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February 2016

Hello February!

This is crazy; we are in the month of February. I just wish my brain would catch up to the days; they seem to be just blinking by. This makes me sad.

So it turns out, from our staff relations diagram, families choose Gideon as their home campus because we have awesome, caring teachers. Celebrate that root driver for parents choosing Gideon, and believe in the consensus- I do! You all are "awesome, caring teachers," and if you don't believe that about yourself then make that your vision and live in it.

Anyhow, the National Title 1 Conference was good (just good), but the keynote speakers each day were great! Now don't get me wrong, I did hear some affirming speeches and learn a few things as well. LaVar Burton spoke on the power of literacy and said that teachers are the MOST important figures in young people's lives. He says that our job is to show kids the endless possibilities and to help flourish their imaginations. Mr. Reading Rainbow believes that we should live by the POWER Model Motto: "Never question ability, always improve strategy." Let's just marinate on the for a little bit.

After my first day of workshops, I went back to my room and wrote in my journal over the phrases that were flying inside of my head. I thought, you know, he's right. 'What if' we shifted our focus some from limitations in our students' academics (intervention), and rather gave majority of our energy to improving student grade-level skills with the tools our teachers already have (TIER 1)- we could significantly increase on- level achievement. So what's the point? We have a job to do people, and it has everything to do with kids and their success.

That night I realized that Gideon's purpose is not only to create an environment that is both welcoming and easy (to the community), but also, to show students (and sometimes parents) that there are no limits to the success they can accomplish in life, with the exception of those limits they self inflict. "Never question ability, always improve strategy." Therefore, we will provide all kids with a plan for completing Elementary (and later Intermediate), and build a community of LITERATE students. And before I closed my journal, three words stood boldly in my mind, so I wrote: Develop, Nurture, Inspire.

I closed my eyes, and I smiled. We have have amazing days ahead of us team.


Upcoming Lane Closures

SH 360 South Project

Upcoming Lane Closures

Feb 11-12, 2016 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Left lane SH 360 southbound and northbound from Broad to Heritage, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Feb 15, 2016 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Left lane SH 360 southbound and northbound from New York to Holland, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Longterm Closure
Feb. 15, 2016 thru Nov 22, 2016

Ragland Road/Debbie Lane cross over of SH 360 will be closed for construction. Detours will be provided just South of Debbie Lane for the Northbound traffic and just North of Ragland Road for the Southbound Traffic. Roadway to remain closed for bridge construction.

Feb 16-17, 2016 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Left lane SH 360 southbound and northbound from Broad to Heritage, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Longterm Closure
Jan. 31, 2016 thru Feb 19, 2016 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Detour from southbound SH 360 to Lynn Creek Parkway/Northbound SH 360 will be shutdown between 7p.m and 6a.m. New York Avenue will be the alternate detour. Construction crews will be working from 7 p.m to 6 a.m. each night between Feb. 1 and Friday, Feb 19, with the exception of Saturday Feb. 6, and Saturday. Feb. 13. Read more here.

Longterm Closure
Jan. 24, 2016 thru Oct 22, 2016
Lynn Creek/ Webb Lynn cross over of SH 360 will be closed for construction. Detours will be provided just North of Lynn Creek for the Northbound traffic and just South of Webb Lynn for the Southbound Traffic.

For more information, visit our website at

Parent Involvement Newsletter

The February newsletter, The Parental Involvement CONNECTION, is available in English and Spanish. This edition of the newsletter includes articles about child nutrition, prevention of teen suicide, and a secret to stop bullying.

This would be great to share with your parents.

Animal Essay Contest Winners Video Link

The Arlington Animal Shelter has an annual essay contest for 3rd- 5th graders. There were 1,478 essay entries, and 531 were 3rd graders. Of the 531 entries, only 3 students won. Gideon has a winner!!! Lubyana Faizi, in Mrs. Grace’s class, placed! Way to go Lubyana!

MISD had four schools with a winner this year, we look forward to doubling that number next year. See the video here:

National Wear Red Day!

Want to support Go Red For Women? You can, just by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5, 2016.

Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day®. By doing we you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

Let's Go Red!

Please leave a message!

The front office and nurse's office are inundated with calls every hour, and are doing their best to direct the parents appropriately. If you call anyone from school, please leave a message with your name, student name, and reason for your call so parents know who to ask for when they return your call. Furthermore, if you are waiting on a phone call, please email the front office staff so they know how to direct the parents. The more we work together, the more we can minimize risk... and headaches :).

No RTI on February, 5th!

Great resources for Black History Month!

The district wants to know what we are doing, so if your class does something great, please share pictures with me so I can share your greatness with the district.

ATTN Teachers:

If you have a Special Education student who visits your classroom, be sure to include their family on your parent emails, and send home any flyers specific to your grade. This week a few families have shared that they feel isolated from the general education students, because they do not know if they can participate in the activities they see on your websites. Although our self- contained teachers do their best to notify them of your activities, they want to hear from you. Also, it is best practice that you include the Special Education teacher in your family emails as well (Ashley Rodriguez- 3/4, Noelle Beauchamp K-2, Evan Russell- FLS). CAMP Team this also pertains to your concerts, projects, etc. Thank you!

Be sure team websites are current!

Make sure major exams, projects, team events (concerts, field trips, etc. ) are listed. Our families rely on them.

  • Kindergarten:
  • 1st Grade:
  • 2nd Grade:
  • 3rd Grade:
  • 4th Grade:
  • CAMP:
  • SPED:
  • Read Across America is March 2nd!

    Feel free to do some fun reading activities during your Reading time. Here is the website, in case you want to learn more:
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    MISD News...

    Did you know that MISD offers our students many opportunities to save money while being well on their way to earning a college degree?

    • Dual Credit- the opportunity to ear both a college and high school credit while in high school. Students can earn up to 24 hours of college credit with textbooks free, and up to 2/3 tuition paid
    • TREC- the Health Science Academy guaranteed 42 college hours; with the idea of graduating with a medical certification
    • iStart- requires a commitment to a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 48 hours; it allows earlier access to dual credit
    • we have partnerships with UTA, UNT, and Prairie View A&M that allow an array of opportunities for students to earn a degree at a much cheaper rate than the regular college route

    Also, coming soon to Mansfield:

    • The LOT Downtown (Live Outdoor Theatre)

    • City of Mansfield is negotiating with Dallas Stars for a Skating Rink

      • Across 287, near the field house

    Finally, Mansfield is growing. The city anticipates nearly 6,000 new homes; most of which will be east of 360. Clearly this means, more families, mores kids, and later more schools (all of which will be on the Executive Board's agenda in future planning). I'll keep you posted.

    Let's share this exciting news with our families, so they know what is available to their children in our district. These opportunities are not happening in all school districts, so it is up to us to spread the exciting news!

    February Staff Birthdays!

    - Feb. 7: Mrs. Khamhiran (4th grade)

    - Feb. 8: Mrs. Lynette Moore (receptionist)

    - Feb. 26: Ms. Pely (cafeteria)

    Great Book Alert!

    At only $2.99, this is a quick read and a must. The author gives you a plan for speaking life into your children and ways to revolutionize your relationship with them. Mark Batterson's book not only forced me to reflect on the way I see my kids and pray for them, but he also helps me recognize that my prayers will shape the destiny of my family for generations to come. Check it out!

    (It's in my office if you want to see it.)

    February events...

    2/4: 100th Day!

    2/9: Open House

    2/10: Spirit Night, 4-9, Trios Pizza

    2/11: StuCo Valentines Day Photo Booth

    2/12: District Spelling Bee

    2/15: Lunch from Mrs. Gideon

    2/16: 3rd Grade Concert/ Parent Info Night

    2/16: 1/2 Day Planning (K,1)

    2/17: 1/2 Day Planning (2, SPED)

    2/18: 1/2 Day Planning (3,4)

    2/19: Dental Program, 9:30 (PreK- 2)


    Free Valentine fun the family can enjoy!

    Head to the idyllic urban refuge of Klyde Warren Park on Feb. 14 from noon to 9:30 p.m. There’ll be family-friendly activities from noon to 4 p.m., then the mood will be set for adults to dance the night away from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will also mark the beginning of “I Heart the Park,” the park’s first public fundraising campaign. 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. Free; make advance reservations (not required, but appreciated) at 214-716-4500.

    February Parent Newsletter.

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