Creasy Connection

January 18, 2016

Principal Passage...


Will meet you at 9:00 at the Education Building in the morning for the Poverty Simulation sponsored by Crisis Control. Light breakfast provided by the Easton staff. The activity begins at 9:45. You are not expected at school prior to this time unless you choose to go. The building will be open. We should be done by 12 noon. After lunch (on your own), working in our rooms is on the agenda.

I look forward to working with Easton ES faculty and sharing an experience that I believe will deepen our sensitivity to the plight of those in poverty.

What if it snows? It could happen. Reference the district Employee Handbook. The details can be found on page 6. Several scenarios are covered in the article.

TRC is happening! We are working diligently to complete TRC with our sweep team of TRC Titans. Keep a good thought.

This Creasy Connection is short and sweet. If I missed something you were thinking of please send me an email. Hope your MLK weekend was a good one!

Calendar Links

  • Check it out for updates to the remainder of the year. A staff calendar on the Haiku site - the Whitaker Staff Calendar go to the calendar tab to see the full calendar. Check calendar article below too.
  • The second School Wires Calendar is for families on our school website.

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Magent & Choice Periods on Horizon

Enrollment / Choice periods

Choice windows

In Zone March 7-18

Out of Zone April 18-29.

Details can be found here.

Kindergarten screening date is May 10th.

School Touring for New Students - We are offering school tours once a week to those interested in attending Whitaker. Please consider these visitors as you evaluate classroom appearance.

Magnet Information - Deadline to apply January 25th - 4:30pm

Mid-Year PDP and Observations

Mid-Year PDP’s and Evaluations – Lindsay and I will be contacting you about mid-year PDP progress. We will try to tie these to 2nd round evaluation conferences where possible. Starting classroom walkthroughs as well.

Grant Deadline 2/5

Grants, in amounts of up to $2,500, are available for teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum coordinators, and media coordinators in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for various professional growth and enrichment opportunities. Grants are awarded in support of innovative and results-oriented educational opportunities that enable educators to enhance their impact on students and enrich the subject and/or content being taught in the classroom. These projects should expand the knowledge and skills of both teachers and students. Grant Link - due by February 5th

January / February Calendar

  • 1/18 No School for Students - Martin Luther King Day
  • 1/19 No School for Students - Teacher Workday
  • 1/19 Poverty Simulation - Ed Bldg - 9:00 am
  • 1/19 Names for Letters of Concern due to Creasy
  • 1/20 SIT Meeting 2:45 pm
  • 1/21 Report Cards to Creasy
  • 1/26 Report Cards go home
  • 1/27 Prospective Parent Coffee
  • 1/27 MOY / Dibels window closes
  • 1/28 Spelling Bee
  • 2/1 - 2/5 Book Fair
  • 2/1 Energy Presentations - all grade levels
  • 2/4 Invention Convention
  • 2/5 Parent Night Out - PTA / RJR Soccer Team Event

A few more items...

  • Have the Spelling Bee and Invention Convention on your radar for the new year.

  • UPDATE - Chromebooks are here! Once they are cataloged, Mrs. Weeks and Mrs. Randall will deliver them. Look for an email from JoEllen offering a short video on the use of Chromebooks. Send some pictures with students working with them for us to Tweet.

  • Please copy me on your classroom newsletters either via email or on paper. This should be at least bi-weekly or weekly.