Sailing Through the Week

Belle River Staff Memo - Week of October 12, 2015

Important Dates

Monday: October 12

  • Staff Meeting at 3:40 p.m.

Tuesday: October 13

  • Rachel leaves at 2:45 p.m. for Ad Team Meeting

Wednesday: October 14

  • Popcorn Sale in Morning
  • Happy Birthday to Katie Collins
  • Family Game Night 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday: October 16

  • PTO Fun Run

Upcoming Dates

Monday: October 19

  • Staff Meeting (Record Keeping)

Wednesday: October 21

  • Popcorn Sale in Morning

Monday: October 26

  • Board of Education Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday: October 28

  • Half Day for Students/Conferences
  • Salad Bar for Lunch

Thursday: October 29

  • Half Day for Students/Conferences
  • PTO Sponsored "Souper" Lunch

Friday: October 30

  • Halloween Parade/Classroom Parties
  • Afternoon building-based PD

Tuesday: November 3

  • 2:45 Rachel to C.O. for Ad Team Meeting
Wednesday: November 4

  • Popcorn Sale in Morning
  • Dr. Skalka Visits

Wednesday: Novemer 11

  • Popcorn Sale in Morning

Thursday: November 12

  • Fall Picture Retakes/Yearbook Photos
  • 9:30 a.m. Lockdown Drill

Diane and Lori each did a phenomenal job of modeling best practices during their Math Expressions lessons! The district's kindergarten and third grade teachers were impressed. Way to represent Belle River!

Student Behavior

Now that rules and procedures have been established, it is time to monitor and reinforce our expectations for student behavior. Something to work on this week is making sure that students are walking quietly in the hallways. This is especially important when Media classes are in session. Please review and reinforce these basic "walking in line" rules:

1. Eyes watching teacher;

2. Body walking with hands/feed to self;

3. Quiet walking feet and voice silent;

4. Follow the person in front of you, leaving adequate space for walking;

5. Stay on the right side of the hallway.

Classroom Happenings

Thank you for the pictures, stories, and parent communications that you are sending me! Each day, there are so many amazing things happening in classrooms. I enjoy reading about them and seeing the students engaged in powerful learning events. An example of an activity that had great impact on second grade students in Kathy's class is shown below.

Halloween Costume Guidelines

Students are already buzzing about their Halloween costumes, and some have even asked if there are new rules regarding costume guidelines since there is a new principal. These are the guidelines that seem to make sense. Please inform our students and share with parents.

  • Students may wear costumes to school on the bus. No costume changing at school.
  • Toy guns, swords, chains, or other such accessories or "weapons" are not allowed in school.
  • Masks that cover the face are not acceptable.
  • Light make-up or hair color are acceptable and must be applied at home.
  • Gory or ultra-scary costumes are not acceptable at school.
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School Improvement Team

Thank you to those who met last week at our School Improvement Team Meeting. We had a substantive discussion that helped generate topics for staff meetings and our upcoming building-based PD afternoon. We will have a general School Improvement meeting every month to assess our efforts and success in fulfilling the goals of our SI plan. Below is a link to the plan that outlines our goals, objectives, strategies, and activities for your review.


Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for next week. Our goal is 100% participation, so please contact parents who do not show up, and attempt to conduct a phone conference or schedule a meeting at another time. Also, please send me an invitation via Outlook Calendar if you need me to attend and support during any of your students' conferences. Below is a link to my latest blog on parent-teacher conferences that will be shared on our website and Facebook:

Words of Wisdom from Carson: A smile is a curve that sets everything straight!

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