Weekly Office MEMO

Week Of October 16, 2017


TRUST and Vulnerability

Funny Commercials often elicit thoughtful reflection for myself. This one was interesting to me. It points to three obvious questions for me.

1. What level is the relationship at between the supervisor and employee?

2. What do we do when we have to make quick decisions?

3. How can we be vulnerable when we make mistakes, especially in the face of authority.

I think all of these questions are answered with one singular word.


We have to have trust that all of us are doing the job we were asked.

We have to trust that everyone has the best intentions and trust those closet to the problem to come up with solutions.

We have to trust that when we make mistakes (or get caught) that we have the resiliency to get back up and own the mistake.


My huge mistake this week? I totally forgot to send out the schedule for this afternoon. Please forgive my oversight!

Have a great weekend!



#CSESTRONG Weekly Staff Mindfulness Challenge

This week's challenge... 2 choices.

1.forgive someone at work for a mistake they made! Tell them!

2. Ask for forgiveness for a mistake you made! Ask Them!

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October 11 - Eric Skanson

October 14 - Mark Larcom

October 30 - Jaclyn Klinkner

Weekly Schedule

Monday 10/16

  • DAY 2
  • 7:30 - SAT
  • NO Faith Formation - Grades 1/2

Tuesday 10/17

  • DAY 3
  • 7:30 - Staffing Day
  • NO Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5
  • 8:45 - Baumann's class bowling
  • 9:45 - Kramer's class bowling (switched preps w/Kothrade)
  • 12:15 - Johnson's class bowling
  • 1:15 - J.Freeman's class bowling
  • 3:00 - Problem Solving

Wednesday 10/18

  • DAY 4
  • 7:30 - Building CI

Thursday 10/19


Friday 10/20


Important Upcoming Dates

10/19 - NO SCHOOL - MEA Break

10/20 - NO SCHOOL - MEA Break

10/25 - Vision Screenings (Grades 1/3/5)

10/26 - Picture Retake Day

11/22 - NO Students - Building Staff Development

11/23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Day

11/24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

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Social Media @ ROCORI

Please consider sending in your information and a few pictures for the Staff Spotlight on the district Facebook page. Here are the steps:

1. Fill out the short survey from this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2HB359

2. Send 1-4 pictures of yourself to socialmedia@rocori.k12.mn.us

2017-2018 WBWF Goals


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the READING will increase from 54.6% in 2017 to 65% in 2018.


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the MATH MCA will increase from 60.4% in 2017 to 68% in 2018.

What are potential FOCUS areas of Improvements for SLG/PGP?

Time on Text

Close Reading

Oral Vocabulary Usage/Development


Student Targets

Standard Alignment and Deconstruction

School News/ Annoucements

Staff - Reminder to get your SFM (work comp) online training taken care of soon if you have not done so already....should be done before November 20, 2017.

  • Lunch count and attendance should be done by 9:00 a.m.

  • Need CPI Refresher and Training DATES? Click HERE

Teacher Evaluation

Student Learning Goal (SLG)

Due by Oct 18th to Mr. Skanson

Document Link HERE

Send to skansone@rocori.k12.mn.us

Professional Growth Plan (PGP)

Due by Oct 18th

Document Link HERE

Send to Brad Bauer (bauerb@rocori.k12.mn.us)

Formal Observation Form

Summative Observation Form

Congrats, Kudos, and Thank You!

Thank You CSE Building Leadership Team. We had an incredible day of meaningful work in setting a meaningful and appropriate direction for CSE! More information to come!

Committee Updates:

Click HERE to access the CSE committee memberships

Why do we have Committee Structure at CSE?

1. To improve decision making process/feedback between staff/administration

2. To Empower Staff to See the Problem/Own the Problem #TOP20

3. Amplify All Voices at CSE

4. Assist in the overall communication and governance at CSE

RtI (Response to Intervention)

Click HERE to access the District RtI Notes

Committee Chair: Jim Meyer

CSE Building RTI met and updated the Yearly Assessment Matrix. We will be asking each teacher to contribute to our BUILDING Assessment Document. More information coming soon.

CI (Curriculum and Instruction)

Click HERE to access the District CI Notes

Committee Chair: Joyce Baumann BaumannJ@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3145

Math roll out is underway. We are looking for a way to gather information about questions, materials, training needs, etc. The "math experts" will have their training on Tuesday, the 26th. They will decide how to gather this information.

Piloting of our potential new reading curriculum will begin in October.

Deconstruction of standards work will continue this school year.

Training focuses for upcoming year: Grades K-2: Orton-Gillingham Grade 3-5: Close Reading

SD (Staff Development)

Click HERE to access the District SD Notes

Chair: Leslie Buttweiler

Items to Discuss

  1. Last meetings notes – discussed ongoing need for collaboration between committees
  2. District SD update – updates on academy day (registration, format, presenters, topics)
  3. Budget – 17/18 budget is significantly less (1/3) but we are told budgeting has been done differently this year to “assess” actual needs and are encouraged to “request what we need and they will adjust the funding” ??
  4. Fund Requests – see above
  5. Ideas for Academy Day – still looking for presenters!


Chair- Sharon Posch- poschs@rocori.k12.mn.us -Ext 3142

Why: To create a culture of literacy with students, staff, and families

Goals for the year:

  • Promote an increase in student conversations around texts students are reading
  • Create practice profiles for CAFÉ and Conferring
  • Get some Little Free Libraries up and running in the building
  • Continue the Principal Book Clubs with 4th/5th grade and possibly look at adding 3rd grade
  • Get posters of books made to hang around the building to get excitement around reading the books
  • Collaboration with CS Public Library
  • Library Book Shelves dedicated to students’ book recommendations


Chair- Rachel McDougall Ext 3129

"Working is hard and distracts from having fun." -Orson Scott Card

Check out the email about the mugs, notebooks and birthdays. More fun coming soon!

Health, Safety, Building Improvement

Chair- Tom Petroski PetroskiT@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3116

Family Groups

Chair- Brian Kothrade KothradeB@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3111

Spartan Pride

Chair- Dustin Kramer KramerD@rocori.k12.mn.us Ext 3136

More Spartan Badges coming soon!

Digital Leadership

Chair Greg Spanier SpanierG@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3119

Daily 5 Tip of the Week.. from the DAILY CAFE

Legacy of Reading

By Gail Boushey

October 13, 2017

Issue #483

I read, because there’s so much more to the world than my corner of it. I read because I want to see the world through new sets of eyes.
~Jon Westenberg

I am a voracious reader who prefers nonfiction to fiction. My favorite reads are the books that I continue to think about and talk about after I’ve read them, and ones that spur me to do more research. My summer reading included many books that broadened me as a person and as a teacher:

  • Help for Billy by Heather T. Forbes
  • The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
  • Still Learning to Read, 2nd editon by Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak
  • Look Who’s Learning to Read: 50 Fun Ways to Instill a Love of Reading in Young Children by Shelley Harwayne, and
  • Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades K-5 by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

During the school year, I have less time to luxuriate in books. You may be feeling the same way. So how do we keep reading a high priority? It may help to ask, “Why do I read?” Is it to escape? Be entertained? To learn about myself and the world? With a purpose in mind, we can commit to reading 15 minutes a day, no matter how busy we are.

We can’t hope to inspire lifelong readers in our classrooms if we aren’t authentic readers ourselves. Letting our students see how and why they can fit reading into their lives each and every day is a legacy we must leave behind. Then they too will be able to see the world through new sets of eyes.

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Our END OF YEAR GOAL is to hit 30 Minutes Daily of Independent Reading in Good Fit Books


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Staff Spotlight

Karen Lincoln


Karen Lincoln

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?

18 years


Special Education Para

What I love most about my job at CSEI

love when a student accomplishes a goal or understands something new, when you can really see and hear how proud they are.

Favorite Food


Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

I'll Love You Forever-this is a book that I read to my boys when they were little and it brings back sweet memories of reading with them.


reading, listening to music, camping, fishing, bowling, watching the MN Twins, watching my boys play sports, scrap booking, and spending time with family and friends