Thursday Brief

March 21, 2019

Teacher and Para of the Year! FINAL CALL. DEADLINE IS TOMORROW.

Please email your teacher and para of the year nominations to Nikol. Don't forget you also need to have a write up of why they are being nominated.

These are the nominees so far:


Nicole Biggerstaff

Mary McClendon

Chris Jones

Crystal Elliott

Carly McAliley

Martha Daubenspeck

Ashley Debler


Norma Stephens

Maude Revette

Positivity Project

Next year we are going to be focusing on character strengths. Mrs. V and I went to a training, but in hindsight I wish I would have brought a couple teachers as well! This "project" is really teacher driven, because duh...teachers YOU make the difference not only in the academic progress of your students but YOU can also play a huge role in helping students develop their skills. These "soft skills" are so needed today in the work force. It is something employers are asking for and something that is not taught in college.

The positivity project works around the mindset that #otherpeoplematter. Specifically, this mindset and the lessons on the mindset focus on the following ideas:

  1. See the Good in Others
  2. Your words and actions affect others
  3. Be present and give attention to others
  4. Support others in struggle
  5. Cheer others on in their success

Basically, fundamentally LIFE IS A TEAM SPORT!

This project focuses one week on 24 character strengths. These strengths were identified through the study of positive psychology-a field that studies intently why some people are so resilient when faced with challenge. Everyone has these characteristics, it's just some are more strengths than others. The goal is to bring awareness of these things to the students and help them understand how we can use those that are strengths and strengthen those that need a little push.

The website below has a free character strengths analysis and will give you a report on how you are with the 24 character strengths. My report is also below so you can see what it gives you and you can read more about each of the 24 characteristics. Of course this is not a definition of who you are, but based on the analysis it will help you identify characteristics that are strengths and if you're like's just kinda fun to do!!!

Find out more about the positivity project at this site.

Character Strengths Analysis

Click here to get your free character strengths report!

Student of Character

Speaking of character....I need all student of character nominations by next Thursday! Please make sure the student you nominate has these characteristics and that you email me why they were chosen.


This yearbook is killer!!! I did the entire thing by myself but I REALLY NEED HELP reviewing the final product. The yearbook rep will be also reviewing it on Monday (THE FINAL DEADLINE). Things to do!!!

  • On person from each pod review POD page
  • One person from each team to review class pic pages
  • ANYONE AVAILABLE---look through entire thing and make notes on any corrections that should be made.

The hard will be on my table Friday morning. I will also try and scan it and send that too.


Let Nikol know if there are any corrections!


1 4th STAAR Training

8 School Librarian Day


11 Love My School Day

11 Relay for Life Luncheon

12 Relay for Life

12 Spring Pictures

16 Market Days

17 SOC Breakfast

17 Purple Up Day,

17 PBIS Meeting After School

18 SOC Breakfast & Movie/Game Day Good Choice

18 Mary McClendon’s Bridal Shower

19 Good Friday Holiday


23 Volunteer Luncheon

24 Administrative Professional Appreciation Day

25 Report Cards

26 Field Day

26 Poem in my Pocket Day

29 Author Visit: Jerry Pallotta

30 Spring Art Fundraiser

Month of Military Child

National Autism Month


April 11th is a social media frenzy day started a few years ago. On this day we (educators/students) bombard social media with all the awesome reasons we love our school! If you're on twitter you can tweet out and i'll retweet, and if you're not you will send me a pic for that hashtag and I will send it out. It really should be from the STUDENTS POINT OF VIEW so try and get a tweet/pic that reflects why they love FBE.


This year they will not have workbooks. ALL materials and lessons will be on Lemonopolis an online lesson system. If you are interested in doing Lemonade Day lessons with your class, please let me know by Wednesday (27th).

Professional Development Survey

Please complete this survey for planning for next year!

From Mrs. Cristan

Calling all extras! – Please place all extra consumables in the hallway outside of the book room please. The faster we can complete this project, the faster I can submit our order for next year. Thank you for your assistance!

  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Math 3rd/4th grade consumables
  • Science 3rd/4th grade consumables
  • Social Studies 3rd/4th grade weeklies

From Mrs. Hoover

Please read any emails regarding Mock Testing carefully.

From Mrs. Villarreal

Please read any emails regarding GT testing carefully.

March Birthdays!

Mar 06 Rochellea Harris

Mar 08 Sharon Browning

Mar 13 Martha McColskey

Mar 19 Diane Lopez

Mar 28 Destrianna Buttler


20 4th Goliad Trip-Pod 9

20 PBIS Meeting After School

21 Down Syndrome Awareness Day-Students may wear funky socks and blue/gold

4th Goliad Trip-Pod 12

22 4th Goliad Trip-Pod 10

25 Math MOCK

26 Reading MOCK

28 School Board Meeting

29 Slime Dr. Youngberg @2:30 outside by playground.