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Week of 1/4/16

Weekly Recap

Happy New Year!

It's time to get back in the swing of things and return to our awesome school! I hope everyone had a peaceful break enjoying the time off. We were lucky enough to experience a white Christmas in Truckee with the Moseley family. The kids enjoyed sledding and I couldn't get enough of staring at the beautiful snow falling among the trees. Truly majestic!

I am eager and excited to roll up my sleeves again and collectively create an amazing learning environment for all Flowery students. I am usually not one for resolutions although I came across a really cool idea on Twitter recently that I will be implementing. It's called a Jar of Awesome. You take an empty mason jar, box or container. Decorate it, and label it with the words Jar of Awesome. Every time something positive, inspiring, or awesome happens to you write it down on a sheet of paper, date it, and place it in the container. Can you imagine reading all of the slips of paper at the end of the year?! So cool! Try it in your classroom and see how it goes. You could make it a gratitude jar, a kindness jar, the possibilities are endless. I love finding small and simple ways to focus on the positive in our lives and the lives of our students.

Special thanks to our kindergarten and 3rd grade teams for hosting a fabulous holiday party at Hanna Boys Center on Friday, 12/18. The food was amazing and I certainly enjoyed kicking off the break with my Flowery peeps!

As we enter the New Year, let's find a way to move out of our comfort zone into our learning zone. -@jhagel

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BEST Day Rotations

We will conduct our winter rotations next week, weather permitting. Reviewing expectations and procedures will help ensure students receive continual instruction on how to be their best as they maneuver around the campus. Please click on the following links to review the schedule for your grade level.

Thursday, January 7th 8:30-9:50 Grades 3-5

Friday, January 8th 89:30-9:50 Grades 1-2

Units of Study in Writing Training:

The dates for training have been set for Flowery teachers who signed up to be trained in the Spring. Please reserve your sub as soon as possible.

Monday, February 1st

Monday, March 7th

Tuesday, April 5th

Welcome Sara Lake:

Sara will be working as a noon supervisor starting Monday, January 4th. Sara will supervise kindergarten lunch and recess with Juana Madrigal and grades 2-5 as well. Sara has two children who attend Flowery. Miles is in kindergarten with Maestra Marilou's and Isobel in 3rd grade with Maestra Cavins.

Staff Meeting on Monday, January 11th:

I am thrilled to announce that all elementary teachers in SVUSD have the opportunity to view a new thought-provoking documentary about education called Most Likely to Succeed. A few of us (Justina, Wendy, Dora-Aldina, Brooke) attended the viewing back in October hosted by the Ed. Foundation. I walked away in deep thought about our educational system and how we can push ourselves to create meaningful student-centered learning that prepares future generations for the 21st century. I immediately began thinking about how I could organize a viewing for our staff. We don't have enough time for reflection on our practice and the educational system we participate in on a daily basis. This film allows some time to do just that. The Sebastiani Theatre will graciously open their doors to us on Monday, January 11th for a special viewing. So,instead of holding our staff meeting on site, we'll take a field trip to the Sebastiani Theatre with the rest of of the 4 elementary teaching staffs! The movie starts promply at 3:30 and ends at 5:00. Classified staff members are also invited to attend on a voluntary basis.

Here is a link to the film trailer: https://vimeo.com/122502930

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Garden Week:

Menu-Spring Rolls (each class needs to bring 1 package of tofu)

Monday, 1/4: Regular Day

Tuesday, 1/5: Regular Day

Wednesday, 1/6: Early Dismissal/Grade level collaboration

Thursday, 1/7: BEST Day Rotations grades 3-5 8:30-9:50

Friday, 1/8: BEST Day Rotations grades 1-2 8:30-9:50

Duty Reminders

Before School: Christi, Mariana & Laura

AM Primary: Nancy, Lilia, Lucia

AM Upper: Lydia, Greg

PM Primary: Juan Carlos, Carolina, Edith

Lunch Helpers for January

Pope & Calderon: Please remember to send 3 students to the cafeteria 3 minutes before lunch. Thank you!

On the Horizon

Week of 1/11: Art week for grades K-3

1/11: Staff Mtg. 3:30-5:00 @ Sebastiani Theater

Viewing of documentary Most Likely to Succeed

1/13: Carlson to Sonoma Library

1/13: Flowery and STARS staff articulation

grade 3: 1:45-2:05

grade 4/5: 2:45-3:05

1/18: MLK Day- No School & Garden Week

1/20: 2nd grade to WFC

1/20 FST Meeting 2:00 p.m.

1/21: PTO Meeting 4:30-5:30 p.m.

1/22: Chavez to Montini

1/22: 4/5 Spelling Bee 1:00 p.m.

Week of 1/25: Art week for grades K-3

1/25: District Grade Level Mtg. @ Dunbar 3:30-5:00 p.m.

1/27: Dual Immersion Kindergarten Information Night 6:00-8:00 p.m.

1/28: Tabor to Montini


Flowery is a Spanish/English dual immersion school, providing all students with the opportunity to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. Begun in 1998 with one kindergarten class and a $1,000,000 federal grant, dual immersion now spans grades K-5 at Flowery and grades 6-8 at Adele Harrison Middle School. We are proud to offer this high quality program of choice for Sonoma County families, and are committed to educating all children for success in a global society.