Intermediate Staff Newsletter

For the Week of February 19, 2018

Dear Staff,

Hopefully, you were able to rest and relax a bit over the long weekend. Last week brought moments of trial and great moments of success. The overwhelming support shown by so many for the fallen officers in Westerville reminded us that in times of struggle, we can lean on one another. We also saw yet another school shooting, which inevitably leaves us all rattled. While these moments are extremely difficult, let us not forget that together we can move through these events, remembering and honoring those lost while striving to live on and rise up to make the world a better place. But that work can not be done in isolation. As we come together as adults this Tuesday, let's remember that everyone benefits from kindness, support, laughter and smiles. Those small acts, go so far in lifting ourselves and our students up.

A huge success this week was the Science Fair! Our fifth graders were on point and extremely impressive as they shared their hard work. Thank you to Jenny Taylor and Pete Barnes for their work organizing the event but hats off to the entire Science team for preparing your students to share their knowledge. It was fun watching family and friends come in to check out the projects. Another success was the Opera performance that Linda Lichtman helped to arrange. Students really enjoyed this opportunity and we are definitely blessed to have access to such special experiences for our students.

Let's make it a great week!

Katie and Kate

Supporting Our Students

Just like our own reactions to tragedy, students often struggle to find normalcy after tragic events as well. I found this resource when searching for supporting our students in the wake of such circumstances. It shares thoughts and ideas about responding and building resiliency within safe learning environments before and after a crisis. Your students may or may not bring up recent events but hopefully, you'll find something here to assist you in supporting our students. As always, do not be afraid to seek support from our amazing mental health team that includes Kelley Schubert, Brittany Morgan, and Lindsay Anders.

News to Share

1. You can find the agenda for tomorrow's PD day here. A reminder the hours for Tuesday are 8:00-3:30 and the day will begin in the McCoy. Please wear your E+R=O shirt or New Albany spirit wear. A pizza lunch will be provided in the building at 11:30 before afternoon sessions begin at 12:15. If you are attending the building session on the R Factor Rollout, you can find the detailed agenda here. If you stay with Scott Daly, we will have building handouts available in each collaboration space.

2. The end of the 2nd trimester is this Friday. With the conclusion of the trimester comes Winter Conferences. Click here to read through winter conference reminders. Please turn in a copy of your winter conference schedule to Donna. Dinner will be provided by the principals on Tuesday evening and the PTO on Thursday evening of conference week.

3. This Friday is the Black History Month Assembly. 5th and 6th grade will attend from 9:10-9:55. 4th grade will attend from 10:05-10:50. ATTENTION S WING: 5th and 6th grade will eat first this Friday and then go to recess. 4th grade will go to recess first and then eat. This only applies to the S wing but will provide extra time in case there is a delay getting back from the McCoy.

4. Reminder for 4th grade teachers: Fourth grade will not be meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21st - you will have time to collaborate with your partner to complete the GATES Creative Thinking Rating Sheets.

NAIS Fun Finds

Week at a Glance

Announcements: -4th Grade R Wing: See Pledge Schedule

Monday, Feb. 19th- President's Day No School

Tuesday, Feb. 20th- In-Service Day

Wednesday, Feb. 21st- 5th and 6th Grade ELA Meetings; Pre Alg. A Meeting 8:30

Thursday, Feb. 22nd- Science, Math 6, Math 5, Social Studies 6 Meetings 8:30

Friday, Feb. 23rd- Black History Assemblies; MTSS Full Day Meeting; End of 2nd Trimester