PVE Friday Focus

The future starts now!-2.05.16

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Week in Review

Thank you for another great week of school. We have welcomed February with a warm suprise and will quickly see some of the bitter cold days return. Forescasts show a good chance of snow as we return to class on Monday.

As you can see from the picture above, Book Character day was a fun hit. Thank you to second grade for filling our school with a buzz and high level of fun jazzed around books.

Thursday our staff meeting was energizing. Discussion and dialogue give way to some very special ideas. We have continued this work in the staff lounge area where you can see each groups post it notes with thoughts of building school. Thank you!

I had a requested meeting from two of our third grade students on Thursday. They are aspiring teachers who have taken interest in learning more about Myrtle the Turtle in our Adventure Center. They would like to start a club to study Myrtle, why her water will try to turn green and how to avoid it and also how to keep our canal in Indianapolis from turning green. They have creatred permission slips, a call out poster and I have encouraged them to make a video annoucement for our morning annoucements. Thank you to Miss Wyatt as it looks like they have recruited you to the position of being their sponsor.

Mrs. Drake also a had a student step forward demonstrating a strong leadership approach in Genius Hour. Kathy discovered a student has been calling several different business partners inquiring about their interest in organizing a small and quick campaign to help with support for the humane society. This was well received with over 8 boxes turned in by the student . I love this all student led endeavor!

Some things of note in this edition:

*You will find articles attached at the bottom of this note. One is written by an excellent leader of literacy, Jennifer Serravallo. This article is really strong for giving the reader opportunity to reflect on their role with instructional independent reading.

Carly is currently looking to launch a book study with Jennifer's newest book called The Reading Strategies Book.

What's going on in the lounge?

You will see a gathering of our thoughts and ideas as we stretch ourselves into building next year. Please feel free to study what other groups have created when we look at ideas for planning. In addition, feel free to add to the discussion of what we want our "lounge" to become.

Week Ahead

On Monday, join me in welcoming our new Secretary/Treasurer Arin Lancaster. Arin lives in Zionsville, is mom with a busy family and has great set of diverse experiences that she will bring to Pleasant View Elementary. She is passionate about helping to build and strengthen individuals and orgazinations. We feel very fortuante to have Arin joining our team! Welcome Arin!
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Upcoming Calendar


Monday, February 8th

- Happy Birthday Tammy Mazelin

- ZCS Board of Trustees Meeting (6:00 ESC Board Room)

Tuesday, February 9th

- Cripe Photography on campus for candid photos

- 1st and 3rd Grade Team Meetings

Wednesday, February 10th

PTO Board Meeting (9:15 Staff Lounge)

Thursday, February 11th

- Kdg. Food Rescue Pickup

- Kindergarten shares student work, artifacts and data

Friday, February 12th

- Happy Birthday Justine O'Brien and Amy Richards

- Office Meeting

- PTO Valentine Breakfast for staff

- PTO Fall Grants Due

- Valentine Parties

- 1st Grade Mark Booth- Birds of Prey (9:30 – LGI)

Sunday, February 14th - Happy Birthday Beth Knapik.

Monday, February 15th - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day

Tuesday, February 16th – Staff Professional Development – NO STUDENTS

Wednesday, February 17th


- Life Skills Swimming at ZCHS Aquatics Center

- 4th graders visit ZMS

- Zeek Squad 11:45 – 12:45 PD ROOM

- PTO sorting out leis for Kokomo Beach and distributing to classes

- 4th Grade to 5th Grade Parent Meeting Eagle Hall ZMS 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 18th

- Kdg. Food Rescue Pickup

Friday, February 19th

- Happy Birthday Tammy Brown

- RTI - Wyatt

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Chicken Club Celebrates

This morning our great chicken club met to enjoy "farm/school raised" chicken eggs. They prepared breakfast and enjoyed the rich benefits of our three friendly birds. Rumor has that a rooster might make a spring visit. Does that mean new chicks this summer? Time will tell!
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Great Quote from Twitter!

Jennifer Serravallo ‏@JSerravallo 23h23 hours ago

We're never going to get the best wrtng from Ss if we tell them what to write. Instead, fill them with possibilities. @WritingThief #CCIRA16