Weekly Update for Douglas Staff - May 2, 2016
Teacher Appreciation Week
Over the past 3 years, we have made some significant changes at Douglas. We've added WIN Time, learned (more than ever) how to gather information about student learning and use that info to drive instruction, worked collaboratively to meet the needs of students through co-planning - flexible grouping - incorporation of technology, attended conferences and brought back new knowledge to move our school forward, increased our involvement in the community, provided experiences for our students through assemblies and guest speakers, developed our mission/vision/priorities, let the world know how great our school is through social media, organized and put on some fantastic family nights, implemented new curriculum (Journeys, Lucy, EM4), voluntarily participated in a book study on Responsive Classroom - then integrated ideas to build classroom and school community, revamped our Tier 1 PBIS, welcomed over a dozen new staff members, helped students learn to set goals for themselves and monitor their own progress...AND - you all are always willing to think of new ways to engage students and families - with some great learning about Assessments and Project-Based Learning to come next year.
Thank you for the positive attitudes every day and your willingness to grow and change for our kids!
Teacher Appreciation Treats
Wednesday - Lunch on me! All staff are invited to stop in the lounge on Wednesday to enjoy a sub sandwich lunch from me (and Ryan). Thanks for being AWESOME!
Vision - Mission - Priorities
Mission - The mission of Douglas Elementary School is to engage the Douglas community in learning and growing together, preparing children to pursue the dreams and opportunities of their future.
Learning and Growing Together
Driven by High Expectations and Goals
Fostering a Positive, Safe Learning Environment
Monday, May 2nd - 4:30-7:00 PM - McTeacher's Night!
Monday-Friday - Teacher Appreciation Week!
Monday-Friday - Children's Book Week! (http://www.bookweekonline.com/about)
Monday-Friday - Screen Free Week (http://www.screenfree.org/)
Tuesday, May 3rd - NO Staff Meeting
Thursday, May 5th - Skippyjon Jones Visit!
- 2nd Grade - 1:45-2:05 in Cafeteria
- 3rd Grade - 2:15-2:35 in Cafeteria
Tuesday, May 10th - Super Hero Theme Planning Meeting (7:30-7:55)
Tuesday, May 10th - Staff Meeting
Tuesday, May 10th - PTO (5:45-7:00)
Thursday, May 12th - 2nd Grade Penpals Visit!
Monday, May 16th - Kindergarten Kick-Off!
Tuesday, May 17th - PLC Planning Team - 3:15-4:30
(Alternate Team Meetings this Week)
Wednesday, May 18th - Lincoln Family Orientation (5:30)
Tuesday, May 24th - Staff Meeting
Monday, May 30th - No School - Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 31st - NO Staff Meeting
Class Placement Meetings:
Thursday, May 12th - 2nd to 3rd Grade (With Lincoln Teachers) - (3:15)
Monday, May 16th - K to 1st Grade (3:15)
Wednesday, May 25th - 3rd to 4th (3:15)
Thursday, May 26th - 4th to 5th (3:15)
Odds and Ends...
Thanks to everyone whose classes participated in "Poem in Your Pocket Day"! Let's make this an annual tradition!
An article from the editor of Storyworks - 5 words your students need to know to "ace" tests! This is a quick read with some academic vocabulary and tips that you may want to check out.
Volunteer Appreciation - LAST CALL!
The LAST Elephant and Piggie Book (The Thank You Book) comes out on Tuesday! This month, Mo Willems has launched #Thankorama...Check out the link - some schools are having kids hold a book and "thank" the author! Fun!
Field Day - Icebreaker
Lights and Sirens - Printables Needed...
Project-Based Learning Links - PBL (Updated Weekly)
Check out this article and video from Edutopia's collection of "Schools that Work"!
Did you know??? Watertown is hosting the PBL (Project-Based Learning) Institute this summer? Topics will include PBL and STEM/STEAM - with sessions on the elementary level. Interested?? Click this button for more info - and email Emily to attend!
Emily's Schedule - 5/2-5/6
Announcements - Daily @ 8:05
Informal Observations + Formals
FORWARD EXAMS - 8:15-9:15, 9:15-10:15, 10:15-11:15, 12:35-1:35, 1:40-2:40
7:30 Wrap Around (JK)
9:30 Office Meeting
12:00 IEP (AG - Lease, Weddig, Borst, Stark, Gatzow)
2:30 Parent Meeting (John Brooks - Rens, Lessner)
3:15 Parent Meeting (OS - Hankins)
3:30 Parent Meeting (DVS - Rens)
4:30 McTeacher's Night!
Tuesday, May 3rd
8:30-11:45 Cabinet (ESC)
1:00 Formal Observation
3:15 Team Meeting Day
Wednesday, May 4th
7:30 SIT - Owen Powers (1G)
8:00 IEP - AW (Kreutzman, Schubarth)
10:45 Sub Sandwich Lunch
2:00 504 Meeting - SRH (Retzlaff, Torgerson)
3:15 IEP - DG (Lisa Clark, Baxter)
3:15 Battle of the Books Finals!
7:20 Special Ed Team Meeting
9:00-11:00 Elementary Principals
1:45-2:45 Skippyjon Jones Visits (2nd, then 3rd)
PM - DARE Graduation!
8:40 Formal Observation
9:30 Formal Observation
11:30-1 Emily out for Meeting
4:00 Tryg's Retirement!