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Week of February 1, 2016

Welcome to February!

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend and the heatwave!!

PBIS Universal Meeting Monday at 7:45 a.m. in the Lounge

Laura and Kristin will be at a 1st grade Canvas day, so we will meet briefly in the lounge.

Meetings for Jeanie

I will be out of the building on Tuesday due to an observation of a PLTW classroom at Bremen. I will also be in and out of the building on Wednesday because I will be working with the 4th grade district group on Canvas at the administration building. I will be back for our PBIS Assembly!

Speaking of Canvas...Nina, Laura, and I will be meeting with Cyndi this week to discuss how we can help everyone in our building experience success with Canvas. Stay tuned for details!

Collaboration Wednesday

Jim Martin from American Fidelity will meet with us in the lounge at 7:45. He said he will need 5 minutes or less of our time to talk about the upcoming DVR (Dependent Verification Review). You will then have the rest of the morning to collaborate with your team. I will be going to the administrative building that day to work with our 4th grade district level team on a Canvas work session.

Please note that the following two Collaboration Wednesdays will be online Smekens PD.

2/10 Increasing Scores on State Assessment in Reading

2/17 Increasing Scores on State Assessment in Writing

PBIS Assembly on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

I am excited to have the VU Soccer Team present during our assembly this month. I met with Coach MIke Avery to discuss his team's message called the #OneValpoPromise. It is powerful and fits perfectly with our PBIS theme this month: Celebrating Diversity.

Here is the video he shared with me, if you are interested in checking it out:

Our weekly goals this month are:

2/1 Join someone at recess and lunch who may be different from you

2/8 Learn a new fact about a friend

2/15 Learn a new fact about a different culture

2/28 Ask a friend if they know why they have the name they do

Data Days on Thursday and Friday

Thanks to all of you for making sure you have entered your data in preparation for our Data Day. I appreciate your patience with Skyward and the entering of information in the system. Special shout-out to Jill for helping to train us and schedule our days and to Laura and Kristin for sharing insights as well. I love our Central team! We will meet in Jill's room.

Here is our schedule:

Thursday, 2/4

K: 10:45-11:45

1: 12:00-1:00

Friday, 2/5

5th: 8:45-9:45

4th: 9:45-10:45

3rd: 10:45-11:45


Thought for the Week: Engaging Lessons vs. Test Prep: Can We Have Both?

"We can’t teach the exciting, memorable, mind-blowing lessons in class every day. But we can sometimes. And we can push our standard daily lessons a little in that direction." -Mitch Miller