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September 6, 2019

Words of Inspiration

"Every time you fall down, pick something up."

-Oswald Theodore

A Special Applause to...

We have a student here whose smile will light up a city. If you haven't met Tomas in the Green Team, you should. He is in a difficult situation and every time I see him he is smiling from ear to ear.

Tomas wanted to be in the band. His circumstances make that difficult, but because of a group of teachers, not impossible. Andi Evans started the conversation and Tim Graulty and Ryan Lamb made it come to life. We are purchasing special equipment for Tomas so he can join the percussion class. It would have been easy to say no, we can't, we never have before, or we don't know how. This group of educators wouldn't accept that. They worked to find a solution that couldn't fail. Tomas will now have an experience that he will never forget. He will also continue to enrich the lives around him during this experience. Well done Andi, Tim, and Ryan. You changed a life!

PD on the Fly...

I have repeatedly heard staff describe the Greene School staff as a family. Many of you have been here to see colleagues get married, have children, and make memories traveling the country together. These relationships are what make Greene an amazing place to work. In this article, Josh Baron describes conflict as the "Goldilocks problem." He states, "The reality is that unless a family’s interests are perfectly aligned, a rare occurrence in my experience, some conflict is inevitable. Therefore, the priority is to manage it, not tolerate or eliminate it. Conflict that is not managed inevitably escalates." As you read this, consider how you can become even closer to your colleagues. As Baron puts it, "It provides a chance to clear the air of lingering resentments, potential issues, and even find a productive process for disagreeing and still making decisions. Good conflict doesn’t have to destroy a family—managed well, it can make the bonds even stronger." Enjoy!

Information for the Staff

Walkathon Info

We will kick off the Walkathon messaging on Tuesday morning. It will be announced on morning announcements and then students will take their packet home that day.

What you should know:

  • The Walkathon will take place on Thursday, September 26. Your team will participate based on THIS SCHEDULE. This year's theme is Superhero. Encourage students to wear Superhero gear (no masks or accessories such as swords or play guns, etc).
  • This is one of two fundraisers we do; promote it to students in homeroom often. Last year we raised more money than any previous Walkathon.
  • There are two days where students can turn in the money they collected: September 20 and 26.
  • There are prizes for students!
  • The class with the highest % of participants will get to silly string Mr. Tudor
  • The team with the highest % of participants will earn Cutie Pies for their teachers
  • We will raffle baskets for students who collect between $15-$99
  • Any student who collects at least 10 pledges will get tickets to the EHG Carnival
  • There is also a grand prize basket with Sycamore swag and Dave and Busters gift cards
  • Any student who collects $100 will get an Aves shirt
  • There will be a dance off for students when they are eating their snack! You can prepare your homeroom or see who steps up, either way will be fun!

Student Attendance - new procedure

Attendance has a new automated call system. Starting next week we will be using an automated call system to alert parents when there is an unexcused absence. What does this mean? You need to make sure your attendance is in by 8:45 and accurate. There will not be a person to assure parents their child is here if they are mistakenly marked. I have until 10:10 to update the attendance and then the call goes out. Thank you for helping with timely, correct attendance reporting. McCristy

Licensure Meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Please send any IPDPS or portfolios to Andrea Dorko by Monday, 9/9. Thank you!

Greene School Design Team

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in serving on the school design team. I was unable to fill all requests. Below you will see who will represent the staff as we begin discussions on the potential construction of a new Greene School!
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For the Week of September 9, 2019

September 9-13 - Parent Lunch Week

September 9 (Monday) - Certified Staff Evaluation Meeting - 7:20 am - Media Center

September 10 (Tuesday) - PBL Boot Camp Reflection Meeting - 7:20 am - MPR

September 11 (Wednesday) - Whatever Wednesdays - with Lisa Heineke

7:20 to 8:00 - Coffee Talk in the Media Center (yes, there will be coffee)

9:10 to 9:25 - Learning Lift-Off for 6th grade in my office behind 70.

10:54 - 12:17 - Chew and Chat in my office behind 70

1:20 - 1:35 - Learning Lift-Off for 5th grade in my office behind 70.

3:00 - 3:40 - After the bus Discuss in the lobby

September 13 (Friday) - Interim reports distributed

Are you an early planner? Here is the building calendar. You can view events more than a week at a time.

Announce to Students

Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 13 - Parent Lunch Week

Monday, September 9 - "B" Day - Greene Machine - 3:00 pm - Choir Room 66

Monday, September 9 - "B" Day - Girl Scouts(Mrs. Dentinger) 6:45-8:15 pm - Ms. Combs' Art Rm

Tuesday, September 10 - "C" Day - Art Club starts - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Ms. Combs' Art Room

Tuesday, September 10 - "C" Day - Lego League - 3:00 - 6:00 pm - MPR

Wednesday, September 11 -"D" Day - FT - Purple Team to Scarlet Oaks - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, September 11- "D" Day - Lego League - 3:00 - 6:00 pm - MPR

Thursday, September 12 - "A" Day - Greene Machine - 3:00 - 3:50 pm - Choir Room 66

Thursday, September 12 - "A" Day - Fall Bowling starts - 3:00-4:30 pm - Crossgate Lanes

Friday, September 13 - "B" Day - Interim Reports go home

Friday, September 13 - "B" Day - Lego League - 4:30 - 6:30 pm - MPR

Happy Birthday!

Nick Heckmann - September 7

Susan Carlton - September 13

Savannah Marks - September 19

Cathy Feltner - September 21

Jon Tobergte - September 21