Message from Mission Control
* Don't forget to keep up to date with your PDSA boards. Remember, "a graph is just a graph if there is not a conversation that takes place." Kids should know what those boards are for and what they mean. If they don't, then ask yourself if you're implementing that with fidelity? It's not something extra... it's what you're doing but making the kids a part of the learning. We will be expanding upon this next year, as we implement student learning objectives into TTESS. This will be discussed during your end of the year conferences and what that will entail.
* One round of testing is complete! A HUGE shout out to Bobby for organizing everything and ensuring it all ran smoothly. Thanks to everyone to pulled extra weight last week, when I was out several days. We are all moved in, and the time off was definitely needed to try and create at least a LITTLE bit of order!
* Next week is UIL, so if you volunteered to work, judge, etc. , make sure you have been in touch with Amarisa for specifics. I know our kiddos have worked so hard, and I know they will be great! Thanks SO much to Amarisa for organizing again and to everyone who volunteered to coach or work the event(s).
* End of Year conferences have been scheduled. Please remember to complete the Part 2/3 section in strive related to your goals. Also, when you come to the conference, you will bring with you evidence that supports the goal(s) that you have been working on.
* The 3rd Annual Reading Festival is around the corner. This will take place next Monday, April 23rd. There are teacher and campus incentives!! The top 2 campuses and top 2 teachers with the most students in attendance the night of the event will receive 50 NEW books to boost classroom libraries! I've heard several of you mention you need additional classroom books, so this is a GREAT way to accomplish that!
*This Friday is the KG Transportation Parade! This is always a fun event, and it's so fun to see all the creativity! Kindergarten teachers will be sending out specific information on where the route will go, but it should be the same as last year (weather permitting).
* Make sure to sign up to bring something to the breakfast potluck this Friday! Thanks so much for Sunshine Committee for continually organizing these fun events!
* We are needing more volunteers for career day! Can you please reach out to your parents/families in your classrooms to see if they, or someone they know, would be willing to present on Career Day. We are needing to fill time slots from 12:30-2:30. If you know someone who is interested, let Tammie know!
* Progress reports go home tomorrow. Remember to adhere to the grading policy when entering grades. There ARE exceptions, and I know this, but if you have a question, or if you aren't going to have a sufficient number of grades, please make sure to communicate with me about it.
* EMS ISD teachers have the opportunity to use GradeCam for the remainder of this school year. The district will ask for feedback in May, which will help determine if this is something we would like to provide throughout the district next year. I forwarded an email you received today from firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon initial login, you will find easy-to-follow tutorials at the top of the GradeCam dashboard to help get you started.
* Friday, May 4th, we will have Muffins with Moms at 7:10 AM. This will work the same way our other events have gone. We will have muffins set out in the hall and library, and we will have tables set up in the hall for them to eat on. This all takes place before the 7:25 bell and will be concluded by the 7:35 start time.
This year, we will be implementing our GE life principles during announcements, as well as having the opportunity for kids to respond using the white interactive papers in the hallway (formerly used for vocabulary).
Each life principle will be talked about during a 1 week period. You will be getting the schedule sent this week, and it will also be posted on the One Note staff portal. We will discuss on announcements, and students will have the opportunity to write (or draw) how they show this life principle. For example, the first one is self discipline. They can write on the paper how they show or can use self discipline. This will require thinking and application... so it brings in the higher levels. We will talk about the expectations of how this will be used on the announcements, so the students are familiar with what is acceptable.
Just as the vocabulary has been done in the past, the life principles will remain posted on the wall, so that the students can see them and refer back to them. The Elk of the Month will be chosen based on the life principles that have been discussed for the month. Each student chosen will not have to demonstrate ALL of the life principles, but one or more.
This week, our life principle is:
Temperance: moderation in thoughts, actions or feelings
DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, April 18th:
End of Year LiiNK meeting 3:30-4:40 (kg-2)
Thursday, April 19th:
Kori off campus at meeting
Friday, April 20th:
Breakfast Potluck in the Lounge
KG Transportation Parade @ 2:00
Monday, April 23rd:
District Reading Festival @ Boswell 5:00-6:30
Tuesday, April 24th:
Lilly's Shower: Taco Bar in the lounge
UIL 5:30 pm
Thursday, April 26th:
Kori off campus at meeting
Friday, April 27th:
Clubs today! Follow clubs schedule
Saturday, April 28th:
UIL 9:30 AM @ SHS
Monday, April 30th:
Kindergarten Roundup 3:00-5:00 pm
Thursday, May 3rd:
Kori off campus at meeting
Friday, May 4th:
Muffins with Moms @ 7:10 AM