DWE Weekly Bulletin

Friday, May 13, 2016

A note from Leah...


Thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful week of state testing. I am grateful to all of you for creating a calm and organized testing environment for our kiddos. You are all a fantastic group of individuals that I am blessed to work with each day. Looking into next week, we will begin sorting class list and organizing the matrix for students, continuing interviews to fill our positions, enjoying and participating in field day, having fun at our Family Fine Arts Night, and much more. I am aware that we still have several pieces of the puzzle to move and acknowledge for next year. These pieces somewhat depend on who we get to join our team and on having time. I am working non-stop for you and trying to maintain my balance in life. It is crucial to me to keep a balance in life so that I do not get off track and miss out on what is important. I promise to support you and communicate to you what I know in regards to next year. Please be patient with me as we approach the finish line. Remember to find joy this weekend in something you do and be balanced. I will too!


The building will be open tomorrow!

In order to accommodate some special needs, we will be opening from 8am to 4pm.

Next Week's events

mClass Window K&1, 5/2-5/27, ISIP Window 5/2-5/16, SMI Testing Window 5/12-5/26, 3rd & 4th Science DLA2 5/16-5/26, 3rd Gr. Writing & 2nd Gr. Reading DLA 5/16-5/20, Academic Collaboration 3rd, 2nd & 1st

Mon. 5/16, Rotation Day 1, I-station 7:45am, Challenge, Admin Meeting 9:30am, Check In Check Out 10:30am, team Leader Meeting 4pm

Katy ISD Board Work Study 6:30pm

Tues. 5/17, Rotation Day 2, Acad. Collab. 3rd, Choir Rehearsal 7:15am, I-station 7:45am, Challenge, Sacred Planning, Eagle Drummer Field Trip 8:30am - 2pm, ASD - Babcock, Family Fine Arts Night 5-7pm

Wednesday, 5/18 - Rotation Day 3, Acad. Collab - 5th, Eagle Drummers EOY Celebration 7:15am, I-station 7:45am, 3rd Gr. Math Science and 5th Grade Math planning day, Choir Field Trip 8:30am - 2pm, ASD - Keeton

Thursday, 5/19 - Rotation Day 0, Acad. Collab - 4th, Last I-station 7:45am, Field Day - 5th grade 8:30am, 2nd gr. 10:10am and Kinder 1:15pm., Class list meetings for grade levels 2nd grade 10:20am, Kinder 1:30pm, Eagle Art Crew 3:45pm, 3-hour detention - Sartor

Friday, 5/20 - Rotation Day 0, Choir End of Year Celebration 7:15am, IC's off campus, Field Day 4th gr 8:30am, 3rd grade 10:10am and 1st grade 1:30pm, Class list meetings for 4th 8:40am, 3rd 10:20am, 1st grade 1:40pm

Winborn Field Days 2016


Thursday – May 19th

5th grade – 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

2nd grade – 10:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Kindergarten – 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Friday, May 20th

4th grade - 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

3rd grade 10:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

1st grade 1;30 p.m. - 2;45p.m.

Morning Arrival: Students will go directly to homerooms upon arrival at 7:55 a.m. on Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th as the gym will be set up for Field Day. Thank you!

Teacher/Staff Attendance: Teachers are welcome, but not required, to attend Field Day events with their students. Please stay for the “Opening Ceremony” and return 5 to 10 minutes before the end of your Field Day for the Closing Ceremony and dismissal.

Teams: Select/create a team name, cheer/chant and color. You may coordinate this with your grade level team. Feel free to make posters/signs and encourage your students to wear your class/team color. Please submit this information to Debbie by Wednesday, May 18th.

Opening Ceremony: Students will proceed into the gym for the Field Day “Opening Ceremony” by homeroom. Look for your name card and have your students sit in a boy and a girl line in front of it. When all homerooms are assembled we will introduce each class by their team name and color. (Cheering and clapping encouraged.) Teams will then present their chant/cheer/song as part of the Spirit Award competition. Please stay with your class until event participation begins.

Closing Ceremony: Upon completion of Field Day, all students will be assembled in the gym for the “Closing Ceremony”. Scorecards will be collected and we will close with the singing of the school song.

Field Day Format: We will use a self-rotation format. Events will be located in the gym and on the field. Students will rotate themselves between events, in no particular order, at their own pace. Students may participate in each event three times. Events will be facilitated by DWE 4th and 5th grade students and MRHS PALS.

Scorecard/Grade Level Winners: You will receive scorecards for your class. Each student’s name and homeroom teacher’s name will be on the scorecard. Each student will take their scorecard from one event to the next. Upon completion of an event, the points earned will be recorded on their scorecard by a student helper assigned to facilitate that event. We will collect your students’ scorecards before the “Closing Ceremony” and for class scores to be tallied. A Field Day Champion and a Sportsmanship/Spirit Award will be given for each grade level. Grade level winners will be announced before dismissal each day.

Specialty Classes: The art and music teachers will be helping us conduct Field Days. There will be no specials on Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th. These will be “0” rotation days.

Ill/Injured Students: Students who are unable to participate in regular Phys. Ed. activities will attend an alternative activity on Field Day. Mrs. Bergstrom and Mrs. Specksgoor will facilitate this in the library. (Students not wearing Phys. Ed. shoes may also be sent to this activity.)

Parking/Safety: Field Day events will be held in the gym and on the field. Students will be constantly crossing the parking lot. For safety purposes the parking lot will be closed from the west end of the gym to the east end of the parking lot between 8:20 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you know you will be leaving during the day please park on the first two rows of the parking lot (west end) or on the street. Thank you for your help and understanding in this matter.

General Information: The water fountains will be available inside (between the cafeteria and gym). Water will also be available outside (15 minutes after the beginning of the Field Day). Students should not bring food or drink items. No drinks or food will be allowed in the gym. We will provide “storage” just outside the gym doors for parents’ and siblings’ water bottles and such. Students are expected to display S.O.A.R. behavior and sportsmanship at all times. All students must wear school appropriate clothing. “Safe” shoes are also required. Phys. Ed. footwear guidelines are expected to be followed for Field Day participation. Sandals, open toe or open heel shoes, and cleats are not “safe” footwear. Sunscreen must be applied at home as students are not allowed to bring it to school. Parents may apply sunscreen to their own children only, at school. (The nurse will not be available to apply sunscreen.) Field Days are public events and picture taking by adults will be allowed. (Students may not take pictures, even if their parent is not attending.)

Visitors: All visitors must sign in at the “Sign-in” station in the front hallway or at the “Sign-in” station at the back of the gym. (First time visitors, front hallway only to be “Raptored”.)

We look forward to fun-filled Field Days. Please address questions/concerns to the Physical Education Department.

Thank you………..Debbie, Adrian and Tammy

Elementary Curriculum and Instruction online resources

Teachers and Parents,

We are very excited to let you know about a new addition to Elementary Curriculum and Instruction online resources. It is titled The Scope on Summer Learning and is easily accessed through the Katy ISD webpage>Parents>A View Into Elementary Instruction or by clicking on the link https://katyisd.instructure.com/courses/84117 Once there, click on the picture shown below. It will take you to links for Reading, Science, and Math engaging learning activities for our students! What a fun way to keep learning happening over summer break! Thanks!

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Reminder: All teachers and students in grades 3 and 4 must complete the BrightBytes survey by Wednesday, May 25. Here is the link to the teacher survey: http://www.BByt.es/6NGKT

Shout out to.......

Shannon Adams and Megan Curtino for the fantastic tour and explanation of our AB program to visitors from another district.

Lauren Martinez for her willingness to go above and beyond to help out and get things done.

Teacher Moves - Important Information from Maintenance

teachers who will be transferring to one of the three new schools, are strongly urged to take everything with them at year-end in order to reduce congestion. All other teacher moves from campus to campus can be made by the maintenance department. ALL BOXES moved by maintenance will have to have a tag (shown below) on it to indicate where it is going. The custodians will move the boxes to the staging area (likely to be the stage in the cafeteria or a spot in the gym. It will then be picked up by maintenance and moved to a similar area at the new location. The custodial staff will then move the items to the room indicated on the outside of the box.

If you are moving within our school, the custodial staff can assist with moving items from one room to the other.

We will not move the following: fragile items, valuable items, candles, crayons, (anything that melts), personal items such as couches, chairs, glass shelves, mirrors, lamps, marble tops, refrigerators, coffee pots, space heaters, microwaves, hot plates, etc. We do not move technology items: printers, computers, phones. Katy ISD is not responsible for lost or broken articles.

We will move:

1. All items must be in a box, which KISD does not provide.

2. All boxes must be taped securely on both the top and bottom.

3. Proper identification must be placed both inside and taped on the outside of each box.

4. A sample of the required identification is attached. Please only use white paper. Our Special Ed. Department uses color coded tags for their moves.

5. We will move filing cabinets, but only if they are empty.

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Special Education Summer Blitz

The Special Education Department will be hosting the annual Summer Blitz on Tuesday, August 2nd and Wednesday August 3rd at MRHS. The Summer Blitz was developed to offer multiple professional development sessions including a variety of topics that address the needs of general education teachers, special education teachers, instructional coaches and campus administrators. Attached is an informational flyer that outlines the sessions that will be offered this summer.

Dr. Brian Malechuk, Executive Director for Special Education, will kick off the Summer Blitz with information on district programs. In addition this year's keynote speaker is a Katy ISD teacher who will present, "Learning on the Autism Spectrum: An Insider's Perspective.

Katy ISD staff can register for choice sessions at the Summer Blitz in Eduphoria beginning Friday, May 13, 2016. Handouts for session will be posted by August 1st on the special education wiki at http://katyisdspecialeddept.pbworks.com/w/w/page/107 515 779/Summer%20Blitz

Special Education Survey

As part of the KISD's review of our special education program, we're conducting a brief survey of teachers - soliciting feedback about key aspects of our service to students with varying needs. The survey will launch on Monday, May 16, and is open to all teachers. They will be able to share their feedback on communication, special education related services, inclusionary practices, co-teaching, professional development, and more. Their responses will inform our overall program review and will help us identify what we already do well and where we should improve.

For this survey to be successful, we need your support.

When the survey launches, employees will receive a personal invitation and survey link in their district email account. They have until Friday, June 3rd to submit responses. All teachers have important insights that can help better meet the needs of all students and your voice matters.