Staff Weekly Update

For the week of May 9th, 2016

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4th Grade Graduation and Last Day of School Details

Friends, there will be a change for this year's 4th Grade Graduation, coupled with a few more slight changes for our last day of school.


Due to lack of space in our gymnasium, the team, Connie, and Martha all met last week and decided that we will be changing our 4th Grade Graduation back to exclusively the students, staff, and their families. Here are the new details below:

  • 4th Grade Graduation will be on the last day of school, Thursday, May 26th
  • It will start at 9:45AM and will be located in our gymnasium
  • We will give out the following awards: Emily Delvecchio, Presidential Award (Gold), Presidential Award (Silver), John Wooden Award for Integrity, Awards for each related section (Music, Art, Media Center, STEM)
  • Students will have their name called and they will stand up, walk across the stage, get recognized, and sit back down
  • We will STILL announce/recognize our Teacher of the Year (Allison Albright) and our Someone Special Award (James Githaiga). We will provide brief coverage for Allison during this time.
  • 4th Grade team will also put their end-of-year slideshow on Canvas so other teachers/staff can view it at their convenience.
  • On Wednesday, May 25th, the entire class + Connie/Martha will do a graduation practice in the gymnasium so that this new event will go as smoothly as possible!


4th Grade Walking/Dancing (no longer "Running") of the Halls:

  • On our last day, the 4th graders will still go through the halls for one last time.
  • All students and staff will line the hallways to congratulate and honor our 4th graders!
  • Rather than running the halls, we have decided to play fun and upbeat music so they can either walk or dance the halls for their last time.
  • This change will allow for students to go through the hallways at a slower pace so families/friends can get pictures, but it will also be a time celebrate them in a jovial fashion prior to heading off to middle school.
  • During our graduation practice, students will be told of these procedures and will be informed of what is/is not appropriate during this walk/dance of the halls event.
  • Families will be encouraged to arrive at SGE at 3:00PM and they will start their walk/dance at approximately 3:05PM


Last but not least, I will provide with all of you a blurb via email to please copy/paste in your newsletters. This same blurb will be placed in our SGE Weekly Newsletter, too. THANK YOU!

Hokki Stools - Ready for Checkout!

Thanks to our generous PTO, I have ordered for us 20 Hokki stools! Here are the details:


  • 10 large ones - green in 18 inch
  • 10 small ones - orange in 15 inch
  • They will " and entered in our book checkout system, called Destiny
  • If you'd like one for your classroom for a student that needs alternative seating, please ask Mandy and she will "check" it out to your Destiny account.
  • When you are ready to return the seat, please give to Mandy so she can check it back in
  • For now, please just check out ONE stool per classroom. Depending on how much they are used, we can buy more next year.


Thank you and thanks again to our PTO!

Friendly Reminders - Google Forms & Shared Google Doc

End of Year Staff Survey - completely optional! http://goo.gl//BAp1aqEFb0


Google Form for Field Day Lunch Plans - http://goo.gl//5l19p8VjRY


Google Form to be on the Master Schedule Team - Date/time is Mon. 6/6 from 9am - 12pm + optional lunch (courtesy of Connie/Martha) is from 12-1pm - http://goo.gl//TfrQve0l1I


Google Form to sign up for the Interview Team - (for KDG & 3rd/HA).

Two dates: Wed. 6/8 & Mon. 6/13, both tentatively from 9am - 3pm

http://goo.gl//wsr9HSnvRZ


SGE Master Calendar (Draft) - below is a link that will allow for you to EDIT this document. PTO has been given this same editable link. Please simply add any events that you know will need to be on the schedule for next year. Even if you don't know the exact date, feel free to add in a tentative date for now and then it can be finalized later! Here is the link: https://docs..com/document/d/187rWv7oySpAtZlga5czninL3KXlWRXYEYQMlTsHVtlc/edit?usp=sharing

From TeachThought: 25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

Great article from TeachThought! Read the full article here.


Below are pictures of the first TWELVE reading strategies. After that, they list out strategies 13-25! Here are the last 13 and the first twelve are in the two picture boxes below!


13. Question the Text

14. Stop!

15. Monitor & Repair Understanding (While Reading)

16. Paraphrase

17. Annotate the Text

18. Adjust Reading Rate

19. Prioritize Information

20. Use Graphic Notetaking

21. Predict

22. Set a Reader Purpose

23. Text-connections (text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-world)

24. Skim

25. SSQ (Stop, Summarize, Question)

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SEPTEMBER 2016 PAYROLL - FRIENDLY REMINDER + PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY

Certified 2016 Payroll Schedule

As a reminder, the 26th and final payroll for the 2015-2016 teacher contract is scheduled for August 12, 2016. The First pay for the 2016-2017 teacher contract year will beSeptember 2, 2016. Please note that these dates areTHREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payrollschedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.


Classified/Salary 2016 Payroll Schedule

You will receive a paycheck on August 12, 2016. The next paycheck will be September 2, 2016. Please note that these dates are THREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payroll schedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Salary employees will receive a regular paycheck (1/26th your annual salary). Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.


Classified/Hourly 2016 Payroll Schedule

You will receive a paycheck on August 12, 2016. The next paycheck will be September 2, 2016. Please note that these dates are THREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payroll schedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Hourly employees will be paid for the hours worked 7/17/16 – 7/30/16 on the Aug. 12th, 2016 payroll. Hours worked 7/31/16-8/20/16 will be paid on the Sept. 2nd, 2016 payroll. Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.


If you have any questions about which payroll schedule applies to you, please speak with your direct supervisor.

2015-2016 DISTRICT PRIORITIES

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TUESDAY TAKE-AWAY: Staff/Teacher Appreciation!

Gratitude stated with grace, by Allison Spillman!


I appreciate it when . . .


- Tell a co-worker to be sure to a look at the cow poster on the wall in the kindergarten hallway, because it basically tells you everything you need to know about life

-Sing a song about princesses being quiet in the hall to your kids while they are waiting for others to finish a restroom break, instead of telling them to stop talking over and over

-Put on comfy clothes, sneakers, and a smile every blessed time you have to teach gym, helping your kids to learn about physical fitness, even though you didn't sign up to be a gym teacher

-Have an open mind to learning about new teaching strategies, because you know there are all kinds of learners who need all kinds of instructional methods

-Stay late after school to listen to a co-worker tell you about their terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, because you know students aren't the only ones who need support when they have a bad day

- up a collection to help out the parents of a school leader when they lose nearly everything in a fire, even though you have never met because you think, why wouldn't we help people in that situation?

-Collaborate for hours with co-workers to pull-off that really cool activity that the kids will love doing, because you know those are the kinds of experiences kids will remember about their elementary years

- Have high expectations for your students, because you might be the only one in their lives who have those high expectations, and you know your kids can rise to them

-Temper those high expectations with understanding and caring because you know some of your kids are living in situations you can't imagine going through as an adult, let alone as a child

- Face unbelievable physical health challenges, yet come to school every single day with a smile on your face and a song in your heart (and maybe on your phone)

- Not only teach your students about doing the right thing and treating people right, but model it for them when you deal with adults and students in their presence

-Have a cup full of patience that runneth over when you are dealing with students who have anxiety that makes it hard for them to walk through our doors every day, treating those kids with just the right mix of compassion and firm belief that they can make it

- Share your resources with your colleagues without hesitation, because you know someone has done that for you, and you want to pay it forward

- Ask questions, seek advice, and read on your own time about challenges that face your students, because you want all of your students to succeed

- Give 100% of yourself to your students every day, even when that sometimes means giving those at home less than 100% at the end of the day

HERE ARE OUR BEAUTIFUL BIRTHDAY FRIENDS FOR MAY 2016!

*If you are NEW and we do not have your birthdate, please email Alison so we can recognize you on your special day! Thank you!*


May

Please let us know if we have missed your birthday! I did not see any listed on our SGE calendar!

2015-2016 LIFELINES

August - Cooperation

September - Respect

October - Flexibility

November - Gratitude

December - Generosity

January - Responsibility

February - Friendship

March - Perseverance

April - Self-Control

7-DAY FORECAST

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