CES Cowboy Courier

Monday, January 18, 2016

Colleyville Elementary School Staff Newsletter

We are TEAM Colleyville!

The BEST are always striving to get better!

The BEST make everyone around them better!

Upcoming CES Events

This Week

Monday, January 18
School Holiday

Tuesday, January 19
Fourth Grade ext. PLC- LA (all day)
CEC Meeting @ 3:00 pm in the Learning Commons

Wednesday, January 20
Choir Rehearsal 2:45 to 3:45 pm
Student Council Meeting in Seifried's room 2:45 to 3:45 pm

Thursday, January 21
PTA General Meeting at 6:45 pm
Fourth Grade Choir Program at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria
Thankful Thursday and National Hugging Day (Thank you for all that you do! Wear jeans and your favorite shirt, and enjoy giving and receiving hugs!)

Friday, January 22
Pay Day
Fourth Grade Choir Performance at 8:15 am in the cafeteria (optional for all grade levels)
CES Spirit Day (wear your CES shirt and jeans)

Next Week

Monday, January 25
Photography Club 2:45 to 4:00 in the Science Lab

Tuesday, January 26
Cookie Break Day during planning times
Faculty Meeting at 3:00 pm in the Learning Commons
School Board Appreciation items due to Sheila today (Thanks!)

Wednesday, January 27
Choir Rehearsal 2:45 to 3:45 pm
Let's Celebrate a Wonderful Wednesday (Hump Day!) Wear jeans and your favorite shirt!

Thursday, January 28
Spring Class and Individual Pictures
Cindy's Literacy Library Open House
School Board Meeting at 7:00 pm

Friday, January 29
CES Spirit Day (wear your CES shirt and jeans)
RtI Meetings during planning times

2016 Summer Enrichment Program

Are you interested in applying to teach a session in the 2016 Summer Enrichment program? For more information, please contact Cindy Pearson.

Cindy's Literacy Library Open House Event

Thursday, January 28th - Cindy's Literacy Library Open House 8:15 - 3:30

Come by during your planning or after school to see the updated library and enjoy a special snack!

Tips for Twitter

As we work toward our school goal of tweeting once each day and spending 5 minutes a day seeing what others at CES are tweeting, here are a few tips from technology to help be sure that we are sharing our CES story in a positive and safe manner.

· Make sure the pictures are educational in nature (not just posed selfies).

· Take action shots of kids engaged in work (as opposed to full-faced posed photos)

· Do not use student names in the text or show student names in the picture with the students.

· Cover or block names when showing student work

· Take group pictures and avoid closeups of individuals

· Although pictures are always cute, remember that you can also tweet pictures of books, anchor charts, etc. as well as just the tweet itself without any pictures.

· Tag CES - add @CESCowboys or #CESCowboys

· Don't add extra hashtags when using pictures of students. Searching those hashtags can lead into other "not-so-appropriate" topics.

A Few CES Reminders:

  • Post your "I can" statements each day
  • Don't forget that our next "Visit for Growth and Development" is due by February 19
  • Check in with your PLP Accountability Partner and update PLP's.

Three things you control every day are your attitude, your effort and your actions to be a great teammate.

-Jon Gordon

Assessment Reminders

MOY Writing Assessment - window closed Friday, January 15th.

Kinder – Narrative

1st – 5th – Narrative and Expository

(Enter scores using the district Writing Rubric into Eduphoria.)

Reading/Writing STAAR Benchmark Window - January 19 - February 19

Reading Benchmark (Released STAAR Test) 3rd – 5th

Writing Benchmark (Released STAAR Test) for 4th grade

(Scantrons will be scanned into DMAC.)

Cornerstone Tasks

As we wrap up our 1st semester of 2015-16, please take a moment to upload one sample for each Cornerstone Task from the Social Studies curriculum. If you are unsure if you have already submitted a sample, please talk to Cindy and she can let you know which ones are done and which ones are missing.

According to the district curriculum maps, these units should be completed:

Kinder – Units 1- 5

1st – Units 1- 5

2nd – Units 1-3

3rd – Units 1-5

4th – Units 1-3

5th – Units 1-6

Caught Doing Their BEST

Janye Hance- Thank you for completing our nine weeks report cards, attendance, and school reports. We appreciate all that you do to help keep us in compliance!
Jennifer Lach and Kelsey Nelon- Doing "very" animated Read Alouds with their classes. Your kids were loving it!
Rose Ann Edelmon- Using PebbleGo with her students during Cowboy Up Time. Nice!
Rebecca Allen- Having a student present their Passion Project to their classmates. Right on!
Sara Rovner- Trying to find a "Good Fit" book with one of her students. Great job!
Tera Christian- Having patience and staying positive, even when circumstances make it almost impossible. We appreciate your perseverance and problem solving with discipline strategies!
Kim Grant, Nicki Anderson, Cindy Pearson, Mackenzie Feaster, DeAnn Seifried and LouAnn Ray- Thank you for attending the grades 3-5 after school science meeting!
Nurse Rudolph- Thank you for taking good care of us and our kiddos. We appreciate ALL that you do!


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