Staff Weekly Update

For the Week of January 4th, 2016

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Welcome back, friends! I hope you all took the time you deserved to make your Winter break relaxing, fun, and filled with many special memories. I was especially thankful this holiday season as all of my sisters and their children were able to be together. Last time this happened was five years ago. Needless to say, we made sure to take advantage of our time together and to enjoy every minute!

On top of catching up on family time, Kendrick and I added another four-legged daughter to our family. Her name is Emma, she is another beagle mix, we think pocket beagle since she is just 14 lbs. She's about five years old, Josie and Emma get along beautifully!

Finally, Kendrick and I also packed up our entire house and moved as much as we could into a storage facility. The warm weather was such a blessing and while the house is pretty much empty (but ready to show!), it's still filled with a lot of beagle love. So, forgive me if you see many repeated outfits . . . we are literally living out of a suitcase and enjoying lots of take-out! :)

I took a few pictures below to share some of the memories. The picture in the bottom left-hand corner was my favorite Christmas gift this year. It was from my oldest sister and it is a picture of all four daughters at our first Christmas in the United States in 1976 - 39 years ago. I hope your 2016 will be filled with much love and peace.

"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. We take photos to recall--with greater vibrancy--those experiences that have shaped and made us. We take photos to bridge distance and shorten time, to lend legacy to the little things and life to the forgotten. And we take photos to feel like artists on a Tuesday--and storytellers on a Sunday." --Katie Thurmes

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Don't Forget!

We have a staff meeting this Thursday 1/7 @ 8:00AM! The host will be Renee Beckner and the timekeeper will be Deb Ruckman! Thank you, ladies!

Retention Information

Are you considering recommending one of your students be retained for this next school year? If YES, please do the following:

  • Please click here to fill out the 15-16 SGE Retention List.
  • Please email Connie, Martha, and Lisa (yes - all three of us!)
  • Please let us know you have filled this Google form out

The deadline to have this form filled out is Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by 6:00PM.

ZCS 2015-2016 District Priorities

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UPDATE ON 2ND GRADER . . . HOORAY!!! Angela Bourff shared with us today that Bella was able to actually go home on Sunday! This is AMAZING progress! Please continue to send them healing thoughts. Also, it was mentioned to me by several staff members that the driver of the car that hit Bella, her grandmother, and her great-grandmother was also a former SGE student/family, and now a student a ZCHS. I do not have the facts regarding her injuries, or if she had any injuries at all, so I will not comment on this part.

However, this is yet another reminder regarding keeping conversations private - you never know who may know this young lady or her family and how she herself is trying to synthesize the impact of what has happened to Bella and her two grandmothers. Let's also continue to keep her and her family in our thoughts as well.

BUCKETS OF SALT AROUND SGE EXIT/ENTRANCES . . . soon after we return from Winter break, you will notice buckets of salts & a scoop by certain doors around the building. Lids and "Do Nout Touch" labels will be on them, however - PLEASE LET STUDENTS KNOW THEY ARE NOT TO TOUCH OR OPEN THIS CONTAINER. Having these materials nearby strategic exit/enter doors will help to get the salt distributed faster during times of inclement weather. Thank you!

AM CAR RIDER "DROP-OFF HERE" SIGNS . . . these signs will be temporarily gone during the months of January, February and possibly part of March. As we prepare for snow, our maintenance department will need our sidewalks as clear as possible in order to plow the snow. We will be letting parents know in our newsletters but please feel free to also mention this in your parent communication as well! This does NOT mean that our car drop-off procedures have change. They have not - parents will still need to pull all the way up to where Mrs. Spillman or another staff members tell them to so that we can have multiple cars drop students off safely at once.

PLEASE HELP NURSE TWITTY . . . by doing your best with the following requests below:

  • Notify her and Connie/Martha if you have a confirmed case or suspicion of a student with lice. Our school policy is to check that one student first, but personally, I will ask Hailey to also check the cubby mates as a pro-active measure! :-)
  • Attempting NOT to send students down during her lunch time, from 12:00 - 12:30. I realize this is also 1st grade's recess time and that during this time, we are not immune to higher medical attention issues. Certainly, if something does occur, please call the office and we will do our very best to help support you and the student! THANK YOU!
  • Avoid walking through the clinic in order to get to your final destination. Actually, it is our parents and ME that is most guilty of this offense! :( However, I thought I would mention it so that it helps to eliminate all unnecessary traffic. We have to remember that this is her "classroom" and we must be sensitive and protective of HIPPA violations.

2015-2016 SGE & PTO CALENDAR

Please refer to the second Smore email right after the Staff Weekly Update has been sent out. This email will soon have our entire 2015-2016 Calendar of Events for SGE & PTO!

Please read the information on the "Smore SGE Calendar" for further details. Thanks!

Here are our beautiful birthday friends for January 2016!

*If you are NEW and we do not have your birthdate, please email Alison so we can recognize you on your special day! Thank you!*

December 19th - Amy Knueven (our apologies that her birthday got left off!)


18 - Nancy Fitzpatrick

22 - Officer Josh Chapman

23 - Katie Coyner

30 - Allison Albright

2015-2016 Lifelines

August - Cooperation

September - Respect

October - Flexibility

November - Gratitude

December - Generosity

January - Responsibility

February - Friendship

March - Perseverance

April - Self-Control

May - Integrity