Monday Memo

October 3-7, 2016

You Made It!

Conference week is over. You can breathe a long sigh of relief. I enjoyed hearing all the happy parents during our two conference days. I received a ton of compliments on the teachers and how well students are doing. Fantastic job!! I couldn't be more proud to be a part of this amazing place!!

Thank Yous

Thank you for participating in a fantastic carry in lunch day. I'd say our first event was a huge success.

Thank you to all teachers for making sure students are getting to the office right away for the pledge. We have been starting as soon as the bell rings and finishing within a minute!

Thank you all for amazing conferences. It's so great to hear all the positive happy parents.

Thank you to Jen Hunt and Lana Nack for the hard work you put into the book fair.

Thank you to Carmen Walsh for all the work with depositing money from the book fair and receipts. Thanks to Aimee Wilbur for depositing from Thursday.

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The Week Ahead

Monday - E Day, Spirit Day, Leadership Mtg at 3:45 in room 151

Tuesday - A Day, Dr. Day and Mrs. Kolarik out in am, Curriculum Night Mtg, Math Cohort at MS at 4:00

Wednesday - B Day, Dr. Day out in pm, PD (Curriculum Writing in Vertical Teams)

Thursday - C Day, Dr. Day out all day, Dawn Hickman at team meetings

Friday - D Day, Dr. Day out all day, Movie Night

Pledge: Please send students down at 8:10 for the pledge.

Monday: Heuser

Tuesday: Hunt

Wednesday: J. Smith

Thursday: McRoy

Friday: Filiatreau

2nd grade has afternoon supervision.

Nuts and Bolts

  • Please remember to use Google Chrome for your web browser instead of Edge.
  • As a reminder, make sure you are walking students into the cafeteria at lunch, and to their busses after school.
  • October 12th the report card window will open. This is also the deadline for running records. Any student that was reading below grade level during our last running record will receive another one. Please make sure scores are entered in the Google Drive document by October 12th.
  • October 14th is the deadline for the 2nd benchmark assessment to be uploaded in Mastery Connect. If you need assistance, I'm happy to help, as is Dawn Hickman. Just send us an email.
  • Please remember to check the West Staff Calendar and the West Elementary Calendar frequently. We add all events, meetings, deadlines, reminders, etc. on these calendars. If you need assistance viewing those calendars along with your own let me know, I'd be happy to set it up for you.
  • Nurse Mel is collecting $5 from all willing to donate for our building Care to Learn basket. These will be raffled off at the trivia night on October 15th.
  • We've had a lot of questions about birthday party invitations lately. Our student handbook states that we do not allow students to pass out invitations for birthday parties.
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I hope everyone enjoyed reading the first section of the book, Fish! Below is a link to padlet. Please click on the link and answer the prompts listed. The directions for adding answers is at the top of the page under the title.

Our next reading assignment for October is pages 22-44.

We will be discussing the questions below in groups. Please be prepared to share out.

  1. Think about your attitude yesterday, how would your day have been different if you had been committed to being upset?
  2. How would you have reacted to people with whom you came in contact?
  3. How would you have reacted to situations you experienced?
  4. If you had been in a good mood, how might have you reacted differently to some of the negative things that happened?
  5. How does this section apply to your job and our school?
  6. How does your attitude effect your students?
  7. How does your attitude effect your teammates and other colleagues?

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I've been reading a lot about GRIT lately. The picture above is from a classroom (no one I know). I love how it explains what GRIT looks like for students in a way they can understand. This ties in perfectly with the growth mindset work.