Armadillo News

Welcome to Week 28

Nathan Adams Elementary School

A Private School Education at a Public School Price!

General Information

For Everyone

1. In honor of World Languages Day March 28th, Nathan Adams will be celebrating the first ever International Languages Week by teaching greeting phrases during morning announcements in a different language each day this week. We have over 20 different nationalities and we want to embrace and celebrate each one! If you want to volunteer to share a good morning greeting over the intercom in your language please let the front office know. We will even be offering Mandarin Chinese enrichment classes in 2015-2016.
2. Coffee With the Principal will be moved to next Friday April 3rd due to the WT White Feeder Pattern Data Meeting.
3. Chess Club has been very successful so far! I was so thrilled to see and hear the students thinking critically and making strategic moves. A special thanks to the International Chess Champion, Akshay Malhotra, and his team from St. Marks who take time to support our Armadillos!
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Dual Langauge Update

We are getting ready to roll out the new and improved Dual Language program at the Open House next Saturday March 28th @ 10:30 am in our auditorium. Hope you can make it!

Our new vision:

“Our vision of the Dual Language Program is to develop successful bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural global students who embrace learning and diversity.”

Courtyard Beautification Update

Mark Fisher, new director of the Masonic Lodge visited last Tuesday and is putting a plan and team together during upcoming Saturday School sessions to beautify our courtyards. We are calling this project Landscape for Learning! We will be adding tables, benches, and a stage in the courtyard by the gym as well as updating the second courtyard by the library. Let me know if you are interested in helping out. What a great way to show your Armadillo Spirit! Email me @ (subject line Landscape for Learning).

STEM Update

Last week the Director of Parish Episcopal, Mr. Monaco welcomed Ms. Spears, Ms. Silvio and myself and gave us a guided tour through their Beasley STEM Lab. We were able to talk to the teachers, curriculum director and the students to gather ideas on how to begin building our own program. We have also partnered with the Mr. Joesph Ferrera, UT Dallas Director of Teaching & Learning, Center for STEM Research. He sent his team to provide training to our staff on Feb 20th and we have had multiple teachers attend the Conference for the Advancement of Science Trainings (CAST) throughout this year. Keep you posted!

For Teachers

A BIG SHOUT out to the teachers and assistants who worked Saturday school this weekend. I am sure that our students and parents greatly appreciated your dedication and hard work!

1. Take advantage of the summer school teaching opportunities. There is still time for your to complete the application. Effective teachers are needed to be change agents to prepare our students for a successful 2015-2016 school year. To learn more go to:

2. ACP Spring Film Festival – Reminder: Registration for the ACP Spring Film Festival at Molina High School is now open. The film festival will be held on April 11th. The deadline for registration is April 7th, 2015. Please visit the website: to register.

3. Centralized Literacy Library – As part of the district’s initiative to support balanced literacy, we received a centralized library to support guided reading/small group instruction. The library contains books from levels A-P (10 titles each – English and Spanish) with six books for each title. This will be set up originally in the computer lab until we can complete the check out system and place them in shelves.
4. Notice of Intent – Reminder to submit an electronic “Notice of Intent Survey" that was sent via e-mail to you directly from Human Resources.
5. Order your STAAR Spirit Shirts and show the students your support! Designed by Mr. Bowles. Send Ms. Marietta your 10$ by Tuesday the 24th.
6. Let's have a goal this week to have our students walking out of the auditorium by the first bell @ 7:55 and students in the classroom by the second bell. What a great way to maximize instructional time!

Mark Your Calendar

Update Grades in Gradespeed
Lesson Plans due in Google Docs
3:10 Dual Language Committee meets in Library
3:10 PLC Reading/Math meet with Ms. James
5:00 Principal Budget Meeting
12:30 Student Council Meeting
2:00 Summer School Principal Meeting
3:10 Tutoring
3:30 Nathan Adams Chess Club
1st Grade to Dallas Arboretum
Grade Level Meetings
3:10 Grade Level Leadership Meeting
8:00-1:00 WT White Principal Data Meetings
2:00 STAAR PEP RALLY for 3rd-5th Graders in Auditorium
9:00 am -12:00 pm SAT School
10:30 Dual Language Open House

Quote of the Week

Let's build the change we wish to see! Emily Pilloton
If anyone can build the positive change, Nathan Adams' community can!