Moreau Heights Elementary
How We Respond Is Our Choice
Here are ten ways you can challenge yourself to choose a positive response and be a merchant of home for all students:
- Bring your best to work every day. Be grateful you get the opportunity to make a positive impact on a child every day!
- Give two minutes or your time to one students and one staff member every day. Be intentional with your time and then follow up with a quick word or note. The small things can make all the difference.
- Be empathetic. Taking the time to understanding, share and be sensitive to another person's feelings is critical in building a culture of trust.
- Value the mistakes of others. Risk takers are born here. If you yourself make a mistake, own it, apologize, ask for forgiveness and work to make sure it doesn't happen again.
- Model forgiveness. If you want to be an effective leader, be willing to sincerely accept an apology and move on. Believe that most people's intentions are good.
- Understand you will not always see immediate results when working with kids. Be patient and think long term. Many "troubled" students are just testing a system which has failed them many times over before you came into the picture.
- Have high standards for all kids every day. Do not make excuses for kids based on race, socio-economic class, environment, poor parents, etc. Believe in all kids all the time. (It also help id you love them all the time too!)
- Address inappropriate behavior. If you hesitate to correct poor behavior because you are worried about their response to you, you have become part of the problem.
- Don't be negative. Constant complaining and speaking negatively about kids, staff , work environment, etc. without offering a solution is a poorer reflection on you than those about whom you are complaining. Bring positive energy every day!
- Take time to smile/laugh and encourage others to have fun. When it is no longer fun to do to work, it is time to do something else.
Our behavior data shows the greatest need is student defiance. Our lessons over the quarter will focus on skills that support student's following adult directions, even when it's hard.
The PBS lesson focus this week is "I can follow the rules even if I don't want to."
All grade levels, if on schedule, have finished all lessons in the sequence. This would be a great time to revisit lessons that are topics your students are still struggling with.
Nominations for New Professional of the Year
Character Trait for May is Forgiving
Have a colleague who you would like to see recognized for making a positive difference? Here is the link to complete a nomination.
Calendar of Events
May 6 - 10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
Monday, May 6
*AG health mtg (Gaines, Haugen, Uthe) 10:00
*AJB SST (Bateman, Reece, Haugen/Day) 11:00
*Title I mtg - School-wide Plan Review 4:00
Tuesday, May 7
*PTO mtg 6:00
Wednesday, May 8
*School Nurse Appreciation Day
*Specials Collaboration time 7:45 - 8:15
*AS5 staffing (Watts-Hayes, Hutchison, James, Haugen/Day, Ewing) 8:30
*AM/AM4 (Paul, Mantle, Hutchison, James, Haugen/Day) 9:15
*grades 3-5 Lunch with the Principal 12:00
*MG mtg (Hutchison, Haugen, Spear) 1:00
*Staff mtg 3:45
Thursday, May 9
*Sue at Principal mtg 12 - 4
Friday, May 10
*Safety Patrol Picnic
*kindergarten writing celebration 7:45-8:30
*2nd grade writing celebration 2:00
*CG 504 (Haugen, Watts-Hayes, James) 3:45
Monday, May 13
*Leadership team mtg 3:45
Tuesday, May 14
*NA IEP (Hutchison, Spear, Strange, Haugen) 3:45
Wednesday, May 15
*SC Staffing (Haugen, James, Hutchison, Mantle) 9:15
*Transition meeting with LC (Gann, Haugen) 10:30
Thursday, May 16
*PTO Sports Day Activities
*DL staffing (Haugen, Schell, Hutchison, James)
Friday, May 17
Monday, May 20
*5th grade promotions 12:30 @ Miller Center
Tuesday, May 21
*Grades 3-4 EOY assembly 8:30
*Grades k-2 EOY assembly 9:40
Wednesday, May 22
*Last Day of School, dismissal at 12:15 pm for students
*Full day for staff
This is the link to a revised communication log for your team collaboration. The expectation is that your team will complete each week.