Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of November 26, 2018

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • Alta Vista Pop Up Social on Monday, November 19 at 6:00 pm at Slow Rise Slice House **BRING YOUR FAMILY!**
  • Thanksgiving Break November 19-23
  • House Parties on Tuesday, November 27
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, November 28 **SLO Training**
  • Reading PLCs on Thursday, November 29
  • Mayborn STEM Activity (Gr 5) in SIT Room on Friday, November 30
  • Girl CODE Fine Dining Experience (Gr 4-5) in Library on Friday, November 30 at 11:00-12:00 pm


Coming Up: CDMC on December 4

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House Party Awards

The House Party Committee has designated this house party awards day to be scheduled by house. Here is the schedule for Tuesday, November 27. We will meet in the cafeteria.


  • Tarleton: 8:30 am
  • UT: 9:30 am
  • BU: 1:15 pm
  • Tech: 2:00 pm


Please have students wear their brag tag necklaces, house hat and jelly bracelet. Bring on the cheer....house points will be awarded for spirit!

Reading PLCs

Reading PLCs are this Thursday. Please collaborate with your team to bring a common work sample from reading to discuss. Bring examples of high, medium, and low achievement.

From Your Captain

We appreciate all of our staff. It's amazing that we're entering into the 3rd six weeks. We are thankful for all that you do #AllDayEveryDay. Take time during the break to rest, recharge, and enjoy time with your friends and family.


If you are a paraprofessional working on your college degree, email me to let me know where you are in the process.


We are working on promotional materials for spring staff recruitment. We would love your input on why you love working at Alta Vista Elementary. Email me your TOP 3 reasons so we can compile a great list for recruitment. PRIZES for the first 5 staff that email me.

Conscious Discipline

With Thanksgiving break upon us, it's critical to classroom management that you do a quick re-teach of classroom and school expectations when students return on Monday (even with the big kids!). This gentle reminder will help set students on the right path for the rest of the semester.


We also want to encourage you to have a classroom meeting on Monday to check-in with students. Some may have had a great break, while others may have struggled. Give them a few minutes to get things off their chest or share their excitement. It will save you time in the long run on the extra chatter.

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Staff Members of the Week!

Congratulations to Ms. Sierra for being our TEACHER OF THE WEEK. She has taken on the new challenge of teaching three-year olds as a new teacher, and she has graciously allowed the media into her classroom to promote all the great things happening at our school.


Congratulations to Mrs. Boggess for being our STAFF MEMBER OF THE WEEK. She facilitated two weeks of interim testing, set up all the laptops, and has shown incredible flexibility as we have completed this testing.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Morning Meetings

Coming back from a break is a great time to start something new in your class. Have you tried morning meetings? These are a campus expectation for every class. Our schedule is designed with at least 10 minutes (8:05-8:15) for you to conduct your morning meeting before starting instruction.


Not sure where to start? This blog article has great pictures, videos, and tips. Just remember to make it your own! There is not set rule about how a classroom meeting should look, but it should include all students that are present and it should include a way for students to connect with each other.


Blog: https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/class-meetings/

Coat Drive

Communities in Schools is collecting jackets and coats. Please drop off any outgrown, gently used, or new donations in the bin at the front office. Youth and adult sizes. For questions please contact Ms. Hernandez in CIS at 254-662-3050 ext 210. Donations accepted through December 21, 2018.