Owl Notes

April 3

A WORD TO THE WISE...

* COUNTDOWN TO STAAR WRITING - We are on the countdown to STAAR writing. Please take a moment and encourage our fourth graders to do their best when you see them in the hallways or make time to go and visit with previous students and encourage them to do their best. We are on the final push and our fourth grade teachers have done an amazing job preparing their students but any and all extra support would be greatly appreciated!

* CORE TEAM MEETING - We will be meeting this Monday instead of April 15.

* TUESDAY - We will be flipping schedules on Tuesday for Writing STAAR. Second and fourth will flip specials schedules and there will be no active start for fourth grade that day.

* MOD PIZZA DAY - Tuesday, April 9 is MOD Pizza day. They will give 20% back to PTO when you mention ORE. Purchase lunch and dinner!!!

* BOND INFORMATIONAL MEETING - There is a Bond Informational meeting at ORHS on Monday, April 15 @ 6:00 p.m. It would be great if many of us would attend to support Dr. Null and the presentation. Jeans Tuesday for those who attend!

* RECESS - We need to be diligently monitoring recess from now till the end of the year. We are already seeing an increase in physical behaviors where students are getting hurt by each other. Make sure you have at least 4 teachers outside and that you each take a duty station to monitor.

* MATH COACH VISIT - Gretchen Montgomery will be here on Monday, April 15. She will be meeting with all math teachers during planning periods to complete the Questioning training we started at Faculty Meeting in February.

* STAAR WRITING - STAAR Writing is Tuesday, April 9. Please help us ensure that parents know that day is a closed campus and we do not allow parents to enter the main part of the building. We ask that they not come for lunch that day.

* STUDENT TEACHERS IN THE FALL - If you are interested in hosting a student teacher in the fall, please email me.

* FACULTY EGG HUNT - We will be hosting the second annual Faculty Egg Hung on Thursday, April 18 right after school. Donations for egg fillers are now being accepted. Please drop off bags of candy to Tami Eldridge. We will stuff as many eggs as we can, hide them and let the games begin!!!

* INTRA/INTERDISTRICT TRANSFERS - Intradistrict/interdistrict transfer requests for next school year are now available. If your child is in attendance here on a transfer, please go ahead and take of submitting one for next year. BOARD VOTED AND CHANGED THE DEADLINE DATE TO MAY 1 FROM JULY 1.

* BEHAVIOR - We are all noticing that unacceptable behaviors are on the rise. Please take a few moments daily to remind students of expectations. Remember, we've talked before that losing a few minutes of instruction to reinforce expectations causes us to have extra time on the end because we are not constantly dealing with behavior issues. If you need help, please do not hesitate to contact the front office and ask for someone to come. If Kara and I are both tied up, someone will come and we will handle the situation as soon as we are free. Statistics show that complimenting students on their good behavior reduces the amount of misbehavior's overall..

RUSTIC PEACH TEAM BUILDING FUN

So far about 5 friends have signed up and paid for this fun event! If you are going to participate, YOU MUST REGISTER BY SUNDAY. This is on Monday, April 15. Rustic Peach will bring pallets and supplies and we will have a fun afternoon laughing and painting. To sign up, follow the link below. You will need to choose your design, choose hostess as Oak Ridge Elementary, then purchase. It's simple and you will have lots of fun! Not talented, no problem!

SEEDS FOR GROWTH:

Jayda Babcock, Kathy Wolff, Jeff Dye, and Heidi Fernandez - thanks for volunteering to help with 3rd grade tutoring! - Missy G

3rd grade team - Thanks for working so hard this week!!! - Missy

Dena Green, Mendy Carr, Shelby Harvey, Claudia Munoz and Chelsea Taylor - for hours and hours of hard work poured into our fourth graders getting them ready for STAAR! They are ready and we are going to ROCK THIS TEST!!! - Tami and Kara

Kara Saly - thanks for the hours of preparation you put into STAAR so that we have an easy, flawless, error free day! - Tami

Third grade teachers - Thank you for taking time to encourage our fourth graders to do their best on STAAR Writing - glow sticks and all! - Fourth grade

Goals for 18-19

1. By December, all math teachers will be trained and will have implemented Poster Method twice a month.

2. Starting in January, teachers will focus on aligning two anchor stations with current learning in the classroom.

3. By the end of the school year, reading and writing teachers will be trained in the conferring process and create their own documentation of conferences.

Upcoming Dates

APRIL

5 - James Fatuch's birthday

5 - Poster Method

5 - Kindergarten Graduation

6 - Job Fair

9 - STAAR Writing Grade 4

10 - Dena Green's birthday

11 - Bilingual coach visit

12 - Math Review Quiz

13 - PK/Early Childhood Fair @ B.B. Rice

15-26 - Kindergarten Round Up

17 - Tami out to Principals' Meeting

17 - Fourth grade to Destination YMCA

19 - Holiday - Kara Saly's birthday

22 - School holiday

23 - 26 - Book Fair

23 - Third grade Destination YMCA

24 - Administrative Professionals' Day

24 - Fourth Vogel Visit

25 - ExplOREtorium Night, Kinder Round Up

26 - Math Review Quiz

29 - Faculty Meeting

30 - Kim Dooley and Tami Miller's birthday, Dr. Phillips campus visit

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