the RAH

August 13-17, 2018

from J-

While some may not be a fan, there is no anxious excitement quite like the beginning of each school year. This past week I even spent some time developing my fiskar skills in my wife's classroom, helping her get set up for the year. As I visited a few buildings and saw the work going on in many classrooms, it occured to me that the extra effort putting up the little things was simply a first act of love and care for the students to feel welcomed at school. Thank you for supporting your staff and teachers in their efforts to make our schools and classrooms warm and inviting environments to learn. It's a wonderful invitation that parents will see as well - and sends the message that their kiddo will be in a safe and structured place.

Besides the meet the teacher event, please extend the opportunity for your teachers and staff to connect with parents. A phone call or note home during this first week of school will be a huge deposit with easy interest to follow. Hopefully not, but at some point a withdrawal in the relational bank account with parents may come. It's so much easier to make a withdrawal when the their is something in the bank than to go bankrupt.

Last week was about the staff. This week is about the students and their families, and is the one week you have to make that hinging first impression. Enjoy the week!

He Attended His Kiddo’s K Class: Top 10 Observations

He Attended His Daughter’s Kindergarten Class For A Day. His Top 10 Observations

First Day for Students!

Wednesday, Aug. 15th, 8am


The BIG THREE first day goals...

Every student gets fed.

Every student has a positive, meaningful connection.

Every student gets home.

from Mike-

This time of year gives us an opportunity to reset expectations and confirm consensus with our teaching team about classroom management best practices and the concept of classroom-managed vs. office-managed behaviors. It is a great practice to revisit this each year to ensure that we are all on the same page along with any new faces to your team. It could take the form of a simple table discussion, a T-chart whiteboard session, a sorting activity with paper strips of different types of behaviors to be categorized correctly, or an interactive Kahoot game where teams buzz in with the correct categorization of sample behaviors. Regardless of how you present it to your staff, this investment pays huge dividends and gives you a reference point to lean on when you need to visit with a teacher about a student who has been referred to the office for a classroom-managed behavior.

Here are a few resources that may be helpful in facilitating a discussion such as this, calibrating your team, and empowering them to take ownership of the behaviors within in their classroom.

· Classroom-Managed vs. Office-Managed Behaviors

· Student minors sheet with documentation

· Student check-in check-out sheet

Thanks for your work to support your teachers and provide your students with a safe and nurturing learning environment. Here’s wishing you a great start to the school year!

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How about this for homework: Parents & Kiddos reading to each other

Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits...

“when parents read and play with their children when their children are very young — it has really large impacts on their children’s behavior”


You can expect site visits from Dr. Jungmann, and Executive Leaders, who will be coming around in teams. I will share their schedule if/as I'm able to.

J & Mike will be visiting all elementary sites within the first 3 days. Besides checking on general well-being and awesomeness, we will also be checking what we have as enrollment numbers against what you have as enrollment numbers (a butts in seats moment). This will help us ensure we have the right support for you and your peers.