Millbrook Elementary Staff Notes

Week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2015

Thought For the Week

This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead toward the good. ~Pope Francis
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Getting Ready for the Global Read Aloud

Get ready for the launch of the Global Read Aloud! During our staff meeting on Monday, Stacy Darwin will preview what we'll be doing to read shared texts and partner with classrooms around the world. We'll be reading aloud Fish in a Tree, The Year of Billy Miller, and an author study of Amy Krouse Rosenthal. We just received the books this past week - it's going to be fun and engaging! For more information:

Student Work Needed!

It is time to start preparing for the magnet fair! Nicole would love to have all grade levels, specials and support highlighted to show what makes our school special. Please send any authentic work your students have participated in that highlights the units of inquiry to Nicole Grabiec. It will be returned after the magnet fair (November 7). Thank you!
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Schedule of Events and Updates for the Week

Monday, 9/28: E Day; 1st Grade PLT 1:30 -3; All Team Meeting (Fall Benefits Sign Up & SIP Voting), 3-4

Tuesday, 9/29 - F Day; 5th Grade PLT 1:30 - 3:30; Ident-A-Kid pictures taken (for students whose families signed up)

Wednesday, 9/30 - A Day; K PLT 1:30-3:30; Fundraiser Order Packets Due (PTA)

Thursday, 10/1 - B Day; 4th Grade PLT 1:30 - 3:30

Friday, 10/2- C Day; 2nd Grade PLT 1:30 - 3:30

A Few Logistical Updates

  • Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Implementation: This year, MEMS will be in the second cohort of Wake County schools implementing the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). MTSS, will help teachers work together more efficiently, use data more effectively and approach our work more strategically. The overarching goal is to improve the quality of instruction that every single child receives. The process of implementing MTSS begins with all of us taking a survey about our core beliefs about core instruction, intervention, data-driven instruction, and cultural proficiency. ACTION NEEDED: Please view this 2-minute video that will introduce the beliefs survey:
  • NEXT - TAKE THE SURVEY: After viewing the video, please complete this survey (should take approximately 10 minutes). Don't overthink it - go with your initial response! (NOTE: On the first page, it asks what grades you "teach"; if you are not a classroom teacher, you can skip that section. It will ask you at the end of the survey what your role is within the school).
  • MEMS Staff Taking Action! Join the Millbrook Team and take action to help find a cure for diabetes. Your $10.00 or more donation to JDRF entitles you to wear Jeans on Wednesdays during the month of October. You will also receive a Cure Diabetes wrist band to wear on Wednesdays and a sneaker with your name on it will be displayed on the Action Board. Sheri will have an envelope identified for JDRF in the office for you to donate. Also, the JDRF Walk will be held on October 24 at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Staff can go to the website to register for the walk and/or donate. The team is Millbrook Elementary and Karen Vettel is our team captain.

Learning Corner

Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens

As many of us are teaching units of inquiry around leaders, citizens, and world changers, this article highlights some important strategies around teaching empathy:

Habits of Discussion

Thank you for your very positive feedback about our Habits of Discussion overview PD session! There are two videos below to allow you to continue to watch it in action. One is a kindergarten guided reading group (from a Dallas, Texas public school). The second shows how these same strategies link with the Units of Study featuring one of the Teachers College staff developers, Amanda Hartman, teaching how students should have a book talk. We will continue to develop our roll-out of school-wide Habits of Discussion during the first week of October, with a follow-up on our October early release day. Thank you to all of you who have started trying out some of these strategies already! :)

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The Ensuing Accountable Talk Discussion of Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! (K-2)

New pep talk! Global goals...together, we're louder

Kid President - A Pep Talk for the World