Friday Feature

News and Notes for the Madison Staff (12/1/14)

St. Baldrick's Day

If you are thinking about shaving for St. Baldrick's Day, please let me know. There is a special gift for shavees that takes time to prepare. No expectation, obviously! :)

Here is a special "Thank You" video the St. Baldrick's organization sent out to organizers last week: It is a 90 second thank you that you may want to show to your class.

December 3 Staff Meeting

At our December 3 staff meeting, we will be "wrapping some things up before the holidays". There will be committee updates from the BLT, Technology Committee, Climate and Culture Committee, 50th Year Committee, and updates about the Winter Concert coming up.

GCA Cleaning Review

I am looking for new critiques on the nightly cleaning in classrooms and around the school. Many of you informed me of issues last month. Please let me know ASAP if these issues have been resolved or if there are existing issues that need to be addressed.

Copies and Color Printing

Ugh! The frustration of the consistent broken down copiers!! :( Here's an idea: When you have print jobs (especially color) that are going to potentially use lots of ink and cause a logjam in our print que, email it to He'll print them out beautifully and send them right away in the pony. Use this for jobs that are needed more than 48 hours away.

Synergy Training Videos

Here is a link to some training videos regarding the Synergy upgrade occuring over Thanksgiving Break:

Anyone needing help "clearing the cache", let me know.

Important Dates

Mon, Dec 1: District online reading assessments are open and due before Winter Break

Wed, Dec 3: 8:30AM Staff Meeting "Wrapping Things Up"

Fri, Dec 5: 12:00PM Parrilli Shower

Wed, Dec 10: 8:30AM Staff Meeting

Wed, Dec 10: PM Team to attend FIT Training

Fri, Dec 12: 8:30AM Cookie Exchange

Fri, Dec 12: 9:30AM Edison Band/Orchestra Assembly

Fri, Dec 12: 3:45PM 3rd annual Helping Hands at Tamling's

Wed, Dec 17: 7:00PM Winter Concert

All certified staff should plan on opening classrooms at 6:40 and concluding at 8:30PM.

Fri, Dec 19: 1:15PM Winter Parties

Fri, Dec 19: District online reading assessments are due and final

Fri, Dec 19: 2:15PM Winter Grade Level Fun-time

Sat, Jan 24: Pancake Breakfast

Fri, Feb 6: Winter Carnival

Fri, Mar 20: St. Baldrick's Day

Fri, May 22: EMD