Weekly Office MEMO

Week Of December 4, 2017




This video summarized exactly the feeling I have had returning to be with you at CSE after my most interesting fall. I have been overwhelmed by your kindness. My hope is that we continue to have students and staff that understand and practice kindness on an everyday, ordinary level. As this video so plainly points out, it is a the collective power of many small acts of kindness, not a grand gesture, that changes a culture.

We have a job to do together.. we are the keepers of our students first experience at school and learning. Think about how your leadership is providing an experience for students that guarantees growth in Social, Emotional and Intellectual growth? Who needs your extra attention today? How are you modeling kindness on an everyday level? How do you examine and utilize depth of knowledge to expand your student's math and reading academic performance? We do all three at CSE! SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL and INTELLECTUAL Growth!


CSE Vision 2017

This is a preview of some of the background work done by our building leadership team. More work and revisions will come from whole staff during upcoming staff meetings. The process followed the organization work in the book "Traction" by Gino Wickman. We have work to share with you about our forecasted future including a 10 year, 3 year, 1 year and 90 day goals. Thank you to the CSE BLT for their inclusive work.. they represented you well!
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Dec. 19 - Deb Hansen

Dec. 20 - Todd Wachendorf

Dec. 22 - Cheryl Astrup

Dec. 30 - Rachel McDougall

1/2 - June 3 - Mary Molitor

1/2 - June 15 - Bethany Walker

1/2 - June 29 - Sandy Asfeld

Academy Day 2018! Register Today

Don’t forget to register for Academy Day! Sessions are filling up fast! If you are having trouble registering email me or give me a call, Kayla Youngblom at youngblomk@rocori.k12.mn.us or 320-685-4904. This was set to everyone regardless of whether you are already registered. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

To Register Click HERE!

Quarks American Bento will be offering a healthy fast on campus option for lunch again this year. If you are interested in eating Quarks for lunch click HERE.

Weekly Schedule

Monday 12/4

  • DAY 2
  • 7:30 - SAT
  • Faith Formation - Grades 1/2
  • Conferences

Tuesday 12/5

  • DAY 3
  • Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5
  • 9:15 - Gr. 5 Gathering in the Commons
  • Conferences

Wednesday 12/6

  • DAY 4
  • 7:30 - Building Staff Development
  • 8:40 - Grades 2/4/5 to see "Wonder" movie

Thursday 12/7

  • DAY 1
  • 7:30 - PLC/AR
  • Conferences

Friday 10/27

  • DAY 2
  • 7:00 - Dist. RtI
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December 4/5/7 – Conferences

December 12 – Grade K/1 Concert @ RHS Auditorium

(Grade "K" = 6:00-6:30 and Grade "1" = 6:45-7:15)

December 15 – Trimester 1 Celebration @ 1:30 PM

December 19 – “K” Gingerbread Day

December 21 – Holiday Movie for students @ RSH Auditorium (Schedule TBD)

December 22 – Grade “K” Grinch Day

December 22 - Grade "1" Polar Express Day

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Social Media @ ROCORI

Please consider sending in your information and a few pictures for the Staff Spotlight on the district Facebook page. Here are the steps:

1. Fill out the short survey from this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2HB359

2. Send 1-4 pictures of yourself to socialmedia@rocori.k12.mn.us

2017-2018 WBWF Goals


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the READING will increase from 54.6% in 2017 to 65% in 2018.


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the MATH MCA will increase from 60.4% in 2017 to 68% in 2018.

What are potential FOCUS areas of Improvements for SLG/PGP?

Time on Text

Close Reading

Oral Vocabulary Usage/Development


Student Targets

Standard Alignment and Deconstruction

School News/ Annoucements

  • Lunch count and attendance should be done by 9:00 a.m.
  • Conferences Notices should have gone home. Just remember, if you make a change - please do let me know so that I can make the change on my master list.

  • Complete your Collaboration Notes on OneNoteClass for Review by Dec 4th

  • If you have any items for the December calendar please get them to Loraine!

  • Need CPI Refresher and Training DATES? Click HERE

  • Do not prop doors open! This is both a fire hazard and a critter hazard!

Teacher Evaluation

Student Learning Goal (SLG)

Due by Oct 18th to Mr. Skanson

Document Link HERE

Send to skansone@rocori.k12.mn.us

Professional Growth Plan (PGP)

Due by Oct 18th

Document Link HERE

Send to Brad Bauer (bauerb@rocori.k12.mn.us)

Formal Observation Form

Summative Observation Form

If you are ON CYCLE... you can schedule your PRE/ Observation/ and Post with Loraine

CSE Health and Safety Electronic Forms

Building Safety Request

See something that doesn't seem safe? Fill out the form and submit!

Building Improvement Request

Have some ideas on how to improve our school for staff, students and parents? Fill out the form and make a request!

Congrats, Kudos, and Thank You!

Congrats to the Freeman's and the Kothrade's on their new editions to their families!

Congrats to Leah Blonigan for being names one of the TOP TEN Young Minnesotans by the Mn Jaycee's! She was nominated for her work with the Melrose area Student Food Packing!

Babies, Babies, Babies!

Committee Updates:

Click HERE to access the CSE committee memberships

Why do we have Committee Structure at CSE?

1. To improve decision making process/feedback between staff/administration

2. To Empower Staff to See the Problem/Own the Problem #TOP20

3. Amplify All Voices at CSE

4. Assist in the overall communication and governance at CSE

RtI (Response to Intervention)

Click HERE to access the District RtI Notes

Committee Chair: Jim Meyer

Find and Utilize a variety of DATA sources to assess the degree of success in offering a blabnced elementary program including intellectual, social and emotional.

CI (Curriculum and Instruction)

Click HERE to access the District CI Notes

Committee Chair: Joyce Baumann BaumannJ@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3145

Implement strategies to promote oral language development through multiple disciplines.

Lots of support available for new math curriculum. Check the on-line resources. Links were emailed out. A building focus is math talk. If you need help in getting math talk going in your room, contact your grade level math rep or Mike and Mary.

SD (Staff Development)

Click HERE to access the District SD Notes

Chair: Leslie Buttweiler

Provide opportunities for CSE staff to learn, grow and connect to meet building goals

Contributed to Academy Day planning. Many great options! Make sure you register, sessions are filling up already.


Chair- Sharon Posch- poschs@rocori.k12.mn.us -Ext 3142

Why: To create a culture of literacy with students, staff, and families

Increase awareness and usage of authentic literature that supports cultural competency and character education goals.

Book posters are being made to hang around the building to build excitement about books. Also working on a conferring practice profile as part of our Literacy Staff Engagement!


Chair- Rachel McDougall Ext 3129

Provide opportunities for staff to foster human connections; promote positive interactions and a welcoming daily climate.

Health, Safety, Building Improvement

Chair- Tom Petroski PetroskiT@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3116

Create and maintain a physical plant feeling that is safe, warm and inviting for staff, students and parents.

We have completed the forms we created that will enable staff to electronically submit requests for building improvements and safety concerns. Eric will be including them in his Staff Updates. Feel free to look them over and offer suggestions for improvement or to make a formal request. We'd like to get as much staff input as possible in order to reach our goal of, "Creating and maintaining a physical plant feeling that is safe, warm, and inviting for staff, students, and parents."

Family Groups

Chair- Brian Kothrade KothradeB@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3111

Connect students in meaningful ways to foster cultural responsiveness and high character interactions.

New Family Groups format is allowing for more scheduling flexibility with teachers while still focusing on the core value of building community across grade levels. Patience is key as these family groups will remain the same over the course of the next couple years, and this is where the strength in relationships will be developed.

Spartan Pride

Chair- Dustin Kramer KramerD@rocori.k12.mn.us Ext 3136

Create Student Voice and Presence in Promoting Good Behavior in the developmental role of S/E learning.

Get your student name to Kramer for Balloon Stomping. Keep passing out badges!

Digital Leadership

Chair Greg Spanier SpanierG@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3119

Use digital leadership opportunities to tell a positive story about CSE, Foster Choice in Individual PLN and add student voice through technology

Daily 5 Tip of the Week.. from the DAILY CAFE

Second Helpings

Allison Behne

Leftovers. The day after Thanksgiving is one day of the year when the word leftovers is commonplace in many homes in America. The holiday brings families together, and while giving thanks for our many life blessings, large meals are shared. There is a lot of good food we don’t want to go to waste, so many of us save what we can to bring back out for a second and even third helping later on. It really is a perfect scenario: the days after Thanksgiving include football, shopping, family time, and no work—and with leftovers, the meals are already prepared. Families get to once again enjoy the delicious tastes of the holiday but without the work.

The idea of enjoying a second helping can be transferred to our teaching lives as well.

  • Reread a good professional development book or article. It can be enjoyable and provide new insights, helping to refine your practice.
  • Refresh a memorable lesson from the past so it matches current students’ needs. Doing so can be a time saver and a great way to build on past success.
  • Revisit a read-aloud your class found engaging and use that text as a gateway to strategy instruction for whole-group, small-group, or individual conferring sessions.

Whether it is through collaboration and the sharing of ideas with colleagues or revisiting your own previous work, teaching leftovers shouldn’t go to waste either.

This week, we are going to get you started by providing a helping of resources that are just as good the second time. So, go fix a plate of leftovers, put your feet up, and dive in for a second helping of PD from The Daily CAFE.

Staff Spotlight


Terri Haakenson

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?



Second Grade Teacher

What I love most about my job at CSE

I love learning with my students. They bring so much to what I have to offer and the collaboration is always interesting and a learning experience for all of us! I also work with a great group of teachers and staff that help me get through the tough parts!

Favorite Food

Candied Pecan and Apple salad with Chicken at Grizzley's!

Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

My Great Aunt Arizona. I like that it gives a glimpse into the past, it is a great discussion afterwards, and it shows us to never give up!


I like to read, quilt, spend time at the lake and with family and friends. I like a well done Classic Car, too!

Interesting FACTS about ME

I like Classic Cars! We have a '66 Chevelle, a '71 and '72 Nova, and a 1931 Model A we affectionately call Miss Annie!

I am an animal fanatic! I have 3 cats and a dog as I'm not allowed any more!!