West Goshen News

October 14, 2016

Goshen Community School’s Mission Statement:


Inspiring Innovation… Empowering Potential… Enriching our World


West Goshen’s Vision Statement:


At West Goshen Elementary School, we will develop students who have the thinking skills, character traits, and global awareness necessary to work together in a diverse world.

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Enjoy your time off

I hope you will all find time next week to rest, relax, and rejuvenate! You have just made it through one of the longest stretch with no break this school year. Enjoy your time with family and friends.

Visitors to West Goshen

TLT Update:

This past Monday we worked on fine tuning our data analysis that each grade level does every Monday morning. Our number one goal, is creating a way to track specific data that will help us get to our school goals! A member from the TLT will be talking with each grade level team about a plan moving forward.

Dressing up for Halloween

There is a note going home the Monday after fall break informing parents that students will not be wearing costumes on Halloween. They are expected to wear dress code shirts as usual! :) If you could also remind your students about this, too, it would be much appreciated!

Steele Benefits Meeting

We will be having a representative from Steele Benefits coming to have a informational staff meeting with us on Thursday, November 3rd right after school in the Spanish room. It should only last 15-20 minutes. They will be introducing a new on-line version to sign up for benefits. For those of you who do not choose the on-line sign up, there will be a representative here at West Goshen to meet with you personally on November 11th or November 14th.

Highlights of the week:

Tier I and II papers

If you have not gotten your tier I and II papers to Jodie, please do so ASAP. She needs to send those to Central Office.

Central Office Updates:

Today’s Focus: Teams

“If he works for you, you work for him.”
– Japanese Proverb

Reflections to Guide Your Journey

Is a leader anything but a regular person if he or she does not have a team supporting his or her efforts?

How important are team-building activities and relationships within your organization?

How do your teammates know that you are there to help and to collaborate with them?


The United Way Campaign is ending soon! Turn in your PLEDGES. If you have not turned in a United Way pledge forms to the Admin Center, please do so by the end of the week! Send them to the attention of Lori Martin. Thanks in advance for your support of our neighbors in Elkhart County!


Attached is the Newly Created Professional Leave Request/Reimbursement Form. Beginning after Fall Break, this is the form that staff should use to request approval for professional leave and for reimbursement of expenses related to the professional leave. You will want to have the secretaries copy the form and procedures, back to back, on green paper. (I'll send the attachment in an e-mail!)


Overtime ALERT!!!! We have been closely monitoring the overtime costs and we all need to make a concerted effort to control these expenses. Administrators please be DILIGENT in communicating with your hourly staff that they should NOT be working over their approved hours UNLESS they have prior approval from you. We know that there is always more work to be done; but please be intentional about only approving overtime for priority projects and/or those things that have a looming deadline and cannot get done by adjusting hours or responsibilities. We will be communicating directly with principals to share data related to your individual schools in the near future.


Please share with ALL staff: A Retirement Planning Workshop sponsored by Elkhart County Retired Teachers’ Association will be held on Saturday, November 5th: 8:45 – 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Goshen. Whether your retirement is months or years away, you will gain valuable information needed to help plan for a successful retirement. Spouses are welcome and are encouraged to attend. Prior registration is not required. This is a no cost program for attendees. Please post/share the attached invitation.


Open Enrollment

The Steele Benefits Team will be here in October for group meetings and November for individual appointments related to Open Enrollment. This is the time to sign up for insurance and voluntary benefit products. Every employee that works 15 hours or more needs to meet with a representative or sign up through the ONLINE process. We are excited to offer an ONLINE option this year. Instructions will be given out at the group meetings. Please watch for the group meeting at your school and then choose the ONLINE option or sign up for an appointment. Please call Susan Stiffney or Marlene Penner at the Administration Office if you have any questions.


You are important members of our TEAM! Enjoy your Fall Break, taking time to do those things that give you joy.

Diane, Alan, Angela & Tammy

Upcoming Dates:

October 17-21 - Fall Break! :)

Monday, October 24th:
Everyone begins using willSub to report absences and request subs

3-5 grade teachers give NWEA skills mastery check this week
7:30-8:15 - Data Meetings
10:45-2:00 - K/1st to Pumpkin Farm from
3:00-4:30 - TLT meeting
6:00 - Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 25th:
1:15-2:45 - K/1 cluster
3:10 - Staff walk to evacuation site (West Goshen Church of the Brethren)
6:00-9:00 pm - TRIVIA NIGHT

Wednesday, October 26th:
7:00 - Administrative meeting (Cultural Sensitivity) - Lori
8:30-10:30 - District Master Teacher meeting (PV LGI Room)
1:15-2:45 - 2/3 cluster

Thursday, October 27th:
8:30-10:30 - District TLT meeting
1:15-2:45 - 4/5 cluster
4:30 - Strategic Planning Steering Committee (Lori)

Friday, October 28th:

FUTURE DATES TO GET ON CALENDAR:
November 3 - Steele Benefits Meeting
November 10 - WG Reading Night 6:00-7:30 (Aimee sent out an e-mail - sign up in lounge)