To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Issue 15: Monday, December 1, 2014

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Twelve Days of Twitter #12daystwitter

Jen and I both use Twitter as a powerful tool for professional development. Using Twitter has allowed us to connect with and learn from educators all over the country, and develop our own personal learning networks (PLN). Our PLN provides us with a network for support, learning, and constant growth.


We will both be participating in the Twelve Days of Twitter Challenge beginning on December 2nd and would like to invite your to join us!


The challenge is to tweet once a day for 12 days using the hashtag #12daystwitter. The challenge starts on December 2 and runs through December 17th (weekends are excluded in the challenge). Each day will have a different, easy challenge. Other schools across the country will be participating also.


If you are new to Twitter, or want more information, the link below to The Teacher's Guide to Twitter is a great place to start.


Let’s tell our school’s story, connect to other educators, and have some fun before the holiday break.

Using Smore for Newsletters

Smore, used to create this newsletter, is a great online tool for teachers to use for classroom newsletters as well. You can customize backgrounds, news articles, and more to create a professional looking newsletter. The free account should be everything you need to send a newsletter to your families.


1. Begin by visiting www.smore.com and signing up for a free account.

2. Utilize video tutorials, if needed, to guide you in creating your first newsletter

3. Build a newsletter from scratch, or customize a pre-made template.

4. The free account allows you to create 4 newsletters per month.

5. When your newsletter is finished, you can email to your families:

A. Utilize Smore's address book to input parent email addresses and send right from Smore.

B. Email the newsletter to yourself, and forward to your families.

C. Hit the "embed" button to get a unique web address for your newsletter. Send the link to your families.


Below is a sample newsletter from a fourth grade team. If you're interested, but need help getting started, let me know. I'd be happy to help you get going. Smore newsletters are fun to create!

News & Info

Wednesday Morning Meetings

Next Meeting - Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Topic: Professional Learning Communities

PLEASE BRING YOUR Orange PLC Book.


All of the agendas and information for Wednesday morning meetings will now come in this newsletter. :-) Provided below is a link to the schedule, as well as a link to the agenda.


Please review the agenda prior to each meeting. Wednesday meetings will be held in the Community Room. We will begin promptly at 7:35 a.m.


If you are unable to make it to a meeting, please let us know in advance, if possible. Please see Heidi or Jen as soon as you can after the meeting to find out what you missed.

Coming Events!

Writer's Workshop

Tuesday, Dec. 9th, 7:30am

Prairie Point Community Room

Topic: Mastering the Mechanics

RSVPs are enabled for this event.