Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

October 9, 2015

PBS Focus of the Week -

This week our PBS instruction is focused on Dismissal and Bus behavior. Please talk with students about the procedures and expectations for dismissal. Refer to your matrix for specific expectations.


We will have a bus here on Wednesday, the 14th, for practicing bus expectations. A schedule for grade level bus rider practice will be coming. I will work with students on expected behaviors.


Also, be on the look out for teachable moments in your classroom to reinforce or reteach expectations as needed. Our students are most often very good at showing us what they need - we just need to pay attention and provide it!

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Our Character Trait for the month is Responsibility.

Duties for the Week

Please see your schedule in the handbook for Charger Time duty.

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Calendar of Events:

Monday, October 12

*TST for JP (Mantle, Haugen, Moeller)

*IEP for ZM (Cummins, Haugen, Reece) 1:30

*Literacy Team 3:40


Tuesday, October 13

*Kelly and Hilary meeting with teams during Teamwork Tuesday work

*4th grade plan time discussions 9:10

*1st grade plan time discussion 1:25

*TST for LA (Albers, Haugen) 4:00


Wednesday, October 14

*Bus here for practicing bus expectations

*IEP for CP (Connelly, Steinman, Haugen, Locke, Cummins, Frank) 12:35

*Problem Solving Team 3:40


Thursday, October 15

*Fall Pictures (staff will begin at 7:30)

*District Staff Appreciation Breakfast

*Elementary Principal's meeting 8:00

*TST for GM (Dunn, Haugen, Holtmeyer, Bexten, Taggart) 2:15

*IEP for AC (Farmer, Pistel, Frank, McKim) 3:45

*Parent mtg (Haugen, Dunn, Henderson, Jackson) 3:45

*Literacy Units of Study presentation for k-1 4:15 at Dix Road


Friday, October 16

*3-5 PBS Assembly 8:30

*k-2 PBS Assembly 1:20


Monday, October 19

*End of first quarter

*PBS team mtg 3:40 in McGeorge's room

*Literacy Units of Study presentation for 2-3 4:15 at Dix Road


Tuesday, October 20

*Fire Safety Trailer for K and 1st (8:30 - 10:30)

*3rd grade plan time discussion 10:00

*2nd grade plan time discussion 2:15

*Leadership Team mtg 3:40

*PTO mtg 6:30


Wednesday, October 21

*Early dismissal - adjusted specials schedule

*Staffing for ZW (Sexten, Haugen, Treat, Albers) 9:15

*Board members doing facility tour 9:30 - 10:30

*1:15 dismissal of students

*Staff PD/meeting in library 1:40 - 4:40


Thursday, October 22

*Parent-Teacher conferences 4:00 - 8:00


Friday, October 23

*TST for EA (Borgmeyer, Brondel, Holtmeyer, Spear) 2:15

9 Tips of Organizing Family Conferences

Whether it is our first year or our 20th year as a teacher, we can always reflect on new ideas to support focused and productive conference time with families. Take a look at these 9 tips that can save you time, keep conferences focused on the student, and support positive collaboration between the you and the family. Great read!

Nuts and Bolts

*Our representative to the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast on October 15th will be Malissa Pistel. "She always goes above and beyond to help any teacher in need. She is equally helpful to all students that cross her path. She is passionate about teaching and is an inspiring educator. Her rapport with kiddos is unbeatable,and on top of all that she is a wealth of knowledge and resources. We appreciate her "can-do" attitude and willingness to continually try new strategies to support learners. What a wonderful colleague!" Congratulations, Malissa!


*We have our next PBS assembly is next Friday, October 16th. Please make decisions about who will receive your different recognitions, contact parents, and send awards my way. I will need awards by Wednesday, October 14th.


*Check your website. Is it up to date? Make sure your information and schedule reflect what is happening for your learners. We want families to be able to learn more about us by using our website.


*The grade card window is opening! Be sure to begin your process of updating student grades and standards work. If you run into problems, we want time to get you help - so don't wait until the last minute. Brittney Rose has offered assistance if you want/need it!


*We have Culver's Scoopie Night on Wednesday, November 4th from 5 - 9 p.m. We need some staff volunteers that would be willing to come "hang out" and help out during these times. Use the link below to sign up!

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The Kindness Game

Looking for ways to bring bucket filling behaviors to your classroom to create a positive community? Check out The Kindness Game using the link below.

Literacy Units of Study Presentations

Grades K-1, Thursday, October 15

Grades 2-3, Monday, October 19

Grades 4-5, Monday, November 2

Location: Dix Education Center, 4:15-5:15


The purpose of this session is to look at the revision work completed over the

summer to enhance the reading and writing Units of Study. We will highlight the

revisions that were made for each grade level and showcase the available resources

for Unit 1. We will also walk you through the digital organization of the documents on

Google Drive and explain the plans for posting the remaining Units of Study. This

Drive folder is a place to collaborate with your grade level team across the district

by providing an easy way to share resources with each other for reading, writing,

math, science, social studies, classroom management, and more. Time will be provided

for you to talk as a grade level team about how your grade level would like to use your

Drive folder for ongoing collaboration. Please join us to learn more about the

collaborative grade level Drive folder and all the available resources for supporting

literacy instruction in your classroom.


Sign up on MyLearningPlan to get registered for the session appropriate for your grade level.

"The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives." – Robert John Meehan