Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

December 28

Giving our students HOPE for a better tomorrow one skill at a time!

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I hope that each of you is taking time to truly relax and refuel - sleeping, spending time with family/friends, enjoying activities of YOUR choosing!

You work hard when we have are with students and need to balance that with time for yourself when possible.

I have included a link below for an article about teaching with trauma. It is a great read, worth the time.

PBS lesson

When we return from break we will take time to review our PBS matrix and expectations. There will be specific areas of focus in a slideshow that will be shared.

  • Be sure to plan extra time to review your classroom expectations and procedures as well.
  • How will you refine your procedures to improve on classroom management?
  • How will you reinforce these routines?

Our Second Steps. . .

I have listed below what SHOULD be the next lesson for each grade level. I will leave this the same for the next full week to allow time to review what is needed for PBS.

Kindergarten- Bullying - Lesson 4

1st grade - Bullying - Lesson 4

2nd grade - Introducing Emotional Management

3rd grade - Introducing Emotional Management

4th grade - Managing Strong Feelings

5th grade - Managing Anxiety

Character Trait for January is Motivation/Hardworking

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JCPS Difference Maker Recognition

Have a colleague who you would like to see recognized for making a positive difference? Here is the link to complete a nomination.

JCPS Foundation Grants

The Foundation Grants are open and available. What could you do as a team or what could we do as a school with additional funds to support a plan to support literacy? social/emotional skills?

Check out the grant applications to see what is available. Grant applications close January 14th. More details will come soon!

Duties for the Week

Car rider line (7:30 - 8:10)

Jesse Bond

Mary Crumble

Back door (7:30 - 8:15)

Jean Owens

Bottom of 5th grade staircase (near workroom) 7:30 - 7:45

4th/5th grade teacher

Bottom of cafeteria staircase 7:30 - 7:45

2nd/3rd grade teacher

Front hallway by restrooms near office 7:30 - 7:45

Melinda Contryman

Gym 7:30 - 7:45

Briana Watson

Jerry Ries

Tom Renner

2 teachers on duty

Front Door 7:30 -7:45

K/1st grade teacher

Bus supervision/welcome 7:30 - last bus arrives

Coco O’Neill

All grade level teachers will collect students from the gym at 7:45.

Hallway supervision 7:45 - 8:10

Front doorway


By TV in front hallway


By Gann’s office door

Specials teacher (on rotation)

By Speech room


By water fountain between 3rd and 1st grade


By cafeteria doors


Between Dunham and Yaeger’s classrooms


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Have you nominated a colleague?

1 Teacher of the Year Nominations

Want to nominate one of our deserving educators for the 2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year award? Nominations are currently being accepted. The nomination window will close on January 9, 2019. Fill out the online nomination form here.

Educators eligible for this award include full-time, certified teachers, school librarians, guidance counselors or instructional coaches. You are welcome to nominate as many teachers as you would like. The nominated teacher must have five years of teaching experience, with two of those years being served in the Jefferson City Public Schools. For more information, call the JCPS Foundation at 573-659-3743 or click here.
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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 2

*PD day - details below

Thursday, January 3

*Students return!

*Breakfast in Classroom begins!

Friday, January 4

*Grade cards go home

Monday, January 7

*iReady Math testing window opens (open until Jan. 18)

Tuesday, January 8

*Tier 2 meeting

Wednesday, January 9

*District admin mtg 8 - 11

*LW staffing 11:00 (Reece, Haugen, Spear, Hutchison, James, Lock)

*New Crew mtg 3:45 - 4:45 in library

Thursday, January 10

*Principal meeting 12 - 4

Friday, January 11

*5th grade Growing Up lessons 2:15 pm

PD Day - January 2nd

We have a full day planned for January 2nd.

1. All grade level teachers will meet at Lawson for science resource training at 8:00. You will need to bring a tech device (chromebook) and a teacher's edition. This session will end at 11:00.

All paraprofessionals will report to the Hawthorne room for a training 8-11 to focus on strategies for de-escalation of student behaviors.

Specials teachers or other departmentalized staff, you should have received details for your professional development sessions for the morning of the 2nd from your department chair.

2. All staff will meet at Moreau Heights at 11:30 for lunch. We will be providing pizza for lunch, soda for drinks and desserts.

3. We will spend the afternoon with a training to develop our toolbox of skills for supporting students with disruptive/defiant behaviors. Marty Huitt will be our presenter.

4. We will end with some time to look at development of our mission statement.

Our day will end at 3:45.

**I understand that there are some district department meetings scheduled this day. Please make plans to be at Moreau Heights for the afternoon for our lunch and training.

Weekly Collaboration Log

This is the link to a revised communication log for your team collaboration. The expectation is that your team will complete each week.