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Weekly Newsletter February 1-5

Peek @ the Week: National School Counseling Week

Monday, February 1

  • Teacher Forum @DO 4:00 pm

Tuesday, February 2

  • GLP
  • Science Fair projects due
  • PTA/Science Fun Night/Science Fair 6:30 pm

Wednesday, February 3

  • Principal's Meeting 8:30 am
  • 4th grade field trip to orchestra
  • Speech @DO 8:00 am
  • Literacy Cohort IX @DO 3:00 pm

Thursday, February 4

  • Literacy Cohort X @DO 3:00 pm

Friday, February 5

  • CPR Recertification class
  • 5K field trip to circus

Need to Know News Shared with OES Parents

Sea Turtle Stationary – As part of their current PBL unit, 3rd grade students have been studying the habitat and adaptations of our beloved state reptile, the loggerhead sea turtle. In our research, we learned the dangers that threaten turtles in the wild. To help save the turtles and provide some relief to sick turtles, we are raising money for the South Carolina Sea Turtle Hospital. Students will get a chance to visit the Sea Turtle Hospital in March and meet some of the turtles our donation will support. In order to raise these funds, the 3rd graders are creating sea turtle stationary. The stationary will come 5 cards to a package and will be sold for $5.00. To order, please return your order form and money to your child’s teacher. Thank you in advance for supporting our students as they learn the importance of social responsibility. Orders will be accepted through Friday, February 12th .

A Message from Dr. P

Last week, during a routine observation, I watched as 5k students worked to provide relevant, timely feedback to classmates on their culminating assignment within a current PBL unit. In this particular class, the teacher randomly selected students to share their written work with the rest of the class. (I liked this because it communicates to the class that everyone's work is valued and worthy of our time.) Then, as the student's work was displayed for everyone to see, classmates routinely provided compliments of what they liked about the students work: the words matched the illustrations, the spacing of the words was appropriate, sentences began with a capital letter, correct use of punctuations, etc.

In a recent Edutopia blogpost, entitled "Timely Feedback: Now or Never," the author states...When receiving constructive feedback, learners need to know what they did well and whether their understanding is on target. Recognizing what's working reinforces those practices. Too often the inclination is to focus only on what's missing or underdeveloped. These concerns do need to be addressed, but receiving the message is just as important as delivering it.

Start with what's working.

This is a much kinder approach because individuals feel that their efforts are productive and their time is well spent. They become more receptive to dialogue about what skills and concepts are missing. Word choice is important to feedback. Consider using these starter stems to frame coaching students on giving constructive feedback:

  • I like. . .
  • I notice. . .
  • I wonder. . .
  • What if. . .

Kindness doesn't mean avoiding critique.

Ask, "What kinds of details -- facts, examples, or illustrations -- would help your reader better understand your position?" It's more helpful than saying, "You need to show more effort in your writing if you want readers to value your position." How we phrase feedback impacts how it's received.

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Mark Your Calendars...

  • February 2nd- Science Fun Night/PTA Science Fair 6:30 pm
  • February 9th- PBIS Team Meeting
  • February 11th- Grades for interims due; RtI Meetings; Honor Choir & PE Club perform at Wofford College
  • February 12th- Valentine's Day Parties 1:00-1:30
  • February 15th-19- Jump Rope for Heart week
  • February 16th- Interim reports go home
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Birthday Wishes Go Out To...

Tracy Owens- February 22

Lori Hutchins- February 23

Turner Fortner- February 23