Dolphin Dispatch

Week of February 8, 2016

A Word From Ms. Haynes

Dear Welleby Family,

Thank you to everyone who had their children/guests join us on Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. They had a good time touring the campus to see some areas of the school they don't typically get to see. Ms. Atelus did a great job organizing and entertaining these youngsters.

We are in serious Crunch Time mode as final preparations are underway for our intermediate students for the FSA coming up over the next several months. Also, this week Ms. Atelus and the Assessment Team must begin the ACCESS testing. This test replaces the CELLA test for our ELL students. This is a new test, process, and procedure so please bear with us as we comply with the District mandate of completing this. Your patience and flexibility is appreciated.

I know and understand that the transition to the PC computers is giving us heart palpitations. I think back about 15 years ago when we received Apple computers and it was a shock then to get those. Over time, we adjusted and learned. This Wednesday, we will try to assist each other with the basic navigation of the system and hopefully help each other adapt. It will take several weeks before we become familiar with it. Later on in the year, we will receive direction on the new email system. Principals are tentatively set to migrate next month...I will let you know about the journey.

If you have not turned in your intentions, please do so. Budget season is underway and planning for 2016-2017 has started. I've spoken with some grade chairs regarding some inevitable changes that will happen among grade levels as I believe that it is important to be transparent. Nonetheless, grade placements are some time away as I await the proposed budget and budget conference slated for March. As information is made available, I will share out.

Have an AMAZING week!!

Ideas for Teachers: Teaching about Feelings

This site has clips from the Disney movie, Inside Out that teaches about feelings. Short and cute...: The Helpful Counselor.

The Week Ahead

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

February 8th
  • Welleby Warriors

February 9th
  • Interim Reports: Due to administration (K-2: Favata; 3-5: Haynes---these are to be PRINTED by the teacher and given back in the envelopes provided w/report cards)

February 10th
  • 1st Grade Field Trip: Butterfly World
  • PLC Meeting: 2:05PM
  • Welleby Warriors
  • PTA Meeting: 6:00PM in Media Center

February 11th
  • Interim Reports: Go home to parents
  • Valentine Rose Sale Ends

February 12th
  • Dolphin Depot: Grades PK-2
  • PTA Team Jersey Day Fundraiser
  • Jump Rope for Heart (look for email with schedule/details)

February 13th
Saturday Science Academy: 8:30AM to 11:30AM for students

Calendar Events Subject to Change


Guided Reading

In continuing this Curriculum Corner dedicated to Guided Reading you will see another video below of how Jenna manages this process in her classroom. As you know, a lot of this takes place at the beginning of the school year as you teach routines and processes to students. The video is short and gives some tips on how you can implement this effectively and efficiently.

Blog Post: Guided Reading Tips!

Protocol for Notices Going Home: Update

A couple of updates to this based on questions this week:

  1. Please don't wait until the last minute to ask us to review notices. You need to give us at least a week's notice to take a look at them.
  2. Field trip coordinators planning field trips need to touch base with Mr. Favata during the planning phase to come up with letters to send home to parents regarding the trip. He has templates that you can use to customize for your trip.
  3. Please send notices electronically or turn in a final copy--we need to look at more than just the wording.

Thank you for your cooperation!!

Words to Live By

Kudos to you!

Ms. Atelus: great job on organizing Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Your commitment to building relationships is always appreciated.

Ms. Dart & The Welleby Warriors: we had ANOTHER GREAT week! We're at it rain or shine! Come join us every Monday and Wednesday!

Mr. Satran: thank you for continuing to work with teachers helping them past the digital tests.

Mr. Bellevy: thank you for getting the computers out to the classrooms and the teachers--it was a monumental job, but somebody had to do it!! Glad it was YOU!!! Thank you!

Mr. Cruz, Ms. Guilbee-Cruz, and Mr. Favata: hats off to you for organizing and getting the Science Academy off to a great start!!! We had a super successful opening!!

Kindergarten Team: great job in the 100th Day celebration!! Thanks for inviting Grandma Haynes and Grandpa Favata. They brought along some interesting friends: Grandma Wade, Uncle Jordan, Grandma Atelus, and Auntie Wilches---y'all come back now, ya hear!

The Cast from Welleby Manor

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The Cast from Welleby Manor K Floor

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Who's Gonna Win???

Coming Soon....

February 15th
  • NO SCHOOL: President's Day

February 16th
  • Leadership Team Meeting

February 17th
  • PLC Meeting: 2:05PM
  • Welleby Warriors
  • Menchie's Family Day

February 18th
  • 5th Grade Field Trip: Mathemagic
  • PLC Meetings
  • Menchie's Family Night

February 19th
  • Dolphin Depot: Grades 3-5
  • PK Field Trip: Young at Art
  • Jump Rope for Heart

February 20th
  • Saturday Science Academy: 8:30AM to 11:30AM for students

Calendar Events Subject to Change

Recipe Corner

Compliments of Ms. Dart--join me in trying this vegan recipe just in time for the Super Bowl 50!

Laughter is the Best Medicine

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