The Toll Gate Tidings Tana

December 13, 2015 Edition

Important Dates to Note


12/14 - Jill Bacso visit for OnCourse

12/14 - K-5 Grade Level Meetings

12/16 - Faculty Council - please send items for the agenda!

12/16 - Dr. Smith's monthly visit

12/17 - In-school winter concert

12/18 - 1st Grade Holiday Stations

12/21 - "Faculty Meeting" at Diamond's

12/22 - Wear your Ugly Festive Holiday Sweater spirit day (Staff Spirit Day only)

12/23 - Holiday Sing-a-long

12/23 - Pajamas Day

12/23 - Early Dismissal

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OnCourse -Gradebook Assistance

Jill will be back on Monday, December 14th, to assist any staff members with the setup of Gradebook. This is primarily for 4th and 5th grade staff, but all are welcome! Sessions will be drop-in by nature - so we look forward to welcoming Jill! We will also have training for Gradebook at our faculty meeting on January 20th, so please make sure you are in attendance!
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Winter Concert

Our 4th and 5th graders will perform their winter concert for the entire school on Thursday, December 17th. We will run a Gator Gathering schedule - see below - and the performance will be in the gym.

Gator Gathering

8:35–8:55am Homeroom/MM

9:00-9:30am Gator Gathering

9:35 - 10:05am WIN/Academic Choice

10:07-10:58am Period 1

11:01 - 11:52am Period 2

11:55 - 12:46pm Period 3 – Lunch K, 1st & 5th

12:49 - 1:41pm Period 4 – Lunch 2nd,3rd & 4th

1:44 - 2:35pm Period 5

2:38 - 3:29pm Period 6

3:30pm Dismissal Call

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Worldbook Online

From Chris:

HV's subscription has expired. They will re-instating our account in just a couple of days. Use the free trial on the attached flyer with students. I will email you when the regular website is up and functioning.

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PARCC Scores

Please see the link for the letter that will be sent home with student PARCC scores in the next two weeks. It's important for you to know what information parents are receiving in case you get any questions.

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Annual Holiday Sing-along!

We will have our annual sing-along on December 23rd. Please review this schedule and let me know if anything should be altered. It would be great if HR buddies could meet up and sit together - so if you could work out getting the students into one room and then be called down, that would be great. Please report to the gym when the older grade level of the buddy classes is called.

8:35 - 8:45am HR

8:45 - 9:15am 1st

9:17 - 9:47am 2nd

9:49 - 10:19am 3rd (K, 1st and 5th gr snack/recess)

10:21 - 10:51am 4th (2nd, 3rd & 4th gr snack/recess)

10:53 - 11:23am 5th

11:25 - 11:55pm 6th

11:57 - 12:07pm Return to HR/Meet up with Buddy Class/Call to Gym

12:10-12:40pm Assembly

12:40-12:45pm Return to HR to pack up

12:45pm Dismissal

*We are looking for staff to showcase their talents during our sing-along! If you have a song you’d like to sing, a dance you’d like to showcase, or a comedy act we can laugh at, please email Karrin and me with your ideas and we’ll add you to the agenda! Feel free to buddy up with a friend for your performance – the more, the merrier!

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A Request from Lynn...

If you have students moving in/out of your class, please let her know so she can make the switches in OnCourse so that rosters and gradebooks are up-to-date. If you could double-check that your lists are accurate, that would be helpful. Thanks!
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(Interesting) Quote of the Week

"If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong."

-- Charles Kettering,

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