Panther Updates

NEWS, RESOURCES AND LEARNING FOR PANTHER STAFF, 8/28/17

Great Things Happening at PUE

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Announcements for the week of August 28th-September 1, 2017

K-1 Meeting: K-1 Teacher Assistants and any interested K-1 teachers are asked to come to the conference room on Monday, August 28th after the last bus. We will discuss different ideas about how to help support Ms. Stunda, Ms. Daniel, Ms. Lavin, Ms. Gosnell, and Ms. Dellas-LaHurd in the classroom, including a potential rotation schedule.


Social Committee:

Please let Kayla know who your social committee rep will be this year. Organizational meeting this Friday, September 1st at 8:15. Committee will meet about every other month to help plan social events for staff including a Christmas Party and End of the Year Party, and help plan an event to honor our parent volunteers. The committee will also review by-laws, membership dues, and plan our fall events.


MTSS Beliefs Survey:

Track 3 and any other certified staff home based at Pleasant Union that weren't at the August Staff meeting be sure to view the MTSS video and take survey ASAP. Survey is due by August 30.


Global Module 1:

Be sure that you have completed. See your team global rep for any questions.


NCEES Info Reminder:

Please complete your PDPs using guidelines discussed at August 17 staff meeting. Use 7/17/17 as your orientation date. Any questions please ask team members present at meeting or admin.


Global Resource:

Here is a great site that includes information for countries in your region of focus that include:


  • national flag, anthem, coat of arms, capital city, the passport of a citizen, official language (or languages), the official currency, ISO country code, international calling code, country domain.


Teacher's Workroom and Front Desk: For safety and for confidentiality reasons, only ADULTS who work here or ADULT VOLUNTEERS/PTA MEMBERS should be in the teachers' workroom. No children should ever be in the workroom (if needed, ask them to wait by the door.) There are machines (the lamination machine heats up to 450 degrees and can easily catch objects around someone's neck or clothing) and other instruments (a new and sharp paper cutter) that are not safe for children. In addition, there is confidential information in teachers' boxes and that is printed from the fax machine that should remain confidential. We want all children to be safe and we appreciate your support.


Lunch Behavior System: Currently, the teacher assistants let students know if they are too loud or disruptive with the following system:


  • Lights off: Warning to the side of the cafeteria that is too loud
  • Lights off 5 minutes: Silent lunch on the side of the cafeteria that received the warning for 5 minutes
  • Lights off for the remainder of the lunch period: Silent lunch on the side of the cafeteria that had silent lunch for 5 minutes already.

If individual students do not respond to lights off, those students are asked to sit to the side of the class and teachers are informed, or the office is called/teachers are informed.


Students that do not follow these instructions will be subject to the following:

  • Reassignment of lunch seats by the TA/teacher
  • If entire class acts inappropriately or is too loud the class will have silent lunch in the classroom with the teacher.
  • “Reflective Recess”- sit out active games and come to the office to complete a written reflection on appropriate lunchroom behavior.
  • Other consequences as assigned by the office/teacher

If a student is rude, does not listen, or does not follow the directions of the TA in a respectful manner, the student is to be sent to the office for immediate discipline.


BE PROACTIVE--Review appropriate lunchroom behavior prior to your students going to lunch EACH DAY.

The teacher assistants hope not to disrupt students' lunches and will work to identify individual students in lieu of entire classes. Please help support the teacher assistants by being on time to and from lunch, communicating with them when you arrive and depart, and enforcing the behavior system if consequences are needed.


Bathroom Use: To ease crowding, some grade levels have chosen to use bathrooms on other hallways. If you choose to use bathrooms on another hall, please follow the following best practices-


  • Make every effort to use classroom bathrooms if you have one.
  • When you are at any hallway bathroom, be mindful of classes that are in session and the noise level of your class.
  • Teachers should monitor the bathrooms at all times and send a few students at a time.
  • Teachers should check bathrooms before and after use.
  • Teachers should not intermingle classes (more than one class using the bathroom at a time.)
  • Avoid sending individual students to the bathroom from classrooms without supervision. (We have had several incident involving younger and older students in the bathrooms by themselves since school started- all of which dealt with students going to the bathroom from class alone.)
  • If individual students come to use the bathroom when a class is already in the bathroom, the student should be required to wait. The teacher on duty should ask the student to do so.
  • If any grade level has suggestions that will enhance the process please let Kevin or Lara know.

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Last Call for TA Registration for Vision Screening Training to be Held at Pleasant Union

Pleasant Union has been confirmed as a vision screen class site for vision training on the October 20 Early Release. Our TAs, needing to renew their certification will have 24hr advantage before other WCPSS TAs will be given registration access for the class. Monday, August 28th is the deadline for registering for the training. Can't get any closer than our school to get your training.


REGISTRATION:
1. To *create an account and register for a Hands-On Workshop through Prevent Blindness North Carolina
, click here: http://pbnctraining.weebly.com/create-account.html. Again, sessions will no longer be listed when they are FULL and no additional participants can be added. There is no waiting list but if spots do become available, the session will reappear for registration.

*If you have previously created an account with Prevent Blindness North Carolina, you can access your account by using your password. You do not need to create a new account.


2. To access the Online Courses, click here:
http://preventblindness.us/enrol/index.php?id=7. You will need to “login as Guest” then enter WAKE as the password. (Please note the password needs to be typed in IN ALL CAPS for it to work). This is for viewing the online class only. If registering for a class, please see the link above. The WAKE is for online courses only!


Certification will be issued once the Online Courses AND the Hands-On Workshop have been successfully completed. Certification is valid for 2 school years.


Also---Alexa also reminds teachers about submitting Field Trip medical forms at least 30 days, so she or another nurse has time to review FT forms. If you have any questions regarding this please contact Alexa at using the information below.


Phone: (919)524-5440

Fax: (919)743-4763

aespejo-ruiz@wcpss.net

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Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, August 31

  • Grades 1-5, Tracks 3 & 4 BYOD Info Meeting in Media Center
    • Session 1 for Grades 1 & 2 at 6:15-6:45
    • Session 2 for Grades 3-5 at 6:45-7:15


Monday, September 5

  • Labor Day Holiday--No School


Thursday, September 7

  • 6:00 pm 5th Grade Human Growth & Development Info Session
  • 6:30 pm 5th Grade Washington, DC Trip Orientation

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Duties for the Week of August 28-September 1, 2017

AM Hallway: Shipley/Blocker (Help greet parents/students, check with Ms. Person to see what is needed at the visitor sign-in tables or the carpool tag/ transportation table.)


AM Carpool: Fitzgerald (Help Safety Patrol, call for more help if needed, monitor carpool lane)


AM Breakfast: McEwen (Work with students regarding lunch numbers, encourage students to eat and get directly to class.)


AM Bus: Renfrow (Write down arrival times of buses. Work with Fricke to disembark students, trouble-shoot issues.)


Lunch Duty: Johnson, Fitzgerald, Lavin, McEwen, Newman, Bednar, Brown, Renfrow


(Work with one another to use the "warning" behavior system, train students to pick up trash/sweep, and inform teachers of issues. Update the seating charts in the notebook as needed.) Garrett assist Lavin/others for coverage as needed. The office will contact you if necessary. Blocker and Shipley are out this week. Let the office staff know if help is needed, as well.


PM Hallway: Andrews (Check all students for tags in the bus line. If a student does not have a tag, inform Fricke and Ms. Britt ASAP. )


PM Carpool: Newman, Perry (outside) McEwen, Cooper/Garrett, (inside) Hopper (Hymel fill in) (Call carpool numbers. If a parent doesn't have a carpool tag, They are required to park and come into the building to get a tag. This includes all grade-levels.)


PM Bus: McNeeley (Call one bus at a time. Write down arrival times. CHECK FOR BUS TAGS ON EACH CHILD'S BOOKBAG. Work with Britt and Andrews to trouble-shoot, solve issues.)


**If someone is not available, staff members that are available may be called to assist.*