Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

October 12

Giving our students HOPE for a better tomorrow one skill at a time!

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PBS lesson

Our PBS lesson will again focus on Kind Words. This is our second week with this focus. Please continue with your Second Steps lessons.

*Think about ways that your students could create a bulletin board to show your classes commitment to kindness.

Our Second Steps lessons all focus on EMPATHY.

All grade levels have a focus on Learning.

Kindergarten- More Feelings

1st grade - Looking for More Clues

2nd grade - Feeling Confident

3rd grade - Conflicting Feelings

4th grade - Conversation and Compliments

5th grade - Disagreeing Respectfully

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How are your procedures and routines coming along?

Continuing our reflections on procedures and routines:

- How is it going?

- What is working? What is not working?

- How are you responding when things aren't working?

- Are you respectfully having students do things properly when they don't demonstrate what we expect?

- Are we on the look out for other areas that might need more specific instruction to help students meet the expectation?

- Are we recognizing and reinforcing when students demonstrate the expected behavior?

This is an ongoing process, always reflecting on what is working and what is not working. Always looking at what WE can do to support our students through clarified expectations, reteaching and practice.

Remember, the site below is a great one to hep guide reflection and planning!

PBIS Intervention Ideas

Looking for ideas to support students? Here is another resource that can be helpful.

Character Trait for October is Responsibility

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JCPS Difference Maker Recognition

Have a colleague who you would like to see recognized for making a positive difference? Here is the link to complete a nomination.

If I had $500 for use in my classroom, I would . . .

The Jay Pride Alive Alumni Association is committed to giving back to our JCPS students and teachers. The Jay Pride Alive Award applications are now open. Please submit your application by filling out this form by October 31st.

There are no parameters on what you can ask for - if it will benefit your students, ask for it. Reviewing your request with your principal prior to submission is suggested, but not required. Please keep requests under $500. Email questions to

JCPS Foundation Grants

The Foundation Grants are open and available. What could you do as a team or what could we do as a school with additional funds to support a plan to support literacy? social/emotional skills?

Check out the grant applications to see what is available. Grant applications close January 14th. More details will come soon!

Duties for the Week

Gym - Connelly and Watson

Cafe - Lemons and Ries

Collect students from the gym at 7:45

Calendar of Events

Monday, October 15

* Data discussions during plan time

* 5th grade foot ball 5:45 at Williams Field

Tuesday, October 16

*First grade Literacy Training 12 - 3:30

*Tier 2 mtg 3:45

Wednesday, October 17

*First Quarter ends

*Fire truck visit for grades k-1 8:45

*RED meeting for ES 9:15 (Paul, Haugen, Treat, Moeller)

*Staff meeting 3:45

*5th grade softball 6:45 at Evening Optimist Field

Thursday, October 18

* Earthquake Drill 8:30

*Safety Kids 10:30

* 504 for AT 1:15 (Lenger, Lock, Steuber, Humphreys, Day)

Friday, October 19

*PBS assemblies

- 8:30 grades 3-5

- 9:40 grades k-2

*Fall Celebrations (schedule to come)

Monday, October 22

* Student flu shots start at 9:00

*Leadership Team mtg 3:45

* 5th grade football at Williams Field 6:45

Wednesday, October 24

*Specials Collaboration 7:45 - 8:15

*Sue meeting at BOE 9:30 - 11:30

*Pizza Order pick up 3:30 - 7:00

*Parent - Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 7:30

Thursday, October 25

*Kids Sight vision screenings for grades 1, 3, 5

*4th and 5th grade Jazz performance 1:00

*Principal PLC mtg 1:00 - 3:30

*Parent- Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 7:30

Friday, October 26

* No School - earned day off

Weekly Collaboration Log

This is the link to a revised communication log for your team collaboration. The expectation is that your team will complete each week.

How is Kagan going in your world?

We learned on Monday how to form heterogeneous teams within your classroom.

10 Reasons to Use Heterogeneous Teams, is a read worth checking out. Once you establish teams, be sure to include ClassBuilding and TeamBuilding activities in your weekly lesson plans. Remember to utilize all the resources we have- Kagan ebooks. Let me know what I can do to support you.

You all have Kagan placemats. Many teachers prefer to use placemats similar to the image above. The image below allows you to cut them apart and tape on individual student desks.

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Kagan happenings at Moreau Heights

Mrs. Ogden’s class showed me they are Math Rockstars. They are learning the structure Rally Coach to support their learning and increase engagement. It was fun to watch Mrs. Ogden “drink her Mountain Dew” (quote from Garrett) as she circulated the room observing/supporting students. Thanks for the invite!

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October Birthdays!

October 1 - Jill Lemons

October 4 - Beth Yaeger

October 9 - Jana Salmons

October 11 - Joe Twehous

October 22 - Sabra Watts-Hayes