October 26, 2015



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October 26: Real Men Reads Begins; Cluster 7:05 a.m., PTO 6:00 p.m.; Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. Model Elementary

October 27: Picture Retakes and School "W" Picture; Running Club begins for 3rd/4th

October 28: Trivia Night at Peddler's Village from 6:30-9 p.m.

October 29: District TLT 8-10 a.m.; TLT 3:10-4:20 p.m.

October 30: Attendance Meeting 9-9:45

November 2: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m.

November 3: Child Study 3-4 p.m.

November 4: New Teacher Support Group 4:15-6 p.m.

November 5: TLT 3:10-4:20 p.m.

November 6: Art Party - Luccheses

Thought of the Week

"Leading is giving. That spirit is the core of life. Together, we find our school's soul. We can build an uncommon spirit. One seed, many plants, a shared dream." - Bolman and Deal from Leading with Soul.


A big shout out to all staff for meeting with parents this week to talk about each child's progress, strengths, and instructional opportunities!

A big shout out to the PTO and our parents for providing "yummy" meals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to help sustain us during our long evenings!

A big shout out to Jama who has enlived our building with student art!

A big shout out to all of our interpreters for our Parent/Teacher Conferences - We couldn't have don't it without you!! Mucho Gracias!!

Thoughts & Prayers

Randy’s mom is back in the hospital again and struggling with an infection and fever. Please continue to pray for Randy’s mom and his family.

Pray for Linda’s mother-in-law as she continues to battle cancer and is also having heart issues as well.

Pray for Karen Hoover and her family. Her aunt recently passed away and her grandfather is in ICU.

TLT Update

Remember to turn in your "Passions Card" by Friday before you leave for Fall Break. Jama will be helping us to "bring our passions alive" through Art at the next staff meeting in November.

New Prime-Time Para

Beginning October 26th, Kayonna Chester, will be a new Prime Time Para in Kindergarten at Waterford for the rest of the school year. She has been substituting for Jessica Arellano, who will returning from maternity leave. Kayonna has done a very good job of working with and supporting students. She will be a welcome addition to the Waterford Team!

PTO News


Things coming up....

October 26 6 pm - PTO meeting

November Rise and Roll donut fundraiser

December Polar Express Family Night

GCS News & Notes


There is a shortage of bus drivers and district is trying to recruit more. The issue is that there have been instances where a field trip has to be cancelled due to this shortage. In order to plan ahead and make sure that all field trips have transportation , the corporation is asking that each school plan and request transportation for all field trips for the rest of the school year. If this is not done ahead of time, they cannot guarantee that a bus will be available for a trip.

Today’s Focus: Teams

“Few of us will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
– Robert Kennedy

TAP Updates

Four Year Plan:

As you know, implementation of our Four Year Plan for improving results for our English Language learners is well underway. In September, the District Master Teachers spent time learning and thinking about how ACCESS data could be integrated into Cluster. We have been hearing about how individual schools have taken information learned and are helping teachers:

  • Understand the ACCESS data;

  • Use the new ILPs;

  • Use the curriculum maps, including the MPIs, to design and plan instruction for ALL students; and

  • Differentiate classroom instruction with EL students in mind.

Tom Good is required to collect and maintain documentation of our efforts to implement the 4 Year plan. If you have cluster agendas and/or TLT meeting records that evidence your school’s work in these areas, please send them to Tom electronically. Thank you!!!

TAP Updates:

  1. Remember, it is best practice to have your newly certified TLT members submit a post-conference plan to Pattie or Erin for feedback and coaching. This helps them to learn and grow and gives our Regional Coordinators an opportunity to support the newest members of our teams.

  2. Please add Pattie and Erin to your email list of weekly staff newsletter recipients. This is a great way for them to learn about your school culture, climate and initiatives as they support TAP.

  3. Remember you and your team members need to be timely in your entry of data/information and evaluations into CODE. This gives district administrators a chance to stay in touch with your team’s progress. For example, the November District TLT and Master meetings will be on the topic of district inter-rater reliability. Principals, have you checked in with CODE to see if your evaluators are all caught up with their entries?

  4. Our next District TLT meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 29th from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room. The topic will be related to Cluster Observations and providing qualitative feedback to your master teachers. Jen Oliver will be here for that meeting and for the follow up discussion at 10:00 related to the TAP bonuses.

    As a follow up from the October meeting – If you have a TLT meeting record that incorporates the use of data, please bring copies (to share)!

  1. In November, the plan is to combine the District Leadership Team meeting (with principals and assistant principals) AND the District Master meeting for a session on district inter-rater reliability. Instead of meeting on Friday, November 20th all masters should plan to meet together with principals on Thursday, November 19th from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

    From the GCS Foundation:

    The GCS Foundation is currently accepting grants from GCS employees. The next deadline is December 4. The foundation especially likes to support innovative and enriching types of projects that teachers would like to do with their students, things that are beyond what the district is able to provide. They do not wish to support projects that just include acquiring more technology, as that is something the district is working towards. The application for grants can be found on the foundation website, which is a link from the GCS website.

GCS Foundation Trivia Night: Just a reminder that the GCS Foundation Trivia Night is Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m. There are many school teams participating, so it will be a fun night for all!

Passport: Global Education

Passport is a division of educational programming for K-12 teachers that includes a Global Study Tour of the British Isles scheduled for July 11-21, 2016. This is our 3rd year of leading a team of educators to visit schools in England, Scotland, and Ireland. We are also launching our first intercultural exchange for international students with participating schools in China and Taiwan (although the program is not restricted to these countries). The Summit Xchange is a two-week, Project-based Learning English Immersion Camp for international students. For more questions email michelle.white@thesummitfw.com

A Letter from CAPS for Kids:

I hope everyone is having a great start to their 2015 - 2016 school year!

I'd like to introduce you to Caps For Kids and our school based Cap Day program. Caps For Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hats autographed by athletes, entertainers, and other notable personalities to children, adolescents and young adults who have lost their hair due to their chemotherapy treatments. The money we raise through Cap Day helps us put more caps on the heads of children at our

130 hospital partners throughout the United States and in Canada, including 4 in Indiana!

Cap Day is a great way to rally for our pediatric cancer patients. You can help by scheduling a Cap Day at your school. On a specific day of your choice, your students are encouraged to wear their favorite cap to school in return for donating $1. Register your school today, to get your participation packet with everything you need to make your school's Cap Day as successful and as simple as possible. These materials and more are also available to download from our website:


As you can imagine, having cancer at any age is a traumatic experience, but having it as a child is even more anguishing. The caps we provide are symbols of hope for these children and help turn their struggles into triumphs.

Each year, over 13,000 children and adolescents 18 and younger are diagnosed with cancer - that's more than a classroom of kids per day. We have had many schools hold a Cap Day in honor or in memory of one of their students. We have sent out numerous caps to the schools, so they could present the autographed cap the same day as their Cap Day, which helps with our mission of reaching more kids.

Register today at www.capsforkids.org/cap-day




Tiffany Reites

National Program Manager

Caps For Kids

200 Henry Clay Ave.

New Orleans, La 70118

Phone: 504.891.4277

Fax: 504.894.5198