COWBOY COURIER

Week of November 16, 2015

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The Cowboy Courier is a weekly newsletter that highlights the good work coming from Cigarroa's amazing staff and students, helps us to remember important events, and connects our extended community. Feedback is welcomed. Thanks for reading!

Our Values in Action

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This section highlights teammates and students whose actions directly impact our goal of helping our students earn distinctions this year!
Team,


I enjoyed listening to the conversations that followed Monday morning's presentation on Index 4 and higher order thinking. I was especially impressed with how our grade level teams discussed the implications of the STAAR Performance Level Descriptors on their work as they design daily activities for their students. We have only one week's worth of teaching and reteaching before we break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Make the most of it! I appreciate all of your hard work this past week!


Here are a couple of reminders for next week:


Next week is "Take the Lead, Be a Hero! Week" where we empower and educate our students about how they can stop bullying. You may wear jeans from Wednesday through Friday so long as you participate in the daily themes!

  • Monday, November 16 is “Niceness is Priceless” Day – teachers will reward acts of kindness and friendship with Cowboy Cash!
  • Tuesday, November 17 is “Take a Stand, Lend a Hand” Day – Bring canned food to donate to the North Dallas Shared Ministries pantry.
  • Wednesday, November 18 is “Twinkie Day!” – Dress identical to your friend or twin! Students may wear jeans so long as they are dressed identically with their “twin” or friend!
  • Thursday, November 19 is “Color Me Bully-Free Day!” – Wear crazy colors and mix-matched clothing!
  • Friday, November 20 is “Wear Blue Day!” – Wear Blue to show peace, solidarity, and support of bully-free schools.


This Friday, November 20th, we will also celebrate our annual Staff Thanksgiving during our lunch periods from 10:30-1:05! Our Sunshine Committee Chair, Liz Cardenas, will have a signup sheet ready at this Tuesday's staff professional development. Sunshine Committee will provide the meat -- everyone else provides the fixins'!


Liz Cardenas wants your suggestions for music for our 2015 Cigarroa Staff Holiday Party on Friday, December 11th! Please suggest music for the party by selecting the button below. Look out for a flyer with all of the details very soon!


2nd six weeks report cards go home this week. I advise you to write in or highlight a space for parents to sign the report cards and send them back to you. Make a copy of all report cards with the parent signature on file so that you have this as a reference that they are aware of their student's progress. Send the signed original version back home to them after you copy it.


We are sponsoring a canned food drive for the North Dallas Shared Ministries organization, which also provides ESL classes to our parents. The class with the most canned goods wins a pizza party! The drive ends Friday, November 20th. The pizza party for the winning class is scheduled for Tuesday, November 24th!


School is open this Saturday, November 21st from 9:00-Noon for Parish Episcopal Saturday School. If you'd like to tutor your students, please verify your list with me before next Friday, November 13. If you would like to assist with supervising the Parish tutors, please let me know as well. If you would just like to work in the building, you are welcome to come during these hours, but please understand the building will close and the I will set the alarm by 12:30 PM prompt :)


Have a great last full week before Thanksgiving Break!

Staff Resources

2015 Cigarroa Staff Holiday Party Music Suggestions

Please suggest music to be played at our staff Holiday Party on December 11th!

Join Cigarroa's PTSA!

Don't let Mr. Courts and Miguel Solis, our trustee, get pied in the face by Ben Dickerson (Principal of Cary MS) and their trustee, Edwin Flores! Join Cigarroa's PTSA today!

Morning Routine Responsibilities

Morning Announcements

Notre Dame (3E)


Morning Roundup Guests

TCU (KA)

Week at a Glance

Monday, November 16

“Niceness is Priceless” Day – teachers will reward acts of kindness and friendship with Cowboy Cash!

Report cards go home

After-school tutoring from 3:05-4:05


Tuesday, November 17

“Take a Stand, Lend a Hand” Day – Bring canned food to donate to the North Dallas Shared Ministries pantry.

Professional Development until 5:05

  • We'll have CAKE for all 1st semester staff birthdays!
  • Fabiola Fernandez presents online resources

  • Structured planning with 2nd-5th grade reading with new pacing calendars

  • Math meeting with K-5th about process standards (problem-solving model)


Wednesday, November 18

“Twinkie Day!” – Dress identical to your friend or twin!

National Educational Support Professionals Day

PLCs during planning time (DDI meetings on biweekly assessments)

After-school tutoring from 3:05-4:05


Thursday, November 19

“Color Me Bully-Free Day!” – Wear crazy colors and mix-matched clothing!

After-school tutoring from 3:05-4:05


Friday, November 20

“Wear Blue Day!” – Wear Blue to show peace, solidarity, and support of bully-free schools

Emily Arnold's Birthday!

Staff Thanksgiving during lunch!

2nd 6 weeks achievement party at 2:00

Canned food drive ends!

PTSA Movie Night from 5:00-7:00


Saturday, November 21

Parish Episcopal Saturday School from 9:00-Noon


On the Horizon

  • Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday, November 25 to Friday, November 27
  • Staff Holiday Party is Friday, December 11 from 5:00-9:00
  • ACP Paper Assessments are December 10-18