The Toll Gate Tidings
October 4, 2015 Edition
Important Dates to Note
10/5 - Wear BLUE for "Week of Respect" and "Bullying Awareness"
10/5- Tier 3 interventions begin
10/6 - Fire Truck Safety visit
10/12 - Schools closed; Staff Development - Free Flu Shots with insurance card!
10/14 - Faculty Council
10/14 - Valic rep visit during lunches
10/14 - PK-5 Grade Level Meetings
10/16- Staff Birthday Breakfast; Fall Birthday Celebrations
10/19 - Faculty Meeting
10/20 - AXA rep visit during lunches
10/20-22 - OW trainings
10/26 - Additional 90-minute meeting
10/30 - SGO & PDP due and entered into OnCourse
10/30 - Halloween Parade
1st week: Kindergarten and 1st grade
Canavera, Johnson, Schlette, Seery, Caruso, Drewes
2nd week: 2nd and 3rd grades
Booz, Caulfield, Donovan, O'Shaughnessy, Provenzano
3rd week: 4th and 5th grades
Miller, Stein, Weltz, Davidson, Lambert
4th week: Special Areas
Chalela, Finn, K Phillips, Upperco, White
Check out the third video clip from Rick Wormeli, on Standards-Based Grading. Rick will be our keynote speaker on October 12th.
I have checked off staff for each grade level for sign-ups, and any collaborative teachers are also on the grade level emails. Just a reminder - as was the case last year, when parents begin signing up, you will receive an email for each sign-up for the grade level, even if the child is not in your class. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to change that :(
Attached to this email I am also sharing the PowerPoint presentation we used last year to help with our scheduling of particular parents, how to troubleshoot, etc... Please feel free to use one of your PLC meetings this month to discuss if there are any duplicates, parent concerns that you need to schedule ahead of time, etc... If you need to edit any of the times for conferences, please let me know and I will do it for you. Thanks!
Letters about general sign-up information will be sent to parents on October 13th. They will receive another email with your sign-up link the next week, and sign-ups go live at 5:30am on Monday, October 26th, and close at 8pm on Friday, October 30th.
Please complete this Google Sheet signifying your buddy class and meeting times. Thanks!
9:00-9:30am Gator Gathering
9:35 - 10:05am WIN/Academic Choice
10:07-10:58am Period 1
11:01 - 11:52am Period 2
11:55 - 12:46pm Period 3 – Lunch K, 1st & 5th
12:49 - 1:41pm Period 4 – Lunch 2nd,3rd & 4th
1:44 - 2:35pm Period 5
2:38 - 3:29pm Period 6
3:30pm Dismissal Call
Please make sure you have discussed the idea of the drill with your students, especially those new to our school. Review the PowerPoint so you know where to go, and contact Greg asap with any questions or concerns. Thanks!
Here are the links Meg sent for the hats:
If anyone is interested in joining the TG Barbershop group, see Lee and Karrin for costumes and ideas!
Draft Schedule for Friday, October 30th:
9:33-10:13am 1st period
10:16-10:56am 2nd period
10:59-11:39am 3rd period - Lunch K, 1st, & 5th grades
11:42-12:22pm 4th period - Lunch 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades
12:25-1:05pm 5th period
1:08-1:48pm 6th period
1:50-2:10pm Return to homeroom/change into costumes
2:10-2:20pm Call to blacktop to line up for parade
3:00-3:30pm Return to HR for parties, dismissal
Please let me know asap if you foresee any problems with this schedule. A map outlining the route and line-up order is attached to this email. PLEASE REVIEW NOW SO WE CAN MAKE ANY NEEDED CHANGES PRIOR TO HALLOWEEN!
If you haven't read Vicky Politsis' latest newsletter, please click on this link. Some great ideas for incorporating PBL into your classroom. Also, some Halloween math too!
Let Me Run
The PTO running club, Let Me Run, extends an invitation to any Toll Gate staff interested in joining them for a run during one of their practices. They meet Wednesdays at 3:35pm. They have 7 boys participating this year and have had 2 great practices so far. They would love for any staff to get involved as well! Please let me know if you are interested!