Big Walnut Elementary

We are BWE! Staff Update 1.08.16


  • Important Dates
  • This Week- General Update/Comments
  • #OneWord Challenge
  • Showcase Week Info.
  • Open Office Chats
  • Clark's Corner
  • Student Leaders for December

Important dates:

January 8: Report Cards Available Online--AIMS data sheets go home.

-Middle of Year PLC/Data teams: 3rd-AM, 4th-PM

January 11: Middle of Year PLC/Data teams: K-AM

January 12: New intervention groups begin

-BWEA Meeting (8:00am)

January 13: Scootpad Level 2: Optional PD @ 3:45pm-HSE

January 14: Technology Resources: Optional PD @ 3:45pm-SOU

January 15: Writing with Tech : Optional PD @ 3:45pm-BWE

January 18: No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21: PAC Meeting (7:45am)

January 22: Staff Meeting (7:30am)

January 28: Math Night (6:00 pm)

February 1st - 5th: Showcase Week - more information to come!

This Week...

Great collaboration and communication this week for PLC and Data Team Meetings! (Kinder still to come on Monday!) As I said to some of you after Thursday... This is what personalizing education and allowing each child to reach his or her maximum potential is all about! Yes, I know that is our mission and vision, but we do live by those words.

I threw a lot at you at the beginning of the PLC meeting. Feel free to follow up if anything is unclear or questions are still lingering....

Here's to a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!


#OneWord Challenge

If you could whittle down your classroom mission to ONE WORD....what would it be? Share it by writing your ONE WORD on the paper in your mailbox and display it outside your classroom.

My mission? #CONNECTIONS

This includes making connections and building relationships with staff members, students, and the community.

What is yours?

Learn more and be inspired below:

Showcase Week

You’ve requested- we’ve answered! After having numerous visitors from other districts come and check out our classrooms, it’s time Big Walnut teachers get to tour the district. From February 1 to February 5, we will have our first District Showcase. Each school will have a specific day in which floating subs will be provided so that teachers can visit other classrooms to gain ideas, insight, and inspiration. During this week, teachers who have graciously volunteered will open their classroom to peers from around the district. This week is devoted to connecting educators across the district and allowing to collaboration and professional learning.

Stay tuned for details regarding times, classrooms, and how to sign up.

*Interested in being a "Showcased Classroom"? Email me!

Office Chats

I would love to follow up on some of our conversations from the beginning of the year. Reflecting on the first half of the year, I am always trying to improve my practice. I would love to sit down with you individually, or as a team-however you prefer, to have an informal talk about how I can better support you and your grade-level/content area.

Send me an invite, email me, or pop in!

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"Something Old":

PBIS/Perfect attendance brag tags- I will be handing out perfect attendance brag tags next week by coming into individual classes. Robin and I will be doing a brag tag celebration during lunches on Friday, January 22nd. Please keep a list of students who need tags and we will distribute them at that time.

Keatings Crew- We will be celebrating all of the December leaders, next Wednesday, January 13th. I will be sending info home with students on Monday to let parents know.

"Something New":

BWE news- We are now accepting jokes for the news, there are papers for your students (or teachers) to fill out a school appropriate joke in the office.

Support groups- New support groups will begin on Thursday, January 14th. New social groups will resume on Monday, January 18th. Thank you for being flexible with these, now that my case load has been lessened it will be easier for me to make up groups and most importantly be more effective. There is a new “form” to fill out if you have a student you would like to refer, click here for the link.

Upcoming PD:

  • Tuesday, January 7th at 7:45 @ GRE- I will be doing a coffee chat/think tank on Sumdog (if you would like to attend, let Robin or I know so we can get you coverage)

  • Friday, January 15th at 7:45 @ BWE- I will be doing a learning session on getting students to write using technology.

Resource of the Week: Using technology to write

Website for writing:

Letter Generator

Letter Generator Learn the parts of a letter and then learn to write one. Great for grades 3-5.

Apps for writing: (don’t forget that if an app costs money you can submit it to robin)

Tell about this- Photo and word prompts inspire storytelling; app records the results (K-1)

Write about this- Fun pictures and prompts are great for getting kids to start writing (K-5)

Keating's Crew for December

Congratulations to the following students! These students were chosen as leaders of the month for December!

Grady Gillum, Makai Gelveson, Brady Schneider, Justin Lemaster, Nick Ronk, Hayden Dickson, Abigail Keck, Claire Siewert, Allison Smith, Giana Vitale, Eli Hadden, Denza Allen, Michael Lynn, Zoey Sanfillipo, Celia Car

Keating Crew celebration will be on Wednesday at 8:50 in the Eagle’s nest.