Abbett All-Star Article

9-11-15

We Remember

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Where were you?

I think we talk about this each year on the anniversary of 9-11, and it gives us time to reflect on how our world has changed in the last 14 years. I had started my 2nd year of teaching third grade at Armstrong Elementary, and I remember Callee Dillon coming in my classroom right when the 7:50 bell rang. She told me there had been a plane crash, and I hate to admit this, but I was so focused on getting my classroom ready that I didn't engage in a conversation about it. And, for those of us that have been around while, smartphones and notifications did not exist! I really didn't know what happened. The next thing I knew, the counselor was coming around asking each of us if our kids were upset about the event. We tried our best to protect the sweet, innocent little souls, but it sure was hard. The building was locked down, the news was playing on a TV that our custodian brought into the lounge, and the world was turned upside down. We are forever grateful for the men and women that lost their lives for our freedom. Take some time to hug your loved ones and remember the hurting families. This picture of a beautiful rainbow over the World Trade Center was captured and posted on social media last night. What a wonderful gift of hope for the future.
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Teamwork Highlights!

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Do you need to some great writing ideas to use with your class? Check out this amazing resource!

College Day

Tuesday, September 15, is College Day! Wear a college shirt and jeans. Encourage your students to wear a shirt or college school colors.


And, drumroll.....beginning on September 24, you will be able to wear college shirts and jeans every Thursday!

Inside the Magic Kingdom Books Have Arrived!

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There are specific instructions inside the cover of the book! Remember, we will meet with Dr. Morrison on Tuesday, September 29 at 3:30 to discuss the book. You will need to return the book on the 29th so that we can send it to the next school.

Parent Conferences

All staff will be expected to be at school Thursday, October 8 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday morning, October 9 from 7:30-12:00 for parent conferences. You can begin scheduling conferences for this time, and we will send out specific expectations for the conferences. All staff can leave at noon on Friday to begin your long Fair Day weekend! Friday is a student holiday.

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New District Field Trip Guidelines

Please take a few minutes to glance at the following information before the faculty meeting on Tuesday. The process for approval on field trips has changed this year. This manual includes forms that need to be completed and processes.


Go to staff resources---Intranet---Department/Programs---Area Directors---GISD Field Trip Manuel.

Calendar Craziness

September 14: Progress Notices Lock at 8 pm

Betsy-Off Campus Parts of AM and PM

Ralph-Off Campus AM


September 15: Breakfast Provided by Dr. Morrison from 7:00-7:40

Flu Shot Clinic--CANCELLED

College Shirt Day

Staff Meeting at 3:30


Ralph-Off Campus


September 16:

Betsy-Off Campus PM


September 17: Jam the Gym for 4th and 5th Graders 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Betsy-Off Campus


September 18: Grandparents' Day 1:30-2:30

Ralph-Off Campus PM


September 21:

Betsy-Off Campus PM


September 23:

Ralph-Off Campus AM


September 24: Watch Dog Pizza Night


September 25: PLCs


September 29: Book Study Review with Dr. Morrison at 3:30

Spring Creek Spirit Night


October 6: Fire Drill--Fire Drills will be scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month


October 8: Parent Conferences 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

October 9: Parent Conferences 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m

SchoolNet Expectations

Team leaders learned on Tuesday that classroom teachers should have learning plans and/or other attachments scheduled on your SchoolNet calendars by the week of September 28. There are several offerings through the district, and we have district facilitators who are willing to come help us. Please let me know if you or your team need some additional help.