Points of Pride

November 2, 2018

Instructional Focus:


Between the carnival and Halloween, I think it will be essential for each of our rooms to reset expectations and routines early next week. We will need to establish what we want normal to look like in the coming weeks.

When I went to a PD at Hartford Elementary in Chandler (the full Thinking Maps school) they used a circle map to start math with a "number talk." I snapped a picture of a second grade example and attached it below. If we allow students to do a quick "number study" this will promote better number sense and a better conceptual understanding. Check out some of the pictures. Here are a couple more math examples:

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Upcoming Events:

  • 11/6: Election Day; Fall picture make ups @ 9:00-11:00
  • 11/7: 2:15 release-PD with Brandie Harris-"Formative Assessment and Cognitive Rigor" (2:30-4:00)
  • 11/8: Math Committee @ 7:30; Veteran's Day program @ 9:00; 4th grade to Town Hall @11:00-12:30; PTSO Meeting @ 6:00
  • 11/9: Chick Fila Breakfast in the Sylvia's Shop; 1st grade to Child's Play @ 9:00-2:00; Field Day for grades 3-5 @ 9:30-11:00; Silly String Mr. Bircher @ 2:45 on the intermediate playground
  • 11/12: No school for Veteran's Day
  • 11/13: New to SPE meeting @ 7:30; School Council @ 4:00
  • 11/14: 2:15 Release-PLC-Monthly Data Team form is due; "It's Getting Chili Outside" Lunch-11:30-1:00 (more information in newsletter)
  • 11/16: Leadership Team @ 7:30; Spelling Bee @ 1:15 (will be televised, more information coming)
  • 11/17: Gilbert Days Parade


  • I would like to give Ricardo a shout out for helping me with my ice. Not only did he give me bags to use for the ice, but he helped me carry it and put it into the freezer. He also went above and beyond to clear off the top of the PTSO freezer so I could have access to it. I didn't ask him to do any of this, he just did it.-Melissa
  • I would also like to give all of 4th grade a compliment on how well their WIN time is going. The students we share have made some amazing growth. All of the resource students are being expected to participate in the classroom and they have done a great job with differentiation in the learning. The resource kids are scoring higher than their typical peers on CFA's. :) It feels like a well oiled machine. -Melissa
  • I am so appreciative and proud of the dedicated COPE paraprofessionals we work with everyday. They always go above and beyond the call of duty!!-Darlene
  • I would like to say thank you to our custodial staff. Ricardo was the first one to work on Friday, and the last one to leave (he waited until every bounce house was gone). You all worked so hard daily, but especially for the carnival. Thanks!-Robert