Blue Haze Bulletin
Weekly Staff Newsletter 2/29 - 3/4
Printing and Copying
This is a very busy time of year here in the office. Our office staff members have multiple duties, so we need everyone to please take care of their own printing and copying needs. With such a large staff, we have a constant stream of students coming in throughout the day asking office staff for copies, stamps, envelopes or papers off the printer for their teachers. These students are missing instruction, and they often don't know what they're supposed to pick up. Please understand that our office staff must focus on their own tasks, especially during this busy time of year.
We thank you for your understanding and for taking care of your own administrative needs during conference or before/after school.
- If you want to use a short video clip (YouTube, Discovery Streaming, brain breaks) for an instructional purpose, be sure it is pre-planned in your team's lesson plans, and directly tied to a TEK.
- Full length films simply used for entertainment purposes should be saved for Friday lunches in the cafeteria, and special parties or celebrations.
To be consistent and to ensure proper instructional guidelines and parent support, any full length movie used for entertainment must be approved by the Principal one week prior to classroom use. Please contact me regarding approval.
- Consider having soft "school appropriate" music playing in your room during Open House...it often cuts down the awkward silence!
- Be sure your student work in the hallway demonstrates critical thinking, is recent (from February), and the TEK is clearly posted as well. If you are posting Writing Workshop products, consider placing the planning/rough drafts behind final copies to show parents the full process.
- K-2 could create a "Scavenger Hunt" of your classroom for students to use with parents, so they can show their parents around your room. Find my desk browsing box, cubby, our Problem Solving Model anchor chart, Paw Powers, etc.
- Think about creating a PPT with music/photos of learning throughout the year and have it playing on loop throughout the evening.
- The "spring cleaning" deadline is Spring Break, but I highly encourage you to have your room as clutter-free as possible.
- Have students' journals and current work out for display on desks.
- Be sure all anchor charts hanging in your room are recent and/or relevant. If you have some from the first weeks of school that no longer apply, consider taking photos of them and placing them in a binder for reference, or find a place to store them for student reference.
- Word Walls should reflect the vocabulary and learning from August until now. If you have a Word Wall with little to no words, parents, and I, will ask...why is it up there?
- Next to your sign-in sheet, maybe have an informational brochure or sheet on your current units or the "Why Your Child Should Read 20 Minutes a Night" article you can find online!
BHE Instructional Guidelines
The BHE Instructional Guidelines documents are the standards we will hold ourselves to starting in August. As the district pushes toward alignment from campus to campus, we must also align from grade to grade and classroom to classroom. The level of expectation for quality instruction and student product MUST be aligned. We are only as strong as the weakest classroom.
It's People, Not Programs
- How do you strive to build capacity in your team?
- How do you currently support district and campus initiatives?
- How do you handle crucial conversations?
- What steps have you taken this year to improve your own professional practice?
- What are your future professional goals?
Given the recent expansion of the principal role, teacher leaders can augment the school leader’s capacity to provide essential instructional guidance, by modeling effective practices, sharing best practices, mentoring, and collaborating with their peers. Teacher leaders also can take part in strategic planning to achieve better-informed decision making, shared ownership, and commitment to school and district goals. Finally, teacher leader roles can formally recognize professional expertise and accomplishment while providing teacher leaders with further opportunities for growth and influence (Curtis, 2013; York-Barr & Duke, 2004).
Food for Thought
"Google Proof" Questions?
Our goal is to raise $10k for books for our classroom libraries and leveled reading library! There will be additional incentives for out-of-state pledges! Please be sure you are including BOOSTERTHON information in your newsletters, sharing it out on social media, and talking it up to your students! If we can collect $10k just imagine all of the books we can purchase for our classrooms and students!
Blue Haze Running Club/Cowtown Cook Children's 5k
Dates and Events
Tuesday 3/1: BOOSTERTHON Fundraising Begins
Wednesday 3/2: Spring/Class Pictures, National Read Across America/Dr. Suess Day 2016, No Lesson Collaboration Team Mtgs (prep for Open House)
Thursday 3/3: Grade Level PLCs, Mr. Jenkins Calendar Mtg, All Staff, MPR 3:05 (15 or so min), OPEN HOUSE 6-7
Saturday 3/5: BHE's Craft and Vendor Fair 10-4
Tuesday, 3/8: Interventionist Mtg (Rescheduled), Conference Room 3:05, Life Skills Mtg, Johnson's Room 3:05
Wednesday 3/9: BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN (Times on Calendar), Staff Mtg MPR 3:05, Birthday Lunch/Potato Theme
Thursday 3/10: Grade Level PLCs, $1 50's Dress Up Day, BHE Sock Hop Dance 6-8
Monday 3/14-3/18: SPRING BREAK