A Peek at the Week

October 21, 2018

Our School Family

As we continue to pray for Reggie and Michaele, let's committ to praying for our school, our kids, and each other daily.

"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you. " -L.R. Knost

What if we looked at the heart instead of the behavior?

Many of our students have experienced trauma and/or are experiencing trauma right this very minute. While we have high expectations and know that consistency is a must, let us remember this when we become frustrated because of student behaivor. We all become frustrated at times. But, when student's life stories come out and those stories break your heart into a million pieces, it is a critical reminder of the importance of relationships. When you find yourself frustrated with students for talking, not turning in work, failing assignments, being disrespectful, not being prepared, being unkind, etc., eat lunch with them in your classroom on a Monday or Friday when you don't have lunch duty (this idea is from one of our teachers who does this each week), pull them into your room before 7:45 for a conversation, and/or play with them at recess. Going out of your way to spend time with them can go a long way in solving many issues that cause you frustration.


For students who you know are dealing with trauma, a great way to release that trauma is through writing. Giving student's journals to write in that are safe from other's eyes is a good strategy to help when they may be carrying a heavy load.

Mindfulness Minute from Mrs. D

Write down, rip up, and throw away your stress: Have your students write down (or draw a picture of) something that is stressing or worrying them, rip it up, and throw it away. This emotional check-in takes about three minutes. By acknowledging how your students are feeling at the start of each class, you'll acknowledge their barriers to learning and create a safe space for your students to overcome them.


"Stress is not what happens TO us, it's our response to what happens."

Title One

I will be at the Title One conference Wednesday-Friday of this week.

Grades

The end of the nine weeks is Tuesday. Please plan to have your grades entered by 4:00 Thursday. Report cards will go home Tuesday, Oct. 30th.

House Presidents

Our house presidents from last year will be helping us interview potential house president candidates tomorrow afternoon. You will notice some of our fifth graders will be dressed in their best tomorrow to participate in these interviews. As you see them, encourage them! We are thrilled with the number of students who signed-up to run. The interviews will allow us to narrow the field to 3-4 per house. We will keep you posted on the top candidates, and when they will present their speeches.

The Best Way To Plan

As one of our own stated so beautifully Friday, if we teach our standards, we cannot go wrong! In planning all subjects, knowing your standards thoroughly, and pulling the best resources to teach those standards will ensure our students are being taught what is needed to grow our learners. :-) This means that one program or resource will not be all that is needed to help our students grow. Keep searching, reading, studying, and planning lessons that address your standards. This is the best way to plan!

Upcoming Dates:

Oct. 22nd: Presidential Interviews beginning at 12:45

Oct. 23rd: End of the first nine weeks, interventionists meeting at 10:00

Oct. 24th: Tech Tools during planning with Sarah

Oct. 25th: Grades entered by 4:00

Oct. 29th: Book Fair Begins

Oct. 30th: ALICE Drill, report cards go home, Fall Festival 5:00-7:00

Oct. 31st: Halloween

Nov. 1st: Begin Food Drive for House points

Nov. 5th-6th: No School :-)

Nov. 8th: Soup Night, Chorus will sing from 6:00-6:30, Soup will be served from 6:30-7:30

Nov. 9th: Guest teacher to model lessons for 3rd-5th

Nov. 15th: Last day for United Way contributions