Dolphin Dispatch

Week of September 19, 2016

A Word From Principal Haynes

Dear Welleby Family,

Interim reports are due to go home on Thursday. Once they have been checked, you will receive them back in your box in a plastic folder. PLEASE keep up with this folder through the whole year and use it to turn in your interims and your report cards.

On Tuesday, we will continue our Professional Learning Community Meeting in the Media Center. AnnMarie Stramanak, our former Literacy Coach will wrap up her presentation from week one and guide us to where we are moving forward to. Each meeting will be designed to help teachers with their instructional practice, which in turn will help student achievement--taking Welleby from Good to GREAT!

Please be advised that there is a change to PLC Meetings: our meeting will go from 2:15PM to 3:15PM. In order to maximize our time and get the benefit from the PLC meeting it is necessary to devote an entire hour to PLC meetings. For our PLCs to qualify for inservice points, we must meet a minimum of 21 hours. If the time per meeting is shorter than the hour, we have to meet more times to get to the required number of hours.

In light of this change, staying past your contractual time of 2:50PM is purely optional for you. This meeting is the weekly meeting that by contract principals can call so you are expected to be in attendance through your contracted time--you will benefit from getting some of the information. Beyond that, if you elect to stay, you will receive the 21 inservice points and .5 hour of flex time. Teachers staying for the full PLC meeting will be required to attend each meeting beginning Tuesday in order to earn points and will sign in on the sign in sheet at the end of the meeting. Please see me if you have a question, comment, and/or concern regarding these changes in the PLC meeting times and guidelines.

Our first checkpoint assessments are this week. We will be using the data as a guide to show us where we need to target our instruction. We will continue to let the data guide us so that we work smarter, not harder in intentionally planning on how to help our students meet the expected outcomes.

Have an AMAZING week!!

Checkpoint Assessments are Coming!!

This week, our students will take the first checkpoint assessment for ELA and Math (4th and 5th grade will also do a writing pre-test and 5th grade will have a science pre-test coming up). While we have a lot of standards to cover and lessons often overlap standards, we should be deliberately planning our instruction in order to teach to proficiency the highlighted standards on our Instructional Focus Calendar.

The data will be available quickly for you. I will give further guidance on the use of data later. We will be using the data to guide what we do.

The Week Ahead

Peace Week: September 19-23
Checkpoint Assessments this Week!

PTA No Hassle Fundraiser Continues
Money envelopes are due on September 27th

September 19th
  • Dads Take Your Child to School Day: PTA will have "Donuts for Dads"; encourage your dads to bring their child to school

September 20th
  • PLC Meeting: 2:05PM--we will meet in the Welleby Media Arena at 2:05PM

September 21st
  • "Day of Peace"
  • SAC Meeting: 8AM in the Media Arena
  • PTA Pink T-Shirt Sale Ends!!

September 22nd
  • Business Partner Orientation: 8AM in the Media Arena
  • Interim Reports Go Home: Be sure yours have been checked by administration

September 23rd
  • Volunteer Orientation: 8AM in Media Arena
  • Dolphin Depot Opens: Grades PK to 2nd
  • #Football Fridays: Wear your football jersey

Calendar Events/Times are Subject to Change

Assistance Needed!!!

We need a planning committee for the upcoming Literacy Night in October. This night is held in conjunction with our PTA Annual Scholastic Book Fair. I would like someone to spearhead this event and turn it into a positive parent training and community event. From having guest readers to parent trainings on ELA resources, technology resources, or other things for their child, etc.---we need ideas on ways we can bring our families out. This will take the work of a full committee so along with taking on the challenge to spearhead the event, comes rallying up others to assist you as well. If you are interested in spearheading this event, please let me know.

We also need someone to organize our Career Day--this is not until May, but we are already getting requests from businesses to come out and be a part of Career Day. Let me know if you are interested.

September Birthdays!

Happy Birthday: Deborah Warner--September 29th

Welleby Family News

Ms. Jones: Continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers during her healing and recovery process.

Words to Live By

Hats Off to You!!!

Officer Tuttle: Last week, the City of Sunrise recognized their SROs and I want to take a moment and on behalf of the entire faculty, staff, and students here at Welleby thank you for your service as our School Resource Officer.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Coming Soon!!!

PTA No Hassle Fundraiser Continues
Money envelopes are due on September 27th

September 27th
  • PTA Hassle Free Fundraiser Ends: Turn in your envelopes to the PTA Box

September 29th
  • Chili's Family Night: Chili's in Sawgrass Mills off Sunrise Blvd (bring flyer with you)

September 30th
  • Dolphin Depot Opens: Grades 3rd to 5th
  • #Football Fridays: Wear your football jersey

Calendar Events/Times are Subject to Change

Follow us on REMIND!!!

REMIND is a quick way for me to get reminders and important information out to you via text message. If you have not signed up for the STAFF remind, please do so, we only have about 36 participants on there. This is NOT just for teachers.

To opt in to receive texts send a text message to 81010:

  • For the staff remind, text @wellstaff

Additionally, you can opt in to receive other REMIND updates as follows:

  • To learn about school happenings at Welleby, text: @welleby
  • To learn about PTA events, text: @wellebypta
  • To learn about Volunteer opportunities, text: @wellebyvol

If you receive an error message, you may be unable to send short code (the 5 digit number), so instead use the phone number: 954-740-8625 to get STAFF UPDATES (@wellstaff) or SCHOOL HAPPENINGS (@welleby). I don't have the phone number for the other updates.
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