Frank Elementary Weekly Memo!!!!!
Week of December 14-17
Great Things Happening at Frank Elementary During the Week of December 3-8...
Frank Students participating in the Hour of Code!!!! 3rd grade fun with coding!:):):)
2nd and 5th graders working together on peer editing/revising!!
3rd graders writing letters to residents of a local nursing home! #CelebrateMonday
December 15 - Day 8 (We will not have a staff meeting...Merry Christmas!)
December 16 - Day 1 (1st grade TBT from 8:15-9:45)
December 17 - Day 2 (2nd grade TBT from 8:15-9:45)
December 18 - Teacher Workday from 8:15 AM - 12 PM
-The Christmas parties are on December 17 at 2:30. Please ask that the parent volunteers arrive to the building no earlier than 2:15. Please turn in your list of parent volunteers by Monday, December 14. Also, please send home name tags for each party volunteer. Please ask the volunteers to wear the name tags to school the day of the party. This way we will not need everyone to sign-in. If the parent has a name tag on, then we know the parent signed up for the party.
-At the DLT recently Joe Sarnes said he needs a committee of teachers K-4 to look at the issue of what to get - Mimio vs Smart software. If you have an interest in serving please let me know. I will then forward your names to Joe Sarnes.
-Please send me a day/time to read to your class at the beginning of the 2nd semester.
-If you have full OTES this year, please sign-up for a day/time for your second round observation.
-As students complete their pies on the ALEKS program, please let me know. I will be sure to buy a pie for the students!
-We are currently using a lot of paper. Please be cognizant about the amount of paper that is being used. Earlier, I shared that our building budget is lower than where we would like it to be at this point in the year. We are ordering more paper, however, we will not be able to keep replenishing paper at the rate at which we are using it. Thanks for your help and understanding!
-Since it is now the middle of the 2nd quarter, please don't forget to use your gold coin and sign up to observe another classroom! This is a great way to share ideas! Please remember: The goal is to go visit 1 other classroom each semester!!!!!!
-Please continue to send good news phone calls down to me. These are a great way to positively connect with the families and the parents love receiving these calls!
-Please continue to fill out and turn in Bucket Fillers. It is very special to have names turned in each day. This is a great way to recognize our outstanding students.
-Please also continue to fill up the Bucket Filling Board in the staff lounge!:)
-Please take a look at the Do Not Photograph list and please make sure to follow that throughout the year.
-Our next Frank Talk will go home on Thursday, December 17.
-There will be strings on Wednesday, December 16 (No instruments), and there will be no strings on Thursday, December 17. Strings happens on days 1 and 2.
-The Operation Bread Basket Food Drive continues until December 11.
-The practice for the Christmas program will be at 2:30 PM on Thursday, December 10, in the cafeteria. It would probably be a good idea to have each grade level packed up and ready to go home prior to the program. 5th grade, please plan to eat in your room that day. Also, fifth grade, please plan to have several students stay after the performance to help set-up chairs for the evening performance.
-The holiday concert will also be on Thursday, December 10, from 6:30-8:30 in the evening. Thanks to Mrs. Coulson for all of her efforts with the program.
-There will be an FPC meeting on Tuesday, December 8, at 6:30 PM in the library. All staff members are invited to attend.
-Tech Tuesday will be on Tuesday, December 8, from 4-5.
-Wednesday, December 9, will be our next full-day IEP/ETR Meeting day. We will have a floating sub available to cover classes that day for teachers attending IEP meetings.
-Donuts for Dads (Last names A-L) will be on Thursday, December 10 and Monday, December 14 (Last names M-Z). Staff members, please remember to help us with parking by parking on the playground that morning. Then please remember to move your car before 11 AM recess begins. Thanks!
-I will be meeting with 3rd grade teachers at 8:15 on December 11 to talk about plans for students in regards to the TGRG.
-Right to Read Week will be the week of December 14-17. Please see the email from Mrs. Ghesquire detailing the events of the week.
-The 5th grade orchestra concert will be on Monday, December 14 at 7 PM at PHS.
-Please complete 2nd F&P benchmarks on our "watch" and "at-risk" students by December 16.
-December 17 is the end of the 2nd quarter and the end of the 1st semester.
-December 18 is the teacher workday. We will not have any meetings that day. That day will be for you to work in your rooms. At 11 AM, there will be a staff holiday luncheon. We will again have food from Granite City.
-December 21 -- There is a board meeting.
-December 21 -- Max and Erma's Fundraiser
-Our next IEP/ETR day will be on Wednesday, December 16.
-**Data Binders should be returned to the classroom by December 11.
-**Please submit names (by completing the Google Form called, Mid-Year Award Nominations) by the end of the day on Tuesday, December 15 for the Mid-Year Award Nominations. We will have the whole-school awards assembly on Friday, January 8, at 9:30 AM, in the cafeteria. Please make sure every child in your class is recognized with one of the awards.
-Winter Swarm continues...if your students took the STAR Assessment on Monday, November 30, please have them re-test before Christmas break. It is important for everyone to be flexible with lab use so that they are able to get these STAR assessments taken before break. Thanks!:)
-Please consider donating to the family that PEA is adopting for the holidays. Please see the email from Jason Thomas for more information.
-Please be sure that your students have their library books when they go to library. Thanks!
Food For Thought...
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/mathematical-habits-of-mind-cindy-bryant?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow%20 (The 4-step process of experienced problem solvers)
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/5-fast-formative-assessment-tools-vicki-davis?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow%20 (5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools)