Team Thomson News & Notes

#ThomsonRocks Week of: October 22, 2018

Important Information for You!

Important Halloween Party Information

I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone, students and staff, dressed up in celebration of Halloween. Students are allowed and encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to school this way staff is not trying to help our little ones get ready. Please remember that our school parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and parties will be held in the afternoon. As a reminder to parents, a special holiday food letter is being sent home on Monday. It is the responsibility, however, of classroom teachers to monitor every food item that comes in and ensure that they are peanut free. This goes for all classrooms, not just those with a peanut allergy. I encourage you to be very clear on what items you want. Additionally, knowing that students may want to bring in candy, you can send home a list of candies that are peanut free to help parents. If you have any questions about this or about an item that comes in for the party, please see me right away. Thanks for your help with this and in keeping kids safe.

End of the First Marking Period

I can not believe that we have reached the end of the first marking period already. Please remember that you have from 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 26th until Monday, November 5th at 4:00 p.m. to complete report cards. Anna will be printing report cards on Tuesday, November 6th for distribution at Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 7th and 8th. Please remember that you should be sending home conference reminders this week and making contact with parents that have not scheduled a conference yet. You do not want to wait until we come back to being this.

Cardinal Code Focus of the Week: Arrival & Dismissal

The Cardinal Code focus for this week is Arrival and Dismissal. Please intentionally reteach the Cardinal Code for the arrival and dismissal focusing on:

  • Walking quietly down the fall just like you would if you were with your teacher.
  • Keeping your eyes forward.
  • Making sure that you are headed right to were you should side trips to visit a friend or another teacher.

Thank you for intentionally revising and reteaching the Cardinal Code focus of the week.

October 26th Professional Development Preview

Remember that all certified staff will have 3 hours of professional development on Friday October 26th from 7:30-10:30 a.m. All classroom teachers and our speech path should have a Literacy Essentials account created and have taken the self-perception survey by this Wednesday. This will ensure that you are able to begin the self-selected module with your group on Friday. We will begin Friday in the library right at 7:30 a.m. and do approximately 1 hour of professional development on Restorative Practices before moving into Literacy Essential groups.

Literacy Essential-Return Focus to Essential 1

Deliberate, research-informed efforts to foster literacy motivation and engagement within and across lessons.

Bullet 4 in Essential 1 states that the teacher helps establish purposes for children to read and write beyond being assigned or expected to do so, such as for their enjoyment/interest, to answer their questions about the natural and social world, to address community needs, or to communicate with a specific audience.

What are some ways that you can provide purpose for your students to read and write? How do you connect reading and writing opportunities that are connected to things they are interested in or enjoy learning about? For example, if the science lesson you are working on involves weather, have the students write a weather story or read books about weather or create a shared/interactive writing or class big book about writing. This week Baffling Bill will be here...How can you use this experience to get kids excited to listen to stories or write about what they saw? I bet Cheri would be happy to help you find additional books about magic. Think about how you can tap into what your students enjoy to foster literacy motivation and excitement. It takes planning and thought, but it sure is a more enjoyable way to teach.

In the video, the teacher will share how she helped her students write for a purpose which got them very excited about writing. Please take a moment to watch and think and/or talk to your colleagues about how you can provide purpose for reading and writing to your students.

Quotes Worth Reading

"A book is a dream that you hold in your hands."

-Neil Gaiman

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

-Dr. Seuss

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Celebrations & Announcements

Birthdays: While there are no more October staff birthdays, Michelle Buszek will celebrate her birthday November 2nd prior to our next staff newsletter being published. Happy Birthday, Michelle!

Don't forget Wednesday Baffling Bill will be here for his Annual Magic Show for our students. Additionally, Wednesday is a $5 sub lunch, thanks to our Social Committee.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Week of October 22nd-PLC Week

  • Monday, October 22nd-ACC Meeting, 4:15-6:15 p.m.

  • Wednesday, October 24th-Baffling Bill visit; Staff Sub Lunch

  • Thursday, October 25th-Halloween Costume Parade, 10:30 a.m.; Classroom Parties in the afternoon

  • Friday, October 26th-No School for Students; 1/2 Day Teacher PD, 1/2 for Records (teachers may do records from home if they would like)

  • October 29th-November 2nd-Intersession 1.0

  • Monday, November 5th-Cool to Care Kicks Off, Report Cards are to be done by 4:00 p.m.; Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the H.S. AMR

  • Tuesday, November 6th- Elementary Principals Meeting, 9:30 a.m. (Natalie)

  • Wednesday, November 7th-Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4:30-8:30 p.m. (Dinner will be provided and read by 3:45 p.m.)

  • Thursday, November 8th-No School for Students; Parent-Teacher Conferences 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (with a 1 hour lunch) and 4-8 p.m.

  • Friday, November 9th-No School for Staff or Students (enjoy the long weekend)

  • Week of November 12th-PLC Week

  • Tuesday, November 13th-Lockdown Drill; Child Study Day; PEP Parent Meeting

  • Wednesday, November 14th-Staff Meeting, 7:35 a.m. (Agenda: Holly and Angie-SE and ELL, Jason-McKinney Vinto)

  • Thursday, November 15th-Family Math Game Night, 5-7 p.m.

  • Friday, November 16th-GISD Elementary Principals Meeting 7:30-11:00 a.m. (Natalie)