Grant Family Focus

February 8th, 2016

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday February 8- Reading Incentive Badges Ironed (One of the many highlight of the visit from Mt. Horeb was related to the the badges. They thought our Reading Incentive was a cool idea! Thank you for sending your kids!)
  • Tuesday February 9- Grade Level Meetings (instead of Thursday)
  • Tuesday February 9- Wellness Visit 1:30-3:30 (hope the cookies are cleared out of the lounge!)
  • Wednesday February 10- Staff Meeting 2:15-3:15
  • Thursday February 11- 3:15-4:15 Mindset Book Study group meeting in room 16
  • Thursday February 11- 6:30-8:00 PTO Meeting
  • Friday February 12- SLO updates are due
  • Monday February 15- No School- Building open 7am-12pm
  • Wednesday February 17- No Meeting scheduled (use this time to complete any subcommittee work or use for prep time)
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Spotlight Visit #2

Thank you again to everyone who contributed and opened up your classrooms to Mt. Horeb. They had many compliments for us and were even dancing to "R-E-S-P-E-C-T". I have found the great thing about the Spotlight visits is not only being able to share our work, but what can learn about ourselves and from other schools.

Flippin' Meetings

On Wednesday Feb. 10th our staff meeting will devote time to collaborate around GRR and the Focused Instruction phase. We will discuss the power of using purpose statements to guide student learning.

In an effort to use our time best, please review this slide show, video and/or article prior to our meeting. (This is known as "flipping" your instruction, thus the title :)) The article and other information is linked on the first slide.

Please bring the following for discussion:

* Ideas and answers to the questions on the last slide.

* Bring an example of an upcoming purpose statement ("I can statements")

Slide Show-Purpose Statements

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to everyone for putting in your time make conferences a positive event. As I walked around and sat in on a few attendance conferences, I could hear words like, "gains", "growth" and "love having your child here at Grant". The extra time we put in to prepare for and schedule conferences is worth the effort in the long run.

Also, I appreciated all of the conference attendance sheets that were returned from the Fall conferences. It provides me with information to share at Principal's meetings when we discuss conference dates and times. Once you have completed the final tally for Spring conferences, please turn those into the office. As always, I am open to any feedback you may have regarding the conference dates and times.

Seesaw Resources


We will follow up with our training at grade level meetings on Tuesday. I think everyone did a great job of jumping in and experimenting with the app. There were a number of ideas that sparked how our students can use it to document their learning and communicate with parents.

If you are interested in trying it out, but are not comfortable with the technology here are a few options:

1). Check with Jenny Z. She said she was happy to come in and help your class get going.

2). We have a number of classrooms already using Seesaw. Check with a fellow staff member and see if they are willing to have their students share with your students.

3). I am also willing to help out or use the resources below.