Creasy Connection

February 8, 2016

Principal Passage...


Here we are in the month of kindness, hearts and sweets. Valentine’s Day, please guide parents about expectations for celebrating. As a school, we will promote Random Act of Kindness (#RAKWEEK) next week – February 15-19. Here are some resources and 50 ideas to explore.

We had a productive SIT meeting this past week. I have heard back from several grade levels with feedback on topics considered. We will have the School Learning Walks team here on Friday, 2/12. There will be two or three teams visiting classrooms, only there for 10 to 15 minutes. Remember this is not evaluative of individual teachers. Ms. Palko and Ms. Brown volunteered to be on the teams so that we have teacher perspective in the pre/post processing - thanks. More on this at this week's faculty meeting, Wednesday, 2/11.

Ms. Hester, our TAC Rep emailed minutes from the most recent meeting. Take time to review them and bring questions to the this week's staff meeting.

With just a few final clicks we will be complete with TRC tomorrow. Big thank you to everyone for their support of this assessment time.

Calendar Links

  • Check it out for updates to the remainder of the year. A staff calendar on the Haiku site - the Whitaker Staff Calendar go to the calendar tab to see the full calendar. Check calendar article below too.
  • The second School Wires Calendar is for families on our school website.

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Multi-Cultural Week

This PTA committee is hard at work and growing into a large group of excited and intentional promoters of cultural understanding and appreciation. It happens the last week of February, 2/22. A quick overview as it evolves with a few changes. I met with teacher grade-level representatives on Tuesday to get input for the committee. Working to implement that feedback and provide more details to you very soon.

Monday - Class Read-In Day focusing cultural titles
Tuesday - AM school-wide performance assembly
Wednesday - Healing Force Performance & Food focus in classrooms - grade parents
Thursday - PM school-wide assembly - Carolina Music
Friday - Culture station rotation during specials

See email sent with lesson planning that can be considered and will support the Carolina Music show on Thursday of that week. Link to the info as well.

Mid-Year PDP and Observations

Mid-Year PDP’s and Evaluations – Lindsay and I will be contacting you about mid-year PDP progress. We will try to tie these to 2nd round evaluation conferences where possible. Starting classroom walkthroughs as well.

February Calendar

This list is not an exhaustive of the Haiku staff calendar

- just a list of highlights:

  • 2/8 MOY / Dibels window closes
  • 2/8 - 2/12 Bus Appreciation Week
  • 2/9 Update Grades in Power School 3-5
  • 2/10 Mary Starling Concert field trip
  • 2/10 Staff Meeting
  • 2/11 Read to Achieve Parent Meeting
  • 2/12 SIP Learning Walks - visitors from administrative center at school for the day
  • 2/12 Spirit Day - wear Valentine colors and shapes
  • 2/15 Make-Up Snow Day - students in attendance
  • 2/15 - 2/19 Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • 2/16 Fitness for Charities - Coin Collection Begins
  • 2/18 All-County Chorus Performs (off campus)
  • 2/19 Fitness for Charities
  • 2/22 - 2/26 Multi-Cultural Week
  • 2/24 Early Release Day
  • 2/24 PDQ Spirit Night

A few more items...

  • Fire Marshal Report was pretty good with just a couple things to address - even with book fair and invention convention happening - whew! Please do not prop doors open - we have been dinged for this many times. Let's not get the principal fined.

  • Planning days were adjusted as well as other dates. If the Haiku or website calendar has something outdated. Please let us know.

  • Please copy me on your classroom newsletters either via email or on paper. This should be at least bi-weekly or weekly.