North Side News

Week of August 19th-23rd, 2019


I took the time to read the article that Ann Linson sent to us through her weekly notes last night. It was definitely worth the read!!!! If you haven't read it yet, do take the time! This is valuable information for all of us, not just teachers!

The article provided 8 proactive management tips. While reading, I was smiling as I am seeing these things in action at North Side! All teachers are greeting your students at the door, many of you have decided to give the student's a choice on their greeting, such as a handshake, fist bump, hug, high five and more! Way to go!!!! The second tip is so IMPORTANT!!!! Make sure to build those special relationships with your students! Sometimes it is difficult to do this, but give it your all! I feel the last part of this is crucial - RESTORING the relationships when those students do stop instruction, frustrate you and their classmates and have a rough day! Make sure to speak with them one on one and let them know that you have moved on and it is a new day and they have a fresh start!

What reminders and cues do you use with students? Most of us have our verbal cues to get the student's attention as a whole, but do you have cues and reminders set up with individual students who need it? If not, speak with them and come up with these things to help keep each other on track for the day!

Most of us are using the flexible seating approach in our rooms and students are able to choose their spots each day. Make sure you have procedures in place and it is okay to set a few parameters for certain students, such as stating they may not sit near a specific friend.

I continually watch all of you give praise for the behaviors you do wish to see, kudos to you!!!!! Make a special effort to point this behavior out for those more difficult kiddos, it will go a long way! Also, be very specific with your expectations, less is better! Give choice if it is possible, this allows them to believe they have a say, yet it is within your expected boundaries.

Always stay moving about your room, even when students are quietly testing or working. Let them know you are present and supervising!

Again, when I was reading this article, I was smiling and PROUD!!!! We are already doing these 8 things within our building! Keep it up and continue to be more consistent!

Lastly, I wanted to share that Kim Luke-Sherer has been in our building a lot lately and she sent me an e-mail. In her e-mail she told me how FABULOUS our staff is with students!!!! She has been in some classrooms and complimented the teachers for their de-escalating strategies and management with students!!!! I already knew this to be true, but it is ALWAYS WONDERFUL to hear it from someone outside our building! You are ALL ROCKING IT!!!!!! We are WILDCAT STRONG!!!!!!!!!!

Here are two links for teachers to take time to watch - please remember that we don't have the vocabulary portion of Reading A-Z anymore, it was not utilized in the past.

Week of August 19th-23rd:

Monday, August 19th:

PD: Breakout EDU topic Search, NWEA training (bring laptops)

NWEA Testing:

4th grade - LA, 8:45 a.m.

1st - Math, 9 a.m.

3 p.m. - Parent Meeting - B.P. (Alecia, Stephanie, Amanda W.)

Tuesday, August 20th:

***PICTURE DAY*** (refer to schedule for times)

7:30 a.m. - ACR - J.K. (Jen, Laura S., Stephanie)

NWEA Testing:

5th grade - LA, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.

3 p.m. - Staff Meeting (Schoeck's room)

Wednesday, August 21st:

10 a.m. - 504 Meeting - H.A. (Cory, Kacee, Stephanie, Whitney)

NWEA Testing:

3rd grade - Reading, 8:30 a.m.

1st grade - Reading - 9 a.m.

Thursday, August 22nd:

8:15 a.m. - ACR - C.R. (Cory, Melissa, Kacee)

8:30 a.m. - Admin Meeting (Stephanie and Jamie)

NWEA Testing:

5th grade - Math, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.

3rd grade - Math, 8:30 a.m.

3 p.m. - Reading Committee Meeting (conference room)

Friday, August 23rd:

NWEA Testing:

3rd grade - LA, 8:30 a.m.

10:15-11 a.m. - High school students here to read with students, schedule coming soon

Box Tops

We are still collecting the cut out box tops this year, but did you know that Box Tops are going digital? Please help our school by downloading the Box Tops app on your phone. Choose North Side Elementary as your school and then start scanning. Every time you grocery shop, pull up the Box Tops app and scan your receipt. You will instantly add cash to our school. The PTO oversees this and is always there to support us both through activities and financially. If there is something you want for your classroom, they may be willing to purchase it or reimburse you for it. Help them earn money so they can give back to you!!!!

"The fact that you worry about being a good teacher, means that you already are one!"" -Jodi Picoult-

Week of August 26th-30th:

Monday, August 26th:

PD: Safety/Dynamic Response

NWEA Testing:

2nd grade - Reading, 9:15 a.m.

Tuesday, August 27th:

7:45 a.m. - Initial CC - K.D. (Laura S., Melissa, Stephanie, Kacee, Amanda W.)

NWEA Testing:

2nd grade - Math, 8:03 a.m.

Wednesday, August 28th:

9 a.m. - Speaker Series, Grades 3-5 - Guest Speaker, Ann Linson (library)

NWEA Testing:

2nd grade - LA, 8:30 a.m.

3 p.m. - Leadership Meeting (Stephanie's office)

Thursday, August 29th:

Friday, August 30th:

10:15-11:00 a.m. - High schoolers here to read with students (schedule)

PBIS Reward for August - Wildcat Floats, Recess