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Spring Shadows Elementary Wildcats Staff Newsletter

September 19th- September 23rd, 2016


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Dearest Wildcats,

Congrats on your fourth week completion of school!

We have our next big event coming up on September 22nd. On this day, we open our house up again and our kids can show their parents around school. Please read the "Open House" section and get prepared for this event. I have also sent all of you a google doc entitled OPEN HOUSE that explains everyone's duty. Together we make our kids experiences GREAT!

Also, some of you have been invited to the Mentor/Buddy Cafe on Monday- this is a relaxing little cafe where you can ask any question you have, prepare for something, or just sit down and have a Keurig coffee and a snack. Look out for the invitation sent out by Mrs. Luna.

As we look ahead, if you haven't already done so, please sign up for Dr. Muri's Staying Connected Visit for Tuesday, August 27th at 3:30-4:30. There will be no afterschool on this day.

Finally, the Taco Truck Man needs more business. If we want him to keep coming on Thursdays, he needs us to buy more from him. If he doesn't drum enough $$ from us- well, he is moseying on over to more profitable pastures. So, buy a taco or tamale. He usually arrives from 7:00-7:30.

Otherwise, keep doing your best everyday and remember- ask, ask, ask.

If you need our assistance, please let us know!

Thrive with Wildcat Love,

Rachel & Cindy


Week A

Monday, September 19: Texans Win! $2 Texans Shirt and Jean Day

  • K-1 Kathy Richardson Math Assessment
  • GT Referrals
  • Spiral Day
  • 8:30- United Way
  • 3-4 Afterschool
  • 2:45-3:45 Mentor/Buddy Cafe

Tuesday, September 20

  • 7:30-8:30: K Extended Planning
  • K-1 Kathy Richardson Math Assessment
  • GT Referrals
  • 3:00 Nurse Meeting
  • 3-4 Afterschool

Wednesday, September 21: University T-Shirt Day/

  • 7:30-8:30: 1st Extended Planning Day
  • 8:30- United Way
  • K-1 Kathy Richardson Math Assessment
  • GT Referrals
  • 9:00 ILT Meeting
  • 9:30 United Way with 2nd Grade
  • 2:45-4:00; Team Leader Meeting in the Conference Room; The rest of staff works in rooms until 4:00.

Thursday, September 22: PLC Day- Thursday Taco Truck Day/Wildcat Shirt/Jeans for Open House

  • 7:30-8:30: 2nd Extended Planning Day
  • Progress Reports Printed (Cindy)
  • K-1 PLC with Susan S.
  • 2-5 PLC Time; Adding Specials to PLC
  • GT Referrals
  • OPEN HOUSE 3:45-6:00 p.m.

Friday, September 23: Wildcat Spirit Day

  • Rachel Off Campus in the AM
  • Progress Reports Go Home in Friday Folders
  • Parent Cat Tracks October News Due in Sweden by 4:00 p.m.
  • GT Referrals


This week:

Deadline Windows

Aug. 23-Sept. 30

Gr. K-1 Kathy Richardson Math Assessment: Need more info? contact Noe Hernandez.

Gr. K-5 BOY DRA/EDL: Questions?- Contact Zulma Cadena and Katie Gentry.

Sept. 1-Oct. 31

GT Referrals: Teachers-please get with Demetra Rushing to refer students for the Gifted and Talented Program. Parents may also refer their child to be tested.

Instructional Specialists & Librarian Message


Thank you for your time and attention during PLC time this past Thursday. Lesson planning is a huge part of preparing for your class. We hope you each were able to take away some tools or ideas for planning time. Here is a link to the Guiding Questions for lesson planning. Each of you has so many wonderful ideas. Use your collective greatness. Keep up the good work!

- Katie, Noe, and Zulma

Library News!

We have a Scholastic Book Fair Sept 19th through Sept 23rd in the library. The children will be going through during their normal library time.

Open House 2016

Super Hero Passport for Success!

3:45: Introduction of ALL staff report to the Cafeteria for presentation (Wear Your Black T-Shirt) Organize yourself by teams as you will be introduced to the community in this order: Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, SPED, SPECIALS, WELLNESS, ILT, CNS, CUSTODIAL, OFFICE ADMIN.

4:00: As your names are being called, you line up on the stage and we will announce you. You will shout out your Super Hero Word and wave and exit to report to your classrooms.

4:00-6:00: Families will have access to various areas in our school with a passport you will give them. If they have visited all areas- they are able to submit their passport ticket to win one of 20 backpacks filled with school supplies/books or the grand prize of 1 big Super HERO basket that will be raffled at 5:45 p.m. Students guide parents through the school for a passport of events through the campus (1) Tour of Classroom & Visit with Teachers/ Departments (2) Title I/ Parent Volunteer/ PTA (Library) (3) Scholastic Book Fair (Library) (4) Spirit Store and Wildcat Cafe.

A detailed duty schedule has been released on google entitled OPEN HOUSE.

Teachers- Please see below what other schools have done as far as presentations that loop or are flipped for parents: I especially like the Specials video!

Superhero kind of Year!

This month we are focusing on the character trait- "Patience.."

Take time to read any of these read aloud books that focus on patience during English Development time.

Students who are patient are:





Teach the importance of patience by:

...waiting your turn in line without complaining

...setting a goal and showing endurance while working towards that goal

...putting together a 100-piece puzzle

...discussing things you have to wait to do


Being patient means being able to practice self-control.

Being patient means being calm when things don’t go your way.

Being patient means waiting for your turn.

Being patient means not complaining or whining while you endure a tough situation.

Being patient means you don’t give up, and you keep trying.

Being patient means putting off immediate pleasure or desire for some future gain.

Being patient means being able to forgive others and yourself.

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