Bright - "A School to Emulate!"

A Fresh Start - 10/24 - 10/28/16

Red Ribbon Week!

Hello Bright Staff!


Red Ribbon Week: This week is RRW. The goal is promote being drug-free and anti-bullying. Angela W. has planned some wonderful dress up days and you are encouraged to participate. See the dress up days in the "What's Happening" section of the newsletter.


Professional Learning: The district provides wonderful PL opportunities after school and on the weekends. If there is an area you would like to refine or a topic you would like to learn more about, check out what's in Eduphoria. Kari also gives great suggestions in the IC Update.


Non-Contact Hours: Please see the information below to ensure you have the appropriate hours documented.

Professional Staff:

  • need a total of 12 non-contract hours acquired before the end of the school year
  • 4 hours of non-contract credit given for compliance trainings; this credit will not show up in Eduphoria on workshop portfolio
  • 8 non-contract hours earned via professional learning courses and recorded in Eduphoria on workshop portfolio

Paraprofessionals:

  • need 16 comp hours by Friday, November 18th
  • must also acquire 12 learning hours by the end of the school year
  • 4 hours given for compliance trainings; this credit will not show up in Eduphoria on workshop portfolio
  • 8 hours earned via professional learning courses and recorded in Eduphoria on workshop portfolio
  • need 2 exchange days
  • 16 hours of comp time (cannot be accumulated during the workday) due by Friday, Nov 18th
  • 12 learning hours (can occur during the workday or during non-contract time) 8 hours of learning recorded in Eduphoria Workshop must be completed during the professional learning calendar year 4 hours is given for compliance training 12 learning hours due by last business day in May


BrightBytes Clarity: BrightBytes Clarity is a short survey that will be be taken by campus administrators, teachers, and 3-5 students starting November 7th and will end on November 18th. On November 7th, Ashley will be able to get the questions and will send them to the 3-5 teachers so students can get clarification before beginning. The students will take the short survey during the day. It will be up to the 3-5 teachers to decide how they want to do this. They can go to the lab or use the Chromebooks. Feel free to email Kelly for assistance as well. More information to come as we get closer.


UIL Coaches: We still need a Ready Writing Coach! Email or stop and see me or Carrie a.s.a.p. if you are interested.

You will be responsible for:

  • Holding try-outs on 11/10/16 3:15 to select your team (only 3 students per grade level - the largest team will have 9 competitors)
  • Practicing with your team about once per month (you can practice more if you'd like)
  • Attending the competition at a local Frisco school on 2/28/17 from 3:45 - 6:30


Frisco Canned Food Drive: We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the district food drive through Friday, October 28th. Please encourage students to support the community and bring items. Donation boxes will be visible in the cafeteria. if you have questions please see Carrie.


Morning Meetings/Community Circle: Thank you to those who have invited me to come in and record the wonderful work you are doing. I'm still interested. Let me know if you're willing to be recorded. Also, I'd love to record any special greeting you use when students enter the room. If you're looking for ideas, check out this link http://momentousinstitute.org/apps


Reminder - Parent /Teacher Conferences: The window is now open through November 18th. Please document and keep a record of your conferences with families. Click the link to access the "Parent Notification of Child's Progress in Reading" letter. A completed copy of this letter should be given to the parents during parent/teacher conferences. https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B3v8MzRloaaVMU8xVWxrMG9yYzg


Thanks everyone and let's have a great week!

Instructional Highlights_You Got Caught...

Yvette for inviting me to record the students during the morning greeting. Check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0lhEtgxWDU . Kristen V., Paige, Ashley Y., Laurie for having all documents completed and loaded into AWARE for the SST meeting. Angela S. for a great SEL lesson. Check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1eurPtvEMg. Alison, Lonai, Teresa, Jordan, Karie for wonderful morning meetings. They have been using the Settle your Glitter book to plan intentional lessons focused on the emotions that are sometimes not as obvious, like irritation, frustration, anxiety, etc.

Yvette, Cassie, Fabiana, & Chelsea for setting planning expectations and holding one another accountable. All team members thoroughly read the plans prior to each meeting and all team members discuss instructional strategies to use during the week. Each team member is assigned a day to type the lessons into the planner.

Carrie for using time wisely while working out of Pod 2 and pulling math groups. Ashley S., Wendy, Carrie & Kari for leading a great technology PL. Corey for building wonderful relationships with students and holding them accountable while helping them to feel safe.


Send your highlights my way and read them here.

Funnies!

Several people have come up to me to tell me how much they love my son who is in 1st grade. I was confused and wondered how they met my son. One person said, "he's right over there." Apparently one of our sweet 1st graders has been spreading the word that I am his mom.


Send your funnies my way and read them here.

Great Job!

Corey, Kari, LaDonna, & Laurie for stepping up and serving as UIL coaches. Carrie, Veronica, & Angela W. for remaining calm during heightened situations Angela W. for being proactive in every situation and de-escalating issues.


Send your kudos my way and read them here.

This Week is an A-Week!

10/24 - RRW - Wear Red

10/24 - Specials Collaborative Planning

10/24 - 2nd Grade SST 3:15 pm

10/25 - RRW - Dress Like a Friend

10/25 - Kinder Collaborative Planning

10/26 - RRW - Team Jersey

10/26 - First Grade Collaborative Planning

10/26 - ITL - 3:15 pm

10/27 - RRW - Wear Bandanas

10/27 - Second Grade Collaborative Planning

10/28 - GMB

Principal's Schedule

In the building all week!

Happy Birthday!

10/25 - Lislia

10/28 - Carrie

From the Bright PTA

Kinder Team has 100% participation in Bright's PTA and has become eligible for the free lunch/recess period!! We are so appreciative of your taking the time to join.


PTA, in conjunction with lead teachers, plan three classroom parties each year. These are: Holiday (Dec 16), Valentine's Day (Feb 14) and End of the Year (June 2). We need helpers. Please reach out to your families.


PTA GOLDEN APPLE AWARD

Please help us reach it this year!

PTA’s goal: Recruit 100% of school faculty to join PTA

We need your help!!! Send in your membership form to receive a Bright Elementary auto decal AND the following reward:

Teachers:

With 100% participation in your grade level,

PTA will cover one lunch and recess period

Group 1: Specials & Paras

Group 2: SPED, Life Skills & Resource

Group 3: Administrators & Office Staff

With 100% participation within your group,

PTA will provide a delicious breakfast

Remind your group members to join by October 31st

Questions: contact Sue Hambright at membership@brightpta.org