Oh! The Places You'll Go!

2015-2016 LVES Weekly Staff Newsletter

Week of December 14 - 18, 2015

Tier 3 Meetings on Monday

If we are discussing one of your students, you will receive a calendar invite.

Secret Santa Week

If you are participating in Secret Santa, it begins on Monday! Leave little treats throughout the week for your Secret Santa, then come to the library after dismissal on Friday, December 18th for the big reveal.

Speaking of treats...

You have worked so hard for our students this semester, so Eric and I will have a little treat for you each day next week to show how much we appreciate you. Monday's treat will be "Cookies and Cocoa" delivered to your room. I will send an email each afternoon letting you know what the following day's treat will be.

We LOVE our staff!!!

Winter Choir/4th Grade Performance

Our choir and 4th grade students will showcase their singing talent for us at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 15th. There will be an evening performance at 7:00 pm too. We will announce grade levels to come to the cafeteria like we did today for Seussical. By the way, the students did an amazing job this morning!!

December Door Decorating Contest

I am seeing some really cute doors! December's character trait is Caring, and the district is having a door decorating contest to showcase our caring spirit. The rules of the contest are simple...have your students (not parents) decorate your door showing ways they care. Doors must be complete by December 15th at 4:00. Judging will take place on December 16th, and the winners will receive a pizza party in January. Happy decorating!

PTO Cookie Exchange

Our amazing PTO will have a cookie exchange for all of our staff on Thursday, December 17th. Cookies will be set up on the stage, so be sure to stop by!

Ugly Sweater Contest

Friday, December 18th is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. So, obviously we will have our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. If you would like to participate in the contest, please email me. Can't wait to see all of the sweaters!

PLC's this week...

We will have PLCs on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday only. No PLC on Thursday or Friday due to early release.

Farmer's Teacher Grants

Have an innovative idea that will have impact student learning? Then I encourage you to look at Farmer's Teacher Grants for opportunities to fund your innovative idea. You can click on the following link for more information and grant proposal forms:


Teachers can win $2500 to even $100,000 in grant money!


Your last chance to vote on the TRE is Saturday from 7am - 7pm at Viking Hall. Exercise your right to vote!

Early Release Specials Schedule

Here is the specials schedule for December 17th and 18th:

December 17th:

  • 7:55-8:45 - 1st Grade
  • 8:50-9:40 - Kindergarten

2nd, 3rd and 4th grade will not have specials on this day

December 18th:

  • 7:55-8:45 - 4th Grade
  • 8:50-9:40 - 3rd Grade
  • 9:45-10:35 - 2nd Grade

1st and Kindergarten will not have specials on this day

PLC will not take place on December 17th or 18th.

December 17th is a full work day for staff. The afternoon is devoted to vertical team meetings and curriculum.

December 18th all district staff will be released at 2:00 pm.

Faculty Meeting

The faculty meeting this week will be Student Support Meetings. We will meet in the library at 3:05 before breaking into Student Support groups.

Faculty Holiday Party

It's here!! See you on Saturday!!

When: December 12, 2015 - early Karoake and appetizers from 7:00-9:00 pm

Where: Spotlight Karoake Bar

Cost: $5/person if you are coming early at 7:00 pm for singing and food

Weekly Attendance Goal

The attendance goal for the week of December 10th was 96%.

We will see next week if we reached our 2nd nine weeks goal of 97%!

Weekly Quote

In the spirit of the holidays, instead of a weekly Dr. Seuss quote, I am going to include clips from my favorite holiday movie...ELF!

You Sit on a Throne of Lies - Elf (3/5) Movie CLIP (2003) HD

Faculty Birthdays

Happy Birthday to the following staff members next week and over the holiday break:

  • Alida Lash - December 16th
  • Cat Casbeer - December 23rd
  • Regina Carmichael - December 26th
  • Christine Harris - December 31st
  • Kim Cook - January 2nd
  • Cathy Evans - January 3rd
  • Chelsey Jimenez - January 5th

We hope you have all have a wonderful birthday!

Mark Your Calendar - be sure to add "Elementary Staff Calendar"

  • December 14th - Tier 3 Meetings
  • December 15th - Michelle out for admin meeting, 9:00 am
  • December 15th - Winter Choir Performance, 2:00 and 7:00pm
  • December 16th - Michelle out am
  • December 17th - Early Release at 11:30 am
  • December 18th - Early Release at 11:30 am
  • December 18th - End of 1st semester