The Bulldog Buzz!

Week of October 29, 2018

What will you learn about the world by sharing stories from your life & the lives of others?

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Lesson Plans DUE

Monday, Oct. 29th, 8am

Bullock School

  • To Special Areas & BSI Teams: My Chat & Chew block is during your lunch period this week. If you would to dialog about any of our initiatives, share questions or just have a laugh...let me know!
  • Our 5-minute Morning Mindfulness sessions take place daily! All are invited...the fun starts at 7:45 in the Media Center!

Gr1 Team Meeting

Monday, Oct. 29th, 3-4pm

Demo Room

  • See "News & Notes" for our agenda items.

Gr2 Team Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 3-4pm

Demo Room

  • See "News & Notes" for our agenda items.

Halloween Parties & Parade

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 1:30pm

Bullock School

  • Our parade will start at 1:30 PM.
  • Party schedules/routines are at the discretion of the classroom teachers.
  • Only designated "room parents" will have access to the building.

Gr3 Team Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 3-4pm

Demo Room

  • See "News & Notes" for our agenda items.

Rowan Fossil Park Trip

Friday, Nov. 2nd, 9am

Bullock School

The Principal's POV on...Consequences & SEL, Part 2

During our fall PD on #EverydaySEL, we learned how trauma affects the brain and causes the amygdala to overpower reasoning. Participating in mindfulness helps us to pause and apply strategies before the amygdala goes into overdrive. The goal is to calm our bodies and minds, allowing us to react in a manner that is both appropriate & productive.

Just as this is essential to our student's social-emotional growth, it is equally important for us as teachers when administering consequences...after all, we are human too, and when we become frustrated with student misbehavior OUR amygdala will want to flex its muscles. If we let this happen, we run the risk of reacting with emotion (seeking punishment) rather than with reason and logic (seeking a consequence).

Take a moment to read the graphic below and reflect on a time you might have inadvertently provided a punishment rather than a consequence. Consider how the situation could have played out differently if you took a moment to pause before you reacted...and don't forget to share you thoughts via social media, email or when we pass in the hall!

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The Principal's Point of View

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News & Notes

Team Meeting Agenda: See below for our agenda for this week's meetings. I can't wait for our PLT presentations! If you have any questions, just let me know!

  • "Trauma" Article Book-talk
  • PLT (Professional Learning Team) Updates: FUNdations & Eureka Math

Veteran's Day: Know a Veteran? Share the link or QR code (to the right) with them for a wonderful opportunity with our Bulldog Buddies for our Veterans Day Celebration coming up on November 7th! Link:

Missed Buses: If a student misses his/her bus, please call home immediately so that the parent is informed. Things in the front office tend to be crazy during dismissal, so we are counting on the classroom teacher to make that call.

Library Update from Ms. Raynor: We will be checking out books starting 10/29 !!! Just a reminder teachers will need to assist their class as the students select books.

Power PD: See below for details on our upcoming series of Power PD sessions with Ms. Price! All faculty/staff are invited to attend!

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Bullock Meeting Minutes

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You're the Best...Quotes from the Staff!

  • A huge shout-out to the 1st grade team that helped present at our 1st parent workshop of the year. Robyn, Lynn, Heather, Simone and Rita. I think you felt the parent love. You make a difference.
  • Thank you Officer Hoinkis for all you do. You are surely a part of the Bullock family.
  • Thanks to Melanie for always putting children 1st.
  • Thanks, Nicole, for helping out with the Book Smiles program! We are lucky to have you on board!

Schoolwide Events

Community events/reminders are in bold.

  • 11/07: Veterans Day Celebration
  • 11/08: School Closed NJEA Convention
  • 11/09: School Closed NJEA Convention
  • 11/10: School Closed Veteran's Day
  • 11/19: Bulldog Buddies/SEL Meeting
  • 11/21: 1:00 Dismissal
  • 11/22: School Closed Thanksgiving (11/22, 23)
  • 11/26: Gr1 Team Meeting
  • 11/27: Gr2 Team Meeting
  • 11/28: Gr3 Team Meeting & Parent Workshop
  • 11/29: Special Areas Meeting

Happy Birthday!

  • Ms. Alleman - 10/31
  • Ms. Perry - 11/9
  • Mr. Mangino - 11/19
  • Mr. Bittner - 11/22
  • Ms. Giroux - 11/27
  • Ms. Raynor - 11/30