Pirate's Crew ~ Weekly Preview....

Staff Newsletter for Ray Childers Elementary 9/19-9/23

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OUR FOCUS FOR 2016-2017

Another one week down . . .

We say goodbye to another hectic week! I have enjoyed being in your classrooms each day whether to visit, complete observations, or to plan with your team. I continue to see great things--hands on learning, students engaged and collaborating, teachers facilitating instruction, students grappling with concepts, no technology "pacifiers" and much more!

I came across a video on FACEBOOK this week and a quote really stuck with me . . . the individual used the phrase, "casting a vision!" I first related that to leadership-- particularly mine. I try daily to "cast a vision" of professional standards, respect of students and families, and a strong focus on instruction/curriculum. I also consider the vision that you cast within each of your areas. It doesn't matter where you find yourself... teacher, teacher assistant, custodian, secretary, cafeteria, etc. How do you "cast a vision" for those you impact? Your colleagues? Your students? Your parents?

I appreciate the collaborative efforts of our team this week. Many of you pitched in to help with Grandparents to Lunch Week or helped cover for others when there was a need. Again, much appreciation for all you do! Always proud to be a pirate!


Monitoring and Being Aware!

Seems like we had many "accidents" and issues this week on the playground. Make sure students are being monitored and you are aware of what's happening during recess.

Instructional Core Reminder

The instructional core handout was placed in your box this week. Remember-- At our September 29th faculty meeting, each team will share briefly your "take away" from the reading. Team leaders will present your information. Grade level planning times would be a great opportunity for you to discuss your section.


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Which lens do you wear each day?

Consider how every decision you make, every conversation you have, interactions, and every message you send is viewed by someone else. Consider how it's viewed through the parent lens, the lens of your colleagues, and even the lens of our community.
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Our leadership meeting was held on Monday and you should have received information back from your representative. This was a brief meeting to "check the pulse" of the school. Here are some take-aways....

  1. CLASS DOJO is going well-- consistency across school
  2. Pirate Code for Success is being reinforced and everyone knows expectations
  3. Positive response from new bell time and dismissal
  4. Working our kinks in planbook.com; majority feels it is very helpful

Discover Education Tech-books

Danny Houser and Lisa Huffman will be presenting the Discovery Ed Tech-book training on October 11th from 3:30-5:00. This is required for all K-5 teachers.

Mr. Rumbaugh to visit on Monday . . .

Mr. Rumbaugh will be here on September 20th to meet with grades 3-5 during planning. I met with you in August to review school/grade level data-- however I have asked Mr. Rumbaugh to meet with us as well to give us some specific insight as to our strengths and weaknesses. Please plan accordingly.

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The GALS CLUB will begin on Thursday, September 29th. This will be the first session and is sponsored by the Catawba Science Center-- funded through a grant that focuses on girls in engineering. Thanks to Mrs. Barrier for coordinating this opportunity. Just a reminder that students will be dismissed at the bus bell and if students are enrolled in daycare-- they need to report there first.
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Lisa Huffman gave me a gift today! The gift was the book, Teach Like a Pirate! As I began to look through the book, I came across this powerful quote...

“I can walk by the open door of a classroom and tell you after a couple of minutes whether the teacher is a lifeguard or a swimmer.”
Dave Burgess, Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator


I have been monitoring STAR TESTING and MCLASS. Continue to maximize your time to ensure that we meet district deadlines.

September 6th – September 26th

STAR Reading – Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

STAR Math – Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

mClass – Grades K, 1 2, 3 and at-risk 4th and 5th graders

Bus and Car Duty

CAR: L. Johnson, Weidner, Presnell BUS: Nicholas

If you are on duty-- please make sure students are sitting as far back on the side walk as possible. There should be enough room for students to walk behind you rather than in front of you as they make their way to their vehicle. If you see this-- please direct them to walk behind the red poles.


  • September 20: Rumbaugh to visit with 3-5
  • September 20: 3rd Grade PD @ CO 3:30-5:00
  • September 21: YAC Lunch Meeting 3:00
  • September 22: Williams to CO @ 8:30 (PDP)
  • September 22: 4th Grade PD @ CO 3:30-5:00
  • September 22: School Lunch Advisory Board 3:30 WCRC (KANUPP)
  • September 23: SPELLING BEE (Grades 3-5) 1:45 in gym
  • September 23: Girl Scout Parent Meeting @ ICARD 6:00
  • September 26 (week of): 3rd Grade IQ TEST
  • September 27: FALL PICTURES
  • September 27: PLC #1 (During planning)
  • September 27: 5th Grade PD @ CO 3:30-5:00
  • September 29: 4th to OVERMOUNTAIN VICTORY TRAIL 9:00-11:15
  • September 29: FACULTY MEETING 3:00 in Media Center
  • September 30: 1/2 day dismissal (NED SHOW PK-2 @ 8:15 and 3-5 @ 9:15)
  • September 30: ASW TRAINING: TEAGUE/REEVES 1:00-3:00
  • September 30: Pre-K Emergency Preparedness Training 1:30 @ Childcare Connections

BCPS District Goals for 2016-17

  • Customer Service

  • Ongoing and Specific Professional Development: technology instructional use, instructional rounds, Ed Camps

  • Developing district leaders via a Leadership Academy: Principals, Teacher Leaders, Beginning Teachers, assistant principals, and aspiring principals

  • District wide Anti-Bullying program

  • Utilizing the Central Office Instructional evaluation for 2016-2017

  • Establish BCPS Foundation with Charter Board members

  • Continue to promote Burke County Public Schools:

  • Family Magazine, Videos-See video, Postscripts, Putnam’s Pen, BCPS Website, Twitter, Facebook, & Accentuating the positive highlights

  • New promotion methods for 2016-2017:

  • Movie theater advertisements

  • New Billboards

  • 1st annual BCPS Foundation Golf tournament- Corporate sponsors: Chartwells, Pierce, Pepsi &…

  • 1st annual BCPS 5K race

  • Introduction to Project Lead the Way: Engineering in Patton and East Burke

  • Pilot Video Conference/Virtual classrooms: From Freedom High School to Draughn and East Burke High Schools & Heritage Middle to Hallyburton Academy

  • Continue to improve Child Nutrition program with Chartwells

  • Continue to promote staff education and certifications to add value to BCPS

  • Continue to work with local partners to prepare our students for the work force and for further secondary education

  • Seek input from Parents/Community/teachers via surveys on academic competitions: What to keep and what to go! Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Speech Contest, Battle of the Books, Robotics, 3D printing, and others

  • Advocate for all students through the lens of equity


The GALS Club will begin on Thursday, September 29th (continuous dates on GOOGLE calendar!) This club will focus on engineering. Students are to report to the Social Room at the Bus/Daycare bell. Just a reminder that any student who is in after school clubs and are registered in daycare-- must report to daycare first to check in. Mrs. Barrier will sponsor this club.