Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

April 19

Our Mission

The Moreau Heights family is committed to providing a positive and safe learning environment to support responsible and productive citizens.

Self-Care: Life-fit, Not Balance

Life-fit is looking at how we, as teachers and school leaders, reduce stress by creating an ebb and flow that works for us. Often the word balance carries a negative connotation in that it suggests the goal is to find a fifty-fifty split between work and life, and if we are not meeting that goal, we must be doing something wrong.


As you think about your perspective and mindset regarding work, considering life-fit may help you reduce any struggle you may feel to balance your passion for education with your commitment to family and personal well-being.


We must recognize and accept that there will always be more work to do, more deadlines to meet, another situation to resolve, and that our email inbox , if it ever does reach zero, will only remain at zero for a few minutes. Life-fit addresses not what we feel we should do but what we can actually do and acknowledges that those are not always that same.


Life-fit gives us permission to do what works for us - without judgement or guilt. Life-fit is different for everyone. Life-fit honors our unique situations throughout various points in our lives. Finding a life-fit allows us to be forgiving of ourselves and to recognize there are ebbs and flows to life's events.


Starting today, what are some things you can do to support life-fit so you can be your best and serve others well?



  1. Be purposeful in scheduling down time.
  2. Drop activities that zap your time and energy.
  3. Set aside time weekly to do something you truly enjoy doing and honor it.
  4. Consider what you can delegate to someone else.
  5. Trust that others will offer through on your expectations.
  6. Take care of your body by exercising and making healthy food choices.



As educators, our work is never finished. It is how we manage our time and energy that determines our effectiveness in carrying the banner for others. Taking the perspective of life-fit over life-balance empowers us to support and allows for flexibility for ourselves and those around us, which in turn allows us to create a culture that energizes (rather than drain) the very people we aim to serve.

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PBS lesson

Our behavior data shows the greatest need is student defiance. Our lessons over the quarter will focus on skills that support student's following adult directions, even when it's hard.


The PBS lesson focus this week is I can respond appropriately when a student says or does something I don't like.


Our Second Steps. . .

Lesson 25 is where we have each classroom paced on lessons:


Kindergarten- Reviewing Second Steps lessons


Grades 1-5, if on schedule, have finished all lessons in the sequence. This would be a great time to revisit lessons that are topics your students are still struggling with.

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Great Reminders!

Check out this simple 5 second solution to support student attention in the classroom!
https://youtu.be/N_HPLMQStug

Celebrate the Positive!

Positive office referrals in 2019: 398


Have you kept an eye out for the positive choices by students? Have you written a positive referral to recognize a student doing a great job?

Nominations for New Professional of the Year

The Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation will be presenting awards during Opening Session to outstanding teachers who are in the first three years of their teaching career (including employment previous to JCPS). If you would like to nominate a teacher for this award, please follow this link to complete the survey.

Character Trait for April is Accountable

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JCPS Difference Maker Recognition

Have a colleague who you would like to see recognized for making a positive difference? Here is the link to complete a nomination.

Morning Gym Duty

Jerry Ries

Briana Watson

Theresa Schell

Whitney Boeckman

Calendar of Events

Monday, April 22

*SST for ES (Day, James, Paul, Holliday) 9:20

*Leadership Team mtg 3:45


Tuesday, April 23

*Kindergarten Field Trip

*SST for AG (Albers, Haugen, James) 9:15


Wednesday, April 24

*Secretaries Day

*Math MAP testing grades 3, 4, and 5

*Specials Collaboration 7:45- 8:15

*BM Service Plan mtg (Ewing, Haugen, Russler) 11:10

*PM IEP (Hutchison, Day/Haugen, Ewing, Hammann) 3:45


Thursday, April 25

*Math MAP testing grades 3, 4, and 5

*Principal mtg 1 - 3:30

*Staff Appreciation Banquet 5:30 at LCMS


Friday, April 26

*Mid-terms go home


Sunday, April 28

*Mission JC at MH 9:00


Monday, April 29

*BM Service Plan (Ewing, Haugen/Day, Russler) 11:10

*PBS Team mtg 3:45


Tuesday, April 30

*PLC Team at training

*School Culture Team 3:45


Wednesday, May 1

*5th grade MAP Science

*Class lists due

*Sue at District admin mtg 8 - 11

*New Crew mtg 3:45


Thursday, May 2

*5th grade MAP Science

*Bus Driver Appreciation Day

*Tier 2 mtg 3:45

*Kindergarten Open House 5:30-7:00


Friday, May 3

*Cafeteria Staff Appreciation Day

*Transition mtg (Haugen/Day, Humphreys, Hammann/Steinman) 9:30

*Shannon out for mtg 2:00 - end of day

Weekly Collaboration Log

This is the link to a revised communication log for your team collaboration. The expectation is that your team will complete each week.

March/April Birthdays


Theresa Schell - April 3

April Steinman - April 7

Whitney Boeckman - April 13

Katie Spear - April 30

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