Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

January 4

Giving our students HOPE for a better tomorrow one skill at a time!


I am reading an amazing book, Culturize by Jimmy Casas. I will be sharing bits and pieces of this book as I read and grow myself.

Culturize: To cultivate a community of learners by behaving in a kind, caring, honest, and compassionate manner in order to challenge and inspire each member of the school community to become more than they ever thought possible.

"Everyone here has the capacity to lead, and everyone here is responsible for the culture and climate of your organization. No one person is responsible for determining your success or failure but you, and no one is responsible for your morale but you."

  • What action will you take the support our culture and climate in a positive way?
  • How will you set the tone for morale?

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PBS lesson

The focus this week is on how we address issues in our daily interactions. These are important lessons that will require some discussion with the class.

  • How will you set the tone for positive interactions in your classroom?
  • How will your response to students support positive relationships?

Our Second Steps. . .

I have listed below what SHOULD be the next lesson for each grade level. I will leave this the same for the next full week to allow time to review what is needed for PBS.

Kindergarten- Bullying - Lesson 4

1st grade - Bullying - Lesson 4

2nd grade - Introducing Emotional Management

3rd grade - Introducing Emotional Management

4th grade - Managing Strong Feelings

5th grade - Managing Anxiety

Character Trait for January is Motivation/Hardworking

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JCPS Difference Maker Recognition

Have a colleague who you would like to see recognized for making a positive difference? Here is the link to complete a nomination.

JCPS Foundation Grants

The Foundation Grants are open and available. What could you do as a team or what could we do as a school with additional funds to support a plan to support literacy? social/emotional skills?

Check out the grant applications to see what is available. Grant applications close January 14th. More details will come soon!

Morning Gym Duty

Jerry Ries

Briana Watson

Danielle McGeorge

Hallie Gaines

Have you nominated a colleague?

1 Teacher of the Year Nominations

Want to nominate one of our deserving educators for the 2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year award? Nominations are currently being accepted. The nomination window will close on January 9, 2019. Fill out the online nomination form here.

Educators eligible for this award include full-time, certified teachers, school librarians, guidance counselors or instructional coaches. You are welcome to nominate as many teachers as you would like. The nominated teacher must have five years of teaching experience, with two of those years being served in the Jefferson City Public Schools. For more information, call the JCPS Foundation at 573-659-3743 or click here.
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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 7

*iReady Math testing window opens (open until Jan. 18)

Tuesday, January 8

*Tier 2 meeting

Wednesday, January 9

*District admin mtg 8 - 11

*LW staffing 11:00 (Reece, Haugen, Spear, Hutchison, James, Lock)

*New Crew mtg 3:45 - 4:45 in library

Thursday, January 10

*Principal meeting 12 - 4

Friday, January 11

*5th grade Growing Up lessons 2:15 pm

Monday, January 14

*PLC team mtg 3:45

Tuesday, January 15

*PTO mtg 6:00

Wednesday, January 16

*Specials Collaboration 7:45 - 8:15

*Earthquake Drill

*Leadership Team mtg 3:45

Thursday, January 17

*Dental Visits

*1st grade literacy training 12 - 3

Friday, January 18

*PD day

Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

Looking for strategies to ignite the desire to learn in a reluctant learner? The article below will provide some ideas to get you started.
Weekly Collaboration Log

This is the link to a revised communication log for your team collaboration. The expectation is that your team will complete each week.