Tiger Beat

Acton Weekly Update: 2/10/2017

Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Twitter: @bwesselburke

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Click on the link below for this week's PLC Feedback Form.



Link to the SOS Form for any students you need to start the SOS process.


Nuts and Bolts

Food Reminder: No class or extra curricular activity should be providing students with food unless the Food Request Form has been approved by Brook.

Food Request Form

Emergency Drills at 10:00 Monday, February 13th, 2017.

Lock down, Evacuation, Shelter in Place. Remember when one of us give the command on the PA system, have your students repeat and say the chant 2 times so the actions and vocabulary become part of their natural vocabulary.

Curriculum and Instruction

FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85%and Fluency 80%

Ways to Respond to Independent Reading, Read with A Buddy, or Read Aloud Time~

1.) This book made me decide or feel that…

2.) Dear Diary: Write a diary entry from the viewpoint of a character in your book.

Have your students choral read, whisper read, echo read, and read in rounds.

3-5 Classroom, SPED, ELL Teachers- Are you using the assessment vocabulary in your regular instruction? Are you reviewing regularly with students? If not yet- DO IT NOW! I've posted Assessment vocabulary posters for ELA and Math in the hallways for you to review with students when lined up or passing by. I sent an email with a quick daily review- use it- it's great!



ISTEP TEI (Technology Enhanced Items) Practice Items- This is a must do before the multiple choice tests.

Multiple Choice Practice Test

Reaching ALL Learners

Energy boosts lead to positive mind-body states and increased motivation and effort.

Write with the body: This activity builds students focus and memory of key ideas. Start this activity by having students face front. Choose 2-3 key words from the day’s lessons and ask students to “write” the words in the air with their fingers. Or, have students form pairs, with one air-writing while the other one tries to read the word. You can also invite students to write with their heads, elbows, knees, or feet, or to air-write the word while announcing its definition aloud.

From: Eric Jensen’s Engaging Students With Poverty In Mind

Read Across America Details!

Dress up days:

  • Mixed up Monday- No school

  • Twin Tuesday- Dress like a friend

  • Wacky Wednesday- Wacky Seuss hair

  • Theodore Thursday- Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character

  • Fun with Reading Friday- Wear a shirt with a saying or words


  • Estimation jar with puff balls

  • Dr. Seuss quote each day

Read-a-thon Wednesday:

  • Read, Read, Read all day long

  • How many different places in the building can you read?

  • How many different ways can you read?

  • Pair with your I-step buddy and read

  • Invite parents and other adults to come read to your class


  • Dr. Seuss door contest! Which teacher has the best, most creative themed door?

Bulletin board

  • Interactive bulletin board outside the library. All students can vote for their favorite Dr. Seuss book

Related Arts

  • Music: sing Dr. Seuss songs

  • Art: create Dr. Seuss pictures or crafts

  • PE: play Dr. Seuss themed games

  • Library: read, compare, contrast Dr. Seuss stories

App- Dr. Seuss Camera- This is an app that does cost 99 cents. There are several versions of it. Check it out!


March 7th K-2 Teachers will get their replacement ipads.

These will be full size and not the mini iPad.

Our second Chromebook cart should arrive within the next week.

iPad carts will be arriving later this semester.

The TWITTER challenge is ON! As of now we are in the lead, however that means we have a target on our back. The other schools are planning how to catch up with us. THIS MEANS WE NEED TO KICK IT UP A NOTCH!!! BE SURE TO TWEET YOUR HEART OUT THIS WEEK.

Don't forget to add the hashtag #flashforward

Good Luck and Happy Tweeting!


Link to Bingo Board

New to Twitter?? Use this link to help you get ready!

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Athlete Mentors

I've created a Google Sheet with dates and classrooms for student athlete mentors to visit. Please review the dates and find yours. They are listed below and are in a folder in Google Drive for you. If you have any concerns with the date assigned, please let me know. The agenda and schedule that the athletes are given is below.

What's Coming Up

Weekly Updates 2016-2017 : 2nd Semester


14 SpEd Leader Team Mtg

14 1st Gr FieldTrip Central Library

14 Friendship Celebrations 3:00-3:45 PM

17 All Pro Dads 7:45- 8:30 AM

17 4th gr Field Trip ISM/IMAX

20 President’s Day Holiday

21-24 Read Across America Week

21 K-5 Related Arts PD

22 K-5 Related Arts PLC

23 Leadership Team Meeting

23 Nadine here

23rd Sky Zone PTO Fundraiser 4-8 PM

24 ISTEP Assembly

24 YMCA Parent Night Out 6:30-9:30

27 School Board meeting

27-Mar 10 ISTEP Applied Skills (grades 3-5 only)

28 SpEd Elementary PD

28 SpEd Leader Team Mtg


2 Principals Meeting

2 K Reps

2 First Grade Music Program 6:00 PM

3 Cluster teachers Gr 2-5

6 Chow With The Cow

7 PTO Meeting 6:30-8:00 PM

7 1st Gr Reps

8 2nd gr Reps

9 Drills

10 End of grading period

10 4th Gr Reps

10 Indy Air Bears

13 School Board Meeting

13-17 I-READ

14 K-5 Related Arts PD

14 5th Gr Reps

14 SpED Leader Team Mtg

14 Nadie here

15 K-5 Related Art PLC

16 Grading window closes

16 Leadership Team Meeting

17 All Pro Dads 7:45- 8:30 AM

17 Report Cards Distributed

17 3rd Quarter Celebrations

20-31 Spring Break