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October 14, 2016

Whale of a Job!

Ms. Lowder-teaching phonics with movement

Ms. Jackson-I was fortunate to be a part of a wonderful lesson on imagery in Ms. Jackson's class. Thank you!

Gert-saving our pickles

Ms. Knight-making reading fun with pumpkins

Ms. Henderson-a wonderful, engaging Read Aloud

Ms. Garcia-teaching -ing in an interactive way

Library Committee-wonderful start on our library project!

Ms. Weesner-sharing her classroom

Ms. Canady-always discovering new things

Ms. Glosup & Ms. Archer-being flexible

Thanks to everyone who participated in the potluck! The food was delicious!

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Simple Tips for Teaching Imagery!

Follow these few simple steps to provide practice developing students' mental images:

  • Begin reading. Pause after a few sentences or paragraphs that contain good descriptive information.
  • Share the image you've created in your mind, and talk about which words from the book helped you "draw" your picture. Your picture can relate to the setting, the characters, or the actions. By doing this, you are modeling the kind of picture making you want your students to do.
  • Talk about how these pictures help you understand what's happening in the story.
  • Continue reading. Pause again and share the new image you created. Then ask your students to share what they see, hear, taste, smell and feel. Ask what words helped create the mental image and emotions.
  • Are everyone's images identical? Probably not! This is a great time to talk about why your images might be different. Perhaps experiences have influenced what you "drew." These differences are important to understand and respect.
  • Read a longer portion of text and continue the sharing process.
  • Once this is a familiar skill, encourage your students to use mental imagery when they are reading by themselves. You can feel confident that these mental pictures will help your students understand the story in an important way.

I am happy to see how our campus has embraced poetry and is using a variety of creative strategies to teach it.


Congratulations to Ms. Hayes and Ms. Dipprey's class! They made the most growth this month in their Istation scores! They are awarded the Istation cape and name plate for the month! Across the board our classes made tremendous growth. Great job ladies and gentleman.

Endangered Species of the Month

The blue whale is the largest animal on the planet, weighing as much as 200 tons (approximately 33 elephants). The blue whale has a heart the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Its stomach can hold one ton of krill and it needs to eat about four tons of krill each day. They are the loudest animals on Earth and are even louder than a jet engine. Their calls reach 188 decibels, while a jet reaches 140 decibels. Their low frequency whistle can be heard for hundreds of miles and is probably used to attract other blue whales.

Blue whales are endangered due to aggressive hunting by whalers for their oil.

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The Treehouse

The library committee met earlier this week and decided on a tree house theme for our library face lift. Ideas are still in the works, but all agreed on an outdoor environment. Nothing is finalized, but we have a great start. The first chore is to pick the paint and design of the walls. Any suggestions are welcomed. I am excited to see where this takes us!


Joni and I will be focusing on Guided Reading/Math during our walk-throughs this next couple of weeks. Please make sure to have your notebook at your teaching table and available to view. We will meet with each team next week during your team planning time to touch base and answer any curriculum questions you have. Below are the times and days I have down for planning for each team. If something has changed, please let me know!







Vocabulary Word of the Week

forbid-when you forbid something, you tell someone they cannot do it.

Sentence: Most parents forbid their children to eat sweets right before dinner.

Character Word of the Month

Respect-Be tolerant of differences, use good manners, and treat others the way you want to be treated. Do not hurt, tease or leave out others on purpose.

Upcoming Events!

October-Ms. Kotwitz please send 4 or 5 students to the office for morning announcements

October 17-Lowe's Team to Pumpkin Patch-9:00

October 18-Family Movie Night, Lowder to Pumpkin Patch-9:00, Allen Out PLA

October 19-Faculty Meeting

October 21-Reading Incentive Kick-Off

October 24-28-Red Ribbon Week

October 26-Murdock's Team to Pumpkin Patch

October 27-SST Meetings

October 28-Jackson's Team to Pumpkin Patch/Mohr & Galvan to CPI Training

October 31-Glasgow, Archer, Glosup-LLI Training

Happy Birthday!!!

Margarita Garcia-10/17

Karen Gerken- 10/17

Prescilyn Amarillo-10/21

Stacy Canady-10/24

Vicky Weesner-10/31

Ruth McDonald-10/31