Hawk Talk

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Is anyone else asking themselves if it is really the last week of April already? I can't believe how quickly the year has gone! THANK YOU to all of you for your hard work this year and the energy I know you will bring to these last few weeks of school. I appreciate everything you do to ensure our students have a positive learning experience each day!

I will be sending out an email later this week with end of year checklists for teachers. Two items I would suggest starting on early:

1. Please complete the pink/sheets for each student. Once you have completed them, please turn them in to Janette. She will place them in student files for you. :)

2. Please complete the writing progressions/writing folders for each student. If you are unsure of what to place in the folder or how to use the progression, please refer to the email sent from Dr. Porter regarding directions. Directions for what to do with completed writing folders will be included in your end of year checklist.

Important items for week of April 25:

  • 5th grade will be MAP testing on April 26, 27, 28. The lab will be closed for testing during this time. We will email each day to notify teachers when the lab is open again.
  • Parents will be emailed progress reports on April 26.
  • Major Saver limo ride/pizza party is at 11:30 on April 27. Teachers will be notified of which students will be attending.
  • NCADA will complete their last visit on April 28. Schedule was provided by Mrs. Gifford.
  • Character Assembly will be on April 28 at 3:15 pm (time change due to MAP testing in the morning). Please have students bring backpacks with them, as we will dismiss from the gym.
  • We have a mandatory open enrollment meeting on April 29 at 7:30 am. If you are unable to attend, you must find an alternative meeting to attend at another building, per HR.

Important items for week of May 2:

  • Staff Appreciation Week! Various things planned throughout the week to say THANK YOU!
  • Grades K/1 will be IOWA testing each morning from May 2-6.
  • 5th grade will be MAP testing on May 2, 3, 5, 6. The lab will be closed for testing during this time. We will email each day to notify teachers when the lab is open again.

Important items for week of May 9:

  • Big Smiles dental visits for individual students on May 9 (based on paperwork completed by parents)
  • May 11 - Stranger Danger presentation for Grades K-2 at 9 am; early release at HPE, 15 minute staff meeting to follow
  • May 12 - 5th grade track day; 1st grade fishing field trip
  • May 13 - K field trip; all school assembly (tentative time is 2:45 pm) -- will be outdoors

Important items for week of May 16:

  • Monday, May 16 - Grades 1/2 Science Stations
  • Tuesday, May 17 - Last day of school, Activity Day, Final Character Assembly for the year

Tech Corner

I ask that you reflect on this statement: "We have to change the way we do school."

This is a statement that speaks to how we approach learning in our classrooms and what we picture in our minds when we think of learning in the classroom. With the tech available to use in our classrooms, the 4 walls of the classroom no longer exist. Opportunities for learning are changed and extended through the use of technology. Think back to the SAMR activity we completed where we explored ways to use tech in a meaningful way to change the learning experience --- this is something we will continue to focus on more and more. Our students live in a world filled with tech and will be entering a workforce filled with tech. We have a responsibility to prepare for them the workforce and to integrate technology into the classroom. As you reflect on this school year and start thinking about next year, be thinking about creative and meaningful ways that tech can change the school experience.

Team Reminders

A few reminders for the team:

*As we continue in fourth quarter, there are a few items I ask you to help with in order to ensure student safety and that our building operates efficiently. We will touch base on each of these at our meeting this afternoon as well.

  • Student Supervision: Students should be supervised at all times. Please work to ensure that students are properly supervised at all times. What system do you have in place to ensure that students make it safely from point A to point B during the day? How do you work to ensure that all your students made it safely to specials, recess, intervention, lost and found? It is important that we know where all students are at all times.
  • Attendance reporting: Classroom/student attendance should be reported no later than 8:45 am each day. If we were to have an unexpected event that required a lock-down or evacuation of the building, we need to know what students were present to start the day so that we can ensure all students are safe. Also, Janette and I begin making personal phone calls to families regarding student absences by 9 am in an effort to encourage regular attendance at school.
  • Building Duty Schedules: Please make sure you report for your afternoon/morning duty at your schedule time. The duty schedule was created to ensure that our students are properly supervised at all times, and that we work as a team to ensure that is happening. You have access to the morning/afternoon duty schedule in your Google Drive if you need a reminder of what days/times you have duty. Janette keeps a copy handy in the office as well.

*Be mindful of comments regarding the number of days left in the school year. If a student hears a staff member say "only 70 days left..." --- what is that student thinking? What is the message that might be sent? How might that comment make the student feel? One thing we frequently say as educators is that we never have enough time....let's make sure that we communicate to our students that our time together matters and that we enjoy spending time learning with our students. We have much to accomplish in the time we are granted with our students --- make every day count!