Millbrook Elementary Staff Notes

Week of April 4-8, 2016

Thought For the Week

All successful people are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal, or purpose. ~Brian Tracy

To Be of Use (Some words to inspire us after returning from spring break!)

The people I love the best

jump into work head first

without dallying in the shallows

and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.

They seem to become natives of that element,

the black sleek heads of seals

bouncing like half-submerged balls.


I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,

who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,

who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,

who do what has to be done, again and again.


I want to be with people who submerge

in the task, who go into the fields to harvest

and work in a row and pass the bags along,

who are not parlor generals and field deserters

but move in a common rhythm

when the food must come in or the fire be put out.


The work of the world is common as mud.

Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.

But the thing worth doing well done

has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.

Greek amphoras for wine or oil,

Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums

but you know they were made to be used.

The pitcher cries for water to carry

and a person for work that is real.

~Marge Piercy

Logistical Updates

  • Looking Ahead: Next Monday, 4/11 we will have the Lenovo Community Volunteer event. We will not have specials in the morning and we will have the schedule for the day to you by mid-week. We will have a work session to prepare for Student Led Conferences (which will be held Thursday, 4/14) after school on Monday 4/4 at 3:00 in the media center. Nicole will facilitate.
  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards: Go home with students on Friday, 4/8.
  • SIP Team Meeting Date Change: Please note that the next SIP team meeting will be held on Monday, 4/25. This change is reflected on the Google calendar.

Schedule of Events

Monday, 4/4: B Day, 4th PLT 1:30 -3; Staff Meeting/Work Session to Plan Student-Led Conferences, 3:00 (Media Center)

Tuesday, 4/5: C Day; K Collaborative Planning Day; 2nd PLT 1:30 - 3:30

Wednesday, 4/6: D Day; 3rd PLT 1:30 - 3:30

Thursday, 4/7: E Day; 4th Collaborative Planning Day; 1st PLT 1:30 - 3:30

Friday, 4/8: F Day; 5th PLT 1:30-3:30; **3rd quarter report cards go home today**

Learning Corner

As we continue to work on revising our SIP plan and incorporate the 4 Cs, check out this article about classroom redesign.

This Week's Inspiration

Yes, it is a high school. But what are your takeaways? What could we replicate at MEMS?