Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

December 1

Moreau Heights is a collaborative community focused on student growth with a commitment to excellence.

PBS lesson - How to Respond to Adults Who We Know Less

The PBS lesson this week focuses on helping students develop skills to respond appropriately to adults with whom they are less familiar.

Our Second Steps lessons this week will be focusing on ???

Are you using Charger Cash to reinforce PBS expectations and Second Step skills?

- We want to use positive reinforcement to draw attention to what we want to see more of

- How do you make sure you are putting the focus where you want it?

- Are you remembering to use all your tools? Specific feedback? Charger Cash?

"You are a giant, yellow highlighter. Highlight behavior you want more of, and help children become aware of the many kind and helpful things they do each day."

Link for Great Strategies for Specific Areas of Need

Want some ideas of how to respond when students show they need it? Check out the suggestions via this link!

Conscious Discipline - Responding to Students

The video this week uses noticing and assertive directions as the focus.

1. Noticing is a skill that was included in the last Friday Focus. Noticing can be used a part of a de-escalation process AND as positive feedback. See how that is used in the video.

2. Assertive Directions are clear and concise. Describing what is needed in a calm, clear voice. It is NOT raising your voice or being angry/mean.

I hope you notice in the video the way she provides that instruction for transition to circle time, then has students try it again WHILE she is noticing and providing positive specific feedback.

Are we taking the time we need to reinforce redirects with positive feedback/noticing when students comply? This helps to reinforce student actions and let them know we appreciate them doing what was asked, even if they didn't want to.

Noticing and Assertive Directions During Group Circle Time in Elementary

Character Trait for December is Compassion

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Duties for the Week

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Calendar of Events

Monday, December 4

*Skinner SST 8:30

*Lunch with the Principal 11:30

*Literacy Team 3:30

*School Culture 3:30

Tuesday, December 5

*New Crew 7:00 a.m.

*Interagency for DG (Haugen, Fleming, James, Gentry) 8:30

*Interagency for DK (Haugen, Albers, James, Gentry) 9:15

*Interagency for AH (Haugen, Bray, James, Gentry) 10:00

*Boeckman SSTs 11:00

*Parent mtg for TO (Fleming, Haugen) 11:00

*Girls Basketball at Belair 5:45

Wednesday, December 6

*SST for EN 8:30 (Day, James, Haugen, Treat)

*District admin mtg 9 - 11

*IEP for NG (Haugen, Connelly, Humphreys, OT, PT) 1:15

Thursday, December 7

*Collaboration Day - PBS data focus

- lunch supervision different so specials teachers can attend PD

*Principal mtg 8 - 12

*Boys Basketball at Callaway Hills 5:45

Friday, December 8

*Sue out for day

Monday, December 11

*Tier 2 mtg 3:30

Tuesday, December 12

*Conscious Discipline Parent lunch 11:00 in library

*Problem Solving team 3:30

*Girls basketball game 5:45 at South

*PTO mtg (kindergarten) 6:00

Wednesday, December 13

*Staff mtg 3:45

Thursday, December 14

*Collaboration Day

*Cookie Dough fundraiser pick-up

*Boys basketball game 7:45 at Pioneer Trail

Friday, December 15

*PBS Assemblies

- 8:30 grades 3-5

- 9:40 grades k-2

*5th grade to Salvation Army

*DK IEP (Albers, James, Treat)

*Inter-agency for TK (Haugen, Fleming, James, Gentry) 11:00


1. You MUST enter grades in Parent Portal each week. Parents are tracking their child's progress using this method and expect YOU to keep them updated via the portal. Thank you for making sure this tool is effective for parents by updating by Tuesday of each week.

2. We need to make sure that students are using their iReady licenses for AT LEAST 45 minutes each week. In addition, make sure students are progressing through lessons - providing additional instruction as needed when students struggle.

Kelly's Coaching Corner

Rally Coach-this link provides a video to show students

During our collaboration time, we committed to trying Rally Coach and/or shared how we have implemented this Kagan strategy. Thank you for your continued willingness to grow and share. We also learned about the P (Positive Independence) & I (Individual Accountability) of PIES.

Kagan article on the P & I: Powerful Principles for Success

By deepening our understanding of the basic principles—how to ensure they are in place, how they relate to each other, and how they are built into Kagan Structures—we can more consistently provide successful cooperative learning experiences for our students and will understand ways we can and cannot modify structures without compromising their integrity.

Jay Pride Alive - grants available!

Attention JCPS teachers! Jay Pride Alive is doing it again! Follow the link below to submit information about a need in your classroom and you could score up to $500! Submissions are due by December 22. Presentations are in January.