North Side Paw Prints

Staff Newsletter

November 15, 2013

Volume 5, Issue 14

Mission Statement: "Maximize potential in all people every day"

Vision Statement: "To create a culture in which all children can learn lifelong skills to succeed"

Congratulations Becca Moore and Cori Valenti for Going the Extra Mile this Month!

Weekly Quote

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it.

~Coach K

Weekly Reflection

Who are those students that you want to focus on next week and want to ensure that you make a positive contact home to parents? Jot those names down in your lesson plans so you can make that happen.

Upcoming Dates


Nov. 20th - Progress reports due to the office; Philharmonic Performance (4th-6th grade) at 1:00 and (K-3rd grade) at 1:45

Nov. 21st - Progress reports issued; 2nd Grade Concert 6:30 Cafeteria

Nov. 21st-22nd - Section 125 representative, room 112

Nov. 22nd - Fundraiser money due

Nov. 25th - Acuity B (LA and Math) Window Opens

Nov. 26th - Going the Extra Mile Nominees due to the jar in the office.

Nov. 27th-29th - Thanksgiving Break


Dec. 4th - Acuity (Science/Social Studies) Window Opens

Dec. 5th - Staff Meeting 3:10 in library

Dec. 6th - Father/Daughter Dance 7:00-8:30pm

Dec. 6th - SOM names due to Venita

Dec. 9th - Breakfast with Santa 7 - 8:30 am

Dec. 9th-13th - 3rd Grade go swimming 9:00-10:00am

Dec. 10th - Acuity B (LA & Math); Window Closes PTO Meeting 5:30 in library

Dec. 16th - Leadership Meeting 3:10 in conference room

Dec. 17th - Acuity B (Science/Social Studies) Window Closes; Winter Program grades K-1, 6:30 pm

Dec. 19th - Fundraiser Prize Assembly 1:30 in gym

Dec. 20th - End of 1st Semester

Dec. 23rd-Jan 3rd - Winter Break

This Week's Case Conferences

11/18 at 8:40: Sibert and Stoll

11/18 at 10:00: Pepple

11/21 at 7:30: Wible and Kneller

Featured Instructional Strategy of the Week

Social Media Update!

Find the Trait Mate on TpT

We've converted one of our best-selling original products--The Trait Mate: 6-Traits Starter Lessons--to a digital format. The download, now available through Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT), features 20 single-page lesson plans.*

Each lesson includes:

  • Connections to the Common Core standards.
  • A 10-15 minute lesson plan to teach writing.
  • A suggested toy or object to use as a visual trigger during instruction.
  • Suggested activities for students to apply during Independent Writing Time.
  • Suggested conversation points to cover during the Author's Chair.

*Most of the lessons in the Trait Mate are also featured in Launching the Writer's Workshop: Grades 3-12 (the yellow book) by Kristina Smekens and Maureen Scane.

All Smekens TpT products are CCSS aligned.

Featured Video of the Week

In this video, Kristina Smekens does a book review for Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change by Garth Sundem - a high interest book for kids.

Real Kids Real Stories Real Change

Character Counts Pillar of the Month

November: Citizenship