February 18 through February 29
Character Trait of the Month: Honesty
- promote a sense of shared respect and responsibility between home, school and community
- teacher reflection and collaboration will be an essential part of our growth and student achievement
- optimal learning will exist in a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment sustained through School Wide Positive Behavior and CharacterPlus
- teachers will have high expectations for all students and provide them with a learning framework centered on critical thinking, problem solving, self-reflection, communication, collaboration, and real life experiences
News to Know...
Student Led Conferences - Valerie needs to know, either in person or an email if/when you have 100% attendance for conferences. If you have trouble getting a family to come in, please call and/or email the parent, send home the information and ask for them to sign or email you to let you know they have received it. If you cannot get a hold of a family via phone, let me know and I will have Pam Gentry help.
Thirsty Thursdays - Two parents, Lindsey Rowden and Lindsey Horton have offered to help get Thirsty Thursday drinks from Sonic for all staff! All you have to do is sign up for the drink you want and pay $1.25. Orders will be due to the office at 9:00, and drinks will be at school around 10:00. We will try this for four weeks to see if there is enough interest to continue after Spring Break.
Summer School - Please look at summer school enrollments for completion before sending them to the office. If you want a student to attend, make contact with the parent either by phone or email.
Summer school applications for teachers should be available starting February 24. If you are interested, you will have to apply through TalentEd. If/when I get a link, I will email it out to you.
Positive Office Referrals - There are so many amazing things going on at Belair, let's recognize them! If you would like to recognize a student or staff member for an accomplishment, fill out a positive office referral! Students will be called to the office for praise and a treat, and the staff member who fills it out will get a Bulldog Buck. Staff members who have one written about them will get a Bulldog Buck and the staff member who wrote one will get a Bulldog Buck!
This is a great way to increase our 4:1 ratio and have documented positive contact for parents! Plus, who doesn't like being recognized for the good things they are doing!
A few copies were put in your mailbox, and I have also attached the link to the form.
General Reminders -
* IC updated at a minimum of the 15th and the end of the month
* Websites kept up-to-date
* Remember to use pre-corrects, Belair B.E.S.T. matrix language, and Bulldog Bucks! 4:1 is our goal with all kids!
* Newsletters can be turned in as a paper copy or emailed as a digital copy. I prefer digital!
Calendar of Events
Thursday, February 18
Sharp out ALL
Thirsty Thursday begins! Have your order and $1.25 to the office by 9:00!
RED (Luebbering/Henry), 8:15
Parent Meeting (Milhollin/Krause), 3:15
Friday, February 19
Hufendiek, Walk, and Walker out ALL (ICLE), Sharp out ALL
Filter Friday - Clean out SMART Board filters!
Team Time, 8:15 - Staff Meeting will be rescheduled!
RED (Schlueter/White), 8:15
Animal Shelter Assembly, 8:50
Monday, February 22
MTG Watkins/Walk, 8:15
5th Grade Promotion Meeting, 5:30, Art Room
PTA (Farris attends), 6:00, Art Room
Tuesday, February 23
RED (Roberts/Philipak), 8:15
IEP (Vernon/White), 2:05
Wednesday, February 24
Peck out PM
Tier 2 Behavior, 8:00
Intruder Drill, 9:30
Thursday, February 25
PLC Meeting, 8:00
School Store, 8:30
Friday, February 26
Staffing (Roberts/Six), 8:15
Conference Summary Forms Due
Team Time, 8:15
Non Public Meeting (S. Backeus), 3:30
Monday, February 29
Crocker out PM
Culture Team Meeting, 8:00
Monthly Assembly, 9:15
Health Screening Information
It is that time of year again! We are excited to offer Health Screens to everyone that partakes in the JCPS Health Insurance. We offer the Health Screens as an added benefit to each of you. It is a great way to monitor your results from year to year, plus it puts money back in your pocketbook! By participating in the health screens you receive a $30 premium reduction each month! That totals $360 in savings a year!
The Health Screens will be held each day at the Dix Road Education Center on the following days:
To register please use the following link from CRMC
A couple of notes about the screens:
1. If you choose to go to your private physician, please use the attached form and have it faxed to UMR at the number given.
2. Cotenine test- This test will be offered again if you wish to earn 100 points for being Tobacco-free. If you go to your private physician, this test will need to be done at the screens. Everyone will be asked if they wish to have this test and everyone will have to respond yes or no. It is 100% optional.
3. InBody and Waist-to-Hip ratio i will also be taken again. Please know that you will have to take shoes and socks off for the InBody assessment.
4. Please print the waivers that are to be completed and bring them with you. This will help to speed up the process.
SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION FOR STAFF
The dates for summer school are Tuesday, May 31, 2016- Thursday, June 23, 2016. Summer School will be in session a total of 16 days this summer.
Week 1: Tuesday, May 31- Friday, June 2, 2016
Week 2: Monday, June 6- Thursday, June 9, 2016
Week 3: Monday, June 13- Thursday, June 16, 2016
Week 4: Monday, June 20- Thursday, June 23, 2016
The length of the school day is 8 hours for students (7:30 am -3:30 pm) and for school staff the working day is 7:05 am- 3:50 pm. STAFF will need to attend ALL required meetings.
Breakfast and lunch is offered for students and staff free of charge.
Attendance will be at the child’s home school. Transportation will be provided for those who are bus eligible during the regular school year.
Instruction will focus on reading, language arts, and math- Instructional materials may include current instructional materials such as guided reading, but may also include other instructional materials as long as the emphasis is on reading, language arts, and math instruction.
Summer School applications will be available through Talent Ed from February 24- April 1. Interested staff will need to apply through Talent Ed during this time frame. Summer School administrators will be responsible for hiring summer school staff for ALL buildings with teaching assignment preference given to staff assigned to the given building.
The following summer school postings will be available on February 24:
Grades 9-12 certified staff
Grades 6-8 certified staff
Grades PreK-5 certified staff
Special Education certified staff K-12 (including OT, PT, APE, and SLPs)
ECSE certified staff
Library Media Specialists
Summer School Salaries:
Certified staff $3000
Clerks (who remain until routes clear) $2000
First round summer staff hiring will be determined based on enrollment on April 15th. If needed, additional hiring will be based on enrollment data for May 4.
REMINDER: All teachers- you will need a copy of your teaching certificate with the application in order to be hired for the position. You can access this information from the DESE website by going to: https://Apps.dese.mo.gov/weblogin/login.aspx Next go to page of Office of Educator Quality, choose Educator Certification System- Request Education Access, print off your information and attach it to your application.
Submit final pupil enrollment to Elizabeth Milhollin by Friday, April 29. This information will be collected on a spreadsheet, one per building. The spreadsheet will be provided to elementary resource teachers by Friday, March 4, 2016.
Pupils recommended for Extended School Year summer services, must have an I.E.P. completed Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
By May 11, re-confirm intention to attend summer school with each student on summer school ESY spreadsheet.