Old Town Star Staff News

November 25th-December 6th

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The Bus Stop...

Smile! It keeps the energy vampires away. ~Jon Gordon, The Energy Bus

Our Next Week...

Monday, November 25

Mya’s Coaching Day

3rd grade trip to Bob Bullock Museum 10:00am

Dragon Scales visits 4th grade

Blue Santa collections all week

Tuesday, November 26

Minor’s Coaching Day

PTA Pies for Star Staff (on stage)

Secret Santa Sign Up!

Wednesday, November 27

Thanksgiving Break!

Thursday, November 28

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 29

Thanksgiving Break!

Saturday, November 30

Happy Birthday Vicki Brown!

I will Survive - The Thanksgiving Version.m4v

Weekly Reminders...

  • Be sure your webpages, blogs, wikispaces, etc....are current for you and your families!
  • Join the Old Town google+ community here--->http://goo.gl/gqVE4H
  • Be a part of Old Town's Emergency Tree by texting @oldtow to 972.382.9004
  • Check our Professional Learning and Events Calendar regularly as revisions/additions are made often...http://goo.gl/u8peV

Instructional Tech News

Study Jams - a website from Scholastic that involves learning through music and videos for science and math!


60 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom by Category!


Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself~John Dewey

Ms. Noonan: Making Students into Better Writers

Out & About...

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see"~ Mark Twain

Star Gazing...

Congratulations to Keri Rabe, star Librarian...our STAR Teacher of the Week receiving the most nominations! You are entitled to a week long jeans pass and designated parking!

Her colleagues write:

  • She is such a wonderful resource -- especially when she teaches an engaging Theme lesson on Historical Fiction with my fifth graders!
  • Because she has awesome library lessons!
  • She is getting the kids so excited about reading and trying new books
  • The awesome author visit from Phil Bildner she provides to the 4th grade. The students get so excited about reading and writing after his presentation.
  • She put on a wonderful book fair!

I absolutely enjoy getting to read all of the ToW nominations! Be sure to share your affirmation with your star nominee!

Our warmest appreciations go out to Lisa Spangenberg and her star team of volunteers for beautifying our campus on Saturday, Nov. 16th! Please personally thank her if you get a chance!

A GINORMOUS THANK YOU to those of you who helped out during our Thanksgiving Lunch! What an amazing amount of families that were able to come out and share lunch time with their little Texans!

What beautiful art is being produced and displayed by our little Texan artists! Thank you Lauren and Adrian for planning such amazing and enriching art lessons for our students!

Way to Go Keri Thrift and Julie Hudson for another fantastic Scholastic Book Fair! I envision a great monetary return on the investment of your time and energy!

Don't forget to let someone know why you're thankful for them!

Have a well deserved and enjoyable weekend!

Engaging the Brain: Understanding "Working Memory"

Professional Resource of the Week! Check out your copy today!

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The Week After...

Monday, December 2

Mya’s Coaching Day

Fire Drill 9:15

Holiday Shop Window Opens

Tuesday, December 3

Minor’s Coaching Day

Picture Retakes Today

Spirit Night at Firehouse Subs

PTA Executive Board Mtg. 6:30

Secret Santa Name Drawings @ 3:10 in Library

Wednesday, December 4

Mya's Coaching Day

Early Release @ 12:45 (See JiT schedule--> http://goo.gl/OzGp3u)

Popcorn Day

Spirit Night at Firehouse Subs

Thursday, December 5

African Storyteller, Elizabeth Kahura - Kg

SBAC Meeting in Library @ 3:15pm)

ARD Mtgs (separate schedule)

Spirit Night at Firehouse Subs

Tech Thursday with Leslie @ 3:10

Friday, December 6


CAT Mtg. @ 8:50

TaG Referral Window Closes

Holiday Shop Window Closes

Old Town Elementary Mission & Vision...

To highly engage learners in a collaborative atmosphere of critical & creative thinking

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." -JFK