The CommuniGator

Leading in the Fast Lane!

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

-William Butler Yeats


I just need to meet with all staff members for a 10-minute quick meeting right after school today. I need to update you on a few things and would prefer to do it in person if possible.

Bonnie Enfinger was hospitalized at the end of last week with colitis but is home now recovering. She will be out at least through Thursday.

Your displays look amazing and your classrooms do as well! Please have a colleague check your room before your Back to School Open House Night. It is always a great idea to have someone look at your room with a critical eye. Please make sure you have work up for EVERY child. I know you will be awesome.

Thank you for the best Grand Gator Days ever---to our cafeteria staff - thank you so much for doing the impossible and to our staff who made all our families feel so valued and appreciated. Thursday and Friday were HUGE deposits with your families. Please feel free to dress down Thursday and Friday as a thank you for going above and beyond.

We will have a lot of staff out on Wednesday and Thursday for our 7 Habits training. Thank you for doing whatever needs to be done to help us keep the Combs boat afloat.

Please advertise John and Jane Covey coming for our Parent Education Night on October 24 from 6-8:30 at Meredith College. More information to follow. Just ask our parents to save the date.

I would like to ask all staff to please make plans to attend the October 24 event at Meredith College. Given that this is the biggest parent education night we have ever hosted, I would like for all staff to be there. Please let me know if you are unable to attend.

We will have a Lighthouse Team meeting next Tuesday, September 27th from 3:30-5:00. Please plan accordingly.

Observations are up and going. The expectations are the same whether it is a 20-minute observation or a full blown. This will be the only time that observations will be announced this year.

We will soon have a Facebook page up and running for the school! It is a great way to communicate with parents and the community. - Erin Markusen

Just a reminder that Kari's baby shower is Tuesday, September 20th. We will have everything set up and ready to go by 11:30am in the lounge. Please stop by at lunch or during your planning for a fun snack. Fingers crossed she doesn't have the baby before then!

- Jennifer Cline

Our school superintendent, Dr. Merrill, will be here on Tuesday, September 20. Please be prepared for him to stop by. He will be here sometime Tuesday morning.

The Media Center will be closed for Open Circulation on Monday morning and will be closed again from 11:00-12:15 on Tuesday.

Kelly, Juley, Cortney and I are dividing up responsibilities for Back to School Open House Night. Kelly will be here on Monday, Juley on Tuesday and me on Wednesday.

I have an all day principals’ meeting on Thursday and will be out of the building for a quick meeting at Central Office on Friday morning from 11-12:30.

Just a reminder, sub plans are due on Friday, September 23.

5th Grade MUM orders are due Monday, September 19 to the mailroom. Please email parents a reminder that pick up for all orders will be Thursday, Sept. 22 from 3-7pm and Friday, Sept. 23 from 9-12pm.

Thought for the week:

If someone anonymously followed you around for 30 days what 3 values would they say you embodied?

Please send us pictures to tweet out or to include on the website. We are really trying to improve communication with you and our families. Thank so much for showcasing all the great things that are going on in your classrooms.

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Upcoming Events


September 19

  • 1st/4th Curriculum Night 6-7:30

September 20

  • Dr. Merrill visits at 10:00
  • Principal of the Year panel 11:15-12:15
  • 2nd/5th Curriculum Night 6-7:30
  • Fall Pictures
  • Kari's Baby Shower

September 21

  • K/3rd Curriculum Night 6-7:30
  • 7 Habits Training
  • Happy Birthday Jennifer Cline!

September 22

  • All day Principal Meeting
  • 7 Habits Training

September 23

  • Sub Plans Due
  • Happy Birthday, Leslie Watts! (Saturday)


September 26

  • AIG Meeting
  • mClass window closes
  • Parent Education - Literacy Night

September 27

  • Lighthouse Team Meeting
  • MTSS Training

September 28

  • Cultural Arts Assembly

September 29

  • Spelling Bee slips due
  • Happy Birthday, Mim Dyer!

September 30

  • Interims Home
  • Early Release
  • Happy Birthday, Kelly Brown!
  • Happy Birthday, Ashley Landis! (Saturday)