Sailing Through the Week

Belle River Staff Memo ~ Week of November 16

Important Dates

Monday: November 16

  • Staff Meeting at 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday: November 17

  • CSI Training: 9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Rachel at C.O. for ELA Meeting
  • Admin. Meeting at 3:00

Wednesday: November 18

  • Popcorn Sale in Morning
  • Vision Screening, Grades 1,3,5
  • Rachel leaves for RESA at 12:00 p.m.

Thursday: November 19

  • Hearing Screen, K,2,4
  • Data Digs
  • Secret Santa Name Draw

Friday: November 20

  • Hearing/Vision Overflow
  • 5th Grade Heart Dissection at 1:00 p.m.
  • PTO Ladies Night Out, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Upcoming Dates

Monday: November 23

  • Board of Education Meeting at 7:00

Tuesday: November 24

  • Second Grade Thanksgiving Reader's Theater at 9:30 a.m.

November 25-29: Thanksgiving Recess

Monday: November 30

  • District Professional Development Day

Tuesday: December 1

  • Rachel at MEMSPA Conference

Wednesday: December 2

  • Rachel at MEMSPA Conference
  • Vision Re-screening
  • Shelter in Place Drill at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday: December 3

  • Rachel at MEMSPA Conference
  • Hearing Re-screening
Friday: December 4
  • PTO Secret Santa Shop

Monday: December 7

  • Staff Meeting at 3:45 p.m.

Thursday: December 10

  • PTO Meeting at 4:00 p.m.

Friday: December 11

  • Staff Christmas Party

Staff Meeting Agenda ~ Monday, November 16

1. Dr. Skalka


  • Introduce new program that will be piloted at Belle River


2. Belle River M-STEP Scores from Spring 2015


  • Examine Spring 2015 M-STEP scores and discuss our vision for using data to improve teaching and learning
  • Review Data Dig Protocol

Support the Belle River PTO by shopping at Ladies' Night Out!

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Data Digs

Of all of the Title I funded activities at Belle River, I am most excited about Data Digs and look forward to learning about the process you have developed. Our first Data Dig is scheduled for Thursday, and you will meet in grade-level teams with Robyn and myself to analyze your current snapshots of data and brainstorm some strategies and interventions to improve how you individualize, differentiate, and develop skills in general for students. We will focus on reading and math at this time. P lease bring your Fountas and Pinnell reading level data, SRI data, and math assessment data. Also, I may have available by Thursday individual student M-STEP Data for the fourth and fifth grade teams. I look forward to collaborating with you as we analyze and brainstorm ideas to improve teaching and learning!

Data Dig Schedule

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St. Clair Community Foundation Grant

We just received a grant from the Cottrellville Community Fund through the Community Foundation of St. Clair County for $12,937 to support Belle River’s Friday Food for Kids program! Thank you Bill, Jeanne, and your team for organizing this program and helping take care of the basic needs of our students whose families are struggling economically.
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CSI (Cyber Safety Initiative) Presentations

On Tuesday, a representative from the Attorney General's office will conduct CSI presentations in the Media Center. The schedule for those presentations are as follows:


9:15 - 9:45 ~ Kindergarten and First Grade


10:00 - 10:45 ~ Fourth and Fifth Grades


10:50 - 11:35 ~ Second and Third Grades


There will be teacher feedback forms for you to complete after the presentations, and online safety contracts will be placed in your mailboxes to send home with students that afternoon.

Wishing many blessings to Carson, who was baptized on Sunday!

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Super Brain Yoga

Kathy's student teacher, Courtney Smith, shared this video about Super Brain Yoga. The concept is fascinating, and it might be another type of brain/movement break that will help your students better perform on academic tasks.
Super Brain Yoga

Our Mission: Working Collaboratively to Ensure All Students Learn

Our Vision: Belle River is an inviting, caring school community that meets the needs of every 21st century learner, by using Best Practices to facilitate positive behavior support

and high expectations for lifelong learners.