Staff Memo

Sept. 11, 2015

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Quotes about asking questions

We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.

~James Stephens


“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.”

~Claude Levi-Strauss

Asking questions is what brains were born to do, at least when we were young children. For young children, quite literally, seeking explanations is as deeply rooted a drive as seeking food or water.

~Alison Gopnik

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Winnie the Pooh has it right

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"

"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.”
A.A. Milne
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Share Your Kids' Questions

If your students are asking some deep questions worth sharing, please send them my way and I'll include them next week.
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Upcoming PD Revisions/Reminders

Sept. 22 @ 7:30 in the lab - Office 365 Basics - One Drive with Susan Drumm and Kelly Moore - make sure you've signed up through their Smore link


Sept. 25 at 7:35 - Staff PD - Intro to Champions with Melissa and Minilessons with Sean


Please note the change in dates below:


  • Nov. 13 - No Staff Meeting
  • Nov. 20 - STAFF MEETING -Dr. Bourff plans to share his observations over the past eight plus months. His observations have translated into three distinct suggestions for a referendum.

    Dr. Bourff would like for the staff/community to tell him if he has an accurate account OR are there other needs to be considered.

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Looking Ahead

Monday, Sept. 14 Day 2

  • Pledge/MOS - Jose
  • 8:00-3:00 K-6 Administrators with Ryan Flessner
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2
  • 7:00 School Board Meeting


Tuesday, Sept. 15 Day 3

  • 8:00 Office meeting
  • 9:30-10:30 Admin Team meeting - FJH
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3
  • 7:00 Room Parent meeting in art room


Wednesday, Sept. 16 Day 4

  • Fire Drill and Storm Drill sometime today - make sure you've reviewed procedures
  • 8:15 Share the Load - Zach M - Koewers
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4


Thursday, Sept. 17 Day 1

  • 7:50 StuCo First meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team K
  • 4:00 Baby Shower for Katie and Knox


Friday, Sept. 18 Day 2

  • Spirit Day - Tie Dye - Break out your colors
  • 7:35 DIversity21 in the Collab Room
  • 1:00 PTO Exec Bd - Lisa
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1


Monday, Sept. 21 Day 3


  • Pledge/MOS - Cook
  • 8:15 Share the Load - MW - Koewers
  • 3:10 Collab Team 2



Tuesday, Sept. 22 Day 4


  • 7:30 Office 365 Basics - One Drive - SCE
  • 8:00 Office meeting
  • 3:10 Collab Team 3
  • 4:45-5:15 First Grade Parent Volunteers training



Wednesday, Sept. 23 Day 1


  • 12:35 Share the load - FB - Meng
  • 1:00-3:00 Spec Ed Compliane Training - collab room
  • 3:10 Collab Team 4



Thursday, Sept. 24 Day 2


  • 8:00 New Teacher Breakfast - collab room
  • 1:40-2:30 - Author Tyler Whitesides visit
  • 3:10 Collab Team K
  • 4:05 Discussion - Lisa's office



Friday, Sept. 25 Day 3


  • First grade field trip to Ritchie Woods
  • 7:35 Staff PD - Champions with Melissa and Minilessons with Sean
  • 3:10 Collab Team 1
  • 5:30-7:00 Grillin' and Chillin' - Free meal to all Roadrunner families provided by our PTO