End Of Year Update!

May 25th, 2016

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Keep Calm: Summer is Almost Here

Friends,


Smore decided NOT to cooperate this past weekend. I continued to have "text alignment" issues and in fact, it got even worse. However, the world did not stop when the Staff Weekly Update did not land in your inbox. Yet trying to get this tech glitch to work was not fun. I simply decided to take a few calm breaths . . . and step away from the laptop. This has now turned into an End of Year Update!


Throughout the summer, I will continue to send updates as needed. Sometimes it will be by email and other times it will be via Smore newsletter.


I also added the "Summer Calendar" below, versus putting it in the separate Smore calendar. Over the summer, I am going to reflect on whether or not I want to continue this practice of calendar communication - or, is there a more efficient way to send out the calendar? If you have any wonderful ideas, I am ALL EARS!


Please enjoy these last two days with your darlings and no matter what, let's remind ourselves of the wisdom of the late Maya Angelou:


I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel.


I cannot express enough the level of gratitude that I have for each and every one of you.


It's been ANOTHER remarkable year and they just keep getting better and better! I'm SO excited for the possibilities that we have on our horizons - everything from the related arts schedule (hooray for Wellness and Deb!), two new staff members to hire + our temporary art teacher, three new bundles of joy to expand our SGE family, Holly's new chapter with soon-to-be married life, hearing about the next newest adventures for Diane, Deb, and Muff, the continuation and partnership with Universal Preschool, and last but NOT least - our newest families that can't wait to be a part of SGE this fall.


Looking forward to celebrating this school year with all of you at Jessica's house on Thursday evening! Thank you Jessica and Joy Club for getting this organized!


With Much Respect,

Connie

Calendar of Events: End of May to Early August 2016

Wed. 5/25

  • 2nd Grade - Insect Expo
  • PTO - Kokomo Beach Day
  • 8:10 - SPED CC for 1st grader - Largent, Fure, Clare, Ivey - conf. room
  • 9:15 - 4th grade graduation practice - gym
  • 12:30 - Connie in lunch w/ 3rd grader


Thurs. 5/26

  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!
  • 4th quarter ends
  • 9:45 - 4th Grade Graduation - gym
  • 11:30 - 2:00 Kona Ice @ SGE
  • 11:30 - Connie in parent meeting (TENTATIVE)
  • 3:00 - 4th Grade Walking/Dancing of the Halls
  • 4:30 - End of Year Staff Party - Hosted by Jessica Luchenbill


Fri. 5/27

  • Teacher Record Day
  • 9:30 - Staff Breakfast - Please join us in the Cafe for a light breakfast courtesy of Connie/Martha!
  • 10:30 - Connie/Martha/Holly in meeting


***JUNE 2016***


Thurs. 6/2

  • Teachers post grades by 8:00AM


Fri. 6/3

  • Grades available to parents


Mon. 6/6

  • LAST DAY OF END OF YEAR CHECKLIST - please ensure you have turned it in by this date + completed all items that are applicable to you! Your EOY Checklist gets turned in to Alison or Jen. THANKS!
  • 9:00 - 12:00 - Meeting with Master Schedule Team


Wed. 6/8

  • Round 1 - Interviews for KDG & 3rd grade teachers - DETAILS TBA


Mon. 6/13

  • Round 2 - Interviews for KDG & 3rd grade teachers - DETAILS TBA


***AUGUST 2016***

  • 8/1-3: New Teacher AcademY
  • 8/4: First day for teachers
  • 8/5: PD day for teachers
  • 8/8: Teacher work day, 5:30-7:00 Ice Cream Social
  • 8/9: First Day of School
  • 8/26: 5:00 pm Eagle Fest

Friendly Reminders - Google Forms & Shared Google Doc

End of Year Staff Survey - completely optional! http://goo.gl//BAp1aqEFb0


Google Form to be on the Master Schedule Team - Date/time is Mon. 6/6 from 9am - 12pm + optional lunch (courtesy of Connie/Martha) is from 12-1pm - http://goo.gl//TfrQve0l1I


Google Form to sign up for the Interview Team - (for KDG & 3rd/HA).

Two dates: Wed. 6/8 & Mon. 6/13, both tentatively from 9am - 3pm

http://goo.gl//wsr9HSnvRZ


SGE Master Calendar (Draft) - below is a link that will allow for you to EDIT this document. PTO has been given this same editable link. Please simply add any events that you know will need to be on the schedule for next year. Even if you don't know the exact date, feel free to add in a tentative date for now and then it can be finalized later! Here is the link: https://docs..com/document/d/187rWv7oySpAtZlga5czninL3KXlWRXYEYQMlTsHVtlc/edit?usp=sharing

END OF SCHOOL YEAR PARTY!

  • ALL SGE Staff are invited by the Joy Club!
  • Please keep this to *staff only*
  • Location: Home of Jessica Luchenbill
  • Thursday, May 26th - as soon as students depart!
  • We will also be celebrating our "Three Babies and a Wedding!

SEPTEMBER 2016 PAYROLL - FRIENDLY REMINDER + PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY

Certified 2016 Payroll Schedule

As a reminder, the 26th and final payroll for the 2015-2016 teacher contract is scheduled for August 12, 2016. The First pay for the 2016-2017 teacher contract year will beSeptember 2, 2016. Please note that these dates areTHREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payrollschedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.


Classified/Salary 2016 Payroll Schedule

You will receive a paycheck on August 12, 2016. The next paycheck will be September 2, 2016. Please note that these dates are THREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payroll schedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Salary employees will receive a regular paycheck (1/26th your annual salary). Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.


Classified/Hourly 2016 Payroll Schedule

You will receive a paycheck on August 12, 2016. The next paycheck will be September 2, 2016. Please note that these dates are THREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payroll schedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Hourly employees will be paid for the hours worked 7/17/16 – 7/30/16 on the Aug. 12th, 2016 payroll. Hours worked 7/31/16-8/20/16 will be paid on the Sept. 2nd, 2016 payroll. Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.


If you have any questions about which payroll schedule applies to you, please speak with your direct supervisor.

2015-2016 DISTRICT PRIORITIES

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TUESDAY TAKE-AWAY: SUMMER READS

You made it! Woohoo! The finish line for 2015-16 is in sight. While we are packing up this school year, I know many of you are already thinking about next school year with changes you want to make and things you want to try. Summer is also a time when many of us catch up on our reading, both professional and personal. Here are some books that would make a great professional read this summer:


  • · Who’s Doing the Work? How To Say Less So Readers Can Do More by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris - This newly released book is one I will be reading this summer. I started following the Burkins and Yaris blog about 2 years ago, and they share good stuff. From Amazon: “Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris explore how some traditional scaffolding practices may actually rob students of important learning opportunities and independence. Who’s Doing the Work? suggests ways to make small but powerful adjustments to instruction that hold students accountable for their own learning.”
  • · Conferring With Readers: Supporting Each Student’s Growth And Independence by Jennifer Serravallo and Gravity Goldberg - Are you moving to a more workshop based model of reading instruction next year? This book is a great resource to learn about the backbone of the workshop model, conferring with students. From Amazon: “A great reading conference only takes five minutes, but its impact can last a lifetime. That's because conferences are the critical, one-to-one teaching that forms the backbone of reading instruction. Conferring with Readers shows you how to confer well and demonstrates why a few moments with students every week can put them on the path to becoming better, more independent readers.”
  • · The Big Book of Details: 46 Moves for Teaching Writers to Elaborate by Rozlyn Linder - This book is a resource for mini-lessons and conferring with writers From Amazon: “ Have you ever told a writer to add more details, only to see their writing get longer not better? That's why Roz Linder wrote The Big Book of Details. "To help our students use details and elaborate effectively," she writes, "we need to find out what they want their writing to do, and then show them explicit moves to make it happen."
  • · This blog post has a list of 41 recommended books to sharpen your professional skills. Some are directly related to instruction, some to the mindset of teachers and students.
  • · A book I don’t want you to purchase over the summer? The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo. Why? That is a surprise. Stay tuned for more information coming in August.


I’ll close with this. Thank you all for the tremendously hard work you have done over the course of this year. Your students have grown as learners and as people. I hope your summer provides some time to relax and recharge. I look forward to doing school with you again this fall.

HERE ARE OUR BEAUTIFUL BIRTHDAY FRIENDS FOR MAY 2016!

*If you are NEW and we do not have your birthdate, please email Alison so we can recognize you on your special day! Thank you!*


May

*I accidentally left off Deb Ruckman's birthday!!!*

Her birthday is - May 16th! Happy birthday, Deb!

2015-2016 LIFELINES

August - Cooperation

September - Respect

October - Flexibility

November - Gratitude

December - Generosity

January - Responsibility

February - Friendship

March - Perseverance

April - Self-Control

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