Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

April 13

Moreau Heights is a collaborative community focused on student growth with a commitment to excellence.

PBS lesson

The PBS lesson for the next two weeks will focus on Looking At Things From Someone Else's Perspective.

Our Second Steps lessons this week will focus on the following:

Kindergarten will review Second Steps lessons.

1st grade will continue bullying lessons provided.

Grade 2 will continue bullying lessons provided..

Grade 3 will continue bullying lessons provided.

Grade 4 will begin bullying lessons provided.

Grade 5 will review Second Steps lessons.

Are you using Charger Cash to reinforce PBS expectations and Second Step skills?

- We want to use positive reinforcement to draw attention to what we want to see more of from our students.

- How do you make sure you are putting the focus where you want it?

- Are you remembering to use all your tools? Specific feedback? Charger Cash?

"You are a giant, yellow highlighter. Highlight behavior you want more of, and help children become aware of the many kind and helpful things they do each day."

Conscious Discipline - Positive Perspective

See the video below. As always, it is how we view things. You choose your perspective and your attitude.

What is your choice?

Duties for the Week

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Wanting Some Behavioral Support Ideas?

If you are wanting to set up a time to talk with Doug about behavioral interventions and support for a student in your class, please submit the form through the link below.
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Calendar of Events

Monday, April 16

*Librarian Appreciation Day

*Interagency mtg for LW (Hammann, James, Spear, Gentry) 8:30

*KH Staffing (James, Spear, Murray, Haugen, Treat, Reece) 2:15

*Leadership Team mtg 3:45

Tuesday, April 17

*2nd grade field trip

*Kindergarten field trip

*ELA MAP testing for grade 3, 4, 5

Wednesday, April 18

*ELA MAP testing for grade 3, 4, 5

*Author visit for specific grades 12:30 - 2:30

*DM IEP (Connelly, Dunn, Haugen, Lueckenhoff, Rackers, Lock) 1:15

*IM IEP (Treat, Haugen, McKim, Creamin, Reece) 2:00

Thursday, April 19

*ELA MAP testing grade 4

*TS IEP mtg (Gragg, Haugen, Fleming) 11:00

*Tier 2 mtg 3:45

*Kindergarten Open House 5:30 - 7:00

Friday, April 20

*PBS Assemblies

- 8:30 grades 3-5

- 9:40 grades k-2

*5th grade Growing Up talks 2:15

*Spring Sing/Art Show/Ice Cream Social 5:30 - 8:00

Tuesday, April 24

*Math MAP testing - grades 3,4,5

*BR staffing (James, Gragg, Haugen, Treat, McKim, Hammann) 1:15

*PBS team mtg 3:45

Wednesday, April 25

*Secretary Appreciation Day

*Math MAP testing - grades 3, 4, 5

*CM staffing (Haugen, James, Farmer, Weaver, Lueckenhoff, Gragg, McKim, Reece ) 9:15

*MO IEP (Treat, Haugen, Hammann, Gragg, Lock, Rackers) 1:10

*Problem Solving team 3:45

Thursday, April 26

*KM staffing (James, Steinman, Connelly, Sexton, Haugen) 1:15

*Teacher Appreciation banquet 6:00

Friday, April 27

*MAP incentive celebration 1:15

MAP Testing Schedule

This schedule shows what grades and topics are tested each day AND how specials are adjusted.

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1. Certified staff needs to complete their End of Year PGP Results and Summative, then submit it. When this is done I will set up a time to meet with you to go over your reflection and complete the process.

2. Please be sure that when you have any special events going on in your grade level, information about times and such are shared with our secretaries. They take many calls with questions that can be answered easily if we have the information.

3. Our next PBS Assembly is next Friday, April 20th. We will have one more chance in May to recognize students with our 3 awards in May, as well as presenting any special grade level awards for growth, effort, etc.

How to Overcome Negative Thoughts and Fear

"Do you struggle with Fear?"

Every hand in the audience went up when I asked the question.

"Do your negative thoughts come from you?"

Most said "Yes."

"Are you sure," I asked? "Who would ever choose to have a negative thought?" Eyes widened, some heads shook and a few people smiled. They were having an Aha moment.

I then explained that your negative thoughts don’t come from you. They come from consciousness. They pop in at random times or, for some, more frequently. They are like an unwanted surprise guest that show up at your front door to tell you how weak, unworthy, insignificant and incapable you are.

But here's the deal. Like any unwanted surprise guest you decide whether or not to entertain them. A thought’s power only comes from the power you give it. You don’t have to give your negative thoughts power. You can ignore them. You can see them for what they truly are: lies, lies, lies.

Always remember that just because you have a negative thought doesn't mean you have to believe it.

Fear is a liar and if you struggle with fear and negative thoughts, it’s because you believe the lies that they tell. Fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear looks and feels true but it isn’t.

Fear says you aren't strong enough, good enough, successful enough, wealthy enough, happy enough, smart enough, talented enough. Well, I say enough with fear. Instead, know the truth. You have everything you need inside you to be successful. You weren’t meant to be average. You have a desire to be great because you were created and born to go great things. You have a purpose. There’s a plan for your life. You may be going through a hard time now but the best is yet to come.

When fear and negativity pop in your head you can ignore them or speak truth to the lies. That's what I do and I was thrilled to hear that’s what the singer Jewel does as well. I was recently listening to an interview she did on The Finding Mastery Podcast and she said she makes a list of all the lies fear tells. Then she writes down the truth next to the lies. She said it has given her a lot of power and freedom.

It can do the same for you. There is a tremendous amount of freedom in knowing that negative thoughts are not coming from you. There's a ton of power in knowing that you don't have to believe the lies. You can know and live the truth and just keep moving forward with belief, optimism, faith and grit.

During the Australian Open Championship last year Roger Federer lost the first few games of the 5th and deciding set to Rafael Nadal. Federer said that at the time he thought “It’s probably not going to happen for me tonight.” A thought popped in and then it popped out. He didn't energize it. He just kept playing one point after another and eventually won the set and the match.

You can do the same. No matter what thoughts come your way, you have everything you need to accomplish your task. Thoughts will come and go but you just stay in the game and keep moving forward. The truth is that the best is yet to come. Do you believe it?

- Jon

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