McAllister Minutes

Week of: February 25 - March 1

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McAllister Elementary School


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Is it really going to be March on Friday? Wow, it is hard to believe that our time together with our kids for this year is quickly coming to a close. This next week ahead proves to be a fairly typical week, actual slightly less than typical as there are no pre-planned after school meetings or activities, use this week as an opportunity to catch up, plan for the future or just simply leave work at a time that normal people do. As educators, you all pour your everything into this - thank you for your commitment.

This week we do kick off Read-A-Thon, if you have not already I would encourage you to encourage the families of your students to get them logged in and connected. Read-A-Thon is an opportunity to focus on our school wide goal of literacy while also earning funds that can be put to use for the betterment of our students. Some have asked how are reading sessions logged, etc. As the teacher, be sure to log in and set your reading sessions accordingly: Each class should have 10 reading sessions over this 10 day Read-A-Thon Cycle. This should not impact the scheduling in your class but rather be input where you would typically have students read in a small group rotation, silent reading, etc. Read-A-Thon Video for you:

I appreciate the thought provoking responses that were generated through our start, stop, continue activity last week. As mentioned, the primary focus of this tool is to examine the things we do systematically as a school that we should start, stop or continue as they pertain to student achievement. One item that was consistently submitted was a need for a cohesive phonics program, the district is currently reviewing various options and should have available resources that roll out with RCD in 19-20. In addition, there was an interest in detention as a consequence for behavior (if you submitted this idea please see me, I am interested to hear more about how this could be facilitated.) With things that could potentially stop, the needs for less change was voiced. It seems that during these times of fast growth and new curriculum change is always on the horizon - I will continue to ensure that change is not monumental but rather sustainable as our primary focus is ensuring that our kiddos get what they need.

As a reminder, every Monday is a "Mindset Monday". Pair your mindset shirts with denim to kick the week off in style while focusing on our 7 Mindsets!

With an intentional focus of consistency on being curious & crazy for kids you will ALWAYS find a culture that is student focused!

Have a WONDERful Week!

Upcoming Events:

  • Truckin Tuesday - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - See Info Below
  • Send Yearbook Photos to Shultz - NLT - Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Read-A-Thon - Monday, February 25 - Friday, March 8 - McAllister ES
  • Staff Appreciation Week - Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15
  • Fine Arts Night/PTSO Meeting - Thursday, April 4 - 6PM - McAllister ES
  • Mother/Son Baseball Game - Friday, April 12 - Richmond Hill HS
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Parent/Student/Teacher Conference - Entire Month of March

The month of March is our second opportunity of the year to have official parent conferences. I encourage you to begin scheduling these opportunities now, please know that while March 18, 2019 is scheduled for a "Teacher Workday" - You are welcome to use this opportunity conference with parents. There will be no meetings on this day that would otherwise pull you away from scheduling the entire day with conferences if you wish. We have talked about student-led conferences in the past, some of you all have ventured down this route with success. For those of you that are still unsure of the process and exactly how it would play out, I encourage you to use FlipGrid and have students pre-record parts of their conference that you feel parents would find helpful and beneficial. I encourage you to have students answer the following questions:

  • What do you feel are your strengths?
  • What do you feel are areas of growth?
  • What is your favorite part about school?
  • What is your least favorite part about school?
  • What is the one thing you are most proud of accomplishing this school year?
  • What can your parents do to help you be the best you can be at school?
Report to Parents - Effective Homework Help

Students with parents who are involved in their education are more likely to earn higher grades, adapt well to school, and pass their classes. But is there a point when parents can be too involved?

2nd Annual EdCamp Bryan

Professional Learning. Your Style.
Twitter: ​@EdCampBryan | Facebook: #EdCampBryan2019

EdCamp Bryan is an awesome way for teachers to connect & share innovative & inspiring best practices with one another! We hope to have all schools represented in Bryan County and also teachers from other counties. At EdCamp, you will learn from talented & engaging educators! We are also grateful to our community sponsors who are ensuring that teachers leave EdCamp not only with amazing ideas and instruction, but also resources, prizes, & professional learning literature! ​​

*Interested in attending, how about being able to use a 1/2 day leave the next teacher workday in exchange for attendance/participation at EdCamp? Register and see me (B. Miller) if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity!

Saturday, March 23, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

East Campus Cafeteria
Richmond Hill High School
1 Wildcat Drive
Richmond Hill, GA 31324


Happy Birthday To You!

3/3 - Shannon Bateman

3/5 - Leslie Habecker

3/9 - Kim Kixmiller

3/10 - Michael Morris

3/11 - Celabria Baker

3/12 - Tiffany Yant

3/16 - Megan Wienckoski

3/19 - Stephanie Klinger

3/19 - Amanda Dimarzio

3/22 - Amanda Reynolds

3/25 - Sarah Chancey

Making Moves at McAllister

Use this form to acknowledge the good hard work your peers around you are doing - these will be posted weekly as a form of encouragement/acknowledgement. Because after all - You ALL deserve it!

  • From Ms. Julie Ganaam to McAllister ES Staff: I have enjoyed visiting each classroom at MES for the past few months. The amazing work each of you does for kids each day is to be highly commended. I am so moved each time I see you all teach amazing lessons, take care of a student, offer praise and love and the myriad of other things you accomplish during a day! I wish each parent could know and appreciate how blessed they are to have such a magical place for their children to attend school. I will always treasure each interaction we've had together!
  • From Ms. Loncon to Coach Anderson and Coach Moon: They coordinated an awesome Family Fitness Night! Lots of smiles, laughter, and fun! Thanks for putting together this awesome evening for MES!
  • From Coach Anderson to Family Fitness Volunteers: I would like to thank all the teachers that helped during family fitness night. Volunteers keep the stations running smoothly. It was great to see teachers jump in and play with our students. Your participation made fitness night awesome. Thank You!

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Living History Walk - Black History Month 2019

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Year Book Sales - McAllister Elementary School

Yearbooks are on sale now. Buy them online ($35 until 2/22)
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Save them All - We need your pop tabs!

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7 Mindsets

Weekly updates will be posted in this section. I look forward to the impact that 7 mindsets is going to have on our school community! If you are ever planning to be out on a Mindset Monday or just need a hand in delivering a lesson - the administrators and counselors are more than happy to help. Use this link to find the lessons click here.

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McAllister Staff Guide

In a school of over 135 it can be hard to know everyone's name...Have you had a chance to look at the staff directory where pictures of our staff members can be located?

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Master Schedule, Lunch Schedule & Specials Schedule

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What's for Breakfast? What's for Lunch?

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