A Peek at the Week

October 14, 2018

Mimeo Boards

Some of you will be receiving mimeo boards tomorrow. If you were on the list to receive a board, please go ahead and take anything down on your smartboard that needs to be removed before your new board is installed. They plan to begin installing them tomorrow.

Catch Your Breath Day

Second grade took a day Friday so that they could plan together for an uninterrupted amount of time. We have been going full force since August, and I know it seems that there is never enough time to work together as a team. If you would like a day for planning, please let us know. We will be more than happy to get you subs so that you can "catch your breath" and get some planning done together.

Anti-Bullying Month

October is anti-bullying month. Mrs. D covers bullying in her class, but I thought you might want to include discussions in morning meetings, etc. There are lots of great read alouds that focus on this issue as well.

RTI Meetings

We are going to begin RTI meetings to focus on students who are having difficulty in the classroom. The purpose of these meetings is to be able to discuss the student with a team that can give ideas to try and help that student to begin seeing some success in the classroom. This is a step that we take prior to the screening process. We want to make sure that we have tried everything possible before moving toward testing. The team will consist of guidance, resource, intervention, admin, and ESOL. The purpose is to have a group of people to brainstorm possible solutions to academic issues.


If you have students who you are concerned about who currently have IEP's in place, please send me their names through email. In addition, if you have students who you are concerned about, and they are not receiving any intervention at all, please send me their names as well. Our intervention team is meeting soon, and we need to make sure we have all of our students covered.


For those students who you feel need to be referred to RTI, please begin gathering work samples. We will we send out an RTI date along with a sign-up time to meet about these students.

STEM

I sent out an email earlier about the science planner in each grade level. I am looking for some teachers who have the interest in receiving training in the area of STEM. We have tons of STEM materials, and I would like for each grade level to be able to incorporate them into their science instruction. If you are interested in receiving training in STEM, please let me know.

House Presidents and House Council

Students in fifth grade who feel that they are president material will have the opportunity to sign up to run for their house president in lunch this week. Also, students in grades 3-5 who would like to serve on house council can sign up this week as well. Sign-ups will be in the lunch room. Please allow your students to sign-up if they would like to do so. After sign-ups are complete, we will begin the process of determining who is eligible to serve in these roles.

United Way

If you would like to contribute to United Way, please fill out the form that was placed in your box and give it to Reggie. We will take contributions until November 15th. This money can go directly to our backpack program.

November 26th

Remember to mark your calendar for November 26th. We will have a mandatory training on Active Shooter Trauma Kit. Everyone must be present for this meeting.

Mindfulness Minute from Mrs. D


Beginning this week, Peek at the Week will include a mindfulness or social-emotional learning tip that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. These exercises are designed to teach students how to be aware of their emotions and how best to manage them.


Week of October 15th - Name the emotion you’re bringing to class

As your students enter your classroom in the morning, have each one name the emotion they are feeling at that moment. If a student tells you they’re feeling sad, worried, angry, etc., find time during the morning to chat with them about why they’re feeling that way.


Mindful Quote of the Week: "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

-Jon Kabat-Zinn


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SLO's

The majority of you were able to complete your SLO last week. If you were unable to do so, please finish it up this week.


Remember to include MAP data for grades 1-5 in your target growth spreadsheets. If you need help, please let us know.

Upcoming Dates:

Oct. 23rd: End of 1st nine weeks

Oct. 24th: 2nd grade testing begins

Oct. 24th: Tech Tools during planning

Oct. 29th: Book Fair Week Begins

Oct. 30th: Fall Festival 5:00-7:00

Nov. 5th: Holiday

Nov. 6th: Election Day Holiday

Nov. 8th: Soup Night

Conferences

Many of you are meeting with parents during planning and afterschool. Remember that you need to meet face-to-face with any parent who you are concerned about their child academically and/or behaviorally. Please make sure you contact parents of other students by way of phone. If you have trouble getting in touch with parents, please let us know. We will get you contact information.

The Process Manual

You will be receiving a packet titled The Process Manual this week. This is the complete Teacher 4.0 rubric and the evaluation template.


Please make sure you are designating a spot in your classroom to put up your standards for the week. This has to be in the front of your classroom visible for your students. The purpose is geared toward making your students aware of what they will be learning throughout the day/week. You do not have to include the standard number and it needs to be in kid-friendly language.

It is going to be a great week this week! Rest well tonight. :-)