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2015-2016 LVES Weekly Staff Newsletter

Week of January 4-8, 2016

New Procedure Starting Tomorrow...

Parents will not be allowed to walk their child to class if they arrive after 7:45. We want to ensure that learning time is not interrupted by visitors once school starts.

Expectations Review

It's been 2 looong weeks since students have been in school, so start the new year off on the right foot by reviewing classroom and common area expectations with your students. It only takes 3 days for students to forget the rules and routines:-)

Fire Inspector Visit

I walked the halls with the Fire Inspector today and discussed the violations he found. Through some negotiations, here is the timeline on what needs to be fixed within your classrooms. As you read the list, please keep in mind that his job is to look at our building and classrooms through the lens of a firefighter and what needs to be done to keep our students and you safe should a fire occur. The following list is not a suggestion, but items that need to be removed within the timeframe given.

By Friday, January 8th:

  • all extension cords and multi-plug outlets removed from room
  • curtains taken down (rugs can stay for right now)
  • floor lamps, clip lamps and Christmas lights removed from classrooms
  • candles removed
  • items hanging from ceilings removed (including decorations)
  • all doors (exterior and closet doors) must not have anything on them
  • exits must be cleared from clutter and objects

By Spring Break:

No more than 20% of your classroom and hallway walls can be covered with posters, number lines, color words, shape words, student work, anchor charts etc. If you are a visual learner, 20% would be one wall of your classroom.

By End of Year/Summer:

Closets need to be cleaned and purged. Items cannot be on the floor or on the top of the shelf. There must be at least 24 inches between the ceiling and the shelf that is free of clutter and materials.

I know that this is a change, and it may require you to rearrange your rooms. However, student and staff safety is our top priority and these items need to be addressed to ensure everyone's safety. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask:-)

Front Playground

The new fence is in and it looks great! Please continue to keep students away from the fence, as the new fabric has some sharp places and there are gaps at the bottom in some places. We are working on fixing the gaps at the bottom.

Tier 2 Meetings on Thursday

These were rescheduled from December. We will meet in team leader's room during your planning time to discuss progress of tier 2 students on goals. Please make sure you have uploaded the most current progress monitoring document to your student's RtI Plan before the meeting.

UIL Ready Writing Contest

Thursday, January 7th is the UIL Ready Writing contest, so Cathy Evans will need Computer Lab A. Cathy sent an email out today with the names of students and times they need to report to Computer Lab A. Thanks for being flexible with the Computer Lab!

PLC's this week...

Can't wait to see you back in PLCs this week! Team Leaders, please send your agenda to Eric and me prior to your PLC day:-)

Farmer's Teacher Grants

Have an innovative idea that will have impact student learning? Then I encourage you to look at Farmer's Teacher Grants for opportunities to fund your innovative idea. You can click on the following link for more information and grant proposal forms:


Teachers can win $2500 to even $100,000 in grant money!

Faculty Meeting

The faculty meeting this week will be Leadership Team Meeting. We will meet in the conference room at 3:05 pm.

Weekly Attendance Goal

We did not reach our attendance goal of 97% or higher for the 2nd nine weeks, so I will not be kissing a pig...yet! I will keep the same challenge for the 3rd nine weeks.

Weekly Quote

Here's a quote to start off the new year:

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."

Helen Keller

Faculty Birthdays

Happy Birthday to the following staff member this week:

  • Chelsey Jimenez - January 5th

We hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Mark Your Calendar - be sure to add "Elementary Staff Calendar"

  • January 6th - Leadership Team Meeting, 3:05 pm
  • January 7th - First Grade Field Trip to Thinkery
  • January 11th - Gen Ed/Sped Teachers meet during conference time
  • January 12th - LVES Family Fun Night at PDQ -
  • January 13th - CIP Team Meetings, 3:05 pm - 3rd Grade provides snacks
  • January 14th - CEIC Meeting, 3:15 pm in Library
  • January 18th - Staff Development Day, Student Holiday - schedule coming soon
  • January 22nd - Early Release at 11:30 am
  • January 22nd - District UIL Meet in Jarrell
  • January 25th - End of 3rd weeks grading period