Sailing Through the Week

Staff Bulletin for the Week of September 19, 2016

5D Scripting and Coding Practice

In order to practice scripting and coding in the 5D PIVOT program, I will be popping into classrooms beginning this week to hone my skills. I cannot guarantee that I will be able to cover the entire building, but I will try. You might want to inform your students that they can expect me to bring my laptop into classrooms at random times throughout the year and record the exciting work they are doing in class. After the 15 minutes of observing, I will stick around to code (this is the biggest learning curve in the new process). If you have a particular lesson that you would like me to observe during the next two weeks of my practice, please let me know. I look forward to being where the action happens!

Important Dates

Tuesday, September 20

  • Fire Drill, 10:00 a.m.
  • Rachel to Ad Team Meeting, 3:00

Wednesday, September 21

  • Popcorn Day

Thursday, September 22

  • Rachel to RESA (Elementary Principal Meeting), 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Friday, September 23

  • Classroom Schedule and Rules/Behavior Plan due
  • Student Council applications due from students in grades 3-5

Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 26

  • Students of the Month due to Rachel
  • Students dismissed at 12:04 p.m.
  • Afternoon PD at SCMS - 5D
  • Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 27

  • Flu Clinic
  • M-STEP Parent Reports are sent home
  • Student Council Rally, Grades 3-5, 2:45-3:14
  • Belle River ECEA Meeting, 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28

  • Popcorn Day
  • Fire Drill, 1:15 p.m.

Friday, September 30

  • Third Grade trip to Pine River Nature Center
  • Mariners versus Saints Football, EC Stadium, 7:00

Monday, October 3

  • One-Hour PD, 3:45-4:45, Work on Growth Plans

Tuesday, October 4

  • Rachel to Elementary Principals Meeting at C.O., 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5

  • Pupil Count Day
  • Popcorn Day
  • School Improvement Chair Meeting, 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 6

  • Rachel at RESA for 5D Training
  • PTO Meeting, 4:00 in Media Center

Friday, October 7

  • Growth Plans submitted to principals (tentative date)
  • PTO Carnival, 6:00-8:00

Staff Meeting/PD Dates

Staff Meetings, 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. on Mondays

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Afterschool PD Days, Mondays, 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 3, 2016 (Work on Growth Plans)

January 30, 2017

March 6, 2017

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Student Success Team Meetings

The district has put on hold the scheduling of half days for Student Success Team meetings until we develop an established systematic model. In the meantime, we will use our Data Digs as times to brainstorm and evaluate supports and interventions for students. Please continue to document interventions that you use with struggling students, and we can arrange individual SST meetings during your planning periods on an as-needed basis.
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One School, One Book

Please share your thoughts about choosing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for this year's One School, One Book reading in March. The Sweet Tooth has the props from last spring's production of Willie Wonka, and we may be able to arrange for the actor who played Willie to sing for our Sailors at our March is Reading Month Kick-off. Also, because of Gene Wilder's recent death, there might also be a lot of airing of the movie on TV during the next few months, which would help to get families excited about the book. Finally, our Daddy Daughter Dance theme is Candyland. Thank you, Michele Zohr, for sharing the idea of this title!
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Belle River Student Council

Becky and Kellie C. are serving as advisors for the Belle River Elementary Student Council, which is now recruiting responsible, enthusiastic, and hard-working members for the 2016-2017 school year. We are accepting applications from third, fourth, and fifth grade students who are interested in becoming leaders in our school. The applications will be reviewed by teachers, and two students from each grade 3-5 class will be selected to serve on the Student Council.

Fifth grade Student Council members will have the opportunity to run for the office of President, Vice President, Secretary, or Public Relations Manager. Those students will campaign during the week of September 26th, and they will make a brief statement during a Student Council Rally assembly on Tuesday, September 27th. The students in grades 3-5 will vote for the officers on September 30th.

It will be exciting to foster leadership and groom our Student Council members to perform various jobs around the school! Thank you, Becky and Kellie, for taking charge of this wonderful program for our upper elementary students!

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The PTO is generously supporting several high-quality curriculum-related assemblies this year! The assemblies that have been booked (thanks to Karrie Mackie) are listed below with links to their websites so you can get a preview. Other assemblies are in the process of being booked (including Science Alive).

ECSD Educational Foundation Grants

I encourage you to apply for an ECSD Educational Foundation grant. Please let me know if you need any help in developing ideas or describing your plan. The application is due by October 7, 2016 and will be awarded at our October 24th Board of Education meeting. Please run your idea by me before completing the application.

Our Mission: Working Collaboratively to Ensure All Students Learn

Our Vision: Belle River is an inviting, caring school community that meets the needs of every 21st century learner, by using Best Practices to facilitate positive behavior support

and high expectations for lifelong learners.

September Students of the Month

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