Owl Notes

August 31, 2018


*LABOR DAY WEEKEND - Enjoy your three day weekend! It is a much needed break as we have hit the floor running this year. Be safe while making memories!

*JAYDA BABCOCK - Make welcome the newest member of the Owl Family. Jayda Babcock joined us this week as an instructional para. She has been learning the lay of the land the past 3 days but will begin working with small groups and RtI on Tuesday.

*STAFF PARKING - Please make sure you have your staff parking sign in your car when you park starting Tuesday. I'm going to have the high school send their parking lot lady over to help start monitoring as I think we have some "sneakers" taking up some of our spots. With that said, if you get here to park in the back and there are no more spots, please move to the lot on the other end of the building by fourth grade.

*ANNOUNCEMENTS - We will continue them at 7:55 for the time being with us ending no later than 8:03 a.m.

*JEANS TUESDAY - When Monday is a holiday, Tuesday is the new Monday.

*ATTENDANCE - Our attendance took a dip this week. I realize that we have had a stomach virus going through. Remember, if you have a student who is absent more than one day (in a row), we would like for you to contact the parent and document your contact in View It.

* CANVAS - Impressive that we all have our Canvas pages up and running. The links to them are now on the Oak Ridge webpage by your name. Also all the names and grades are up to date! If parents have a Parent Access account, they can log into their account and click the Canvas button and see your pages.

*WALKIE TALKIES - We are working on ensuring walkie talkies are working and ready to go. We will be getting one to every team leader. We will talk more about them in team leader meeting!

*TEAM HUDDLES have been great so far. I am enjoying seeing your smiling faces each morning and the enthusiasm you all have as you share your most exciting moment for the school year so far. Specials and Special Ed, we do yours Tuesday and Wednesday. If we can meet in the hallway about 7:25, that would be great so we can share quickly and get to our posts. I'll have someone watching just in case we run a few minutes long.

*TEAM HUDDLE QUESTION FOR THOUGHT - Share one exciting thing that has happened at school since day one!

*FIRE DRILL - Great job on the first fire drill. Took us about 4 1/2 minutes to empty and/or ensure that the building was empty and all students accounted for.

*GT MAINTENANCE FROM 17-18 SCHOOL YEAR - If you haven't turned in your certificate from last year for your maintenance hours, Kara needs those by Friday. She will be contacting you individually Friday if it is still missing.

*504 MEETINGS - Invitation to 504 meetings will be sent via Outlook Calendar. Please accept with receipt when you receive the invite. This will let Kara know that you have accepted, will attend and it puts it on your calendar.


Monday is a HOLIDAY!!!

Tuesday - Team Leader

Friday- Poster Method Friday!!


Thank you so much for your support of Boosterthon! I know it threw us a curve with a regular schedule as we started the school year, but it will hopefully pay off in the long run. As of Friday morning, we had pledges for over $16,000! Thank you so much for your help as we would never have made it to this level without your help!


On campus opportunities to note:

September 4 - BAS training for 3rd and 4th at Houser

September 5 - Education Galaxy training at 3:45 in library

September 10 - Mentor Sentences

October 9 - Words Their Way

November 12 - Rubrics

Points to Ponder:

1. How are you encouraging students to be present and on time?

2. How are community circles going?

Seed for Growth

Virginia V - Thank you for all you do for registration. Your help is greatly appreciated! You Rock! - Audra

Jeanie - For setting up Michelle's computer so quickly and helping things run smoothly! - Audra

Diana W - For your donation of clothes and hand soap. Bless your generous spirit! - Aurda

Michelle - Thanks for a great start in the clinic. You are awesome! - Audra

Tami & Kara - For all that you do and a great start to a new year! - Audra

Virginia & Audra - for helping with any reports needed at a moment's notice for RtI, Dyslexia and SPED referrals. You are the best! :) Lavonne


Being positive won't guarantee you'll succeed, but being negative will guarantee you won't!." - Jon Gordon

Goals for 18-19

1. By December, all math teachers will be trained and will have implemented Poster Method twice a month.

2. Starting in January, teachers will focus on aligning two anchor stations with current learning in the classroom.

3. By the end of the school year, reading and writing teachers will be trained in the conferring process and create their own documentation of conferences.

Upcoming Dates



4 - Team Leader Meeting

4 - 3rd & 4th grade teachers to Houser for BAS training (after school if needed)

7 - Poster Method

10 - Kathy Wolff's birthday

10- Academic Conference - Noon

11 - PTO Spirit Night -

12 - Tami at Principals' Meeting

14 - Math Review Quiz

16 - Elsy DelSalto's birthday

17 - Core Team Meeting

19 - Read for a Better Life

20 - Parent Information Night

21 - Poster Method

23 - Laverne Baugus and Missy Giammatteo's birthdays

24 - Faculty Meeting

26 - Kathy Farris' birthday

27 - Kathie G, Michelle A, and Monique J's birthdays

28 - Math Review Quiz

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