To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Issue 8: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This summer, I took the opportunity to re-read one of my favorite professional books, What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things that Matter Most by Todd Whitaker.

I came to one of my favorite quotes within the book, and noted that it seemed very appropriate in looking ahead to this school year:

#10: Be the Filter

"We are very fortunate to work in education. Sometimes we just forget how blessed we are. By consistently filtering out the negatives that don't matter and sharing a positive attitude we can create a much more successful setting. Consciously or unconsciously, we decide the tone of our classrooms and of our school" (p.63).

This quote reminded me that I'm so fortunate to work in a place that focuses on the positive, and knows that everything we do speaks to who we are. Sure, we get frustrated, overwhelmed, and tired. Who doesn't and isn't? But we don't let it define us. Instead, whatever it is, we acknowledge it, maybe we vent about it, we do something about it, and then we move on. Everyday that I've worked at Prairie Point I've known that the education and care of our students is the number one priority of all who work here and we don't let little distractions get in the way. It's one more small thing that creates the positive and professional tone of our classrooms and school.

Nice bike, Prairie Point staff!

News & Info

We have a NEW Prairie Point TEAM Website!!!

Our TEAM website has been moved to a new format! Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the format of the new site. It can be found at the link below. For reference, the address is:

The website has the TEAM calendar, referral process and paperwork, as well as archived student paperwork (still being uploaded). There is a form for you to use to submit paperwork as well. Please see any member of TEAM if you have any questions as to how use the website or refer a student.

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The link below is a video created by Teaching & Learning. This is the 1st in a series of modules intended to support you through the teacher appraisal process. This first video assists teachers in knowing where to find the appraisal documents on the intranet and what these documents will look like when they receive them via Evaluwise.

Wednesday Morning Meetings


All of the agendas and information for Wednesday morning meetings will now come in this newsletter. :-) Provided below is a link to the schedule, as well as a link to the agenda.

Please review the agenda prior to each meeting. Wednesday meetings will be held in the Community Room. We will begin promptly at 7:35 a.m.

If you are unable to make it to a meeting, please let us know in advance, if possible. Please see Heidi or Jen as soon as you can after the meeting to find out what you missed.

Tech Talk

Paid App Request Form

OK, it's finally in a form that can be used. Below is the link for the paid iPad App request form. Please download and fill out this form to request an app for your IPad. Please turn in to Heidi for approval and purchase.

Resource Sharing - Great Article on Student Motivation & Learning

Coming Events!

Teacher Workshop - How to Design a Writing Workshop for Early Elementary Students

Wednesday, Oct. 8th 2014 at 6:30-8:30pm

1111 Reading Dr

Montgomery, IL

Oswego Public Library is hosting a workshop on Writing Workshop for teachers in Grades 1-5. I will cover the $5 cost if you are interested in attending. Please RSVP by the end of the school day on Wednesday, September 10th. I will register us at that time.

Please see the flyer below for more information about this, and other educational programs offered by the Oswego Public Library.

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Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 11th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

There are two sessions for parents - 6:30 -- 7:10 and 7:15 - 7:55.

Writer's Workshop

Tuesday, Sep. 23rd 2014 at 7:30am

Prairie Point Community Room

RSVPs are enabled for this event.