Northridge Staff Newsletter
Week of September 19, 2016
While I don't consider anyone at Northridge to be quite as...interesting...as TapeFace, he sure did inspire me for this week's newsletter.
As we continue to discuss, there are so many changes happening all around us on site this year. New teachers, new principal, new support staff, new kids, and new families. All of which throws us into a place of unknowns. Yes. It's super unpredictable, messy, confusing and at times...frustrating. I feel it, too. I promise.
But we're in this together. We all want what's best for kids and to make this an awesome school together.
We can't do it if we are all TapeFaces. Please please please...speak up! Stop me and share your questions, confusion, frustration, etc. Come by my office, shoot me an email or text...just please TELL ME!
If I'm doing something to make you crazy, please speak up. If you want me to START doing something, please speak up!
In the weeks to come, we will be reaching out as a leadership to get more teacher input and insight as to better understand your needs.
So, please...peel off that tape and come chat! I'd love to know what you need! I'm in it with you. We are team Wildcat!
Every Student has a Story: Jose
Jose was born in Mexico and moved here when he was younger. He says he misses his grandma and grandpa, who still live in Mexico, and wishes he could go visit them. While he does want to go back to Mexico to visit, he thinks the food isn't so great and says he likes food in America far more than Mexico.
Jose has been at Northridge since Kindergarten and says that 2nd grade was his favorite grade since he really liked his teacher. He says third grade is fun because he got to build a 3 Little Pigs structure out of marshmallows, toothpicks and cheeseballs that could withstand The Big Bad Wolf hair dryer. Jose almost won, but took 2nd place after his friend Casey encouraged him to not give up. What a great lesson on grit and perseverance!
It's amazing what you can learn about someone in only 5 minutes. Thanks for sharing Jose, Missy!
Makerspace/Maker Lab coming to Northridge!!
Sending kids to the office: UPDATE
We'll spend more time discussing behavior supports as a staff. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to call if teaching is impossible due to student behavior.
Please, please, please...come see me if you feel as though you need additional support for a student. I want you to have a great year and will do what I can to support you and your students!
Project GLAD at Northridge
This may effect parking! Training starts at 8:00 so I'm guessing our parking lot will fill up fast!
Staff Feedback, please
The leadership team learned so much about building community, a common vision, and consistent norms on Thursday evening. A great way to refocus on our work.
A before school demonstration of "Shadow Tag."
Great work collaborating on common norms during staff meeting this week!
Tuesday, we spent time experiencing a STEM challenge that would be easy to take back to your kids. This builds collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking skills! These are the types of projects we anticipate bringing to our Maker Lab.
Self-Control in 4th grade
Jacquelyn's poster looks great at the front of the school. A great way to remind ALL students to show self-control.
Self-Control in 6th grade
Elizabeth's students took risks writing about what they would STOP doing to show self-control.
Self-Control in 4th grade
Thank you, Lynn, Charlie, Cody and Claudia, and Cheryl!
And a HUGE thank you to Cheryl for all the support in getting our kids to complete their MAP testing!
Tuesday, Sept 20: Leadership 7:45-8:30 (all welcome to listen in) in Room 17
School Site Council 3:35-4:35 in Room 17 (all welcome)
Wednesday, Sept 21: Petra off site from 8-11:30 for Network Meeting (Missy as TIC)
National Gratitude Day
Thursday, Sept 22: Maya's back! Board Member visit from 9:30-11:00. Staff Illuminate training from 2:20-3:20 in Room 17.
Friday, Sept 23: Fire Drill at 2:00. More info to come.
Tuesday, Sept 27-Friday, Sept 30: Project GLAD demo in Alex's room.