Peterson's Post

March 21-25th

Stars and Wishes


1. I know I say this in my "Stars" section a lot, but I don't think I can say it truly are such an amazing staff. I am continually impressed with what you do each day. Thank you for all you do.

2. The students are talking about EXPLORE and if their friends are registering. Keep talking it up!!

3. Students know the word of the month and can give examples of it. Thank you for keeping this in front of them.

4. We are so lucky to have the paras that we have here at Mann. The work they do to help our students is incredible. Thank you!

5. I hope your weekend is a great one. See you Monday at the Mann Huddle!!

A Wish or two or three:

1. Please get on Tower and score yourself on your growth plan and why you feel as you do. Put evidence on Tower as well if it will let you. (I know many of you were having issues with that. Let me know if you can't)

2. Please do not take computers from the Learning Lab if you have not signed up for them. We still have classes who are short computers when it is their time to take the computers.

Friday Feedback

Please click on the link above to go to the Friday Feedback link. Please do this each Friday!

Friday Feedback Information

Follow-Up from your feedback:

There was nothing to report from last week.

FIELD TRIPS- You have two weeks to do this!!!

Please remember that field trips MUST be scheduled by April 1st. This is so we do not have any concerns getting transportation at the last minute.

STAFF PICTURE 8:30 on the Stage

We will have our staff picture on the stage/cafeteria on Tuesday. Please be there by 8:30

45ish Days to Send Post Cards To All Of Your Students

How many post cards have you sent out this year? Remember that each student should receive one by the end of the year. Brittany has the stamps

Staff Easter Egg Hunt!!!!

Be watching for hidden eggs next week!

For any eggs found--bring them to the office for a prize.

Teacher Appreciate Banquet

Please let me know if you would like to go!!

Move Files to Google!!

Please remember to move your files to google. PCs will be taken at the end of the year.

Please put in Newsletters, Facebook etc......any parent communication


Please know that you are welcome to eat lunch with your child. You are also welcome to bring them food. However, there are a few things in which I need your help:

1. If you bring your child food, this food may not be shared with other students in the school. This is due to allergies etc...

2. Once your child is released to go back to their room, please say your goodbyes in the lunchroom. Please do not go out to recess with them or back to their rooms.

3. Make sure to sign in when you come in, get a visitor's tag and sign out when you leave.

4. Also, please remember that the district has a policy that birthday treats may not be brought to school.

All procedures are in place to make sure we have a safe environment conducive to learning. I appreciate your help with this.

Mrs. Peterson

Class Lists for 2016-2017

Please be thinking about Class Lists for next year. If you have questions about where specific students might best be placed, please see me. As always, once these are made, please do not share with parents as they may change.

Brittany will be sending home a note with the students asking parents if they will be returning next year. Please make sure to let your parents know about this note and encourage them to turn it in even if they are coming back.

LEADERSHIP NOTES- Update on breakfast food


1. Breakfast choices- There is not enough food on popular food days, like pizza.

Here is Kelly's Response:

If an item is cut back on, its because we get so much back as waste and it has to be thrown away.

When we have to throw it away it drives up our food cost.
If a teacher doesn't have enough they are to check with their neighbors and get from them.
Due to the new guidelines we have to do Offer v Serve that's why they have 2 choices.
The one time we were short on pizza it was a delivery issue.
When the meals are planned its usually pretty close to half or more, we don't feed all the students every day
so that class will not receive the full count for their class if they only feel 10 to 12 every day. This cuts back on waste
and food cost. We only feed close to 300.
Hope this help.

250.00 You have two weeks to do this!!!

Please remember that your 250.00 must be spent by April 1st.

Rianne's Visit

Rianne will be visiting your classrooms concerning Explore on March 24th. She will be putting a sign up sheet in the lounge for your to sign up. Just an FYI. (This is a MUST DO)

MAP schedule

Please make sure to let your students know that they will need to be extra respectful in the hallways.

3rd Grade

Monday 11th- ELA session 1
Tuesday 12th- ELA session 2 & 3
Wednesday 13th- Math Session 1
Thursday 14th- Math Seesion 2

4th Grade

Tuesday, April 19 - Communication Arts Session 1

Wednesday, April 20 - Communication Arts Sessions 2 & 3

Thursday, April 21 - Math Session 1

Friday, April 22 - Math Session 2

5th Grade-

Monday, May 2:


**ELA Session 1 (estimated testing time 45-80 minutes)

**ELA Session 2 (estimated testing time 25-45 minutes)

**ELA Session 3 (estimated testing time 15-25 minutes) headphones required

Tuesday, May 3:
ELA Session 4 (estimated testing time 60-90 minutes)

**Math Session 1 (estimated testing time 35-50 minutes)

Wednesday, May 4:

**Math Session 2 (estimated testing time 35-50 minutes)

Science Session 1 (estimated testing time 45-55 minutes)

Thursday, May 5:
Science Session 2 (estimated testing time 20-25 minutes)

Science Session 3 (estimated testing time 45-65 minutes)

TIme for Canvas and Google Docs

I have had 1 person asked about Canvas and Google Doc time. Let me know if you are interested in having an hour of time to do this. You may get with others to help with Canvas or take this time to move your documents.


We are doing great with our enrollment. Keep this in front of your families!!!

As of the last count, we had 180 enrolled.

At A Glance

Things that are coming up and due dates:

Remember site visits are due by your CPT time.

Let me know if you want to go to the Appreciation Banquet

Get Field Trips Scheduled by April 1st

Spend your 250.00 by April 1st

Give feedback to your Leadership rep by April 4th

Week of March 21st-25th

21st- Focus Team 8:00-8:30 Individual groups- Please have thoughts on discussion board by March 23rd.

21st- CPT 2nd- 2:30 Please be prepared to share about your site visit. Please have your visit experience written up in some form. Either written out hard copy or on your device.

21st- EVAL Rianne 9:45

22nd- CPT- 5th-9:15, 4th-10:15, K-11:45

22nd- Spring Pictures

22nd- Faculty Meeting 4:00 in the Learning Lab- Please bring your device

23rd- Opera Assembly 9:15

24th- PTA General- Kindergarten

25th- CPT 1st- 1:45 Please be prepared to share about your site visit. Please have your visit experience written up in some form. Either written out hard copy or on your device.

25th- Read Across America 9:00-11:00


Update on my dad: Many of you have asked about how my dad is doing, so I thought I would update again. He began chemo last Thursday and had his second round yesterday. (Thursday) He will have a third round next week, then a week off. He will then begin the same routine after the week off. He is not eating much, so the doctor has changed his medication to see if we can stimulate his appetite. My mom is hanging in there. We all have our days for sure, but everyone has been such a great support. I appreciate your patience when I have to rearrange things or postpone meetings. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Calendar for March


28th- Book Exchange collection all week

28th- Mann Huddle

29th- 4th Grade- Springfield Symphony

29th- MAP training- All who will be involved in this test in any capacity. (paras, Sharon, teachers, etc.....)

30th- Carol Embree visit 1:00

30th CPT- 3rd- 10:15 Please be prepared to share about your site visit. Please have your visit experience written up in some form. Either written out hard copy or on your device.

31st- Kindergarten Preview Day 9:30-10:00.


1st- Book Exchange- Sign up will be put out later

1st- ALL field trips MUST be scheduled by the end of the day today.

4th- Focus Groups- Please bring devices 8:00-8:30

4th- Give Leadership rep feedback by today.

5th- Honor Choir field trip 11:30-5:30-

5th- Leadership 4:00

6th- City Wide PTA- Teri possibly gone

7th- K Prep 6:00

11th- CPT 2nd 2:30- Last one

12th- CPT 5, 9:15- 4th- 10:15, K- 11:45- Last one

13th- Principal's Meeting- Teri gone AM

14th- PTA Planning 6:00

15th- No Students- Reflection Day for next year.

19th- Faculty meeting 4:00

19th- 5th Grade to cardinals

19th- Warrior Sports Night 5:30-7:30

20th- Eagles Storytime 10:30

21st- PTA General- Art Kindergarten- In Gym

25th- Book Fair All Week!!!

25th- Mann Huddle

25th- Carver Night for 5th grade 6:00

27th- 4th Grade to Cardinals- 9:30-1:00

27th- CPT 3rd grade 10:15- Last CPT

29th- CPT first grade-1:15- Last CPT

29th- Post's class to Gray Campbell- All Day

Duties for March 21-25



Bus- Cat

Front Sidewalk Duty: Gratton

Car- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday- Sweet/Wednesday and Friday- Smith


Names- Iman

Load- Clark

Load- Wrinkle

APR- Felton


Bus-T. Waddell

Parking Lot Exit-Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Pheonix/Wednesday and Friday- Maxwell

Assembly Information


March- Kindergarten is Responsible

April- 3rd Grade Responsible


Have 2 Brag Tag names and 1 MVP ready for the assembly on the 29th


March 15th- Please send home the MVP letter with your student. They are located on Canvas.

For the March MVPs the luncheon is April 12th

Collaborative Planning Meetings


For March: (this needs to be done BY your CPT time)

Your assignment for March is to schedule a meeting with another teacher in the building. You need to choose a staff member who is:---not in your same grade level, not someone you talk to on a regular basis and someone who is not in your focus group. I will have a calendar for you to sign up on in Canvas. Calendar is up.

This is what your observation needs to entail:

1. The visit should be at least 30 minutes.

2. The visit can be done at a time other than your plan time. We will get classes covered. (I will have to use Ben to do this)

3. This should be a one on one conversation

4. You will be responsible for setting up the visit.

The conversation needs to be centered on the following:

A. What physical changes has this teacher made to their room and why? If no changes have been made, what are their thoughts for change next year?

B. How is the staff member managing Lexia and Dreambox as far as:

-Getting the recommended minutes for each student

-Using the reports for each program

-Thoughts on how the programs are helping their students

-Any concerns with either program

C. How does this staff member have their reading set up?

-How do they document the progress of their students?

-How often to they document?

-Is there a form they use for this?

D. How does this staff member have their math set up?

-Do they have math stations/centers/rounds?

-If so, what changes or tweaking have they done?

E. What is one take away you will use from this visit?

Please be ready to share this information when we meet for our CPT meeting. Please either type it up for have notes written down.


All musical meetings will be held at LIFE 360 at 6:30

April 21st Art- Kindergarten 6:30- in the gym


Reps for each grade level:

K/1 – Johnson, L. 2/3 – Hoos 4/5 – Iman SPD/SPC – Feistner

Please always give this information:




A solution to any suggestions or concerns

If there is ever anything you feel should come to the Leadership team and it has not been covered, please let your rep or me know.

April 5th- Please give information to your rep by April 1st

On April 15th we will have our last PL day. This is the day we reflect on the year and decide what we want to keep, change or add for the next year. Please give your ideas to your rep as to what you would like to see for next year:

1. Theme

2. Focus Groups- Do you like the way we have done them this year? If not, what suggestions do you have?

3. Collaborating (how specialty teachers can connect with reg.ed/sped, other collaborating ideas within your grade level teams, with me, or any other ideas

4. PL for next year. What are your thoughts on our focus

5. Give your recognition ideas to your rep.

6. Currently, we have the Leadership rep to give feedback monthly and the Friday Feedback to me weekly. What are your thoughts on this? Is there another way you would rather give feedback?

7. Any "other"I did not mention.


The second Tuesday of the month is the MVP luncheon-(except March- It will be on the 15TH due to Spring Break)

The third Tuesday of every month is faculty meeting. Not all will be seated. Some will be on Canvas.

The third Tuesday of every month is PTA executive meetings- Teri Gone

The first Tuesday of every month is Leadership- please send feedback with your rep.

The first Wednesday of every month is PTA Teri usually gone. AM

The second Wednesday of every month is Principal Meeting- Teri gone

Remember to fill out field trip forms, check the master calendar and tell the cafeteria if you are not eating at school that day. Also, new this year, all end of year field trips MUST be scheduled by April 1st.

Good To Know- anticipated employee high absence days

For the 2015-2016 school year, we anticipate heavy employee absences on the dates listed below. Historically, Kelly Services has had a difficult time filling absences with substitutes on these dates. If possible and if an event hasn’t already been scheduled, we’d appreciate any effort you might make to avoid scheduling events on these days. Also, it would be extremely helpful if we can ask teachers to avoid Fridays for Assessment Testing. This made a huge difference last year! Beyond these, please take into consideration these high absence days:

· Friday, March 25th – Good Friday

· Monday, March 28th – Easter Monday

· Friday, May 5th – SPS Graduation

· Friday, May 6th – SPS and Evangel Graduation

· Friday, May 13th – MSU and Drury Graduation

Birthdays and Recognition Days

ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED ON CANVAS. Please make sure you know when you are responsible for your day or month.

Special Recognition Days: Counselor Day 3rd-Kindergarten Responsible

March Birthdays: Linda, Jeff and Corrina

Maria Thomas 9th

April Birthdays: Cat, Stacy and Teri- Responsible for celebration

Iman, Gail

Horne, Meg

Stanfield, Corrina

Some Pictures of Happenings at Mann and Some fun ones too!