Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 12/10-12/14

Put Students First • Seek Growth • Be Open to Change . Do Great Work Together • Value Differences

Shout Outs

Ivonne thank you for being an amazing partner while Sra. Hall was out on maternity leave. I am going to miss you so much and wish you well! - Katie

Al thank you for creating a fun Google Earth tour, the kids were so excited to explore the United State's geography! - Katie

Vickery thank you for always making me smile and pushing me to be better. - Katie

Patti Csenar- YOU ROCK, love 2nd grade! - Katie

Katie, Danielle, Claire, Ivonne, and Megan – I love being a part of such a supportive team!

Thanks for making each day extra fun! - Megan Z.

Jenny Rockwell – thank you for coming in and modeling Number Talks! - Megan Z.

Patti Csenar – I appreciate your support and guidance… you rock!!! - Megan Z.

Darlene and Heather – THANK YOU!!! - Megan Z.

Lauren Griffin – What did I do to deserve you this year? Thanks for all you do, each and every day! - Megan Z.

Shout out to Al Doss for coming in and helping my students with Coding.

They loved seeing him and coding. - Abbe

Hugs to my gals in the office who step in right when I need them!!

Thanks Karen, Alisha, Wende and Robin! - Ceci

Shout out to Robin Mounce for helping Patti and I get into the holiday spirit by decorating our door. It is super cute! - Jenny

Shout out to Megan Bullard and Megan Zipprich for inviting me into their classrooms this week to do number talks. The kids worked hard to communicate their mental strategies, and I really enjoyed listening! - Jenny

Shout out to Thelma and Louise for making the foyer look so festive and incorporating the bulletin boards into part of your Gingerbread masterpiece! - 3rd grade team

Shout out to everyone that shared their bundt cakes this week! My waistline will never be the same! - Michelene

Shout out to the staff for supporting PBIS by taking advantage of opportunities to give yellow tickets. It is making a difference! - September

Al- Thank you for helping us get all set up for Hour of Code. My kids loved it! - Danielle

Shout out to Mary Stewart as she continues to put 110% of her energy into the students she loves! - Sharon

Shout out to the office ladies for always offering a helping hand. You are wonderful! - Debbie

Shout out to Heather Armstrong and Lauren Griffin for all their hard work with the few of the challenging students during PE. Your hard work is paying off! - May

A big bravo to my PE Staff (Michelle Pace, Cheryl Holloway, Holly Virella and Markus Bellamy) for going outside in this cold weather to keep the kids active and having fun. - May

A shout out to our amazing PTA for everything they do to make the school look so festive, for how they raise funds to support out students, and their positive support of the staff. - Anne Y.

Thanks to Wende for getting our Citizen of the Month certificates printed in record speed! - Nicole

If you have any shoutouts, please send them to Ms. Backer and Mrs. Jacobs by Thursday.

Principal's Message for the week:

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The weeks coming back from a break can often be long and difficult in terms of getting back in the groove of routine and the rigor of our curriculum. However, this week the energy here has been buzzing. A major part of the buzzing was all of our teachers getting excited about trying new things in their classrooms. There is nothing more exciting than having a teacher come up to me to share a new activity, instructional strategy or classroom structure that they have tried. That passion is extremely contagious and so motivating; so much so that I wish I could bottle it up and share it with others. Thank you for being open minded for trying new things and being passionate to try these new things. I know it can feel uncomfortable, but it, also continues to grow us as educators and make CFES the best that it can be!

Twitter Challenge! Let's learn from each other while we spread Kindness around like confetti! #Coltspride

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Colts Pride in Action

As part of our purposeful work to design a school culture where our PRIDE is encouraged and celebrated, each week a staff member or group of staff members will be highlighted for demonstrating one aspect of P.R.I.D.E.

This week, we want to highlight Edie Kernodle for her innovative literacy stations. Operating effective, targeted, and organized literacy stations in 1st grade is quite a feat in of itself. However, try having more six different options for literacy stations and personalizing each pair of students center each day. I am tired, just typing it. These stations are purposeful, aligned to her whole group objective, and differentiated. Way to go!

PBIS tip of the week

"Stay positive, things aren't going to get better by being negative about."

Becky Bailey, author of Conscious Discipline, says that "Discipline is not something you do to children, it is something you develop within them." Reflect on this quote and consider how you will continue to help students develop appropriate behaviors at school. How can you continue to use Morning Meeting time to reinforce our Colt Code. How can this quote help you respond to students who misbehave?

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Don't forget about trying out our Colt Tracker!

This link will, also, be in our handbook along with our flowchart!

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Responsibility is our Character Trait

Dec. 10th - Dec. 14th

Monday, December 10th

  • Mrs. Backer out in the AM
  • Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Yoshida out in the PM
  • 2nd Grade PLC - LA focus - attendance/social emotion radar students
  • 2:40 - 4:20 - Girls on the Run
  • 2:40 - 4:00 - Newspaper Meeting
  • 2:45 - 4:00 - SCA Meeting

Tuesday, December 11th

  • 3rd Grade PLC - LA focus - attendance/social emotion radar students
  • 3:00 - Leadership Meeting (Library)
  • Specialists grades are due by 5 pm.

Wednesday, December 12th

  • K PLC - LA focus - attendance/social emotion radar students
  • Mrs. Backer out in the AM
  • 1st Grade PLC - LA focus - attendance/social emotion radar students
  • Girls on the Run 2:40p-4:20p
  • Teachers grade are due by 5 pm
  • 6:30 - Princess Anne Middle Open House (Princess Anne Middle School)

Thursday, December 13th

  • 5th Grade PLC - LA focus - attendance/social emotion radar students
  • Mrs. Backer out in the AM
  • Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Yoshida out in the PM
  • 2:40 - 4:00 - Eco Club Meeting (Cafeteria)
  • 2:40 - 4:00 - Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34, Rm 34a, Art Room)
  • 3p - 4p - PTA Meeting

Friday, December 14th

  • 4th Grade PLC - LA focus - attendance/social emotion radar students
  • Progress Reports emailed to students performing below grade level (and to anyone else you would like)- please alert your special education teacher if a special education student is getting a progress report.
  • CFES Holiday Party 4:00


Dec.17th - Dec. 21st

Monday, December 17th

  • 2nd Grade PLC - Math focus
  • 7:00 am - Parent Coffee Hour with Admin and Mrs. Yoshida - Digital Citizenship and Study Habits Focus
  • 8:30 Coaches Meeting
  • Mrs. Porter out in the AM
  • Mrs. Backer and Yoshida out in the PM
  • 2:40 - 4:20 - Girls on the Run
  • 3:30 - 5:00 Meet the Teacher - Ms. Frierson (1st Grade)
  • 5:00 pm - Parent Coffee Hour with Admin and Mrs. Yoshida - Digital Citizenship and Study Habits Focus

Tuesday, December 18th

  • 8:00 SPED TA PL
  • 3rd Grade PLC - Math Focus
  • 1:30 - 2:20 5th Grade Electronic City Expo (Cafeteria)
  • 3:00 - Faculty Meeting (All Teachers and Staff) (Cafeteria)

Wednesday, December 19th

  • K PLC - Math Focus
  • 1st Grade PLC - Math Focus
  • 8:20a - 9:05a - AM Winter Concert (Cafeteria) (AM-K, 1,2,3)
  • 1:30p - 2:15p - PM Winter Concert (Cafeteria) ( PK, PM-K,4,5)
  • 7p - 8p - Evening Winter Concert (Cafeteria)

Thursday, December 20th

  • Gifted Testing
  • 5th Grade PLC - Math Focus
  • Holiday Parties
  • 2:40 - 4:00 - Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34, Rm 34a, Art Room)

Friday, December 21st

  • PJ Day for Staff and Students
  • Adjusted Dismissal @12:10

Holiday Spirit Week

To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, we will be having an "Elf" themed Holiday Spirit Week Dec. 17th - Dec. 21st. We don't want to ruin all of the surprises and fun but check out the schedule below if you would like to participate.

Monday 12/17 - Festive Accessory Day

Thursday 12/20 - Festive Sweater Day

Friday 12/21 - Pajama Day


12/9 - Michelle Johnson

12-9 - Janice Beda

12/12 - Nicole Yoshida

12/13 - Mary Stewart

12/21 - Beth O'Brian

12/26 - Fatima Dorbin

12/28 - Wendy Harris

Important Links from the principal packet

Keeping our students at the center of our teaching!

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There is no way to look at these pictures without them putting a smile on your face!

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Keep these coming!

Please check out our form below to see how Mrs. Porter and myself will be celebrating our students and continuing our positive culture and environment.