Sigler Elementary Monday Memo

April 11th

Own It

Our theme at Sigler Elementary this year is “OWN IT”. These two simple words set the stage for the 2015-2016 school year and serve as a reminder for students, staff and families that regardless of the circumstances, we must “OWN IT”. There can be no excuses. Each student, teacher and family that walks through our doors has a story to share and obstacles to overcome. Our goal is to empower our students, teachers and families to meet these obstacles head on, overcome them, regardless of their size and “OWN IT”!


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Sigler Family Literacy

Sigler Family Literacy, partnering with Plano Family Literacy shares the belief that the parent is the child's first teacher in life. Our mission is to build healthy families by working with the entire family unit developing life skills, literacy skills, and a strong commitment to family wholeness.

There are 5 components that make up Sigler Family Literacy

  • Adult Education - Multi faceted literacy training that leads to economic self-sufficiency and assisting children in life-long learning and school success
  • Early Childhood Education - An age-appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experiences
  • Parent Education - Training and support for parents on how to be the primary teacher for their children. This component teaches parents how to be full partners in the education of their child
  • Integrated Literacy - Interactive literacy activities between parents and their children designed as a partnership in teaching
  • Home Visits - Personal visits to participants’ homes by staff members to teach collaboration of school and home learning

Sigler Family Literacy meets at Sigler Elementary each Monday and Wednesday from 8AM - 11AM and on Thursday at the Bird Family Literacy Center.

For more information please contact Dellmy Cabrera or Matt Arend at Sigler Elementary.

What's Happening at Sigler Family Literacy...

Sigler Family Literacy teamed up with Plano Family Literacy and participated in building Little Free Libraries to be set up around the city of Plano. We are excited to receive a Little Free Library that will be set up at Sigler Elementary.

Let Us "REMIND" You about What is Happening at Sigler Elementary

What I Learned from Twitter This Week...

Do You Follow Sigler Elementary on Twitter? You Should Be!

Finish Strong!

While it may seem like we have several weeks of school remaining, the truth is, we are down to the final eight weeks.

With the school year being compared to a marathon, knowing we must go slow to fast, we must also be able to finish strong. Now is not the time to be folding up our tents and looking forward to next year. Rather, we must expect more now than ever out of ourselves and our students. Our campus goal of language acquisition remains a focus and over the next eight weeks, we can continue to develop language among our students.

Our LIFT team and support staff will be bringing a book with them to planning for the remainder of the year, titled "7 Steps to a Language Rich Interactive Classroom". This book, by John Seidlitz is full of strategies that can be incorporated tomorrow, many of which you may already be using.

Check out the first habit, "Teach students what to say when they don't know what to say" by clicking here: Habit #1

Week of April 11th

(Items in Bold - Student Opportunities)

As a staff, we identified peer classroom visits or learning walks as an area we wanted to grow in. Our goal for 2016 is for each staff member to complete three visits or learning walks. These can happen on your time (planning, lunch, counselor, library or while another staff member covers your classroom). If we make it important enough, it will make us better. Read here: Stepping Into Each Other's Classrooms.

Need some help getting started:

Scene 1 - Animated Learning Walks Model: “The First Step”

Scene 2 - The Exchange

Scene 3 - The Return

Scene 4 - The Teaming Exchange

Scene 5 - The Glimpse

Scene 6 - Two Teachers Learning Together

Additional information to support this goal can be found here:

It is National Library Week! How will you show your love for Mrs. Dowdy and our library?

Monday, April 11th - Today is #LoveMySchoolDay - Share why you love your school! One Tweet with two hashtags! #LoveMySchoolDay & #CelebrateMonday

  • Sigler Family Literacy - 8AM-12PM (Big Centers Room & 3rd Grade)
  • World's of Wonder - 3:00PM - 4th Grade - Empty Room
  • PTA Board Meeting - 6:00PM - Library

#CelebrateMonday - Each Monday Tweet One Thing Worth Celebrating - Use the Hashtag #CelebrateMonday

Tuesday, April 12th

Future's Day - Students and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite college shirt with jeans every Tuesday at Sigler Elementary.

  • Sigler Store - Open Today During Recess
  • STOMP Practice - 3:00PM
  • #PISDEDCHAT - 8:00PM

Wednesday, April 13th - Wear Your Blue - April Is Autism Month Each Wednesday in April we will wear blue to raise awareness and show our support for students with Autism.

  • Sigler Family Literacy - 8AM-12PM (Big Centers Room & 3rd Grade)
  • SMU Student Teacher Program - Conference Room 8-12
  • Pizza Lunch w/ Principals 11:30AM - Library

Thursday, April 14th

  • Thursday Twitter Task - You have some options this week...Complete your #WhyITeach word bubble and tweet why you teach using #WhyITeach and #siglerlearns. Then hang it on the #WhyITeach wall. If you have completed that, tweet a picture of you/your students modeling/using Habit #1 highlighted above. Do you have that strategy posted in your room? Tweet that.
  • Mentoring Today
  • Beach Club - 3:00PM

Friday, April 15th

  • Wear Your Sigler Spirit Wear Today
  • #NoOfficeDay - Special Education
  • Computer Class for Parents - 10AM
  • Chess Club - 3:00PM
  • Movie Night & PTA Meeting & Nominations for 16-17 - 6PM

Next Week at Sigler Elementary

Monday, April 18th

  • Sigler Family Literacy - 8AM-12PM (Big Centers Room & 3rd Grade)
  • World's of Wonder - 3:00PM - 4th Grade - Empty Room
  • 7 Minute - Rotating Staff Meeting - 3:00PM

Tuesday, April 19th

  • Sigler Store - Open During Recess Today
  • STOMP - 3:00PM

Wednesday, April 20th

  • Sigler Family Literacy - 8AM-12PM (Big Centers Room & 3rd Grade)
  • SMU Student Teacher Program - Conference Room 8-12
  • Pizza Lunch w/ Principals 11:30AM - Library

Thursday, April 21st

  • Mentoring for Students
  • Plano Rotary Citizen of the Month Celebration - 2PM - Library
  • Leadership Meeting - Brumfield's Room - Following Dismissal
  • Beach Club - 3:00PM

Friday, April 22nd

  • Spirit Day - Wear Your SIgler Spirit Wear
  • Chess Club - 3:00PM
  • Earth Day
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Check Out the Ways You Can Support Sigler Elementary...


This year we are excited to be partnering with a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! Schools nationwide are already earning hundreds and even thousands every year through Shoparoo and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year!

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. No more cutting labels, selling door to door, or time-consuming coordinating. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

Get started today:

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

2. Select our school from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts - shop anywhere, buy anything!

3. The first 20 supporters at our school will earn an extra $1 donation from Shoparoo for their first receipt!

4. Earn even more Roo Points, or cash donations, by inviting others to join using your personal referral code

5. You can even select a grade to support and have fun with grade competitions!

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo - the more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year. That’s free, easy money that we could be fundraising too. Check out to learn more about this awesome app!

Thank you for your support!

Interested in Being a Mentor at Sigler Elementary? Fill out the Mentor Form Below to Get Started.

Sigler PTA Movie Night/PTA Elections

Friday, April 15th, 6pm

1400 Janwood Drive

Plano, TX

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Plano Rotary Citizen of the Month

Thursday, April 21st, 2pm

1400 Janwood Drive

Plano, TX

All Pro Dad's Morning

Friday, May 6th, 7am

1400 Janwood Drive

Plano, TX

Come join other dads and students to spend time eating breakfast with your children and participating in great conversation.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

STAAR Testing - 3rd & 4th Grade Math & 5th Grade Math Retakes

Monday, May 9th, 8am

1400 Janwood Drive

Plano, TX

STAAR Testing - 3rd & 4th Grade Reading & 5th Grade Reading Retakes

Tuesday, May 10th, 8am

1400 Janwood Drive

Plano, TX

STAAR Testing - 5th Grade Science

Wednesday, May 11th, 8am

1400 Janwood Drive

Plano, TX