North Side Paw Prints

Staff Newsletter

February 28, 2014

Volume 5, Issue 26

Mission Statement: "Maximize potential in all people every day"

Vision Statement: "To create a culture in which all children can learn lifelong skills to succeed"

Congratulations Pam Jennings and Mary Getts for Going the Extra Mile this Month!

Weekly Quote

"Some of your greatest pleasure will come from finding ways to overcome your obstacles."

~ Coach K

Weekly Reflection

School shouldn’t be a constant reminder of student deficits, but rather a demonstration of student strengths. What is one way you are demonstrating your student’s strengths?

Upcoming Dates


March 6th - Staff Meeting @ 7:00 am

March 10th-14th - We will run on a 2 hour delay schedule for ISTEP - IA's to report at 8:00
March 10th - SOM Names due to Venita
March 11th - PTO Meeting 5:30 pm

March 14th - 2nd grade to ENHS for play (starts at 9 am)

March 17th - NO Collaboration - School Starts at 8 am
March 18th - 20th - IREAD 3 window
March 19th - 20th - Mobile Dentist

March 21st - 20 Day Countdown Begins
March 21st - PTO Mother/Son Basketball game 6:00-7:30

March 24th - NO Collaboration - School Starts at 8 am

March 26th - Valic Rep in room 200; Music Program for grades 3 and 6, 6:30 pm

March 27th - End of 3rd nine weeks; last day for extended school day

March 28th - No school....Spring Break!!! Enjoy and Rest and Relax!


April 1st-4th - Spring Break

April 8th - PTO Meeting 5:30 in library; Report Cards due to the office

April 9th - Report Cards Issued

April 10th - Staff Meeting 3:10 in library; SOM names due to Venita

April 11th - Science Central 6:00pm

April 14th - Leadership Meeting 3:10 in conference room

April 15th - Kindergarten Round-Up 6:00pm

April 16th - Mclass reading and IRI window opens

April 18th - School in Session -Good Friday

April 23rd - Mclass math window opens

April 28-May 7th - ISTEP Multiple Choice & IMAST testing

This Week's Case Conferences

March 3 @ 7:30 - Demske - McHenry

March 3 @ 4:00 - Demske - McHenry

March 3 @ 4:45 - Demske/Stoll - McHenry

March 5 @ 4:00 - Demske - Wilder

March 5 @ 4:45 - Stoll - Everage

March 6 @ 9:30 Stoll - Everage

March 6 @ 12:30 Kneller - Hamlin

March 7 @ 4:00 Demske - Opliger

Featured Instructional Strategy of the Week

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Argumentative vs Persuasive Writing

The Common Core Standards expect students to have experiences in the three major modes of writing:

  • To teach students to understand subtle, but significant differences between persuasive and argumentative writing, utilize this T-chart.

    Featured Video of the Week

    In this video, Kristina Smekens does a book review of Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook. Great for teaching context clues in the primary grades.

    Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do

    Character Counts Pillar of the Month

    February: Respect