Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

February 1

Giving our students HOPE for a better tomorrow one skill at a time!

Fair Isn't Equal

Fair means treating students differently. When students are struggling, it is appropriate and expected that we provide students what they need, not the same as all other students.


1. Seek to understand why the student won't do the work.

When students say they don't care, they are really saying they lack the skills and/or the confidence to be successful - which can look like apathy.

To help a student, establishing a trusting relationship is essential so they feel comfortable enough to share their personal struggles. This relationship develops with every interaction we have with our students. If you are wondering if your students trust you, evaluate the way you interact with your students:

  • Are you honest with your students?
  • Are you dependable in following through when you promise to do something?
  • Are you available when you say you will be?
  • Do you demonstrate a sense of empathy when students hesitate to do when you ask of fail to follow through on what you agreed upon?
  • Do you take time to ask questions when they let you down rather than make assumptions regarding the reasons why?
  • Are you impeccable with your word?


2. Maintain ongoing communication with the parents whose children are struggling.

There is no excuse for not contacting a parent whose student in failing in your class. Even when we recognize early on that the parent(s) is/are not able to help, we as a staff should maintain communication as a courtesy. It is best to communicate early with parents, face-to-face, since these conversations can be difficult.


3. Recognize that it is okay to ask for help. Sometimes talking to the students isn't enough.

Pulling together those who support a students to discuss what success would look like for this student and what supports the student would need in order to be successful, including the role the student would need to play in his/her own success.


Being willing to treat kids differently does not negate the demand for high standards. It simply means that we are willing to recognize that different students have different needs, and it is okay to treat them accordingly.

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PBS lesson

The PBS lesson focus this week is Addressing Bullying.


Our Second Steps. . .

Lesson 15 is where we have each classroom paced on lessons:


Kindergarten- Handling Waiting

1st grade - Self-Talk for Calming Down

2nd grade - Managing Anger

3rd grade - Managing Anger

4th grade - Handling Put-Downs

5th grade - Avoiding Assumptions

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Student Perspective

We all have students to struggle with math, reading, writing, attention, or organization. We TRY to understand our student's reality, but it is hard.


The link below will give you access to a site that allows you to select the grade level and specific area of need to experience what its like to "walk in your student's shoes." TOTALLY worth checking out!

Celebrate the Positive!

Positive office referrals in 2019: 55

Character Trait for February is Honesty

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JCPS Difference Maker Recognition

Have a colleague who you would like to see recognized for making a positive difference? Here is the link to complete a nomination.

Morning Gym Duty

Jerry Ries

Briana Watson

Susie Farmer

Karen Roedel

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Calendar of Events

Counselor Appreciation Week - Feb. 4 - 8

MH Literacy Week


Monday, February 4

*Beginning of our Literacy Week - Read and Feed (PJs and Popcorn)

*Mints for all students from Ms. Gann

*iReady reading testing window opens

*DF IEP 2:15 - 3:00 (Boeckman, Ewing, Haugen)

*DB IEP 3:30 - 4:30 (Treat, Dunham, Haugen)

*PBS team mtg 3:45


Tuesday, February 5

*iReady reading testing

*Desserts in work room from Gann

*MH Literacy Week - Twinning Tuesday (Twins and Reading Buddies)

*PLC team at training 8-3

*Mid-terms go home

*Dr. Linthacum to discuss start times 3:45 (not mandatory)


Wednesday, February 6

*iReady reading testing

*MH Literacy Week - Character Dress Up Day

*Sue at district admin meeting (8 - 10:30)

*KR IEP mtg (Connelly, Day, Humphreys, Steinman, Lock, Cremin) 10:00

*AW RED (Strange, Haugen, James, Hutchison) 2:15

*New Crew mtg 3:45 - 4:45


Thursday, February 7

*iReady reading testing

*Bookmarks for students from Gann

*MH Literacy Week - Dress up for Theater!

*MH Literacy Night 5:30 - 7:30


Friday, February 8

*iReady reading testing

*Gann's change drive ends

*MH Literacy Week

*Shannon at Counselor mtg 2:00-3:30


Monday, February 11

*iReady reading testing

*Cultural/Engagement session with Dawn 3:45 in library


Tuesday, February 12

*iReady reading testing

*Early Dismissal - students leave at 1:15

*Dyslexia training 1:45 - 3:45

*Tier 2 mtg 3:45


Wednesday, February 13

*iReady reading testing

*Specials collaboration time 7:45- 8:15

*Meeting with ECSE 1:00 (Haugen, Hutchison, Connelly, Humphreys)

*AP Student info mtg (Gaines, Haugen, James, Hutchison) 2:15

*Leadership Team mtg 3:45


Thursday, February 14

*iReady reading testing

*Classroom Valentine exchange (led by classroom teachers, handing out Valentines, etc.)


Friday, February 15

*iReady reading testing

*Fire Drill

Valentine's Day

For our Valentine's Day activities we will have a valentine exchange in classrooms. Please provide your students either a list of student names for valentines OR provide a number of valentines to have one for each student.


  • You will decide when to have your students exchange valentines. You can allow students to open valentines and enjoy the goodies attached, if you wish.
  • You can do any kind of valentine activities you wish across your day.
  • We will NOT have parents send in treats.
  • We will NOT have parents come in to volunteer to lead games or other activities.
  • If a parent wants to come to read to your class, you are welcome to invite them.


**Our goal this year is to bring parents in to celebrate academics. Remember to find a date for each grade level to have a reading or writing celebration.

Weekly Collaboration Log

This is the link to a revised communication log for your team collaboration. The expectation is that your team will complete each week.

Responsive Practices - Supporting Students

The following two articles both provide suggestions for supporting students who have experienced trauma. Great strategies for ALL students!

10 Ways Teaching is Like Playing in the Superbowl

May not be excited about the teams this year, but thought you would enjoy this!

Kelly's Coaching Corner


Engagement Ideas: Same-Different Holidays (All Grades) Many of you tried this structure out for at Christmas time. In your mailbox, you will find one for Lincoln’s birthday and Valentine’s Day. These are perfect to do with your Reading buddies and it can easily be adapted for all grade levels.

Same-Different is a powerful cooperative learning

structure which improves thinking skills and

communication skills among students. The

structure is multi-functional: it can be used for

teambuilding, communication building, review,

anticipatory set, and even concept attainment.

It develops one of the most important of all

cognitive skills: analytic thinking. As students

play Same-Different they enhance their ability

to break a whole into its components and the

components into even smaller details. These

skills are fundamental to higher-level thinking.

And all of these positive outcomes are acquired

through play!



Please plan to attend our Literacy Night Thursday, February 7th. Please promote this with your students and they will want to attend.

“A Night at the Theater” sign up

February Birthdays

Katie Paul - Feb. 5

Coco O'Neill - Feb. 24

Jesse Bond - Feb. 26