Bell Elementary School

Changing the game, impacting lives, every day

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Thank you Bell Teachers and Staff!

I appreciate your commitment and applaud your impact to Tulsa children.

Few words can describe the true meaning of a good teacher, but rather you have to use your sense of hear, see and feel to truly understand. Definitely one cannot describe the value of a good teacher. If I could go back and thank Ms. Shannon (for encouraging me), Ms. Dukart (for the smelly stickers for a doing a good job) or Mr. Richie (for making a believer out of me) I would. To think, days/years from now many of the children we serve will describe you as the very person that made a difference in their life. Many times it won't be explained that mom, dad, auntie but rather "my teacher Mr./Ms. ..." made the difference. They believed in me. As difficult as the role, as overwhelming as the work, as tedious as the tasks, what you do every day is meaningful. You are the caretakers, nursers, coaches, motivators, counselors, cheerleaders and so much that go under-rewarded but never forgotten nor unappreciated. Thank you for being a Bell Superhero!

For your unfailing work to impact the lives of Bell students, I hope this week you will accept our small network of ways to says "thank you' for being a teacher!

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Compliance for the week of May 2 - May 6, 2016

Don't let your hair down, teaching and learning is still in progress!

Remember to post standards, monitor often and Involve all Learners. End of the Year activities should continue to be linked to state standards and provide accommodations to students on an IEP, or supports to struggling students or students on CST/working below grade level. Keep your room safe, orderly/tidy (Indicator 3).

Monday 5/2

  • Lesson Plans due
  • Staff Meeting - Upper PLC Room @ 3:15 (***Bring your password to Powerschool; you will need to access your student roster, enter/exit info, sped roster for Value Added). Specials/Other will solidify field day and collaborate on 2016-2017 school wide activities & scheduling
  • MAP Testing K-3
  • Support Staff Conferences

Be on the look out for google documents for the end of the year award assembly/awards and the end of the year check out list.

Tuesday 5/3

  • College Awareness Day
  • Lesson Plans due ( SPED)
  • PLC K, 1,2 ( Ensure Retention Review/CST Files are complete, submit to team leader)
  • Support Staff conferences
  • MAP Testing K-3

Wednesday 5/4

  • PLC 6 ( Ensure Retention Review/CST Files are complete, submit to team leader)
  • Support Staff conferences
  • MAP Testing K-3
  • Artists in the Schools (See Section Below);

Thursday 5/5

  • ESC/ILD site visit (classroom walk through visits)
  • PLC 3,4 (Ensure Retention Review Files/CST are complete, submit to team leader )
  • Retention Review ( 3:15 PLC Room)
  • Support Staff Conferences
  • MAP Testing K-3

Friday 5/6

  • Grades due in PowerSchool****************************
  • PLC 5 (Retention Review Files/CST)
  • Support Staff Conferences
  • MAP Testing K-3
  • Artists in the Schools (See Section Below);

  • Weekly Grades DUE in Powerschool (4th Quarter, Week 6) DON'T WAIT

2 reading grades due in PowerSchool

2 math grades due in PowerSchool

1 social studies grade due in PowerSchool

1 science grade due in PowerSchool

Artists in the Schools

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Wednesday, May 4th Bell Upper

8:30 to 9:10 Martin, 2nd grade, upstairs

9:20 to 10:00 Harper, 2nd grade, upstairs

10:10 to 10:50 Lamb, 2nd grade, upstairs

11:00 to 11:40 Carter, 2nd grade, upstairs

Lunch Break

12:00 to 12:40 Hall, 5th grade, downstairs

12:50 to 1:30 Ward, 5th grade, downstairs

1:40 to 2:20 Winrich, 5th grade, downstairs

Friday, May 6th

8:30 to 9:10 Spector, 6th grade, downstairs

9:20 to 10:00 North, 6th grade, downstairs

10:10 to 10:50 Walters, 6th grade, downstairs

Lunch Break

12:10 to 12:50 Lloyd, 3rd grade, upstairs

1:00 to 1:40, Petit, 3rd grade, upstairs

1:50 to 2:30 Tyler, 3rd grade upstairs

Wednesday, May 11

8:30 to 9:10 Dixon, 4th Grade upstairs, east

9:20 to 10:00 Pilehvar, 4th Grade upstairs, east

10:10 to 10:50 Ford, 4th Grade upstairs, east

Lunch Break

Primary Assembly 12:45 to 1:30

Bell Upper Assembly at 1:45 to 2:30

Important: Save the Date

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  • 4/25-5/13 Online MAP (Grade 3) and MPG (K-2) Testing window (RSA)
  • 4/28 Retention Review (application with file should be submitted)
  • 5/3 2nd, 3rd, 5th grade field trip
  • 5/5 Cinco de Mayo
  • 5/9 6th Grade Picnic (Tentative)
  • 5/11 Kindergarten Graduation/
  • 5/13 GRADES STORED (***Required****)
  • 5/12 Volunteer Luncheon
  • 5/12 -6th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • 5/13 Final Running Records Due/GRADES DUE by COB *******
  • 5/16 Talent Show
  • 5/17 Field Day /Report Cards Issued


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The #TeachLikeMe Campaign was started in October, 2013 by Shawn Sheehan, Oklahoma's 2016 Teacher of the Year. The goal of the campaign is to improve teacher recruitment and retention by redefining and professionalizing the teaching profession. Shawn encourages teachers everywhere to find ways to share their love and passion for the profession, especially on social media using the hashtag #TeachLikeMe. If possible, join other #TeachLikeMe supporters and take a short break on May 3 to share your personal journey of choosing and taking pride in the role you play in education or the positive ways in which education has affected your life, and ask others to do the same! To go the extra mile, change your profile pictures to one of these on May 3!

How to Participate, Teach Like Me Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube

Special Education (Important for End of Year close)

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In order to plan for the smooth transition of confidential special education folders for the 2016-2017 school year, the following procedures will be implemented:

  • Each school will receive detailed instructions via e-mail along with the "Transition of Confidential Folder Report" for their site. The report will list currently enrolled special education students and the projected school of enrollment for next year. Schools should receive those reports from the compliance office no later than May 4, 2016. The memo and report will guide schools on how to process all records for the closing of the current school year.
  • All folders should be transitioned no later than May 13, 2016.
  • Prior to transitioning confidential folders, teachers must ensure that all records are compliant and up to date. They must be current in order for schools to be cleared at the end-of-year checkout.

Eureka Professional Development (We are going all the way)

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All Grades at Bell will use Eureka Math for school year 2016-2017

Eureka Math is coming back to TPS to deliver more information about the curriculum resource. These sessions focus on the major work of the grade band, highlighting the coherence of the Eureka Math curriculum using examples drawn from across the grades.

Through this study, teachers will gain a profound understanding of each mathematical concept and learn how the concept is developed for students as a coherent progression from lesson to lesson and grade to grade. Teachers will walk away equipped with the tools they need to address gaps in students' prior knowledge and to use the content to deepen students' engagement with the mathematical practice standards. Terminology, instructional strategies, and models are embedded throughout the session, laying the groundwork for teachers to move forward confidently in their implementation of A Story of Units.

Each day will begin at 8:30 and end at 3:30 with an hour for lunch. Sign up on My Learning Plan ASAP as space is limited. See Flyer

Pre-K (Important Information)

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Change in ECI Reporting Pre-Kindergarten Assessment

The Big Day for PreK assessment serves as Tulsa Public School's curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten. This assessment includes the Early Childhood Inventory (ECI), a child-friendly, comprehensive, one-to-one assessment instrument. ECI monitors progress in four key domains that have been shown to be most predictive of kindergarten readiness: Oral Language Development, Phonological Awareness, Alphabet Knowledge and Mathematics. All Pre-Kindergarten teachers will complete the ECI for end of the year (EOY) report by May 13, 2016. Pre-Kindergarten teachers will report ECI student results using the Excel spreadsheet included with this memo.

Please forward your ECI EOY report to Erin Lester at

To help us manage the individual files with student data we ask that you use a standard

File name format:

May ECI 2016 school name teacher last name

Example: May 2016 ECI Academy Central Jones

ECI Template

Action requested for pre-k teachers by May 13, 2016

Student Supervision

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The need to supervise with a critical eye

A quick reminder to keep the commitment to supervising students in all areas. In the last few weeks we have had an increased incident report rating for student behaviors (mostly common areas), some in the classroom. Many of the incidents were unseen by staff members but reported by students. We have also had increased bullying accusations.

In the restrooms (both upstairs and down/girl and boy Upper) have been crayon and marker drawings of sexually inappropriate images and verbiage, feces, and profanity. We have had students access inappropriate websites in the computer lab and use electronics in the restroom. It is imperative that we execute student supervision at all times. Student supervision is "active." Avoid instances where dialogue with a peer would cause you to miss a student being "bullied" (we have a greater number on safety plans this year than last). Avoid using your phone to text (non-emergency/personal) or access social media in the work place while supervising students. Avoid walking in front of the student line during transitions (you are unable to see students behind you). The busyness of the day has yield support from DHS, TPD and campus police quite often. Some students will begin to increase in anxiety as they look to their summer vacation.

Remember as we move towards the close of a school year, have plan A, B and C, remember expectations/routines/procedures for us as adults and for students. Students will only meet what you expect.