Friday Focus

Moreau Heights Elementary

January 1

Moreau Heights is a collaborative community focused on student growth with a commitment to excellence.

PBS lesson - Review of Expectations

The PBS lesson when we return will focus on Reviewing Our Charger Expectations. We have had many new students join us since our initial review of expectations for all settings, and will likely have more following our return. Take time to review what it looks and sounds like in each setting to help students make a successful transition back to school expectations.

We will return to Second Steps lessons the week of January 8th.

Are you using Charger Cash to reinforce PBS expectations and Second Step skills?

- We want to use positive reinforcement to draw attention to what we want to see more of

- How do you make sure you are putting the focus where you want it?

- Are you remembering to use all your tools? Specific feedback? Charger Cash?

"You are a giant, yellow highlighter. Highlight behavior you want more of, and help children become aware of the many kind and helpful things they do each day."

PBS Celebration - Jan. 5th

Students will watch Rio 2 which is rated G and is 1 hour 41 minutes long.

January 5th

8:45 - 10:45 - Rio 2

  • Grades K, 1, 2 will view video in gym

1:00 - 3:00 - Rio 2

  • Grades 3, 4, 5 will view video in gym

We will swap specials and lunch times for 2nd and 3rd grades.

Teachers will make ruling about snack options for their grade level.

  1. Teachers may wish to provide snacks so all students have the same thing or to use up existing snacks in room.

  2. Teachers may allow students to being an individual snack and drink.

Teachers will rotate who is available to stay with their grade level students during the movie. The teacher can work in her classroom while supervising students engaged in an alternate activity.

The letter to invite students who qualify, will be placed in your mailbox for copying. You may wish to make copies on colored paper. Let us know if you need paper for this.

Your grade level will receive a listing of students who will not receive an invitation based on office referrals.

Link for Great Strategies for Specific Areas of Need

Want some ideas of how to respond when students show they need it? Check out the suggestions via this link!

Duties for the Week

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Wanting Some Behavioral Support Ideas?

If you are wanting to set up a time to talk with Doug about behavioral interventions and support for a student in your class, please submit the form through the link below.

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, Jan. 2

*Specialists, paraprofessionals, and special education teachers have received information previously about the times and locations of PD

*8 - 9:30 at West Elementary in the library for Second Steps training

*9:30 - 11 to MH for collaborative practice time for all in library

*11 - 12:30 lunch (reservation at Prison Brew)

*12:30 - 3:30 advanced trauma training with Daniel Rector in MH library

Wednesday, Jan. 3

*Classes resume

*Grade cards due by 7:00 a.m.

*District admin mtg 9 - 11

*2nd grade SSTs 10:00 (James, McGeorge, Schell)

Thursday, Jan. 4

*Grade cards go home

*CN parent meeting 3:30 (Haugen, Fleming, Jungmeyer, Holtmeyer)

Friday, Jan. 5

*PBS Celebrations

*AH parent mtg 11:30 (Haugen, Spear, James, Kaiser, Murray)

Monday, Jan. 8

*PBS visit

*JR IEP 8:15 (Farmer, 5th grade, Haugen)

*Lunch with the Principal

Tuesday, Jan. 9

*PBS visit

*New Crew at 7:00 in library

*Sue at literacy training 8 - 11 (Sue at BOE)

*Conscious Discipline Parent meeting 11:00

*Interagency mtg for MG (Haugen, Spear, James, Treat, Dunn)

Thursday, Jan. 11

*Collaboration Day

*Elementary Principal mtg 8 - 12 (Sue at BOE)

Friday, Jan. 12

*PTO Fun"d" Day - details to come

*TK parent mtg 11:00 (Haugen, Spear, James, Fleming, Murray)

*MG parent mtg 1:15 (Haugen, Spear, James, Treat, Dunn)

*RZ staffing 2:00 (Kaiser, Haugen, Spear, James, Murray, Treat)

Dismissal - where are you?

PBS team discussed concerns with managing dismissal to improve student safety and supervision. Here are the tweaks shared previously through email.

1. Make sure if you are gone someone is covering your area whether it’s a sub or switch with grade level teacher if possioble

2. Make sure you are waiting for announcements before dismissing students into the hallway. DO NOT send walkers, Y Care or car riders UNTIL WE CALL FOR THEM!

3. 4th & 5th grade will be upstairs in the gym for dismissal

4. Car riders go down WITH car rider duty teacher.

5. Indoor car rider area coverage

  • Musselman or Roedel & Romney supervise grades 2-3
  • Steinman supervises K-1
  • Farmer & Fox supervises grades 4-5

6. Front door dismissal

  • 1st & 3rd grade will line up at 3rd grade stop sign when bus # called
  • Holtmeyer/Humphreys will walk bus students to meet the 2nd grade
  • 2nd grade will be lined up at the stop sign across from Music
  • Boyd will lead 2nd grade bus kids to the front office area, 1st and 3rd will follow 2nd supported by Holtmeyer/Humphreys

*the exception to this is bus 28, which dismisses in grade level bands. Kelli with lead 3rd grade to the front hallway. Michelle will lead grades 1 and 2 to front hallway. Grade level teachers will support.

January 2nd PD Day

Teachers with specialities (sped, specials, etc.) have received specific directions for where and when they are to report for Jan. 2. Paraprofessionals have also received specifics about training via email.

The following information is true for all grade level teachers.

8 - 9:30 - meet at West Elementary in the library for a Second Steps training

9:30 - 11:00 - we will return to Moreau Heights for a time focused on collaboration in the library

11:00- 12:30 - lunch (Kelly Moeller made a group reservation for 11:30 at Prison Brew)

12:30 - 3:30 - Daniel Rector in the library at Moreau Heights

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Grading and Grade Cards

The grade card window closes on Wednesday, January 3 at 7:00am. Please email Jeanne to let her know when you are finished posting grades (special classes too). She can start printing grade cards when she knows everything is ready and this gives you more time to look them over for errors while the window is still open!

iReady Diagnostic Testing

Our next i-Ready Diagnostic Testing cycle is January 3-January 12. Be sure to sign up for Chromebook carts to give the Reading and Math assessments during that window!

Important Information about i-Ready use:

The Diagnostic assessment will always take precedence over anything else. If a student has an instructional license, has a Standards Mastery assessment assigned to them, and it is also during the Diagnostic window, they will first be presented with the Diagnostic assessment, then the Standards Mastery assessment, and then will be able to resume lessons.

If a student is in progress on a Standards Mastery assessment (started it before break and needs to complete it when they return), the Diagnostic will interrupt that assessment. They won't be able to resume the Standards Mastery assessment until the Diagnostic is complete.

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