Staff Memo

Aug. 14, 2015

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Donors Choose - Corey Jose

Big shout out to Corey for earning funding through DonorsChoose.org. Her project is called "Exercise Grows the Brain Cells!" We are expecting delivery of 30 Champion Sports Fitpro Stability balls any day now. Take a moment to go down to her room to see all of her kids growing their brain cells.


Congratulations, Corey!

Math Bowl Coach

Our kids need a Math Bowl Coach. Last year Katie Mitchell helped our kids become great successes in the math arena. This is a paid position that earns you around $1000. Want to know more? Email Katie. She'll give you all the info you need to know.

Let's All Follow Our First School Rule - BE KIND

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iPad/Phone time is the Right Time

Our clocks and bells are often off by a minute or two. As a staff, we agreed to have cell phone and iPad time be the "right" time.
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F & P Benchmarking by Labor Day

Please have your students reading behaviors assessed so you know what they need and what they know. Use the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment kit to help.

Sean will be offering three different trainings around the F & P kit.


August 20 @ 7:50 Benchmarking Basics


Aug. 24 @ 7:50 Benchmarking - MSV and Questioning


Aug. 27 @ 7:50 F & P Optional Assessments and Writing


Please feel free to join him should you need more support in how to use the assessment kit. Sean will send out meeting requests for you to accept if interested.

CRES PTO on Facebook

Please "like" CRES PTO on Facebook so you can keep up with PTO events. Let's support our PTO like they support us.

For Safety, Please Keep Your Doors Locked

In case we would ever have an intruder, you need to be able to pull your door closed and have it lock immediately. Several teachers have magnets on their door frames so that the door doesn't lock when students leave the room. If the door would need to be locked, the magnet is removed and the door closed.


Questions? Please ask.

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Three-in-a-Bag for Friday, Aug. 21

If you are a K, 1st, or 2nd grade teacher and you haven't yet shared your Three-in-a-Bag, please plan to bring your items on Friday, Aug. 21 so they can be shared at our Staff Meeting.
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Keep on Building Those Relationships

Front load. Prioritize time to get to know your students and for your students to get to know you and each other. This will pay off. Student learning will increase.


Of course, procedures need to be practiced again and again. Always think about the expectatioins we have for each other. Are our expectations for our students higher than for ourselves? If so, reflect upon how you might make expectations reasonable. Give yourself and the kids grace. We are three days in. It's been the best start to a year that I can remember in a very long time.

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Upcoming PD Revisions/Reminders

  • Aug. 20 @ 7:50 - F & P Benchmark Basics with Sean - Collab/PD room (128)
  • Aug. 21 @ 7:35 - Staff Meeting PD - Library
  • Aug. 24 @ 7:50 - F & P Benchmarking - MSV and Questioning with Sean - Collab/PD room (128)
  • Aug. 25 @ 7:45 New Teacher breakfast and check-in - Collab/PD room (128)
  • Aug. 27 @ 7:50 F & P Optional Assessments and Writing with Sean - Collab/PD room (128)
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Looking Ahead

Monday, Aug. 17 Day Day 4

  • Pledge/MOS - Spears


Tuesday, Aug. 18 Day 1

  • 8:15 Share the Load - Talon - PD/Collab room 128


Wednesday, Aug. 19 Day 2

  • 3:10 Collab - Team 1 - PD/Collab room 128


Thursday, August 20 Day 3

  • 7:50 F & P Benchmark basics - PD/Collab room 128
  • 8:00 Office meeting
  • 3:30 Collab - Team 2


Friday, August. 21Day 4

  • 7:35 Staff meeting - library
  • 3:10 Collab - Team 3 - PD/Collab room 128


Monday, August 24 Day 1

  • Pledge/MOS - Greiwe
  • 7:50 F & P Benchmarking MSV and Questioning - PD/Collab room 128
  • 3:10 Collab - Team 4 - PD/Collab room 128


Tuesday, August 25 DAy 2

  • Fire Drill sometime today
  • 7:45 New Teachers' breakfast - PD/Collab room 128
  • 3:10 Collab - TEam K - PD/Collab Room 128


Wednesday, August 26 Day 3

  • Spirit Wear orders due
  • 7:30-11:30 Elementary Principals' meeting - Lisa gone
  • 3:10 Collab - Team 1 - PD/Collab room 128
  • 5:15 Parent Info Night grades 3 and 4
  • 6:30 Parent Info Night grades 1 and 2


Thursday, Aug. 27 Day 4

  • 7:50 Student Council (StuCo) office meeting
  • 7:50 F & P Optioinal Assessments and Writing with Sean - PD/Collab room 128
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2 - PD/Collab room


Friday, Aug. 28 Day 1

  • Dress for Success - Wear your best for picture day - School photos
  • 7:35 Diversity 21 meeting - PD/Collab room 128
  • 3:10 Collab - Team 3