Week of November 14-18

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~ If you haven't had a chance to introduce yourself to Cassie Irby, please make it a point to say hi and welcome her to Elkins as our new kindergarten teacher! She began last week with observations and floating to get to know the routines, LiiNK and the students, and she begins today as the class' full time teacher.

~ We want to welcome back Laura this week! She returns today, and we are so excited she's back! Don't forget... Nancy is a sub, so make sure to utilize her regularly, so we can still see her smiling face regularly!

~ I'm out quite a bit this week due to training on Monday and Tuesday then a personal day on Thursday for Kellyn's surgery. Please feel free to email/text/call with any questions or concerns that may arise.

~ Shout out to Tammie for organizing the canned food drive and In & Out burger truck that will be here on Literacy Night! Speaking of In & Out, make sure to order your $5 burger meal to help support our Elk Junior Council!! All ticket money is due by Thursday!

~This week, I will send out a link to an online video for you to watch through Edivate. This is the online professional development site that I discussed in last week's newsletter. You will need to watch the video and comment under the "reflection" section in order to receive credit. The district has a "rollout" plan for Edivate, and for the month of November that includes viewing and reflecting on one video that ties in with the campus instructional focus. You should be receiving that link sometime this week, so be on the lookout! This will take the place of a staff meeting for this month, since we did not have one last week due to conferences.

~Just a reminder about holiday shut down procedures. Make sure to unplug all refrigerators, microwaves, computers, etc. on Friday before you leave for the break.

~ The Documentation training will be this Wednesday, November 16th. Please make it a point to try and attend, since I know from our CARE team meetings that documentation is something that several of you have mentioned interest in learning more about and finding a system that works in order to keep it all straight. Speaking of documentation, please don't shred documentation on Tier 2/3 students at the end of the year. We need this information from year to year in case we ever get to the referral process. Make sure you keep this information and turn it in to either myself or Ashley at the end of the year, so we can get into the appropriate folder for safe keeping.

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Campus News

~ The canned food drive is this week. Please remind your students to bring in canned food items. All donations will be donated to Community Link.

~ The fliers for Literacy Night should be in your boxes and will go home today. This is the Thursday when we come back from the break, so make sure to mark this on your calendars! The committee met last week, and it will function similar to last year with choir concert and 2nd grade performance to open, book fair, Santa pictures, book walk, story time, letters to Santa, AND the In & Out burger truck. Don't forget to remind students to send those in by Thursday this week! We need to receive 200 orders in order for In & Out to come!! So, remind, remind, remind!!

~ We are still missing some Elks of the Month forms down on the wall. Those should all be turned in.

~There will be a Cliburn musical performance this Wednesday, November at 1:30 for students. This performance is for students in 2nd-4th grades. If you remember, they came last year and did amazing things using just the piano for their performance. I know this is the 2nd grade field trip, so it looks like it will be just 3rd and 4th in the assembly.

~ Clubs are this Friday! Don't forget that we will be on the Clubs schedule for Friday.

~ Angie has scheduled a book club meeting for the book Reading in the Wild (the sequel to the Book Whisperer) for December 8th after school. Please mark this on your calendars, if you would like to participate!

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Be Vocabulous!

Continue to discuss the vocabulary with your students! It's making a big difference!

Here is the copy of the s'more newsletter about the vocabulary program. It has all the words listed for the year, so you can plan ahead! It has each word listed and the grade level responsible. The kids really enjoyed this last year, and I think this was something I had more comments from parents about than anything! They would comment about their students knowing the meanings of words that they didn't even know. The vocabulary parade was a big hit too. Even the older kids got into it and had fun being creative and participating.


Please turn in the "Word Up" Levels sheets when you have students who display the appropriate use of the words. Obviously, the younger they are, the more "adaptation" needs to occur in order to receive the levels, but the students who received the tags last year, LOVED it!! I will put the "Word Up Level" sheet on canvas!

As a reminder, the way the "Word Up Levels" work, goes like this...

All students will start as rookies and all students will have a chance to move up as many levels as they would like. Spirit Tags (that PTA is selling) will be used for levels 2 thru 5 and when a student reaches level 2 thru 5 they will receive a spirit tag for that level from the principal.

Teachers will nominate students to move up through the levels.

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Monday, November 14th:

Grades due by 8:00 am

Kori off campus with K. Stowe for PLC/Data training

Tuesday, November 15th:

Progress reports go home

Kori off campus with K. Stowe for PLC/Data training

Wednesday, November 16th:

2nd Grade Field Trip

Cliburn musical performance at 1:30 (3rd and 4th grades)

Optional Documentation Training after school in the library

Thursday, November 17th:

IN & OUT burger presales due!

Kori off (personal day for Kellyn's tonsillectomy)

Friday, November 18th:

Clubs Today!

November 21st-25th:

Thanksgiving Holidays!

November 28th-December 2nd
Book Fair this week

Thursday, December 1st:

Kori off campus from 11:00-1:00 for Principal Luncheon

Literacy Night: 5:30-7:00 (registration and ticket pick up starts at 5:00)

Tuesday, December 6th:

Dr, Chadwell on campus - 9:00-10:00

CARE Team Meeting- 1st grade @ 1:20

Thursday, December 8th:

Kori off campus from 11:00-1:00 for Principal Meeting

Reading in the Wild book study meeting- 3:00 in Angie's room

Friday, December 9th:

Kori off campus at training all day

Angie Lemons off campus at Title 1 Meeting

Monday, December 12th:

Grades due by 8:00 am

Tuesday, December 13th:

Progress reports go home

Wednesday, December 14th:

Admin Christmas Open House- EMS Board Room (all day)

Friday, December 16th:

Holiday parties

Early release at 11:40

Holiday Break: December 19th- 30th

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