Pirate's Crew ~ Weekly Preview....
Staff Newsletter for Ray Childers Elementary 10/17-10/21
OUR FOCUS FOR 2016-2017
Thoughts for the week . . .
While on car duty, Mrs. King stopped me to share how appreciate she was for our school and the staff-- thankful that her kids have the opportunity to be at Ray Childers. She specifically mentioned Mrs. Hendrix, Ms. Smith, Mrs. Kerley, and Mrs. Anderson. She shared how thankful she was for the type of teachers and staff members that work in this building-- ones that "rally around her kids" and support them.
Wow! I love her statement of "rallying around her kids!" This is why we do what we do! I see many examples of this everyday and I value it even more when visitors and parents recognize the work you do-- day in and day out! It's never about what our role is-- it's how can we pull together and work hard to pull the weight of the team-- while growing and supporting "our kids!"
You are hard working folks and I appreciate all you do! Please enjoy your families this weekend-- rest-- and take some time for yourself!
WELCOME Mr. Steele!
Mrs. Lambert checks to see how she "measures up" to THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN!
The One and Only Ivan
Danny's Weekly Tech Tip
Several of you have expressed interest in creating class or grade level Google Sites with your BCPS Google accounts. Recently, the "New Google Sites" has become available for our district. The new version is very user friendly, and is easy to maintain. Creating a class or grade level Google Site is an excellent way to communicate with parents and other teachers. We can set it up so that important letters, documents and calendars are available for others to browse and access. Please let me know if you are interested in creating a Google Site for your class or grade level and I will be glad to help you.
Great article that discusses lesson planning . . .
Lesson Planning Feedback (YOUR INPUT)
What do you think should be included in lesson plans?
I can and I will statements (clarifies what students will learn and what steps they will take to understand)
Strategies to incorporate to improve understanding
Vocabulary or key spelling words incorporated to strength phonetic development and vocabulary development
games/ skills incorporated to development and improve learning goal
Links to websites, names of videos that will be used
Discuss the questions you could possibly ask to guide students in the right direction
Examples of what you want students to produce/learn in the lesson
What the students will do and what the teacher will do to facilitate
- Groupings of students for small groups
Student Centered and Content Focused Activities Throughout the Week
Students engaged in fall activities
I appreciate how kindergarten used the fun times of the fall season but centered it around meaningful learning activities. These simple pumpkins were used for many learning opportunities and had students engaged! This could have easily been a Halloween worksheet-- but it's so much more!
Time is short!
Mrs. Williams uses every second to make sure students are learning! While students are waiting to transition-- she uses a number line to teach math. Each student's name is displayed on the number line and she asks questions that pertain to their "location."
Second Grade Sound
Second grade is doing a great job with their sound unit. They have collaborated with Mrs. Teague, Mrs. Stephens, and Ms. Bewley to incorporate their content into "special areas." Ms. Bewley is using art time to create sound objects from toilet paper rolls. Great team work!
Students engaged in fall activities
Time is short!
Changing and Growing
So, the next question from many of you---even the students--- has been . . . "What will we put here?" I am excited to share that the wall will now become an ART GALLERY to highlight student work and ARTISTS OF THE MONTH! Ms. Bewley and I are working on a plan to roll this out soon. Mrs. Hendrix is working to secure oversized wooden frames painted in black that will line the hallway. Be looking for this to come together over the next few weeks. I know it will be a great way to showcase student work! Thanks to all of you for your input and suggestions!
Bus and Car Duty
IMPORTANT DATES . . .
- Hearing Screenings Begin (Schedule emailed)
- Book Fair Continues Next Week
- Fruit and Veggie Challenge in Cafeteria Next Week
- Monday, October 17: Battle of the Books 3:00-4:00
- Tuesday, October 18: Chorus 7:25 AM
- Tuesday, October 18: Leadership meeting @ 3:15 (SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN)
- Wednesday, October 19: 1st to Devine Farms
- Wednesday, October 19: Chartwells Characters with us for lunch
- Thursday, October 19: Family Literacy/Curriculum Night
- Thursday, October 19: Chorus 7:25 AM
BCPS District Goals for 2016-17
Ongoing and Specific Professional Development: technology instructional use, instructional rounds, Ed Camps
Developing district leaders via a Leadership Academy: Principals, Teacher Leaders, Beginning Teachers, assistant principals, and aspiring principals
District wide Anti-Bullying program
Utilizing the Central Office Instructional evaluation for 2016-2017
Establish BCPS Foundation with Charter Board members
Continue to promote Burke County Public Schools:
Family Magazine, Videos-See video, Postscripts, Putnam’s Pen, BCPS Website, Twitter, Facebook, & Accentuating the positive highlights
New promotion methods for 2016-2017:
Movie theater advertisements
1st annual BCPS Foundation Golf tournament- Corporate sponsors: Chartwells, Pierce, Pepsi &…
1st annual BCPS 5K race
Introduction to Project Lead the Way: Engineering in Patton and East Burke
Pilot Video Conference/Virtual classrooms: From Freedom High School to Draughn and East Burke High Schools & Heritage Middle to Hallyburton Academy
Continue to improve Child Nutrition program with Chartwells
Continue to promote staff education and certifications to add value to BCPS
Continue to work with local partners to prepare our students for the work force and for further secondary education
Seek input from Parents/Community/teachers via surveys on academic competitions: What to keep and what to go! Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Speech Contest, Battle of the Books, Robotics, 3D printing, and others
- Advocate for all students through the lens of equity