Teacher Weekly

Saint Vincent de Paul Parish School

Greetings, Staff!

I hope each of you enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving break. It was nice to relax with family and friends, and thank God for the beautiful gifts we are blessed with. These next few weeks are sure to be a blur as this Advent season is upon us. Please be sure to continue to challenge and encourage your learners to do the best with any task they are given.

Kids at heart in Catholic education,

Maria

Random Acts of Kindness...

It all comes back around. Take a look.
Life Vest Inside - Kindness Boomerang - "One Day"

The Week's Notes

NEW TEXTBOOK COMMITTEE: Please email me if you are interested in serving on this committee. We will be meeting quite often to finalize decisions before Christmas break. This team will make building-wide decisions and help to choose an appropriately aligned textbook in the areas of Math, Language Arts/Reading, and Science. Our next meeting is Monday 12/8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Scullen Room if you are interested in attending. Thank you to those who have agreed to be on the committee! ALL ARE WELCOME.


ADVENT AT MORNING GATHERING: Each morning during this Advent season, we will have a special advent prayer and light our Advent wreath. We will conclude each Morning Gathering with the entire school singing 'O'Come O'Come Emmanuel' . I will have copies of the hymn for you at Morning Gathering tomorrow morning. Please bring these back with your for your class each morning.


DIOCESAN STANDARDS AND CURRICULUM: ELA/READING, MATH, SOCIAL STUDIES, AND SCIENCE standards and curriculum are on the S drive. Please feel free to copy these to your hard drive, usb, googledrive account, or print them out for your use. Let me know, or ask a colleague, if you have trouble finding the S drive.



SUBSTITUTE LIST: When calling for a substitute please follow the order on the sub sheet. The order is as follows: Sue Wigington, Doug Neumann, Walt Whitmyer, Ellen Barber, then Beth Shumaker.


STAFF HANDBOOK: Please take a look over your staff handbook; make sure you are meeting requirements including presentations of learning and newsletters, etc. There is a sign-off sheet in your mailboxes that you have read, reviewed, and understand the expectations as they relate to the handbook. Please turn these back into my mailbox by Friday, December 5th.


SPELLING BEE: Mrs. Fruits is in charge of the spelling bee for our school this year. In your mail boxes is the list of spelling bee words. First through fifth please learn and review these words and host your own spelling bee in your classrooms. Please do this by January 15th. If you could email the name of the winner to Mrs. Fruits, she will make a certificate that will be given during morning gathering that week of January 15th. If you would like more help like tests to help study just let me know. 6th through 8th will also be doing their own spelling bee in their classrooms but the winners from each class (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and maybe 5th) will be participating in a school spelling bee that we will host. 5th and 4th grade winning classroom learners will be invited to participate in the all-school spelling bee.We will have the rest of the school attend and watch the all-school Spelling Bee. One winner from middle school will be chosen to attend the Summit Spelling Bee!


SECOND QUARTER PROGRESS REPORTS: Progress reports will be mailed home beginning tomorrow.


EDLINE: The 2nd quarter expectation is that you are updating Edline on a weekly basis. The expectation, for parents, is that they are able to log on and see a current grade in the child's class without having to communicate with you. Please make sure you are meeting this expectation.


STAFF SERVICE OPPORTUNITY! UNITED WAY Our December Staff meeting will open with a message from United Way. All employees are asked to attend for a 10 minute presentation. Please mark your calendars.


MASS PARTICIPATION: Please practice the responses for the mass and expect to hear them during mass. I notice some learners (and even some teachers!!!) not participating at all. Please be sure you are expecting their best!

I CAN STATEMENTS

Take a look at another way to display I can statements in your classroom.
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THE WEEK AHEAD

Monday, December 2nd (3th Grade Representative for Daily Prayer)

NO SCHOOL FOR TEACHERS OR LEARNERS


Tuesday, December 3rd B DAY (3rd Grade Representative for Daily Prayer)

The Golden Spatula Award will be announced during Morning Gathering.

The A.R.P. recognition will be announced during Morning Gathering.


Wednesday, December 4th C DAY

NO PLC meetings Meeker out at Principal Meeting 1/2 day

Advent Prayer Service during Morning Gathering.


Thursday, December 5th A DAY

Advent Prayer Service during Morning Gathering.


Friday, December 6th B DAY

Advent Prayer Service during Morning Gathering.




LOOKING AHEAD:

Monday, December 8th: Textbook Committee @ 2:45 in Scullen Room

Sunday, December 14th: 8th Grade Breakfast with Santa @ 12:00 in Corrigan Hall

Thursday, December 18th: Christmas Performance @ 7:00 p.m. in gym.

Differentiated Instruction

Take a look at this flow chart. This is a sample that was in your evaluation folder at the last staff meeting. This is an example of differentiated instruction as it related to tiered activities.
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WHAT IS ADVENT?

Take a minute to watch this video and reflect on your life as it relates to the Advent season that is upon us.
What is Advent? Gangnam Style!

KINDNESS, CONNECTION, and EMPATHY

Take a look at this video. I would be proud to grow a 'Daniel' or the engineer who helped him out a long the way right in our own SVDP classrooms. GET MOTIVATED !!!!!
The Helping Hand - a story by Z. Murphy & L. Kranen

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

A few ideas for you to use in your classroom.
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