Making a Difference Today for a Better Tomorrow

Week Of January 15 2018


Generous Assumptions

Generous Assumptions are what continue to keep balance in my life. I have shared the story multiple times about how growing up, I do not ever remember our house being locked. Not even once. I couldn't tell you where the key for the front door is. Although it is really hard to have unconditional trust, I prefer to Trust First, Question Second.

Generous Assumptions are what allow us to also follow the top 20 principle of "Be Curious". If we stop to ask questions about what we observe we can usually end with a more generous assumption of those around us.

This principle continues to be a challenge as we navigate our school life together. I have heard multiple incidents of assumptions in the past week. I challenge you to stop, be curious and have generous assumptions about each others intentions.

Finally.. Go Vikes! Praying for a Sweet, Decisive Win this Weekend!

Have a great week!


#Keep Your Day and stay #CSESTRONG

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Weekly Schedule

Monday - Jan. 15

  • NO SCHOOL - District Academy Day

Tuesday - Jan. 16

  • DAY 3
  • NO Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5 (classes resume Jan. 23)

Wednesday - Jan. 17

  • DAY 4
  • 7:30 - Bldg. CI
  • 3:00-5:00 = Gr. 5 After school movie!

Thursday - Jan. 18

  • DAY 1
  • 3:00 - Literacy

Friday - Jan. 19

  • DAY 2
  • 7:00 - Dist. CI

Title Schedule Update

We are quickly coming into the next round of FAST assessments/title qualifications and services. Here is an updated timeline for you to follow:

Dec. 22nd: Last day of Title Services for Round 1

Jan. 3rd: Title 6 week check/Title data analysis of Round One

Week of Jan. 22nd: Resume Title services

A reminder that the testing window will open as soon as we return from break. During this time, Title staff will assist with testing.

Class of the Week!

5th Grade Belinda Walsh

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This week we relaunched the CSE Class of the week with some new twists! Have a class that you have observed meeting and exceeding our Spartan Pledge? You can nominate them here! https://rocori.wufoo.com/forms/csestrong-class-of-the-week-nomination-form/

CSE RPS 2018

This Monday, we begin the annual RPS tournament. This is an internal 80 person single elimination tournament for fun and bragging rights. Follow your Favorite CSE staff Member's progress here! Remember to report your results to the CSE office!

4th Annual CSE RPS 2018 http://challonge.com/CSERPS2018

Pillars of Literacy

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CSE Vision 2017

This is a preview of some of the background work done by our building leadership team. More work and revisions will come from whole staff during upcoming staff meetings. The process followed the organization work in the book "Traction" by Gino Wickman. We have work to share with you about our forecasted future including a 10 year, 3 year, 1 year and 90 day goals. Thank you to the CSE BLT for their inclusive work.. they represented you well!
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Loraine Ashfeld - Jan. 2

Aaron Schneider - Jan. 13

Kaylin Diaz - Jan. 14

Irene Klein - Jan. 19

Sharon Posch - Jan. 22

Joyce Baumann - Jan. 23

Nancy Schroeder - Jan. 24

Tom Petroski - Jan. 28

Kim Tadych - Jan. 31

1/2 - Michelle Neu - July 2

1/2 - Cherie Eickhoff - July 10

1/2 - Leslie Buttweiler - July 10

1/2 - Jason Teig - July 11

1/2 - Arin Spindler - July 14

1/2 - Keisha Kramm - July 15

1/2 - Belinda Walsh - July 21

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January 1/2 - NO SCHOOL

January 3 - Classes resume!

January 15 - No Students - District Academy Day

January 26 - 3 Hr. Early Dismissal

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Social Media @ ROCORI

Please consider sending in your information and a few pictures for the Staff Spotlight on the district Facebook page. Here are the steps:

1. Fill out the short survey from this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2HB359

2. Send 1-4 pictures of yourself to socialmedia@rocori.k12.mn.us

2017-2018 WBWF Goals


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the READING will increase from 54.6% in 2017 to 65% in 2018.


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the MATH MCA will increase from 60.4% in 2017 to 68% in 2018.

What are potential FOCUS areas of Improvements for SLG/PGP?

Time on Text

Close Reading

Oral Vocabulary Usage/Development


Student Targets

Standard Alignment and Deconstruction

If you are ON CYCLE... you can schedule your PRE/ Observation/ and Post with Loraine

CSE Health and Safety Electronic Forms

Building Safety Request

See something that doesn't seem safe? Fill out the form and submit!

Building Improvement Request

Have some ideas on how to improve our school for staff, students and parents? Fill out the form and make a request!

Congrats, Kudos, and Thank You!

The CSE Fun Committee for Organizing and Promoting the Annual RPS Tourney!

The BLT for a fun and Engaging Work Day around Committee Work and Goals.

The District Staff Development team for the Upcoming Academy Day!

Committee Updates:

Click HERE to access the CSE committee memberships

Why do we have Committee Structure at CSE?

1. To improve decision making process/feedback between staff/administration

2. To Empower Staff to See the Problem/Own the Problem #TOP20

3. Amplify All Voices at CSE

4. Assist in the overall communication and governance at CSE

RtI (Response to Intervention)

Click HERE to access the District RtI Notes

Committee Chair: Jim Meyer

Find and Utilize a variety of DATA sources to assess the degree of success in offering a balanced elementary program including intellectual, social and emotional.

CI (Curriculum and Instruction)

Click HERE to access the District CI Notes

Committee Chair: Joyce Baumann BaumannJ@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3145

Implement strategies to promote oral language development through multiple disciplines.

SD (Staff Development)

Click HERE to access the District SD Notes

Chair: Leslie Buttweiler

Provide opportunities for CSE staff to learn, grow and connect to meet building goals


Chair- Sharon Posch- poschs@rocori.k12.mn.us -Ext 3142

Why: To create a culture of literacy with students, staff, and families

Increase awareness and usage of authentic literature that supports cultural competency and character education goals.


Chair- Rachel McDougall Ext 3129

Provide opportunities for staff to foster human connections; promote positive interactions and a welcoming daily climate.

Health, Safety, Building Improvement

Chair- Tom Petroski PetroskiT@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3116

Create and maintain a physical plant feeling that is safe, warm and inviting for staff, students and parents.

Family Groups

Chair- Brian Kothrade KothradeB@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3111

Connect students in meaningful ways to foster cultural responsiveness and high character interactions.

Spartan Pride

Chair- Dustin Kramer KramerD@rocori.k12.mn.us Ext 3136

Create Student Voice and Presence in Promoting Good Behavior in the developmental role of S/E learning.

Digital Leadership

Chair Greg Spanier SpanierG@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3119

Use digital leadership opportunities to tell a positive story about CSE, Foster Choice in Individual PLN and add student voice through technology

Daily 5 Tip of the Week.. from the DAILY CAFE

Reclaiming Our Time

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January 12, 2018
Issue #496

by Brittany Daniels

Representative Maxine Waters of California is known for not mincing words, speaking her mind, and most recently reclaiming her time during a House Financial Services Committee hearing.

Maybe it’s just me, but I can think of a few times when I have wanted to reclaim my time in the classroom. After all, isn’t time the one thing of which there never seems to be enough? Our time with our students has to be protected, and, when something or someone tries to steal it, reclaimed!

Granted, there are time-stealers that are beyond our control, but many more are within our power to reclaim. Start by making a list of things within and outside your control. For example, assemblies, fire drills, professional development, and some meetings may be beyond your control. To reclaim the time lost in these instances, be a good steward over the time that is left. What are you doing with the time you do have?

The list of time-stealers within my control includes transitions, mild behavior disruptions, and unclear expectations I may have communicated to my students. Reclaiming my time means being clear and direct about what I expect of students—at all times, no excuses, no exceptions. Have students practice explicitly explained procedures as many times as necessary. Be sure that when we send students off to read or write independently, they are clear about the work they are doing and how to get it done. One thing I know for sure is that students will do exactly what we have taught directly (through modeling) or indirectly (the few times we let it slide).

As we approach the remainder of the school year, let's use some of our time to make a list of time-stealers, and prepare a list of ways to reclaim the precious time lost. January 2018 is a perfect time to reteach (or new-teach) routines, procedures, and behaviors that support learning. After all, time not spent reading, writing, speaking, listening, and engaging in a classroom is wasted time. Reclaim it!

Staff Spotlight

NameLeah Blonigen

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?



5th Grade Teacher

What I love most about my job at CSE

I love the students! It is so much fun to get to know them over the course of the year!

Favorite Food


Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes because it is fun to read aloud and has a positive message.


Playing with my son, Owen

Interesting FACTS about ME

I can't snap my fingers!