Creasy Connection

January 10, 2016

Principal Passage...


Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016!

I hope your break was all that you wanted it to be! With our batteries charged, let us get this party started. A Ted Talk below that refreshed my sense of purpose and motivation for the school days ahead.

This newsletter contains many happenings to have on your radar - updated articles. The January calendar notes due dates and events. Down the road, we have three early release days in the future - February, March and April. More info on those days to come.

New Paint - the walls outside the K/1 bathrooms have been repainted. A different paint was used and the holidays let it cure fully. Please, please guide and supervise children that they do not peel the paint. Thanks.

The Haiku and webpage calendars have been update. Please let me know if you see anything not placed correctly.

Calendar Links

  • Check it out for updates to the remainder of the year. A staff calendar on the Haiku site - the Whitaker Staff Calendar go to the calendar tab to see the full calendar. Check calendar article below too.
  • The second School Wires Calendar is for families on our school website.


Consider these titles...

Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists - Check them out - link.

January Calendar

  • 1/4 Students Return to School from Winter Break
  • 1/5 MOY / Dibels window begins
  • 1/6 Staff Meeting
  • 1/6 WS Councilman hosts public meeting on crime in area - 6:00 pm WES gym
  • 1/7 Middles School Presentation Night 6pm
  • 1/12 - 1/14 EOQ Assessments in 3-5
  • 1/14 Spelling Bee Names due to Stern
  • 1/15 Last Day of 2nd Quarter
  • 1/18 No School for Students - Martin Luther King Day
  • 1/19 No School for Students - Teacher Workday
  • 1/19 Poverty Simulation - Ed Bldg - 9:45 am
  • 1/19 Names for Letters of Concern due to Creasy
  • 1/20 New Parent Coffee
  • 1/20 SIT Meeting 2:45 pm
  • 1/21 Report Cards to Creasy
  • 1/26 Report Cards go home
  • 1/27 MOY / Dibels window closes
  • 1/28 Spelling Bee
  • 2/4 Invention Convention

A few more items...

  • Have the Spelling Bee and Invention Convention on your radar for the new year.

  • UPDATE - Chromebooks are here! Once they are cataloged, Mrs. Weeks and Mrs. Randall will deliver them. Look for an email from JoEllen offering a short video on the use of Chromebooks.

  • Revised update of the SIP plan has been returned with suggestions from the review team. SIT will review those this month. Additionally, the central office review team will visit in the next month or so to see our plan in action.

  • UPDATE - Eagle Scout project was completed recently. There are issues with the stability of the benches. I am working on it with the scout who installed them. In the meantime, children should not use them.

  • Please copy me on your classroom newsletters either via email or on paper. This should be at least bi-weekly or weekly.