Monclova Primary

Weekly Bulletin

Events for Week of December 4 - December 10

Monday, December 4

Fire Drill - 1:30

Barnes and Noble Night

Tuesday, December 5

Wednesday, December 6

Social Meeting - 8:00 am - Susan's room

Secret Santa - see shared schedule

Primary Principal's Meeting - 10:00 am (Betsey out)

Thursday, December 7

Secret Santa - see shared schedule

Administration Meeting - 9:00-11:00 am (Betsey out)

Friday, December 8

Secret Santa - see shared schedule


Thank you:

all staff for making Jen's last couple of days this week enjoyable and supportive! She was able to smile and focus on getting over this hurdle with her Monclova team standing strong behind her. This staff goes above and beyond to help one another out.

Chris and Jill for organizing a great birthday celebration for Laney!


The district is organizing a fundraiser for the Veteran's Memorial Park in Whitehouse. On December 8 during the basketball game, there will be a silent auction of themed baskets. Each building needs to submit a basket for the auction. Monclova is putting together a gift card extravaganza basket. Please drop off a gift card to Jill, if you can contribute. It can be for anything! Any amount of card would is greatly appreciated.

Extra December jeans day fundraiser envelope is in Betsey's mailbox. If you would like to participate, donation needs to be turned in by Thursday, December 7.

Please help spread the word about the Staff Caroling event on December 12. Feel free to use Jill's flyer we sent with the General Gazette today.

I know many of you have students bring in disinfectant wipes (Clorox wipes) for the classroom. Matt Dick sent a reminder about these types of wipes:

"Most people may not realize that disinfectant wipes are registered pesticides as they are designed to kill or inactivate microbes.

It is entirely inappropriate to ask students to clean desks and surfaces with disinfectant wipes. Many labels clearly state “KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN”.

If children are allowed to handle disinfectant wipes or breathe in the chemicals, you are not following label directions which is a breach of Federal Law.

Some of the most commonly used ingredients are asthma triggers, or skin and eye irritants."

This reminder goes along with our cleaning staff having ample time to correctly disinfect your classrooms. If they have to spend extra time picking up large items that can not be vacuumed then other duties may not be as thorough.

Please check RtI time lines, makes sure I have an up to date plan on file. January 30 will be our next RtI review day with the team, including the school psychologist.

Words of Wisdom and Action..............................

In the spirit of being positive and knowing it's benefits.....................


Many think that you have to choose between positivity and winning. But the truth is you don't have to choose. Positivity leads to winning.

Michael Phelps was recently interviewed by Bob Costas where he described his approach to building a positive team before the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"Every now and then you hear a bunch of negative comments or someone complaining and during training camp at one of the meetings I said to the guys that we are getting ready to go to the Olympics, this is what we have to do and if there is a negative comment keep it to yourself. The more positivity we have as a team the better off we are going to be. As soon as I said that we all became closer and then we really started getting going."

When I heard Michael say these words I was thrilled because he shared a truth with the world that I have witnessed countless times throughout the years. A team with talent can be good. But they must come together to be great. Positivity is the glue that enhances team connection and performance and it impacts office teams, school teams, church teams, and hospital teams as much as it does Olympic teams.

I've seen very positive teams with average talent accomplish more than anyone thought possible.

I've also seen negative teams with a lot of talent accomplish far less than everyone thought was possible.

Positive teams work together more effectively. They stay positive, connected and committed through challenges. They maximize each other's talent. They believe together and achieve more together.

Positive, high performing teams don't happen by accident. They are built by leaders and team members who reduce the negative and add a big dose of positive. When you subtract negativity and add positivity to your talent, the sky is the limit.

The great news is that you don’t have to be an Olympic champion with 28 medals to begin the process. You can be just like you and me. You can say enough with the negativity. Let's get positive. Let's get going. of being positive, here a quick read about stopping negativity!