Weekly Office MEMO

Week Of December 11, 2017


Brad Pitt calls out one of his players in the movie Moneyball. It you haven't seen this movie, it involves Brad Pitt putting together an unorthodox team and get them to perform. In this video, he calls out a star and asks him to be a great role model and be in the present for his teammates becasue he needs leaders on the team.

I have the unique perspective to see and hear a lot of opinions and perceptions at CSE. There are times when we love each other, and there are times that we fight with each other. In the end, we need to play together. Show each other what it means to be winners and leaders. Much like Brad Pitt, I am asking all of you to play together and be leaders at CSE!

On that note, CSE is a busy place that runs on tight schedules. Please be aware of a couple of items.

1. We do not have a central clock system. This may mean that the perception of time could be off by up to 5 minutes in some instances.. and if that is on both ends, it could be more. Please be cognizant of time.. a better gauge is computer clocks, cell phone clocks and Fitbit times.

2. Everyone's time is valuable and we should honor the kids schedules. That means making sure students are given appropriate times to transition to Title, EL, AA, Specialists, Counseling or any other specialized service. Everyone wants their times with kids. That being said, things happen. Be flexible and Ask Why before offering Judgment.

3. Generous Assumptions- Everyone wants what is best for kids and although we may believe we see things different at times, I encourage you to stay TOP 20 and

A: Be Curious

B: See the Problem/ Own the Problem

C. Keep Your Day

D. Mind Your Own Bobber and Trust Others First

We all have our daily struggles and outside influences that we bring with us to work (including myself). Our job is promote an experience with kids that exemplifies our beliefs in Social, Emotional and Intellectual Growth forAll.

My expectation is that we put aside our negative assumptions and keep students first. Mind your Own Bobber...

If schedules are difficult, I am more than willing to problem solve.

If conflicts come up, I am here to help facilitate positive outcomes.

If you are having a hard day, we are all here to lift you up.

I care tremendously for each of you and want you to be successful. Your Job is to be Successful and My Job is to help you be successful.

#Keep Your Day and stay #CSESTRONG

CSE Vision 2017

This is a preview of some of the background work done by our building leadership team. More work and revisions will come from whole staff during upcoming staff meetings. The process followed the organization work in the book "Traction" by Gino Wickman. We have work to share with you about our forecasted future including a 10 year, 3 year, 1 year and 90 day goals. Thank you to the CSE BLT for their inclusive work.. they represented you well!
Big image
Big image




Dec. 19 - Deb Hansen

Dec. 20 - Todd Wachendorf

Dec. 22 - Cheryl Astrup

Dec. 30 - Rachel McDougall

1/2 - June 3 - Mary Molitor

1/2 - June 15 - Bethany Walker

1/2 - June 29 - Sandy Asfeld

Academy Day 2018! Register Today

Don’t forget to register for Academy Day! Sessions are filling up fast! If you are having trouble registering email me or give me a call, Kayla Youngblom at youngblomk@rocori.k12.mn.us or 320-685-4904. This was set to everyone regardless of whether you are already registered. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

To Register Click HERE!

Quarks American Bento will be offering a healthy fast on campus option for lunch again this year. If you are interested in eating Quarks for lunch click HERE.

Weekly Schedule

Monday 12/11

  • DAY 1
  • 7:30 - SAT
  • Faith Formation - Grades 1/2

Tuesday 12/12

  • DAY 2
  • 7:30 - BSED Meeting
  • Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5
  • 6:00 - "K" Holiday Concert @ Auditorium
  • 6:45 - "1" Holiday Concert @ Auditorium

Wednesday 12/13

  • DAY 3

Thursday 12/14

  • DAY 4

Friday 12/15

  • DAY 1
  • 7:00 - Dist. CI
  • 1:30 - Trimester Celebration
Big image


December 12 – Grade K/1 Concert @ RHS Auditorium

(Grade "K" = 6:00-6:30 and Grade "1" = 6:45-7:15)

December 15 – Trimester 1 Celebration @ 1:30 PM

December 19 – “K” Gingerbread Day

December 21 – Holiday Movie for students @ RSH Auditorium (Schedule TBD)

December 22 - "Staff Holiday Breakfast" - Media Center

December 22 – Grade “K” Grinch Day

December 22 - Grade "1" Polar Express Day

December 22 - Grade "5" Cookie Bake-off

Big image

Social Media @ ROCORI

Please consider sending in your information and a few pictures for the Staff Spotlight on the district Facebook page. Here are the steps:

1. Fill out the short survey from this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2HB359

2. Send 1-4 pictures of yourself to socialmedia@rocori.k12.mn.us

2017-2018 WBWF Goals


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the READING will increase from 54.6% in 2017 to 65% in 2018.


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the MATH MCA will increase from 60.4% in 2017 to 68% in 2018.

What are potential FOCUS areas of Improvements for SLG/PGP?

Time on Text

Close Reading

Oral Vocabulary Usage/Development


Student Targets

Standard Alignment and Deconstruction

School News/ Annoucements

  • Lunch count and attendance should be done by 9:00 a.m.
  • Conferences Notices should have gone home. Just remember, if you make a change - please do let me know so that I can make the change on my master list.

  • Complete your Collaboration Notes on OneNoteClass for Review by Dec 4th

  • If you have any items for the December calendar please get them to Loraine!

  • Need CPI Refresher and Training DATES? Click HERE

  • Do not prop doors open! This is both a fire hazard and a critter hazard!

Teacher Evaluation

Student Learning Goal (SLG)

Due by Oct 18th to Mr. Skanson

Document Link HERE

Send to skansone@rocori.k12.mn.us

Professional Growth Plan (PGP)

Due by Oct 18th

Document Link HERE

Send to Brad Bauer (bauerb@rocori.k12.mn.us)

Formal Observation Form

Summative Observation Form

If you are ON CYCLE... you can schedule your PRE/ Observation/ and Post with Loraine

CSE Health and Safety Electronic Forms

Building Safety Request

See something that doesn't seem safe? Fill out the form and submit!

Building Improvement Request

Have some ideas on how to improve our school for staff, students and parents? Fill out the form and make a request!

Congrats, Kudos, and Thank You!

Thank you to the Mom Squad for the incredible help!

Thank you to all the families that attended conferences at CSE!

Committee Updates:

Click HERE to access the CSE committee memberships

Why do we have Committee Structure at CSE?

1. To improve decision making process/feedback between staff/administration

2. To Empower Staff to See the Problem/Own the Problem #TOP20

3. Amplify All Voices at CSE

4. Assist in the overall communication and governance at CSE

RtI (Response to Intervention)

Click HERE to access the District RtI Notes

Committee Chair: Jim Meyer

Find and Utilize a variety of DATA sources to assess the degree of success in offering a blabnced elementary program including intellectual, social and emotional.

CI (Curriculum and Instruction)

Click HERE to access the District CI Notes

Committee Chair: Joyce Baumann BaumannJ@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3145

Implement strategies to promote oral language development through multiple disciplines.

Lots of support available for new math curriculum. Check the on-line resources. Links were emailed out. A building focus is math talk. If you need help in getting math talk going in your room, contact your grade level math rep or Mike and Mary.

SD (Staff Development)

Click HERE to access the District SD Notes

Chair: Leslie Buttweiler

Provide opportunities for CSE staff to learn, grow and connect to meet building goals

Contributed to Academy Day planning. Many great options! Make sure you register, sessions are filling up already.


Chair- Sharon Posch- poschs@rocori.k12.mn.us -Ext 3142

Why: To create a culture of literacy with students, staff, and families

Increase awareness and usage of authentic literature that supports cultural competency and character education goals.

Book posters are being made to hang around the building to build excitement about books. Also working on a conferring practice profile as part of our Literacy Staff Engagement!


Chair- Rachel McDougall Ext 3129

Provide opportunities for staff to foster human connections; promote positive interactions and a welcoming daily climate.

Health, Safety, Building Improvement

Chair- Tom Petroski PetroskiT@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3116

Create and maintain a physical plant feeling that is safe, warm and inviting for staff, students and parents.

We have completed the forms we created that will enable staff to electronically submit requests for building improvements and safety concerns. Eric will be including them in his Staff Updates. Feel free to look them over and offer suggestions for improvement or to make a formal request. We'd like to get as much staff input as possible in order to reach our goal of, "Creating and maintaining a physical plant feeling that is safe, warm, and inviting for staff, students, and parents."

Family Groups

Chair- Brian Kothrade KothradeB@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3111

Connect students in meaningful ways to foster cultural responsiveness and high character interactions.

New Family Groups format is allowing for more scheduling flexibility with teachers while still focusing on the core value of building community across grade levels. Patience is key as these family groups will remain the same over the course of the next couple years, and this is where the strength in relationships will be developed.

Spartan Pride

Chair- Dustin Kramer KramerD@rocori.k12.mn.us Ext 3136

Create Student Voice and Presence in Promoting Good Behavior in the developmental role of S/E learning.

Get your student name to Kramer for Balloon Stomping. Keep passing out badges!

Digital Leadership

Chair Greg Spanier SpanierG@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3119

Use digital leadership opportunities to tell a positive story about CSE, Foster Choice in Individual PLN and add student voice through technology

Daily 5 Tip of the Week.. from the DAILY CAFE

The Daily 5 Finale: Sharing

Home / Tip of the Week / Tip of the Week

By Lori Sabo

December 8, 2017
Issue #491

If you’ve ever been to a concert, you may have noticed that the final number moves, inspires, or leaves a lasting impression on the audience. It’s often a final moment of beautiful work that brings a meaningful time together to a close. We want Daily 5 to result in the same kind of feeling, so we make time for sharing before we end Daily 5 for the day.

Sharing takes 10 minutes or less and consists of three to five students sharing how a strategy helped them as a reader or writer. This varies depending on their individual goals and strategies.

  • One student may want to read a portion of text to demonstrate their progressing expression and fluency.
  • Another may want to share how Flip the Sound enabled them to read a word accurately.
  • It might be a wiggler, who proudly announces that they stayed in one place and read the whole time.
  • Another may share that they played around with different leads to a story before settling on the one they liked best.
  • Often, it’s a student we prompted to share when we informally conferred with them.
  • We might take a moment or two to restate the focus lessons of the day, and have students share by raising hands or sharing with an elbow buddy how they tried them out with some success.

We monitor turns, making sure every child has an opportunity to share at least once a week. There are several ways to do this. Students might have an assigned sharing day or we might use a check-off sheet and prompt students when it’s their turn. However we choose to keep track, making time for sharing gives everyone a chance to review and celebrate the learning that occurred that day. Sharing helps end each Daily 5 session with a smile and a sigh . . . letting the last note of the morning resonate in beauty.

Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight


Jordan Kramm

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?



Art Teacher

What I love most about my job at CSE

What I love most about my job is the opportunity to explore new possibilities through multiple mediums. To have a chance to get messy and have fun with all the students at CSE is truly a rewarding experience. The kids here have so much to offer to myself and each other that there is never a dull moment. This keeps things exciting and fresh. You just never know whats coming next.

Favorite Food

Steak with blue cheese on top

Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

My favorite children's book author would have to be Dr. Suess because of his wonderful imagination. His books are always so much fun to read and look through. 2nd in line to Dr. Suess would have to be Herve' Tullet, this author has created a lot of fun interactive books that I have been using to teach color mixing with kindergarten. This has been a lot of fun also as the kids think the book is magic!


My hobbies include making art, building projects around the house, hiking, being outside, or on the lake, and gardening/flowers.

Interesting FACTS about ME

When I was in middle school I made it in the Annandale newspaper for spearing a carp that was 7 lbs shy of the state record. The paper was titled, boy captures carp, with a full size picture of me trying to lift the fish off the ground. Apparently, there wasn't much to talk about that week in the paper, because they gave me a pretty good size spread. lol
There is a lot more to the story, so if your interested just ask. The picture below is not me, but it is somewhat similar in comparison as the carp was much bigger than I was.