Meadow Creek Monday Message

March 21, 2016

Meadow Creek’s mission is to promote learning by challenging all to reach their potential

in a safe, nurturing environment by communicating, collaborating and congratulating!

Welcome Back!

I hope you had a fabulous, relaxing, entertaining, joyous Spring Break! Hopefully you had time to rest and get excited about this last stretch of the year! We have lots to do and to accomplish in the short time we have left! It is always so buy this time of you, be sure to make every minute count so your students get to where you want them to be by the end of the year!

Welcome Back Cathy

We are so very glad to have Cathy Rodgers back with us! Be sure to stop by or send her an email to say hello!

Third Grade Wax Museum

Third Grade's Wax Museum will be on Thursday, March 24 at 6:00 PM. Students will be practicing during the day and will be inviting 2nd grade to practice sharing their information. The students have worked hard on this special third grade project!

Pajama Day and DEAR Time

Since our students did an awesome job of collecting books for the HEB District Book Swap and met and exceeded the goal of 4,000 books, students and staff are invited to wear pajamas to school on Thursday and have a 30 minute DEAR time!


Several grades will be reading at 2:20 to 2:50 so feel free to join a class to read!


Please tell students this is an old fashion reading time, no electronics, tablets and such. Be sure everyone has a book in hand to read!

TELPAS Writing Samples Due

All TELPAS writing samples need to be verified by today.

Holiday!

Friday, March 25 is a school holiday!

STAAR Testing

We will have two STAAR testing days next week. Tuesday is 4th grade writing and 5th grade math. Wednesday is 5th grade reading.


Both days will be jeans day and we will provide lunch for the entire staff. Thank you for your support and help on these important testing days.

Student Teacher Opportunity

If you are interested in working with a student teacher next year, it is time to turn in your application. Having a student teacher is a great way for you to share your knowledge and expertise and to get some extra help in the classroom!


Every new teacher needs a great supervising teacher and that could be you! If you are interested, please see Peggy for the form. They are due by March 28.

HEB ISD Employee Banquet

We will have lots of reasons to attend the HEB ISD Banquet this year. We will be saying good bye to several friends, many will be getting service pin for 10 or more years and we want to be there to cheer on our Teacher of the Year, Cristina Roberts! If you are getting a pin, are the TOY or are retiring, you will get one complimentary ticket but you must tell Peggy you will be using that ticket. All other tickets are only $10! The Board of Trustees pays $30 for the rest of each ticket! Please let Peggy know if you are attending or if you need to purchase a ticket by March 22. I hope that we have lots of Meadow Creek friends at the banquet again this year!

Chapter 8: Improve Your Pacing

Look Forward


Even mild suspense creates tension, excitement and anticipation. You can harvest that in your classroom by using Look Forward. If you put an agenda on the board for the lesson or the morning, you can start students looking forward. If you add a catchy name to some of the topics, that seem all the more intriguing. If you call one "Mystery Activity," you can make the anticipation even more intense. You can go even farther by referring to it occasionally.


Here are some ways to refer to the future:


"Later we'll be making this really tricky, so stay with me now, even if it seems easy (or hard)."


"By the end of this class you will be able to......"


"This first step, you will want to show off to all of your friends!"



From: Teach Like A Champion

Education Foundation Grants

The deadline for the 2016-2017 Education Foundation Grant application is 4:00 PM on Monday, April 4. Start thinking now about ideas that you can use in your classroom an apply for a grant! Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded to individuals and $5,000 for a campus initiated grant.


What ideas do you have??

Upcoming Faculty Meetings

Please be sure you have the dates on your calendar!


March 31 - Chapter 7 Champions - Meet in the gym! Be sure to have read chapter 7!

April 7 - Goal Teams

April 14 - Faculty Meeting

April 21 - STAAR Training

Reminders...

Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday March 30 are STAAR testing days. It will be a closed campus for visitors. You might want to put this in your newsletters to let parents know to pick another day to join students at lunch.


Remember that we don't send students out in the hallways to sit because of behavior issues or to finish work. Please use a Buddy Room or the Office. Students should not be sitting in the hallways if the whole class is not in the hallway working.


Be sure to call or text me at 817-454-6554 if you are going to be out for any reason.


Please be at your door at 7:45 to greet your students. It is important that you are in your classroom at the start of each day. Your arrival time needs to be before 7:45. Now is a good time to set new routines so you will be ready for the earlier start next year!

March

March 3 - Sara Codori and D'Ann Jordan

March 13 - Peggy Reese

March 23 - Lori Dean

Professional Development

March 23

Demonstration Classroom Information Meeting


April 4

Grade 4 Social Studies

Grade 6 ELA

Grade 3 Math

Grade 5 ELA

Grade K-2 Social Studies


April 5

Grade 5 Social Studies

Grade 4 Math

Grade 3 Social Studies


April 6

Grade 6 Social Studies

Grade 5 Math

Grade 1 ELA

Grade 3 ELA

Grade 4 ELA

Grade 6 Math



Be sure to complete the two state required trainings that are on HEB Learning on Date Rape and Suicide. These two hour long training need to be completed by April 1. The PD sign in page is in the office behind Diane's desk. Be sure to turn in both certificates to Doreen.

Required Training PD Sign In

Thank you to the many of you who have completed the Date Rape and suicide Training and have turned in the certificates. the PD sign In sheets are located on clipboards behind Diane's desk. there are two sing ins. Please be sure you complete the trainings, turn in your certificates and sign the PD sign in sheets by April 1.


Thank you again!

Important Dates

March 22 - Last day to pay for banquet tickets

March 24 - 3rd Grade Wax Museum

March 25 - School Holiday

March 29 - STAAR tests for Grdes 4 and 5

March 30 - STAAR tests for Grade 5

March 31 - Chapter 7 Champions Faculty Meeting

April 4 - Education Foundation Grants due by 4:00

April 5 - Math DBA and CBAs, Science DBA, PTA Camp Fair 5:30 to 7:00 PM

April 7 - PK/K Field Day 1:00 to 2:30, 2nd Grade Bugs Performance, Goal Team Meetings

April 8 - Field Days for Grades 1-6

8:30-10:00 1st-2nd

10:30-12:00 5th-6th

1:00-2:30 3rd -4th