March 30, 2017
Brooks School Bears are THINKERS and COLLABORATORS.
We CARE for one another and CELEBRATE each other.
Happy Spring Break! Thank you for your hard work and continuous smiles for the past grueling days!
After spending two days last week in training reflecting on our teaming practices as a professional learning community with Solution Tree, Fatima and I are excited to next year's focused work around Our Beliefs, Establishing Effective Teams, and Data Practices. Every ounce of energy we place into this work is directed at our ability achieve a high level of success for all colleagues and for all students. This work is truly a continuation of our past 5 years, however it is time to refresh and provide clarity of our purpose around the work we do at BSE. We will discuss this further at the April staff meeting.
Take a look at the "essential questions" below and I'll bet that almost all of you see this in your team agenda or discussions. The good news is that we have begun this work long ago and already on track for what the district expects from us as professionals. As always we strive to be reflective practitioners and desire to grow as professionals. Team leaders will provide further detail along the way as we head into the final months of school. Until then, enjoy the flowers, green grass and sunshine!
Remember...warm weather brings positive energy and positive energy brings JOY.
Keep the energy high for the kids all the way through. We've got this! Yes...Fatima chose the background for this update:)
Please take special notice of the survey link below in regard to grade level assignments for 2017-2018. This is your opportunity to share, so please do.
Welcome Mr. Kyle Warkentin to bse
It's almost time again for 3rd and 4th graders to "Show what they know" with ISTEP Part II.
4th graders will be testing April 17-21 and April 25-28.
3rd graders will be testing April 18-20 and April 25-27.
Rotation days remain the same.
Specials Switching will occur April 17-28 for 10 days in order to eliminate confusion.
The schedule is as follows:
9:10: Robinson 2, Beyrer, Cespedes
9:45: Valentine, Johnson, Masters
10:20: Arndt, Collab, Siwik
10:55: Gaudreau, Monkul, Kalustian
12:25: Anders, Dale, Day (no change)
1:00: Skaggs, Ziegler, Mulvaney
1:35: Symons, Robinson 3, Lothamer (recess overlap by 1 min)
2:10: Kussy, Stephenson, Smith
2:45: Murch, Porzuczek, Margolis
If there is a conflict overlooked, please communicate asap via email to Fatima Rich.
NWEA in May
Teachers should attempt to test on the days determined by team leads below but if needed, may adjust. Times are up to classroom teacher in order to coordinate with the Resource Team for accommodations.
Kindergarten: May 3 & 4
1st Grade: May 3 & 8 or 11
2nd Grade: May 1 & 2
3rd Grade: May 9 & 10
4th Grade: May 4 & 5
- The Ipad cart will be charged and available with extra Ipads.
- Questions or assistance needed, email Fatima to have an extra set of hands.
Farewell and Good Luck to Mrs. Killion
RTI Wrap Up for 2016-2017
Monday May 15 Grades K/1/2
Tuesday May 16 Grades 3/4
To sign up for your time - please click here and choose the correct tab for your grade level. *One student name per box (2 students for every 10 minutes...ish)
Thank you for your diligence with interventions, enrichments, and progress monitoring. All students receiving support in T2 or T3 for literacy, behavior, or math must be discussed these dates in order to continue services in the fall for the 2017-2018 school year. Many students will also be dismissed at this time and a celebration as NWEA scores will help determine growth from fall to spring. Please come prepared with the following:
- NWEA scores (fall and spring)
- AimsWeb notes (we will pull data up on screen)
- Patterns/changes noticed
- Plan for exit/continue service
- Current Assessments (F&P, Moby, Behavior Charts, etc.)
In of Honor Amy Krouse Rosenthal
On the morning of March 13th, the world lost a fantastic author, woman, and all-around spectacular human being when Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away from cancer. Amy was the Global Read Aloud picture book author for 2015 and was magnificent. Even though she had just been diagnosed with cancer and our plans had to change, she still answered tweets and questions from around the world. She was proud to be a part of this project and to see connections being made around the world. For the projects she didn't just participate but had to put her own stamp on it, creating the Global Random Acts of Kindness Week and the Glow Ball Read Dahl Loud day - this was Amy's genius; she saw the wonder in whatever she was a part of and wanted people to find more joy in the ordinary. I wept along with the rest of the world when the news of her death broke.
So in honor or Amy, the Facebook group created by Kirby Larson #MoreforAKR is asking all of us to celebrate her on what would have been her birthday April 29th.
You can celebrate any way you want, but I ask you to perhaps take a moment to read one of Amy's books aloud to your students, to purchase a copy of one of her books and pass it someone else so that Amy's life and mission is not lost to the world.
Launching INquiry Conference for all teachers and staff!
Wednesday, June 7th, 8am to Thursday, June 8th, 4pm
13000 Promise Road
Are you thinking about presenting? What are you proud of? How can you help other teachers with technology? HSE21? Literacy? Math? STEM?
You do not want to miss this event as a presenter or participant. We have had plenty of participation as both in the past and hope to do the same this summer! Mark your calendar now.
Want more info? Ask! Or visit here.