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Acton Weekly Update: 12/9/16

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Brook Wessel-Burke

Cell: 317-331-1920

Twitter: @bwesselburke

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Nuts and Bolts

1. Several of us will be at CPI training Monday and Tuesday.

December 12th and 13th

Brook W-B- no sub

Sarah Poole- no sub

Kevin Adams -no sub

Trina Kelly- no sub

Lindsey Elliott-sub

Kat Wissel-sub

Shannon Smith -sub

Amy Matters-Jennifer Stevens will be covering her roles.

Since Kevin and I will both be out, please attempt to take care of any discipline in your room or with your buddy teacher. We will not be here to assist. Jayne Adams will be available in case of emergency.

2. The lounge sink has been getting pretty full. On Thursday morning I washed all of the dishes in there. PLEASE clean up after yourself. If you use a plate, utensil or mug wash it at that time and then put it away. YOUR MAMA DON'T WORK HERE! :)

3. LOST AND FOUND IS FULL- please take your class by the table and rack to look through every item. All items will be donated over Winter Break!

4. Please remind your room parents that there are no edible treats for winter parties and no edible treats in treat bags.

5. We now have the ability to pay teachers to cover classes during prep times. You will make $25 for the 45 minutes that you cover. However, doing so in a gen ed class is not ideal due to kids having a different teacher every 45 minutes with 5 minutes uncovered in between and there are portions of the day when there are no prep times. The pay is only when you give up your prep time, according to the new contract.

If we get into another situation where a RA class needs covered we will follow the protocol we utilized today. The priority will go to the classroom teacher, whose students are scheduled to be in the RA class. If he/she can't do it, then we will offer it to other teachers in the grade level on prep time. If no one is available then we will have to pull an IA or another staff member to cover that class.

6. Friends, Below will be our schedule for Friday, December 16th. This will also be an all school pajama day. Please plan accordingly.

9-9:30 5th Grade RA

9:35-10:05 4th grade RA

10:10-10:40 3rd Grade RA
10:45-11:15 2nd Grade RA

12:45-1:15 1st grade RA

1:20-1:50 Kindergarten RA

2:00- 2:50 PBIS Assembly/ School-Wide Sing Along

3:00-3:45 Classroom Parties. Please have parents cleaning up by 3:45 and send car riders out at 3:45.

There will be no T3 Intervention Groups.

7. PLEASE refer to the email I forwarded on Thursday from Database regarding the semester grading window and posting grades. The documents should answer any questions you may have.

8. Don't forget, you are all invited to join us for lunch at Flashbacks on Monday, December 19th at 12:15. I've made reservations for 20, but I know it will be fine for more to join us.

9. Secret Santa begins on Monday!!!

Curriculum and Instruction

FTCSC DIBELS GOALS: Accuracy 85% and Fluency 80%

Ways to Respond to Independent Reading, Read with A Buddy, or Read Aloud Time~

1.) 20 Words: Write a twenty-word description of the book you are reading. Use exactly twenty words.

2.) 3 Things: Three things I learned are…

Literacy Activities That Engage the Brain~

Cause and Effect Chain: Have students answer cause and effect questions by forming a cause-effect chain. Have students stand and form a circle. Begin the circle by stating a cause. Then next person in the circle to the left repeats the cause and gives an effect that follows the stated cause. The next person to the left continues the cause and effect chain. For example: I had to stay in my room all day. I had to stay in my room all day, so I could not go outside and play. I could not go outside and play, so I began to cry, etc.

Reaching ALL Learners

Students keenly sense teachers’ attitudes toward them, so a positive, optimistic attitude is crucial. Make the decision to engage every student every day. Affirm students. Affirm students for being at school on time, for being seated on time, and for contributing to class discussions. Students need you to believe in them so that they can believe in themselves. Students need to see, hear, and feel the caring.

Relationships can affect brain capacity! Love and support correlate with increased hippocampus size-the area most responsible for learning, memory, and emotional regulation.

Upgrade your interactive language. During every single interaction with your students, make eye contact and affirm the good in them.

From: Engaging Students With Poverty In Mind


Athlete Mentors

I've created a Google Sheet with dates and classrooms for student athlete mentors to visit. Please review the dates and find yours. They are listed below and are in a folder in Google Drive for you. If you have any concerns with the date assigned, please let me know. The agenda and schedule that the athletes are given is below.


We will continue with mini Tech Tuesday PD's with Katie Reynolds!

See Nadine's availability schedule in the photo below.

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