Principal's Update

November 23 - 24

Thank You

I realize that you have a daunting task of educating every child that enters your classroom. Thank you for your hard work and your willingness to seek and embrace changes that are in the best interest of children. As a small token of our appreciation, Keri Beth and I will take care of lunch duty on Tuesday and you are free to enjoy a quiet lunch with your colleagues. Because we work hard and sweat for our students, you may wear sweat suits on Tuesday.

Fountas and Pinnell

Remember this is an opportunity to sit down one on one with every child and have a conversation while assessing what he or she knows.


I'm enjoying getting into your classrooms. I don't expect to observe every item under each APS during every observation. If an indicator isn't covered during the observation, it will be noted as not observed. When a question is asked about an observation, please respond so that I can better support you.


Please update your classroom and hall displays. Current student work should be displayed. Our students are doing awesome work! We need to show it off.

Professional Development

Tuesdays should be reserved for professional development or team meetings. Please avoid making appointments on Tuesdays when possible.


Please review the policy on Mandatory Reporting and Promotion, Retention and Acceleration of Students. Both policies are in the district policies and will be put in Canvas.


Thanksgiving Lunch for all students. Parents and guardians of K5, 2nd, and 4th graders are invited to lunch.

Fourth grade will be presenting The Native American Story at 8:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thank you Melissa for helping our students produce performances that are awesome!

The Hornet Celebration will be on Tuesday.

Hats off to Claudia, Bonnie, Thomasina, Rose and Connie for utilizing the science labs! Jenny Hill really put a great deal of time and effort into organizing our labs. Let's make sure we take advantage of our science labs.

Family Night

We had an awesome family night on Thursday! Thank you to everyone who helped prepare the activities for our students and families. Everyone who attended on Thursday may wear jeans on Monday, Nov. 23rd. If you were in attendance at our family night on September 24th, you may wear jeans on Thursday, Dec. 3rd.


Please send home the Reindeer Shop distribution lists on Tuesday. Cookie dough will be given out on Monday. The order was short so PTO decided to give it all out on Monday.


Shemia Thompson is our technology instructional specialist. Please e-mail Canvas and other technology questions to her. Shemia will be meeting with grade levels on Monday, November 23rd during planning times.

Instructional Support

Please go ahead and put the following dates on your calendar.

Wednesday, December 2nd - Melanie and Liz will be at Lesslie for PD with grade levels. The work will be on comprehension with F & P.

Thursday, December 10th. - Dr. Hodge will be at Lesslie. He will be visiting classrooms and meeting with teams during grade level planning. One of the look fors will be higher order questioning.

Monday, December 14th - Shemia Thompson will be here to work with grade levels during your planning time. Please meet in the conference room.

Monday, January 4th is a workday/professional development day. All SC teachers are required to have 5 workdays and 5 professional development days per year. We will have 1/2 day of professional development (am) and 1/2 day workday (pm). The focus of our professional development will be identifying essential skills in reading for the 4th nine weeks.

Progress Reports will be sent home the week of February 8, 2016 and the week of April 18, 2016. A schedule for progress reports and report cards going home has been put in your box. If there are changes made at the district level, you will be informed as soon as we know.

I hope you have a tremendous Thanksgiving with your family and friends! Enjoy your time off because you certainly deserve it.