Super Star News Update
January 11- January 15
"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Welcome back, Super Stars! (I recognize that we're not all football fans, so bear with me!) After watching football this weekend, I mused, "What a terrific team we have!" Offensive line, tackles, and centers--strategic, swift, and strong. Receivers and running backs run routes daily with agility and determination, providing options and flexibly meeting our students where they are. You run blocks every day to knock down obstacles that challenge our at-risk babies and give them the room to run towards our shared goal. You study your students' tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses, using data to create new plays and tweak old ones. And you lay it all on the line. Sometimes we are slow getting up. (Sometimes our students are slow getting up!) You are always there to offer each other a hand, an encouraging pat, a huddle to plan, and off we go, again! There is not another team in the world I would rather be a part of. As we kick off this Spring Semester, communicate your needs. Share your questions and concerns. Plan strategically and frequently. Forgive. Challenge. Huddle. Support. Use your time-outs. Polish your stars. Take calculated risks. Have courage. Play with honor. We can do this--and we can only do this--Together!
Items to Note
- Inferencing Pictures: Thank you, Lisa, for kicking us off again with this initiative this week. Folks, we have committed to this as a campus-wide response to student needs. It is expected that all homerooms participate. If you need suggestions or support on how to implement in your class, please talk to Lisa or Holly--They will be happy to help! Thank you for providing this opportunity for our students. Keep up the great work!
- Report Cards: This was our last printed report card! Beginning with the MP4 report card and progress report, parents will check these grades at home. Skyward training for parents will be offered January 21, during our Literacy Night: Bedtime with the Stars. Please advertise and encourage our parents to join for this important training and engaging evening of fun and imagination!
- Literacy Night: Have you picked out your costume, yet? Guys, we are very excited about reading with our students on this evening! Our students will be invited to wear pajamas, if they choose, to the evening event. Staff, we get to wear our costumes all day, if desired! The students always get very enthusiastic, seeing Harry Potter, Abraham Lincoln, Pippi Longstocking, the Mad Hatter, the Cat in the Hat, Catniss Everdeem, Tigger, and other familiar (and new) characters wandering our halls leading up to Bedtime with the Stars. Whether you are reading or not, you are invited to dress up. Who will you be....?
- Welcome, Mrs. Coile! This last week, we welcome Patti Coile to the home of the Superstars! Patti will be assisting Ms. Luttrell in the FA classroom, and we are welcome her to our team.
- Shoes and underwear: We are in need of shoes, specifically sizes 12, 12.5, 13, and 13.5. If you have any usable sneakers hiding in your closets, or come across any at garage sales, etc., remember our clinic clothes closet!
- We had 98% participation over Winter Break with the energy-conserving efforts of closing out our rooms. Thank you each for doing your part!
- Thank you for "sweating the little things." Thank you for being on time to and from Specials, lunch, recess, arrival and dismissal. When you are going to be out, thank you for communicating to ensure your duty will be covered and students safe. Thank you all for pitching in to help with Tammy and Carol missing much of our first week back! Thank you, Rosa, for picking up laminating and Mary for covering additional duty last week. THANK YOU that when you "See a need, [you] fill a need!" For example, thank you for readily picking up a stop sign to man the crosswalk when no one is there!
- Thank you for dismissing on time, being conscious that EACH student goes in a timely manner to his/her dismissal location. Thank you for remembering that if you dismiss your class late, you are responsible for contacting parents and remaining with the child(ren) until all are picked up! Thank you for remembering our Shuttle students dismiss early. When we neglect these details, a ripple effect takes place that negatively impacts our campus as waves quickly turn tidal! Thank you for your timeliness in attention to the details to ensure smooth, safe systems for our students!
- Sheila, thank you for sending your students to lead us in Announcements this week. We're looking forward to hearing from Mrs. E Martin's class!