Westview Weekly

Success for all, whatever it takes!

Issue 17: November 30-December 4, 2015

Welcome back!


Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on all of our blessings and show gratitude to all of those around us whom have influenced our lives. I thank each of you for the influences and joy that you bring to my life.


I hope that you enjoyed your well-deserved break from work and took time to spend it with family/friends. From all the pictures I saw on Facebook, it appears as though you took advantage of this time!


The Harmon's were able to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal, watch more football than one could imagine, and partake in some Black Friday shopping all while potting training Colby. Let's just say this was not the most relaxing Thanksgiving ever! However, we made lots of memories, and they by far outweigh the frustrations of being a parent to a toddler.


As we move forward through the remainder of the upcoming holidays, this time of year can also bring upon stress and unease for ourselves, our students, and their families. As you go through this week, be mindful of your interactions, and I challenge you to share a point of gratitude with each person you encounter.


Wishing you many blessings this week!

Blessings,

Brandyn

The 5 Days of Jeansmus

I know you are all eagerly anticipating the upcoming Christmas break, and Rita and I wanted to give you an early present!


Please enjoy a week's worth of jeans and holiday attire during the last week before break.


Monday, Dec. 14 - Holiday Colors

Tuesday, Dec. 15 - Holiday Movie Character

Wednesday, Dec. 16 - Holiday Accessories (Santa/Elf Hats, Reindeer Antlers, Holiday Socks/Ties, Holiday Jewelry, etc.)

Thursday, Dec. 17 - Ugly Holiday Sweater

Friday, Dec. 18 - Snow Day Attire (PJs)

Assessments

Developmental Reading Assessment - Students in kindergarten and 1st grade will be taking the DRA this week and next. Grade levels have created schedules to meet their individual needs.


Scholastic Reading Inventory - Students in grades 2-5 will take the SRI over the course of the next two weeks. Please plan to utilize the upstairs lab, library sets of iPads, or student iPads to complete the assessment.


You can sign up for the lab here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bI-EI6PVhG7KorhLd3vUMHZC8EY3HgfBM65FrOSuZS8/edit#gid=1938283989&vpid=A1


Acuity Form B (ELA & Math) - Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the Acuity assessments this week utilizing student iPads and the upstairs lab. Each grade level created their own scheduled based on their individual needs.

Team Meetings

Due to last week's short week, combined with the variety of assessments being administered this week, please utilize this week's team meeting time as your grade level sees fit. This time can be utilized to work on the Unit of Instruction, score and enter assessments, etc.


Please email me and Rita your grade level's plan by Tuesday at 4:00.

PLC - Wednesday

We will meet in the gym at 3:00 for approximately 10 minutes to share celebrations and determine each grade level/department's needs on the UOI before returning to classrooms to work.


The remaining time will be utilized to collaborate with your grade level on the UOI to plan lessons and complete each of the elements as time allows. Rita, Jessica, and I will be available to your grade levels during this time.

A Look Ahead

December 2015

4 - Principal's Diners Club (Grades K-2 @ 11:00 & Grades 3-5 @ 11:45)

8 - El Maguey Fundraiser Night @ 5-9 pm

10 - 3rd Grade Music Performance @ 6:30 pm

14 - Faculty Meeting @ 4 pm

14 - PAWS Meeting @ 6 pm

14 - BOE Meeting @ 7 pm

15 - Projected arrival of Baby Harmon #2

17 - Winter Parties (Grades 3-5 @ 9:30-10:15 & Grades K-2 @ 2:30-3:15)

18 - Early release at 11:53 am / End of Q2

Happy Birthday to You!

December

3 - Leslie Maddox

3 - Jennifer Paulson

16 - Holly DeLeon