Weekly Office MEMO

Week Of August 28, 2017

#TOP20- Help Others Suceed

Leadership From A Dancing Guy

Start a Movement #TOP20

I love this video. "Leadership from a Dancing Guy" shows the simplicity of the widely researched topic of organizational change. The tipping point for innovations typically happens around 18%. This means that any new product or innovation is striving for that critical 18% mark before the Market rewards the company or they tip towards critical mass. They key to critical mass/ cultural adoption is not the developers, leaders, early adopters, or the trailblazers.. it is the followers.

​There have been times in my life where I have regrettably sat in the grass without the courage to get up and dance. Typically I regret my decision. This regret is what continues to drive my current decision to consciously choose to "Be the Dancing Guy".. or at least "Support the Dancing Guy" for the causes, initiatives and passions that I believe in. This is where I can "Help Others Succeed."

Chip and Dan Heath, in their book Decisive outline one approach to analyze your decision and help make a good choice. They call it the 10/10/10 Rule. Will your regret your decision in 10 minutes? 10 Months? 10 Years? This helps put perspective on your decision to get up and dance.

The question is, "Do you have the courage to dance if you want to?" The answer is so simply outlined in this video. There have been many folks that have been the shirtless dancing fellow in the front, there have even been followers, but has there been the follower of followers? This fun video shows the importance of thinking beyond your own self-consciousness and getting up to dance. Your support and encouragement is right around you.. waiting in the grass!


What are some ways to find your courage? A Fast Company Article talks about 7 ways to find your courage:
1. Follow Your Authentic Purpose
2. Predict Your Future by Creating It
3. Do Things That Other's Don't
4. Bend but do not Break
5. Turn Obstacles into Assets
6. Embrace Failure
7. Say No-More Tough Calls

Follow this link to read more about these principles in the full article.

My hope and dream for the upcoming school year is that you find your STRENGTH, embrace your VULNERABILITY, COURAGESLY FOLLOW and join the MOVEMENT and start dancing!

Have a great week!


Weekly Schedule

Monday 8/28

  • Office Open

Tuesday 8/29

  • Office Open
  • Back To School Teachers Only

Wednesday 8/30

  • Office Open
  • Back To School Workshop- All Staff
  • Open House 6:00-7:30

Thursday 8/31

  • Office Open
  • Back to School Workshop- District Day

Friday 9/1

  • Office Open

Important Upcoming Dates

ROCORI Back to School Workshop Week- August 29-31 (Click HERE) for agenda.

CSE OPEN HOUSE - Wednesday, August 30th, 6:00-7:30

Opening Day!- Tuesday September 5th

CSE Kindergarten Discovery Day- Tuesday September 5th

Fall Family Kickoff- Friday, September 8th

2017-2018 WBWF Goals


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the READING will increase from 54.6% in 2017 to 65% in 2018.


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the MATH MCA will increase from 60.4% in 2017 to 68% in 2018.

What are potential FOCUS areas of Improvements for SLG/PGP?

Time on Text

Close Reading

Oral Vocabulary Usage/Development


Student Targets

Standard Alignment and Deconstruction

School News/ Annoucements

  • Access your 2017-2018 Back To School Workshop Week Schedule HERE

    School Class Lists/ Family Welcome Back Letters are out! Questions? Ask @ the CSE Office

    The CSE FALL Family Kickoff is scheduled for the first home game on Friday Sept 8th. We are looking for Staff Volunteers to help out! If you are willing contact CSEHOSTPARENTS@rocori.k12.mn.us

    Gen Ed Teachers: Review your classroom student needs report, read 504, Health Plans, Student IEP's, Sign Off and Return to Andrea K in the Office.

    Congrats, Kudos, and Thank You!

    Kayla Youngblom for delivering all the new Math Curriculum and Distributing to Cold Spring Elementary!

    Committee Updates:

    Click HERE to access the CSE committee memberships

    Why do we have Committee Structure at CSE?

    1. To improve decision making process/feedback between staff/administration

    2. To Empower Staff to See the Problem/Own the Problem #TOP20

    3. Amplify All Voices at CSE

    4. Assist in the overall communication and governance at CSE

    RtI (Response to Intervention)

    Click HERE to access the District RtI Notes

    CI (Curriculum and Instruction)

    Click HERE to access the District CI Notes

    • Need a New District Rep from Building CI

    SD (Staff Development)

    Click HERE to access the District SD Notes

    SC (Site Council)

    • Need a new Chair!



    Health, Safety, Building Improvement

    • Lounge Updates -Input Committee Wanted

    Family Groups

    Spartan Pride

    Digital Leadership

    #CSESTRONG Weekly Staff Mindfulness Challenge

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    Reflect on how vulnerability affects your own decision making to try something new or stand up for what you believe. Tell a close friend what happened one time when you showed vulnerability and it was positive or negative.
    I Did It!

    Push The Button to Commit to the #CSESTRONG Mindfulness Challenge for this Week!

    Daily 5 Tip of the Week

    By Lori Sabo

    August 18, 2017

    Issue #475

    One of the games I like to play on my phone is a vocabulary game. In it, I am given a definition and required to tap word parts from columns to build the defined word. It used to be that if I made a mistake, I would be notified and the next word would pop up. However, a small update has made a big difference in my learning. Now, instead of moving to the next word, I immediately get another chance to select the right response. Getting another chance to select the right response has helped advance my learning.

    The chance for a do-over in the classroom is just as valuable. As we prepare to open a new school year and launch Daily 5 in classrooms, we are reminded of the value of Step 5 in the 10 Steps of Teaching and Learning Independence, where one student models less desirable behaviors and follows up immediately by modeling the most desirable behaviors:

    • Get started right away
    • Read the whole time
    • Stay in one spot
    • Read quietly
    • Ignore distractions

    Several things are accomplished by this do-over:

    • The student begins to develop muscle memory for the correct way and proves to himself and everyone else that he can do it.
    • Students are given a three-dimensional example of the I-chart in action.
    • Students understand the correlation that one way will not help us become a better reader and one way will, which leads to a sense of urgency, agency, and engagement.

    As we prepare for a new year with students, let's be thinking about all the times and places in our day we can give them a do-over to advance their learning and success.

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