Weekly Office MEMO

Week Of October 2, 2017

Be Careful what You Try to Communicate

Managemet Meeting- Very Very Funny - YouTube


Good clear communication is extremely difficult to ensure on a daily basis. I have the opportunity each and every day to give written, verbal and non-verbal with so many staff members. Over the past ten years, it continues to be the number one self-improvement goal that I work on. I think what makes it so difficult is that communication is dynamic and can be interpreted so many ways. A look can be misinterpreted, a short conversation misrepresented and action misunderstood.

Top 20 asks to to step back and reframe the problem. If the message doesn't seem right, how often to we look at ourselves and what we thought we heard or interpreted. How often to we practice the concept of Reframing the Problem?

In this short video clip, the presenter is simply trying to give a simple message to his team. We need a One-to-One Approach! We need to Reposition! We need Change! Each time it was misunderstood, it was lost in translation.

If I could tell you want I want, in the most simple, honest way … like the gentlemen in the video, my message would be to you.

  • 1. I Care about Your Success
  • 2. I Believe in Your Ability
  • 3. I Don’t Expect Perfection, I Do expect you Try

Number 3 is both challenging and freeing. We make mistakes every single day. What is most important is how we respond to those mistakes. How we own them and do better next time. I have been exploring multiple articles and books around the idea of resiliency and authenticity. It is really quite fascinating that our society doesn’t’ recognize the importance of vulnerability. I’ve come to recognize it as a key strength in extraordinary people. In a fun article by the website Tiny Budda, it gives us four actions to overcome vulnerability.

1. BE AWARE- Understand the full context of what is happening around us, or what is being communicated

2. BE HONEST- Understand that our own feelings shape the message we think we hear.

3. BE OKAY- Know that what we are feeling is not unique.. that others have felt it before.

4. JUMP-It’s okay to take action.

A Chinese Proverb states, “He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.”

My hope for you this week is to combine good communication with exceptional vulnerability. Be vulnerable and communicate your clear message, it’s time to take a step forward!

Have a great week! And GO SPARTANS!


#CSESTRONG Weekly Staff Mindfulness Challenge

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Tell someone, clearly and appropriately how you feel. Reframe your conversation before talking with them.

Good Luck!

I Did It!

Push The Button to Commit to the #CSESTRONG Mindfulness Challenge for this Week!



October 11 - Eric Skanson

October 14 - Mark Larcom

October 30 - Jaclyn Klinkner

Weekly Schedule

Monday 10/2

  • DAY 4
  • 7:30 - SAT
  • Faith Formation - Grades 1/2

Tuesday 10/3

All DAY Building Leadership TEAM RETREAT (Com 1 and 2 Chairs)

  • DAY 1
  • Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5
  • 3:00 - Problem Solving

Wednesday 10/4


  • DAY 2
  • 7:30 - Building SD

Thursday 10/5

  • DAY 3
  • 7:30 - Q-Comp/PLC/AC
  • 3:00 - Spartan Pride/Family

Friday 10/6

  • DAY 4
  • 7:00 - District SD
  • 2:20 - Family Group Activity

Important Upcoming Dates

10/6 - Family Group Activity (2:20-2:45)

10/10 - 5th Grade Kindness Retreat with Discovery Elementary

10/11 - CS Fire Dept. here for K-3 (more details to come)

10/12 - Rockville Fire Dept. here with Smoke Trailer (more details to come)

10/13 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal

10/19 - NO SCHOOL - MEA Break

10/20 - NO SCHOOL - MEA Break

10/25 - Vision Screenings (Grades 1/3/5)

10/26 - Picture Retake Day

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Social Media @ ROCORI

Please consider sending in your information and a few pictures for the Staff Spotlight on the district Facebook page. Here are the steps:

1. Fill out the short survey from this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2HB359

2. Send 1-4 pictures of yourself to socialmedia@rocori.k12.mn.us

2017-2018 WBWF Goals


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the READING will increase from 54.6% in 2017 to 65% in 2018.


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the MATH MCA will increase from 60.4% in 2017 to 68% in 2018.

What are potential FOCUS areas of Improvements for SLG/PGP?

Time on Text

Close Reading

Oral Vocabulary Usage/Development


Student Targets

Standard Alignment and Deconstruction

School News/ Annoucements

Sandwhich Lunch Tickets will not be needed starting Monday. YOu do need to have an accurate lunch count!

  • Lunch count and attendance should be done by 9:00 a.m.

  • Need CPI Refresher and Training DATES? Click HERE

Teacher Evaluation

Student Learning Goal (SLG)

Due by Oct 18th to Mr. Skanson

Document Link HERE

Send to skansone@rocori.k12.mn.us

Professional Growth Plan (PGP)

Due by Oct 18th

Document Link HERE

Send to Brad Bauer (bauerb@rocori.k12.mn.us)

Formal Observation Form

Summative Observation Form

Congrats, Kudos, and Thank You!

Thank You Donna Theis. Donna's extra diligence and work has made an exceptional transition for Andrea!

Committee Updates:

Click HERE to access the CSE committee memberships

Why do we have Committee Structure at CSE?

1. To improve decision making process/feedback between staff/administration

2. To Empower Staff to See the Problem/Own the Problem #TOP20

3. Amplify All Voices at CSE

4. Assist in the overall communication and governance at CSE

RtI (Response to Intervention)

Click HERE to access the District RtI Notes

Committee Chair: Jim Meyer

CSE Building RTI met and updated the Yearly Assessment Matrix. We will be asking each teacher to contribute to our BUILDING Assessment Document. More information coming soon.

CI (Curriculum and Instruction)

Click HERE to access the District CI Notes

Committee Chair: Joyce Baumann BaumannJ@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3145

Math roll out is underway. We are looking for a way to gather information about questions, materials, training needs, etc. The "math experts" will have their training on Tuesday, the 26th. They will decide how to gather this information.

Piloting of our potential new reading curriculum will begin in October.

Deconstruction of standards work will continue this school year.

Training focuses for upcoming year: Grades K-2: Orton-Gillingham Grade 3-5: Close Reading

SD (Staff Development)

Click HERE to access the District SD Notes


Chair- Sharon Posch- poschs@rocori.k12.mn.us -Ext 3142

Why: To create a culture of literacy with students, staff, and families

Goals for the year:

  • Promote an increase in student conversations around texts students are reading
  • Create practice profiles for CAFÉ and Conferring
  • Get some Little Free Libraries up and running in the building
  • Continue the Principal Book Clubs with 4th/5th grade and possibly look at adding 3rd grade
  • Get posters of books made to hang around the building to get excitement around reading the books
  • Collaboration with CS Public Library
  • Library Book Shelves dedicated to students’ book recommendations


Chair- Rachel McDougall Ext 3129

"Working is hard and distracts from having fun." -Orson Scott Card

Check out the email about the mugs, notebooks and birthdays. More fun coming soon!

Health, Safety, Building Improvement

Chair- Tom Petroski PetroskiT@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3116

Family Groups

Chair- Brian Kothrade KothradeB@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3111

Spartan Pride

Chair- Dustin Kramer KramerD@rocori.k12.mn.us Ext 3136

More Spartan Badges coming soon!

Digital Leadership

Chair Greg Spanier SpanierG@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3119

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The First Six Weeks!

Weeks 5 & 6- Expectations to teach, model & practice

Classroom Routines:

______ Continue modeling and practicing rules and routines

______Continue common language

______Continue handing out GREAT Spartan tickets

­­Instructional Expectations:

_____ Transition from Daily 5 and CAFÉ strategies to LBD reading lessons (continue to practice and reinforce Daily 5 and CAFÉ)

_____ Review Daily 5 and CAFÉ strategies

_____ Continue to Build Stamina and Independence

_____ Conferring Folders used and documented

Daily 5 Tip of the Week.. from the DAILY CAFE

By Lori Sabo

September 29, 2017

Issue #481

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
~Maya Angelou

I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but there is a show on the History Channel called Alone. Contestants are dropped off in a remote area where they won’t have anyone for company but themselves for as long as they can stand it. They are allowed a small pittance of supplies, which may or may not help them build a shelter, catch a fish, or ward off a wolf. The winner is the one who can survive the longest in the harsh and isolated conditions. It is brutal.

After watching a few episodes, I began to notice that all the contestants work hard to survive, but some also focus on thriving. Those who seek to thrive in the harsh climate with limited supplies seem to do better for longer.

And I can’t help but think of education.

Because let’s face it: the climate is a bit harsh right now. And many of us feel we are being asked to survive with limited resources, in our own rooms, isolated from each other. How might we focus on thriving instead of just surviving?

In the classroom: Let your gifts and talents shine.

*Do you love music? Infuse it into the day. Bring it in wherever you can, like Mr. Reed does.

*Love drama? Bring the history book or social studies curriculum to life by acting out scenes or reliving history.

*Make time to read books that make you all laugh, cry, and wonder.

Outside the classroom: Find your tribe. There are a lot of teachers out there who haven’t lost their idealism, their enthusiasm, and their passion. We become like those we hang out with. So find people in the staff room, on Twitter, and on Facebook whose spirit of reflection, tenacity, and joy is contagious, and become part of their tribe.

At home: My husband and I kiss each other on the first day of school and say, “See you in June.” Teaching can be all consuming. An important part of thriving is letting that be a joke and not a reality. We need to eat well, sleep enough, find time to play, and feed our souls by

*taking a walk outside,
*listening to beautiful music,
*getting lost in a good book,
*learning something new, and
*making something with our hands.

Things might seem harsh right now. But we can rise above it.

Let’s not just survive. Because unlike the people on Alone, we can all be winners who stand victoriously on day 180 knowing we gave it our all—and thrived.

Staff Spotlight Val Kloeckl- Title 1 Teacher

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Val Kloeckl

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?

First Year


Title Teacher

What I love most about my job at CSE

I am brand new to CSE and I have already fell in love with the amazing staff who work here. Everyone is always so helpful and friendly and I already feel welcomed and included. The staff is always smiling and it truly makes for a great atmosphere throughout CSE.

Favorite Food

Peanut Butter

Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

The Book With No Pictures

This is my favorite book because just reading the title usually makes kids not want to read/listen to it. However, this book is hilarious!


I am a sports FANATIC! I love playing/watching/coaching just about every sport. I love to bow hunt and spend time outdoors with my dog Ace. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends doing just about anything. (Especially yard games!)

Interesting FACTS about ME

I was adopted as a baby and had the wonderful opportunity to be reconnected with my birth parents when I turned 18. I am blessed to now have 2 amazing families. I am in the process of getting a children's book published on my adoption story.