Grainwood Gab

A Celebration of the Week and What's Ahead!

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First Full Week

Whether it's baseball, tetherball or outdoor classrooms, this has already been a year to be outside at Grainwood. Elementary Admin met with Sue Mohn this week and she shared her vision for supporting each school, especially with outdoor learning. Please put the dates: September 29, October 11 and November 17 on your schedules and stay tuned as parameters around Sue's all-day visits to Grainwood take shape. Our ESTEM Committee will be meeting soon to finalize the details. (And, Kayla Stormo shared with me that the Junior Naturalists will be responsible for managing the needs associated with the outdoor classroom and the rain garden.)


Secondly, thanks to the BILT Committee and the work/input they have given so far into the development of our School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP). We met this past Monday, and will again next Monday (September 19), and should have a final first draft complete. At that point, Learning Team Leads can then share the document with Learning Teams on Wednesday, September 21. (The SCIP is located in the BILT folder in the GW Shared google folder for all to view.)


Lastly, arrangements for the additional second grade classroom are taking shape. Here is the progression of rooms that are affected...Andrea Hilgers and DAPE will be moving out of 261 and into the present Synergy space, Room 281. Becky Smith and Synergy will be moving out 281 and into 260 with Lisa Olson and Intervention. Most of these moves will be completed by Monday and then Sarah Middendorf can begin fixing up her new space!


Have a great weekend! And go Vikes or Pack (whoever you are rooting for!!!)

20-Day Twitter Challenge 2.0

Looking for a unique personal Q-COMP goal? Check this out idea out from Jessica McMahon as a launch for increased communication to families (and free marketing for your good teaching!)


I hope you’re off to a fabulous year! I would like to extend an invitation to participate in this year’s 20-Day Twitter Challenge. It starts October 3 and runs through November 2. Each work day you would receive one task to do on Twitter.

Who can participate? All PLSAS staff. This is not just for teachers. People who participated last year can do version 2.0 if they want a bigger challenge.

What do I receive for participating? Staff who complete all 20 challenges will be entered to win gift cards to locations such as The Pointe and Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant or even lunch with the superintendent. Licensed staff can also earn 2 CEUs for participating (that’s 6 minutes a day!).

Last year we had 80 people complete all 20 challenges. This is what they liked about it:

“Learning what other teachers are doing in their classrooms, sharing ideas, reading new research, connecting around the world and so much more!” “Thanks for a non-threatening way to learn a new tool.”

Not convinced? Check with Becky Gillette, Danaca Arnold, Jena Wagner, Kathy Castor, Malorie Schultz, Michele Perkins & Sara Anderson, who all participated last year.

To see the challenges, go here: http://bit.ly/plsas20

To sign up go here: http://bit.ly/1mfarPf