Derby Daily

February 8-12

The Week at a Glance: Secret Cupid this week....share some love!

REMEMBER it is Progress Monitoring Week!


Monday, February 8th:
#Celebrate Monday! How will you highlight the friendship, sharing and love of our dragon family?!


Tuesday, February 9th: We are getting on TARGET! Learning Target Learning AHEAD during your plan time today! What are your HEARTS DRE for ELA and MATH?

**I'm sorry 4th grade--I have to reschedule because I have a quick meeting across town--but I will be meeting with the rest of the teams. Let me know if I can help you in any way to prepare for our discussions! Looking forward to learning with you!


Wednesday, February 10th: Firefighters will be coming around for lunch with our friends today! If you have a chance--say thank you for being AMAZING Community Partners!


Compass Point time change......to include WHOLE GROUP SHARING!

We hear you DRE! After reviewing some of the survey info we will start our Compass Meetings in the various locations at 3:45 p.m.--then come together at 4: 40 in the Media Center for a quick share out! Thanks DRE for raising your voice!


Thursday, February 11th: ShOw some LOVE!!! Let's wear RED today--with our JEANS of course!


Class parties scheduled for 2:30 today! Can't wait to celebrate FRIENDSHIP and DRAGON LOVE with our friends!


CandyLand Dance 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thanks for all our Dragon Volunteers!


Friday, February 12th: Enjoy your 3 day weekend! P/T Conference workday!

Upcoming Dragon Events

February 15th No School President's Day

February 16th Faculty Meeting 3:45 p.m.

February 17th SPELLING BEE! 2:00 p.m.

February 17th TLIM Book Study 3:45 p.m.

February 18th Data Team Meetings!

February 18th FSP Meeting 6:00 p.m.

February 19th 3-5 Distinguished Dragon Assembly 2:30

February 19th We are printing Grade Cards getting ready for conferences!

February 24-25 Parent/Teacher Conferences...we were so close let's make it 100%

February 22-25 Progress Monitoring this week!

February 24th Dragon Tales Submissions Due

February 25th February Principal's Birthday Lunches

February 25th Morning Gathering! 8:30 a.m.

February 26th No School! Thank you for your work to ensure 100% of P/T Conferences

March 2nd BLT Meeting 3:40

March 3rd Fire Drill

March 3rd FSP BOE Meeting 6:00 p.m.

March 4th K-2 Distinguished Dragon Assembly

March 8th Columbia Regional Spelling Bee

March 9th Morning Gathering featuring Dr. Stiepleman and the Dragon Fire Choir

March 10th Kindergarten Registration 4:30-6:30 p.m.

March 11th 3-5 Distinguished Dragon Assembly

March 11th Chuck E Cheese Family Night for DRE

Learning Target Meetings Ahead! Tuesday, February 9th

I am excited for our 2nd round of Learning Target meeting on Tuesday! We will be coming together to identify and discuss your grade level HEARTS for ELA and Math!


Review your documents and let's start the discussion! Thanks for working to get us on TARGET!


Need materials located?? Resources that I can provide...just let me know! Vertical discussions ahead.....:)


See you Tuesday--sorry 4th grade, I will have to reschedule yours...but know we will talk soon!

DRA and ELL: The "official" word

Can we focus on verbal answers for ELL friends versus written....the answer is YES!!!


Words from Becky Stanley:

I always ask teachers to think about their purpose for the assessment. The “levels” are designed to help you identify where to start teaching. The written summary is just another way to assess the summary skills and writing ability for the “average” student at that level. If you want to know that the students can read & orally respond to the comprehension questions to then start your reading instruction, that is perfectly fine. ELL and special ed students have flexibility in their programming and sometimes need the same in their assessment. Use the assessment for what you need it for and be satisfied it is meeting your instructional needs.


Questions? Please don't hesitate to ask Me (Kristi Shinn) or Cindy Hutchinson

Parent/Teacher Conferences: February 24th and 25th 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Save the DATE! WE will synergize! We are coming together at the beginning of the February STAFF meeting to plan our family conferences!


Letters to gather schedule feedback from Parents have gone home! Due back February 10th!


We are printing off Grade Cards on February 19th!


I can't thank you enough for your commitment to our 100% goal! Please don't hesitate to let us know how we can help you reach the 100% goal.


What can I do to help? Attend?? Track down contact info?? Just let Rachel and I know how to best support you!


Most Importantly! Snacks! We will have Sandwiches and Snacks in the workroom on Wednesday and Thursday!


Again, thank you for your commitment to communicate with our families!

Faculty Meeting: February 16th: 3:45 Sharp in the Media Center!

Agenda Items for our Learning Afternoon!


Let's Synergize for Parent Conferences! We will begin PROMPTLY at 3:45 so bring your P/T Conference schedules and Let's GET 'ER Done!


Round and Round for Learning!

Enjoying some TANG! Greg Tang! Thank you Clarissa James, Laura Buddemeyer and Jill Walters for leading our learning!


We will then go to rotations for learning tips from Frank Kros and ST Math! What an amazing learning afternoon!

Looking forward to the Spelling Bee!

Thanks Ms. Ristau for your leadership!


Here are the details: Spelling Bee is Feb. 17 from 2:00 - 3:15 in the cafeteria. We ran long last time so I would love for fourth and fifth grade to bring their backpacks so we can go all the way to 3:15 if we need to. All of fourth and fifth grade come to watch. There will be four champions and one alternate from each fourth and fifth grade class. Competing champions need to meet me on the stage at 1:45. Last year third grade all came to get them exciting for participating the following year.


Looking forward to an amazing C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-O-N!

Drops in the Bucket

A tip of the hat for an AMAZING 100th Day! The hats, the shirts, the scepters, the smiles, the coins, the math problems, the writing on how we can spend $100, the Valentines and the sharing of Dragon Learning and Love! And of course the displays of 100 ways to be a friend and how we love DRE....my heart is bursting with Dragon PRIDE!


Way to REPRESENT! Thanks Mrs. Buddemeyer for representing us so well at ST Math! Love the ideas, the goal setting and can't wait for you to share all you have learned!


Thank you BLT! The vision of empowering our learners is strong! Thank you for being the Force for our Dragon Mission! Thanks for raising your voice! Thanks for your communication skills, but most of all the sharing of your time and talent!


Another phenomenal Birthday carry in! Way to spread the love! The way to dragon hearts is through the stomach!


Wow! Just Wow! Thoughtful discussion....all centered on lifting our student voices and their presence! Leader in Me book study group...wow, just wow!


We don't say it enough! Mr. Chambers--thanks for your patience, your strength and your compassion to our Dragon folks! Thanks for always responding to the call!


Amazing job lifting your voices! Thanks to all who responded to the survey! I appreciate your candor! I appreciate your feedback! Thanks for keeping our vision alive!

Ready to schedule our Mid-Year PeP discussions! Sending out the first round of appointments!

We are readying for ROUND 2! Looking forward to setting up these meetings for our discussion of how you are moving toward your PeP goal!


For those meeting with me....your invites will go out next week! For those meeting with Rachel...coming soon! Looking forward to seeing how it is going! Thanks for your work to move our students....I like to move it, move it, I like to move it move it!

Is your BOX ready! We are spreading the love and the Dragon 5 this week with our PRIZE Boxes!

Flexibility and Meeting our Student Need!

Welcome Mrs. Sullivan! She is here full-time! Sped has readjusted again and we are so thankful for the work they have done to re-do schedules and case managers all in a quest to meet our student needs! Thank you all for your flexibility! Thank you for your patience! Thank you for keeping your eye to our vision to empower our students!