Peterson's Post

February 8th-12th

Stars and Wishes

1. We have several staff members who are shopping with students tomorrow. Thank you so much for doing this.

2. Other staff members donated money to help students whose families are struggling right now. We collected about 1,700.00! Wow...just another testament to how amazing this staff is---you impress me each day. (thank you Deb for organizing this!)

3. In my absence, I have seen so many people jump in and help when needed. You have offered your assistance for any future absences and are willing to do what it takes. Thank you.

A Wish or two or three: (I am keeping my wishes from the past weeks)

1. So---I know many of you have started applying for the grant. I was even asked to be in the video for one grade level. Keep the ideas coming!!

2. Just keeping this on your radar---make sure food, lunch boxes etc...are cleaned up each day. I appreciate your help with.


February is your third Gift of Time for the Year. As in the past, this will be for an hour. Try to schedule with as many classes as you can. We can't have the gym on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. I will do the Gift of Time in the Learning Lab as much as possible.

Please let me know ASAP for your time.


Please encourage your families to sign up for EXPLORE (summer school) This will begin February 12th. Brochures will be in your mailboxes today. Please send home on Monday. Please keep continuous reminders in your newsletter from now until the end of the year. THANK YOU!!


Kindergarten registration is available online now. Please let parents know that they may begin registration at any time for kindergarten next year. If they want their child to attend EXPLORE this summer, their child must be register for school for the 2016-2017 school year. Please also keep them on your parent communication throughout the rest of the school year. We will have a school-wide registration day on February third. It will be all day. Please let your parents know of this date. (they can still register anytime, but it they would rather come to school to register, we will do it this day.


Some additional information to the Mice Issue:

Custodial services will be putting snappy traps throughout the building this evening. Justin will pick up all the traps on Monday morning when he gets here. Please let me know if you see evidence of mice in your rooms.

As you know, we are having issues with mice again. Please be aware of the following:

1. PLEASE make sure your students take their lunch boxes home each day.

2. Some students put food in their desks. Please talk with them about this and have them clean out their desks to make sure it is clear of food. If we continue to have issues, students will not be able to bring snacks to school.

3. Please keep any food items you have in your room in bins.

4. Mice LOVE bird seed and other things like this. PLEASE make sure to put this in bins as well.

5. The kitchen supplies each of your classrooms with baby wipes. (in a blue container) Please have your students wipe down the desks each day after breakfast using these wipes. When you start running low, put a note on your cart and they will put another container in your cart for you to keep in your room.

Friday Feedback

Please click on the link above to go to the Friday Feedback link. Please do this each Friday!


Please remember that field trips MUST be scheduled by April 1st. This is so we do not have any concerns getting transportation at the last minute.

At A Glance

Things that are coming up and due dates:

Get items for the VOLUNTEER TEA to the office by Thursday, February 11th.

Make sure to set up your on site visit. (see details below)

Week of February 8-12

8th- Focus Team - Individual groups 8:00- Please post on the discussion board by Wednesday, February 10th.

8th- CPT- 2nd grade 2:30- Be prepared to tell me about any students you are thinking about retaining. Your top three celebrations. Your top three frustrations, struggles, concerns so far this year. (and what you need from me to help with these)

9th- MVP luncheon

9th- CPT- 5th 9:15, 4th- 10:15, Please make sure to have your Lexia report ready as well as any other reading data you use in order to show progress of your students. Also any questions/concerns/suggestions/celebrations you have about Dreambox K-11:45- Be prepared to tell me about any students you are thinking about retaining. Your top three celebrations. Your top three frustrations, struggles, concerns so far this year. (and what you need from me to help with these)

10th- Principal's meeting Teri Gone

11th- PTA Planning Meeting 6:00

11th- Send all Volunteer tea cards the office by the end of the day.

12th- Volunteer Tea- please send anything you make for the volunteers to the gym by the 11th at the end of the day.

Update on my Dad:

After Wednesday's news, we are now waiting to hear from his Barnes doctor. This will be Tuesday. So, some more hurry up and wait. My brother will be moving back with my nieces. The target date is February 15th. My older niece Sloane, will be coming with me to Mann and will have Katie Williams as her teacher. She was the next one to get a student! I am working on finding a place for Ayler at this time. I have a couple of places I am researching now. I want to thank you all so much for your kind words, emails, texts, hugs and good thoughts. You are all so very amazing in more ways than I could ever express. I am blessed....truly.

Calendar for February

Calendar for February

15th- No school

16th- PTA- Teri gone Am

15th- EVAL- Danielle 11:15

16th- Faculty Meeting 4:00 in room 136- Please bring your device

16th- Skating Party 6:00-8:00

17th- Future Eagles Storytime 10:30

17th- EVAL- Katie W. 10:00

18th- PTA General Meeting- LIFE 360 4th 6:00 and 2nd at 6:30

19th- Teri Feeder Meeting 2:00

22nd- Focus Team- Whole group in room 136- Please bring your device

22nd- 3rd- Grade Peter and the Wolf

23rd- Kindergarten Registration Day- All Day-

24th- CPT 3rd grade 10:15

24th- MAESP- Teri Gone 2:00

26th- CPT 1st grade 1:45

29th- Mann Huddle- Specialty responsible

29th- HRA- Call 888-8888 to sign up.

Duties for February 8-12



Bus- Dickens

Front Sidewalk Duty: Long

Car- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday- Sweet/Wednesday and Friday- Smith



Load- Hoos

Load- Carabello

APR- Cowles

APR-T. Johnson

Bus-L. Martin

Parking Lot Exit-Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Pheonix/Wednesday and Friday- Maxwell

Assembly Information


February- Specialty Teachers Responsible


Have 2 Brag Tag names and 1 MVP ready for the assembly on the 29th


March 15th- Please send home the MVP letter with your student. They are located on Canvas.

Collaborative Planning Meetings


For February:

For those how did not have BOY to MOY scores, please bring those.

For Grades 3-5- Please be prepared to tell me how Dreambox is going? Please be prepared to pull up reports for your students to discuss their progress.

For K-2- Be prepared to tell me about:

- Students you are thinking about retaining. (if any)

- Your top three celebrations so far from this year

- Your top three frustrations, struggles, concerns so far this year. (and what you need from me to help with these)

For March: (this needs to be done BY your CPT time)

Your assignment for March is to schedule a meeting with another teacher in the building. You need to choose a staff member who is:---not in your same grade level, not someone you talk to on a regular basis and someone who is not in your focus group. I will have a calendar for you to sign up on in Canvas. Calendar is up.

This is what your observation needs to entail:

1. The visit should be at least 30 minutes.

2. The visit can be done at a time other than your plan time. We will get classes covered. (I will have to use Ben to do this)

3. This should be a one on one conversation

4. You will be responsible for setting up the visit.

The conversation needs to be centered on the following:

A. What physical changes has this teacher made to their room and why? If no changes have been made, what are their thoughts for change next year?

B. How is the staff member managing Lexia and Dreambox as far as:

-Getting the recommended minutes for each student

-Using the reports for each program

-Thoughts on how the programs are helping their students

-Any concerns with either program

C. How does this staff member have their reading set up?

-How do they document the progress of their students?

-How often to they document?

-Is there a form they use for this?

D. How does this staff member have their math set up?

-Do they have math stations/centers/rounds?

-If so, what changes or tweaking have they done?

E. What is one take away you will use from this visit?

Please be ready to share this information when we meet for our CPT meeting. Please either type it up for have notes written down.


All musical meetings will be held at LIFE 360 at 6:30

February 18th 4th grade at 6:00 and LIFE 360

February 18th 2nd grade at 6:30 at LIFE 360

April 21st Art- Kindergarten 6:30- in the gym


Reps for each grade level:

K/1 – Johnson, L. 2/3 – Hoos 4/5 – Iman SPD/SPC – Feistner

Please always give this information:




A solution to any suggestions or concerns

If there is ever anything you feel should come to the Leadership team and it has not been covered, please let your rep or me know.

March 1st TBD Feb. 26th

April 5th TBD April 1st


The second Tuesday of the month is the MVP luncheon-(except March- It will be on the 15TH due to Spring Break)

The third Tuesday of every month is faculty meeting. Not all will be seated. Some will be on Canvas.

The third Tuesday of every month is PTA executive meetings- Teri Gone

The first Tuesday of every month is Leadership- please send feedback with your rep.

The first Wednesday of every month is PTA Teri usually gone. AM

The second Wednesday of every month is Principal Meeting- Teri gone

Remember to fill out field trip forms, check the master calendar and tell the cafeteria if you are not eating at school that day. Also, new this year, all end of year field trips MUST be scheduled by April 1st.

Good To Know- anticipated employee high absence days

For the 2015-2016 school year, we anticipate heavy employee absences on the dates listed below. Historically, Kelly Services has had a difficult time filling absences with substitutes on these dates. If possible and if an event hasn’t already been scheduled, we’d appreciate any effort you might make to avoid scheduling events on these days. Also, it would be extremely helpful if we can ask teachers to avoid Fridays for Assessment Testing. This made a huge difference last year! Beyond these, please take into consideration these high absence days:

· Friday, March 25th – Good Friday

· Monday, March 28th – Easter Monday

· Friday, May 5th – SPS Graduation

· Friday, May 6th – SPS and Evangel Graduation

· Friday, May 13th – MSU and Drury Graduation

Post Cards

How many post cards have you sent out this year? Remember that each student should receive one by the end of the year. Brittany has the stamps

Birthdays and Recognition Days

ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED ON CANVAS. Please make sure you know when you are responsible for your day or month.

Special Recognition Days: Counselor Day 3rd-Kindergarten Responsible

February Birthdays: Marilyn Sweet, Lauren Ackerman, Ben McVicker, and Kathy Powell are responsible:

Linda Gratton- 10th

Deb Maxwell- 10th

Teri Peterson 10th

Stacy Smith 14th

Lacey Perkins 18th

Pamela Asberry 23rd

Wendy Felton 27th


I am leaving the bottom two links for your reference in case you want to take a look at them.

The top link talks about school spaces. Although we do not have the ability to purchase a lot of the furniture and other items they talk about in the article, it is good food for thought as we think about our learning spaces.

Padlet Feedback

I read the comments on the Padlet Feedback from out last Focus Team meeting and wanted to clarify a couple of things:

One was a question as to what the topic of Engaged, Relevant and Personal had to do with Focus Groups.

When we had our Whole Focus Group meeting and talked about what some district students had to say about their experience with Relevant, Personal and Engaging, we tied that with how your Focus Group met the needs of students in this respect.

Our follow up was to come up with Engaging, Personal and Relevant experiences you are having in your room or ones you had as a student. All of you are doing a book study that easily lends itself to Engaging, Personal and Relevant teaching. My purpose is to attempt to keep these three things in your minds as you plan for now and future lessons. I appreciate your feedback on the padlet as well as what you shared at our meeting.