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Week of February 8th-February 12th

Greetings Gardeners,

I hope each of you had a wonderful and uplifting week with your scholars. It was so wonderful seeing so many scholars standing up on the stage receiving awards for all of their accomplishments for the 2nd quarter. Each of us know that they would not see such success without the amazing cheerleaders they have in their classroom each and every day. Thank you for the selfless work.

We hope you enjoy Super Bowl Sunday and everyone look for Cassady in the crowd representing SGE.

Keep Pounding and see you in the classrooms!


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The Week at a Glance

Monday, February 8, 2016:
  • Intervention/MTSS PLC

Tuesday February 9,2016

  • Prospective Parent Open House@10am

Wednesday February 3, 2016:

  • Staff Meeting@ 3:35 in Media Center
  • School Leadership Team@ 5:00pm in Media Center-All are invited :)

Thursday February 11, 2016:

  • 1/2 Day Planning 1st Grade (AM)

McAlpin-Flannery(with dispersal plan)




  • 1/2 Day Planning 3rd Grade (PM)





  • Send Home Thursday Folders-Report Cards and TRC Reports

Friday February 12, 2016:

  • Classroom Valentines Celebrations @2pm

From the Halls of the SGES--Awesome Things Happening in YOUR Classrooms!

--Shout out to Ms. Corpuz for helping to coordinate translators for the Parent-Teacher Conference

--Way to go Ms. Hiraman! You are killing it pulling small groups :)

--Spotted! Ms. Hoke and Ms. Polsgrove co-teaching fractions!

--Keep it up Shamrockers! We want to share your awesome teaching with your colleagues--pay attention to this space for more excellent teaching from our amazing Gardeners!

Help Bring Social Justice To Life in Your Classroom!

What Would You Do WIth $5000?

The spring 2016 Charlotte Hornets Teacher Innovation Grant application is now available. Teachers may apply for grants up to $5,000. The deadline for submitting applications is March 11. The grant program was established through a partnership of the Charlotte Hornets, Lowe’s, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools Foundation. The application can be downloaded from the CMS web site here.

What's New

What's going on in fifth grade?

You may have noticed that the list of 5th grade students in the ISS room with Mr. Cherry has gotten longer recently. This is because 5th grade is implementing a new behavior plan to support all 5th grade scholars academically and behaviorally. Students are given three warnings/reminders to correct misbehavior and follow the Shamrock Way in the classroom. After three warnings, scholars take all of their academic materials to the ISS room with Mr. Cherry. Once in the ISS room, they follow the same schedule and complete the same work they would complete in class. For example, instead of receiving the math mini lesson with the rest of the class, they watch an Educreations video of the math lesson, then complete their independent practice. Ms. Futrell comes in to ISS to support these scholars academically throughout the day. Like all students in ISS, these students have silent lunch and walk laps during recess. However, unlike the students in ISS, they have the opportunity to earn their way back to class through good behavior in ISS. They also continue to attend small groups (such as LLI, guided reading, and Do the Math groups). We have been implementing this new plan for about three weeks, and have been very impressed with the improvement in student behavior and attitude, and are already seeing a positive impact academically as well. Please reach out to Ms. Polsgrove with any questions!

Future Dates to Keep in Mind...

  • Friday, February 19th-Social Justice Day & Kindergarten and 1st Grade Game Night
  • Friday, February 26th-Class Dojo Celebration-Bring Your Own Game Day@2:15pm
  • Monday, February 29th-March 4th-Read Across America Week (Focus on Nonfiction)

Monday-Guest Reader Day (See Outlook Invite)

Tuesday-Early Release/Reading Marathon

Wednesday-Buddy Reading Day

Thursday-Biography Wax Museum

Friday-Vocabulary Bee K-2 in Cafe@9am 3-5 in Cafe@10am

  • Saturday, March 12th-Shamrock Shuffle
  • Tuesday, March 15th-Curriculum Showcase @5-7pm
  • Thursday, March 17th-MAP Testing Begins