Shawnee Trail Elementary

May 2, 2016


Join NEA and PTA in the 2016 #ThankATeacher Campaign!

Teachers give us so much. A boost of confidence when we really need one. Extra help when we’re having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. And though we know we can’t ever thank them enough, we can take a moment during National Teacher Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators in our lives.

Join NEA and the National PTA in saying “Thank You” by sharing one of the following on social media during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6:

  • A picture of yourself with your favorite teacher, past or present;
  • A picture of your child with his or her teacher;
  • A picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with a simple message saying Thank You to a teacher and why you’re thanking him or her.

Be sure to use the hashtag #ThankATeacher when sharing.
You can also share this graphic to spread the word to your friends!

Character Focus for May -Growth Mindset

Having a growth mindset means understanding that intelligence can be developed.

A growth mindset is a belief that we can get smarter through hard work and practice. This means that struggling with something difficult doesn’t mean you’re not smart—it’s a chance to grow your intelligence. Growth mindset is all about trying hard, using good strategies, and getting the help you need.

Growth mindset is a popular notion in the field of education right now, but it’s commonly misunderstood. It might seem like growth mindset implies that everyone has exactly the same potential in every domain, but that’s not quite true. Instead, growth mindset means everyone’s intellectual ability can always be further developed. Growth mindset is not about telling your students to never give up. A benefit of growth mindset is that it helps you stay motivated to stick it out when things are difficult, but telling students not to quit won't do that alone. You have to (truthfully!) convince kids that their efforts will result in increased ability (because ability can grow!) and remind them that they're learning when something is hard for them to do.

Tips for Introducing Growth Mindset

Say “yet”

When students say, “I can’t do this” or “I’m not good at this,” respond by adding the word “yet.” It reminds students that they have the potential that it takes to achieve hard goals.

Talk about the brain like a muscle

Students can think of a brain like a muscle that can be built up over time through exercise.

Don't Forget

Campus is closed for STAAR testing.
  • Monday, May 9th (3rd and 4th grade math, 5th math retakes)
  • Tuesday, May 10th (3rd and 4th grade reading, 5th math retakes)
  • Wednesday, May 11th (5th grade science)

Open House is THIS TUESDAY, May 3rd!

  • K-2 5:45-6:30
  • 3-5 6:45-7:15

Wednesday, May 11th

  • National School Nurses Day

Friday, May 20th

  • Field Day
  • Volunteer Appreciation Lunch (Shawnee Trail Library)

Thursday, May 26th

  • 5th Grade EOY Field Trip

Friday, May 27th

  • No School -Bad weather make-up day