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Week of March 29, 2016

Welcome Back!

I hope you had a wonderful break with your families and friends! It's a short week, so I'm sure it will fly by.

I can't believe we are already into our final grading period together! Can you? Thanks for all you have done throughout our year to make Central such an amazing place. I continue to feel so blessed to work with you all and appreciate what you do each and every day for our kids. I'm looking forward to all the events and excitement of our final grading period of the 2015-16 school year!

Grade Posting for Families

A reminder that families will be able to see report cards in Skyward on March 31, 2016 at 4:00 P.M.

Meetings for Me

Tuesday: All day Great Book training in Chicago on behalf of our district's high ability committee. Sorry about the timing of this! It will be hard not to be in the building right after break. Please feel free to text or email me throughout the day if you need anything.

Wednesday & Friday: Administration Building throughout both days. The elementary principals will be meeting to go over our PLTW positions. I don't know how much time I will be out during these days, but again, please feel free to contact me if you need anything.

Collaboration Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. in the Lounge

The topic this week will be ISTEP Readiness Vertical Articulation and it will be for grades K-5, Jill, Vickie, and Liz. All others feel free to attend! We will plan to meet as a whole group to ensure we are using the same vocabulary/strategies across grade levels. Grades 3-5 should plan to share any of their test taking strategies with K-2. If there is time, we can break into specific grade level pairs to share skills/standards your students continually struggle with or do really well with. Next week we will be meeting with our district grade levels.

Summer School

An email was sent out last week from Lisa Frankus regarding summer school. If you did not receive this email, please let me know and I will forward it to you. Please note that application information is posted on the district's HR page.

Thought for the Week: The Buddy Bench

I read through information about the buddy bench and thought it sounded pretty awesome. I am hoping you will give me your thoughts about it after you look over the information. I would especially love to get some feedback from those of you who are out at recess! Send me an email throughout the week if you think the buddy bench should have a home at Central.

Buddy Bench a Big Hit at Saskatoon's Willowgrove School

(see link with video below)

When you don't have anyone to play with, you go to the buddy bench at Willowgrove School. The rules surrounding the green bench, located next to the school's playground, are pretty simple. Within a few minutes, any student sitting on the bench will be approached by a fellow student and asked to play.

"If you can't find your best friends, and you don't know where to go play, you sit on the buddy bench, and somebody will come and find you," said seven-year-old student Matthew Henkelman.

Reasons to Use a Buddy Bench

The Connecting for Kids Beyond the Bench Training Program was designed by child psychologist, Dr. Meghan Barlow, and focuses on six reasons kids may use the Buddy Bench:

• If you are new to school

• If you want to make new friends

• If your friends aren’t here today

• If you want to play something different than what your friends are playing

• If you’re having a problem with your friends and you just can’t solve it right now/you want to take a break

• If you want to be a buddy

The purpose in exploring the different reasons a classmate would use the bench is to encourage empathy and compassion for peers and to help avoid having the bench looked at as “a place for children who can’t make friends.” By enforcing the fact that anyone – no matter how popular they are – could need a buddy at anytime, the Buddy Bench becomes the welcoming place it was designed to be.

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