"Paws"itive Points

Issue 17 - December 14, 2015

Love Each Other, Learn Together, Lead the Way

Tavia's Thoughts

Spend some time this week making sure your kiddos are really immersed in the last two lines of the following graphic below. Make this last week of instruction full of enaging experiences where they get to work together and teach each other. Keep them actively engaged and it will be teacher 1, students 0. :-) Hang in there...Santa is Coming!!

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December 14-18

  • Secret Santa starts on Monday
  • PTO's Santa Shop Open During Lunch
  • Holiday Spirit Week to Support Robert Crawford Fund, one of our Nike Friends

December 15

  • Pawfessional Learning

December 16

  • Mr. Carter's Sprinkle ~ Don't forget your Swaddlers...It's TWINS!!

December 17

  • Snow Biz Musical intermediate from 8:00-8:45 and primary will watch the show from 9:00-9:45 in the cafeteria. Community showing @ 6PM
  • Staff Potluck Presented by the Super Friends
  • Holiday Gathering @La Cocina de Mama @ 3:00

December 18

  • Grading Period Ends
  • Winter Parties

December 21 - January 3

  • Winter Break

Extra Duties


Front Hallway Mrs. Hymer

Bus (Am & PM) Mrs. Campanell, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Carter

Breakfast Ms. Tipton, Ms. Spry, Mrs. Collins

Gym (AM) Ms. Bland, Mrs. Vermillion

Car Rider (AM) Mrs. Acklin, Mrs. Hodges, Mrs. Tinsley, Mrs. Duvall and 4 of Mrs. Hampe's Leaders

Car Rider (PM) Mrs. Acklin, Mrs. Hodges, Ms. Hance, Mrs. Glass, Ms. Kennedy, Mrs. Shafer, Mr. Proctor


At Team PSE...we are Pursuing Standards of Excellence. At Team PSE we Love Each Other, Learn Together, and Lead the Way

Emily’s Enthusiastic Information

As we approach the break, students are growing anxious about the upcoming time away from school. Some of our students are nervous because school may be their safe place. Some students are excited, too excited to sit still about the upcoming holidays and all the fun that accessorizes it. How can you engage both types of students this week? Maybe this is the week you take that risk and go out on a limb trying a different method of teaching. Maybe this is the week you use stems, maybe you use some quickwrites, maybe you try a new Lucy lesson, use extraordinary amounts of nonfiction writing around this season, or Kahoot to review all of the content you've taught the past few months. Maybe you try a different method of teaching math or approaching a lesson from a completely different place. Just like the students, we may be excited too about our break, the family time, and various gatherings we will attend, but this week will go by much quicker if we pack it full of engaging, intentional lessons!

Maggie’s Moments

“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas.

Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful holiday has to offer. May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you joy that lasts throughout the year.

Hymer's Hype

“Families and communities are also an integral part of character education and social emotional learning. Extending the learning into the home and the community can provide for the development of positive norms and role modeling, reinforcing the skills youth learn, and family involvement in the learning process solidifies those skills.” As our students are preparing to spend the next couple of weeks away from school, and at home, let’s remember to keep making those positive connections with our families. Encourage positive interactions, make positive phone calls, send postcards home to students, and embolden families to take an active role- we are in this together- it takes a village!

Jackies' Friendly FRC Facts

Tuesday is the absolute deadline for Christmas assistance. All kids/families should be referred to me by then, if at all possible - PLEASE. Anyone that wants to help get Christmas gifts out to the various houses, please stop by and let me know!

We had some amazingly generous donations of food come recently! So over the long break, we are able to give out a substantial amount MORE for the Backpack Program. In order to keep it manageable for the little ones to carry, I will split it up and send home on Thursday and Friday. I will notify parents that there will be extra food coming.

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December Birthdays

Holly Roberts- 7th

Leslie Ford- 13th

Heather Porter- 18th

Rhonda Murphy & Karen Vermillion- 27th