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Zitzman 411

What's Happening This Week:

Monday: A Day. 7:45 a.m. Tiny Guitar Club Rehersal. Morning Movers in the gym 8:15 a.m.

Tuesday: B Day. PLC's in the Lighthouse Lounge. MMD District Meeting @ 4:00. PTO Meeting in the Library @ 6:00.

Wednesday: C Day. Grade Window Open.

Thursday: D Day. 7:30 AM Certified Staff Mtg in Library. All Day Annual Vision, Hearing & Growth Screenings - 1st, 3rd, 5th ONLY!

Friday: A Day.

*Grades 2-5: Math Evaluate Week!*

PLC Agenda:

This week we have Positive Pop Ins.

Plan to meet in the Lighthouse Lounge for a 5 minute collaboration and Q & A for any topics. Then we will split up and head into classrooms solo. This will cut down on the shock factor of how many people are coming in your room, allow you to stay as long as you see fit, and then reflect on your own practice before sharing out with your team. You will have up to 20 minutes (or more if needed) to get into 2 classrooms and then head back to the lounge to share out. We will post for all to see in a fun way!

Grade Level Assignments:

5th go to 4th Grade

4th go to 5th Grade

3rd go to 2nd Grade

2nd go to 1st Grade

1st go to Kdg

Kdg go to 1st Grade

Specials go to 3rd Grade

SPED go to the classrooms where you push in to or have students with minutes in.


PERFECT ATTENDANCE. Once Spelled completely please notify Dr. Sladek via email! The next recess date is set for:
  1. October Friday 5th @ 2:20 - 2:50

Here is the link to Attendance Protocol this year:

*I would encourage you to do something at the class level each month for those students that met their goal in their leadership notebook or had perfect attendance for the month. IF there is something I can do to support your class incentive monthly please let me know!

Counselor Corner Week of 9/10

2nd week of month

2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade

Send Mrs. Flexsenhar's names of students you think will benefit from a group.

Title 1 Reading Report:

Title I News:

All DRA's for grades 1-5 should be completed and data entered into SIS by Friday, Sept. 14th.

DRA Tip of the Week: Remember to fill out the "Record of Assessment Books Used" form so the next grade level knows which books each individual student has read.

If you need assistance completing the DRA or Easy CBM Assessments, please contact Ketina.

DRA Findings

Based on students' DRA performances, it appears that there is a quick Tier I instructional focus that could be used while teaching Journey's stories and while conferencing with students about their book boxes. After reading the stories, use the below DRA prompts/questions with your entire class and record answers on chart paper (one for examples and one for non-examples):

Levels A-16


What does this book make you think of? or What connections did you make while reading this book?

Levels 18-24


What do you think the author is trying to tell you in this story? (moral, lesson, big idea)


What do you think was the most important thing that happened in this story?

Why do you think that was important?

Levels 28-40

Interpretation: Use "why" questions specific to the story?

Reflection: (Non-Fiction) What do you think is the most important thing you learned from reading this book? Tell why you think it is important.

(Fiction) What do you think is the most important event in this story?

Tell why you think it is important.

Wake Up and Read!

On September 24th, community volunteers will pick up students from your classroom or the cafeteria from 8:15-8:45 AM buddy reading in the Title I Room 21. Please find a list of candidates at . (This link also has current weekly schedules and other Title I data). If you would like to add a student, please let us know. We would like 4th and 5th graders to apply to be a reading buddy. I'll place an application in 4th and 5th grade teachers' mailboxes. Please add the message below in your weekly communication to families:

Wake Up and Read Volunteers Needed!

If you would like to read with first, second, and third grade students from 8:15-8:45 AM, please join Mrs. Savin and Mrs. Erickson, Title I Teachers, in room 21 on September 19th at 8:45 AM for a quick meeting. If you have been a volunteer in the past, we will begin our program on Monday, September 24th. We look forward to seeing you.


Writing Corner

To access all your grade level Lucy Calkins' Units of Study materials from anchor charts to writing checklists register at If you want access to grades K-5 to include the Up the Ladder resource with videoed lessons, use my


password: zitzman18

You can add other grade level's Units of Study resources to your own account; however, you will need Unit 1 from each grade level for the keyword needed in registration. Of course this word changes with each registration, so I can't give you that information. It seems easier for you all to use my username and password.

Happy writing!

Zitzman Night at St. Louis Football Club

Saturday, Sep. 22nd, 7:30pm

1 Soccer Park Road

Fenton, MO

Tickets are $15 for staff members and their family members. See Mr. Johnson for tickets. It will be a great night at the St. Louis Soccer Park.

Leaving you with this...

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Student Worth and Potential. See It! Hear It! Feel It!

Without question, the greatest human need is to feel valued. And sometimes the only place a child feels this is in our classroom. The classroom culture we establish from the first day of school can send this message loud and clear.

We’ve learned that a leadership culture is what we see, what we hear, and how we feel.

*I encourage you to click on the link (the Title) to read the full article. It has great ideas for the classroom, some free resources and a great video!