Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

October 6

Moreau Heights is a collaborative community focused on student growth with a commitment to excellence.

PBS lesson

Our PBS lesson for the week will focus on following direction the first time.

The Second Steps lessons will be on using self talk.

"You are a giant, yellow highlighter. Highlight behavior you want more of, and help children become aware of the many kind and helpful things they do each day."

Conscious Discipline - Strategies

The videos this week are focused on greetings and breathing.

Please share your examples of greetings or videos of students breathing. Would love to share YOUR examples with others!

"Children cannot develop healthy self-regulatory skills unless they see adults consistently addressing their emotions in healthy ways."

Character Trait for October is Responsibility

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Duties for the Week

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Calendar of Events

Monday, October 9

*PD Day

Tuesday, October 10

*Inter-agency Meetings (8:15 - King, 9:15 - Giden, 10:15 - Graves)

*Conscious Discipline Parent mtg 11:00

*PTO mtg 6:00

Wednesday, October 11

*SST with Skinner 8:30 (Moeller, Haugen, James)

*IEP for JLMc 3:30 (Haugen, Farmer, McKim, Humphreys, Watts-Hayes, Cremin)

*Parent mtg at Pathways on Stadium (James, Spear)

Thursday, October 12

*Collaboration Day

*Sue at Elementary Principal meeting 8 - 12

*Problem Solving Team mtg 3:30

Monday, October 16

*Graves RED mtg 11:00

*Lunch with the Principal (McDonald's winners)

*Parent mtg MG 1:15

*Flu shots for staff 3:30

*Tier 2 mtg 3:30

Tuesday, October 17

*End of 1st quarter

*Sue consult with Lorie Rost 9 - 11 at BOE

*Kindergarten field trop to Fischer Farms 12 - 2

Wednesday, October 18

*SST with Boeckman

*Early Dismissal - students released at 1:15

*PD session focused on instruction

Thursday, October 19

*Collaboration Day

*FST for family 10:00 (Haugen or James)

*Safety Kids 10:30 in gym

Friday, October 20

*PBS Assemblies

- 8:30 for grades 3-5

- 9:40 for grades k-2

*PTO Carnival 5:30 - 8:00

Infinite Campus Coach

Danielle McGeorge is our IC Coach. If you have questions as you prepare for grade cards (coming fast!) let her know. She has some tricks!

PD for October 9th

Breakfast (donuts, juice, and milk) will be provided by Concord Baptist Church as part of their Concord Cards program. I will also bring a coffee pot for those who need their caffeine: )

Grade Level Classroom Teachers

8:00 - 8:45 - Kurt Mueller about emergency plans

9:00 - 11:30 - HMH training

11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch on your own

1:00 - 2:30 - HMH training

2:30 - 3:00 - Staff meeting

Following staff meeting we will do set Parent Teacher Conference times for families with multiple children.

*HMH trainer is Cynthia Tanzey from West Virginia. Your background is in the elementary classroom and k-12 academic coaching with a focus in mathematics.

Paras and Special Services

8:00 - 8:45 - Kurt Mueller about emergency plan

9:00 - 11:30 - Time to work in classroom/support in office

12:30-3:30 - Dr. Chad Rose from the MU Counseling and Psychology
Department to deliver a half day session focused on bullying. Dr. Rose will be delivering the in-service at TJMS Room 800. Presentation for paraprofessionals, special education teachers, school psychs, BCBAs and behavioral interventionists not engaged in other district PD

Chill Spot and Calling for Support in Classroom

When directing a student to "chill spot" in another classroom or a "buddy seat" we want students to understand that this is a chance to get things together. We want them to feel they are in a safe place and are supported in this other classroom.

  • If we smile and welcome them, that helps students feel safe.
  • When we refuse to connect with the child, even non-verbally, this escalates behaviors and the feelings of being disconnected.

When you have a student who is having a hard time with making positive choices that are focused on learning, here are steps we need you to take before calling for support:

  • Quick and close redirection

    • Validate student concern (I know it’s hard.)

    • Clarify expectation (Right now we are to be seated with a level zero)

    • Offer choice (You can make a safe choice at your desk or on the carpet)

  • Look for opportunity to praise something child is doing right or when child complies (Thank you for moving)

If the child is still not able to make choices that allow others to learn, you will be able to tell the escort what the expectation is and choices teacher has provided. This will help us to support this child effectively.

"Giving two positive choices allows the child to comply with your wishes while also giving him the 'last word'".

Kelli's Coaching Corner

Kagan Cooperative Learning

We can maximize student learning by using Kagan structures in our classrooms. Attached you will find an article titled, "Why call on just one when we can call on everyone?" This article reminds us that we have the power to engage all students. How awesome to know we can engage all students by incorporating structures into our daily plans!

Why Call on Just One When we Can Call on Everyone?

Cheers and don't forget those Gambits for integrating social skills.

Kagan Connections: Balanced Literacy