Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

October 4

Giving our students HOPE for a better tomorrow one skill at a time!

PBS lesson

Our PBS lesson will be on the Kind Words. There will be 2 weeks of focus on Kind Words. We will leave room for Second Steps lessons in this 2 weeks of lessons.

*Think about ways that your students could create a bulletin board to show your classes commitment to kindness.

Our Second Steps lessons all focus on EMPATHY.

All grade levels have a focus on Learning.

Kindergarten- Feelings

1st grade - Identifying Feelings

2nd grade - Learning more about Feelings

3rd grade - Understanding Perspectives

4th grade - Understanding Different Perspectives

5th grade - Accepting Differences

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How are your procedures and routines coming along?

Continuing our reflections on procedures and routines:

- How is it going?

- What is working? What is not working?

- How are you responding when things aren't working?

- Are you respectfully having students do things properly when they don't demonstrate what we expect?

- Are we on the look out for other areas that might need more specific instruction to help students meet the expectation?

- Are we recognizing and reinforcing when students demonstrate the expected behavior?

This is an ongoing process, always reflecting on what is working and what is not working. Always looking at what WE can do to support our students through clarified expectations, reteaching and practice.

Remember, the site below is a great one to hep guide reflection and planning!

Message from Data Coach

Glenn Ledet, was here on Monday and Wednesday, to coach us with data cycles and with observing classroom instruction to determine next steps for staff learning (just like what we have you do in the classroom).

1. He saw some INCREDIBLE instruction and learning!

2. We discussed the types of questioning being done and supporting teachers in going deeper with questioning with our students to stretch them and get to more rigorous thinking.

3. We saw some use of formative assessment, as well as discussed some during our data cycles, and Kelly has some additional ideas to share with you to help us broaden our toolbox.

4. We saw a range of student engagement across classrooms. Our Kagan training on Monday will focus on this specifically and will be a great boost for those who are familiar with Kagan's cooperative structures or will be an incredible starting place for those who are new.

5. We saw teachers working with students to support their growth. We want to be sure we are helping you in your work to support your students.

Character Trait for October is Responsibility

JCPS Difference Maker Recognition

Have a colleague who you would like to see recognized for making a positive difference? Here is the link to complete a nomination.

If I had $500 for use in my classroom, I would . . .

The Jay Pride Alive Alumni Association is committed to giving back to our JCPS students and teachers. The Jay Pride Alive Award applications are now open. Please submit your application by filling out this form by October 31st.

There are no parameters on what you can ask for - if it will benefit your students, ask for it. Reviewing your request with your principal prior to submission is suggested, but not required. Please keep requests under $500. Email questions to

PBIS Intervention Ideas

Looking for ideas to support students? Here is another resource that can be helpful.

Duties for the Week

Gym - Farmer and Watson

Cafe - Watts-Hayes and Ries

Collect students from the gym at 7:45

Calendar of Events

Monday, October 8

*No School - Staff PD Day

*Departments will have their own PD scheduled

*Gen. ed teachers will be at MH for a Kagan training in library 8:00 - 3:45

Tuesday, October 9

*Literacy Team mtg 3:45

*PTO mtg 6:00

Wednesday, October 10

*Picture Retakes

*Specials Collaboration - 7:30 - 8:15

*AG RED mtg (Gaines, Haugen, Treat, Price) 2:10

*TL RED mtg (Yates, Gaines, SLP, Haugen, Price) 11:00

Friday, October 12

*PTO Fall Carnival 5:30

Tuesday, October 16

*First grade Literacy Training 12 - 3:30

*Tier 2 mtg

Wednesday, October 17

*First Quarter ends

*Fire truck visit for grades k-1 8:45

*Staff meeting 3:45

Thursday, October 18

*Dental visits

*Safety Kids 10:30

Friday, October 19

*PBS assemblies

- 8:30 grades 3-5

- 9:40 grades k-2

*Fall Celebrations (schedule to come)

Weekly Collaboration Log

This is the link to a revised communication log for your team collaboration. The expectation is that your team will complete each week.

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Transitions Tricky - read for insight and ideas!

During our time last week, it seemed like many identified transitions as tricky times of the day.

- we want to be sure we have taught students what is expected

- if students still struggle, then we need to stand back and try to determine WHAT is tricky for these students

- we need to develop strategies and ways to support those areas of need to make our transitions smoother.

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JC Reads

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October Birthdays!

October 1 - Jill Lemons

October 4 - Beth Yaeger

October 9 - Jana Salmons

October 11 - Joe Twehous

October 22 - Sabra Watts-Hayes