Tiger Beat

Acton Weekly Update 11/8/19

Things to Know

Veterans Day Program: Please park in the cemetery.

Midterm Grading Window is open. Please post your grades by Monday.

Personal Days: If you are taking a personal day, you must request the personal day through Aesop atleast 3 days in advance.

Reminder: We do not grade D5 choice work.

Grades 3-5 Grade Level Meetings with Jen and Brook. IA's will be used to cover the classrooms.

November 11th

1:45-3:35 5th Grade

Scott- Amber

Greene- Mariah


November 12th

1:45-3:35 4th Grade

Reynolds- Jennifer S



November 13th

1:45-3:10 3rd Grade

Simmons- Holly


Milholland-Jennifer S

Major Saver Fundraiser Information:

Collection Dates: Monday, November 18th – Monday, November 25th

Program Details:

· The Major Saver Card! Major Saver has added even more value to our $15 card by increasing the number of establishments to 21 Buy-One-Get-One Free offers.

· Our program is hassle free and does not impact instructional time. During the Collection process your staff will not have to do anything, WE DO ALL THE WORK! We collect the money, track the sales and distribute cards and prizes.

· Marketing Materials – WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

o We have a very limited time, 1 week, to raise your school the most money possible.

o Anything you can do to help advertise is greatly appreciated! A little effort goes a long way!

Post attached ad on social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc)

Parent Email Blast

Safe Schools Video on Dyslexia is a REQUIRED video for staff to view. We have a PD time scheduled to view if you want to use that time. If you'd prefer to watch it on your own, then you will have that PD time to work on your own.

The Acton Link

Click here for a list of helpful school specific links.

PBIS Central

Click here for anything and everything Acton PBIS.

19/20 SOS Form

Print this off and fill it out or make a copy and send to Brook.

Coaches Corner

Happy Friday Friends!

Word Work Tip: Here is the link to Word Work Google Folder. Having trouble keeping kids on task with Word Work for a full 20 minutes? The recommendation from the creators of the program is to have students do Word Work for 10 minutes and then let them choose Read to Self or Work on Writing for the remainder of the time.

Check out this LINK for some fun ideas!

Upcoming Dates:

Q2C1 Posttest given by 11/15

Data entered by 11/18

Data discussed 11/20

Q2C2 Pre-assessment given 11/25

Data discussed 11/26

Guided Reading MOY Jan 6th-Jan 17th

Data Discussions: There are no written documentation expectations during data discussions. The expectation is that grade levels are holding quality conversations using their data to form groups, discuss interventions, and to work on mini-lessons, IRAs, and GR templates.

Guided Reading:

Please make sure we are leveling our students up when necessary. Please use the blue document that I shared to guide you as to where your students should be at this time of year. At the end of each chapter in the yellow book there is a MONITORING PROGRESS section that details how you know when your students are ready to graduate to the next GR level. Please use this useful resource.

Reading Logs:

Minutes have been slowly decreasing recently, especially in the upper grades. Please try to encourage and motivate your students to be filling in these logs and working hard to try and win the MMC for the week.

Brook and I will be working with 3rd -5th next week to discuss ILEARN and Airways information. and other pertinent items. Please bring your Chromebooks.

Have a great weekend! As usual, please let me know how I can help/support you!

Kindergarten and 1st grade friends hard at work and on task during Daily 5!

19/20 Collaboration Schedule

Tuesday and Wednesday PD Schedules. This may change and will be updated throughout the year.

Counselor Corner

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I hope you all smiled to yourself! When I first saw this post I honestly thought, "why would Dr. Becky Bailey make the STAR breath if you cannot take a deep breath while smiling??"

Brain Smart Start vs. Morning Meeting

I have heard from some teachers and from other schools that transitioning out of morning meeting and into the brain smart start has been a little difficult. This could be because you like the format of morning meeting or you see your students really respond well to that.

I looked at the components of a BSS and morning meeting and put them side by side and found a lot of crossover. I made this chart and put the components in the same color that I think represent the same idea.

I see the biggest difference being that there isn't that structured sharing time. Cheryl brought up the great idea of creating that share time at the end of the day or I have seen some teachers combine that with an activity to connect. I added a video of Simmons' class to the google drive where they do an activity where they greet, share, and connect.

I hope this helps!

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Coming Up


9:30 Veterans Day Program

1:30 Dr. Stevenson Building Walkthrough

1:45 5th Grade Airways/ILEARN Planning Meeting

Teachers must post grades


Collaboration:PBIS/ Academic/CD Team Meetings

1:45 4th Grade Airways/ILEARN Planning Meeting

Collaboration: 4th grade Ozobot/ Everyone else is grade level focus/ CORE Team in the conference room.

1:45 3rd Grade Airways/ILEARN Planning Meeting

Grades shared with families via IC

Major Saver Kickoff


6:00 2nd Grade Music Program



11 Veteran’s Day Assembly

13 Field Trip forms due

13 Midterm grades post for parents

14 2nd grade music program

15 All Pro Dads

25 4th grade field trip

27-29 Thanksgiving break


2 Evac Drill

2 SPED Appreciation Day I

2-13 MOY AIRWays

5 PTO meetings

6 Cookies with Santa

9 Pro Act (BWB)

12 3rd grade winter program/Choir Concert

13 Pro Act (BWB)

16 -Jan 3 Teacher Window open

20 All Pro Dads

20 All School sing a long and winter parties

20 End of semester

23-1/6/19 Winter Break

FTCSC Hedgehog Focus

The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.

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