Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 3/11 - 3/15

Put Students First • Seek Growth • Be Open to Change . Do Great Work Together • Value Differences

Principal's Message for the week:

It was after my fourth listen and learn that a strong characteristic about CFES was quickly emerging, The Farm is a Family. This trait has been felt many times this year, but not as strong as it has over the past couple of weeks. As a staff and as individuals, our families and ourselves have gone through some very difficult life events. I felt myself stopping often and looking at Mrs. Porter and saying that I just want to wrap my arms around our entire staff. However, in true Christopher Farms fashion, everyone has rallied around each other without hesitation or skipping a beat. Mrs. Porter and myself value and appreciate all that you do not only for our students but for each other. Thank you for being each others' shoulder to cry on, being each others' extra 20% when they weren't at their 100% or just being there to listen and laugh.

Here's to the sun shinning and warmer weather!


Shout Outs

Shoutout to the 5th grade teachers making faces and waving their hands so that our Pre-K kiddos would look at the camera for our class picture! You guys are the best! #weneededallthehelpwecouldget - Stacey and Lisa

Second grade, it’s been a rough week. Thank you for your support. XO - Danielle

To my lunch bunch, thank you for making me laugh. - Danielle

Rockstar Love – working with you is truly a hoot!!! - Megan Z.

Spanish Team – you work hard to make our school special! Way to go on Friday night!!! - Megan Z.

Mrs. Debra – I smile every morning when I unlock the door to my room and see my space sparkle! Thank you!! - Megan Z.

Shout out to Grade 3 for the BEAUTIFUL hallway displays! - Jenny R.

Shout out to Tennys for inviting another teacher in her classroom to observe kindergarten math centers. It was a great experience! Jenny R.

Thank you Jenny Rockwell for providing us with games and ideas to use in our math centers. You rock!! - Debbie H.

If you have any shoutouts, please send them to Ms. Backer and Mrs. Jacobs by Thursday.

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Mar. 11th - Mar. 15th

Monday, March 11th

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:20p Newspaper Club (Innovation Lab)

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

· 5p - 9p Chipotle Cashola

Tuesday, March 12th

· 3rd grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:30p Talent Show Practice (Cafeteria)

· 3:00p - 4:00p PBIS Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, March 13th


·1st grade PLC

10:30a - 12:30p Schoology Training at Plaza Annex

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

· 2:40p - 4:30p Talent Show Practice (Cafeteria)

Thursday, March 14th

· 5th Grade PLC

· 8:30 - 10:30 Mrs. Porter out of the building

· 2:40p - 4:00p Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34/ Computer Lab/ Rm 38 Art Room)

· 4:30p - 6p Meet & Greet/ Transfer Fair

Friday, March 15th

· 4th Grade PLC


Mar. 18th - Mar. 22th

Monday, March 18th

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 7a - 4:30p Sentera Mobile Mammo Van

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

· 2:45p - 4p SCA Meeting (Cafeteria)

Tuesday, March 19th

· 3rd grade PLC

· 9:30a - 12:30p 4th & 5th Grade Kellam Field Trip

· 2:40p - 4:30p Talent Show Practice (Cafeteria)

· 3:00p - 4:00p Faculty Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, March 20th


·1st grade PLC

· 8:20a - 1:25p Achieve 3000 w/ Sandy Ballard

· 9a - 12p 5th Grade Histories and Haunts (5th grade Classrooms)

· 9:30a - 12:15p 2nd Grade Kellam Field Trip

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

· 2:40p - 4:30p Talent Show Practice (Cafeteria)

Thursday, March 21st

· 5th Grade PLC

· 8:30a - 2:30p 4th Grade Jamestown Settlement

· 3p - 4p PTA Meeting

· 2:40p - 4:00p Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34/ Computer Lab/ Rm 38 Art Room)

· 2:40p - 5p Eco Club (Cafeteria)

Friday, March 22nd

· 4th Grade PLC

· 9:15a - 11:15a

· 6p - 8:30p Talent Show (Landstown Middle School)

Colts Pride in Action

As part of our purposeful work to design a school culture where our PRIDE is encouraged and celebrated, each week a staff member or group of staff members will be highlighted for demonstrating one aspect of P.R.I.D.E

MAJOR Kudos to our Spanish Immersion Teams! Together, they wanted to create a night that was student centered and based around current PLBs and science units. WOW! They knocked it out of the park! Each classroom was led by students, the depth of science knowledge was strong, and the students rocked out their Spanish. Kudos to all of you for taking a risk and trying something new with our students at the center. Just one minute with a student who was participating in this night and you could feel their engagement and excitement.

PBIS Tip of the Week -

The students are tired and you are tired. The students are stressed and you are stressed... What can you do about that? Think about how you respond or react when you are tired, stressed, or frustrated. Now consider how a child might respond. With that in mind, consider what you can build into your day to support students. Consider adding more breaks between transitions... even in the upper grades. How many brain breaks have you built into your schedule knowing that students are a bit more antsy this time of year? While time is always a concern... keep in mind that you lose time when you have to constantly redirect students. Be proactive about it and build in a Go Noodle or Just Dance video to get students moving periodically. You might find you actually gain more focused time in the long run. - I've embedded a Just Dance brain break video below for your convenience. Give it a try.

Colt Tracker

It is back in action! Keep using them for tracking those major and minor behaviors.
Don't forget about trying out our Colt Tracker!

This link will, also, be in our handbook along with our flowchart!

Staffing Updates

  • We welcome Mrs. Otero back to fill in for Mrs. Doyle as she is out on leave. ALso, Mr. Bellamy has resigned and we will be actively looking for hire a replacement to finish out the year.
  • March 11 - Online registration deadline for Transfer Meet and Greet event for all voluntary and priority transfers who wish to attend.
  • March 14 - Transfer Meet and Greet event at Green Run HS from 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • March 22 - Ms. Backer may submit recommendations for vacancies.
  • June 27 - Last date by which principals can make hiring recommendations from other area school divisions (Region II) – Teachers currently under contract with neighboring school divisions must resign from those divisions before 5 p.m. on 6/27.
  • July 15 - Last date teachers may voluntarily transfer without approval from HR and a Senior Executive Director or Director for School Leadership.

Maker Space Jump Ropes for Tanzania

Calling all 3rd-5th grade students and their parents! We will

be making jump ropes out of trash bags to send to an orphanage in Tanzania. Students will come down to the library for 20-minute sessions to work on making them.

Teachers, I hope you will also jump on board with this project by setting aside times for your students to come down to the library to work on this. I will begin by training a group of 4th graders during the Fun Friday PE in conjunction with May Robertson and the “Jump Rope for Heart” program. I will work with Mrs. Zajac to train a group of 5th graders during her Power Hour rotations on Thursday. The 4th and 5th grade students, along with parent volunteers, will then train the 3rd grade students.

Pictured to the side is an example of what one of the jump ropes looks like and they are surprisingly sturdy considering the materials they are made out of. We are hoping to make between 50-60 jump ropes by the end of May.

Important Notes regarding the choice PLP classes.

There has been a change to the process for publishing choice professional learning sessions for teachers. As part of the Professional Learning Program (PLP), instructional staff, including teachers, counselors, and specialists, engage in both essential (required) and choice professional learning sessions. In previous years, the majority of sessions for the upcoming school year were released for registration at the same time during the first week of May. This official launch and registration day was intended to enable staff to plan their professional learning for the following year so they could ensure they met the 22-point requirement. With the elimination of that requirement, the publication of choice sessions can be ongoing, released for registration throughout the year to allow staff to better make decisions based on their schedule and needs at that time, rather than registering for sessions months in advance. Essential sessions, however, will continue to be published with an official launch day of May 2.

  • Publication of choice sessions will occur throughout the year in Frontline.
  • All Essential sessions will be published and opened for registration in Frontline May 2. Additional information will be shared April 25 via a principals’ packet memo.
  • It is vital that profiles in Frontline be set to accurately reflect the current teaching assignment and to allow notifications. This ensures that as relevant sessions are added, an email notification will be sent. Attached directions are provided below to assist in setting up individual profiles.

If staff members need assistance with setting their Frontline profiles, please direct them to call the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation at 263-6972.

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Career Day

Christopher Farms Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day on our school campus Thursday, March 28th from 8:00-10:00am. We are looking for men and women from a variety of occupations to share their careers with our students. If you know anyone who would be interested in participating please have them fill out the form below and return it to Mrs. Yoshida


3/8 - Barbara Steinel

3/10 - Holly Virella

3/11 - Whitney Sinnen

3/12 - Claire Love

3/12 - Megan Bullard

3/13 - Amy Goodman

3/24 - Wende Phillips

3/26 - May Robertson

3/30 - Tasha Prosha

Important Links from the principal packet

Our students were SO excited to present their science knowledge!

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Science coming alive in our SI classrooms

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Our classrooms were standing room only!

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The Oobleck sounded like a great idea...

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Keep these coming!

Please check out our form below to see how Mrs. Porter and myself will be celebrating our students and continuing our positive culture and environment.