Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 11/12-11/16

Put Students First • Seek Growth • Be Open to Change . Do Great Work Together • Value Differences

Shout Outs

Shout out to The Colt's Pride and Colt's Courage Walk the Wonder teams for the challenge and fitness fun! - Patti P.

Shoutout to Claire, Fatima, and Kim for giving time for their student's to shine and share their learning through awesome expo presentations. - Robyn

Shoutout to Patti Porter for rocking 30,000 steps a day and modeling healthy habits! - Sharon

Way to go to Fatima Dorbin and Kim Zaleski as their students presented more Regions creative projects! - Patti P.

Thanks to Robin and Al for helping a poor PALS gal print and get a new computer. You are both awesome! Thanks to you both! - Jennifer M.

Mrs Pace, thank you for all of your extra help with the Cup Stacking Day! Your hard work is very appreciated. - May

Mrs Goodman, thank you for helping us out in the afternoon. you are so flexible and you are a great team player! - May

Mrs Backer, thank you for always thinking of different ways to make our job exciting! We LOVE the rubber ducky game! - PE Staff

Thank you Al for all you have done to help the SCA. The announcements on COLT TV are awesome! -Jackie and Megan

Kim and Fatima, our students loved your VA Regions showcase! - Donna and Jackie

Debbie Vickery for always being prepared and ready to bring that extra special something for kids Virginia Regions project! - Al

Liz Pascual for being ready to jump into 3D Printing with her students based on what the students’ interests! - Al

Ms. Mercy’d for taking down all those political signs in the front of the building. Thank you! - Al

Mrs. Minehan and Mrs. Sinnen, thank you for allowing Mr. Johnsen to come to your room on Wednesday for a few minutes. He loved it! - Al

Shout out to Michelene Kesner for keeping our grade level organized, so we are able to dig deeper. - Tammy

If you have any shoutouts, please send them to Mrs. Backer and Mrs. Jacobs by Thursday.

Principal's Message for the week

CFES staff is simply amazing! As we started to reflect on this week and one word came to our minds - WOW! Between the time and energy that was spent on parent conferences and then the thorough effort that was spent on report cards and comments, our students are so lucky to have such dedicated educators. Being an educator today is hard, exhausting, and time consuming. However, there is no other job that allows you to change not only a child's day but to impact our future. For some, you are your student's only bright spot of their day. For some, you are their only consistent positivity. However, for all you are changing their lives. Please take this 3 day weekend, rest, relax, and recharge. You deserve it!


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Colts Pride in Action

As part of our purposeful work to design a school culture where our PRIDE is encouraged and celebrated each week a staff member or group of staff members will be highlighted for demonstrating one aspect of P.R.I.D.E

Innovative, Design and Engagement highlight:

BRAVO to ALL teachers for being open to learning from others. Learning walks are a wonderful tool for continuously grow but they do put some outside of their comfort zone. Thank you to all of the teachers who allowed us to come into their classrooms. I know that all teachers were impressed with what they saw and were able to take one idea back to their own classroom.

PBIS Corner

As move into the Second Quarter - our morning meeting corner will take on a new focus of PBIS and some tips, ideas, and thoughts to consider.

"Responding to Defiance in the moment"

This article from Responsive Classroom has practical strategies to support you as you work with students "in the moment" when displaying defiant behaviors. For example, the article gives research based tips such as:

"Avoid public confrontations

When you publicly give redirections or consequences to a student who’s challenging you, the stakes become higher for both of you. Public disagreements between you and the student can also harm a student’s relationship with peers; classmates may label them as “bad” and avoid them as a result. Whenever possible, give reminders, redirections, and consequences privately. Doing so will help preserve your relationship with the student and their relationship with classmates."

Click on the link to read the full article and get more practical tips.

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Nov. 12th - Nov. 23th

Disability History and Awareness Month

National Bullying Intervention Awareness Month

National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Fairness is our Character Trait

Anti Bullying Week

School Psychology Awareness Week

  • Science and Social studies quarterly is to be given this week - (will review data Monday, 19th during PE)

    Monday, November 12th

    • Veteran's Day - there will be no school as we stop and take time to recognize, honor and show our gratitude to the men, women and families who currently serve or have served our country! We will never forget what our veterans and active duty military have done for us and I encourage you to take time to show them the gratitude and respect that they deserve!

    Tuesday, November 13th

    • Goode Stories - Kindergarten 10a-1p
    • Faculty Meeting @ 3p (Library)

    Wednesday, November 14th

    • Report Cards Go Home
    • Ms. Backer out in the AM
    • Ms. Porter out in the PM
    • Girls on the Run 2:40p - 4:20p

    Thursday, November 15th

    • Education Support Professionals Day
    • 9:30 Pre - K classroom in action
    • SPC/PTA Meeting @ 3p (Library)

    Friday, November 16th

    • 3rd Grade Simple Machines Expo 1:20p-2:20p (Cafeteria)
    • All United way contributions finished
    • Ms. Porter out all day


No PLC's this week.

Monday, November 19th

  • 2nd-5th Grade meet with Science Coordinator (Kate C.) during P.E. times.
  • Girls on the Run 2:40p - 4:20p

Tuesday, November 20th

  • Watch D.O.G.S. Dad in the Building (Rudy Sandoval)
  • PBIS Meeting @ 3p (Library)

Wednesday, November 21st

  • Adjusted Dismissal @12:10p

Thursday, November 22nd

  • Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 23rd

  • Thanksgiving Break

Note: Thursday November 29th, PBIS training for ALL teachers @ 3p-4p.

SCA United Way Coin Wars Drive

The SCA will have a Coin Wars Drive to support the United Way. This will continue to take place Nov. 13th-15th! All student donations are collected in the foyer each morning.

Here is the link for att teachers and staff to make their United Way donation. Thank you for contributing!

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11/17 - Kimberly Zaleski

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