December 4th Edition
WOW Days & Nesbit Learning Cohort
Monday, 12/7 - 2nd grade
Tuesday, 12/8 4th grade
We will also have Nesbit Learning Cohort on this Monday, December 7th. The Cohort will be learning about guided groups within the gradual release instructional framework.
We will have holiday parties on Thursday, 12/17 and Friday,12/18. We are not sending an open invitation to parents for holiday parties. One or two parents may attend if they are volunteering in the classroom. All parties should be no more than one hour and from 1:30 - 2:30 with the exception of 3rd grade. If you are ordering food for holiday parties please make sure to streamline your orders through your grade level chair. You will need to place the order and give your grade level chair a labeled envelope with the order, money, name and contact number of the vendor included. Please have these orders to your grade level chair the day prior to your party. Grade level chairs will turn in all orders to Camilia Davisson by 8:00 am the day of the party. Many grade levels have stated that they will be watching holiday videos on the afternoon of Friday,12/18. Please make sure that these videos support the AKS and are approved by our media center. Teaching and learning are still occurring throughout the final days before break. Please be reminded we will still be conducting formative evaluations prior to the break.
12/17 - Kindergarten, 2nd, holiday parties from 1:30 - 2:30, 3rd grade holiday parties from 12:30 - 1:30
12/18 - 1st & 4th , 5th grade holiday parties from 1:30 - 2:30
12 Days of Nesbitizing Cheer
Mustang Staff Member of the Week - In the mailroom you can place a blue form in the Mustang Staff Member of the Week box to recognize a colleague for something great they have done. Each week on Thursday Ms. Tracye Jones (AA) will pull a name out of the box and that person will be the staff member of the week. The staff member of the week can pick their parking place on campus. Jacki Sellmansberger has the Mustang of the Week reserved parking sign.
Nesbit Smile Team - If someone catches you being positive you may receive a smiley on your door. Please look for another colleague who is being positive and go to the parent center so that you can place a treat on their door. Directions for the smile team will be on the eClass training page. Let's allow positive energy to flow:)
Hope, Peace, Love, Joy by Jacki Sellsmanberger
Starting with announcements first this week…Welcome to Tracye Jones in the office. The decorating by our office staff reminds us of all the beauty to be found in the holidays. Don’t forget the “Scarf Man” will be here Tuesday all day, so be sure to visit the Sunshine Room to get some shopping done! Congratulations to Taquelia Thomas (4th) on a new little girl due in January! Laura Sciacca, we are so proud of you in this final step of your journey! You are in our thoughts as you recover from your last surgery. Both Cynthia Saffo and Jocelyn Garrison are getting stronger and working at their recoveries! They have both sent thank-you notes saying how grateful they are for our Nesbit help and love! Keep them in your prayers!
I wanted to share a thought with you that I was reminded of this week as I realized what the Holiday Season really represents. The 4 weeks of December are known as the Advent Season, and each week is represented by a word…Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy. Thus, the reason we hear these words so frequently used throughout the holiday season. In the world, we are living in today, those words often seem like a distant reality for many. Even this week, as we turn on the news, we hear of more tragedy around us.
Regardless of your belief system, perhaps these words, penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the tragedies of the Civil War, will encourage your heart as they do mine. Longfellow, a widower with 6 children, who had tragically lost his wife in a fire, heard the bells on Christmas Day, and thought “how can those bells represent any hope, peace, or joy?” But as he listened, his spirit was calmed and he wrote these words. . .
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their odd familiar carols play
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, goodwill to men
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep,
God is not dead, nor does He sleep.
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, goodwill to men.”
Dates to Remember
- WOW day 2nd grade in the empty classroom on kindergarten hall
- Nesbit Learning Cohort in the Professional Learning Room
- 3:15 - 4:30 - Grade Level Team Leader Meeting
- WOW day 4th grade in the Professional Learning Room
- Scarf fundraiser in the Sunshine Room
- 9:00 am - Operational Leadership Team Meeting
- 3:15 -3:40 - Faculty Meeting
- 3:45- 4:30 - Mustang U
- Technology NIT during planning in the Professional Learning Room
- Grade Level Business Meeting in the grade level chair's classroom