North Side Paw Prints
November 8, 2013
Volume 5, Issue 13
Congratulations Becca Moore and Cori Valenti for Going the Extra Mile this Month!
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it could happen, others make it happen."
What have you done to challenge yourself in your tech skills in the last month? In the last week?
Nov. 11th - Veterans Day Program 1:45-2:15; SOM Names Due to Venita
Nov. 12th - PTO Meeting at 5:30 in the library
Nov. 14th - Blood Draw for Health Screenings before school for those signed up; Fundraiser delivered (lobby will be open until 6 for late pick-ups)
Nov. 20th - Progress reports due to the office; Philharmonic Performance (4th-6th grade) at 1:00 and (K-3rd grade) at 1:45
Nov. 21st - Progress reports issued; 2nd Grade Concert 6:30 Cafeteria
Nov. 21st-22nd - Section 125 representative, room 112
Nov. 22nd - Fundraiser money due
Nov. 25th - Acuity B (LA and Math) Window Opens
Nov. 26th - Going the Extra Mile Nominees due to the jar in the office.
Nov. 27th-29th - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 4th - Acuity (Science/Social Studies) Window Opens
Dec. 5th - Staff Meeting 3:10 in library
Dec. 6th - Father/Daughter Dance 7:00-8:00pm
Dec. 9th-13th - 3rd Grade go swimming 9:00-10:00am
Dec. 10th - Acuity B (LA & Math); Window Closes PTO Meeting 5:30 in library
Dec. 16th - Leadership Meeting 3:10 in conference room, SOM names due to Venita
Dec. 17th - Acuity B (Science/Social Studies) Window Closes; Winter Program grades K-1, 6:30 pm
Dec. 19th - Fundraiser Prize Assembly 1:30 in gym
Dec. 20th - End of 1st Semester
Dec. 23rd-Jan 3rd - Winter Break
This Week's Case Conferences
11/12 at 7:30: Wible and Kneller
11/12 at 3:00: Wible and Kneller
11/14 at 7:30: Ebert and Kneller
11/14 at 10:10: McHenry and Demske
11/14 at 3:15: Hamlin and Stoll
11/15 at 7:30: Frick and Stoll
11/15 at 3:00: Hamlin and Stoll
Featured Instructional Strategy of the Week
Check for writer understanding
During an evening presentation at Protsman Elementary (Hammond, IN), I introduced the 6 Traits of writing to a group of parents and revealed the common language that kids were learning from their teachers.
At the conclusion of the evening, a set of parents approached me and shared what their kindergarten daughter (who had tagged along that night) had written during the presentation. Check this out! She noted the gist of each trait and used all-by-herself conventions to explain what it meant. Wow!
This got me thinking...as primary teachers, one way to conduct checks of understanding is simply to ask students to articulate what they know. What if you gave your own young writers this same handout (assuming you've been teaching the 6 Traits and using the Smekens Education icons) and asked them to list what they understand each trait to mean.
The results will surely provide you with new direction for what to reinforce and what to elaborate on.
Featured Video of the Week
In times when the stress feels overwhelming, we are reminded of the impact we as teachers make on the students who walk through the doors of our classroom every day. Watch this inspirational video to remind yourself why you do what you do for your students!