October 19 - 23 at Central Elementary
Positives In Our Building
- Implemented our new school-wide behavior plan
- Successfully implemented the Watch Dog Program
- Planned and begun the identification of Sunrise participants (for November kick-off)
- Arranged our first book distribution
- Held a successful fundraiser & purchased an additional Chrome Book Cart (it's in!)
- Held our first assembly with a real author (Thanks Cindy and Rene)
- Mapped out an assembly program proposal for the year (thanks assembly committee) for proposal to the PTO on October 20.
- Reduced discipline incidents through a consistent classroom and school effort to reteach expectations for behavior and achievement to ALL children.
These accomplishments are a MAJOR reason to CELEBRATE our success. Your efforts have made and continue to make a huge difference. Be proud of your teamwork. Be proud of the responsibility each of you take for your school. Be proud of the shared leadership shown by staff members willing to take the risk of putting action behind their suggestions. By putting kids first and pushing ourselves to the next level we should also feel the satisfaction of accomplishment. I believe this will show in what we do throughout the year as reflected in the achievement of our students. Stay the course.
Continue to believe in yourself and in our team. We are off to a great start!
Fourth Grade Chefs
The excitement continues as groups continue to present their masterpieces. As pictured, I had the great fortune of being chosen as the taste tester for the "cheesecake" recipe. It was great and the kids have officially been designated as "dessert masters" for the year!
What a great way to connect the relevance of mathematics to everyday life. Hooray to Mrs. Stuart and her students!
Walking Club A Big Hit!
Future Leaders in America
Balanced Calendar Surveys
This Week at Central
- DRA FAll Window; Subs for Grade 1 only starting Tuesday; Grade 2-4 assess below or approaching grade level only (no subs)
- ACC (4:15 - 6:15 PM) Monica, Melissa & Lance
- After-school Prep Class 3:30 - 5 PM (Lounge)
Tuesday, October 20
- Lance out of office (8-10 AM)
- Table of Honor (11:30-1:25) Maida & Lance
- Meeting (1:30 - 2:00) Lance
- CMU Student Teacher Presentation: 4:45 - 5:30 PM (Lapeer East) Lance & Natalie
- After-school clubs
- PTO Meeting in Library (6 PM)
Wednesday, October 21
- After-school clubs
Thursday, October 22
- Principals' meeting (9:30 - noon) Lance @ admin. bldg.
- Blueberry Ambassadors Kick-off in Flint (Keri and team) @ 10:30 - 1:30
Friday, October 23
- Lance out of office all day. Co-Head Teachers are Kris White & Becky Romzek. I will be available to Kris,Becky and my office by cell phone as will another administrator covering for me in an emergency. As always I appreciate the work everyone does to hold the fort down through consistent expectations and routines. Thanks so much!
- PTO Book Distribution (8:40 AM - 12:30 PM)...schedule was emailed to staff
- October 26...Suggested date for completion of DRA; Supt. bldg. visit
- October 27...PLC (Data Item- Student needs by Grade level)
- Oct. 28...Staff Meeting 7:35-8:15 AM - (Agenda: DEF Presentation-15 min + breakfast pizza; Halloween Parade & Party Update- 5 min; ACC Update- 5 min.; September Behavior Data-10 min. ); CAP PLC Grades 1-4 (Data Item- Student needs by Grade level)
- Oct. 29...CST Meetings
- Oct. 30...DRA window closes; Halloween Parade & Celebrations
- Nov. 1...Daylight Savings Time ends (fall back 1-hour!)
- Nov. 2...Parapro CMC from 4:15 - 6:15 (Lance)
- Nov. 3...Election Day; Data Day: Grade 3 AM & Grade 1 PM
- Nov. 4...Staff Meeting- (Agenda: P/T Conferences- 5 min.; Behavior Committee & PPSC Presentation on Major & Minor Behavior Incidents - 35 min.); Data Day: Grade 4 AM; Grade 2 PM
- Nov. 5...Team Leader Meeting from 7:40 - 8:10 AM; Admin. Mtg. (9:30-Noon) Lance
- Nov. 6...No School for Students; Teacher PD 8:30-11:30 AM; Possible Para-pro PD in AM; Teacher Work Day PM-Teachers may complete PM work at home.
- Nov. 10...PLC Grades 1-4; PTO Meeting 6 PM in library
- Nov. 11...Veterans Day; P/T Conferences 5-8 PM (full day of school for students)
- Nov. 12...P/T Conferences (8:30-11:30, 12:30-3:30;5-8)/No school for students
- Nov. 13...No school for students or staff (conf. comp. day for teachers)
- Nov. 17...Grade 3 Music Concert; CSTs TBD
- Nov. 19...Principals' Mtg. in AM; CSTs 8:30 - 1:45; CAP PLC 2-3:20 PM
- Nov. 24...PLC Grades 1-4
- Nov. 25...Staff Meeting 7:35 - 8:15 AM
- Nov. 26 -27...Thanksgiving Break/ No school
Frames of Mind...a.k.a....MINDFRAMES
Seeing the glass as "half-full" or viewing challenges as opportunities affords us practice that builds and reinforces a mindset that will best serve our students and help us further develop our personal and professional expertise. Hattie identifies eight "mindframes" or beliefs as key to successful student learning and achievement. The short video which follows touches on Hattie's mindframes.
"Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long… We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." ... Walt Disney
Behavior Emphasis & This Week's Focus
During the month of October we typically see an uptick in behaviors. Therefore, it is very important for us to continue our focus on proactive teaching and discussion during class meetings. This will go a long way in really establishing expectations for the year as just when kids are getting "relaxed and testing the waters they will also hear the consistent message. Remember that research supports the notion that when kids seem to be getting "sick of hearing the repeated message" they really do not tune us out. rather they begin to understand that is the way things are and they choose to rise to the level of expectations rather than rebel. Yes, there will be the outliers but CONSISTENT EXPECTATIONS will become the practice. BELIEVE!
The Cardinal Code Focus for this week is: Behavior expectations in the cafeteria. Please take extra time to reinforce cleaning of eating areas upon dismissal.
Thinking Good Thoughts
During her presentation regarding significant disproportionality in September, Executive Director of Student Services Holly Halabicky encouraged us to keep pushing through when we encounter the "bumps in the road" when working with kids. October is a time when we begin to see a need to revisit and work even harder to reinforce our classroom and school-wide Positive Support Behavior Plan. Key to our success is our own positive outlook and true belief that we will overcome obstacles because the kids need us to stay the course. Recently, I was reminded of the "Optimist Creed" and share it with you as this week's reflection. Following the creed will build upon a positive spirit. It will also support our own mental health! :)
The Optimist Creed
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.