The Buzz 5/9/16

What you need to know to be in the know...

Our Mission:

Chandler Elementary will create a safe and positive environment where all students and adults work together using 21st century strategies to achieve high academic growth.

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Staff Meeting

We will have a staff meeting on Wednesday. Meet in the cafe at 3:15. We are hoping to be done in an hour or less...

Muffins with Mom

Thank you for being patient, flexible, and helping out when it was needed on Friday. We had around 200 attend Muffins with Mom. There are lots of great family photos on FB to check out.

May Teacher's Toolbox

It's Here! It's Here! The May edition of the Teachers Toolbox!

The May edition of the Teacher's Toolbox is now available!

Thank you for all of your hard work this school year! Teacher Appreciation Week is not enough time to express the gratitude for all of your work.

STEAM Resources

I was reading Beetles Lightly Toasted to Julian the other day, and the main character noted he could find 15 uses for a brick...and he was just getting started. As a STEAM school, we will be looking to use and repurpose lots of different items for students to use. The name of the game is to think outside the box. In honor of thinking outside the box, enjoy this resource...

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The NWEA Window opens this week:

This week should be a math week!

Encourage kids that this is their opportunity to meet the goal they have been aiming for all year!

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Nurse's Day is Wednesday

I am confident we would all agree that Mrs. Bontrager is invaluable to our building. Wednesday is our chance to celebrate all that she does for us here at Chandler, please take a few minutes this week to let her know how much you appreciate her work!
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TELL Survey

We are currently at 85%...

Sheets were handed out to complete the TELL survey at cluster last week to all certified staff. If we have 100% of our staff complete these surveys by May 1, you will be rewarded with the knowledge of a job well done, with providing data to help us improve our educational program and school, and some future JEANS days.

Just for fun:

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TLT Update

TLT spent time this week debriefing our NIET visit. I will be updating our staff about our reinforcement and refinement as a building, and in cluster coming soon. Jodi Leebeck gave us some great, specific feedback and areas to improve in. She also noted that there are no red flags in our TAP implementation.

I want to say thank you for your flexibility on Tuesday. Also, a big thank you to Tim Stutsman and Katie Pipp, who were randomly chosen to participate in the career teacher interview.

From Central Office...

Today’s Focus: Teams

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”

– Lao Tzu

Reflections to Guide Your Journey

Think of a great leader in your life. How have they helped you achieve and accomplish more than you thought possible?

Teacher Recruitment Fair

On Friday May 6th, we hosted a local teacher recruitment event here at the Admin Center. This is a joint venture between GCS, the Chamber of Commerce and Teachers’ Credit Union. We have approximately 10 – 12 prospective teaching candidates who will be joining us for the day. In the morning, there will be a tour of a few schools and the community with lunch at the Old Bag Factory. In the afternoon, candidates will be interviewing with administrators. Administrators who plan to attend the interview sessions should plan to park across the street in the band practice area. This will allow our guests and other visitors to have ample parking for the day. Administrators should come prepared with your own interview questions. A schedule and candidate information will be provided to you.

TAP Bonus Pay

The second part of the TAP Bonus pay for teachers should have been received on Friday.

Building Trades Open House

The GHS Building Trades open house will be held this Saturday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. The address for the house is 2445 Tulip Blvd, which is located in the Gardens subdivision off of Clinton. Please stop by to see the work of our skilled and dedicated students.

School Nurses Day

National School Nurses Day is May 11th. We are very fortunate to work in a school district that has a nurse in every building. Make sure to thank them for the big part they play on your team!

TAP Summer Workshop

For those of you who have registered for the Indiana TAP Summer Workshop being held on June 6-7, 2016, at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites.

> The meeting will take place Monday, June 6, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00pm p.m. at:


> Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites

> 120 West Market Street

> Indianapolis, IN 46204


> Please check in on-site starting at 8:30 a.m. at the registration table outside of the meeting room.


> Hotel – You/your team members are responsible for your own lodging arrangements. You may want to contact other schools if you have an odd number of participants, so we can share rooms. Remember, the district will reimburse for one night’s lodging (June 6th).


> A special hotel rate will be available at the Hilton for those traveling to Indianapolis from outside of the city. To reserve this rate, rooms must be reserved by Friday, May 6th. Please use this link to make reservations:


> For questions about the event, contact the event organizer at<>.


> Need to register more attendees? Return to the event page.<>


Ms. Alma Hernandez - Friday, May 13

Ms. Beth Finch - Sunday, May 15

Calendar Items

NWEA Window Open

Cluster - 7:15/3:05

Minnick to Cleveland Elem 9:30

Kdg to Redtail Farm 9:45

School Bd Mtg 6:00


TLT 3:30

2nd grade Family Night


Orchestra Visit 10:00 (gym)

Staff Meeting 3:15 (cafe)

Orchestra - 3:45 (GMS)


Family Game Night 6:00-7:30 (cafe)

Orchestra 3:00


Preschool Registration (all day)

Support Staff Meeting 8:35 (art Room)

2nd grade to Shanklin 9:00

Shenk to Reith Interpretive Center 10:00

Sip N Sigh 3:00 (gym lobby)

In the long term...

Monday May 9:

•9:30-2:15 - Minnick visits Cleveland Elementary

•9:45-12:00 – Kinder visits Redtail Farms

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

•6:00-7:00 - Board Meeting

Tuesday May 10:

•3:00-3:45 – 3rd Gr. Dance Practice

•10:15-12:15 – Savage walks to Library

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

•5:00-7:00 - 2nd Gr. Family Night

Wednesday May 11:

•Officer Powell here AM


•10:05-10:30 - GMS orchestra visits

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

Thursday May 12:

•3:00-3:45 – Orchestra

•3:00-3:45 – 3rd Gr. Dance Practice

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

•6:00-7:30 - All School Family Game Night

Friday May 13:

•Officer Powell here PM

•8:00-4:00 - Preschool Registration

Monday May 16:

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

•3:00-4:30 – 5th Gr. State Fair

Tuesday May 17:

•3:00-3:45 – 3rd Gr. Dance Practice

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring 3-4

Wednesday May 18:

•5th Gr. Orchestra students to Indy

•10:30-11:45 – 4th Gr. Wax Museum

•3:00-4:00 - Iread Tutoring

Thursday May 19:

•Officer Powell here AM

•Kauffman balloon launch

•1:15-2:15 - All School Assembly 1st & 3rd Concert Practice

•3:00-4:00 – Iread Tutoring (last session)

•3:00-3:45 - Orchestra

•6:00-6:45 - 1st Gr. Concert

•7:00-7:45 - 3rd Gr. Concert

•6:30-8:30 - 5th Gr. Orchestra recruiting @ GMS

Friday May 20:

•8:00-4:00 - Preschool Registration

•11:00-12:00 & 1:00-2:00 - 5th Gr. Career Week

Monday May 23:

•6:00-8:00 - Board mtg

•7:00-8:00 - PTO mtg

Tuesday May 24:

•10:00, 10:45, 11:30 – HA Plays Room 106

Wednesday May 25:

•Officer Powell here AM

•9:00, 10:00, 11:00 – HA Plays Room 106

Thursday May 26:

•Field Day

•3:00-3:45 - Orchestra

Friday May 27:

•LAST student day

•10:50-1:00 - Party on the Playground

Tuesday May 31:

•LAST teacher day!!

Monday June 6 – Thursday June 23:

•8:00-1:30 - Summer School

Tuesday June 21:

•Last office staff day

Just in case you forgot...

Literacy Tools

The purpose the Literacy Focus of the Month is to provide guidance to administrators and teachers for supporting a monthly, school wide instructional focus based on best practices and research-based strategies in literacy. This "user-friendly" guide and support tools will assist districts and schools in the implementation of reading instruction in classrooms across multiple grade levels, as well as different subjects/content areas. The topics in this newsletter range from policies and procedures to the five essential components of reading as identified by the National Reading Panel. The material is devoted to strengthen administration and teacher content knowledge by focusing on one topic each month. Although the monthly focus will highlight and supplement a specific procedure or skill, it is impossible to teach the components in isolation; therefore, the Literacy Focus of the Month should serve to present a school-wide shared commitment to literacy.

NEW!! May 2016 Vocabulary FOCUS Digging Deeper

April 2016 Fluency FOCUS

March 2016 Comprehension FOCUS

February 2016 Writing Connected to Texts FOCUS

January 2016 Vocabulary FOCUS

I look forward to working with you to improve literacy outcomes for all Indiana students!

All Things Reading

Here is a nifty little resource that has a variety or reading activities you may be able to use with your students. The last resources section has about 15-20reading activities to use with your students during reading block. Just something to peruse over break!

Indiana Academic Standards for English/Language Arts and Content Area Literacy

Educators’ Toolkit for Indiana’s K‐12 Reading Selections

16-17 Support Staff

As of this point we will have 3 EL Interventionist next year, and 2 full time Special Education teachers at Chandler. Currently Caren Colemen, Cindy Hire and Mitch Rhodes will return all as full time interventionists. Pan Reed and Debbie Flickinger are planning to return as our fullt time special education teachers.
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