing this if they want to sign them out after the awards. Classroom parties have been reduced to 30 minutes. You might want to have the students eat their snack first in case a few parents get caught up in the check-in process. Typically, awards have not taken the full 45 minutes that we allowed previously.


Please, please, please read this information thoroughly. We count on you to help in the process of a smooth party day. Thank you!

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Reminders from the Staff Meeting

We are treating our volunteers to a luncheon on Friday, May 11. We'd like for them to have a small take-away of a $5 gift card. This is an easy way for you to contribute and show your appreciation for all that our volunteers do. Please give your gift cards to Sally.


We are also collecting $5 for our retirement party. We will honor Gloria Bright, our custodian on Monday, May 21. The money will be used for a gift and the cake. We will also have a sign-up genius for food items. We look forward to honoring her for her career in CFISD and for all that she has done to support our staff and students.

E-Track (Round 2)


Timeline for E-Track

April 24-25: Students select courses, and selection sheets are given to Kelly

April 30: Classroom rosters completed

May 2: First e-track class

May 9: E-track class #2

May 23: E-track class #3

May 24: E-track class #4

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone on the Multicultural Festival Committee. This was a great event. We had between 20 and 30 families bring food, and many participated in the fashion show with some very impressive clothing that they wore proudly. This will definitely be an annual event. It was wonderful to see the many cultures represented! The committee did an amazing job!! A big thank you to Mia Tannous for taking charge and for organizing this event!


Thank you to our PBIS Student Recognition Committee. The monthly incentives have been a lot of fun, and it is great to hear students making announcements.


Thank you to our Top Go Noodle Users for April: Emily Meyer, Kim Lieberman, and Heidi Hussey! Our students LOVE the movement and break this provides, and this is a great time of year to use this.


Thank you to everyone who offered to be a part of the PBIS Level 2 committee. I've sent emails to those that will attend. We are limited on the number of participants, so thank you all for showing interest. This committee will work together next year to support all staff with behavior.


Do you have someone to thank? Please send me an email, and I will be happy to include this. There are so many staff members worthy of recognition, and it is difficult to always remember who to thank. I'd love your help in recognizing others!

CTE for 2018-2019

According to your votes for CTE, there was overwhelming support of having a CTE Day (82 voted yes, 3 voted no).


Teachers:

CTE for next year will be a book study. You will receive 4 hours for reading and 3 hours for the reflection component which will consist of questions posted in Google Classroom. The book you will read will depend on your assignment. For those participating in blended learning classrooms, your book will be focused on this topic. If you are not participating in blended learning, you will be reading Kids Deserve It. We will all be treated to hearing Adam Welcome, one of the authors of Kids Deserve It when we return in August. Although the book should be read by the time you return, you will have opportunities to respond to the reflection questions after you return. I will have limited copies of the books. You will have the option of checking out a book for a limited amount of time or ordering your own copy. If you borrow a book, you will not be able to write in it.


The second-grade team will participate in the blended learning book study. If you teach another grade level, and you plan to implement blended learning, please let me know. Otherwise, I will assume everyone else will be reading Kids Deserve It (KDI). There are used copies of KDI on Amazon for $12, and the Kindle version is about $10. Each team leader was given a copy and I will order a few more copies. I will meet with the second-grade teachers to decide which book will be read--there are several great choices.


These will be easy, but enjoyable reads for everyone! The reflection questions will give everyone a chance to interact and share their learning. The best part of this is that you can do this from home, and we do not have to find a date when everyone can attend.


Paras:

CTE will be your 3 hours of the CFISD Compliance Training completed off contract, and participating in 4 additional hours for back-to-school events, such as Meet the Teacher (2 events--kindergarten and 1st-5th).

Supporting Our Students on the Bus

Courtney recently sent out a link to a sign-up genius for teachers to ride the bus in the afternoon with the students. We've done this in the past, and the students AND bus drivers love this. This is a great way for us to connect with our students while recognizing them for BLAST behavior on the bus. Our discipline data supports the need for doing this, so please consider signing up for a day or two on the link below. Thank you!!


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ca5ac23abf58-busriders

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Professional Development Opportunities

Are you interested in growing your knowledge in the area of technology and teaching strategies? This summer, our cluster is looking to hold an EduConference at one of our campuses to provide you the opportunity to collaborate with fellow teachers. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge on a technology-related topic, please let me know.


Some of you are familiar with Seesaw, the app that teachers can use to digitally store student work. Here is a link to the app if you are not familiar: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seesaw-the-learning-journal/id930565184?mt=8

If you haven't considered being a Seesaw ambassador, check this out: https://app.seesaw.me/#/ambassadors/apply

Being an ambassador allows you to use the premium features for free and affords you the opportunity to collaborate with other ambassadors.

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Stay Informed

Be sure to regularly check the RES Hub (in Google classroom) for updates such as minutes from meetings. I will also try to send out "announcements" to let you know when these have been posted.


Here is the link to the hub: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/Njk2MzE4MDE5Nlpa/p/NzAyNjg1MzMzN1pa/details

Calendar

The master calendar is attached below for your convenience.