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Week of February 1-February 5th

Greetings Gardeners,

I hope you each took some time to relax and rejuvenate last week with our surprise workdays Monday and Tuesday. This time of year is always a busy one with middle of the year data analysis, PDPs, conferences, and evaluations. Please know that while these are all important, don't forget to put it all into perspective...remember the real reason we are here.


This week do something fun to promote a "Culture of Care" that can invest your scholars in a real way and don't forget to smile :)

See you in the classrooms!


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Snow Days are exhausting...

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The Week at a Glance

February 1, 2016:
  • Dragon Discussion: Social Justice @8:30am & 5th Grade Meeting @ 9:20am
  • ELL Parent Education Course 8:30-10:30am & 1:30-3:00pm
  • Food Pantry Distribution at Bus Lot@ 3:00pm

Tuesday February 2,2016:

  • Happy Birthday Ms. Voorhees! :)
  • National School Counselor Day-Please take time to shout out Ms. Howard, Dr. Crawford, Ms. Carter, and Ms. Slaughter for all the amazing work they do for all of our scholars :)
  • 1/2 Day Planning 5th Grade


Polsgrove/Hoke-Futrell & Mace

  • Send Home Award Ceremony Invites to those receiving awards on Friday. Award Ceremony Spreadsheet due to Vanderhall by 5pm

Wednesday February 3, 2016:

  • Behavior Committee Meeting @ 3:35 in Media Center

Thursday February 4, 2016:

  • 1/2 Day Planning 2nd Grade (AM)

Voorhees-Tate & Mace (with dispersal plan)



  • 1/2 Day Planning 4th Grade (PM)

McLeod-Tate & Mace



  • Send Home Thursday Folders-Report Cards and TRC Reports

Friday February 5, 2016:

  • Coffee with Principal Reeves@ 8am
  • No Clubs-Award Ceremony

Kindergarten-In classrooms at 9am

1-2- In Café at 9am

3-5 in Café at 10am

What's New!

New 40 Book Room Hours-OPEN THIS WEEK :) Check Out It's New Makeover!

  • Monday - 1:15-1:45
  • Tuesday - 7:45-8:30
  • Wednesday - 1:15-1:45
  • Thursday 7:45-8:30
  • Friday - CLOSED

*Please make sure your Reading Log is signed by an adult. The entry will not be counted if there is not an adult signature.

* Please mark each entry with either a C - for a chapter book or a P - for a picture book. This makes the check-out process go much faster for Ms. Fajt and Ms. Scharer.

K-3 Password Change-Including Compass Learning!

Several of the digital tools that K-3 students use cannot be accessed outside of CMS because a unique password is required. By implementing unique passwords for K-3 students, they will have access to digital tools anytime, anywhere – extending learning beyond the school day. This change will apply to the following instructional applications: Compass Learning, Mastery Connect, Dreambox, Raz Kids and Achieve 3000.

Students will use their student ID and 8-digit birthdate as their password to login in to these applications.

Effective Wednesday, February 10, K-3 students will login with their student ID and the new 8 digit password.

Login: 2345657544 (sample student id)

Password: YYYYmmdd (8 digit birthdate as recorded in PowerSchool)

We are having cards printed for K-3 students to aid in teaching them how to login with the new password. You will be receiving the cards prior to February 10.

Students in Grades 4 through 12 will continue to use their existing password (currently 6 digits). If you receive a new student in Grades 4-12 on or after February 10, their computer generated password will be the 8 digit format (YYYYmmdd). At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, all students will be changed to the 8 digit format.

Note: Students will not have the ability to change their passwords to another format at this time.

From the Halls of the SGES--Awesome Things Happening in YOUR Classrooms!

--Shout out to all teacher who have met with parents for parent teacher conferences :)

--Shout out to Mr. Cherry for actively working to improve ISS for our scholars.

--Way to go 5th grade for creating a plan to invest scholars in their learning. Be sure to ask them what they are doing to create a culture of care and learning for all of their students!

--Spotted! Ms. McAlpin's scholars using the RACE strategy to answer questions from an informational text. Keep up the great work.

--Keep it up Shamrockers! We want to share your awesome teaching with your colleagues--pay attention to this space for more excellent teaching from our amazing Gardeners!

Can You Guess This Shamrocker?

Few guessed it.....Ms. Hirten :)

Welcome to the Team!

Please join me in giving Ms. Hiraman a warm gardener's welcome! Also, shout out to Ms. Evan's for joining us again as Ms. Luper's long term sub.

What Would You Do WIth $5000?

The spring 2016 Charlotte Hornets Teacher Innovation Grant application is now available. Teachers may apply for grants up to $5,000. The deadline for submitting applications is March 11. The grant program was established through a partnership of the Charlotte Hornets, Lowe’s, FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools Foundation. The application can be downloaded from the CMS web site here.
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