Statesville Road Elementary's Weekly Newsletter

Principal's Point to Ponder

Limited Time Offer!

How many of you get the Sunday paper just to browse the sales circulars? (OK, you can put your hands down). Sure, most of us do. The advertisers and companies know how to get our attention with the shiny pictures and the strategic layout of the ads. But nothing makes us move like the ads that say "limited time offer". You know, the extra low price sales that last for only a few hours or that are only available on a random Tuesday. The fact that we know we have limited time to take advantage of the savings makes us much more urgent about our shopping, right? Well, the same is true for the work that we must do for our students. We are under a "limited time offer" to give them what they need to be successful. By now we are all aware that the statistic used to plan prisons is third grade reading proficiency. So that gives us limited time to ensure our kindergartners, first graders, and second graders are prepared for the rigor of third grade. As sixth graders, our students will be required to use more sophisticated thinking skills in order to interpret and synthesize the information they are learning. Therefore, we have limited time to engage our third, fourth, and fifth graders in this type of work so they will be ready for 6th grade. Furthermore, we only have 175 more days of school to ensure 90% of our students make more than a year's worth of growth. How will you utilize every minute of every day to make sure this happens? Lets all take advantage of this limited time offer! The clock is ticking....

What's Happening This Week?

General Reminders / Expectations:
  • IB Unit 1 "Who We Are" begins this week. How does your grade level plan to 'launch' the unit? How will you introduce the central idea? How will you introduce the summative assessment / rich task? -- yes, students should know up front what they are expected to be able to do at the end of the unit.
  • Continue to sign in daily, turn in your dismissal log this week, and eat with your students this week.
  • Due by September 6th: Grade Level IB Worksheet, IB Planner for the first 3 Units, Grade Level split plan, Grade Level procedures form, Common Assessments for Unit 1 Literacy/Math/Science (4th and 5th).
  • Teacher Assistants will be assigned to support Kindergarten classes for this week.

Monday, September 2, 2013
  • No School (Labor Day Holiday)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (Day 1)

  • Williams @ Zone Principals Meeting (all day)
  • Kindergarten Expectation Assembly (Lungarini will come to your individual classrooms.)
  • 6:00pm -- Board of County Commissioners Meeting at the Government Center - 600 East Fourth Street (Please come support our parent who will speak on behalf of SRE and the CMS capital plan on the November bond referendum.)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 (Day 2)

  • 9:30 am - EC, ESL, CIS, Counselor, Social Worker, and Psych meet with Williams and Lungarini (Conference Room)
  • 3:30 pm - STAFF MEETING (tentative agenda items: review of lesson plan format / due dates, testing schedule for September, walk the walls, exploring the Positive Action character ed's here!)

Thursday, September 5, 2013 (Day 3)

  • 5:00 pm - PTA Board Meeting (Conference Room)
  • 6:00 pm - Kindergarten Open House

Friday, September 6, 2013 (Day 4)

  • 10:30 am -- 2nd Grade CogAT Training (Lee's Room)
  • 1:00 pm -- 3rd Grade EOG PreTest Training (Allen's Room)