Team Thomson News & Notes

#ThomsonRocks Week of: November 18, 2018

Important Information for You!

Thanksgiving Wishes

As we move toward Thanksgiving, I want you to know how thankful I am to work with such an amazing staff! There is such a wonderful sense of teamwork that can be felt in the building and each of you play a vital role. As some of you may know, this has not necessarily been the easiest year for me or my family which has really caused me to reflect on what is important and what makes hard times not seem so hard. What I have gained this past year is a deeper perspective on the role that genuine relationships have in my life. For me, it is really the relationships I have with the people in my life that makes all the difference and for that I am truly thankful! Here's wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends (followed by a weekend of steals and deals)!

p.s. See below for information on a little Thanksgiving fun!

Climate & Behavior News

I have been VERY pleased with the excellent job our staff has done with positive student behavior approaches. Did you know that we have not had one suspension this year...not one incident that involved CPI...and that our office referrals are down from years past? You may not have known these, but I am sure that you can feel it. While we are still working with our little ones, teaching and reteaching appropriate behavior, there is also a calmness in the building thanks to all the hard work and diligence you put into this effort. Many thanks to our building SI Behavior Committee that chooses to meet monthly...kudos to you. Also, the District has formed a Positive Climate Committee to strengthen Tier 1 behavior interventions and positive behavior practices across the District. While Amy Chorley will represent our building on this committee, Sarah Driskill graciously stepped in for the first meeting last week. As we move forward, we will be spending time looking at various Tier I and Tier II behaviors.

As we move into the holiday season, please remember to have fun, but keep your routines and behavior expectations in place. For some of our students, school is the most consistent place in their lives and the holidays sometimes bring anxiety that rears it's head in many different ways. Thank you for being there for ALL of your students!

Cool to Care!

Cool to Care is in full swing! I appreciate all that you are doing to promote and explain this important community giving event to your students and their families. While visiting Megan Romanik's classroom, I entered while their were 'counting up' the items brought in for the day. It was wonderful to talk with the students about not only their classroom goal, but the reason they were bringing in the items. Again, thank you for all you do to support this effort, whether it is talking to your students, including it in your classroom newsletters, and/or the display in your classrooms, it is making a difference!

Please send me your classroom total sometime this week...thanks! I plan to send a note home following Thanksgiving break and want to include a 'this is where we are at' total.

Staff Perception Survey

If you have not taken the time to complete the staff perception survey, will you please do so prior to the holiday break.

Cardinal Code Focus for the Week: Classroom

This week take some time to intentionally review the Cardinal Code expectations for your classroom.

Literacy Essential 1: Deliberate, research-informed efforts to foster literacy motivation and engagement within and across lessons

I have officially reviewed each of the five bullets and the videos available on YouTube. While in no ways is this as comprehensive as completing the Modules, I hope that you are continuing to develop your literacy understandings around literacy motivation, reflecting on your own practices, and are making small changes/implementations.

To review Essential 1 states that the teacher:

• creates opportunities for children to see themselves as successful readers and writers

• provides daily opportunities for children to make choices in their reading and writing (choices may be a limited set of options or from extensive options but within a specified topic or genre)

• offers regular opportunities for children to collaborate with peers in reading and writing, such as through small-group discussion of texts of interest and opportunities to write within group projects

• helps establish purposes for children to read and write beyond being assigned or expected to do so, such as for their enjoyment/interest, to answer their questions about the natural and social world, to address community needs, or to communicate with a specific audience

• uses additional strategies to generate excitement about reading and writing, such as book talks and updates about book series. The teacher avoids attempting to incentivize reading through non-reading-related prizes such as stickers, coupons, or toys, and avoids using reading and writing as “punishment” (e.g., “If you can’t listen, I’m going to send you to sit and read in the library”).

Quotes Worth Reading

"Gratitude makes sense of the past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

-Melody Beattie

"Take time to be thankful for everything you have. You can always have more, but you could also have less."


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Celebrations & Announcements

Birthdays: Emily Williams, November 18th, Erin O'Connor, November 22nd, John Know, November 24th (and Myself, November 24th)...Happy Birthday to You All!

A Little Thanksgiving Fun

There are some tricky turkeys, hiding in the school

One for each and every staff member, I think it is pretty cool.

Each turkey has a secret prize that needs to be unsealed

Simply scratch the golden feather off to have the prize revealed.

These turkeys can be tricky and even downright clever

So use your hide and seek skills to make this the funnest game ever!

Not all the prizes are so rad

In fact, some of them are downright bad.

There is one rule before you proceed,

ONE turkey is all that you need!

Let's begin with a little fun as we finish out this week,

Bring me a tricky turkey to get the prize you seek!

The turkeys will be ready to find Monday morning by 8:00 a.m. Once you have found a turkey, please bring it to me to claim your prize...remember you are only allowed to find one turkey, so choose wisely.

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Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, November 19th-PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, November 20th- Number Talks Learning Lab; PTO Pals, General Admin Meeting (Natalie)

  • Wednesday, November 21st-Leadership Team Meeting, 7:15 a.m.

  • Thursday, November 22nd-Happy Thanksgiving, No School

  • Friday, November 23rd-Happy Black Friday, No School

  • Week of November 25th-PLC Week

  • Tuesday, November 27th-DK All-day ACC Day at the Williams Property

  • Wednesday, November 28th-Staff Meeting, 7:35 a.m. (Agenda: Holiday Plans, Field Trips Presentation of Representatives of the Williams Property)

  • Thursday, November 29th-Elementary Principals Meeting (Natalie); CMC Meeting 4-7 p.m.

  • Monday, December 3rd-Wojo's PTO Fundraiser Delivery Date; Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the High School AMR

  • Tuesday, December 4th-Cool to Care Ends; DK-K Curriculum Meeting 4:15-6:15 p.m.

  • December 5th-7th-MEMSPA Conference (Natalie)

  • Saturday, December 8th-Staff Christmas Party...Please be sure to sign up in the lounge.

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