GRACE STAR

December 7, 2015

REMINDERS

  • Winter Wonderland- WOW, WOW, WOW! What a wonderful Saturday it was for our families. I can't tell you the amount a positive feedback we received-it was ever flowing! This COULD NOT happen without the dedication you all have to this building and students. Many of you worked through breaks, lunch and came up on the weekends- the is absolutely above and beyond the call of duty. You do this for no other reason than to make it magical for your students and families. A thousand "Thank You's" would not be enough!! This place is truly a model of family and teamwork!



  • Progress Reports- Teachers, please be prepared to send Progress Reports home on January 14.



  • Culver's Night-Don't forget to advertise Culver's Night for Paula's Super Plunger fundraiser. It is December 9 from 5pm-8pm. She sent a flyer to teachers that can be distributed to families as well!


  • Yearbooks- You will be receiving a link with instructions from Jan Jacobs soon. This year you will just need to upload your classroom photos. Jan has already put together classroom pages for each of you. These will be due February 15. Pleas see Jan with any questions.


  • Teacher of the Year & Support Staff of the Year- Applications are now open and can be found online. Melissa McConnnell and Kathy Muder have sent out reminders that include the forms. They can also be found on the district website. Please share this in your communication with parents. Kathy has also placed paper nomination forms up front. Turn all forms into Kathy Muder.


  • Polar Express Schedule:

Friday, Dec 18- Full-Time Care & CCC 9:00-10:40

Monday, Dec 21- Rooms 6, 7 & 8 AM- 9:00-10:40 PM 1:00-2:40

Tuesday, Dec 22- Rooms 4, 5, 11 & 12 AM 9:00-10:40 PM 1:00-2:40

Rooms 9 & 10 join in where you wish. :)



  • Belton Educational Foundation Grant- Grant season is OPEN! If you are considering applying for a grant for an innovative classroom or building project, now is the time. As always, I encourage our staff to GO for this as it has provided Grace with some pretty amazing opportunities in the past. Ivy Nelson has offered to help with innovative technology ideas, if you're interested. Below is a link for the application.


goo.gl/eIqHOU


Deadline- February 9, 2016 4:00 pm


Grants awarded on March 15, 2016.



  • Belton Canvas iBSDpd- Is now OPEN! Please take a moment to login in and make sure you are able to get started. If you have any issues please reach out to Ivy Nelson ASAP.


    ~ Modules Open- October 16, 7am

    ~ Completion Deadline- April 15, 11:59pm



  • Dental Screenings- ALL students will be screened. We must receive parent/guardian consent in order for them to receive the fluoride application. Screenings will take place on - January 20 from 9-11 & 1-3 (a more detailed schedule TBD)




  • Secret Snowflake- Week 2- Don't forget to treat you special Snowflake with a treat this week!

Intruder Training

Now that we've all attend the district Intruder Training, our Crisis Team will be making some adjustments to our building plan. We will be redistributing this as well as hitting the highlights in the next staff meeting.

Many of you contacted me after the training as it brought concerns or questions to the forefront. We have already made some adjustments based on some of these conversations. Please feel free to offer any insight you may have at any time. All feedback is welcomed.

SHOUT OUTS & SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

  • A HUGE Thank You to Mary Kay and Megan C. for helping to re-shelve books in the library. ~Kelly M.


  • Many thanks to Joanie, Tracy and Jan for making the trip to shop for all the Winer Wonderland supplies that helped to make the event possible! That's quite the task!



  • CONGRATULATIONS HOLLY KEETON! She is expecting a new little one in August! We are over the moon excited for you and your growing family! Many well wishes and lots of love to you....




  • Thanks to Laura Linn for arranging your special visitor (AKA SANTA) on December 17 at 10:30 and 2:30. If you'd like to have him drop by your room-just shoot Laura an email!

Important Dates


  • December 8- Tornado Drill 10:30
  • December 9- Culver's Night
  • December 11- Fire Drill 9:30
  • December 17- Laura Linn's special visitor 10:30 & 2:30
  • December 18-22- Polar Express
  • December 23-31- NO SCHOOL Winter Break
  • January 14- Progress Reports go home

Happy Birthday

  • December 10- Kathy Muder
  • December 11- Brenda Stoddard
  • December 12- Janet Greenleaf & Tiffany Parks
  • December 15- Mary St. Helene
  • December 17- Sandie Nagy
  • December 25- Connie French
  • December 27- Melissa Gillen
  • December 30- Jackie Hardee