Monday Memo

September 22, 2014

Last Week at TJ

I must say the highlight of my week was walking around the building with the visitors from Middle States and getting to brag about all the wonderful things we do at T.J. and all the important things we believe in. I am so proud of the work you and our students do everyday.

I would also like to thank the Olweus Coordinating Team for their help in the redesign of the Constitution Day assembly and coming up with the idea of the T.J. Connor Constitution. Hope you have all had a chance to stop by and sign our Constitution.

I also got to sit in for a little while while Wendy, Alison, Linda and Danielle worked together to figure out the Next Steps in Guide Reading Assessment. It was my pleasure to watch as these four colleagues worked together to learn something new. Don't forgot to sign up for your day to administer your assessment.

Here's some pictures from last week...


Tracy/Tricia, Hughes, Joe Lee
PM: Emelson, Morrison, Hotaling

Monday, September 22

  • SLO exams continue

Tuesday, September 23

  • SLO exams continue
  • Janet Hess is here
  • SST meets at 10:00
  • Margaret and Bridget at Leadership Team meeting 12 - 3
  • Staff Meeting at 3:20 - Topic is Next Steps Guided Reading Assessment

Wednesday, September 24
  • SLO exams continue
  • SMART Board Refresher Workshop in Teacher Center - 3:30 - 5

Thursday, September 25

  • SLO exams continue
  • Superintendent's Forum in TJ Library @ 5:00
  • Open House/Welcome Back Picnic - 5:30 - 7:30

    Friday, September 26

    • 4th and 5th Grade Data Day


    WEBSITES, Blogs or Twitter accounts worth checking out

    Below are some websites or blogs I have found that I thought might be of interest to some of you. I will also add some interesting people to follow on twitter.
    Here are some websites related to the Daily 5 and CAFE:

    School District of Oconee County
    This site contains book titles to support the Daily 5 and the CAFE strategies. Once on the CAFE page click on one of the strategies to get list of books to teach that strategy. Looks like this resource is a work in progress.

    Books for teaching CAFE strategies - WRS Elementary Library
    Large list of books for teaching different strategies.

    Patricia Polacco

    I love to follow Patricia Polacco on Facebook because she (or her team) are always posting pictures from books, inspirational quotes and pictures from her life. She shares quite openly about her family, including that last week her "Rotten Redheaded Older Brother" passed. She also posted a video of her introducing her latest book, Fionna's Lace. You can also follow her on twitter - @PatriciaPolacco