Big Walnut Elementary

Staff Update 2.5.16

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  • Important Dates
  • This Week- General Update/Comments
  • Pancake Dinner and Art Show
  • Wizards vs. All-Stars
  • BWLS Assessment Survey
  • SuperBowl Party - At BW Grill

Thank you to Jen Young for a very important reminder...

Dear Teacher: Heartfelt Advice for Teachers from Students

Important dates:

February 7th - Superbowl Party @ Big Walnut Grill ($10 tix - can be purchased at the schools or BW Grill)

February 11th - Coach Sloth - Author Visit (2nd, 3rd, 4th)

February 12th - Valentine's Day Celebrations

February 15th - No School - Presidents' Day

February 18th - Columbus Children's Theatre @ BWE

February 24th - Yearbook Class Picture Day

February 25th - Pancake Dinner and Art Show (6pm - 8pm)

February 29th - March 4th - Read Across America

March 2nd - Wizards vs. All-Stars (6:30pm)

March 3rd - Author visit - Jeanette and Christopher Canyon

- Literacy Night

Welcome to the Kindergartners' 100th Day of School!

For your entertainment...
Kindergarten 100th Day

100 Lego Challenge

No prompting = masterpieces were created!
100 Lego Challenge

This Week...

Hi All,

Great week here at BWE. SO busy! I felt like I was running from room to room to try to catch a glimpse of all the amazing learning happening!

I had personal conversations with many of you and was excited to learn of your steps towards our 2020 vision...My favorite convo started with this...

"I've never tried this before...but...."


Try it! Take a risk! I can't wait to see all of your big ideas in action!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Pancake Dinner and Art Show

Who: Mrs. Norris

What: BWE student art work, Chris Cakes ( flipping pancakes, Community service opportunity, and raffle baskets!

Where: BWE

When: 6:00pm - 8:00pm *DROP IN

Why: To showcase our amazing artists!

How: (much?) IF you pre-order $5, at the door? $7. (Your children have the form in their take home folders)

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Wizard vs. All-STARS

During the lunch periods, the Wizards will pay a special visit to BWE! That night, they will take on the Big Walnut All-Stars! Game time is 6:30pm. BWE's Mr. Brodhead and Miss George will be representing us on the court! Show up and support!

Advance purchase: students $10, @ the door $15

Advance purchase: adults $12, @ the door $15

BWLS Teacher Assessment Survey

As a district, we believe that the purpose of testing is to drive our instruction. Unfortunately, the amount of testing being mandated by the State of Ohio has increased. This has caused us to want to do an assessment inventory. In this process we will examine all district-level given tests and make decisions about which tests are high quality and necessary for our students to take and which tests can be modified or eliminated. A committee of teachers and administrators will complete the assessment inventory over the next several months and make decisions about which tests to give as a district moving forward.

This survey is an important part of our assessment inventory. Your responses will help shape recommendations for the future of the district’s testing program. Please know that your responses to this survey are confidential. Thank you for taking the time to give your input!

Click here to complete the survey.

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Clark's Corner

"Something Old":

BRAG TAGS- We will do our next brag tag celebration on Friday, February 12th. Keep this document close, and add your kiddos that will need brag tags that day.

This week I went around the district with the fourth grade team and the first grade team for showcase week! We saw great things happening and had a chance to look for new ideas. Thank you for allowing me to come with you! We had some great conversations as well!

"Something New":

Leader in Me Lessons- Click here to sign up a lesson for Habit 5! I added more slots!

Upcoming PD:

Are you interested in applying for the LIO cohort next? Do you have questions about LIO? Stop by the think tank on February 9th @ 7:45, I will help clear up any misconceptions you may have. We can also brainstorm ideas for your proposal. The fourth grade team has volunteered to come as well to answer any questions you may have!

During the staff meeting in February, the other instructional facilitators and myself will be doing a PD on 21st century learning. We will be breaking down the 4 C’s, creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.

Shout out: Great job on the Oreo Cafe this week Fourth Grade! Those kids were so engaged in their conversations. It was so great to listen to their passions!

Resources of the week: nonfiction

I have been looking for nonfiction resources for you to incorporate into your classroom. Below are some great sites I have found. used to be obsessed with this site when I taught 2nd grade! It is a great resource for nonfiction passages. It is great for a quick comprehension check as well as for test taking strategies. It also has great lessons to go along with read alouds. It even has Kindergarten activities! Did I mention it is FREE?

The following websites are great for incorporating current events into your classroom:

Super Bowl Party at the Big Walnut Grill

Come Join Us!

The Big Walnut Education Foundation is hosting a Super Bowl Party at the Big Walnut Grill in Sunbury

Sunday, February 7th Doors open at 6 p.m.

Pizza, Pasta and Salad Buffet

Tickets are $10 each

KIDS 5 and under are FREE!

Tickets are available in advance at the BW Grill, all BW Schools and the BW Superintendent’s office.

All proceeds benefit Big Walnut Education Foundation and provide BW scholarships and teaching grants for BW teachers

Hope to see you there!!

Mrs. that you?!!!!!

Happy 100 Days!
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