BME Update

September 18th

Team Meadow –


I know the last few days have been heavy, for some more than others. It's been a weekend with



We’ve accomplished so many wonderful and exciting things on behalf of our children this past month and a half, but I know it has been as a result of hard work and a sense of overwhelm at times.


We’ve noticed. We’ve heard you. We thank you for your openness and honesty. We thank you for your devotion to this noble work you do each day.


For those of you that have been at this gig for a while, you know the ebb and flow of the year and the demands that come with the different seasons. I truly believe that October 5th will be a day when we might even hear a collective sigh in the building. Between now and then, the plates will spin, and at times, it feels like we might drop one or two. These next few weeks are full for all of us, so let’s be certain to stand together and support one another through kindness, generosity, positivity, empathy, professionalism, and grace.


I take great comfort in knowing we are on this journey together. Your work results in a beautiful narrative that our children and families won’t forget. Because of you and what you do today, a child smiled, felt more confident, made a connection, and felt loved. All because of you.


With gratitude for all you do and especially for how you do it,

Tom

Welcome September

"That old September feeling... Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year's mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.”
― Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Important Dates & Information


September

17th - Meyer's class to Public Green

18th - Tom and Lauren out in AM for Admin meeting; 1st & 3rd grade vision screenings; NVCI training (select staff after school)

19th - Yom Kippur (aka Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism.)

24th - Staff Meeting

26th - Jog-A-Thon (Info below and attached to email)
28th - Second Step Assembly (Details forthcoming)


October

3rd & 4th - Student Conferences (E-Day on 10/4)

8th - Staff Meeting

9th - Picture retakes and make-up day

10th - PTO meeting (6:00PM); Dedication of Shade Structure with AAD

15th-19th - Fall Break

22nd - Staff Meeting


November 12th - Veterans Day Program @ 9:30.

Jog-A-Thon - Important Information

Preschool

· Trike-a-thon and obstacle course in gymnasium

· Alperson (3/4) – 8:30-9:10

· White (4/5) – 9:30-10:10



Kindergarten

· Proceed outside and arrive to back lot at 12:30 for warm-up/stretches

· Receive instructions from PTO/JAT Committee regarding the walk/jog

· Jog-a-Thon laps begin at 12:40 and concludes at 1:15

· Teachers remain with students for the walk/jog



1st & 2nd grade

· Proceed outside and arrive to back lot at 9:05 for warm-up/stretches

· Receive instructions from PTO/JAT Committee regarding the walk/jog

· Jog-a-Thon laps begin at 9:15 and concludes at 10:00

· Teachers remain with students for the walk/jog



3rd & 4th grade

· Proceed outside to back lot at 10:45 for warm-up/stretches

· Receive instructions from PTO/JAT Committee regarding the walk/jog

· Jog-a-Thon laps begin at 10:55 and concludes at 11:55

· Teachers remain with students for the walk/jog



Lunch

· Follow our regular lunch schedules.



Related Arts

· Rennard, Coats, Bender, Lamaster, & Adams – The Run/Walk will take the place of your regularly scheduled “Wellness” for the week. Please take students to the warm-up area and other staff will take responsibility for your class if you choose to “take a break” (In lieu of your regular special’s time). We will provide coverage for your kids at the following times:

Rennard & Coats – 12:30-1:05;

Bender/Lamaster – 9:05-9:50;

Adams – 10:45-11:30

· Graham/Proctor will swap your regular RA times with McGuire/Potazcek in order to receive art and music and not conflict with JAT schedule.

· All other specials follow regular schedule.



Special Education/USS

· Please continue to serve IEP students throughout the day as usual and as much as possible.

· If students are at JAT during your regular service times, you are to join the JAT group and assist students/staff.

· Join JAT when you are not with students or during a scheduled lunch break, please to see if any need assistance.



Other

· HA common math block will not occur on JAT day.

· Remind students to dress accordingly with appropriate shoes and their JAT shirt.

· Don’t forget sunscreen reminders for families.

· All volunteers must have background checks on file and need to check in at front office before assisting classes.

· Your team may need to reschedule recess time as it may conflict with playground times/back lot

· In your newsletters, please promote JAT whenever possible. We rely heavily on community support for our programming needs.

Student Conferences and E-Day

Thank you for investing valuable time to make this day meaningful and memorable for students and families.


A few key points:

  • Please keep Lauren, Kristi, and me informed if you need us to "sit in" or assist at a family conference.
  • As a reminder, E-Days should go live by 4 PM on Oct. 3rd vs. waiting until the 4th for release.
  • You may release your lessons any time on the 3rd. If you like, you can even "preview" the lessons in class in order to assist with successful implementation.
  • If you have any outliers for conference times, please let me know so we can plan accordingly.

Shade Structure Dedication on October 10th

A couple years ago, Boone Meadow was the recipient of an Adopt-a-Shade Program Grant by the American Academy of Dermatology. Through the combination of the $8,000 grant by AAD and the generosity of our PTO, we were able to install the shade structure this past summer.


On October 10th, we will celebrate this partnership with a dedication of the structure during our monthly PTO meeting at 6:00 PM. More info to come regarding the dedication.


In the meantime, we are working on getting a few picnic tables for the area, as well as, some landscaping to help spruce up the area.

Personal Business Leave Requests

For Certified Team Members:

To requests "personal business days," please complete the following process.


  1. Go to the following link, and complete the "personal business request" form. https://goo.gl/forms/CycfilABEUyILbh83
  2. Once the form is completed, please send a brief email to me (Tom) that includes the date(s) of your request(s).
  3. Enter your upcoming absence in AESOP as soon as possible. (It can always be deleted later should plans change.)


Thanks -

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