Friday's Rewind

A look back, some time to reflect, and a look ahead

Playground Update

Students from all grade levels gave their input and placed their votes as to the playground that they would most like to see installed this summer. Students overwhelming selected the two piece option that will provide additional playground equipment featuring rings, monkey bars, spinning features, and a large hexamid climbing net. I will be presenting this information to the Montrose Lion's at our meeting on Monday, May 4th. With their approval, we will then plan an assembly to unveil the final plans to students in the coming weeks. Please keep this information to yourself at this time as nothing has been finalized. Images of this option are included below.

Headphones For Computer Lab

Thirty new headphones have been purchased for the computer lab and are currently being used for MCA testing. When testing is over, these headphones will be removed from the computers and placed in a storage bin in the lab. Headphones should be given to students as needed by the classroom teacher. When your class is done in the lab, the classroom teacher should disconnect the headphones and return them to the storage bin. The headphones will be numbered to match the numbers on the computers in the lab.

Performance Series Testing

I will be starting to work on a Performance Series Testing schedule today and I will send that out to 2-5 staff who will be impacted by this schedule. My plan is to schedule a two hour block of time for reading and math for each classroom. You will have to be flexible in your time for this test as we are running short on time as we near the end of the school year.

Can Skateboarding Save Our Schools?

Dr. Tae uses his experiences with Skateboarding to make connections about what learning could be like for our students. He believes that learning shouldn't have deadlines and/or be given letter grades. Learning should be about mastery of a skill or concept that can be demonstrated in multiples ways over a period of time. Learning requires guided practice with feedback as to how to improve. This video is a great resource to help you reflect on your current practices to find ways to provide better learning opportunities for students. In the end, what we really want is for our students to learn. To get there, we may need to alter our approach a bit. Remember, we don't change and grow as educators because we aren't "good enough", but because our students need us to always get better!
TEDxEastsidePrep - Dr. Tae - Can Skateboarding Save Our Schools?

There Is So Much We Can Learn From Each Other

Lots of new and exciting things are happening all around you! I wanted to share a few things that I have seen happening throughout the building so that you could check in with your colleagues to find out more information if you are interested! Please forgive me if missed you! I would love to hear about what you are doing so just let me know so I can be sure to share with others!

@gosphero robots: We create connected toys - but that's not all. By fusing technology with robotics, our toys are teaching and inspiring tomorrow's inventors and innovators. Programming isn't easy, but you don't need to be a rocket scientist to give kids a strong foundation. All you need is a Sphero.

See Jen Olson, Cassie Knutson, Lisa Kunde, Kate Volk to find out how things are going so far.

Plickers: An app that uses QR codes to form a student response system. Great for checking for understanding during or after a lesson.

See Kate Volk, Wendy Nelson, Dave Witeof, Lisa Kunde, or Katie Swendra for more info.

Google Classroom: Classroom lets you communicate with your classes and easily share assignments, materials, and messages.

See Katie Swendra, Tina Stoldt, Wendy Nelson, or Kate Volk for more info

Mindfullness: Helping students become more aware of their emotions and how their body feels when becoming escalated etc....

See Jenny Doimer or Lynne Tolkinen for more info

#GeniusHour: Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.

See Katie Swendra, Lisa Kunde, Kate Volk, Wendy Nelson, or Dave Witeof for more info

Seesaw App: Whether you are 1:1 or just have a single device in your class, Seesaw seamlessly organizes your students’ digital and physical work in one place.

Seesaw empowers students (as young as 5!) to independently create and organize their work in a digital journal, develop their academic voice, and collaborate with classmates.

Seesaw facilitates parent communication with real-time notifications, giving them a glimpse of their child’s day and an opportunity to support learning at home.

See Angie Kath, Jen Colgan, Jen Olson, Cassie Knutson, Lynn Weinzierl for more info.

Pic Collage App: This app allows your to create your own collage of pictures/words/objects etc.....Second graders have been using it a bit this year.

See Margie Wandersee or Anne Ackmann for more info

@GetKahoot: A fun interactive game show experience for students. Great for reviewing skills, checking for understanding, or friendly competition opportunities.

See Tina Stoldt, Kate Volk, Wendy Nelson, Diane Jones or Jan Michalek for more info

Coding: Coding is the ability to read and write a machine language as well as to think computationally. Learning to code can lead to outputs valuable in and of themselves, but the process of learning to code also develops problem-solving skills, (digital) confidence, and helps young people understand the world around them. In many respects, we should encourage kids to code for similar reasons to those we give for encouraging them to play sports and learn an instrument: it's good for their development.

See Jen Olson, Wendy Nelson, or Kate Volk for more info


I often come across quotes/graphics while reading and wanted to take a moment to share a few that have resonated with me recently. I find quotes help me to reflect on my own practices or inspire me to try something new. I hope that some of these will do the same for you.

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8)

Thank you for being such an outstanding staff! Our students are lucky to have your in their lives. To recognize all of the hard work and dedication each of you put into your job, we will be having the following events in your honor next week.

Monday: Donuts in the lounge for breakfast

Tuesday: Tony will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for the staff during lunch. Melissa, Jaime, and Lisa will provide pasta salad, chips, deserts.

Thursday/Friday: Massages from Buffalo Chiropractic will be available. Sign-up sheets will go in the lounge.

There may also be some other miscellaneous celebrations throughout the week. I hope you enjoy it!

Montrose Elementary School's One Stop Shop Site

Make sure you remember to check out our One Stop Shop Website to see the calendar of events for next week and other important information!