December 7, 2015
DATES TO REMEMBER
December 7: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m.; Holly the Elf visits, Steele Benefits mtg. after cluster
December 8: Chess Club 2:50-3:50 p.m.; PBS 3:15-4:15 p.m.; Steele Benefits Mtgs.
December 9: Planning Day for Window D; Steele Benefits Mtgs.
December 10: District Council 10-11 a.m. - Katrina Out; TLT 3:10 p.m.
December 11: Elementary Principal's Mtg. 8:45-10:30 a.m.; Attendance Mtg. 10-10:45 a.m.
December 14: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m.; SIP Team Mtg. 11:30-3:00 p.m.; PTO Meeting 6:00 p.m.; Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.
December 15: Child Study 3-4 p.m.
December 16: TLT Work Day
December 17: TLT 3:10 p.m.; Polar Express Night 6-8 p.m.
December 18: Singing Off the Walls
CHRISTMAS PARTY PICS
KUDOS FROM THE NORTH POLE
A BIG SANTA "SHOUT OUT" TO JUNE AND ELI FOR HANDLING ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR OUR FAMLIES IN NEED THIS YEAR!! YOU ARE BOTH DEFINITELY ON THE "NICE LIST!!"
A BIG SANTA "SHOUT OUT" TO THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, BETHANY, AND THE GOSHEN POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS THIS YEAR!! WOW....THE "NICE LIST" IS GETTING LONG FOR WATERFORD AND IT'S ONLY DECEMBER 4TH!!!
A BIG SANTA "SHOUT OUT" TO JAMA FOR ORGANIZING THE "PASSION PROJECT" AND CREATING OUR WALL OF STAFF PASSIONS!! AS YOU ALL KNOW, I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT CHRISTMAS, HELPING OTHERS, AND INVOKING THE SPIRIT OF KINDNESS IN ALL!
A BIG SHOUT TO MARK AND SARAH FOR PRESENTING THE CO-TEACHING MODEL TO THE SCHOOL BOARD ON NOVEMBER 23RD! SANTA IS ASKING IF YOU COULD COME TO THE NORTH POLE AND TEACH THE ELVES HOW TO CO-TEACH TOY WRAPPING!
A BIG SHOUT OUT TO SHERRI CORRELL FOR LEADING THE NEW BOY SCOUT TROOP BETWEEN WATERFORD AND PRAIRIE VIEW. WE HAD 31 BOYS SIGN UP FOR THE NEW TROOP ON TUESDAY NIGHT!! SANTA WANTS TO YOU TO BE HIS HEAD ELF RECRUITER!
A BIG SHOUT OUT TO THE FIRST GRADE TEACHERS FOR PREPARING A THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON FOR THEIR STUDENTS. SANTA WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO PREPARE A SPECIAL LUNCHEON FOR THE ELVES THIS YEAR?
A BIG SHOUT OUT TO THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS FOR HOSTING THE FESTIVAL OF THE PIES. SANTA WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO HOST A CHRISTMAS COOKIE FESTIVAL FOR THE NORTH POLE?
A BIG SHOUT OUT TO JAN, KARI, KATIE, KRISTY, AND SHERRI FOR MAKING THE ARRANGMENTS FOR OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY AT ANTONIOS, SECRET SANTA, AND EXTRA GOODIES DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!! SANTA WILL REMEMBER YOU EACH WITH A SPECIAL GIFT ON CHRISTMAS MORNING!
Kristy, student teacher, will be leaving us Friday. We wish her much luck in future endeavors!
We began working before Thanksgiving on a TELL Survey goal for the building and continued our work this week with the creation of individual goals to support those areas that staff felt needed improvement. We will be sharing the building goal and individual goals with you after our TLT on December 3rd. On December 10th, we will be working on field testing to support Julea's work after the holiday break with Cluster and then finish up with the Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus on December 17th.
GCS News & Notes
Today’s Focus: Growth
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Love that quote!....It reminds me of the article that Lori Shreiner recently shared ..I believe it originated with Terri Hussey. See the link below for the article on how mistakes help us to grow and learn…… Think about – How are you stretching and growing this year to do the things you think you cannot do…J
· National conference: It has been decided that 8 GCS folks will be attending the TAP National Conference; three from the elementary, three from secondary, one from central office and possibly an Executive Master Teacher, if we have that person named by then.
· NIET Site Visits: It has also been decided that all GCS schools will participate in the NIET Site Visits this year. Going forward, there will be more discussion about this topic, and a possible rotation schedule for GCS schools, so that not all schools would participate every year, or something along those lines.
· If you remember last year, we posted and actually recruited and interviewed for the position of Executive Master Teacher. During the middle of this process, we learned that CELL received a grant extension and would be able to provide the support of Regional TAP Coordinator(s). We are fairly confident that there will not be another extension to the TIF grant. In January 2016, it is the district’s intent to post for an Executive Master Teacher position.
Affordable Care Act Enrollment for Eligible Elkhart County Families
Greetings to all. Open Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace began November 01 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016. As were identified during the latest Elkhart County Community Health Needs Assessment, health care access and health care coverage are two of Elkhart County’s priority community health needs, and Elkhart General Hospital is committed to addressing our community’s health needs. To that end, EGH’s Health Coverage Enrollment Center helps individuals enroll in various health coverage programs through the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace and educates on coverage options available. We partner with Heart City Health Center and Bright Point in providing assistance through Indiana Navigators, who are licensed through the Indiana Department of Insurance to provide free, unbiased, and factual information and assistance on the options available through the Affordable Care Act and through the Healthy Indiana Plan. I kindly request that you consider cutting and pasting the following information below (in the paragraph in bold font under my signature below) in your schools newsletters for your families who may be eligible for health insurance through the Indiana Marketplace or Healthy Indiana Plan. I also want to take this opportunity to extend an invitation for you to host an enrollment event for any employees of your school system that may be eligible for the Marketplace or Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). We can provide Indiana Navigators from EGH, Heart City Health Center, and Bright Point on-site to enroll your eligible employees. Also, if you are interested in having fliers go home with your families, we can provide those if you let me know the quantity you will need. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an enrollment event onsite for your employees, feel free to contact me at 524.7503 or by way of return email. Many thanks in advance for helping us spread the word on getting Elkhart County residents enrolled in health coverage, and helping us to improve the health status of Elkhart County.
Director of Community Outreach
Elkhart General Hospital
Phone (574) 524.7503
Phone (574) 294.2621 x4961
Fax (574) 524.7500
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Open Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act started November 01, 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016. If you or your family needs help in getting health coverage or in understanding choices available for you, there is help available. Elkhart General Hospital, Heart City Health Center, and Bright Point are offering free health coverage enrollment services to assist individuals with enrolling in the Indiana Marketplace. As Navigators licensed through the Indiana Department of Insurance, we provide unbiased assistance with the application and enrollment in the various programs offered through the Marketplace and through Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). Upcoming free enrollment events are:
Saturday, December 05, 2015 9a-12p at Tolson Center, 1320 Benham Avenue, Elkhart
Saturday, January 23, 2016 9a -12p at Tolson Center, 1320 Benham Avenue, Elkhart
You can also sign up for an individual appointment to get enrollment help and information about health coverage options for you. If you have questions or would like more information, please call the EGH Health Coverage Enrollment Line at 524-7586 or 524-7523.
The following is guidance for those teachers who no longer work in your building and are eligible for the TAP performance pay:
· For those no longer employed by GCS - Please send their forms to Tonia here in the HR department. We will be mailing those forms along with the bonus checks to those previous employees.
· For those now working in a different school/location – Please contact the employee’s new administrator to coordinate how best to share the information.
A reminder for principals and teachers:
A board member reported to us that it had been mentioned to the board member more than once by community members, that teachers or principals had not returned phone calls within 24 hours. Maybe there was a legitimate reason, such as illness, but this is a reminder for all of us, that we should strive to return all messages, whether by phone or email, within 24 hours, if at all possible. Thanks!