Bear Notes-Wk 13 Nov. 16th - 20th

Serving kids. Growing scholars.

Note from the principal...


As we quickly move into the holiday season we are also quickly moving into flu season. It is imperative that we take care of ourselves as well as those we are responsible for, our family and friends. As I was reading my O mag this weekend I noticed Dr. Oz had a Flu Fighting Checklist that I thought was worth sharing. The following are his 5 tips:

(1) Clean your screen. One 2013 analysis found that some smartphones may harbor more bacteria than a toilet seat! Gross! Give your screen a daily once-over with a soft lint-free cloth. (2) Scrub like a surgeon. Surgeons are famous for washing their hands thoroughly. You don't have to invest must time, but you need more than a quick rinse to make sure you're getting the flu off your hands. Remember the virus can live outside the body for up to 8 hours. (3) Get more vitamin D. Research has shown that vitamin D plays a key role in immune function. To get your fill, consume more fatty fish like tuna and salmon. (4) Monitor the spread. Yes, there's an app for everything - including following flu outbreaks a popular one is the created by the CDC - Fluview. (5) Alternate your meds. If you do end up catching the flu, talk with your doc about alternating between ibuprofen and acetaminophen every 4 to 6 hours. Think of it as a one-two punch.

Of course doing the above won't guarantee we won't catch the flu but hopefully it will lessen the risk. Take of yourself and those you love!

Have an awesome week!

Anti-Bullying/Kindness Week

Monday – “I Pledge to be Bully Free” Double Up Against Bullies

(Choose someone and dress alike – Twin Day and recite the Anti-Bully Pledge)

Tuesday – “Team Up Against Bullying” – Wear Favorite Team Jersey.

Wednesday –“I’m Too Smart to be a Bully” – Wear College Sweatshirts.

Seeds of Kindness Day – Write a note, say or do something kind for someone throughout the day.

Thursday – “It’s Okay for me to be Different Don’t Bully”

(Wear your crazy socks)

Friday – “Bullies Stink” - Wear Pink and your favorite jeans in support of

Cancer Awareness

Calendar Survey closes Monday, Nov. 16th

PTA - Meeting/Dinner


Thursday, Nov. 19th, 5:30 our PTA will host their regularly schedule meeting. Afterwards they will host a dinner. All are welcome. During the dinner the parents will present a short presentation on Thanksgiving. Since Thanksgiving is an American holiday some do not understand its significance. The performance is designed to explain what Thanksgiving is and explain its importance. Your presence would be an extra bonus! Please be mindful that teachers are expected to attend at least 2 PTA meetings per school year.

Report Cards - Thursday Folders

Teacher please make sure report cards go home with your scholars on Thursday in their Thursday folders.

STAR Chart

Below is the link to complete your technology survey. This survey is a requirement of all teachers in the state of Texas. Please complete your survey by COB this Friday, Nov. 20th. Can't remember your login and password or never had either one? Contact Ms. Rodriguez, I will give her the list of everyone's login and passwords.
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Administrative PLC's

Administrative PLC's resume this week. Remember if you have your data entered into SchoolNet you are not required to stay. If you have not turned in your paperwork from previous tutoring sessions this is an opportunity to get caught up. Please bring your sign-in sheets, an example of scholars' work and also a blank copy (if applicable). Tasks dated November 13th are now due all other tasks are past due.

Science Night! Tuesday, December 8th 5:30 - 7:30

Please plan to support our efforts to have an exciting and engaging Science Night!

TEI - Focus 2.3 Clearly presents instructional content

  • Consistently presents the content and purpose correctly in a logical, coherent fashion to support the learning of the posted objective(s)
  • Uses multiple strategies and academic language to emphasize key concepts with little to no irrelevant information.
  • Most students demonstrate that they understand the content at an appropriate level of rigor.
  • Instructions and procedures for participating in activities are clear to most students.

When keeping in mind the importance of small group instruction, please know that "Clearly presenting instructional content" can be evaluated in a small group setting. Prioritizing small group instruction is the highest lever!

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Teacher Self-Evaluation - Domains 1 and 4


Now is a good time to self-evaluate your progress on TEI Domains 1 (Planning) and 4 (Collaboration/Professionalism). As you look over your body of work think of what you have done so far with regards to tracking your scholars, lesson planning, assessment writing, meeting and collaborating with your team, attending PD's (and implementing your learning), and communicating and involving your parents.

We have done considerable work in these areas. Be sure to document your specific actions.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 16th - Nov. 20th - Anti-Bullying Week/Kindness Week

Monday, Nov. 16th - State of School presentation 8:00 - 9:30 Conference Room (our ED and her team will be on campus)

Monday, Nov. 16th - Survey on the 2016-2017 calendar ends today (see link above)

Monday, Nov. 16th - PD Grade Level Planning; Grades K-2 Phonics Training (Ms. Griffin's classroom) 3:45 - 4:30 (Team Leaders please put agendas and sign-in sheets in my mailbox before you leave)

Wednesday, Nov. 18th - FSAC committee meeting 3:45 - 4:30 (Portable 1)

Thursday, Nov. 19th - PTA Meeting 5:30 - 6:30/PTA Dinner

Thursday, Nov. 19th - Report Cards go home (revised date)

Friday, Nov. 20th - Star Chart Survey deadline (See link above)

Tuesday, Nov. 24th - Blackout date

Nov. 25th - Nov. 27th - Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Monday, Nov. 30th - Blackout date

Thursday, Dec. 3rd - Progress Reports go home to all who are preforming below 70%

Tuesday, Dec. 8th - Science Night 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Dec. 8th - Dec. 11th - 3rd 6-Weeks Assessment window (Data meeting after Christmas Break)

Thursday, Dec. 10th - Winter Program 6:00pm

Dec. 10th - Dec. 18th - ACP Window (check email for day-to-day schedule)

Friday, Dec. 18th - Deadline for 1st semester Peer Observation

Jacquelyn Burden - Principal

Affirmation of the Week - I am bold and mighty forces come to my aid. (one of my favorite affirmations)

Quote of the Week - "Why is self-confidence arrogant? Why is self-deprecation considered modesty? I worked my (blank) off to be able to have a high opinion of myself."

Ronda Rousey - Mixed Martial Arts Champion