Team Thomson News & Notes

Week of: January 5, 2020 #ThomsonRocks

Important Information for You!

Welcome to 2020!

I hope that all of you had an amazing two weeks! We had a wonderful holiday filled with family and friends. I can't say that it was the most restful holiday, but it was fun!


The New Year is always a good time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. In the past I have made big resolutions that I was able to stick with for a while, but that soon faded. So as I have reflected on all aspects of my life, my resolution is all about self-care to care for others. In the past, I have tended to ignore myself in order to take care of or do things for others. I have 'lost' parts of myself (some for the good, some for the bad), because I felt selfish for taking time away from my family or work. This is not to say that I have been unhappy, but I have let the stress of life get the better of me at times because I haven't taken care of myself emotionally or physically. So, my resolution this year is to take better care of myself and just be a better version of myself. Whether is is taking 10 minutes to just sit and breathe, actually taking the yoga classes I have a membership to (anyone interested in joining me, seriously?), organizing my closet, organizing my work life in a way that works for me, making time for friends, or whatever comes...this year is all about caring for myself to reduce stress so I can care for those around me better! I hope that each of you have had the opportunity to reflect in preparation for the New Year. Here's to a great 2020!


DIBELS & NWEA Testing Schedules & End of the Marking Period

As you know the mid-year testing for DIBELS, NWEA, DRA, Common Assessments is going to be in full swing with NWEA testing beginning next week. Megan C. has already sent out the schedule for NWEA, if you see a problem please get with her right away. DIBELS Testing will take place around NWEA in order to be ready for Data Days January 28th and 29th. While NWEA takes approximately two 30 minute blocks, you will want to update DRAs. Additionally, you will want to make sure that you update DRA tests for any student coming to MTSS/SAT (Child Study) prior to January 15th.


Just as a reminder, the end of the 2nd Marking Period is Friday, January 17th. Records Day is Monday, January 20th (no school for students) and staff may do records from home if they wish. Grades will be due on Tuesday, January 21st by 4:00 p.m. Anna will print report cards on Wednesday, January 22nd in preparation for them to be sent home on Thursday, January 23rd.

Mid-Year Meetings

As we move closer to the end of the first semester, please get with Anna to schedule your mid-year meeting. For classroom teachers, please do not schedule these meetings until after your NWEA testing is completed. For all staff, I look forward to sitting down with you to review your Growth Plan and Actions Steps, all your mid-year student data (both Standardized and classroom), and to discuss your plan for the remainder of the year.


You are ALL Teachers!

While the video below was made for the beginning of a school year, I think that it is appropriate for any time of the year...especially now. Here's to secretly being excited about coming back, for giving up your time in the service of kids, inspiring kids, being a safe space, and for being creative and risk-takers. Thank you all for what you will do to make this year EPIC for our students!

Because of a Teacher (A Tribute to All of Those Making a Difference)

Help Needed!

Help Needed

For those of you who have been in the district for awhile, you will remember when we had a committee for each of the curricular areas that met monthly and the goal was to have each staff member be a part of at least one committee. In order for there to be far fewer meetings, these curriculum committees have been replaced, for the most part, by curriculum leaders and grade level curriculum meetings which take place approximately once every other month. However, from time to time we do need to have building/grade level representation on district committees...now is one of those times. Middle School Assistant Principal, Andrea Ferguson is looking for at least one representative from each of the elementary buildings to be on the district Health Committee. Since most of our health is taught by classroom teachers, it would be wonderful if our representation could come from one of those doing the work in the classroom. Rachel Wheaton had offered to fill this role last year, but then transferred to the 3rd grade CAP opening. I do not believe that this committee will be meeting a lot. If you are interested in filling this role for Thomson, please let me know.

Continuing the Fun and Sense of Family & Team into the New Year!

The ten days of Christmas were a ton of fun (or at least it seemed that way). I saw smiles and heard laughter and hope that you enjoyed them as much as I did. As we enter the New Year, my hope for our staff is that we can keep this sense of team, family, and fun going. We can choose to support each other in positive ways or negative ones. When someone is having a hard day, will you choose to join in their sorrows or try and pull them out with a positive? There are pictures throughout this newsletter to help remind you that having fun lifts us all up...enjoy!

Quotes Worth Reading

"This cannot be the year

OF TALKING.

OF WISHING.

OF WANTING.

This has to be the year

YOU GET IT DONE!"

-Quotes in Zoom

Do ONE Thing and Make a Big Difference!

Go slow to go fast and remember to breathe! As we come back from the two week holiday break, I encourage you to take time to reconnect with your students and reteach the expectations for everything. We all know that diligence for the next week or so will pay huge dividends in the long run when it comes to classroom management. Curriculum can not be taught if you are having to stop and redirect for behaviors that could have been nipped by taking time to reteach expectations. It is easy to think, 'they should/shouldn't be doing 'x', we have been doing this all year', but they are little and it is important to remember that expectations at home are very different than at school. Don't this one thing, going slow to go fast, will save your frustration and stress later. Breathe and enjoy reconnecting with your students!

Celebrations & Announcements

Birthdays This Week: None this Week!



Staff Meeting this Week...For the staff meeting this week, we will be meeting in the library. Please be sure you are on time and ready to go right at 7:35 a.m. we will need the entire 40 minutes for our work on Success Criteria. Thanks!

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, January 7th-District Book Study #1, 4:15-6:15 p.m. @ Thomson
  • Wednesday, January 8th-Staff Meeting, 7:35 a.m. (Agenda: Learning Targets and Success Criteria)
  • Thursday, January 9th-General Admin (Natalie)
  • Week of January 13th-PLC WEEK
  • Tuesday, January 14th-District Improvement Meeting, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 15th-MTSS-SAT (Child Study), please send names to Jason and I
  • Thursday, January 16th-Elementary Principals Meeting (Natalie)
  • Friday, January 17th-End of 2nd Marking Period; GISD Elementary Principals Meeting (Natalie); Trading Post; PTO Pals
  • Monday, January 20th-No School-MLK Day and Records Day-Records/Report Cards Can be completed at home.
  • Tuesday, January 21st-Grade Due at 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22nd-Staff Meeting, 7:35 a.m. (Agenda: TBA); Report Cards will be Printed
  • Thursday, January 23rd-Send Report Cards Home; ALICE Drill; DK/K Curriculum Meeting, 4:15-6:15 p.m.
  • Friday, January 24th-Leadership Meeting, 7:15 a.m.
  • Week of January 27th-PLC Week
  • Monday, January 27th-PTO Meeting, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 28th-Data Day for 4 Person Teams
  • Wednesday, January 29th-Data Day for 3 Person Teams
  • Thursday, January 30th-Elementary Principals Mtg. (Natalie)
  • Friday, January 31st-Trading Post

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