Meadow Creek Monday Message

April 4, 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!

Testing Tuesday

Tuesday, April 5, we have the Math DBA for grades 3, 4 and 6. 5th grade will be taking the Science DBA and 2nd grade will be taking the Math CBA. An important day!

We appreciate your help making the hallways quiet and while at the restrooms. We also appreciate your flexibility when we have to cancel some program and borrow people to help for testing. We have been very creative to try to keep PEFA times on these days and we appreciate Hayley, Kelli, Joanna and Gwens' help when we have to change up their schedule.

Tuesday will be a Meadow Creek shirt and Jean day to show that we are a team working together to help everyone be successful! Go Team MC!


Monday, you should find a nomination in your box for the District level Improvement Committee. If you are interested in serving on this District level committee, please return the form to me by 4:00 on April 14.

The Committee meets about four times a year and the term is for two years. It is a great way to give input and to learn more about what is happening at the District level.

Aesop Substitute System

You should be getting Welcome Letters this week to introduce yourself to the new substitute reporting system. Be sure to check it out and to watch any of the introductory videos. We will let you know when the official switch will be made to the new system but it should be around April 15.

Thank you!

Field Days!

We will have Field Days this week!

PreK and Kindergarten will have their Field Days from 1:00 to 2:30 on Thursday.

Friday's schedule will be:

Grades 1 and 2: 8:30 to 10:00

Grades 5 and 6: 10:30 to 12:00

Grades 3 and 4: 1:00 to 2:30

Thank you to Hayley and Kelli for organizing this special even for our students!

Both Thursday and Friday will be jeans days!

Meadow Creek PTA Summer Camp Fair

Meadow Creek PTA will host its annual summer Camp Fair on Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:30 PM in the gym. Be sure to stop by and pick up information for some family fun this summer!

We are also sponsoring a Blood Drive starting at 4:30. Please consider donating if you can. Let me know so I can share some jeans day passes for your life-giving contribution!

Summer School

This year students in grades K-2, who do not have passing grades on their report cards, will have intervention during summer school. The dates will be June 6-June 30, Monday- Thursdays, 7:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Students in grade 5, who do not pass the second administration on STAAR for reading and/or math are required to attend summer school Monday- Thursday, 7:30 to 2:30 fromm June 6 to June 22.

ELL Students in PK/K have a summer school available to them as well.

There are several enrichment summer school programs offered in HEB this summer for GT, world languages and STEM for elementary students.

There is not summer school for students in grades 3, 4 and 6 who do not have passing grades.

Summer Packing

As you begin to think about the packing and storing we will need to do this summer, now is a good time to start cleaning out, minimizing or in some cases purging the things you never use and never will use! We will learn more about the packing and moving at our April 17 faculty meeting but in the meantime, now is a good time to clean out.

Registration Information

Please put these dates on your calendar!

Returning student registration is Wednesday, July 27 from 2 pm to 7 pm. Late returning student registration is Tuesday, August 2 form 8 am to 5 pm.

All returning families will complete registration on-line prior to coming to registrations. Families will verify the information they have put into the computer and bring proof of residency to registration.

We will need some people to help us on these days so be sure to let Peggy know!

New student registration is on Wednesday, August 3 from 2 pm to 7 pm. This is not done on-line.

More information about on-line registration will be sent home with families before the end of school.

Chapter 8: Improve Your Pacing

Technique: Work the Clock

Effective teachers "work the clock." They count it down, parcel it out in highly specific increments, often announcing the allotted time for each activity: "Take three minutes to answer the questions in front of you." They mix in frequent countdowns to pace their class in completing tasks and emphasize the importance of each second: "Pencils down and eyes on me in 5-4-3-2-1." The countdown lends a sense of urgency to class time, reminding students that time matters and hastening them along to the next step. A countdown allows them to acknowledge productive behavior in an especially effective way.

Imagine you acknowledge two students, Brooklyn and Brian, because they were ready in the exact manner you'd asked. If you acknowledge them in the middle of the countdown (for example, by saying: "5-4...Brooklyn is ready...3,2...Brian is sitting up and ready to roll..1. Eyes and me and away we go!" you are calling attention to behavior that not only meets but exceeds expectations. You gave students until you got to 1, but Brooklyn was ready at 4! She set the bar high!

Without the countdown, calling attention to their readiness leaves you sounding weak, almost as if you were pleading with other students to comply to your expectations by praising a few students who had complied or at least come close. Using countdowns allow you to continually set goals for your class' speed in meeting expectations.

From: Teach Like A Champion

PTA Mini Grants

Meadow Creek PTA Mini Grants are due on April 8! Don't miss this opportunity for a chance to get something special for your classroom!

HEB Reads

Be sure to put Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 on your calendar! This is the kick off for the joint effort between HEB ISAD, our three cities and the public libraries. This will be a fun event with free food, games and free books. The challenge is not just for students but for grown ups too! We can track our minutes this summer and earn prizes, even if you don't live in Hurst, Euless or Bedford!

Upcoming Faculty Meetings

Please be sure you have the dates on your calendar!

April 7 - Goal Teams

April 14 - Faculty Meeting

April 21 - STAAR Training


Self Report Part 2 for Teachers and Paraprofessionals are due by Friday, April 8.

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

If you leave anytime during the day or before 3:45, be sure that you are signing in and out with the Positive Proof system in the office.


April 15 - Rebecca Myers

April 19 - Candice Cooper

April 21 - Ashley Harris

April 24 - Michelle Pepper

April 25 - Stephanie Hines

April 26 - Donna Taldo

April 30 - Kelli Bedunah

Professional Development

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

Important Dates

April 4 - Honor Choir auditions after school this week

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 for grades 1 and 3 at 1:45, 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

April 12 - 1st grade field trip to the zoo

April 13 - 2nd grade field trip to the museum

April 15 - Grades due

April 15 - Spirit Night at Chicken Express for 4th grade trip to Austin

April 21 - Report Card Day, College Day, Popcorn Day

April 22 - All Pro Dads' Breakfast

April 23 - 6th grade car wash

April 29 - Kindergarten field trip to the Bedford Boys Ranch