Teacher Weekly

St. Vincent de Paul Parish School

Greetings Staff!

I hope this newsletter finds you well and rested on this beautiful weekend. I've been through many open houses, a few here at SVDP and many in APS, but not one can compare to this past week's Open House! Thank you so much for your time and talent this week to show off and brag about your incredible classrooms. Through emails, phones calls, and personal conversations, our parents are happy and our learners are excelling. Thank you so much for being such an incredible staff and making a difference! Please enjoy a Jeans Day and Staff Spirit Shirts this Tuesday for your hard work and dedication to our SVDP parish school. (Tuesday also happens to be National Coffee Day- one of my favorite days- free coffee everywhere! If you are a java junkie like me, here's a great link to where you can get your free cup on Tuesday while in your Levi's! http://blog.timesunion.com/savings/national-coffee-day-2015-deals-dunkin-donuts-stewarts-whole-foods-mcdonalds-and-more/15682/ )

Kids at heart in Catholic education,


The Week's Notes

The Week's Notes

TITLE ONE: Title one recommendations were due to Waller on Friday, and for those teachers that didn't turn them in, give them to her FIRST thing Monday or a note/email that says there are no students from grade ___ at this time. Please let one of us know if there are questions.

CELEBRATING POPE FRANCIS: To celebrate the Pope's visit to the US, each Morning this week, we will participate in Pope Francis 5 finger prayer before our closing prayer. A picture is included below.

SVDP FEAST DAY: As we celebrate the feast of St. Vincent de Paul this Sunday, I'l like to share what you've done in your classroom to recognize our beloved St. Vincent. Please plan to share these activities, whatever they may be, this Thursday at Morning Gathering. I'd like one representative from each classroom. Please see me for questions.

PLCs: PLCs on Wednesday in Meeker's office.

1st Quarter Awards: We will continue with quarterly awards this year. I do not have an exact date, but please begin thinking while using creativity for awards for your learners. Each HOMEROOM teacher will give one award to each of their learners. These awards should be focused on strengths of the learners. Specials teachers can individually select learners to earn awards.

SPECIALS: It has come to my attention, quite a few times, that our homeroom teachers are either arriving late or picking up late from specials. Our specials teachers have 5 minutes between periods and have to prepare for the next class coming in. Homeroom teachers NEED to pick up learners on time and drop them off on time in order for the entire period of learning to be used efficiently. Specials teachers are instructed to let me know if our HR teachers are not meeting these expectations.

Extra Apps on the iPads: PCR is unable to delete these off of your ipads. Please have your learners remove them by holding down on one app until it begins to wiggle. Then slide them up to the remove folder at the top or deleted them with the red X if it appears. Our middle school learners can help our primary teachers if needed.

Pictures: Keep them coming-this week was great!!! Just as last year, please send me pictures of your classroom activities-I use these for our Facebook page, Website, and Newsletter. I also document them as evidence for your evaluation at the end of the year. Please send them my way, all the time, with a short description of what your learners are doing.

iPads: I am so excited about the possibilities that come with having 1:1 ipads in the classroom. At SVDP, iPads are an instructional tool- please be sure to have that conversation with your learners. Non-instructional games should not be used, unless it is a privilege or reward, and should be used VERY minimally. iPads are to be used AT THE VERY LEAST twice a week in your classroom. I am working with Scott to set up a day for him to come classroom to classroom and check-in with you. Please keep a running list of questions that need answering.

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The Week Ahead

Week Six... It's a quiet one - GET LOUD WITH LEARNING!

Monday, September 28 (A Day) (2nd grade representative for Morning Gathering)

Monday Sports Report

Faith Filled Award

Artist of the Month

Tuesday, September 29 (B DAY) (2nd grade representative for Morning Gathering)

Core Value Tuesday

Sock-it-To-Me Tuesday Push Out

Staff Jeans Day and SVDP Spirit Shirt

Wednesday, September 30 (C DAY) (2nd grade representative for Morning Gathering)

PLC in Meekers Office

Book Fair Pajama Day Winners!

Thursday, October 1 (A DAY) (2nd grade representative for Morning Gathering)

SVDP classroom activities at Morning Gathering 1 representative from each grade

2:30 p.m. Choir Practice

Friday, October 2 (B DAY) (2nd grade representative for Morning Gathering)

Meeker Out

Outstanding October

Monday, October 4th: Staff Meeting (focus on GAR grant and Accreditation goals)

Tuesday, October 6th: Stewardship Committee Sock-it-to-Me Tuesday

October 9th and 10th: SVDP Parish Ministry Fair

October 15th: SVDP Skating Party

October 16th: In-service Day (all teaching staff)

October 22nd: MIchelle Nelson, Author visit PK-5, No Uniform Nelson Day $3.00 dress down day for all (proceeds benefit our author visit!)

October 23: End of 1st quarter/ Parishioner Open House (all day)/ STEM Parent Night (6:00 p.m. please plan to attend)

October 28th: OCSAA Internal Validation

October 29th: Tentative Awards Celebration

October 30th: Halloween Parade and Parties


submissions are coming in... turn these in to my office!


Who: All Classes WILL enter

Inspired by(please watch it!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGFIyjIQhyg

Deadline: October 15th

Winning Prize: (not yet determined (I'll need staff input on this))

Our core values are such an important part of our learners every day happenings- our learners know what we are looking for! I love to hear "How independent/creative etc. was that?" Keep continuing to reinforce this-you are making a difference.

Our Core Value Tuesdays, however, are getting a little dull. Our signs are fading, I'm announcing a long list of learners, and then we sit back down. BUT learners love it- "Can I hold a sign?" "You say my name today" I hear as kids walk into Morning Gathering. I need you to continue to excite our learners and build their motivation to display these characteristics.

YOUR CHALLENGE: Write, steal, sing, a song/dance/rap that incorporates our Core Values that we can teach to ALL of our learners. In my experience, staff would make a human tunnel while the song played and the kids would walk through the tunnel while high-fiving their teachers for displaying our core values (instead of just standing, displaying the motivation for life we want our learners to have!!!) We could have one core value a week that we are focusing on- and one word in the song could change. These are YOUR details.

Go make a difference!

Email me for questions, comments, etc.


The "B" Word

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The "B" Word

I rarely get worked up...but the 'B" word...bully...gets me there. The word flies through our building very regularly, and it drives me crazy. Bullying is described as the persistent and consistent use of superior strength or influence to intimidate someone, typically to force him or her to do what one wants. Unless you are able to document persistent continual "bullying" to a specific individual, please stop using this term. Bullying is NOT a one time incident, someone instigating a situation, or someone being mean to others. Bullying is someone trying to gain power of someone through many ways; words or actions, As law states in the ORC, we are required to have a bullying policy and abide by it of course, but we must make sure our use of this word is accurate.

Below is a great quick article to help you better understand what bullying is and what bullying is not. Read it.