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Weekly information for Bear Tavern - February 19, 2016

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Note from the Principal

Happy Friday Bear Tavern Staff,

I hope that everyone had a great President's Day Weekend and re-acclimated to the routine of school.

Although I would have a hard time listing all of the specifics, I had a great weekend. It was nice to remind myself about and to focus upon my life beyond school. I did things like read a book for pleasure, goofed around with my kids and even made a fire in the fireplace each night. It is not only OK to celebrate your life outside of the classroom, it can be a really great thing.

In the opening section of his book Teach Like a PIRATE, (PIRATE stands for Passion, Immersion, Rapport, Ask & Analyze, Transfer and Enthusiasm) Dave Burgess talks about two types of passions for teachers, personal and professional passion. You may have a particular unit, topic or subject area that you are passionate about teaching, but you also have hobbies, activities, ideas and beliefs OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL that you are personally passionate about. Dave does a really nice job giving ideas and examples of how to incorporate personal passions into your classroom to engage students and make students excited learn; if you are interested in reading more, just let me know, I have a bunch of copies in my office.

Don't forget to identify your personal passions and to share them with your students. It not only makes you more enthusiastic, relaxed and happy, but it makes you more authentic to your students. They will love seeing you get excited and you may even be able to teach students a new skill.

While coming back from breaks and getting back into 'school mode' can be tough, times like this are a great reminder that it is good to bring your personal self and your personal passions into class. Give it a try next week and see how it affects you as a professional!

Have a great weekend! Thank you for all that you do.



Special Reminders & Upcoming Dates

Information & Reminders:

Faculty Meeting Recap - Thank you for some great conversations and for being good sports with our meditation exercise! I enjoyed the meeting and am getting some good information in creating a plan for our future practice/use of Responsive Classroom! Additional items:

  • Attendance is expected and important. We'll be signing in and I ask that if you cannot attend for any reason, you let me know in advance.
  • Responsive Classroom Survey - click here
  • PD Interest/need Survey - click here
  • END OF YEAR PICNIC SURVEY - click here
  • Think about the PTO mtg 3/16 - is there a program, subject or activity that you'd like to share with parents to let everyone know how many innovative things are happening at BT every day?

Book Fair - Remind students to bring $ during library next week. Money can be cash or checks made out to the BT PTO. The PTO can even make change out of a check if needed. Don't forget about the Book Fair Breakfast 9 am - 12 pm TODAY! The PTO has done a tremendous job setting up and I'm excited to see the students take part. Everyone is invited to stop by the Kick Off event tonight. There will be food, including milk & cookies!

HVEA Spring Grants - Free $ to do awesome things!!! Grant proposals are due by March 11, 2016, but can be submitted anytime. This is a great opportunity for research and development and to try something innovative or exciting. If you need help, just reach out.

American Education Week - Don't forget to let Lauren know when you invite families in to share a lesson for American Education Week if you haven't done so. You have until the end of the year, but this is a reminder to let Lauren know when you do it.


2/19 - Book Fair Kickoff 6-8:30 pm

2/19 - 2/25 - Spring Book Fair

2/23 - STEM Open House (5:30 - 7:30 pm)

2/26 - Pre K Princeton Diner

2/26 - 3rd Grade Publishing Party

2/29 - AM Breakfast!

2/29 - Den Groups

3/2 - Hopewell Valley Night Off

Looking Way Ahead:

3/12 St. Baldrick's

3/14 - 3/18 - March Madness Tournament (championship assembly 3/18)

3/16 - PTO Meeting

3/18 - International Night

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