Martin's Memo

North Elementary School- February 4, 2016

Duties for the week of February 8



BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION/LOUNGE DUTY: Julie Stoehr, Kim Bowden, Karly, Jen

YEE HAWS!!!!! = 20

Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 4

  • Student Led Conferences, art show, and book fair from 3:00 to 7:00 pm
  • RED (2H) at 3:15 pm in the office

Friday, February 5

  • Go Red Day- Wear Red
  • Earthquake Drill at 8:30 am
  • IEP (ECSE) at 9:00 am
  • Blue Ribbon Writing Papers due to Fariba by 3:00 pm

Monday, February 8

  • Student Led Conferences, art show, and book fair from 3:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Service Plan Meeting at 3:30 pm in the office
  • Staffing (4 Stoner) at 4:00 pm in the office
  • RED (5G) at 5:00 pm in the office

Tuesday, February 9

  • Principal Evaluation Meeting at 8:00 am at BOE (Barb out)

Wednesday, February 10

  • CDFY- Tobacco Assembly for grade 3 at 9:30 am in the cafeteria
  • Barb out- 10:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Leadership Team Meeting at 3:15pm in room 110

Thursday, February 11

  • Elementary Principals' Meeting at 8:00 am at BOE (Barb out)
  • Valentine Parties from 2:00-2:45 pm

Friday, February 12

  • No School

Happy February Birthdays to:

22- Linda Asher

Due Dates

  • Summer Maintenance Projects due to Barb by Friday, February 5.
  • Alternative Party attendance slips should be returned to the office by Thursday, February 11.
  • Major Saver Limo Permission Slips are due to the office by Wednesday, February 24.
  • Six Flags Read to Succeed ends on Friday, February 26.
  • Probationary Teachers should complete self-evaluation and data regarding your professional growth plan by Monday, February 15. All tenured teachers should complete these items by Monday, February 29. (Meeting schedule coming soon.)
  • Summer School student enrollment forms due to the office by Friday, April 8.

Student Led Conferences

Alternative party letters were in your mailboxes on February 1. I have dated it February 5. You might consider having it in each students "things to do" folder at conferences. That way you can answer questions....some seem to think they have to sign it for students to stay in the classroom party. Otherwise, please send it home on Friday, February 5.

If you include information about the parent portal during student led conferences, remind parents that they will need to complete the parent portal form and show an ID to Carey to obtain a parent portal account. See Carey if you want the forms for your conferences.

It is important that during student led conferences that parents have an opportunity to visit with you regarding their child's progress. You might consider being a "station" that families visit or that you make a point to be able to visit with each parent about each child's progress this year.

Summer School invitations are in your mailboxes. Please share these with parents at conferences.

Please remind parents and students to check the lost and found while they are here for conferences. We have collected many, many items.

The last thing student should do after conferences is to take their parents to see the artwork in the hallways. Kim will take care of showing student WHERE their artwork is located.

Special Class Schedule on Thursday, February 11

8:05-8:45- Grade 5

8:45-9:25- Grade 4

9:25-10:05- Grade 3

10:05-10:45- Grade 1

  • Laura and Amy switch recess duty times. (Hoping for good outside weather!) Deidre also has recess duty.

12:30-1:10- Kindergarten

1:10-1:50- Grade 2

*Lunch Shifts remain the same

**Please note time changes- all classes have 40 minutes of special class.

Alternative Valentine Party on February 11

Alternative party notes should be sent home at conferences or on Friday, February 5. If you have students who will not be participating in the classroom party, but will attend the alternative party, you need to schedule your “party” time accordingly. (Ie…you can’t start early.) The alternative party will be held in the art room between 2:00 and 2:45 P.M. Amy, Laura, and Kim will host the alternative party.

Early Sign outs from Valentine Parties

On Wednesday afternoon, February 10, we will put a class list in your mailbox. If a parent wishes to sign their child out after the party, they must sign out with you in the classrooms. Please have the parent sign next to the child’s name along with the time that they are leaving. Turn these into the office before you leave on Thursday, please. Students who are signed out early will not be eligible for a brag tag for third quarter. We need to encourage parents who do not want to sign out early to go to the car rider line and follow our normal procedures. I realize that is going to be a “tough” sell- and it probably isn’t something we need to “demand”….just encourage. Thanks for your help.

Summer Maintenance Projects

If there are any projects at school that would need to be completed by maintenance this summer- rather than by Shawn or Greg, please see me regarding these by Friday, February 5.


  • Weekly entries should be made into Infinite Campus in each subject area.
  • Be sure to keep your websites up-to-date!
  • I would like copies of all classroom newsletters. These can be sent to me electronically or a paper copy in my mailbox.
  • Please continue to use the clip up tickets, Safe, Respectful, and Responsible Compliment cards (or verbal compliments) keeping the 4:1 in mind!

Filter Fridays- Please clean projector filters on Fridays!

QUAD D from Physical Education

Using peer coaching, students teach the basic football pass to each other. Throughout activities during the month they use data they collected through a skills pre-test to coach their partner on the components of the skill that each partner needs to improve on. At the end of the month, each coach will do a final post-skills test to assess their partners improvement.

QUAD D from Grade 2

Second graders are investigating force, motion and friction in science AND in writing. They are writing like scientists. They had to compose a question, formulate a hypothesis (make a prediction), design a ramp to send their car down and run trials on the carpet and the tile. Then they had to analyze their information and record their results in their lab reports!

Keep sending Quad D activities or questions you have tried

"Get your learn on!" --Kid President

In honor of Mrs. Gehlert and National School Counselors' Week

Social Skills Group for Politicians

An honest person keeps their promises. They would not lie, cheat or steal.

Be Safe~Be Respectful~Be Responsible