The Red Bird Express

Building Our Future... One Child at a Time

March 14 - 18, 2016

Quote of the Week:

"The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them." ~ Sir William Bragg

Good News Gets Around!

  • To Karen Raze, Nick Wall & Carol Lovan - I am proud to have had so many awesome Red Bird Staff members willing to assist in the cafe. Way to go! - Debbie Skaff
  • To Teresa Freeland - Teresa is always there to help when I need it. Whether answering a question, giving advice, lending support, or offering an attentive ear - she's always willing to help. She has made my 1st year much less stressful than it could've been. - Deanna Doherty
  • To Caitlin G & Zander - Thanks for all the planning and great ideas that made our SOL night a success! - Teresa Freeland

Science Expo Week

We are excited to explore the wonders of science during our Science Expo Week! The events for the week are as follows:

March 14

  • Adopt a Scientist Day - Read a book or watch an educational video about a Scientist of interest, or one that matches your grade level’s curriculum.

March 15

  • Morning Meeting Reflection - The PTA will be providing reflection sheets that are grade-level appropriate, passed out to grade level teachers in mailboxes. Please post your reflection as a grade-level in the hallway.

March 16

  • Science Expo - Lower grades visit upper grades*

March 15

  • Science Expo - Upper grades visit lower grades*

March 18

  • Dress like a Scientist Day

Basketball Fever- 6th Grade Students vs Faculty Game

Join your colleagues on Wednesday, March 16th at 6:00 PM at Irving MS for a fun evening of basketball. No experience is required! It's a fun community fund raising event and will benefit the 6th grade promotion celebration. Wear a RED T and tennis shoes. It's really so much fun!
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Classroom/Office Space Energy Check for Spring Break

Before leaving for Spring Break, please complete the items:

  1. Please empty, clean out, unplug, and prop the door open on all personal/Teachers’ Lounges and Home Sciences/Culinary Arts refrigerators. Perishable items kept in refrigerators that are owned by FCPS and used for school programs must be consolidated into one refrigerator; all others must be properly turned off.
  2. Completely turn off any faucets and report any water leaks to the office.
  3. Take home all living things -- plants and animals. This is for them, not for savings.
  4. Turn off and unplug unneeded items: TVs, radios, VCRs, lamps, personal/room fans, air cleaners/freshers, etc. Exhaust fans for Art Kilns, air compressors in Automotive/Mechanical/Technical Ed rooms. Look for any other devices or equipment that consume power-- if they are unnecessary, turn them off.
  5. Unplug interactive whiteboards and turn off all computers and peripherals (CPU, projectors, monitors, speakers, printers, scanners, etc…) do not turn off network servers.
  6. If you are in a modular or trailer classroom, please turn OFF the thermostat.
  7. Turn off all lights with the switch - even if automatic controls will turn the lights off.
  8. Coordinate with your colleagues regarding who will do these tasks in any workroom, lounge, or common area. Please remember these key areas.


Please feel free to contact your energy specialist at:

Nora Marrero/

VGLA & VAAP Scorers Wanted

The Office of Student Testing is seeking applicants for VGLA and VAAP scoring! Remember that scoring VGLA and VAAP binders is an excellent professional development opportunity that helps teachers deepen their understanding of the standards. **They are especially in need of VGLA scorers for Grade 3 Reading, which is our largest content area/grade level.**

This year’s scoring event will take place May 2-6. Click here to see specific training and scoring dates for each grade level. The links to apply are:



Responsive Classroom: Teaching Perseverance? Try Interactive Modeling

We all know students who seem to give up quickly and appeal for our help, even when the task is appropriately challenging, or students who are reluctant to even start a task that seems challenging and instead opt to sit and wait until we check in with them. These behaviors can halt progress and feel frustrating for both students and teacher.

Interactive Modeling is a powerful Responsive Classroom practice used to teach students the skills, strategies, and procedures they need for success in school. You can use Interactive Modeling to show students how to use a paintbrush, sound out words, or take care of the class pet. And you can also use it to teach them higher level academic skills and behaviors, such as how to persevere through challenging academic work.

To learn more about how you can use Interactive Modeling to help your students persevere visit the Responsive Classroom website at

Happy Birthday!!

March 14 - Jennifer Fier

March 16 - Teresa Freeland

A Special Thank You To...

  • Joyce Robinson for feeding breakfast to all the student and staff on March 9th. With one staff member out, your efforts to pack 400 breakfasts for our school is amazing!
  • Staff for your flexibility and quick action that made National Breakfast Week celebration possible. Your quick action was an important part of a quick plan to make Wednesday morning efficient.
  • All staff members who have turned in Staff Intent Survey Forms. If you need to have a conversation with Satonya or Karen about your thoughts for next year, please make an appointment.

Mark Your Calendar for 4th Quarter Interims

4th Quarter interims are due to Karen and Satonya on May 18th. They will go home in Tuesday folders on May 24th.

Looking Ahead...

March 14 - 18

  • Science Expo Week

March 14

  • Pi Day
  • Kid Talk Meetings (9:25 - 3:50)

March 15

  • Interims go home

March 16

  • 6th Grade Basketball Game @ Irving MS (6:00 - 9:00)

March 17

  • SCA Meeting - Representatives & Officers (1:05 - 1:35)
  • 4th Grade McDonald's Fundraising Night - West Springfield @ Rolling Road (5:00 - 8:00)

March 18

  • Chili Cook-Off (11:00 - 1:30)
  • Read-a-Thon Awards Assembly (3:00 - 3:30)
  • Safety Patrol Meeting (3:00 - 3:40)

March 21 - 25

  • Spring Break

March 28

  • School Planning Day - Staff members may work from any location they choose

March 30

  • Tornado Drill
  • Staff Meeting (8:10 - 8:40)

March 31

  • USO "With You All The Way!" Assembly (2:00 - 3:00)

April 1

  • PTA Fun Fair (6:00 - 9:00)

April 7

  • PTA Meeting (9:15 - 10:15)
  • Kindergarten Literacy Night (5:30 - 7:00)

April 8

  • FAC Meeting (8:15 - 8:45)
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Smithsonian Museum (9:30 - 12:30)