North Side Paw Prints

Staff Newsletter

September 27, 2013

Volume 5, Issue 7

Mission Statement: "Maximize potential in all people every day"

Vision Statement: "To create a culture in which all children can learn lifelong skills to succeed"

Congratulations Cherri and Denise for Going the Extra Mile this Month!

Quote of the Week:

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Weekly Reflection

As you look at the data for your students in your classroom - what are you doing as the teacher, to provide enrichment opportunities to students or provide additional instruction for students that have skill gaps?

Has someone gone the "extra mile" for you this week? If so, the nomination jar is in the front office.

Upcoming Dates


Sept. 27th - "Going the Extra Mile Nominees" due to jar in the office.

Sept. 30th - School begins at 8:30 Collaboration in Library


Oct. 2nd - 6th Grade to Biztown

Oct. 3rd - Staff Meeting In Library 3:10

Oct. 4th - Acuity Window Closes

Oct. 7th - School begins at 8:30 Collaboration in Library

Oct. 8th - PTO Meeting in Library 5:30

Oct. 9th - Fundraiser Ends; Mclass Math Window Closes

Oct. 14th - School begins at 8:30 Collaboration in Library - Posting of Acuity and mclass reading on data walls

Oct. 15th - 5th and 6th Grade Technology Parent Meeting 6:00-7:00pm

Oct. 17th - End of 1st Nine Weeks; 3rd Grade Focus on Health at South Side

Oct. 18th - No School (Fall Break)

Oct. 21-22nd - No School (Fall Break)

Oct. 23rd - Report cards due to the office

Oct. 24th - Report cards issued

Oct. 25th - "Going the Extra Mile Nominees" due to the jar in the office

Oct. 28th -School begins at 8:30 Collaboration in Library; Leadership Meeting 3:10 in conference room

Oct. 29th - Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30

Oct. 30th - Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-5:30

This Week's Case Conferences


Featured Video of the Week

"I think we need to teach kids how to adjust their conventions. How to change them for the purpose and the different topics we're writing about, the different reasons we're writing. Even the different stages." Kristina Smekens explains how to adjust convention expectations.

Adjusting Convention Expectations

Featured Instructional Strategy of the Week

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Primary Idea:

Teaching even the youngest writers about the 6 Traits

It's never too early to introduce children to the 6 Traits of Writing--even kindergartners. Not only do they love learning big words, but kindergarten is the first step in 12 years of writing instruction. We want to build common language and consistent understanding of the six ingredients in all writing.

Although the "writing" done in kindergarten doesn't look like the writing done in later years, there are still plenty of details (ideas), organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and convention skills to teach to kinders via pictorial writing, list writing, and early sentence writing. Here are some archived articles from our Idea Library that may help.

Mini-Lessons for the Trait of Ideas

Mini-Lessons for the Trait of Organization

Mini-Lessons for the Trait of Voice

Mini-Lessons for the Trait of Word Choice

Mini-Lessons for the Trait of Sentence Fluency

Mini-Lessons for the Trait of Conventions

One final note, don't forget to share the 6-Traits lingo with parents, too. Whether you're looking for a Parent Night program or a resource to hand them, we've got ideas that can help.

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Character Counts Pillar of the Month

September: Responsibility