Cordata Weekly Bulletin


Welcome Back to School, Cordata Family!

The pencils are sharp, the book tubs are organized, the hallway bobcat paws are fresh, and the smiles are bright! Our Cordata kiddos are walking into an amazing place, full of the biggest-hearted educators I could ever imagine working with. Thank you to all of you who have been putting in so much time and careful thought to plan and prepare and dream big about the year ahead! It's going to be a great one!

At the beginning of each week, I'll be sending a weekly bulletin similar to this one. It will always have a similar format, with events for the upcoming week, reminders about what we're working on in the SEL calendar, upcoming dates, news and information, and it will end with something to spark learning or reflection. Please take time to read it - you'll find important information here no matter what your role is at Cordata. And if you have upcoming events or news that you think I should be including, send me an email!

The week ahead - 8/27 - 8/31

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Upcoming Dates

  • Sept. 3 - Labor Day, no school
  • Sept. 4 - Phonological Awareness and MAP assessment windows open (through 10/12)
  • Sept. 4 - 2:45-3:45 - certificated staff meeting in the library
  • Sept. 6 - Sunshine Committee's first treat for us - Coffee and breakfast snacks in the staff room!
  • Sept. 10 - BAS window opens (through 10/12)
  • Sept. 10 - 1st General PTA Meeting - Cordata Music room from 5:30-6:45 pm - Childcare is provided
  • Sept. 11 - 3:00-4:30 - Cordata Leadership Team meeting
  • Sept. 13 - Salad Potluck - hosted by our Sunshine Committee
  • Sept. 13 - ** This is scheduled as building Collaboration Time on our meeting calendar - possibility of swapping dates due to Open House the same evening. Watch for a survey to get your input.
  • Sept. 13 - Open House for grades 3 through 5 - Tentative time is 6:00-7:00 pm, but stay tuned for more information
  • Sept. 14 thru 16 - PTA fundraiser at Menchies, more information to come
  • Sept. 18 - Hearing and Vision testing at Cordata
  • Sept. 18 - Optional staff meeting to review beginning-of-year policy and law training ppt
  • Sept. 20 - Cordata pub crawl! Stay tuned for more info from Sunshine committee
  • Sept. 25 - Individual Student Picture Day
  • Sept. 27 - DESSA assessment window opens
  • Sept. 27 - Open House for kindergarten through 2nd grade - Tentative time is 6:00-7:00 pm, but stay tuned for more information
  • October 5 - Pumpkin Fun Run

Other News and Information

  • A schedule correction - we have the daily schedule in several places (on the master specials schedule, and on a one-pager lunch/recess schedule in your manilla folders), and unfortunately they did not match exactly. The K-1 afternoon recess will take place from 12:55-1:10. My apologies that this was incorrect on one of the schedules.

  • The rainy day recess schedule was in your manilla folder on Monday, and can also be found on the Cordata Intranet > Documents and Forms > Schedules. You never know what the first week of school will bring (rain? smoky haze?) so please take a look so you know what to expect if we make that "indoor recess" announcement.

  • By the end of the day on Wednesday, you will have your students' Go-Home folders, with a few important papers stuffed in them. Thanks for sending these home with kids! Periodically, Laura will give you papers to send home with kids, and these folders are the best way to grab families' attention.

  • Classroom teachers, you will be teaching behavior expectations around the building this week and next. After you have taught playground and cafeteria expectations, please sign up for Recess 101 and Cafeteria 101. These are brief lessons to reinforce what you will have already taught in your classrooms. They will be facilitated by one of our recess or cafeteria supervisors, or by Minh or myself. Sign-ups are in the staff room!

  • This is a new format for the weekly bulletin . . . let me know what you think! I'm hoping it will be easier to read on mobile devices. But if it's giving you any trouble, let me know.

  • As I mentioned in our staff meeting on Tuesday morning, we are all responsible to review and be aware of the information in the beginning of year training on relevant laws, policies and procedures. You have two choices - Take some time to view the powerpoint and read the accompanying notes on your own, then sign off on the sheet in my mailbox (look for the clipboard!), OR come to a staff meeting on Sept. 18 at 2:45 where I will go through the powerpoint with you. Either way is totally fine!

In closing . . .

Live a Curious Life

What should education look like going forward? Stephanie Harvey (one of the authors of Comprehension and Collaboration, the book that I gave to all of our teachers last spring) says it's all about curiosity.

"Of all the ways that we're going to get kids to catch curiosity - which IS contagious, by the way - it's by modeling our own, every single day!"

Hear Stephanie in her own voice on her blog, scroll down to see the minute-and-a-half video.