Creasy Connection

March 21, 2016

Principal Passage...


Well it is upon us - Spring Break! Who knew I would be more excited about break in my 50's than when in college. The school year is traveling by quickly. I hope your spring break is full to the brim with your desires, whatever they be. I'll be traveling with Boyd for our 30th anniversary - looks like we made it:).

Be thinking ahead for the spring break shut down. The office will be closed, as all 12 month employees are away. Mrs. Williams, with Budd Services, will be working some should you need to get to a classroom. Hope you'll take a full break.

Check list for departure:

  • Close blinds
  • All equipment off - computers, projectors, coffee makers, copiers, printers, etc.
  • All critters go home with someone.
  • Double check doors
  • All trash emptied
  • Fridge food check
  • Lights off

The In and Out of Zone transfer period began on March 18th. Please encourage any residential students to enroll - especially kindergarten so that we account for their capacity prior to transfer applicants being assigned.

Student data cards
are due back to Terri on 4/15 (this is a change). For K-3, mark them with BOY, MOY and LPM (last progress monitoring) result. Notes of insight may be added as you see fit. We will use these cards to build next year's rosters.

Please invite Mikesell, Stern and me to be members of your Haiku digital learning platform - like you add students. As the site is our school-wide PDP goal, we'll want to take stock and schedule an additional refresher if you want. Let us know if you need support. We have not gotten many invitations so far, do add us.

Calendar Links


Walkthrough Schedule

We have heard your feedback about how we unintentionally go into the same rooms some days. Here is a schedule which should address this issue.

Creasy Monday and Friday
Mikesell Tuesday and Thursday
Stern Wednesday

Bobby also does student observations so may be in on other days. We'll do our best to follow this schedule.

TWCS Deadline 3/25

Getting there...we are currently at 74% with 32 of 43 staff members responding. Hope you will take time to complete it if you haven't. See Shelia Hester if you need a code or have questions. Thanks, Shelia

Arts Council - Trending Up

This is our current status:

  • Whitaker Elementary $527.00
  • 66% of goal
  • 22 givers 40% of staff

Here is the giving link - for your Closer Donation.

There could be a surprise incentive on the horizon - a clay class with Mrs. Chambers for all givers. All amounts are welcome.

Calendar March / April

This list is not an exhaustive of the Haiku staff calendar

- just a list of highlights:

  • 3/22 AIG retesting
  • 3/22 Parade of Cars - 1:30
  • 3/23 Derby Day - details from Dr. Reed
  • 3/23 Early Release Day
  • 3/23 PDQ Night & Teacher lunch
  • 3/24 Student Day - snow make-up day
  • 3/25 - 4/3 Spring Break Holiday
  • 4/4 Return to School
  • 4/6 Oration Contest
  • 4/6 Staff Meeting - MTSS Session #1
  • 4/7 EBOB District Competition
  • 4/7 Spring Picture Day - prepay
  • 4/8 Teacher Intent Form Due
  • 4/11 Snow Makeup Day
  • 4/12 5th Grade Awards Day picture taking
  • 4/12 Report Cards Go Home
  • 4/13 Wonderful Wednesday
  • 4/13 SIT Meeting
  • 4/15 Dancing Classroom Performance

A few more items...

  • Ecolab Grant Application Ecolab Inc. will sponsor its Visions for Learning Teachers Grants again this year. A quality education is one of our greatest assets and Ecolab is proud to continue their support for educators in the Piedmont Triad area. Ecolab will award a total of $77,000 to qualified grant recipients. Please find attached the 2016 Visions for Learning Grant application. ALL applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Completed applications may be submitted via email to Please note this is the only email address where submissions will be accepted.
    Ecolab 2016 GSO VFL Teacher Grant Application Form.docx

  • Remind account for our staff - first use. I was able to Remind participating folks of the need to park elsewhere on Election Day.

  • If you are serving as a Mentor to someone new to our faculty, remember the required Peer Observation and signing Mid-Year PDP updates. Please attempt to get observations done by April 15th or sooner. End of the year for these is not advisable for many reasons. Need support? Reach out to Lindsay or me.

  • Please copy me on your classroom newsletters either via email or on paper. This should be at least bi-weekly or weekly.

Updated Lesson Plan Schedule

4/4 Fourth / PE

4/12 Fifth / Science

4/18 Kindergarten

4/25 First / Art

5/2 Second / Media

5/9 Third / Music

5/16 Fourth / PE

5/23 Fifth / Science