Staff Weekly Update

For the Week of: May 2nd, 2016

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Thank you to our entire staff and teachers! YOU ROCK!!!

Friends,


This Tuesday's beverage treat is just one TINY way for us to "espresso" our gratitude to you for ALL of the endless and selfless acts that you do for your students and families! There are not enough words to tell you how much we appreciate what you do on a daily basis. Every one of you goes above and beyond in many ways - and most often, it is done quietly and without a second thought because "it's just what you do."


Please know it does not go unnoticed and unappreciated! All this week, you will be treated in a variety of ways to simply say thank you! It is so well-deserved!


We feel humbled and honored to be the proud administrators of SGE and even more so that you are our colleagues. Thank you for making our job the BEST job in the world - and it is because of how much you love your students and families and all of the passion that you pour into your profession!


With Much Love and Respect,

Connie & Martha

Why You Should Thank A Teacher Today

Marvelous Math Strategies Learned from Ryan and Courtney Flessner's Math Leadership Group

Friends, please read below for some marvelous math strategies that Amy Brizzolara, Rhonda Munz, and I have had the honor of learning! We were blessed to be a part of their Math Leadership Group this year.


As we have learned some wonderful ideas, we wanted to share a few out with all of you! As you read the ideas below and/or view the embedded video and would like to learn more, please feel free to reach out to anyone of us and we will be happy to talk further with you!

4 Strikes - From the Marilyn Burns Blog!

Click here to read her blog about the math game: 4 Strikes and You're Out! It's not the shortest post, but she does a great job of really explaining this game very thoroughly!


To start by simply watching it in action, view the video from Amy Brizzolara's class! This is *NOT* a game just to fill a few minutes of time, but instead, this game requires strategy and mathematical thinking! PLEASE encourage your students to talk with each other and to work collaboratively in order to discuss why the chose a certain number or what number they feel could be the next one without getting a "strike!"

4 Strikes - Amy Brizzolara

Numberless Word Problems

Let met start right off with an example:


Connie has _____ pens. For her birthday, Martha gave her _____ more. How many pens does Connie have now?


Start by analyzing the problem with your class and asking them . . . WHAT DO WE KNOW, WHAT ARE WE ABLE TO DETERMINE FIRST? What do we know about this problem?


    • It’s an addition problem

    • No matter what the two numbers are, my answer will always be bigger

    • The word “more” is important

    • In this problem - the word MORE does give us information but it’s not a “key” word in the traditional sense (ie, “how many more” usually indicate to subtract)


The last bullet is particularly interesting because too often, many of us (ME!!!), teach our students "key or magic" math words that tell us what to either add or subtract. SURE . . . this can be the case sometimes, but not always. Therefore, the better strategy is to start having kids really analyze the problem first and *not* depend on key words.


Also, leaving these "_____" lines in word problems lends them to differentiation. Students can pick the numbers they want to use and or feel most comfortable with for the moment.


Finally, you can continue to scaffold for students by then giving them three options to choose what numbers to fill in the "_____". Option 1 could be 8 & 5 (single digits), option 2 could be 14 + 12 (double digits with no carrying), and option 3 could be 29 + 7 (carrying).


Want to learn more?

  • Search numberless word problems on Twitter!
  • Click here for blog: Teaching To the Beat of a Different Drummer
  • Click here for blog: Elementary Math Addict
  • Click here for blog: What I have Learned

Teachers - can you please share out the details of our Retirement Party for Diane, Deb, and Muff in your newsletters? We want to spread the word!

*DON'T FORGET* - May 5th Staff Meeting, hosted by Amy Knueven!

September 2016 Payroll - Friendly Reminder + Please Plan Accordingly

Certified 2016 Payroll Schedule

As a reminder, the 26th and final payroll for the 2015-2016 teacher contract is scheduled for August 12, 2016. The First pay for the 2016-2017 teacher contract year will beSeptember 2, 2016. Please note that these dates are THREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payrollschedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.


Classified/Salary 2016 Payroll Schedule

You will receive a paycheck on August 12, 2016. The next paycheck will be September 2, 2016. Please note that these dates are THREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payroll schedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Salary employees will receive a regular paycheck (1/26th your annual salary). Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.


Classified/Hourly 2016 Payroll Schedule

You will receive a paycheck on August 12, 2016. The next paycheck will be September 2, 2016. Please note that these dates are THREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payroll schedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Hourly employees will be paid for the hours worked 7/17/16 – 7/30/16 on the Aug. 12th, 2016 payroll. Hours worked 7/31/16-8/20/16 will be paid on the Sept. 2nd, 2016 payroll. Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.


If you have any questions about which payroll schedule applies to you, please speak with your direct supervisor.

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Tuesday Take-Away: ANDREW LUCK'S BOOK CLUB!

Andrew Luck Book Club


Our very own Colts' quarterback, Andrew Luck, has started a book club for kids! What a terrific way to encourage some of those reluctant readers in your class to start reading. Turns out, Andrew loves to read, and he wants to encourage kids to develop a love of reading, too.


Andrew's answer to "Why a book club? "- "I often get recognized by my teammates and the media for my passion for reading. And it’s no secret that I enjoy sharing suggestions for books with my teammates, family and friends. So starting this online book club felt like a natural and really fun opportunity. AndrewLuckBookClub.com will be a platform for me to share my love of reading with an even larger audience. By using #ALBookClub on

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, let's build a community of readers."


How does it work?- Periodically, Andrew will introduce books he loved when he was a kid, one for Rookies (younger kids) and one for Veterans (more seasoned readers). He will use social media and his website to touch base with kids while they are reading the books. He will also host a Q&A session once in a while on his website to facilitate a "live" discussion about the book.


Since a lot of the information from Andrew will be coming via social media, kids will need an adult to help facilitate their participation with this portion of the book club. This would be a great thing to participate in as a class or to suggest to parents to do with their children over the summer.


Andrew's first two picks are "Maniac Magee" by Jerry Spinelli for Rookies, and "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown for Veterans. ("The Boys in the Boat" is about the American rowing team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. I'm putting that one on my summer list.)


You can find all of the information about Andrew Luck's book club here:

http://www.andrewluckbookclub.com/

Here are our beautiful birthday friends for May 2016!

*If you are NEW and we do not have your birthdate, please email Alison so we can recognize you on your special day! Thank you!*


May

Please let us know if we have missed your birthday! I did not see any listed on our SGE calendar!

2015-2016 Lifelines

August - Cooperation

September - Respect

October - Flexibility

November - Gratitude

December - Generosity

January - Responsibility

February - Friendship

March - Perseverance

April - Self-Control

May - Integrity

7-Day Forecast

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