Nuts & Bolts

December 3, 2018

We made it!

Phew! We made it through our first week back after Thanksgiving break and have made it to December. Some of our kiddos had a rough transition back to school after a week off and you all handled it beautifully. Only three weeks until winter break!


The month of December seems to be hectic as everyone is stressing to prepare for the holidays. I hope that you carve out moments of quiet and peace in your day to get through. As you know, the holiday season can cause changes in student behavior. Students can be excited, sad, aloof, angry, agitated, tired, happy, and overstimulated. Please remember not to take these changes in behavior personally; the child is having a hard time, not giving you a hard time.


The best thing we can do this month to combat this is provide a consistent, stable environment, honor your schedule, and maintain high academic and behavioral expectations up until the very last hour of school before winter break.



I hope you enjoyed your weekend and I look forward to learning with you this week,


René

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Professional Learning - December 3rd and 10th

At Monday's staff meeting, we will engage in Part I of a two part series about portfolio development. The agendas for both sessions are below for your review.

Staffing Update

Nikki is no longer employed with MMA. We appreciate her contribution to the school and wish her the best moving forward.


Right now we have open and advertised - LE teacher, special education case manager, reading assistant, teaching assistant. If you know any great candidates, please send them our way. People can apply through Teachers-Teachers or email me their resume and cover letter directly.


Lana and I have reviewing resumes and scheduling interviews. We have several scheduled this week.

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Special Ed Schedules Tweaked

With Nikki's departure, the schedules for case managers and assistants have been tweaked. These schedules will be updated throughout the year to fit the needs of our students. Ms. Wendy and Ms. Kat will be spending more time in elementary.


The students with IEPs on Nikki's caseload have been divvied amongst our other four special education case managers. Those teachers affected have already been notified.


If you have questions or concerns regarding the special education schedule or meeting the needs of your students with IEPs, please talk to Dana and/or René.

Employee Info Sheet - Complete by Friday

I would really like to add birthdays back to N&B; so, will you all please compete the employee information sheet using this form? This is crucial information for us, especially if there were to be an emergency. I appreciate those of you who completed this at the beginning of the year.


If you have not already done so, please complete this form by this Friday, December 7th. Actually, do it right now. Do it; click the link! Thanks!

Arming/Disarming the Alarm

If you come into the building after hours, you must use your personal code and disarm the alarm. It is not acceptable to come in and leave the alarm going off until the police show up.


If you cannot remember your code, please ask Megan. If you need an in-person lesson at the panel, please ask René.


The procedures below are almost identical when arming and disarming the alarm. The only difference would be if you hit arm vs. disarm. Please have all the lobby doors closed before touching the alarm keypad or you will receive an error message that door are open and the alarm cannot be set.



Scholarship - AMS National Conference in D.C.

MMA is offering a limited number of scholarships for you to attend the AMS National Conference in Washington, D.C. Scholarships will cover the cost of your conference registration ($495 for members, $595 for non-members), your flight (about $600) and your per diem. You will be responsible for lodging and ground transportation.


Please submit a scholarship application before December 6th to be considered for this opportunity.

Locking Closets

Please remember to lock your closet doors. In most cases, this is where teacher supplies are stored and it is not appropriate for students to be in this area. Keeping these doors locked is especially important when you share access to that room. Recently, children have been found hiding in closed rooms and have said they gained access through the shared closet space. Communicate with your closet partner to figure out what procedure will work best for you both.
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Assessment Capable Learners Cohort

UBSE is rolling out a cohort called Assessment Capable Learners. If MMA participated, we would send a team to this professional learning. The cohort begins in January this school year and runs through next school year. Please email Lana before December 15th if you would like to volunteer to be on MMA's team. Details are below.
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Imagine Learning Follow-Up PL

Randy, from Imagine Learning will be here on December 12th from 3:15-4pm to conduct a follow-up professional learning. This session will focus on how to access reports for the language side of Imagine Learning. The math side of Imagine Learning will not be addressed.


Lower elementary teachers are required to attend. Our professional learnings sessions are required and the timelines are dictated to us from UBSE because we receive money from them to pay for this research-based resource and we are considered in probation status because we have not used the resources provided as much as recommended in previous years.


Thank you for your flexibility and attendance.

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Secret Santa

We will be doing Secret Santa this year again for those who choose to participate. Secret Santa festivities will take place Monday, December 17th through Thursday, December 20th. The max spending amount is about $15. You will secretly deliver small $1-2 gifts to your Secret Santa on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday without revealing your name. On Thursday, you will deliver your larger gift (about $10) and reveal your name.


If you would like to participate in Secret Santa, there will be a sign-up out in the workroom soon.

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MMA Holiday Party White Elephant

Thank you for RSVPing. I had to include the beautiful invite below because it has not been in the N&B yet.


If you are attending the holiday party and choose to participate in the white elephant gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift valued around $10-15. The gift can be serious or silly.


I can't wait to celebrate with you all!

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Upcoming Events

12/3 - Staff Meeting, Commons

12/4 - PLC Meetings

12/5 - Health Inspector Visit

12/6 - Parent Ed Night

12/7 - MAPA Mtg, 8:45am, Conference Room

12/8 - MMA Holiday Party, Harley & Bucks

12/10 - Early Dismissal, Professional Learning

12/10 - Advisory Meeting

12/11 - PLC Meetings

12/12 - Imagine Learning PL, 3:15pm

12/12 - Feast of Ages Play, 5pm

12/13 - Feast of Ages Play, 5pm

12/13 - Montessori Foundations Course, 9am-3pm

12/14 - Lockdown Drill

12/14 - JH Winter Ball Stomp

12/17 - Montessori Monday

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