BME Staff Update
Welcome Back - Oct. 22
Stories to Share
Team Meadow -
Welcome back! I truly hope you are all able to return with recharged batteries and ready to go with gusto. Hopefully, your break provided you the adventure or rest your soul needed. As a family, we were able to find our peace and adventure in the mountains of TN on the Appalachian Trail with beautiful mountaintop views and waterfalls.
First item of business: We will not have our regularly scheduled staff meeting today (Monday). Instead, I am calling a PIT meeting to dialogue a handful of items. The rest of you may use the time to work on your items of need.
Quarter 2 will be fast paced with Thanksgiving Break and a variety of events peppered throughout November and December. For those of you on ZTEP (not plus) Lauren and I will be scheduling observations in hopes to complete a majority of the first round of extended observations by Thanksgiving Break. Please keep your eyes peeled for an email with additional information.
What's Your Story?
Thanks to those of you that shared your Fall Break photos with me. I greatly enjoyed seeing them and imagining the stories behind them. I've placed them throughout this update as an opportunity to catch a glimpse into each others' narrative.
The adage says that a picture is worth a thousand words. Although true, I'm curious what words would be used to tell the story behind each of these pictures. A solid narrative tells a story that has a message/theme. It's what distinguishes a narrative (story) from informational texts. The characters, the setting, the dialogue, the significant event all point to a message, life lesson, or theme. Why was this picture important to share? What does it say about the individual that sent it, and what is the significant (small) moment captured within the image?
Your students come in your room each day with stories to share about what is important in their life. What stories do they need to tell? Notice the band-aids, for there is a story. Pay attention to the scrape on their arm, or the new haircut, because therein lies a story to tell. Ask your colleague about the photo they sent or shared with you. Ask your students to tell you more about their visit with their grandparents. We all have a story to tell because we all have something important to say. There is a message to be uncovered of what is important to the other people in your presence. Notice. Listen.
I'm thankful for each of you and the stories you have to share. Thanks for being a part of my narrative.
Have a fantastic week,
Enjoying "me" time while my kids are out.
Trails, trails, trails.
Enjoying all the trails around our special little town.
Breakfast will all four of my children last Sunday was my highlight. With Griffin in NYC, having them all together is a precious experience.
PIT Crew (vs Staff Meeting) on Monday 10/21
Instead of our regularly scheduled staff meeting, we will have a PIT Crew meeting instead.
We will begin in the Family Room at approximately 2:40 or shortly after dismissal.
- Share Joys and Sorrows
- Brief Updates
- Veterans Day planning
- Student Progress Reports
- Other upcoming events and tasks
Important Dates & Information
22nd - Flu Shots @ BME; Staff Meeting cancelled - PIT Crew meeting instead
23rd - Q1 grades due by 8:00 AM; Tom and Lauren out in AM for District Admin meeting;
25th - Collaboration mtgs & Zeek Squad mts w/ Kyle; 1st grade to Zoo (Animal Projects study trip)
29th - Tom out in AM for Elem mtg
30th - ZEA/District discussion @ 4:00
31st - Halloween (if families/children should ask, we do not wear costumes @ school)
5th & 6th - Lauren out for School Safety Specialist training
7th - Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights- One of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, Diwali, the festival of lights, results in firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn. The festival is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, although the main theme which runs throughout is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. To celebrate, houses are decorated with candles and colorful lights, and firework displays are often held while families feast and share gifts. It is also believed by many that deceased loved ones may visit families during Diwali, and the lights provide a signal for them to get home.)
12th - Veterans Day Program.
14th - ZEF Family Book Night @ BME & SGE
17th - 3rd Annual BME Talent Show
21st-23rd - Thanksgiving Break
13th - Boone Meadow Voices concert
Enjoying my mom on her birthday in Nashville, IN
Christmas fun in Frankenmuth, MI
Making reservations to visit dear friends on MLK weekend
Student Progress Report Information from Rhonda Fox
Welcome back from Fall Break! Here’s a quick reminder about Quarter 1 end dates and report cards.
Q1 ended on 10/9/18. If you are using assignments to determine "grades" for your reports, you will want to make sure that any assignments you enter are dated on or prior to 10/9/2018. If you are working within Final Grades, please make sure that you are in the correct quarter when updating grades. Grades are due to be finalized by 8 AM on Tuesday, October 23. Report cards will be stored to the PowerSchool Parent Portal on Wednesday, October 24th, and we will email parents instructions on how to view them that afternoon.
Attached are instructions (previous email) on how to run report cards for review and includes important notes about comments, NA’s, and parent access to report cards. It is important to note that the process is different this year. Instead of clicking on Reports, you will click on Report Cards.
If you have any questions about your gradebooks, please submit a tech work order or contact Kyle Beimfohr or Carly Havlik. Amanda and I will be at a PowerSchool User Group conference Monday/Tuesday so we will not be readily available.
Also, additional information is included in previous email sent from Rhonda on Monday Oct. 1st.
Personal Business Leave Requests
For Certified Team Members:To requests "personal business days," please complete the following process.
- Go to the following link, and complete the "personal business request" form. https://goo.gl/forms/CycfilABEUyILbh83
- Once the form is completed, please send a brief email to me (Tom) that includes the date(s) of your request(s).
- Enter your upcoming absence in AESOP as soon as possible. (It can always be deleted later should plans change.)