Love Notes

Clara Love Elementary Staff Newsletter

Week of September 19-23

Clara Love Family,

Fall Conferences are beginning to approach, and I wanted to give you some information so you can begin to prepare.

  • October 10th is a FLEX DAY. In order for you to have that day off, you will need to plan on staying on Tuesday, October 4th and Tuesday, October 11th until 7:00 pm.
  • You may begin scheduling conferences now, but you may not hold any until at least September 28th.
  • Parents must get a 30-minute conference period. That does not mean it needs to last that long, but be given the opportunity to meet with you for that long.
  • Ideally, all conferences would need to be completed in October; however, please just make sure all conferences are completed before Thanksgiving Break.
  • Student-led conferences are highly encouraged, but not required.
  • Specifics about what needs to be shared at the conference will be covered at the Leadership Meeting on September 26th. Team leaders will pass along the information to the teams following the meeting.
  • Departmentalized teachers may choose to conference together or separate as long as the decision is consistent on the team.

I know you are as doggone tired (or more) as I am as I type this, but I must say each and every bit of exhaustion is worth it. At the conclusion of a challenging week, we can all say we pulled together to make our school the very best place on the planet for our kids.

Now, I will go put my feet up! Enjoy your weekend!!!



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A Peek at the Week

Monday, September 19

  • K-2 Math Diagnostics Assessment Window Opens
  • RtI Meeting 3:30-4:30 in Crystal's Room - One rep from each grade level must attend

Tuesday, September 20

  • Drop, Cover, and Hold @ 9:15

Wednesday, September 21

  • Brooke off campus all day

Thursday, September 22

  • Happy First Day of Fall!
  • Picture Day
  • PLCs w/ ICLE Trainer in Room 507 (Bring math lesson plan & Rigor Rubric)
  • Grade Level (only) Team Leaders meet in Room 507 @ 3:30
  • No Staff Meeting

Friday, September 23

  • Required Annual Trainings Signature Page due to either Jaimie or Brooke by today
  • All DRA data must be entered into AWARE by 5:00 pm today

Happy Birthday, Stephanie Feliciano! (September 24)

Happy Birthday, Tammy Gilbreath! (September 25)

Breakfast First

Just a friendly reminder that, if a student brings breakfast back to the classroom, please allow them to eat it in the classroom. Their bodies need to be fed before their minds :)

PTA Grant

PTA has grant funds they would love to give out. If interested, please be sure to complete the Grant Application Kyla sent you ASAP. The Grant Committee will be meeting next week to review applications. Don't miss out!

Upcoming Dates

September 26 - Annual Title 1 Meeting & PTA Meeting (attendance goes toward April 14 Flex Day)

September 28 - Fall Parent Conferences begin

September 30 - Sunshines Dues due to Dee ($25)

September 30 - End of 1st Six Weeks

September 30 - Trailblazer Awards

September 30 - SBBB due (this was a misprint on last week's Love Notes. We need to have an SBBB up at Admin by October 7, but due on campus by September 30)

October 3 - Grades due @ 9:00 am

October 4 & 11 - Parent Conference Late Nights 4-7 pm (for October 10th Flex Day)

Which browser?

Only use Internet Explorer for Teacher Access Center. Internet Explorer must also be the default browser.
I know you will hear that TAC will work well with Fire Fox or Chrome, but it will not. In most cases, you will not be able to login to TAC using Chrome. In Fire Fox, pages may not load correctly, and you will have issues (grades or attendance will not save, etc. Pages not loading correctly also occurs in Chrome. If Internet Explorer is not the default browser when working in TAC, you will see similar issues with pages not loading correctly.

Shout Outs

Shout out to the Lindsey Angell she is an amazing addition to our team and an awesome teaching partner! We are blessed to have you! - Kym Stine

Becki White thanks so much for all you do to support our kids emotional needs!... and ours too! lol - Kym Stine

Amberly Sneed brightened my day when she gave me a Lil Texan keychain and told me how special I was. J -Kelly Brown

All of my 5th grade squad friends that have helped me tremendously adjust to “the change”. -Julie Shikany

Mrs. Kosek does a wonderful job of making pre-k feel important and part of the school. She always goes out of her way to plan something fun and even ask what we are covering in class to try and pick something along the same topics. She is great with my kids and they love going to the library! She also helps with any technology issues we cannot figure out on our own. She is amazing! I hope she knows how much we appreciate all she does! J -Cheree Black

Another shout out to Mrs. Krieger, she helped us out at the beginning of the year while pre-k was getting in a routine of dismissing from lunch and the second class was arriving. She is always there to help corral little ones if needed in the cafeteria! Much appreciated!! - Cheree Black

Lisa Becerra for relieving me from HOT car duty!! She always comes and asks if I need a break - Sarah McCown

Autumn, Thanks for helping solve the mystery of changing my signature on my I-pad! - Julia Scuderi

Thank you to Bordeaux and Dunlevy for always calling cars. - Stephanie Austin

Stephanie Feliciano for creating the sign-up genius for our Fall Festival auction basket! - Sarah McCown

Kristina Clark has been there for her team and her students. No matter what she is doing she drops everything to help others! - Deanna Hotaling

Shout out to Hillary Bordeaux! She is always more than willing to go the extra mile to help and is a fantastic team player! - Kristina Faulkner

I’d like to thank everyone in Resource for pitching in all week, but especially today when we were short handed! They willingly jump in wherever needed always on short notice. I know all three of us truly appreciate all of them! We really do feel like one cohesive team. - Brigette Hancy

Monique Taylor does a great job of making sure that our kinder classes are prepared when a teammate is out. - Ashley Skibicki

I’d like to give a shout-out to Ms. Iverson! She is so helpful during her inclusion visits and reaches out to support ALL students in the classroom! - Lisa Becerra

Shout Out to the ENTIRE STAFF @ Love for welcoming me into the school family and being flexible with your schedule so I can serve students. EACH of you definitely put KIDS FIRST!! #bettertogether - Rhonda McElhaney

Ms. Jackson for always cheerfully subbing for the kinder teachers when they are out!!! -Kimberley Bailey

Ms. Black for lending me the things my classroom is missing without ever blinking an eye. -Kimberley Bailey

Melanie Etchieson for making sure I don’t forget to take attendance! Or reminding me with a smile! -Kristina Clark

Shout out to Lawson, Pollock, Bridwell, and Melbourn, for always getting their attendance done on time! Good job ladies!! - Melanie Etchieson

Marcia Scales for pulling our struggling readers! -Briana Pollock

Tammy, Patrick, Megan, Shelli----- They have been great at helping me get in the LOVE way of doing things. They have been very helpful in informing me of student progress and concerns they have for our SpEd kiddos. They have gone above and beyond to help me so far this year! I couldn’t ask for a friendlier, more helpful staff. The entire staff has been wonderful. -Jennifer Montgomery

Jennifer Montgomery- I appreciate her teamwork and dedication. Clara Love is lucky to have her! -Becki White

Tammy Gilbreath- I appreciate her partnering with me on Parent Information Night. Her feedback to parents was valuable! -Becki White