Principal's Update

January 11th - 15th

Wow, can you believe we're half way through another school year? I'd like to thank you for your hard work as we strive for continuous improvement.


This is a good time to self-reflect. I would like each of you to assess your strengths and areas for growth. I would like for you to upload a brief reflection in Canvas by Friday, January 22, 2016. Please think about the PLC journey and your progress for continuous improvement. Please share celebrations and let me know if I can assist you in any way.


Thank you Melissa Burroughs for the "Minds on Music" program! Starting the day with music definitely gets us the day off on the right foot.


MLK Holiday

Lesslie and Mount Holly will be sharing a table at the breakfast on Monday, January 18th from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. I have attended every MLK breakfast since The Community Relations Council began having this recognition thirteen years ago. The program is always up lifting. Please let me know if you would like a ticket to attend.


Feedback using Mosaic


Keri Beth and I will continue to use Mosaic to provide feedback that will support and improve instruction. Elementary Literacy and Math Walk-Through Observation tools have been developed to directly align to the District Literacy and Math Guides. The purpose of the observation tools is to strengthen Tier I Literacy/Math implementation by providing teachers with formative feedback to move them forward and confirm effective practices already in place. These tools, when used by the school/district literacy and math coaches, are not for evaluation purposes and should not be perceived as such. All data collected and feedback provided, from the observation tools, is emailed directly to the teacher and will only be viewed by the teacher and the coach. Data obtained regarding school-wide (not by teacher) . Implementation of the Literacy/Math Guides can be viewed and used by the principal to support SIP goals and ultimately student achievement If you have questions or concerns, please talk to us. We will be using data from observations as we meet for mid-year conferences.


Please review our staff expectations and the school handbook by Friday, January 29th. Both are in Canvas. I will send this as a discussion in Canvas.


Professional Learning Community Corner

Thank you to Michele Montgomery, Swanetta Hall and Delora Idehenre, for facilitating and planning professional development for our staff that supports our quest to becoming a Professional Learning Community. You each did a Yeoman's job of sharing and helping our staff grow. I am proud of the work that our teachers and staff are doing to meet the needs of every student at Lesslie. Our first Enrichment Day on Friday is going to be an exciting day for students and for you as you continue to identify learning essentials. Here is the tentative schedule for Friday:


8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.

K5 and 1st grades -Science with Kimberly Massey in the Art room

2nd and 3rd grades - Safety with the York County Sheriff's Dept. in the Music room

4th and 5th grades - Bullying with Dr. Kokolis and Keith Wilkes in the cafeteria


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

K5 and 1st grades - Literacy with Lisa Taylor and Melanie Westmoreland in the PE room

2nd and 3rd grades - Science with Kimberly Massey TBA.

4th and 5th grades - Safety with the York County Sheriff's Dept. in the cafeteria


Staff members will be in all sessions to assist presenters as needed.


Retention

If a child is being considered for retention, please give the name to Mrs. Schneider. Retention letters should go home in the report card. Please let us know once you've scheduled a parent conference. Keri Beth or I will sit in on the conference.


PTO

Please remember that PTO has allocated $200.00 to each grade level to offset the cost of field studies. One hundred dollars per grade level has also been allocated to assist students who are unable to pay for field studies.


Please plan to attend our joint PTO/SIC meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14th at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Pew will be sharing district information.


"Our school values learning, achievement, collaboration, and responsibility as cornerstones of our learning community."