GSRP Staff Newsletter October 17th-20th

PD Updates

  • CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) training has been scheduled for Davison GSRP staff on Friday, February 3rd and Friday, February 17th. These will both be full day mandatory trainings. You will receive an update on the time and location as we get closer to the dates.
  • As follow up to the Nell Duke Literacy PD on Friday, September 23rd, I have purchased a copy of her book "No More Letter of the Week." The book is a quick read and has some great suggestions for teaching letter names and sounds. Angie Clark has read the book and found some activities that she will be using with her class. She will pass it on so someone else can read it over intersession. I look forward to hearing your feedback on the book and which activities you will be using with your classroom.
  • The GISD is working to re-schedule the two PBC sessions that Davison staff will miss due to intersession and PT conferences in December. Since these are both 1/2 day training, they are looking at doing the make up for both in a full day session. Stay tuned for more information.

Why Isn't My Child Learning one Letter a Week?

As I mentioned, a copy of the latest book by Nell Duke is being shared among staff. We know and heard at the Nell Duke PD that doing away with the letter of the week is not a new practice. Early literacy programs have done away with this practice for years now.

We know that children can be limited if only taught a few letters a week. However, we may have to answer to parents from time to time that ask us why we don't use this approach anymore. Below is a quote from an article I recently read entitled How to Let Go of Letter of the Week in 5 Easy Steps. I will leave a copy of the article in the staff lounge if you would like to read it. It has some very good points that can be shared to help parents understand the change in this practice of learning letters.

"Letter of the week" suggest that letters suggest that letters are learned first (and in sequence) and then children learn to read, when in reality all of this learning is taking place at the same time. The more connections children make between the multiple understandings required to read, the faster they learn (letters).

Fountas and Pinnell

Halloween Parties

A couple of reminders regarding the Halloween Parties:

  • Please remember to get you Halloween Party volunteer/guest list to Carrie in the office no later than Tuesday.
  • Remind parents in your newsletters of party and parade times.
a.m. party 9:30-10:30 parade 10:30 (outside around perimeter of playground)

p.m. party 1:00-2:00 parade 2:00 (outside around perimeter of playground)

**If the weather does not cooperate for the parades to be outside, we can parade around the multipurpose room.

  • A blurb in your newsletter reminding parents that for the best interest of our students, our classrooms are maintained as nut-free environments. Because of this and other reported food allergies in our building, we can not accept food items to be brought into the classrooms. This includes candy, home made items, store bought items, etc.
Our program is providing all party food items for their children.
  • Food items for the parties are being ordered and will be delivered to your classrooms by Wednesday.
  • Mini-pumpkins have been ordered and will also arrive by Wednesday.

The week ahead...

Monday, October 17th- Jennie L. in office 2:30-4:00.

Tuesday, October 18th- Firefighters visit 9:30 and 1:00.

Wednesday, October 19th- Stranger Danger, U of M vs. MSU Jeans Day! Staff luncheon-theme is game day recipes. Sign up sheet in the lounge.

Thursday, October 20th- Halloween Parties and Parades.

Friday, October 21st- No School for all students in the district. Teacher 1/2 work day and 1/2 PD day. Susan presents at Davison Senior Center 8:00 a.m., GSRP Lead teachers work regular 4 hour planning day. No work for associate teachers or child care providers.

Monday, October 23rd-Thursday, October 27th- Intersession I

October 28th- No School for teachers or students.

Monday, October 31st- Social Committee Meeting during lunch.

Tuesday, November 1st- Bus safety lessons and bus ride 9:00 and 1:00. Review Cardinal Code Bus Safety lesson!!