To the Point
Prairie Point Elementary Staff Newsletter
Issue #21: May 18, 2015
I'm going to share two of the things I focused on this year. For me, a large bulk of my time was spent on evaluation - learning the new process, working through the (many) challenges, and finding my rhythm. My goal was to make it a collaborative and worthwhile process for those I worked with this year. I want to help teachers grow and support their goals, and make this a non-threatening endeavor. Did I meet my goal? Honestly, I'm not sure, and I'll be looking for feedback on those very things from those I evaluated. But I know I changed my practice and stretched myself. I became more comfortable with being uncomfortable, and learned to accept that I may not live up to my own standards for a (probably long) while. I know I still have a lot of growing to do in this area.
The other area I spent a lot of time on was personal. In January, I set a goal to become healthier, and more physically fit. This is hard for me. I like to eat all the wrong things and I have always struggled to see myself as someone who could actually be fit. I have never been naturally athletic, and didn't enjoy exercise. I was always that kid - the last one picked for teams, the one who was lapped multiple times when running, and the one who was the least coordinated. Let's just say, Sue Warren was not my PE teacher. Had she been, things may have been very, very different. :-) This year, I decided to take a huge risk and try to change this about myself. By setting a goal, and making the time to focus on it, I've come to find exercise and nutrition as something I value. And I've learned to act on the mantra "go slow to go fast." I've signed up for my first race ever - the Brookfield Zoo 5K on September 20th.
I encourage you to take some time to reflect on one or all of the above statements, either now or throughout the summer. I'd also love to chat with any of you about your reflections if you'd like to share. Maybe over margaritas? :-)
Staff Changes for 2015-2016
The biggest change is at the 5th grade team. Sara Studer will join the team from fourth grade, and we have Heather Bailey transferring to us from The Wheatlands, as they have reduced their number of sections. We appreciate all that Audrey Le Tourneau did joining us mid-year, and wish her all the best as she looks ahead to new adventures.
Laurie Zemanek has been our part-time ESL teacher this year, and will be with us FULL TIME next year. Yay, Laurie!
We also say goodbye to Nikki Reese, who has supported the DHH program throughout this year. She is remaining in the program at the Jr. High and High School levels.
And we say a fond farewell to Jen Osman, as her family is moving to North Carolina. We wish her all the warmth and sunshine she can handle!
End of Year Checkout
Wednesday AM Meetings
LAST BUILDING MEETING OF THE YEAR! May 20, 2015
Topic: End of Year Celebrations and Math Vertical Articulation
All of the agendas and information for Wednesday morning meetings will now come in this newsletter. :-) Provided below is a link to the schedule, as well as a link to the agenda.
Please review the agenda prior to each meeting. Wednesday meetings will be held in the Community Room. We will begin promptly at 7:35 a.m.
If you are unable to make it to a meeting, please let us know in advance, if possible. Please see Heidi or Jen as soon as you can after the meeting to find out what you missed.
Institute Day Agenda
This agenda is for Classroom Teachers, EL, AT, Special Education, Reading, and LIteracy Specialists who will be participating in the ELA Training.
Tuesday, May 26th, 7:30am
RSVPs are enabled for this event.