The Principal's Office
Dexter Park Staff Weekly Roundup
Dexter Park Core Values
We believe that all students should feel:
December 7-11, 2015
I am writing this feeling so refreshed from being back in the building this week, seeing you all and the kids, and engaging in some truly meaningful PD. Every time we meet in a staff meeting or PD session, I leave with countless ideas for how I can further support the work you do each day. You collaboration and willingness to stretch yourselves is inspirational and truly models life-long learning. Again, thank you for keeping me connected with you in my absence via email, photos, sharing of student work, etc.
As I am sure you are well aware, the coming weeks can be particularly stressful for both staff and students. Be mindful of this and willing to breathe and cut yourselves some slack. Support your students and each other by taking in the small moments and the beauty of the season. Most of all, be grateful for relationships that you have fostered this year, both with colleagues and with your students. Take time for yourselves, each other, and your families. You will find you are a better support for students when you take care of yourself first.
Winter Program: December 17th
At 9:00 a.m. our program will be performed by the following 7 classes: Mr. Mitchell, Grade 3; Ms. Channing, Grade 3; Ms. Doran, Grade 4; Mrs. Murray, Grade 5; Mr. Herk, Grade 5; Mr. Smith, Grade 6; Ms. Bliss, Grade 6
At 1:45 p.m. our program will be performed by the following 8 classes: Ms. Hayne, Grade 3; Mrs. Hebert, Grade 3; Mrs. Eichorn, Grade 4; Mrs. Murphy, Grade 4; Mrs. Holmes, Grade 5; Mrs. Apteker, Grade 5; Mrs. Chilton, Grade 6; Mr. Russo, Grade 6
An rehearsal is being planned for the 16th- stay tuned...
December 16th: Winter Program rehearsal
December 17th: Winter Program (see above)
December 18th: Special Education Staff Meeting @ 2:00 p.m. (Fisher Hill); Student Recognitions due!
December 23rd-January 1st: Winter Recess
January 4th: School Reopens
Quotes of the Week
“Researchers increasingly recognize that promoting mathematical learning requires teachers to engage students in ‘productive struggle,’ where students expend effort to make sense of mathematics and figure out something that is not immediately apparent.”
Megan Franke et al.
“You don’t build strong readers by teaching children to ‘find the main idea,’ ‘make inferences,’ and ‘compare and contrast.’ You do it by fixing a child’s gaze on the world outside the classroom window.”
“Annual reading tests have practically required schools and teachers to forsake the patient, long-term investment in knowledge and vocabulary that builds strong readers, critical thinkers, and problem solvers.”
“Human beings are more resilient than we’d earlier thought. Many people bounce back from hard knocks and experience surges of post-traumatic growth.”