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Week of April 4, 2016

Welcome Back!

I hope you had an awesome weekend!

Thanks Again!

Thanks again to all of you for your professionalism during our evacuation on Friday morning. I appreciate the feedback that was received and I continue to be thankful for how wonderfully you and our students handled the situation. You all made sure the evacuation went as smoothly as possible. A special thanks to Kristin for handling the evacuation details without me there. She did an awesome job in a stressful situation! In addition to the information below from our School Safety Plan, please also remember:

  • Take your RED safety folder (class list/#'s etc.)
  • You can dial "0" from any school phone in the building and it will ring directly to Kristin's phone in the office. No need to look for extension numbers in the event of a concern. Just dial "0".

In the even of a gas leak evaluation, though, do NOT:

  • Use your cellphone or classroom phone
  • Turn ANYTHING on or off - any small thing can cause a spark
    • fan
    • lights
    • heat/air
    • computers
    • ipads/ipods
    • the PA system

Fire and Explosion/Natural Gas

A. Warning System

    1. The automatic alarm is activated by the smoke detectors or from pull-stations. The back-up system will be the intercom or a bullhorn.

    2. The fire department is notified that an alarm has been activated through an automatic fire alarm system which rings direction to Alert Alarm, Inc. In addition, the principal or designee will notify the fire department via a phone call.

    3. The principal or his/her designee will notify the central office if the fire department is called to the school.

    4. The all-clear signal is a hand signal given by the principal.

B. Plan of Evacuation
    1. Evacuation routes for each classroom and activity area are indicated on the attached map.

    2. Evacuation notices are posted in each classroom or activity area on the wall by each doorway describing the evacuation route and any special instructions.

    3. If students are already outside, blow whistle and assemble students on the sidewalk south of the playground.

    4. Several times a year an exit will be blocked to provide practice for alternate routes.

C. Evacuation Procedures
    1. Each instructor using the room will review each semester the general instructions for a fire drill and any special instructions posted.

    2. Turn off all electrical switches and close the doors.

    3. Teachers take red emergency folder complete with emergency phone numbers for students, and emergency dismissal student sheets, and a pencil; check to see that all occupants have left the room and close the door. Students will be quiet and walk quickly. Exit through the nearest available exit door.Roll call will be taken as soon as students arrive at their designated “Safe Place”. If students all students are present, hold up the green side of your plastic sleeve. If you have extra students, or not all students, hold up the red side.

    4. Move all students to designated “Safety Zone” if necessary.

      • First United Methodist Church (465-1661) or Heritage Lutheran Church (464-2810).

D. Personnel Responsibilities
    1. The principal and staff will check designated halls, unused rooms, and restrooms prior to leaving the building.

    2. When possible the principal and secretary will take walkie-talkies and emergency kits with them.

    3. Teachers will count students and take roll for student location verification, as necessary, to account for all students under their supervision.

    4. The custodian will shut off utilities as appropriate and maintain and activate systems or equipment installed to prevent or control fires or fuel hazards.

    5. The principal will record fire drills on appropriate forms and forward a copy to the central office.

    6. Fire Department and EMS will be responsible for rescue and emergency aid.

End of the 3rd Grading Period

  • Please let me know if you want me to come to your classroom to pass out awards. Thanks to the office team for getting all of the awards ready to go last week!
  • AR Celebration-Let me know if you want me to take the kids who made their AR goals to a second recess. Students can also have a spin of the WOW wheel if you prefer.

HealthLink on Tuesday & Wednesday

There will be a HealthLink dental truck here this week. They will be parking on the blacktop on the playground. Students had information sent home and certain students have signed up for the service. Please be sure to let the kids know about the truck before they go out to recess. Thanks!

Collaboration Wednesday

District Grade Levels will be meeting this week. I will be with the 4th grade team at Flint Lake that morning.

4th Grade Orchestra Presentation on Wednesday

Our 4th graders will be heading to the high school at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday for an orchestra demonstration.

Firefighter Phil on Wednesday

There will be a presentation in the gym on Wednesday according to the following schedule:

K-2 1:45-2:15

3-5 2:30-3:00

High Ability Visit for Me on Thursday

I will be going with our high ability committee on a visit to Franklin Schools on Thursday. We will be leaving early and getting back late, so I won't be in the building that day. Please email or text if you need anything!

5th Grade Band Presentation on Thursday

Our 5th graders will be heading to the high school at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday for a band demonstration.

Our Next Faculty Meeting Will be Next Friday, April 15th

This is a change from the one originally scheduled for this Friday, April 8th.

PTA Movie Night on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

If you don't have any plans, you should wear your PJs on Friday night and come to our very own Central Movie Night!

Thought for the Week: Support Main Idea with Textual Evidence from K. Smekens

QUESTION: What is “evidence” of the main idea?

ANSWER: Standardized tests often ask students to identify evidence for a particular main idea. To teach students how to do this, first clarify three key terms.

  • TOPIC: The topic is simply the subject of the passage (e.g., panda or panda cub). The topic can be stated in 1-2 words.
  • MAIN IDEA: Although the topic is a couple of words, the main idea is always a sentence. It’s the most important or overall point the author is making. The topic (e.g., panda cub) is embedded in the main-idea sentence. But the rest of the sentence more narrowly reveals a specific facet or perspective of the topic (e.g., Panda cub is ready for public debut).
  • EVIDENCE: Evidence of the main idea includes the words, phrases, and sentences within the original text that repeat or reiterate the sentiment of the main-idea sentence.
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To model how to find evidence of the main idea, reveal a short newspaper article and its headline (e.g., “Panda cub is ready for public debut” from Tween Tribune). Clarify that the headline is a main-idea sentence as it’s what the passage is mostly about. Read aloud the article, pausing to highlight any reference to the panda, cub, ready, public, and debut (all the words from the headline). Any time one of those words—or a synonym—pops up, highlight it.
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After reading through the entire article, it may look something like this. Now Think Aloud and justify how the evidence you’ve highlighted supports the original main-idea headline (e.g., key points are repeated in different words, they exist throughout the article, etc.). Repeat the process with a second short newspaper article and its headline. Facilitate students finding evidence of the main-idea headline.

Eventually, challenge students to do both. Students will read an entire article. Then, they will reread it, stopping to highlight the repetitious words, phrases, and details. Using those words and phrases, they will craft a main-idea sentence inferring what the article is mostly about. Then, all those highlighted details become the evidence to support their main idea.