October 12 - 16
All In, Mt. Gallant!
How We Win:
- Building and sustaining relationships with students, parents, and colleagues
- Improving our core instruction in the areas of Guided Reading, Lucy Calkins' writing, and Number Talks.
- Personalizing the MGES experience and learning for each child
United Way Goal - SURPASSED!
You now have the template and subsidized meal status. You should be working on your student population and aligned standards sections. The Calkins On Demand for opinion writing should be given by Friday, October 16. Remember to treat this as a standardized assessment so that the data we get is a true baseline. We will score these together in a future meeting as we work through the Calkins process and rubric.
The state SLO rubric is in Canvas and will be used this year so take a look at that when you get a chance.
October 12 Schedule
8:00 - Fourth Grade Proficiency Task + Judy Williams and Anne Rowley
9:00 - Running Record Refresher Group 1
9:45 - Running Record Refresher Group 2
10:30 - Running Record Refresher Group 3
Lisa will place a green slip in your box with your assigned group number circled at the bottom. Please be prompt so that we can best use your time. The remainder of the day is your time for planning/conferences.
Quarterly Newsletter for Parents
I'd like entries from:
- Each grade level
- Reading Coach
School Improvement Council
Brian Cope, chair
Odds and Ends from Ms. Leonard
Grading and Report Cards
All grades are due in Power School on Oct. 14th by 5:00 pm.
Please remember to maker the reading instructional level for each child. If your child receives accommodations or modifications you will need to mark this as well.
Letters to parents will go home on Wednesday, October 14th. Our first ceremony will be held on October 21st at 8:30.
Students in 2nd grade will have testing on Oct. 21, 22, and 23. Please be mindful when passing these classes in the hall.
The only thing I need from you is a class roster/sign-up sheet when your conferences are completed. I have to turn this data into the state department for our report card.
If you need me or Sheelea to attend a conference, we are happy to do so.
The Pumpkin Contest is Back With a charitable purpose!
The Fall Showcase is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to get your PUMPKIN on! We will again be having a pumpkin decorating contest for classes interested in participating. Here are the guidelines:
- Please Pre-Register with Heather Gregory through email if you would like to participate so we know how many pumpkins to provide.
- Theme is “Please DO feed the Animal$.” Pumpkins can be based on a character from a book (Wilbur/Charlotte, Paddington, Rainbow Fish, etc) or can just be any animal.
- Pumpkins may be picked up in the old nurse office area on Monday October 19th.
- Pumpkin creatures should be brought to the Media Center on Monday October 26th.
- Pumpkins should be removed from the Media Center on Friday Oct. 30th or they will be thrown away.
There will be 3 awards:
- “Wildly Creative”
- “Best Example of Herd Work”
- “People’s Choice”
- The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by penny votes. A small can will be placed with your pumpkin creature. All week, people may vote for their favorite pumpkin by placing change in the can.
- All money raised from the pumpkin votes will be donated to the “Safe Pets” charity.
** No Carving please. This made a juicy mess in the Media Center last year
Please see Heather G. if you have questions.
Fall Showcase on Oct. 29
Reading Coach's Corner
For Monday’s Running Record Training: Please bring a copy of the Running Records Conventions and Scoring Chart. This is what your grade chair sent you prior to the task. It can also be found on page 14 of the Literacy Guide.
Looking at Lucy…Let’s go shopping! I will soon be purchasing sets of the trade books to accompany your Calkins units of study. Right now, I plan to purchase a set for each grade level. They will be housed in the Literacy Closet. If you would like to have a personal set, check out the details on this third grade example from Heinemann. They are $25 right now and might be a great way to use your PTA money!
Give this a try! A powerful way to model and monitor comprehension!
Be brave, take a risk, and try something new in your classroom this week!
- PD Day - Go out to lunch!
- PTA Lunch and Desserts! Ouzo's Pizza
- 2:45 - Parent Conferences
- Grades due by 5pm
- Team Meetings with Lisa - Running Record Follow-up
- K-2 Knights Doing It Right to office at 2pm
- Moree at DO, AM
- PST - Powers at 9am - Conference Room
- SCEA in PD Room - Stop by during your planning to sign up if you'd like.
- 4H at MG with first grade
- Put recycling boxes in the hall by 7:45AM
- Spirit Day
- End of first 9 weeks
- E. Baker to Brattonsville
- Knights of the Round Table and Gallant Girls meet at 1:45
------Girls will meet in the cafeteria
- PLC Minutes Due to Canvas
Coming Up (Check Calendar for All Dates):
20 - Faculty Meeting - PST Process
21 - 23 - CogAT - Second Grade Testing
21 - Terrific Kid Ceremony at 8:30am
26 - 30 - Red Ribbon Week
26 - Report Cards Home
28 - Team Meetings with Lisa - Running Records and Guided Reading
29 - Fall Showcase
30 - All Parent Conferences Complete
3 - Mike Mattos Conference (Moree, Varnadore, L. Baker to attend)
4 - Team meetings with Lisa - Calkins
5 - SIC at 5:15, PTA at 6pm
9 - Tech Camp with Heather Rollings (PD Room)
11 - Number Talk PD in Team Meetings
12 - Make-up Picture Day; Thanksgiving Lunch for K, 2, 4; Veterans Day Performance
13 - Thanksgiving Lunch 1, 3, 5
18 - Team meetings with Lisa - Calkins
18 - Support Staff Day; Progress Reports Home; Terrific Kid Ceremony @ 8:30am
19 - Stress Break Massages - 8:30 - 10:30 (PD Room)
20 - Stress Break Massages - 12 - 2 (PD Room)
25 - 27 - Happy Thanksgiving!
2 - Team meetings with Lisa - Calkins
3 - PTA Meeting at 6pm
10 - 1st Grade 4H
16 - Team meetings with Lisa - Calkins