Gerner Staff Cub News

November 17-29, 2014

Red Ribbon Week!

Monday: Red Hand Print Day/Make Banner

Tuesday: Red Ribbon Tree/Tie a Red Ribbon

Wednesday: Hat’s Off for Healthy Bodies

Thursday: Red Shirt Day/Healthy Snack

Friday: Healthy Body Day/Athletic Wear

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How to Use at Gerner


Plan - By the end of the 2014-2015 school, 100% of Rm 103b students will identify 8 shapes and 10 colors, as measured by Data Notebook assessments.

Do - The teacher will provide small group instruction for students receiving a "not yet" or meets" during center time facilitated play 2 days a week for 15 minutes on shape and color recognition.

The teacher will facilitate specific color and shape sorting activities in the math center available for center time facilitated play and introduce the materials and how to use them in large group instruction. Teacher will include these activities in a flow chart for center time activities to visually post on the SMART board during center time.

The student will play with specific toys/manipulatives during center time to include sorting by shapes and color 2 days a week in their center time rotation. The student will set a goal for increasing number of shapes and colors increased by the end of the quarter. Student will track progress in data notebook.

Study - Will then review the data based on next quarter results from Early Childhood Report Cards

Act - Will then review the plan and make potential changes

*More information will be presented on PDSA at individual staff meetings. A PDSA will be required for all classrooms for one specific area (either classroom goals, use of an instructional strategy, etc.) by January 5, 2015.

Parent Night Out - PTA - Friday, December 5th from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

The PTA (parents and staff) is providing a Parent's Night Out as a FUNDRAISER to purchase SMART boards for Room 111 and Room 188 (new ECSE room) this school year. This is a fun way for families to enjoy shopping while their students enjoy a Frozen themed night of fun in a safe, caring environment - their favorite place, Gerner!!

Students will have Hyvee pizza for dinner, then participate in crafts and games before watching Frozen on the big screen in the lower level MPR. Parents will pay $25.00 per child and $10 for each additional child.

Our goal is to have 1 or 2 ECSE classrooms available for students who need modified activities and a more sensory friendly environment.

Sign up to volunteer now (you can also volunteer in 2 hour shifts)! Please indicate the hours you are available to work.

Thanks for always putting families first at Gerner!

Calendar of Events

Week of 11/17-11/28/2014 ~ Rm 122 then 129 Morning Announcements

MONDAY 11/17/2014

1:30 p.m. Preschool PD - Handwriting by Erica Mansheim (Associates) - Conference Rm

2:00 p.m. Preschool PD - Handwriting by Erica Mansheim (Teachers) - Conference Rm

2:30 p.m. ECSE eval meeting - Library

TUESDAY 11/18/2014 ~ Angie out in PM for appt.

4 p.m. Superintendent's Council - Julie Bates and Barbara Bennion

4:30 p.m. Community Ed Chess Club

WEDNESDAY 11/19/14 ~ Angie gone to Tan Tara A for MQA Conference

9 a.m. - RSVP Due for Thanksgiving Luncheon (including staff members)

12:30 pm - Preschool Lunch Coverage for associate teachers

THURSDAY 11/20/14

Thanksgiving Luncheon ~ $3.00 for adults

1:30 p.m. Teacher support PBS meeting

4:15 p.m. District Meeting regarding Budget information

FRIDAY 11/21/14 - USE END STAIRS OR ELEVATOR (Stair rail by 107 being painted)

11:15 a.m. - Rm 107 Thanksgiving Luncheon for families

MONDAY 11/24/14

2:30 p.m. - ECSE Eval Meeting

TUESDAY 11/25/14

10:00 a.m. - ECSE/Title I Thanksgiving Snack

2:00 p.m. - ECSE Title I Thanksgiving Snack

4:30 p.m. - Community Ed Chess Club

WEDNESDAY 11/26/14

NO ECSE or TITLE I staff

Preschool in session


New Teacher Assistant Schedule to start December 1st

Based on students needs, a few changes have been made to the current staffing list for teacher assistants. All TAs impacted have been met with personally. Please contact Dr. Currey if you have any questions.

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Video Modeling Tools from Cassie Rauscher, Graduate Student Volunteer

Cassie Rauscher is a graduate student who has been working on some video modeling tools in the areas of trying new foods, building a tower, and calming techniques. Make sure to give Cassie a big Cub Kudos for her work on these awesome resources for our students!

Trying Food

Trying New Foods

Building A Block Tower

Building a Block Tower

My Movie

Blow Your Feather - Calming Strategy

My Movie 1

Conscious Discipline Calming Strategies

Cub Kudos from Angela Saus - Linked to our PD from our Nov. Faculty Meeting WOW!

I just have to brag on two of my rooms. Following the lead of her kiddos, Ms. Ready observed where their interests in the dramatic play area were centered, and they kept focusing on cakes and dessert. They decided to make a birthday-themed center, and even planned a birthday party for their class. They drew/wrote invitations, which the students then delivered to friends and people they met in the hallway. They decorated their room and made cake/snacks. Ms. Thomas’ class, who was invited to integrate with them, went through the process of RSVPing by phone, picking out a present, deciding how to make it look exciting, and giving directions to Ms. Thomas about wrapping it. Together, the classes made birthday crowns and enjoyed their treats, sang songs, and celebrated. It was a really awesome activity for language-enrichment, based on an experience, to make it tangible and memorable. (And the cake pops were fabulous! :) )