November 16, 2015

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I find it humorous this statement was made by John Dewey who passed away over a half a century ago! People are always changing - especially children - so we must change with them. Think about your own career in education. How many "new" strategies have you used in the last couple of years? Our society is moving at lightening speed, and often it is difficult to keep up. However, to reach kids and create productive future citizens, we have no choice. Just some thoughts to consider!

Honors Dance/Celebration

I will be hosting a dance/celebration with the kids on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 2:00 - 2:30. I am looking for anyone who would be available and/or willing to help during this time.

Leadership Instructional Rounds

The Leadership Team will be making rounds this Tuesday from 9:30 - 12:00. We will be visiting classrooms and are looking forward to seeing what's happening in your rooms. Remember to not be nervous when we come in your room. We are looking for what is going well and where we need improvement. Please DO NOT be concerned that we are there. We are excited to have the opportunity to come to classrooms as a team with the purpose of improving our school community. Due to Instructional Rounds being held during our weekly grade level time, I will not be present this week. Please let me know if you have any concerns or need my assistance this week. See me if you have any questions.


This week we will be welcoming Mrs. Shannon Murray to our team. She will be co-teaching with Ms. Slivka. She will be sharing a classroom with Mrs. Kopdylowski. Mrs. K is also returning this week from maternity leave. It will be so nice to have her back in the building. Make sure you welcome our new and returning team members!
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Tara Henry: It was nice to see your class earn a reward, and it was fabulous that Gus was able to join your class for the day!

Angel Martin: Thank you for being kind, even to a student who took something from you. It shows great character and sets a great example for students.

Usha Shankar: Thank you for each little smile and inquiry you give to others. It makes them feel respected and appreciated for what they do.

Kerri Hubbard: Your positive attitude toward everything is phenomenal. Your make your students feel welcome and that they can overcome any obstacle.

Crystal Metivier: You are working and re-working how your class is run to ensure smooth transitions for the kids in order to not lose valuable instruction time. Thank you for being ever vigilant to seeing your students get what they need to succeed.

Kim Ortiz: Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit the ELC to see the great happenings there.

Sarah Daniels: Thank you for giving the entire building a chance to smile on Friday. We can all fly!

Ruth McGinnis: Your honesty as well as your willingness to keep working toward goals was refreshing. You are setting an excellent example for your students!

Sarah Phalen: You are obviously instilling great character in your students. On Friday you had students who CHOSE to grab garbage bags and clean up the trash from the playground during their Fun Friday time.

Gina Pike & Ashley Hoover: Thank you for trying some new strategies and co-teaching methods in your classroom.

Santana Barnes: You are working with a very difficult student and using many strategies to try to reach that student. It's a tough job, but in the end, we reap the rewards and so will that student from you putting time and energy into him!

Maureen Mailhot: You have kept a positive spirit through this stressful week of Science Fair. Giving this opportunity to students is beneficial and enhances their feelings of success. They couldn't do that without you and all of your hard work!

Chris Salem: Thank you for taking on extra students when we were short on staff members...it really helped so these students still received their services!

Heather Slivka: You spend extra time with your students and help them through anxieties/issues they are experiences. This extra time you take really shows them how much you care as well as reinforces you will not accept their poor actions.

Miriam England: You have taken time this week to work through issues with a particular student. You do so in a reserved and respectful manner which sets a great example to him!

Brendan Hieshetter: The music and laughter floating from your room at all times of the day makes many folks smile. You and your students uplift the school's spirit!

Tanya Levander: Thank you so much for initiating a cultural experience for the 3rd grade!

5th Grade Team: Thank you for giving up some of your own very precious class time to be able to assist Mrs. Mailhot and your 5th graders with their Science projects next week!

Staff Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 4:15-4:45pm

3807 North Center Road

Flint, MI

Don't forget we have a staff meeting this week. The meeting will be held in Ms. Daniel's classroom. Thank you for hosting Ms. Daniels!

School Board Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 5:30-7:30pm

3807 North Center Road

Flint, MI

Please remember anyone and everyone is welcome to attend the Board meetings!

Mobile Planetarium

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 8:30am-3:30pm

3807 North Center Road

Flint, MI

The classes will be going during their assigned Science times with Mrs. Mailhot.