Vol. 4 - September 19, 2014

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Thompson's Talk

Quote of the Week

"In leadership, character is more important than strategy..."

Tuesday was probably the most fun I have ever had in a faculty meeting. I know there were procedural things to get through but then the painting was great. I enjoyed the laughter and visiting with everyone. I was amazed at everyone's artistic ability. I love our Irvin family!!!

It was great hearing this week all the great strides our kids are making especially that our kids are more prepared this year than ever before. That is a direct reflection of great teaching. Keep up the good work. Please denote in plans when working on a focus TEK so that we can see the work you are doing. I hope you have a great weekend!

One Word - INVEST - T-Kay Timmerman

Our word of the week is INVEST brought to you by T-Kay Timmerman. Her word came to her as she was thinking about her new empty nest season and a desire to use her time to make a difference. Her desire is to give encouragement and invest in building new relationships. As she has been on her One Word journey she has had special moments of seeing humility a and surprise on the faces of those she is investing when they realize she truly values them. May we all find moments to invest in the lives of those we come in contact with!

Guided Reading and Guided Math Start Dates

Grades 2-5 will start by September 29th

Grades K-1 will start by October 6th

Please attach the Guided Reading and Guided Math template to Monday in forethought and select the TEKS for the week. Thank you!

Ring the Bell!!!! by Stacee Johnson

This week I would like to ring the bell for you my Irvin family! Thank you so much for welcoming me and making both myself and my girls feel at home. I love coming to work each day to support you and your students.

This week was filled with many exciting moments as we collaborated on curriculum, planned for student success and dealt with all the things that pop up on a daily basis. This profession is challenging and it is easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated, but it is SO rewarding when you see those glimmers of progress. So I encourage you to press on, dig in, ask for help when you need it, and persevere. You can do this! You are here for a purpose! Let's LEAD!

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Staff Spotlight -

I know by now you have encountered the talented Stacee Johnson already and are enjoying getting to know her. Did you know that once she had to be smuggled back into the US from Mexico because she lost her passport? So glad she made it back. Stacee and her husband, Brent a first year teacher at Life School, have 3 beautiful girls, Annalynne, Brennon Kate and Jilliann, who enjoy theater and dance. She is a PK, preacher's kid, and graduated from SAGU in Waxahachie where several of her family members still work. Her favorite color is purple and her Sonic drink is diet green tea with Raspberry. Stacee loves being here at Irvin!! We are so happy to have here! If you are interested in theater or want to talk percussion, Stacee is your gal!

Lesson Plans - Please enter TEKS for all content areas. Thanks!

Upcoming Dates

September 22nd

  • Kickoff School Mall Ends
  • Emergency Response Team Training 3:00-4:00 in conference room

September 23rd

  • Catch Committee Meeting 3:00-4:00 in conference room

September 24th

  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kickoff
  • 3rd and 4th Grade CBA #1
  • Team PLANNING Meetings

September 25th
  • Lead Teacher 3:15pm

September 26th
  • Spirit Sales

Assessment Calendar

Words of the Week For Morning Assembly

Character Focus: Respect for Authority-Concern for

Math: Equation - Number Sentence

Reading/Language Arts: Fiction-A story that is made up; not based on reality

Science: Atom-tiny building blocks of matter

Comic Relief


I think this is the new way Stacee and I should start doing announcements. Let me know what you think! (Please wait until kids are not in your room to watch.)