Week of December 12th-16th
WORD FROM THE EMERALD CITY
~ Only 4 1/2 more days before break...WE. CAN. MAKE. IT. Hang in there.... a 2 week break is RIGHT around the corner!
~ Each day this week, there will be some goodies in the lounge to munch on to help get you through the day. Make sure to stop by each day and check them out...Hopefully you will find something that gives you that extra kick you need to make it through the day. :)
~ On Friday, I attended a training with Nicole and Shannon that focused on continuous improvement and the steps our district will be taking to implement the PLAN/DO/STUDY/ACT system within classrooms. They will be our pilot teachers for the remainder of the year as they work to implement this system into their planning and classroom design. It's something you all are ALREADY doing, but it's going more in depth and moving not only toward student goal setting (which we already do) but the personalized education plans and student led conferencing. This, along with the visibility piece of having the data information visible for students to see, is where we will focus our attention in the coming years. This is part of the ASPIRE 2022 plan for our district and is the next step in that process. We will have a training later in the spring where you will learn more about the process and see examples from Shannon and Nicole's classrooms, since they will be implementing this school year. Stay tuned...
~ When we return from break, that Monday is a professional development day. You will have the morning to PLC with your team, plan, and get things ready for the students' return. During the afternoon, we will have a math training and a Reading training from 1:00-3:00. All K-1, Gina, and 3-5 reading teachers will attend reading, and 3-5 math teachers and Kelly Clower will attend math. Carlynn Briley will be giving the reading training, and Misty Fletcher will be presenting the math. For reading, we will use the library. For math, we can use the guidance room (since there aren't that many).
~We will have a short staff meeting today (Monday) in the library immediately after school.
~ I inadvertently left off the Spelling Bee on the list of dates for the week. We WILL have the spelling bee this Wednesday at 8:30. This will be for 2nd-5th grade to come and watch. Please remind students that they will not be allowed to talk during the spelling bee so that the participants can hear the words, definitions, etc. We will begin promptly at 8:30 on Wednesday.
~ Friday is early dismissal. Parties will take place and begin around 10:50/11:00. We will not send parents down to the room (unless you have told us otherwise) until 10:50.
~We hope you are enjoying your long lunches! We are finishing up the grade levels this week and have enjoyed spending time with the kids, as well as allowing you some extra time to eat with your teams.
~ Friday, we will have lunch for you in the cafeteria from El Sombrero! Then, we will head to the library for some fun minute to win it games organized by our Sunshine Committee! Shout out to Kelly and the committee for organizing the party!
~ The Holiday Open House at administration is this Wednesday. I urge you to stop by during your conference time, if you can. They always have a ton of treats and good entertainment by various school choirs and groups around the district. If you plan on going to the open house, jeans are fine, but please do not wear warm ups.
Continue to discuss the vocabulary with your students! It's making a big difference!
Here is the copy of the s'more newsletter about the vocabulary program. It has all the words listed for the year, so you can plan ahead! It has each word listed and the grade level responsible. The kids really enjoyed this last year, and I think this was something I had more comments from parents about than anything! They would comment about their students knowing the meanings of words that they didn't even know. The vocabulary parade was a big hit too. Even the older kids got into it and had fun being creative and participating.
Please turn in the "Word Up" Levels sheets when you have students who display the appropriate use of the words. Obviously, the younger they are, the more "adaptation" needs to occur in order to receive the levels, but the students who received the tags last year, LOVED it!! I will put the "Word Up Level" sheet on canvas!
As a reminder, the way the "Word Up Levels" work, goes like this...
All students will start as rookies and all students will have a chance to move up as many levels as they would like. Spirit Tags (that PTA is selling) will be used for levels 2 thru 5 and when a student reaches level 2 thru 5 they will receive a spirit tag for that level from the principal.
Teachers will nominate students to move up through the levels.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Monday, December 12th:
Grades due by 8:00 am
Staff Meeting @ 3:00 in the library
Tuesday, December 13th:
Progress reports go home
Wednesday, December 14th:
Spelling Bee- 8:30 (2nd-5th grade only)
Admin Christmas Open House- EMS Board Room (all day)
Friday, December 16th:
Early release at 11:40
Lunch (catered by El Sombrero) in cafeteria
Holiday Fun in the Library following lunch (schedule sent by Kelly Stowe)
Holiday Break: December 19th- 30th
Monday, January 2nd:
8:00-11:30- Planning. PLC
11:30-1:00- Lunch on your own
1:00-3:00 ELAR and Math training
Wednesday, January 4th:
Kori off campus at training