All Aboard: The Blitz Bus @ LTN354

Weekly Memo 2.8.16

Where Great Happens!

PICTURE THIS- 96 students and families decided to wake up and participate in Saturday school at LTN354. The majority of students were car riders. This means parents reserved time out of their weekend to drop off and pick up their children. We thank our parents for making this investment in their child's future. Big Thanks to our Milestone Blitz Coaches and congratulations to Mrs. Whitaker and Mrs. Coleman on leading their first successful session!

Message from our Saturday School program coordinators:

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

What better weekend to kick off our LTN Milestones Blitz than on the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl?! Mrs. Coleman and I would just like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for dedicating your precious weekend time to preparing our students for the GA Milestones.

We had an strong start with 96 students in attendance, many of them who began showing up as early as 7:30 am! This is includes 84% of the A-Team students in attendance, and 68% of the B-Team students in attendance. Mrs. Coleman and I will work to contact those who were no-shows and allow students on the waiting list to fill any empty slots for the rest of our sessions.

The students were pumped up after the intro presentation, and we saw some great instruction as we went by the classrooms. Mrs. Stoermer is even planning to do a STEM activity with her students that will involve them using measurements and calculations transform cardboard into awesome creations! We will do our best to circulate and take pictures of the awesome work that you are doing, but feel free to catch those special moments on your own and upload the pictures to our OneDrive group so we can share and celebrate.

A Few Reminders

  • Email Mrs. Coleman with a description of the classroom appearance upon your arrival yesterday. We want to make sure that the classrooms are conducive learning environments.

  • Much thanks to Mrs. Freeman and Mr. Hewitt for our shirts, they look awesome! Don’t forget to pick up yours from Mrs. Coleman’s classroom before our next meeting on Feb. 20th. Please try to wear your shirt each session!

  • B-Team Teachers: Let Mrs. Whitaker know if any of your students had trouble logging into I will work on making login cards for them to make the process smoother. Those of you who were not in attendance for the session last week with Mrs. Gibbons, feel free to stop by my room before our next session to get a brief overview of the program.

  • Sample Assessments: Many of you did not finish the GA Milestones Sample Assessments yesterday and this is fine. Feel free to continue to use this as a guide to instruct, but keep in mind that these are not the only skills that will be covered on the test. I will be sending out a sample lesson plan for reading and math so that you can have an idea of how you could maximize the hour and 15 minutes you have in the classroom with them.

Once again, thanks for your dedication. This is a great theme for the program because teamwork is the key to success!

This Week and beyond @ LTN:

Students will attend school Monday through Thursday. Teachers will participate in district training on Friday during the teacher work day.

CLASSROOM DATA WALLS: ALL Classroom data walls must be posted by COB Friday, 2.12.16. If you will not be in the building on Friday, you will need to accomplish this task by Thursday before you leave. School-wide and individual feedback will be distributed after our admin walk on Friday at 3:30 COB. Please collaborate with your grade level colleagues or reach out to Ms. Bussey or Cannon with questions /concerns.

Monday, 2.8.16- Make up testing will take place for remaining students. School Governance Council Meeting at 6pm.

Tuesday, 2.9.16- GLT meetings as needed. Please listen out for more information.

Wednesday, 2.10.16- Faculty meeting: MOY State of the school address and data presentation

Thursday, 2.11.16- Jump Rope for Heart celebration in the gym. Please listen out for further details from Mrs. Jones.

Valentine's day parties take place for 1 hour, based on classroom/grade level schedules.

Math Leadership Team: Cycle Of Professional Learning- Number Talks

Teachers have received an electronic copy of the article, Number Talks Build Numerical Reasoning. We will begin our work in this area with a professional reading before moving into our input training on this topic. Stay tuned for more information.

Monday, 2.15.16- NO SCHOOL- Presidents Day

Tuesday, 2.16.16- MOY State of the School

8:00-8:45 a.m. 3-5 Student Assembly

9:00-9:30 a.m. K-2 Student Assembly

PJ Read A Thon Day 2.19.16-

Here are the highlights for this year's read-a-thon. Mrs. Fefe handy of the Page Turners organization has coordinated with executives from Cricket Wireless and Hartsfield Airport to come in and read to our students from 9 am – 11 am. A master schedule will be created that assigns the volunteers to classrooms.

The plan is to direct them to the media center when they arrive and allow them to select a couple of books that would be appropriate for the grade level they are reading to. Chick-Fil-A is catering the food for our volunteers/guest readers.

We will also need a few student representatives to escort our guest speakers/readers around the building. Fourth and Fifth Grade Level Chairs, please submit the names of five students per grade level by the end of the week to Mrs. Whitaker.

We will be soliciting the support and participation of our parents to volunteer their time to read to our students for the afternoon block (11 am-2 pm). Parents will need to schedule a time with their child’s teacher during that time period. Flyers will go home this week.

LTN Staff Outing: La Fiesta- Friday, 2.19.16

In celebration of our hard work so far this school year, we will meet at La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, located at 1419 Virginia Ave. Atlanta, GA 30337. The time frame for this event will be from 4-7pm.Please RSVP via email to Mrs. Freeman by COB Thursday, 2.11.16. Come on out, relax, eat, laugh, and ..... See you there!

K-2 Sight Word Kick OFF Assembly: Monday, 2.22.16

Please listen out for the timeframe for this event.

Friday, 2.26.16: MVP Skate Towne Fundraiser

Come on out, support a great cause, have good time with our kids! See you there!

Have a great work week!

Black History 365

Ralph David Abernathy

Abernathy, Ralph David (ăbˈərnăthˌē) [key], 1926–90, American civil-rights leader, b. Linden, Ala. A Baptist minister, he helped Martin Luther King, Jr., organize the Montgomery bus boycott (1955). He was treasurer, vice president, and, after King's assassination (1968), president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). An advocate of nonviolence as a means to social change, he led the Poor People's Campaign on Washington, D.C., after King's death. He resigned from the SCLC in 1977.