Andrews Announcements

Week of Oct. 17th - 21st

Will Smith - Pursuit of Happiness Inspirational speech to son

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 18th

  • Picture Re-Takes
(Pictures will only be taken for new students and those who were absent on picture day. Group pictures for Student Council, S.T.O.P., 5th grade choir, North Texas Children's Choir, and Plano Children's Chorale will also be taken. We are still waiting for the original pictures to be sent out. Re-takes will be at a later date.)

Wednesday, October 19th

  • Jana and Joy at Principal meetings
  • PLC/PDH meetings 3:00 - 4:30

Thursday, October 20th

  • Family Walk Night - 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 21st

  • Report Cards sent home
  • Deadline for teams to turn in Fall Festival raffle certificates to Joy

Monday-Friday, October 24th-28th

  • Red Ribbon Week

Thursday, October 27th

  • Fall Festival - 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 28th

  • Book Fair Set-Up

October 31st - November 4th

  • Book Fair

November 3rd

  • Book Fair Family Night - 5:30-8:00 p.m.

After-School Programs

Monday, Oct. 17
  • 5th Grade Choir

Tuesday, Oct. 18

  • Beginners Chess

Wednesday,Oct. 19

  • Drama Kids
  • Crainiologix

Thursday,Oct. 20

  • Advanced Chess
  • Watch Me Sculpt
  • NTCC

Friday, Oct. 21

  • Watch Me Sculpt

Staff Birthdays - Let's Celebrate Our Upcoming Birthdays!


27 Meagan Gilleland

Staff Shoutout

Dawn, thanks for always forwarding the weather alert email to me and having a type A personality to match mine.

Shout out to the PE coaches and Karen Morris for helping me fix my flat tire on Friday after school!

Amy, thank you for being flexible with 5th grade’s crazy schedule! We love you…

Shout Out to Leigh Anne, Joy, and Jana for all you did to make our invitation to the Pep Rally at Rice MS become a reality! I know you all jumped through a lot of hoops to make the field trip happen in a short amount of time, and we appreciate your efforts SO much! The 5th Grade teachers and kiddos LOVED the Pep Rally! Thanks a ton!

A big thank you to my second grade teammates for all the time they have put into their planning. I feel blessed to work with such dedicated teachers who care so much about their students growth.

You are amazing Kelly!!! Third grade appreciates your determination for success and the amazing energy you bring to our team!! Thank you for conducting parent conferences with a beautiful smile on your face!

A bIg shoutout goes to Alexis Hall, a great teammate and friend. Thanks for always helping, wherever you are needed, with a smile on your face. Your kindness is truly appreciated. Andrews is blessed to have you.

A shout out to Dawn Wood for a positive and professional attitude. Even in a difficult situation, she puts on a happy face and is a real team player!

Staff Spotlight -

I was born and raised in Dallas, growing up in Canyon Creek in Richardson. I am the youngest of 4 children in my family, and I am certainly the baby of the bunch. I love it! I attended PISD from kindergarten through 12th at Aldridge, Wilson, Vines and then graduating from Plano Senior High School. I went to Texas Tech for 1 year and realizing that was a little too far for me, I settled at the University of North Texas.

While at UNT, I waited tables at Chilis. My first week at work, a super handsome bartender caught my eye and we’ve been married for 21 years. We have three beautiful children. William, 17, is in the throes of college applications. He wants a military career which scares the heck out of this momma. Emma, 12, is a 7th grader who is funny, caring and driven. (Not sure where she gets that from) Matthew, 11, is a 5th grader and has the biggest heart of anyone I know. He will take care of me when I’m old, for sure.

This is my 22nd year teaching. I taught 5th grade for 5 years and this is my 17th year as a PACE teacher. Crazy! I was hired at Thomas and taught there for 18 years, then I decided it was time for change and moved to Andrews in 2013. I could never have imagined at the time what a blessing this move would be for me. I love it here and all the people I get to work with every day!

Tech Tip of the Week - Google Drive

Google Drive

Turns a Google Spreadsheet into flashcards, a jeopardy game, or a random

name picker

Voice Typing

In a Google Document, pull down the tools menu to “Voice Typing”. Click the

mic and start talking!

Use these phrases to add punctuation:

  • "Period"
  • "Comma"
  • "Exclamation point"
  • "Question mark"
  • "New line"
  • "New paragraph"

Active Learning Strategies

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading all of your responses about a strategy you want to try!

  • Lauren is going to adapt the name the person activity to name the region.
  • Jennifer Moreno and Ashlee Moore are going to try playing hangman in her classroom with spelling words and vocabulary words.
  • Jen B. is going to work on keeping students engaged in reading by using the word treasures.
  • Jennifer Norwood wants to use the chain game in science.
  • Catie will start using the design a board game strategy in her classroom.
  • Jennifer Deibert is going to continue using musical share in class.
  • Mandy wants to try the chain-making game to help review or summarize information.

Congrats to Jen B. for completing her 5th smore activity response! She is the winner of having an arrival/dismissal duty covered! :)

For Your Reading Pleasure.....Active Learning Strategies for Active Students, Part 5

This is a multi-part series on Active Learning Strategies. This week we are only focusing on strategies 31-35. Please email me which strategy you feel would be most beneficial to implement in your classroom and why. Thanks!

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