MAY 4, 2015

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I have a lot to say. I hope you're listening.


“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I’m the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situation, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”

-Haim Ginott

Haim Ginott’s words describe clearly the significance of the role YOU play in students’ lives. The safe environment you create for students increases their willingness to take risks and therefore their learning increases. Please don’t ever doubt the importance of the work you do. Your caring cannot be replaced. Your supportive manner creates an atmosphere where students are able to reach their potential and continue to strive for more. You are truly a life changing force for your students. Our students are fortunate to have you as their advocate. With your support they cannot fail to achieve success. I am so proud to be a part of the work you do for children. Your leadership, compassion, & dedication are beyond compare!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!!

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· Our last round of clubs will resume on Friday, so be ready to rock & roll on Friday. Please make sure your students know what clubs they are signed up for so we can avoid mass confusion. Next year we would like our clubs to expand with a college & career readiness level.

· I am out working the Arlington job fair all day tomorrow. Kelli will be back!

· Please see the email from DeAnne Hainlen regarding a survey we need to take.

· Our team leaders will meet on Wednesday afternoon. If you have anything you would like to have included on the agenda, please have it to me today. Team leaders, it will more than likely be a longer meeting, so please plan to stay late. Teachers, we will be doing some planning for next year, so if you have ideas you’d like brought to the table, please share those with your team leaders.

· As a special treat on Wednesday, we will have a chiropractor on campus to give free 10 minute professional shoulder massages to those who would like them. He can only be here from 10 – 2, so you will have to sign up if you are interested in that.

· Our Kinder Round up is this Thursday evening, & I know Madeline is still needing a few extra people to help give assessments. Please let her know if you are able to help! Jeans passes coming your way to all who help!

· Summative conferences begin on Friday & I will email you when it is your time to meet. I will be emailing you a tech list today that I would like you to complete & return to me before we meet please.

· If you have not scheduled your end of the year awards assemblies those dates need to be cleared & scheduled early this week, so we can finalize the May calendar.

· Jana Braley’s memorial service is tomorrow & a few of our teachers will be attending. Thank you for the support you have shown her family.

· Our last PTA board meeting of the year will be May 11th.

· On May 18th our Kinder & First grade teachers will be having their last full day of LIINK training which will be devoted to scheduling. We are looking at scheduling a parent meeting on the 18th from 6-7 to educate our Kinder & first grade parents about the LIINK project for next year.

· Next year’s teaching assignments should be ready to be announced by the end of the week or next week at the latest. We are finalizing a few pieces of the puzzle & we’re excited about a few changes that should strengthen our grade level teams.

· If you are interested in being considered for a transfer on another campus, see me, & I will let you know what is available & the procedure to follow.

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Monday – Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! I hope you enjoy your surprises this week, PTA is providing a hamburger luncheon for you today to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week, 4th grade field trip to Museum, Kelli out today

Tuesday – 2nd grade field trip, I’m out today working the Arlington Job fair with the district, “We’re SWEET on you day! Lots of “sweet goodies” for you to enjoy today!

Wednesday – PTA sponsored breakfast in lounge – Breakfast of Champions, We KNEAD You Day! I’m starting a novel unit with 5th grade classes today, Play It Safe presents “Is it Harassment to our fifth grade students”, National Nurse’s Day, Please give Amber a pat on the back! Team Leader Meeting – 2-5PM

Thursday – Thanks a Lotto Day, Snacks & Subs, Kindergarten Round Up 5:30 – 7:00

Friday – Summatives: DeCorte, Dunn, Jones, Dickerson, English , Hooe, LUNCH BUNCH – Lunch off campus with your teams! Eagle Mountain University/Clubs Resume – 1:45 – 2:30


The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher INSPIRES!

-William Arthur Ward

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Good teaching comes not from behind the desk but from behind the heart.

-Elizabeth Andrew

You can teach what you know, but you can only reproduce what you are.

-B. Bloss

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· Let’s hear it for Amber Cook who is our nurse extraordinare! Thank you for strengthening our clinic & for the love & caring you express to our Eagles & our staff on a daily basis.

· Hat’s off to Drew Hohman for being our MC Friday night at our Silent Auction/Bingo Night. Drew’s witty repertoire was enjoyed by all, & I think he’s found a new calling! Thanks Drew! I also want to thank Drew for overseeing our Eagle Ambassadors this year!

· I sincerely appreciate those of you who helped out at our PTA auction & bingo night on Friday – Amber Cook, Sheryl Copeland, Suzanne Morgan, Madeline Tittle, Cindy Griggs, Christina Witta, Sandy Hunter, Cathy Wells, & Dedra Jones for giving your time to support our school…that says a lot.

· I want to thank Tim D’Amico for the excellent job he did organizing clubs & for the Math newsletters he has sent us this year. We also appreciate what Tim has done for us in the way of technology.

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