Jeffries Weekly Update
January 11-15, 2016
This Week's Events
Monday, Jan. 11- Happy Monday!
Tuesday, Jan. 12- Professional Learning- We will get our staff devices (no vertical teaming)- in the library; Jeffries Texas Roadhouse Night! 4-9PM (2nd Grade students dance at 7PM)
Wednesday, Jan. 13 - Liz out of town for State Leadership Academy Meetings (W-F); Phil Mendenhall Teacher in Charge for AM & Rachelle Certain Teacher in Charge for PM (Emergencies only). Tracy Livingston will do carline duty for Liz; Watch DOG: Justin Senteno
Thursday, Jan. 14- Watch DOG: Brandon Essary; TST 7:45AM-8:30AM (Trotter's Rm.);
Liz gone all day
Friday, Jan. 15- Liz gone all day (Phil Mendenhall is Teacher in Charge for emergencies only until 12:15PM).
Patience is a vital skill for the staff member who is helping someone who is reaching out for support who is confused and/or frustrated. In addition, as important as the calm we demonstrate, be aware of the message being sent with non-verbal body language.
For those in customer service positions, good communication and effective problem-solving skills are must-haves. Being able to give or interchange thoughts, feelings, information, or the like, by writing, speaking, or email is vital to addressing customer concerns or wishes.
Individuals should listen with an ear for details and pay close attention to the customer/parent. Ask clarifying questions to ensure full comprehension of the situation.
January 8-29- JumpRope for Heart (see Coach Fielding for details)
Monday, Jan. 18- No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Tuesday, Jan. 19th- CANVAS Step 2 Training with Debbie Hammer 4-5PM (We will bring our new devices to the library and she will provide training on the different elements of CANVAS); Liz has MOY Meetings with staff; Liz has MOY Growth Mtgs. all day
Thursday, Jan. 21- Liz out all day for Professional Advisory Committee Mtg.
Friday, Jan. 22- 2nd Annual Jeffries Chili Cook-Off!
Tuesday, Jan. 26- Google Mini Learning Sessions (with Jana Payne)- 4-4:30PM in the Computer Lab (Topic: Your Google Account)- note: will occur every Tues. after school during Feb.
Thursday, Jan. 28- Jeffries Health Risk Assessment (sign up!)
Tuesday, Feb. 2- Safety Committee Mtg. 4-4:30PM- Conference Rm.; Google Training with Jana (for those interested) 4-4:30PM; Jaguar Junction
Wednesday, Feb. 3- Mid 3rd Quarter
Thursday, Feb. 4- PTA Executive Mtg. 6:30PM
Friday, Feb. 5- Leadership Assembly
Saturday, Feb. 6- Shop with a Hero 9AM
Tuesday, Feb. 9- In-School House Players Assembly 1:15PM (K-5 in gym); 2nd Grade Performs for School at 2PM (following In-School House Players); PTA Mtg. with 2nd Grade Performance at 7PM
Friday, Feb. 12- Valentine's Parties 2:30-3:30PM
Monday, Feb. 22- 3rd Grade Peter & the Wolf Field Trip
Monday, March 29-Feb. 4- Student Council Penny War (to benefit Leadership Program)
Friday, March 4- Leadership Assembly; End of 3rd Quarter
March 7-11- Spring Break
Have you completed a SPS Recognition Form lately to recognize a SPS R-12 employee for a job well done? Please do that here!
When will staff get their new laptops? Timeline (tentative) revealed!
Jeffries Elementary: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (at our scheduled faculty mtg./professional learning time from 3:50-5:00PM in the Library!). Blended Learning Dept. will hand out the devices, get everyone logged in, and do some customization. The day after our staff receives their device, they will have a tech start at Jeffries to answer questions or assist with needs.
HP Hybrid device
Wireless projection module (installations on-going)
Tablet stands (arriving starting in December)
Certified staff in certified positions
Staff rosters will be emailed prior to deployment for verification
30 minutes to deploy
Short presentation covering basics
Everyone will login, configure their email, and personalize their device
A technician will be available the next day on site to answer questions and help with other setups
Desktops are not pulled this year
Want to begin training modules so you can work at your own speed on learning all about Google? I have invited you to a CANVAS training for Google. I would highly encourage you to begin going through the online courses.
Have you registered for your HRA (Health Risk Assessment) yet?
Thursday, Jan. 28
Where? Jeffries Library (7:45-9:15AM)
To make an apt for your HRA, please call 888-8888. About a week or so before your scheduled HRA, you will receive via snail mail, some paperwork to complete and bring with you for your HRA appointment. I am positive this paperwork will include instructions on fasting and additional tests that could be requested if necessary. The HRA location will be in our wonderful library area. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Ready to move beyond Lexia? Training for Reading Plus!
You also can explore Reading Plus trainings online:
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Reading Plus Level 2
Dates & Locations
Mon., February 1, 2016 Tefft Rm 102
Mon., February 22, 2016 Tefft Rm 102
Mon., March 21, 2016 Tefft Rm 102
Mon,. April 4, 2016 Tefft Rm 102
2nd Annual Jeffries Chili Cook-Off
When? Friday, Jan. 22nd
Who? Any Jeffries Staff Member Can Enter Contest (make your best batch of chili!)
Where? Everyone who is entering the contest should have their chili hot and ready by 10AM in the Conference Room. SPS R-12 Judges will taste test and judge at 10AM.
Other: Those who are not entering contest can sign up to bring bowls, crackers, dessert, drinks, etc.
Winners? 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies will be awarded
Shop With a Hero! (SPS R-12/Care to Learn)
The elementary division of Springfield Public Schools is excited to continue the collaborative opportunity with Care to Learn. Care to Learn, in partnership with Walmart, are providing funds for emergent needs of students in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene while providing a unique opportunity for selected students to be engaged with a caring school district “hero” employee. This event has been a great success for four years for the selected kiddos & staff, prompting Walmart to commit again to it this year. The information below will describe the process for this event.
The elementary sites will identify students in the district with needs related to Care to Learn’s purpose of providing for health, hunger and hygiene. Each site will have to opportunity to identify and select three (3) students. These students should reflect the diversity of the district’s student population and be half male and half female. Students do not have to qualify or be enrolled for free and/or reduced meal program or attend Title I schools, but should be identified as underserved/under-resourced for reasons beyond the student’s control.
Each student will be partnered with a caring district professional (Hero) who will take them shopping at the Walmart store assigned to them. Each student, accompanied the student’s parent(s) and their Hero, will be given $100 to spend on the student’s personal needs. Suggested example items might include: shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush/comb, dental care items, coats, hat, gloves, shoes, socks, jeans, shirts, nutritional food, vitamins, etc. Items not appropriate would include: alcohol, tobacco, candy, or toys. At the request of Walmart, a universal shopping date and time has been set. This event will take place Saturday, Feb 6th at 9am (The early time will allow shopping when Walmart is not packed by its usual heavy midday and afternoon volume).
Want to be a Hero? Please let Liz know if you would like to be a "Hero" by Friday, Jan. 22.
Know someone who needs a hero? Please let Liz know if you have a student in mind you would like to be considered for this event by Friday, Jan. 22