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

The end of the 5th Six Weeks is this Friday! Grades will be due by 9:00 on April 15. We will send home report cards on Thursday, April 21.

DLIC

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.


Thank you!

Field Days!

Thank you to everyone for helping to make both days fun for all.


Special thanks to Hayley and Kelli, as well as to Gwen and Joanna for all of their extra help!

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.


Library...

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.

Summer School

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.

Summer Packing

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.

Registration Information

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

HEB Reads

Be sure to put Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 on your calendar! This is the kick off for the joint effort between HEB ISD, our three cities and the public libraries. This will be a fun event with free food, games and free books. The challenge is not just for students but for grown ups too! We can track our minutes this summer and earn prizes, even if you don't live in Hurst, Euless or Bedford!

Upcoming Faculty Meetings

Please be sure you have the dates on your calendar!


April 14 - Faculty Meeting

April 21 - STAAR Training

Reminders...

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.

April

April 15 - Rebecca Myers

April 19 - Candice Cooper

April 21 - Ashley Harris

April 24 - Michelle Pepper

April 25 - Stephanie Hines

April 26 - Donna Taldo

April 30 - Kelli Bedunah

Professional Development

April 11

Grade 2 Math

Grade 5 Science


April 12

Grade 1 Math

Grade 4 Science

Grade 6 Math


April 13

Grade K Math

Important Dates

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