Derby Daily

February 15-19

The Week at a Glance:

Monday, February 15th: No School! We Salute our President's Today!


Tuesday, February 16th: #CelebrateTuesday

I am on the road this morning! I am out of the building as our house in Bowling Green sold and we are signing the final papers. I am hoping to be back by 12:30 p.m. I am a text away if you need anything!


Faculty Meeting 3:45 p.m. Agenda below


Wednesday, February 17th: Spelling Bee Fun! See you in the Cafeteria at 2:00 p.m.


Join us in as our learning continues with TLIM book study 3:45 p.m.


Thursday, February 18th: Data Team Meetings today!


Join us tonight for our FSP Meeting it is going to be catered and Mr. Tilley will be joining us to discuss the State of CoMo Public Schools! 6:00 p.m. sharp!


Friday, February 19th: Strapping on the feedbag once again! Foods We Love Carry In!


3-5 Distinguished Dragon 2:30 p.m.


In preparation for P/T Conferences we are printing grade cards today!

Upcoming Dragons Events:

February 24-25 Parent/Teacher Conferences...we were so close let's make it 100%

February 22-25 Progress Monitoring this week!

February 24th Dragon Tales Submissions Due

February 25th February Principal's Birthday Lunches

February 25th Morning Gathering! 8:30 a.m.

February 26th No School! Thank you for your work to ensure 100% of P/T Conferences

March 2nd BLT Meeting 3:40

March 3rd Fire Drill

March 3rd Derby Dine 6:00 p.m.

March 3rd FSP BOE Meeting 6:00 p.m.

March 4th K-2 Distinguished Dragon Assembly

March 7-11 Progress Monitoring Week

March 8th Columbia Regional Spelling Bee

March 9th Morning Gathering featuring Dr. Stiepleman and the Dragon Fire Choir

March 9th Special Faculty Meeting 3:45 p.m.

March 10th Learning Target discussions during planning

March 10th Kindergarten Registration 4:30-6:30 p.m.

March 11th 3-5 Distinguished Dragon Assembly

March 11th Chuck E Cheese Family Night for DRE

March 14-18 Food Drive

March 16th TLIM Book Study 3:45 p.m.

March 17th FSP Meeting 6:00 p.m.

March 18th Principal Birthday Lunches

March 18th Spring Pictures

March 18th Grade Level Off Site Walks

March 21-25 DRE Spirit Week

March 21-25 Progress Monitoring Week

March 22nd FACULTY MEETING: Notice the date change!! Dr. Stiepleman will be in attendance

March 23rd Dragon Tails Newsletter Items Due

March 24th DATA TEAM Meetings

March 24th Fancy Lunch

March 28-April 1st Spring Break

April 4-8 Progress Monitoring Week

Drop in the Bucket:

Compass Teams....awesome! A Tip of the Hat for the amazing discussions! Thank you for the collaboration and the honest and open way you all shared! Thanks for keeping your eye to the vision!


Thanks for our Learning Target Discussions! Powerful discussions of our hearts! Thanks for working to focus our efforts and look to our criteria chart discussions and the dynamic feedback collaboration that is happening and all that is to come! Can I get an OoOh, Yeah!


Kudos to Tricia and the crew! I can't wait to get a look at the results! Thanks for setting up the survey to raise our communities voices! Job Well Done TEAM DRAGON, Job Well Done!


Incredible parties and buddy day fun! The smiles, the laughter, the fun--thanks Student Leadership and our whole Dragon Family for spreading the love! Thanks for unleashing the creativity by creating the boxes/bags and for the games and so much more--the spirit of community is alive and well at DRE!


CandyLand fun--thanks for the donations, thanks for the teamwork, thanks for giving and giving more and more of your time and talent! Our family is blessed--from the Sweet Success Boxes to all that is CandyLand! Take a Bow DRE for a job well done!


What a GREAT celebration with our Secret Cupids! Thanks Team Community for the coordination to make it all come together! I know my Secret Cupid did an amazing job showering me with friendship, chocolate, goodies and much, much more! Thanks a million!

February 16th: A Learning Afternoon

Agenda Items for our Learning Afternoon!


Let's Synergize for Parent Conferences! We will begin PROMPTLY at 3:45 so bring your P/T Conference schedules and Let's GET 'ER Done!


K. Williams needs a little time to share!


Round and Round for Learning!

Enjoying some TANG! Greg Tang! Thank you Clarissa James, Laura Buddemeyer and Jill Walters for leading our learning!


We will then go to rotations for learning tips from Frank Kros and ST Math! What an amazing learning afternoon!

February 17th: Spelling Bee

Thanks Ms. Ristau for your leadership!


Here are the details: Spelling Bee is Feb. 17 from 2:00 - 3:15 in the cafeteria. We ran long last time so I would love for fourth and fifth grade to bring their backpacks so we can go all the way to 3:15 if we need to. All of fourth and fifth grade come to watch. There will be four champions and one alternate from each fourth and fifth grade class. Competing champions need to meet me on the stage at 1:45. Last year third grade all came to get them exciting for participating the following year.


Looking forward to an amazing C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-O-N!

Appointments Ahead: MidYear Checkins

Appointments are being sent out as you read....I am thinking our discussions will take approximately 30-45 minutes


Agenda items for the meetings

State of your world discussions (email attachment to guide our conversations)

PeP progress

Summative Discussions


Looking forward to our amazing discussions! Let me know if you have questions! Excited to check in and all the powerful collaborative conversations ahead!

February 18th: Data Meeting Fun!



March meeting is set for....March 24th

May Data Summit: May 16th and 17th



The Word on DRA and ELL:

Can we focus on verbal answers for ELL friends versus written....the answer is YES!!!


Words from Becky Stanley:

I always ask teachers to think about their purpose for the assessment. The “levels” are designed to help you identify where to start teaching. The written summary is just another way to assess the summary skills and writing ability for the “average” student at that level. If you want to know that the students can read & orally respond to the comprehension questions to then start your reading instruction, that is perfectly fine. ELL and special ed students have flexibility in their programming and sometimes need the same in their assessment. Use the assessment for what you need it for and be satisfied it is meeting your instructional needs.


Questions? Please don't hesitate to ask Me (Kristi Shinn) or Cindy Hutchinson

Parent/Teacher Conferences: We will make 100%

Save the DATE! WE will synergize! We are coming together at the beginning of the February STAFF meeting to plan our family conferences!


We are printing off Grade Cards on February 19th!


I can't thank you enough for your commitment to our 100% goal! Please don't hesitate to let us know how we can help you reach the 100% goal.


What can I do to help? Attend?? Track down contact info?? Just let Rachel and I know how to best support you!


Most Importantly! Snacks! We will have Sandwiches and Snacks in the workroom on Wednesday and Thursday!


Again, thank you for your commitment to communicate with our families!

Technology Growing Legs! Be Alert! Be Alert!

Unfortunately we have recently lost two BlueTooth Speaker systems out of the gym area. It seems they have grown legs and walked off. We have reviewed tapes, but are unable to pinpoint the culprits!


Please, please stay alert! Please stay vigilant! Please ensure you are LOCKING your doors when you are NOT in your classroom! Also, keep your ear to the ground---if you hear of anyone speaking of the systems--please let us know!

Thanks!