the Winskill Weekly


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Thank you for all of the time and energy that went into making conferences such a huge success! Having the opportunity to hear first hand how their children are doing in school is something that parents really appreciate. I enjoyed having the chance to witness the conversations that were taking place throughout the building- thank you to those who invited me to join you! Please be sure to let Niki or I know if parents shared any issues or concerns that we may need to be aware of or if you encountered any snags. Many of you have already sent out emails to follow up on information that was shared with you-thank you! Many of you have also expressed your appreciation for the pizza provided by the district Thursday evening- it was wonderful to have the opportunity to sit down and catch up before we hit the ground running! (I am sure our guests appreciated the mints that were provided as well!)

As I've been thinking about last week's conferences, one that I attended really stands out. The two pictures posted above are directly related to that conference. I love it when we have celebratory conferences and not just the "kick in the pants" conferences that kids dread and often expect. This was an epic example. The mom was crying, the teacher was teary-eyed (I admit, I was as well.) Had the student been present, I have no doubt that she would have been beaming. It was absolutely awesome and the top picture exemplifies that. The student was awesome, but the awesomeness extended to the teacher and the parent as well. Their teamwork and dedication to supporting this child in her learning, both emotionally and academically made the difference. The belief that the student could do better was in evident in everything that was said. The turn around in this student was incredible. That's what the second picture exemplifies. If we tell a student they can do better and raise the bar, they will reach for it. They might not get over it, but they'll probably knock it down. If we believe in them, they will believe in themselves- and us.

And now, back to the first picture. Who's awesome? YOU'RE awesome!

*Casual Wear Week

Tweets, Quotes and Blogs

*If you have an article you think would be good to share or are interested in learning more about a specific topic, please let me know!

Tweets, quotes, and blogs

5 ways to create more teacher rockstars in your school (from Do you see anything in this blog that we can do together to share your awesomeness?)

L.E.A.D.E.R (from Eric Sheninger- Which areas do I need to focus on for you, personally?)

Homework: What value does it have for our kids? Interesting article on the value of homework...

"The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it."- Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

"Those who are ill informed about change will be at risk for a rough future."- James Canton, entrepreneur and writer

"Should-haves solve nothing. It's the next thing to happen that needs thinking about."- Alexandra Ripley, writer

"The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves."- Garth Henrichs, writer

Looking Ahead

*Yearbook photos due!

**Casual Wear Week

Monday 4/11 Mr. Pross' 3rd gr Pledge Leaders

Specials team mtg @11:15

4K PLC @1:00

FOW Movie Night at Grantland Theater (if you are able to help, the Set Up Crew is meeting there at 5:00 pm)

Leah out of district

Tuesday 4/12

SpecEd PLC @8:15

1st gr PLC @11:00

5th gr PLC @2:15

Homework Club @3:15

Leah out of district

Wednesday 4/13

Autism Grant 7:30-12:00

4th gr PLC @8:15

3rd gr PLC @9:15

Kdg PLC @10:45

Faculty Leadership Mtg @3:30

POPS mtg @3:30

Board Mtg @7:00

Thursday 4/14

Andrea Gribble Author Visit

Parent Presentation@7:00 LHS- FOW has arranged for childcare to be provided!

2nd gr PLC @10:20

Statewide Tornado Warning Drill @1:45- please review procedures with students prior to the drill so that they are prepared.

Winskill SpecEd mtg @3:30

Friday 4/15

#WinskillPride Assembly @8:15

Monday 4/18 Ms. Martin's 3rd gr Pledge Leaders

Early Release @11:45

Tuesday 4/19

Dental hygienist: flouride treatments in Activity Room

Mrs. Mezera's kindergarten hospital visit

1st gr PLC @11:00

5th gr PLC @2:15

Homework Club @3:15

Wednesday 4/20

Dental hygienist: flouride treatments in Activity Room

4th gr PLC @8:15

Mrs. Straka's kindergarten hospital visit @8:15

3rd gr PLC @9:15

Kdg PLC @10:45

Lunch Club- Presentation Room

PBIS mtg @3:30

Thursday 4/21

Thoughtful Thursday @8:15 with K/1

2nd gr PLC @10:20

5th gr PLC @2:15

Homework Club @3:15

Friday 4/22

Fabulous Friday w/ 4th/5th @9:20

Winskill Elementary School

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller