Martin's Memo

North Elementary School- January 4, 2016

Duties for the week of January 4

MORNING DUTY: Barb, Cissy, Karly, Julie S., Kim Bowden



YEE HAWS!!!!! = 15

Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 2

  • Happy Birthday, Michelle!

Monday, January 4

  • Happy Birthday, Kim Silvey!
  • Professional Development Day: Breakfast in the lounge at 7:45 am; meet in the library at 8:00 am

Tuesday, January 5

  • Happy Birthday, Amanda!
  • School Resumes for Students
  • PTO Board Meeting at 6:00 pm in room 110

Wednesday, January 6

  • Grading Window Closes at 7:00 am
  • District Council at 9:00 am at Dix Road (Barb out)
  • PBS meeting at 3:15 pm in room 110

Thursday, January 7

  • Grade Cards Go Home
  • Staffing (non-public) at 7:45 am in the office
  • Blue Ribbon Writing Party at 9:00 am in room 110
  • Fire Drill at 1:30 pm (Weather Permitting)

Friday, January 8

  • Brag Tags Needed List and Pencil Bags (to return brag tags to you) due to Cissy
  • Brag Tags Student Lists due to Barb - Email please
  • Blue Ribbon Writing Papers due to Fariba by 3:00 pm please

Saturday, January 9

  • Happy Birthday, Dee!

Happy January Birthdays to:

2- Michelle Stafford

4- Kim Silvey

5- Amanda Lueckenhoff

9- Dee Atchison

11- Teri Enloe

20- Diana Mustain

26- Greg Schaefer

27- Carey Beckley


Please help me welcome Dillon Shoemaker and Samantha Welcher to North School. Dillon will be student teaching with Laura and Samantha will be student teaching with Jen until April 15.

Professional Development Day- January 4

Monday, January 4 is our Professional Development Day. Breakfast will be in the lounge at 7:45 am. I have ordered breakfast from Subway and will have fruit and juice as well. We will meet in the library beginning at 8:00 am. I have some information to share regarding ICLE (International Center for Leadership in Education) regarding Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships. (All buildings will be sharing this information sometime in January---probably on January 4.) I REALLY enjoyed my workshop on December 16. North School is primed and ready....what we talked about on the 16th and what we will talk about on January 4 is what is exciting about teaching to me! I can't wait to share it with you! I am playing how much of it we do by ear....I want everyone to have some quality time to work on matching instruction to the standards...that is important work too. What we don't get to on the 4th, we will finish on our Early Release Day on January 13.

I will be around to grades 3-5 once we start working on matching instruction to standards and share with you the data from the CDT tests. I'll email the login screen to grades 3-5, but be sure you have your password.

Grading Window

The grade card window closes on Wednesday, January 6 at 7:00am. Please let Carey know when you are finished posting grades (special class too). She can start printing grade cards when she knows everything is ready and this gives you more time to look them over for errors while the window is still open!

Required Annual Videos

This is a reminder that staff members are required to annually watch training videos. All training videos must be watched and completion forms submitted by February 1, 2016.

These training videos are required by state law and/or district policy, and you must annually provide confirmation that you have completed each of the training modules.

Staff members in certified positions are required to watch:

  • Confidentiality of Student Information
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Identifying Signs of Sexual Abuse in School Children
  • Standard Precautions for Avoiding Infections
  • Student Discipline

Staff members in non-certified positions are required to watch:

  • Confidentiality of Student Information
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Identifying Signs of Sexual Abuse in School Children
  • Standard Precautions for Avoiding Infections

You may watch the videos at your convenience by logging in to your SchoolWires account. (If you experience trouble logging in to SchoolWires please contact Jan Lange at 659-3121). Once you have signed in, you can view the videos by selecting the "District Departments" drop-down menu, then selecting "Human Resources", and then finally the "Staff Training Videos" on the left side of the page. Once you have finished watching all required videos, you will log in to TalentEd Records and submit the completion form that is in your "Needs Attention" task list.

As a reminder, TalentEd Records functions best in Google Chrome. Your user name is your firstname.lastname and your password is what you use to log in to your computer each day.


Please remember to pick up anything you send to the printers and copy machines both in the office and in the workroom. We can't always tell who has run something off.

SRI Testing

Just a reminder that ALL students in grades 1-5 must take the SRI during the district test window which is the first three weeks of the second semester. Everyone should plan to give the SRI sometime between January 5 and January 22, 2016.


  • Weekly entries should be made into Infinite Campus in each subject area.
  • Be sure to keep your websites up-to-date!
  • I would like copies of all classroom newsletters. These can be sent to me electronically or a paper copy in my mailbox.
  • Please continue to use the clip up tickets, Safe, Respectful, and Responsible Compliment cards (or verbal compliments) keeping the 4:1 in mind!

"Get your learn on!" --Kid President

If you are hard-working and motivated you keep trying and you don't give up!

Be Safe~Be Respectful~Be Responsible