Staff Newsletter

Keller Elementary School

December 8, 2014

Mission Statement

The mission of Helen Keller Elementary School is to establish and maintain an educational community that empowers all students to become principled, independent inquirers who are socially responsible global citizens.

WKBS -- Keller Daily Broadcast

Our daily news highlights school achievement and IB news!

Thank you, Sue Dewolfe, for hosting the Keller Holiday Party on Friday.

specials with 5th graders


The PTA will be providing lab times for your students to take Scholastic Reading Counts (SRC) quizzes during the following dates and times in December:

Tuesday, December 9 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Wednesday, December 10 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Friday, December 12 1:30 - 2:10 p.m.

Monday, December 15 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, December 16 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Friday, December 19 1:30 - 2:10 p.m.

Monday, December 22 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, December 23 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

For January, The PTA hopes to have the lab staffed on M, T, W from 12:45 - 1:45 and on Fridays from 1:30 - 2:10. If you could please ask your parents if they are interested in volunteering to send Megan O'Shea an email at, she would appreciate it!

Prize Info: Once students begin to attain enough points to win prizes, those announcements will be made during the Monday Keller News broadcast. Because we know classes watch the news at different times during the day, prizes will be distributed on Tuesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the Media Center.

If you are new to Keller and/or need more information on this program, please let me know! The PTA invests about $2900 each year offering this program for our students.


Remember your team editor will be the one who houses the final grade level planner documents. The ultimate goal is to have all of the PYP unit planners in Atlas and moving away from Google Drive.

PYP Online Curriculum Center

Remember for more IB resources go to:

Everyone has an account. If you are having trouble logging in contact Sue DeWolfe.

Why Math is taught differently

This is a wonderful explanation, for parents, on why math is taught differently.

Soar To Success

Many have asked if you can assign the intervention online game to a group of students instead of individually. That feature is now available. I have attached the directions (includes screen shots) on how to do that to this email.

Husky high five winner for November

Congratulations Agnes, from Mrs. Stankiewicz's class!!

PBIS winner of the month

As mentioned in the meeting last Wednesday, we want to start a monthly PBIS winner. At the end of every month, we will ask teachers(via email from Mrs.Dewolfe) for the name of one student who really displayed that month's learner profile trait. This month our learner profile trait reflective. Start keeping track of a student who really displays being reflective. The students' names will be announced on the last Friday of each month, just like Husky High Five Winners, and they will get a prize from the Mrs. Dewolfe's room.

Did you know...

Remember to turn your "Did you know..." sheet into me so we can add you to our bulletin board.

District Policy Link

PTA Meeting

Monday, Dec. 8th, 7pm

1505 N Campbell Rd

Royal Oak, MI

Media Center

Professional Development

December 10th, 2014: Late start for students and professional development for staff. Located in the Media Center at 7:45 a.m.

4th & 5th Grade Vocal Concert

Thursday, Dec. 11th, 6:30pm

1505 N Campbell Rd

Royal Oak, MI

The concert will be held in the gymnasium.

Positive Behavior Intervention System

Essential Agreements

*We are respectful

*We are safe and in control

*We are responsible learners

Keller Creed

I will act in such a way that I will be proud of myself and others will be proud of me too.

I came to school to learn and I will learn.

I will have a good day.

Learner Profile Highlights

Don’t forget that the highlighted monthly learner profile and weekly behavior focus is on the Google calendar (every Sunday).

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