Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

December 7

Giving our students HOPE for a better tomorrow one skill at a time!

PBS lesson

Our PBS lessons this week will focus on Indoor Recess and Movie Theater expectations.

Our Second Steps lessons all focus on Bully Prevention.

**Is was brought to my attention that I may have rushed with a 2 day week before Thanksgiving. I have left the Second Steps lessons the same as last week. If you need, catch up. If you are ready to move on, take some time to review with students.

Kindergarten- Bullying - Lesson 2

1st grade - Bullying - Lesson 2

2nd grade - Bullying - Lesson 3

3rd grade - Bullying - Lesson 3

4th grade - Bullying - Lesson 4

5th grade - Introducing Emotion Management

One Teacher's Perspective on a Positive Learning Environment and Student Disruptions

This video clip is well worth your time to view! It is based around some foundational pieces of Love and Logic, but I feel like there is some tried and true results attached to the approach! I know I will implement some of the language suggestions/approaches!

Character Trait for December is Compassion/Kindness

JCPS Difference Maker Recognition

Have a colleague who you would like to see recognized for making a positive difference? Here is the link to complete a nomination.

JCPS Foundation Grants

The Foundation Grants are open and available. What could you do as a team or what could we do as a school with additional funds to support a plan to support literacy? social/emotional skills?

Check out the grant applications to see what is available. Grant applications close January 14th. More details will come soon!

Duties for the Week

Gym - Ogden and Watson

Cafe - Dunham and Ries

Collect students from the gym at 7:45


1 Teacher of the Year Nominations

Want to nominate one of our deserving educators for the 2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year award? Nominations are currently being accepted. The nomination window will close on January 9, 2019. Fill out the online nomination form here.

Educators eligible for this award include full-time, certified teachers, school librarians, guidance counselors or instructional coaches. You are welcome to nominate as many teachers as you would like. The nominated teacher must have five years of teaching experience, with two of those years being served in the Jefferson City Public Schools. For more information, call the JCPS Foundation at 573-659-3743 or click here.
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1. It is expected that you are updating grades in Infinite Campus weekly, by Tuesday. Have you updated student grades this week?

2. Have you developed a way to track student minutes on iReady? We expect students to use this resource for a minimum of 45 minutes per week to see the impact. How do you incentivize students meeting this goal for minutes and an 80% pass rate?

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Calendar of Events

Monday, December 10

*Data Team discussions K, 2, and 4 grades during plan times

*Behavior Support Classroom mtg 3:45

Tuesday, December 11

*JEPD for 1st grade in morning

*JEPD for 5th grade in afternoon

*IEP mtg for DK5 (Dunham, Treat, Hutchison, Haugen)

Wednesday, December 12

*JEPD for 3rd grade in morning

*JEPD for kindergarten in afternoon

*SST for ES4 (Day, Paul, Holliday, James) 9:15

*TL Staffing (Price, Spear, Yates, Hutchison, Haugen) 11:00

*Leadership team mtg (Shelby and Brenda coming) 3:45 - 5:00

Thursday, December 13

*Winter Celebration for grades k-2 from 8:45 - 11:30

*Fire Drill 10:00 am

Friday, December 14

*Winter Celebrations for grades 3-5 from 8:45 - 11:30

Monday, December 17

*PLC training

*PBS mtg 3:45

Tuesday, December 18

*1st grade Lit Training Session at Dix 12:00 - 3:00

*School Culture Team 3:45

*Tier 2 mtg 3:45

*Parent meeting with Larry re: behavior supports 6:00 pm

Wednesday, December 19

*PBS Assemblies

- 8:30 for grades 3-5

- 9:40 for grades k-2

*Staff mtg 3:45

Thursday, December 20

*Guest readers from 9 - 11:30

Friday, December 21

*Sing-a-long 9:30 - 10:30

*Dismissal 12:15

Frustrating Students?

Read this article for tips for handling those students who cause us frustration.
Weekly Collaboration Log

This is the link to a revised communication log for your team collaboration. The expectation is that your team will complete each week.

Dr. Day's Update

Please remember that you should be using strategies, contacting parents, and assigning consequences BEFORE you ask the office for assistance. If there is an emergency, destruction of room, for example, then you should buzz for assistance. However, I've noticed a large increase in the request for assistance when no teacher strategies have been used first.

We've provided flow charts with examples of how you can work to handle behaviors in your room. It will always be in your best interest if you can work with getting the student back on track. When others step in, you lose some of that power.

Tips to calm students:

1. Stay calm - Losing your temper only escalates things.

2. Don't take things personally

3. Create a safe setting - Invite students to the safe spot, speak to them close and privately.

4. Demonstrate non-threatening body language - Avoid crossing your arms.

5. Give plenty of wait time - A student in the midst of anger is not someone you can reason with.

6. Use positive communication

7. Listen - Listen respectfully to how the student is feeling and show understanding.

8. Find common ground - What can you give on so you are both satisfied with the result.

9. Try to get the student to take responsibility for their behavior - Discuss what made them so upset, how can they fix it.

10. Provide the opportunity for the student to save face - Have the student offer suggestions on how to solve the problem, provide them with some acceptable choices from you.

If the office does intervene and assist in the situation, please remember that you are required to use the re-entry plan we presented. Sue made a small visual that is on yellow paper and laminated for your lanyard. I have not seen fidelity in using the re-entry plan and welcoming students back to the room. It's incredibly important that we are not skipping this step. This helps to start the rebuilding of the relationship with the student and lets them know that it's okay to make a mistake and get a fresh start.

1. Welcome them back with positive body language - smile.

2. Let them know it's a fresh start.

3. Don't reprimand them.

4. Ask questions to understand.

5. Show understanding and make a plan moving forward.

We know you may be in the moment teaching. It's fine to smile and say, "Welcome back! We are in the middle of our lesson and I'd like you to join us. We'll talk after the lesson."

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December Birthdays!

December 12 - Emily Bateman

December 16 - Sammi Strange

December 18 - Shannon Gann

It's Secret Santa Time! Great Gift Ideas!