The Friday File

December 12, 2014

Nashua Mission

Students will be provided an appropriate learning environment, which supports them academically, physically, esthetically, socially, and emotionally. This environment will give each child the opportunity to develop to the fullest potential and promote life long learning. The achievement of high educational standards at Nashua Elementary School will involve the entire school community.

Upcoming Events


December 15

HS out all day

December 16

6:00-8:00 p.m. KLC rings Salvation Army bell inside the Marshall's at Zona Rosa

December 17

7:30 a.m. Staff Holiday Breakfast

Ugly Sweater Day

December 18

2:40-3:25 Winter Parties


December 19

End 2nd quarter

Noon Dismissal

11:00-11:45 Winter party make-up

December 22-January 2 Winter Break

January 5

Aimsweb Window Opens

January 7

7:45 a.m. BLT Meeting


January 8

8:30-11:30 K-2 Math Solutions

12:30-3:30 3-5 Math Solutions

Early Release

January 9

Spirit Day

PBS STAR Assembly

Zero Based Budget

The district will be operating from a zero based budget again in the 2015-2016 school year. This will require us to plan for our essential needs for the upcoming school year and justify each item. The budget needs to be aligned with the district scorecard, district goals and our SIP.

Please complete your budget proposals by January 16th. Information/forms are in the Shared Drive/Budget Folder.

Holiday Building Hours

The building will be open with modified hours over the holiday break. M,T,F 6:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Building closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

Please remember there is one flexible workday built into your contract to be used before the 2nd semester starts. Utilize the building while it is open, or work from home if you prefer.

2nd Quarter Grade Card Timeline

Dec. 19th 2nd quarter ends

Jan. 5th Grades and comments due by noon

Jan. 6th Changes made by 4:00 p.m.

Jan. 9th Grade cards go home

December and January Birthdays








Out attendance last week was 94.4%

Student Centered Coaching Cycles

Beginning in January, we will shift our focus to Student Centered Coaching Cycles. The purpose of these cycles is to develop a partnership between the classroom teacher and the TLC with direct results that positively impact student learning.

It is an expectation that everyone will go through a coaching cycle sometime within the next school year (this year or next year).

PLTs have been revamped to allow greater flexibility for planning and teaching 2nd semester. We will meet formally for PLTs around specific assessments to complete the Data Protocol. That means if an assessment was given one week, the next week we would meet to look at the data.

The off weeks will be open for coaching cycles and other PLT work such as collaboration, unit planning, and the creation of CFAs and other assessments. Please see the attached schedule for PLTs starting in January.

Remember to turn in your Coaching Cycle form to Heather T. by Dec. 19th.

*See me if you have questions!

Talk Moves

Another talk move we encourage you to incorporate into your teaching is that of "adding on". "Adding on" is simply prompting students for further participation. It might sound as simple as, "Would someone like to add on?" This move can be used after you (or a student) has revoiced what a student has said. This prompting for more input on previous statements will, over time, result in learners who are more willing to weigh in on what the group is considering.

December 19th Lunch Schedule

10:05 2D

10:10 2F

10:15 2/3G

10:20 KR

10:25 KL

10:30 KS

10:35 1F

10:40 1V

10:45 1H

10:50 3C

10:55 3K

11:00 4R

11:05 4M

11:10 4/5D

11:15 5F

11:20 5C

Thank you!

For attending the KLC meeting: Kerrie, Angie, Trena, and Georgiana