Staff Weekly Update

March 23, 2016

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Thank you for all that you do!

Aaron & Lewis

4.5.16 PARCC Assembly

There will be an assembly for third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students in the gym on Tuesday, April 5th at 2:15 in the afternoon. We will begin calling students down to the gym at 2:00 p.m. This time will be used to show the PARCC music video to students before they begin testing on Wednesday, April 6th.

PreK - 2nd Grade Teachers - we would love to have you join the assembly, but know this is optional if other learning activities need to take a priority. We will leave that decision up to each classroom teacher.

Happy birthday to our staff members who turn a year older this month...

  • Yael Fuerst - 3.24
  • Lizzy Cassidy - 3.31
  • Krystal Hanlon - 4.2
  • Joanna Makowiecki - 4.6
  • Liz Clancy - 4.10
  • Connor See - 4.13
  • Mary Sue Hoffman - 4.21
  • Michelle Nowicki - 4.28
  • Janelle Root - 4.29

Upcoming Dates

March, 25th - April 1st


Monday, April 4th

  • Welcome back!
  • Office Team Meeting @ 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 5th

  • Climate & Culture Team Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 6th Grade Tier meeting @ 10:25 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Team Meeting @ 1:20 p.m.
  • 2nd grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.
  • PARCC Assembly @ 2:15 p.m. - Gym

Wednesday, April 6th

  • PARCC testing begins
  • 5th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • Aaron/Lewis @ Admin. Meeting - Morning
  • 3rd Grade Tier Meeting @ 12:30 p.m.
  • Aaron/Lewis @ KIDS Training - P.M.

Thursday, April 7th

  • PARCC testing
  • PFA Tier Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • Apollo SPED Resource Team Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • Core Team Meeting @ 1:00 p.m.
  • 1st Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 8th

  • PARCC testing
  • Family Friday @ Lunch

Words From Other Languages That Might Enrich English (Marshall Memo)

In this article in Scientific American, Steve Mirsky says the English language lacks some felicitous words that others possess. Some examples:

- Iktsuarpok (Inuit) – The anticipation one feels when waiting for someone, prompting to keep going outside to check if they have arrived.

- Kvell (Yiddish) – To glow with pride and happiness at the successes of others, often family members.

- Shemomedjamo (Georgian) – To keep eating even when full because to do so is just so darn enjoyable.

- Desbundar (Portuguese) – Becoming uninhibited while having fun.

- Utepils (Norwegian) – The pleasure of drinking beer outside on a hot day.

- Schnapsidee (German) – Drinking too much and coming up with an ingenious plan.

- Gokotta (Swedish) – Waking up early to go outside to hear the morning’s first birds singing.

- Prostor (Russian) – A desire for spaciousness, roaming free in limitless expanses, not only physically but also creatively and spiritually.

- Waldeinsamkeit (German) – The mysterious, and possibly slightly creepy, solitude one might feel when alone in the woods.

Mirsky found these in an article in The Journal of Positive Psychology by Tim Lomans entitled “Towards a Positive Cross-Cultural Lexicography: Enriching Our Emotional Landscape Through 216 ‘Untranslatable’ Words Pertaining to Well-Being.” If you want to read Lomans’s full collection, or if you have words to contribute to his growing lexicon, just go to!lexicography/cm4mi.

“There Are No Words” by Steve Mirsky in Scientific American, April 2016,

Do you have a morning duty next week? If you are not sure, check the schedule here (or use the picture below).

Also, don't forget to check the Indoor Recess Schedule in the event of undesirable weather.

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