Statesville Road Elementary's Weekly Newsletter

Principal's Point to Ponder

Find a Place to Start

As I round the corner and approach the age of 40, trips to the doctor become a little more interesting to say the least. My last visit revealed high cholesterol and a not so revealing reminder that I am a bit overweight :) My doctor's advice is to change my eating habits, exercise, lose about 20 pounds, and come back to see her in two months. Two months?!?! That hardly seems like enough time to make ANY significant changes that will have a positive effect on my health. However, as I thought about it, I did not need to get bogged down with trying to fix everything and take on this overwhelming task overnight....instead, I just needed to find a place to start. We have seen our first round of common assessment data, our BOY literacy and math data, have seen the new cut scores for the EOGs, and we have seen how our school measures up with others in terms of above average growth. Like my visit to the doctor, all of this news taken together can be a bit overwhelming and may seem insurmountable. However, I invite you to simply find a place to start. I started with drinking more water and counting my daily points on the Weight Watchers program. For our school, we have created multi week plans based on data, and sticking to our plans will create the change we wish to see in our students' achievement. We cannot fix everything our kids need at once, but we can work on one thing at a time with intentionality. So, on Monday, let's find a place to start.

Instructional Strategy of the Week

How are you organizing XOs in your classroom? Are they easily accessible and stored so they can be easily charged? If you need an idea for how to organize these learning tools, visit Ms. DesRoches' room. She uses milk crates in a creative way to organize, charge, and store the XO's for her class. Instructionally, you can use your XOs as a tool to have students respond to text, discussion questions, math problems, or prompts in an open environment. Check out the following websites and let your creative juices flow for use with the XOs


What's Happening This Week?

Kudos / General Reminders / Expectations
  • Kudos to Ms. Donnellan and Ms. Hayes for giving of their time to work with groups of students after school. Ms. Donnellan serves as the Chorus Director (for selected 4th and 5th grade students) and Ms. Hayes serves as our Step Team Coach. Thank you, ladies for your additional service and commitment of time with our students.
  • This week is RED RIBBON Week which is designed for our students and staff to take a stand against drugs. All staff who participate in the special spirit dress code requirements for RED RIBBON week can wear long as you are following the requested RED RIBBON week attire. See the weekly schedule below for details...
  • Parent / Teacher Conferences: Teachers, make sure you are asking parents to sign in using the conference log you were given. Turn this log in as documentation of your conferences on or before 8:30pm on Friday, November 1st.

Monday, October 28, 2013 (Day 5)
  • Happy Monday :)
  • RED RIBBON attire: wear red
  • 5:30pm: PTA Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 (Day 1)

  • Wasler at Mentor Contact training (AM)
  • RED RIBBON attire: wear mix-match clothing
  • 1st and 3rd Grade Vision Screenings (follow schedule from Nurse Speer)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 (Day 2)

  • All Facilitators at Project Lift Facilitators Meeting (all day)
  • RED RIBBON attire: wear pink for breast cancer awareness
  • 3:30pm: STAFF MEETING (Flight School - PD)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 (Day 3)

  • RED RIBBON attire: wear orange and black or Halloween shirts
  • 6:00pm: Drive-Through Trick-or-Treating (sponsored by the PTA)

Friday, November 1, 2013

  • NO SCHOOL (Optional Teacher Workday)
  • If you are not working today, please make sure you have turned in your request for absence form to Williams box prior to today.
  • All parent / teacher conference logs are due to Williams' box by 8:30pm today.