Staff Memo

Oct. 16, 2015

Honoring Kids' Questions

What evidence do we have that our kids are asking questions? As parents and families have been in and out of the school for Student-Parent-Teacher conferences, I began to wonder what they see and what makes an impact. I asked myself, "How would families/parents know we value curiosity and inquiry?


I'm late in asking this, but could we flood our hallways and bulletin boards with evidence to back up our beliefs? Could each of us have students post questions, good questions, so that everyone can see them.?


For us to create the culture of student inquiry, good questions are essential. So rather than "show, not tell," let's get evidence posted and visible.

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Technology Listening Tour - Oct. 27 at NBE 7:30 AM

Our Technology Department is interested in teachers' feedback regarding technology needs. It would be great if your team could send one person to represent CRES. I know you all have opinions about technology needs, so let's use this opportunity to voice those.
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Interesting Facts around questioning

The Septembler 2015 Educational Leadership magaine is all about questioning for learning. Here are a couple of interesting facts that come from an article by Paul Harris entitled "What Children LEARN from Questioning:"


  • Children ask an amazing number of questions at home - an average of 25 questions per hour.
  • The more satisfactory the answer, the more questions those children pose.
  • At school, teachers ask 30 times as many questions as students do.


In his article, Harris concludes that if teachers recognize their questioning patterns, they should be able to create the kind of classroom culture that encourages more students questions (and less teacher questions).


This must mean you can teach us old dogs new tricks.


Harris, Paul. "What Children LEARN from Questioning," Educational Leadership Sept. 2015: 24-29. Print.

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Upcoming PD Reminders and Revisions


  • Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:35 in the art room - Read Alouds and workshop - The Art of Teaching Reading chapter 3


Please note the change in dates below:

  • Nov. 13 - No Staff Meeting
  • Nov. 20 - STAFF MEETING -Dr. Bourff plans to share his observations over the past eight plus months. His observations have translated into three distinct suggestions for a referendum.

    Dr. Bourff would like for the staff/community to tell him if he has an accurate account OR are there other needs to be considered.

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Looking Ahead

Monday, Oct. 19 Day 2

  • Pledge/MOS - Omeish
  • 7:45 Safety Commiittee meets - Collab room
  • 4:00-8:00 Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences - Sean covers
  • PTO provides supper


Tuesday, Oct. 20 Day 3

  • 8:00 Office meeting
  • 4:00-8:00 Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences - Lisa covers


Wednesday, Oct. 21 Day 4

  • 8:00 Discussion


Thursdsay-Friday Oct. 22-23

  • Fall Break - no school


Monday, Oct. 26 Day 1

  • Pledge/MOS - Hale
  • 8:00 Share the Load - AP - Swenson
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1


Tuesday, Oct. 27 Day 2

  • Amy Beverland Early Learning Center visits with Sean - K-2
  • 7:30 @NBE - Technology Listening Tour - Media Center
  • 8:00 Office meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2


Wednesday, Oct. 28 Day 3

  • 7:45 Design Team mtg - Lisa's office
  • 2:00 Stakeholder meeting - TG - Omeish
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3


Thursday, Oct. 29 Day 4

  • 7:50 StuCo Prepare for Nov. 2-13 Food Drive
  • 8:00 New Teachers Breakfast
  • 2:25 Share the Load - LM - Swenson
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4


Friday, Oct. 30 Day 1

  • 7:35 Staff PD - Read Alouds and Workshop - The Art of Teaching Reading Chap. 3
  • 1:00 PTO Executive Bd meetings
  • 1:00 RtI committee meets
  • 1:05 Share the Load - AK - Omeish
  • 3:10 Collab Team K