To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue #7: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Giving Thanks...

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Every Good Thing

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I came across this in a blog post I was reading last night:

"Getting in the habit of giving thanks for all we have takes practice. First, we must take notice of what we have. Sounds simple, but how many of us go through our daily motions without a second thought as to what we're actually experiencing? When we stop to appreciate every good thing that comes to us, we recognize all the things that we may have taken for granted and overlooked. And by taking the time to show gratitude for all the good in our lives, we don't underestimate their value. It's a worthy habit to form and a valuable exercise we can model to our students."

This was a good reminder for me - and something to think about . . .

With how stressful everything has been lately, it's been easy to focus on the wrong things that about our pofession - the frustrations, the uncertainties, the questions.

Now is a good time to remind ourselves all those things we are grateful for. I'm grateful that we are where we are - I can't imagine a school better than this one in climate, staff, or supportive families. I can't imagine a place without each of you - and am grateful for your constant focus on what's best for kids. I'm grateful that we are a building of leaders - both staff and students. I'm grateful that although there are questions, uncertainties, and unknowns about our new ELA curriculum, we haven't been left to create our own from scratch like so many other districts. We have been provided a resource that we will become more comfortable with, and one that will truly be a RESOURCE to HELP us meet our goals for our students. I'm grateful in the knowledge that a resource doesn't teach kids to read, write, and love literacy. YOU DO, and you do an amazing job.

I'm grateful that we all have 5 days off to spend with our families and friends. Please spend that time with those you love. Do the things that fullfill you, center you, and bring you joy. Take a break from work. Don't check email throughout the weekend, and I encourage you to find small ways to disconnect from the "noise" and enjoy the moments - big and small - over the holiday weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving, Prairie Point Heroes!

With love, Heidi

Goodbye to Craig Hotchkiss


We wish you all the best as you and your family move to Colorado. Good luck on your new adventure! You will be missed....even with the whole Packer's thing... :-) Thank you for all you've done for your students, your team, and our school. The next school you land at will be lucky indeed.

Hello to Tom Kennedy - 4th grade teacher

I am excited to share, officially, that Tom Kennedy will join the 4th grade team as of November 30th. Congratulations, Tom!

Jessica Baustian, currently a 1:1 para in 2nd grade, will take Tom's spot as math interventionist.

Wednesday Morning Meetings


This coming week is a another BUILDING Meeting. Wait, what??!! That's crazy.

Please be ready to meet from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. This week's meeting will be held in the Community Room.

The agenda is attached below.

Wednesday Morning Meeting Schedule

The file below contains all of the Building, PLC, and SIP day meetings for the year. It will be updated regularly as the plans or schedule changes.


TEAM is up and running for the year. RTI is now called MTSS - Multi-tiered Systems of Support. I am co-chairing a district-wide committee to look at building processes and procedures for student referral to TEAM. This was a nice compliment to Prairie Point, because we're building a district-wide process based on what is currently in place here. That's because of you. :-)

We are going to be piloting a new paperwork system called Success Plan, so if you bring a student to TEAM, we'll demonstrate that process for you. It's done through eschool.

In the meantime, if you need to bring a student up to TEAM, please complete the same paperwork we've had in the past. You can find that at our building TEAM website. Link is below. If you're unsure about how to bring a student up for support, or have other questions about the problem-solving process, please don't hesitate to visit a member of TEAM.

ReadyGen Resources