The Red Bird Express

Building Our Future... One Child at a Time

December 7 - 11, 2015

Quote of the Week...

"I believe that to make genuine strides toward increased inclusion, you must find partners. None of us can do this work on our own." ~ Lisa Friedman

Redford the Red Bird Recipient - Liz Rutkowski

"I’d like to give the Redford award for Liz Rutkowski. She is continuously supportive of the students we work with and of me. She is always thinking of different ways we can work with the students to help them learn more effectively. I am grateful for her each day!"- Heather Hendershot

Great Things are Happening at Cardinal Forest!

Cardinal Forest Inclusive Schools Week 2015: December 7-11

Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated annually in December by families, schools and organizations around the world. The week highlights and celebrates the progress that schools have made implementing inclusive practices to ensure a quality education for an increasingly diverse student population.


The week provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. It is an occasion to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of teachers, administrators, students, and parents in making their schools more inclusive, and, thereby significantly contributing to the development of a more inclusive society.


Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated by thousands of school districts in every state in the U.S. and internationally. In addition, more than 50 educational and cultural associations and media outlets support the week. Inclusive Schools Week is organized by the Inclusion Schools Network at Stetson & Associates, Inc.


Be on the lookout for fun ideas and activities to engage in ISW.

Focusing on Our SIP - Mathematics Teaching Practices

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) publication, Principles to Actions, highlights a core set of high-leverage practices and essential teaching skills necessary to promote deep learning of mathematics. This week's practice focuses on supporting students' perseverance through math tasks :


  • Support productive struggle in learning mathematics. Effective teaching of mathematics consistently provides students, individually and collectively, with opportunities and supports to engage in productive struggle as they grapple with mathematical ideas and relationships.


When planning for instruction, teachers should work together to predict any potential misconceptions students might have and create probing questions to support them when they get stuck. It is also important to encourage students to persevere when solving problems and help them understand that is acceptable to say, “I don’t know how to proceed,” but it is not acceptable to give up.

Wixie by Tech4Learning & Pixie

Wixie, by Tech4Learning and the online version of Pixie has been purchased for all elementary students in grades 1-5. Wixie is an online creativity tool that students can use to demonstrate their learning. It enhances the blended learning experience and allows students to manage their own time, place, path, and pace of learning. Teachers can monitor, plan, implement, and evaluate student work in their own account as well as manage assignments, track student progress toward curriculum goals, and assess student work using customizable rubrics.


Students can access Wixie through any web-browser and/or through the Wixie app on tablets. Students can begin using Wixie in school and at home immediately, using their username and password from myOn. For more information about getting started, you can contact Keaton Beaumont, our substitute SBTS.

Spirit Week: December 14th-18th

During the week before the Winter Break, we will celebrate Spirit Week! The themes for each day are as follows:


  • Monday - Crazy Hat & Hair Day
  • Tuesday - Twin Day
  • Wednesday - Red Carpet Day- Dress like a Star
  • Thursday - Cardinal Colors Day
  • Friday - Pajama Day

Karen Away December 14-18

Each year my husband and I travel south to spend some much taking some much needed RR time on Hilton Head Island and visiting my mother in Charleston prior to the Winter Break. I will return to work during the two weeks that you all will be off during the holiday. During my time away, Satonya will be addressing any needs you have during the week.


During this holiday season, I wish each of you a special time of building memories and in celebration of traditions, family and friends. Celebrate with JOY!

Good News Gets Around...

In the spirit of giving and relationship building, it is important for teachers and staff to make contact with students' families about something positive that you have noticed. This is a stressful time of year for families and children, positive contact with YOU could be the natural stress reliever that would go a long way. I want to challenge teachers to make a phone call or send an email to every child prior to the Winter Break that will continue to build the positive relationship with parents and students.


Thank you for providing feedback on the survey that has allowed us to introduce a new avenue for getting "Good News Gets Around" about staff. It will be a spin on the "GNGA" certificate that we do for students, but this celebration will be about staff. The certificate will have an area to check if you would like the good news publicized in the Red Bird. The certificates can be put in Karen or Satonya's mailbox. We will deliver the message, just like we do with the students. Look for the certificates later this week.

A Special Thank You to...

  • Grade Level teachers for their efforts to explain the FLE curriculum to the parents who attended the Information Night.
  • Staff members who so generously provided gifts for the identified students and families through the Cardinal Cares Giving program. Your giving is so heart felt and will bring such great joy to children and families during the holiday season.

Happy Birthday This Week!

  • December 6 - Samantha Sardella
  • December 9 - Luisa Rubio
  • December 10 - Kylie McGraw

Looking Ahead...

December 7

  • Kid Talk Meetings (9:25 - 3:50)

December 9

  • Interims due to Karen and Satonya

December 10

  • Meteorologist Visit - 2nd & 4th Grade (12:15 - 1:45)

December 11

  • FAC Meeting (8:15 - 8:45)
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Irving MS - Fine Arts Performance (9:30 - 11:15)

December 15

  • Team Leaders Meeting (8:00 - 8:45)
  • Interims Go Home

December 16

  • Strings Holiday Concert in the lobby (8:55 - 9:10)
  • Band Concert in the gym (9:30 - 10:30)

December 17

  • SCA meeting - All Reps & Officers (1:05 - 1:35)

December 18

SCA Spirit Day-Wear your favorite Pajama Day

  • Celebration of Joy - Sing-a-long (9:30 - 10:30)
  • 2 Hour Early Closing @ 1:55