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Week of September 19th -September 23rd

How often do your scholars have time to discuss the content they are learning in their classrooms? Research shows that each individual scholar only talks about 10 minutes a day. That is less than 5% of the time our scholars spend in the classroom! Stay tuned for additional information about how to promote academic conversations in your classroom.

Cheers to a wonderful weekend :)


The Week at a Glance

Monday, September 19th, 2016

  • TRC Testing Continues
  • Cherry and Smith Begin Meeting with Small Groups
  • First MTSS PLC Meeting During Grade Level Planning
  • Dragon Discussion @ 8:30
  • Happy Birthday, Ms. Remchuk! (Sunday)

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

  • TRC Testing Continues
  • Please note: Class tours of Lucky's Library will begin Monday, October 10th.
  • ILT Meeting @ 7:00 am

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

  • TRC Testing Ends
  • DIBELS due
  • Pre-K - 2nd Grade Muffins for Moms: 8:45 - 9:20
  • 3rd - 5th Grade Muffins for Moms: 9:30 - 10:05
  • Please note: Muffins will be delivered to your room for students who do not bring back RSVPs. In addition, your grade level ILT member will share a classroom activity for those scholars.

Thursday September 22nd, 2016:

  • 1/2 Day Planning Begin (Note: Teachers need to stay in the room for the first hour to review procedures and allow support to observe classroom)

1st Grade 8:15-11:30 (teachers leave at 9:15)





3rd Grade 11:35-3:00 (teachers leave at 9:15-TA's take lunch at 12:05)




  • Send Home Thursday Folders-Send Home 2 Work Samples with Feedback
  • TRC Reports go home in Thursday Folders (Will be copied for you by your grade level ILT member)
  • Hispanic Parent Community Meeting @ 5pm
  • PTA Board Meeting @ 6pm

Friday, September 23rd, 2016:

  • 3rd Grade MTSS Meeting
  • DEP Meeting for First Grade Magnet Students 5:30 pm
  • Dinner and Title 1 General Meeting in Cafe @ 6pm
  • Food bank at 6pm
  • PTA General Meeting @ 6:30pm
  • Movies in the Park @ 7:00pm (Zootopia)

Charlotte Hornetts Grant!!

The application for Hornets Teacher Innovation Grants is now available. Teachers may apply for grants for up to $5,000. Department staff members are also eligible to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is Oct. 21. Download the application here.

The Hornets Teacher Innovation Grants program was established through a partnership between the Charlotte Hornets Foundation, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and the CMS Foundation. Since its inception, more than $150,000 have been awarded to fund teacher-led projects in a variety of subject areas. In addition to receiving funding for their projects, grant recipients are also recognized on court at a Charlotte Hornet's basketball game.

Please contact Ashelyn James with questions or for more information.

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Classroom Morning Meetings!

This week's morning meetings are designed to get students talking about issues and challenges that are occurring on the playground. It is so important for students to have skills to problem solve and work together, especially on the playground. Take time to both observe what's occurring on the playground and to listen to student perceptions of what is occurring on the playground. Together you can make the playground a great experience for all students!

Link to K-1 Morning Meeting:

Link to 2-5 Morning Meeting:

Nominate Your Students for More Flair!

Do you have a student in your classroom who is a great friend to all? How about a scholar who embodies all the traits of citizenship? Nominate them for the September Flair awards to be distributed at the October Dragon Discussion! Nominate students here:

Calling all Staff! Professional Development Opportunity!

  • Do you need some humor in your life? Do you want a more positive school climate and culture? Have you heard the news? Kentucky principal, Gerry Brooks, will repeat his Summer Institute sessions at the Center of Excellence Fall Workshop this year! Gerry is a new internet sensation for educators across the nation. What began as a fun video has exploded into a regular commentary that he describes as, "Spreading humor through the world of education." We are excited to bring him back to our fall workshop to share more of his comedy and insight on school climate and culture. If you have not already been introduced to Mr. Brooks, add him on Facebook or follow his channel on YouTube to see his regular dose of humor.
  • If you plan on attending please complete the form below so we can anticipate an appropriate budget. (Mileage and Registration will be covered by the school)

Shout Outs!

  • Shout out to Ms. France for her amazing weekly newsletters that help keep all of her families in the loop!
  • Shout out to Ms. Dowling for making our amazing Shamrock Bucks!
  • Shout out to everyone who assisted with TRC testing this week, both with testing and coverage!!
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Super Awesome Read Aloud of the Week!

I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems

Do you have a crazy story that might be hard to believe? Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie end up with a long, crazy story of his own? Let Mr. Mohrien know if you'd like a guest reader--he promises to share the story of his newest injury as well!

Muffins for Mom--September 21st

  • Invites to go home in Thursday Folders on 9/15

  • Teachers will collect RSVP slips from scholars AND provide them with Confirmation of Attendance Slip - Ms. Carter will ensure you have these items

  • Teachers will highlight the names of students attending Muffins for Moms on the special roster given to them by Ms. Carter

  • All parent RSVPs are due to teachers by 9/19

  • Highlighted rosters given to Carter on 9/20 by the end of the day

  • Parents who come the day of the event MUST have a Confirmation of Attendance Slip in order to get their scholar from class - IF a parent arrives at the classroom without a slip - PLEASE send them to the front office

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