The Bulldog Buzz!

Week of February 22, 2016

How does thinking like a scientist help us understand our world?

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Lesson Plans Due - Benchmark Window OPENS

Monday, Feb. 22nd, 8:30am

Bullock School

  • All F&P & Math Benchmark data is due on 3/11. Subs will be arranged throughout the week of 2/29...stay tuned for updates!

CAST Meetings

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 9am-2:30pm

Small Conference Room

Multi-Cultural Club Performance - Grades 1 & 2

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 1:30-2pm


PTO Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 6-7pm

Bullock Media Center

Multi-Cultural Club Performance: Gr 3 & Parents

Friday, Feb. 26th, 10am


Star Student Luncheon

Friday, Feb. 26th, 11am-1pm


The Curriculum Corner: Growing Independent Writer's, Part 3

Once the tools are accessible (and proper use is modeled - after all, we don't want a revolving door of students at the center), we must explicitly communicate our expectations to our students & provide strategies to support the writing process. In other words, what does writing "long & strong" look like? Consider creating an anchor chart that includes the steps listed below (and don't forget to have your class experts model during an initial mini-lesson!). As the year progresses, this can be revisited if necessary during a mini-lesson, small-group conference or a 1-1 "expectations" conference!

  • Write - Tell your story across your fingers!
  • Revise - Add details; Check for mistakes
  • Assess - Review your checklists!
  • Start a New Piece - Review/update your seed notebook; What tools do I need; How will I plan?

Don't forget to share some ways you are growing independent writers in your classroom via social media, email or in the footer of the Buzz!

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News & Notes

  • Our weekly 3rd Grade Math PD sessions will be starting on Wednesday (2/24) at 3:00 in the demo room. If you have any questions regarding our meetings, just let me know!
  • STEAM Team/Hollybush STARS Update: I will be meeting with the business department next week to finalize everything. The program will be resuming on Tuesday, March 1st. Please have unit plans prepared. I would like to meet on Friday the 26th at 2:45 to review everything.

You're the Best...Quotes from the Staff!

  • Kassie, you’re the best for making all the math copies for us. It was very much appreciated!
  • Thank you to Mel for the Guided Reading notes format. It is a lot easier to use!
  • Thanks to Carol and Joan and the SOS committee for organizing and setting up the great luncheon. It was enjoyed by all!
  • Thanks to Karen DeFrank for always being willing to help and all that you do for our students
  • Thanks to all of our aides- your dedication and hard work are an integral to our school
  • Thanks Kassie for being awesome to work with!! You are such an important member of our second grade team!!
  • Thanks Carol and Joan for all you ladies do!!! You are truly the best!!
  • Joan and Carol for all they do for the SOS Committee! Thanks for a great luncheon!
  • Thank you to Aileen for sharing!
  • Thanks to Mel Storey for taking care of me at the In- Service!
  • Thank you to all those who helped make DOT week a success!

Schoolwide Events

  • 02/04 - Faculty Meeting (3:00 PM, Media Center)
  • 02/05 - African American Read-in/Real Men Read Visit
  • 02/10 - Grade 1 Dot Day (9:30, Gymnasium) & Bulldog Buddies Meeting
  • 02/11 - Rodgers Family Valentine's Dance
  • 02/12 - Inservice Day
  • 02-16 - SIT Meeting: ELA Units
  • 02/18 - One-One PLC (Chapters 4-6) & CAST Paperwork DUE
  • 02/19 - Bulldog Buddies Universal Reward - Fall in Love with Reading!
  • 02/25 - CAST Meetings
  • 02/26 - Star Student Luncheon & Multi-Cultural Club Performance

Happy Birthday!

  • Desarea Simberg - 2/2
  • Christine Tanfani - 2/9
  • Marcy Concannon - 2/12
  • Brandi Sheridan - 2/11
  • Linda Cosenza - 2/28
  • Lynn McConnell - 2/03

The Curriculum Corner PLN

Weekly updates, reminders & bite-sized best practices for the faculty & staff of the Bullock School!