Meadow Creek Monday Message
April 11, 2016
Meadow Creek’s mission is to promote learning by challenging all to reach their potential
in a safe, nurturing environment by communicating, collaborating and congratulating!
5th Six Week Grades
Be sure to return the nomination form if you are interested in serving on this District Level Improvement Committee, please return the form to me by 4:00 on April 14.
The Committee meets about four times a year and the term is for two years. It is a great way to give input and to learn more about what is happening at the District level.
Aesop Substitute System
You should have received your Welcome Letters to introduce yourself to the new substitute reporting system. Be sure to check it out and to watch any of the introductory videos. We will let you know when the official switch will be made to the new system but it should be around April 15.
End of Year Dates
As we get closer to the end of the year and ending dates for certain programs are determined, we will keep you updated here.
Last check out day - April 22
All books due back - April 30
Students will need to use classroom books or books form home for STAAR testing days.
This year students in grades K-2, who do not have passing grades on their report cards, will have intervention during summer school. The dates will be June 6-June 30, Monday- Thursdays, 7:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Students in grade 5, who do not pass the second administration on STAAR for reading and/or math are required to attend summer school Monday- Thursday, 7:30 to 2:30 fromm June 6 to June 22.
ELL Students in PK/K have a summer school available to them as well.
There are several enrichment summer school programs offered in HEB this summer for GT, world languages and STEM for elementary students.
There is not summer school for students in grades 3, 4 and 6 who do not have passing grades.
We will have a faculty meeting this Thursday, April 14. Randy Morgan will be here to talk about packing and the process for moving all of our furniture to the gym or cafeteria. Please plan to attend so you can ask any questions that you might have.
Remember you may use your grade level closets, cabinets and lockers to store things. You cannot store thing in the classroom restroom, the walls in these room swill be painted. You will need to empty bookcases and cabinets that will be moved out. You do not have to pack vertical filing cabinets. You have to pack horizontal filing cabinets. You will want to take home anything that is valuable, important or easily breakable.
The movers will come in and start moving our things on Friday, May 27.
Please put these dates on your calendar!
Returning student registration is Wednesday, July 27 from 2 pm to 7 pm. Late returning student registration is Tuesday, August 2 form 8 am to 5 pm.
All returning families will complete registration on-line prior to coming to registrations. Families will verify the information they have put into the computer and bring proof of residency to registration.
We will need someone from each grade level to help us on these days so be sure to let Peggy know who from your team can help.
New student registration is on Wednesday, August 3 from 2 pm to 7 pm. This is not done on-line.
More information about on-line registration will be sent home with families before the end of school.
Chapter 7: Building Character and Trust
Technique 45: Warm/Strict
We have been lead to believe that warmth and strictness are opposites: if you are more of one, it means you are less of the other. If you believe this to be true, it will undercut your teaching. The Warm/Strict technique shows you must be both: caring, funny, warm, concerned and nurturing and also strict, by the book, relentless and sometimes inflexible. It's not, " I care about you, but you still must serve the consequences for being late," but " Because I care about you, you must serve the consequences for being late."
When you are clear, consistent, firm and unrelenting and at the same time positive, enthusiastic, caring and thoughtful, you start to send the message to students that having high expectations is part of caring for and respecting someone. This is a very powerful message.
You can make your Warm/Strict especially effective in these ways:
* Explain to students why you are doing what you are doing. Say: "We don't do that in this classroom because it keeps us from making the most of our learning time."
* Distinguish between behavior and people: Say "Your behavior is inconsiderate," rather than " You are inconsiderate."
*Demonstrate consequences are temporary. Show a students that when he has dealt with a consequence of a mistake, it is then in the past. Smile and greet him naturally to show he is starting with a clean slate.
*Use warm, nonverbal behavior. Put your hand on a students should and tell him your sorry but he will have to redo the homework. Bend down to a third graders eye level and explain firmly that she won't be allowed to talk to her classmates in that way.
From: Teach Like A Champion
Students should not be sent in the hall as a disciplinary purpose.
Self Report Part 2 for Teachers and Paraprofessionals were due by Friday, April 8.
Be sure to call or text me at 817-454-6554 if you are going to be out for any reason.
If you leave anytime during the day or before 3:45, be sure that you are signing in and out with the Positive Proof system in the office.
Grade 2 Math
Grade 5 Science
Grade 1 Math
Grade 4 Science
Grade 6 Math
Grade K Math
April 12 - 1st grade field trip to the zoo
April 13 - 2nd grade field trip to the museum
April 15 - Grades due
April 15 - Spirit Night at Chicken Express for 4th grade trip to Austin
April 21 - Report Card Day, College Day, Popcorn Day
April 22 - All Pro Dads' Breakfast
April 23 - 6th grade car wash
April 29 - Kindergarten field trip to the Bedford Boys Ranch
May 2 - Kindergarten Kick Off 6:30 PM