Week at a Glance

September 2-6


Labor Day--No school


  • Bus evacuation drills as buses arrive
  • 8:30 a.m.--meeting--Faith & Karen
  • 9:00 a.m.--meeting--Terri & Karen
  • 9:30 a.m.--meeting--Raihanne, Caitlin & Karen
  • 12:30 p.m.--meeting--Brittany & Karen
  • 1:00 p.m.--meeting--Tracey & Karen
  • 1:30 p.m.--meeting--Beth & Karen
  • 2:50 p.m.--safety committee meeting in conference room
  • 3:00 p.m.--meeting--Megan & Karen


  • 7:30 a.m.--meeting--Dona & Karen
  • 8:30-11:30 a.m.--Sgt. Galaviz speaks to grades 5 & 6 (See schedule Lisa sent out.)
  • 9:00 a.m.--meeting--Deb & Karen
  • 2:45-3:30 p.m.--NEHS meeting in MP room
  • 2:50 p.m.--Outlook calendar training in media center; Bring your laptops.
  • 6:30 p.m.--PAC meeting


  • 8:00 a.m.--BURST meeting @ ENCO--Karen
  • 9:30 a.m.--meeting--Colby & Karen
  • 10:30 a.m.--meeting--Amber & Karen
  • 2:00 p.m.-meeting--Janelle & Karen
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m.--Spell Bowl practice
  • 2:50 p.m.--meeting--Kim & Karen


  • Fundraiser begins
  • 7:30 a.m.--meeting
  • 9:00 a.m.--fundraiser presentation in the gym for K-6--McDonald's art will end at 9:00 a.m. and Dean's class will start at 9:30 a.m. All other specials remain the same.
  • 10:00 a.m.--meeting--Jennifer & Karen
  • 11:00 a.m.--Tammy & Karen covers kindergarten lunch & recess
  • 2:00 p.m.--meeting--Tara & Karen
  • 2:30 p.m.--meeting--Jackie & Karen


  • MASTER CALENDAR: In an effort to become more paperless and increase the availability of the school calendar, we will be moving our master calendar to Outlook. All staff members will have access to the calendar through their email account. There are some benefits to having it online such as making easier to plan classroom/club activities with the calendar at your fingertips, the ease of entering activity and event dates from school or home, and seeing what events are planned well in advance. Lance will be holding a brief training after school this Wednesday in the media center. He will show you how to enter items onto the calendar and discuss what "permissions" are given to each person. All certified staff should plan to attend so you can get this information. For those who are not able to attend, please schedule a time with Lance so he can show you how to enter information on the calendar.
  • UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY: On September 27 there will be training for all certified teachers from 7:30-11:00 a.m. in the multipurpose room. There are three topics on the agenda for that morning: school safety, 6+1 Traits, and SAMR (rigor with technology). More details are forthcoming. Below is a link to a short video explaining what SAMR is. Check it out this week. Lance and I will be talking about each of the levels in more depth on the 27th.
  • HUNGRY HOWIE'S PIZZA NIGHT: We will continue the Hungry Howie's pizza fundraiser each month. They have made some changes, though. The sales from the pizza night have to reach a threshold set by the store in order for us to receive a percentage of the profits received that night. This will help them offset the cost of the pizza party that they give to the winning class. If sales are not high enough, we may not win a pizza party. Just wanted to keep you in the loop . . .
  • BUS EVACUATION DRILLS: Josh is conducting bus evacuation drills with the bus drivers Tuesday morning as the buses roll in. As soon as a bus parks in their spot, we will conduct the drill instead of waiting for all the buses to arrive. Any bus that does pull into the drive will stop and not park in a spot until the bus in front has concluded the evacuation drill. We hope by running the evacuation drills this way, we will be able to get students to breakfast and to class sooner than last year. I do anticipate bus riders being a little late to breakfast and class, however. We will need all those on bus duty to help with the drill on Tuesday. Anyone who does not have duty or is not tied to a classroom should plan to help with the drills as well.
  • DRILLS: The students have done a great job with our safety drills that we've had so far this year! Thank you for all your efforts in teaching the students the procedures.
  • LAPTOPS: The fifth and sixth graders have been learning how to use their laptops properly. As you know, the sixth graders won't take their laptops home until midterm and the fifth graders will take them home at the end of the nine weeks. This has allowed the teachers to spend time working with the students on functional skills related to laptop usage as well as digital citizenship skills. As students master the technology skills, they are given a punch on their technology punch cards. Once they have reached 10, they have mastered the sets of skills taught and can demonstrate it through performance assessments.
  • We are having a parent meeting on September 12 for the sixth graders and their parents. Lance is going to speak with the parents about laptop usage at home. The sixth graders will then be issued a certificate of achievement for meeting the benchmark skills and will receive their laptop to take home that evening. We will repeat the process for fifth graders and their parents towards the end of October.