Zitzman 411

Week of April 8th

What's Happening This Week:

Monday: Sladek @ ZE. Soccer Intramurals @7:30 am.

Tuesday: Sladek @ ZE. PLC's. Team Savage Running Club @ 3:00pm. Grades 3-5 Writer's Workship @ 4:00pm. 5th Grade DARE Graduation 6:00pm.

Wednesday: Sladek @ ZE. Student Learning Action Team 7:30am. Soccer Intramurals @7:30am. District Spelling Bee @ Nike 10:00am.

Thursday: Sladek @ CE. Soccer Intramurals @7:30am. Staff Mtg @ 7:30am. Spirit Squad Practice @ 3:45pm.

Friday: Sladek @ CE. Team Savage Running Club @ 7:45am. K-5 Evaluate Make Up Day @ 9:00am. 5th Grade Band Meeting @ PHS @ 9:30am.

Teacher Stress

Teaching can be physically and mentally exhausting. It is rewarding but also can be life-sucking.

Here are some shorts and quick thoughts on dealing with the stress of being a teacher.

  1. Some days will not work out the way you want them to so it is okay to start again tomorrow. The ability to “get back up” is something we want to teach our kids, so it is okay to do the same. Sometimes, walking away, taking a break, doing something else, and starting again tomorrow is alright.
  2. Your students look up to you but that doesn’t mean you need to be perfect. Being vulnerable and showing that you are a person not only makes you more relatable but more realistic to your students. In a world that is becoming more “digital,” being “human” is more important than ever
  3. Breaks are good for you. Take them and enjoy them. And there is evidence that "breaks" will make you better at what you do, longterm. “Teacher guilt” is a real thing and not beneficial. Growth is essential to all educators, but the focus on growth all of the time can and will lead to burnout.

Student Profile Sheets

Below you will find an electronic version of the profile sheets. Just remember when you print to print onto or copy onto the blue/pink paper so we can easily identify boy-girl. Thanks!

Movement Guidelines

Staff moving to another building for 2019-2020 school year will leave all furniture at Zitzman. Attached is a copy of the district moving guidelines. We will follow these guidelines. See Ketina if you have a question or concern regarding furniture or curriculum.

***All grade 5 curriculum resources will be sent to Pacific Intermediate. Those items will need to be boxed up and labeled.

Moving Reminders for Staff


Lifetime Achievement Award in Character Education

Do you know someone who embodies character in our school? Nominate them for an award. This award is named in honor of Character.org Founder Sandy McDonnell who dedicated much of his adult life to improving our nation’s schools and developing good character in others, especially young people. Among other things, Sandy instituted a company-wide ethics program as CEO of McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, served as National President of the Boy Scouts of America, and founded CharacterPlus in St. Louis.


Curriculum and Instruction

Progress Reports

SIS Grade window is now open until Wednesday, April 10th. Please be sure to mark areas of concern.

District Professional Development

All teachers should sign up for their Personalized Professional Development for the 2019 school year. Use the following link to sign up.


Mark your calendar now for to reserve your seat for our MVR-III Summer PD. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rer0TRiK2EI8TfhZ2c9pBUWxmv382mIhOhVUEvaeSlk/edit?ts=5ca4fcee#gid=987881359

Help Missouri Students Advance in the Technical Programs

Governor Mike Parson has indicated that preparing students for Missouri’s 21st century workforce is a top priority in the state. Opportunities abound in today’s economy for students who attain some type of specialized technical skill, an industry recognized credential or post-secondary training. All of these can be accomplished by attending Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE) around the state. DESE is asking you to not only take the survey, but to share the link on social media with parents. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTE-DESE

Counselor's Corner

2nd week lessons - 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade

I will be out of the office on Thursday and Friday (4/11 & 4/12).

Monday, April 8th MAP training for any teachers and paras involved in MAP testing. Training will be held in the computer lab at 3:45 (after buses). Paras attending the training should stay clocked in for the the session.

Beginning 4/11, classes will be canceled until MAP testing is complete. Thank you for your understanding and I hope everyone enjoys their normal schedule during this time. Please let me know how it works out!