Prestwood Messenger

September 19, 2016; #PWBest

What a Week

Apparently the second week of September is Discipline Week. Yes, we had a lot of shenanigans and mischief going on around Prestwood. If we were to graph the activity, it consistently spikes when I am off campus. First of all, thanks to Carly for her work as principal designee last week. It was exceptionally challenging. Gratitude also goes to all of you that had to work with kids wrapped up in drama, bad choices, and poor behavior. I am amazed that while we emphasize a program like BEST intended to improve the lunch area or playground behavior, we sometimes see little effect. It can feel frustrating or futile. But it is our consistency and commitment that will help our kids make good choices in the end. Thank you for the hard work you are doing to help our kids Be their Best.

Taking Risks

When we envision the type of learners we want to foster at our school, "risk takers" is usually near the top of the list. While I find that it is easy to talk about our kids taking risks, I am pretty happy inside my comfort zone. Matt Cutts presents an easy and practical way to step outside your comfort zone and try something new. I was inspired to do a few of my own challenges, and wanted to share it with you. Whether you use this with your kids or for yourself, it is a short and fun look at taking on new challenges.

This Week's Events

Monday, September 19, 2016

Talk Like a Pirate Day

11:15 - 1:00 Talk Like a Pirate Activities

3:30 - 5:00 District Grade Level Meeting (@ Prestwood)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

8:00 - 3:00 Leading Systems Coherence (Jason @ SCOE)

3:05 - 4:05 SST (Estes)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Picture Day

2:00 - 3:10 Common Planning: Buddy Class Meeting first 30 minutes

3:10 - 4:10 Leadership Meeting

7:00 - 8:00 ELAC Meeting

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Thursday

Friday, September 23, 2016

4:00 - 7:00 Prestwood Fall Carnival


GAFE Summit

Just a reminder that C&I is offering to take our teachers to the GAFE Summit in Fairfield on November 5th and 6th. You can check their website out here. Let me know if you are interested.

Staff Meeting

Our staff meeting this Monday will focus on writing and will be in Room 34. Kevin Coates will be joining us to lead the work. If you have already have begun Writer's Workshop and have student writing, please bring the student work to the meeting.

Buddy Planning Time

Our students are excited to begin buddy classes, we are going to get started with some planning time. On 9/21please take the first 30 minutes to meet with your buddy partner to begin planning. Start thinking about what you might want to do.

Copperfields Educator Night

It is time, once again, to join Copperfields Petaluma for chocolate, cheesecake and libations and to hear about the coolest, latest, most awesome books that have been released for the 2016-2017 school year! And, shop with a store-wide 25% discount after the presentation! There are THREE DATES:

Tuesday October 25th grades K-3rd 6 pm

Wednesday October 26th grades 4th-6th 6 pm

Thursday October 27th grades 7th-12th 6 pm

RSVP to if you plan on attending.

Bulletin Board and Assembly Schedules

How often do you get to be first? Well, here is your chance! You can be the first person to sign up for posting on our MPR bulletin board or to present at an upcoming Assembly. Don't miss your chance!

Technology Inventory

Tech will inventory our devices by coming in after school to scan all our devices (lcd, Chromebooks, iPads, etc). If they come by after school, you know what they are up to.

Thursday Announcements

Leadership asked that I begin announcements on Thursday mornings. I will aim to begin this week. The announcement will be at 8:25 and will be short. We will do the Pledge of Allegiance, short announcements, and a Being our BEST reminder. The first one will be about lunch tables. Please let me know if you have any questions.

On the Horizon

9/12 Staff Meeting

9/12 PTO Meeting

9/19 Talk Like a Pirate Day

9/19 District Grade Level Meeting

9/21 Picture Day

9/21 Leadership Meeting

9/23 Prestwood Fall Carnival

9/26 Staff Meeting

9/28 Primary author visiting: Ed Vere

10/5 Leadership Meeting

10/6 School Assembly

10/10 Staff Meeting

10/10 PTO Meeting

11/3 School Assembly

12/1 School Assembly

1/12 School Assembly

2/2 School Assembly

3/2 School Assembly

4/4 School Assembly

5/4 School Assembly

5/30 School Assembly