Food for Thought

Principal's Weekly Communication -Week of February 1

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Our next meeting will be to firm up definitions of classroom managed vs office managed behavior and to look at a flow chart on how to handle behaviors when they are exhibited.

School Improvement Planning Through Rising Star

At our January meeting we put together a plan for Fed. 12th Institute Day. It will be a time for teams to review an upcoming unit of literacy with Interventionist to to differentiate by target, enhanced, and prerequisite. The unit plans also differentiate learning activities among various modes of instruction – whole-class instruction, independent work, small-group and station -based activities. Encore teachers will look at an upcoming unit within their content area. More information to come at our Feb. staff meeting.

Learning Environment: CL8 The school culture supports teachers in practicing effective and responsive instruction to meet individual student needs.

Educator Quality: ID13 Instructional teams meet for blocks of time sufficient to develop and refine units of instruction and review student learning data.

Teaching and Learning: IIB04 Teachers differentiate instruction based on assessment results to provide support for some students and enhance learning opportunities for others.

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Looking for ideas for iPad Lit Stations?

They offer two different types of apps. One set of apps are categorized under "Writing Poetry." The other set of apps are categorized under "Organizing and Summarizing."

Click here to learn more about the poetry apps:

Click here to learn more about the organizing and summarizing apps:

I highlighted two apps on a new page on my website.

Let me know if you would like to learn more.

Kristin Thorsen

iCoach (Innovation Coach)

Formative Assessment Ideas to help with Differentiated Instruction

As we differentiate for our learners, many of you have been asking for quick, easy formative assessment ideas. These two links provide some great examples:

formative assessment ideas with tech

formative assessment ideas without tech

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Is it 100 Days of School Already?

100th day of school will be February 9.

Summative Meetings

Summative Meeting dates will be communicated after Feb. 12th. You will receive a google calendar invite. If this date and time work for you please confirm yes. If you need to reschedule please communicate that as well. Meetings will occur Feb.12th-March 7th.

Published Authors

Guy and Monica welcome the opportunity to read with any published authors that would like to share with us. Please place in our mailboxes as the kids finish. Please feel free to add to your individual newsletters the names of your published authors. We are in the process of trying to reduce the amount of pages in our current school-wide newsletter. We want parents to want to read it and the feedback we are getting is that 10 plus pages is a lot to read. With that said we will not be putting the names in our newsletter. If you would like to take pictures of your published authors to include in the announcements you can send the pictures to Monica via e-mail and they will be included in the highlight section at the beginning of the announcements. Please know sending published authors to us is optional and not a requirement.

On My! Valentine's Day is Just Around the Corner

Please remind parents about the upcoming Valentine's Day Party. It will start at 11:05 and end at 11:50. Parents that are volunteering will be let into the classrooms starting at 10:55 no sooner. Be sure your volunteers have filled out the District Volunteer Form prior to entering your classroom. These are in the front office. Remind parents they will have to have a driver’s license or state ID in order to come in? Some may ask about younger siblings. According to the District Volunteer guidelines, that parents sign, younger siblings should not be attending as the purpose for parents coming is to volunteer. The office is creating a Google doc for the party. Can you please submit names by 2/9. This way the office can run name tags from the Raptor system of anyone who has previously volunteered. This will help with the speed of the check in process in the office. Thank you for your unified help with this.

Social Committee is looking into organizing ordering lunch for this day, to make it easier on everyone that is interested, to enjoy lunch prior to the start of Institute Day. (More info to come)

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  • Kim Freund --- Thanks for organizing our field trip to the Raue and taking care of all of the money associated with it.

  • Lisa Noonan rocks for helping me several times with technology questions. She has gone out of her way to try to solve my technology problems without question. I feel very lucky and grateful that she is such a giving person of her time and I want her to know how much I appreciate her help!! Lisa you rock!! :)

  • Kerri Tilton rocks because she shares her knowledge and resources.

    Cathy & Gina rock for helping model book club conversation!

    Jen Nixon rocks for inviting me into her room and collaborating with her guided reading group!

    Jenny Massie rocks for inviting me into her room and collaborating with book clubs!

    Adrienne Hentz rocks for supporting kindergarten using picture sorts!

  • Three cheers for all of our Encore teachers! Every single one of my students LOVES going to specials. They look forward to it each day as an "event"! Thanks for all you do to give our students those hands on and kinesthetic experiences they will always remember.

  • I want to give a "You Rock" to Mr. Perez because he always greets everyone with a smile and has such a warm personality. I love hearing about all of your trips, Mr. Perez! You're the best!

  • YOU ROCK Anita for setting up our Da Vinci assembly!! It was/still is a lot of work but is going to be SO much fun for the kids!!

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