Monclova Primary

Weekly Bulletin

Events for Week of March 19 - March 25

Monday, March 19


Tuesday, March 20

Happy Spring!

Right To Read Week Meeting - 8:00 am - Cathy's room

Students visit 3rd Grade Wax Museum - 2:30 to 3:00 pm

Wax Museum - 6:30 to 7:00 pm


Wednesday, March 21

Tornado Drill - 9:50 am

Students visit 3rd Grade Wax Museum - 2:30 to 3:00 pm

Wax Museum - 6:30 to 7:00 pm


Thursday, March 22

Staff Meeting - 7:30 am

Lunch with the Principal - 11:00 to 1:00 pm


Friday, March 23

END OF 3RD QUARTER

GLC - 7:45 am - Dr. Fritz

Social at Barr's Public House - 4:00

Announcements

Thank you:

4th grade team for an outstanding service project! The number of participants on a Friday evening was great, you truly helped make a difference and taught the kids about giving back!


Mrs. Martinez and the 2nd grade team for another great Aesop's Fables show. It takes all of you working together to make this happen. All of your work is greatly appreciated!


Staff for meaningful meetings with the tutors to make plans for your students!

Reminders:

It's official, students will not return from spring break until April 10. ALL AW staff will be in attendance for emergency training. The training will be to update ALICE type procedures, review current procedures and practice various safety drills with the assistance of our local law enforcement and emergency personnel.


Our May PD day has been moved to May 8. With that change, Field Day will now be May 1 with the rain date remaining on May 9. Please communicate these changes through your classroom newsletter, emails, ect. We will be communicating these changes from the district and building level, too.


Please make sure your 3rd grades are finalized by Thursday, March 29 for parents to view. On this day all IEP and RIMP progress reports need to be sent home.


An Appreciation Breakfast will be held for volunteers and parents on Friday, April 13 from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. In past years, I used this time as your April staff meeting but I can't do that this year. The April staff meeting will be used to complete student data cards and develop class lists. You are not required to attend the breakfast but, of course, it will be greatly appreciated! We will be having a coffee bar and breakfast treats for all to enjoy!


AIR Testing Dates, on the days when 3rd grade is testing, the specials time for 3rd and 4th will be switched. Please make note of the dates this will occur. Classes please be very quiet near these hallways on testing days. The testing will take place from 10 to 12:00 pm.

3rd Grade ELA Test – April 19 and 20, each section is up to 90 minutes in length

3rd Grade Math Test - April 26 and 27, each section is up to 75 minutes in length

4th Grade ELA Test – April 17 and 18, each section is up to 90 minutes in length

4th Grade Math Test - April 24 and 25, each section is up to 75 minutes in length


When we return from spring break, the last two months of school will go by so quickly due to all the events taking place. Please make sure you are up to date and checking the calendars regularly and communicating events to your classroom families regularly.

Words of Wisdom and Action..............................

With the spring season starting March 20 and our building wellness focus, here are some great spring reminders! I know we are all looking forward to the outdoor time but how about more positive thoughts and focus on what we can control, not what we can't control!



Cheer Up, It's Springtime! Wellness Tips For the Spring Season


The Huffington Post offers us a few tips to cheer up and get well during the spring season. Apply a few of these tips into your life for a better and healthier mind, body, and soul!

1. "Spring Up" Your Diet

Eat foods that are fertile in the spring season. This is a healthy way to eat that naturally helps you shed those winter pounds. Foods that are in season during the spring include leafy greens, strawberries, baby asparagus, and seasonal fish and shellfish.

2. Get In A Springtime Mood

Scientists have estimated that we have up to 60,000 thoughts a day, the vast majority of which are negative! For one week, every time you catch yourself having a negative thought, which robs you of energy, state it in the opposite way. Replace "I can't" with "I can." Make that shift over and over until you begin to see more and more time pass between negative thoughts. Watch how much more spring you have in your step at the end of the week.

3. Commit To Outdoor Time

Studies have indicated what shamans have known for millennia: that being outdoors in nature makes people happier, calmer, healthier, and more energetic. Make a conscious effort to spend at least 30 minutes outside daily doing anything. You will feel significantly less stressed, more connected, and more energetic as you get in step with the spring light, spring smells, and spring activity.

4. Try Something New

Springtime is a time for renewal. To get into the mood of change and forward momentum, try a new sport or an old one you haven't done for a long time. Often, when we engage in new activities, it's especially motivating. The more types of activities you engage in, the more energetic you'll feel.

5. Sprout Some New Eating Habits

For one week, cut out all sweets, pasta, and breads. Then slowly add more carbs back in -- but only complex carbs with lots of fiber (whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables, beans, etc.). Notice how much lighter you feel.

6. Refresh An Old Workout Routine

This spring, don't let workout boredom squelch your motivation to get in shape. Change your workout course. Do the familiar course in the opposite direction. Or find a workout partner. Or work out at a different time of day.

7. Take A Springtime Trip

Pick a wildly beautiful place in nature. Schedule a weekend to go camping or hiking. Or simply take some extended time to relax in a wonderful outdoor place where spring is showing its colors and beauty. Taking a trip in nature will jumpstart your springtime energy and will shake off the hard work, restlessness, and stagnation from winter.

8. Accept That Challenge Is Normal

Lots of us this time of year look in the mirror and think, "I'll never get in shape by swimsuit season." Think of a fragile crocus pushing its way up through the frozen earth. Challenge is a normal part of striving, growing, and overcoming obstacles. Realizing this will help you manage your fear and negativity and propel you forward.