Weekly Update

week of May 2, 2016


Yoga for Educators- MCS educators are invited to attend free, mixed-level yoga classes this May. The practice of yoga has been shown to have many benefits- from healing injuries, to stress-reduction and mindfulness, to increasing strength and flexibility.

Staff from any building are invited to attend any class, or all three classes. Here are some details:

All classes will begin at 3:45 to allow teachers from all buildings to get there. Classes will be 1 hour long, ending at 4:45.

May 2nd- High School- Student Activities Room

May 26- Middle School- Room 308 (Srsly room) room change

May 31- Klager- Room 119 (OT room) date change

Celebrity Servers Needed

May 3rd will be the annual Celebrity Server Night for the Manchester Community School Foundation. I am looking for servers to work at Frank's Place and the Dairy Queen. We start at 4:00 and go until 8:00 pm. The shifts are generally 4:00-6:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm. I have attached a Google Sheet if you are able to help this year. All of the time served counts for Clear and Significant Hours.



I met with Anthony for ePsark on Thursday and we had a great conversation. We talked about the amazing video footage that they filmed in Ellen's room. They plan to use this footage in the "help desk" section of their website. The company seems very committed to making this program work for teachers and students. They are all about support, at a price, but quality support. We talked about the third and fourth-grade concerns with eSpark. The company is planning to have forums on the product and talk to real live teachers teaching for feedback. Anthony has spoken with Mary F and plans to contact all of the third and fourth-grade current user for input on the dashboard, data management, and student concerns.

Anthony is also putting together a Professional Development offering about data collection and management with a hint of NWEA correlations. I hope to have the offering next week.

Quote of the week

Leader in Me

It is survey time!

I need every person in our school to fill out the Leader in Me staff survey. We need data, positive or negative, about how the Leader in Me works in our district. You don't need to be trained to fill out the survey. I have the link here and I have made several QR codes that can be used for easy access. I will send the survey to all of the parents at Klager. I would really appreciate adding something to newsletters to encourage parent response. I do have a paper copy of the survey if you think any parent would response using this format.

Staff Survey: https://theleaderinmeonline.org/assessments/assessment/cdc7d05c97867814

Parent Survey: https://theleaderinmeonline.org/assessments/assessment/0498f2958e40f7d6

May Birthday's

  • 5.7.16-Mary F.
  • 5.16.16-Sue L.
  • 5.21.16-Amie A.
  • 5.27.16-Sue T.
  • 5.30.16-Pat M.

RSVP Board Luncheon

If you have not RSVP'd for the luncheon please go to the Google Form and mark yes or no, before Tuesday, May 3rd. It is very important that Jill has an accurate number for this amazing event


Upcoming Dates

    • 5.5.16-Staff meeting-Evaluation Process
    • 5.3-5.5-3rd grade MSTEP
    • 5.6.16-First grade field trip to Howell Nature Center
    • 5.6.16-Grandparent's Day-Second Grade

    • 5.9-5.13-3rd-grade MSTEP makeups
    • 5.9.16-Leadership Workshop
    • 5.13.16-Movie Night-Ocean

    • 5.16.16-Kindergarten Leadership Workshop
    • 5.17-5.19-4th grade MSTEP
    • 5.19.16-Grade level meeting

    • 5.23.16-Leadership Workshop
    • 5.24.16-PTO meeting
    • 5.26.16-Preschool will visit Klager at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm

    • 5.30.16-No School-Memorial Day
    • 6.1.16-DSIT
    • 6.2.16-Staff meeting
    • 6.2.16-Tentative Date for Kids Against Hunger packaging.

From the Villarreal's

I am off to see the Dentist. Not sure if it was the Easter candy or the Dairy Queen, or bad brushing, but I am enjoying a few trips to the dentist to fill a cavity that requires my crown to be removed and replaced.

We believe...

The NEW School Mission Statement: Manchester Community Schools, in partnership with parents and community, use best practices to develop the skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in all students to ensure they are future ready.

District and School Improvement Goals:

Goal 1: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in their literacy skills.

Goal 2: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in critical thinking.

Goal 3: All Manchester Community Schools students will become proficient in mathematical skills.

Goal 4: All staff will engage in the district-wide continuous improvement process.

District Vision: Educational Excellence in a Caring Community

District Purpose: Manchester students are provided the stepping stones for success.