Weekly Office MEMO

Week Of September 18, 2017

#TOP20- Keep Your Day.. Never Give Up


Never Give Up

Perserverance is a word we throw out in our day-to-day school lives, and we love to challenge our students to tackle this quality, but what about our colleagues?

As a principal, I love the month of September. Everyone is fresh and renewed! Backpacks are crisp, shoes are shiny and new shirts are full of vibrant colors. In addition, patience is high and behaviors are low. As we continue through this years long journey, everything wears. Our shoes, clothes and most importantly our ability to persevere seems to wain.

As we look at our year long course of September through May with our students, pace yourself and check your own stamina. Find time to rejuvenate through a peaceful lunch, a quick extra walk or a special separation of work and home. Our Kids and Colleagues deserve the same level of enthusiasm and patience as Sept 5th as on May 30th. How can you keep it?

This fun ImpossibleHQ article gives some fun advice on "How to Never Give Up." https://impossiblehq.com/never-give-up/

Here are my 5 favorites, to know more about them you will simply have to read the article!

  1. Listen To Your Go-To Song
  2. Be Honest With Yourself
  3. Find Someone To Call You Out
  4. Think About Why
  5. Reframe Your Story

My hope for you is that you continue with the passion and purpose that lead you to this profession. I believe in everyone in this building. I believe everyone is here for the right reason. I believe in CSE. Certainly, if those Tiny Ducks can overcome those steps.. we will peservere until May!

Don't forget to keep going with your #CSESTRONG Mindfulness Challenge! You can find it below! This week we will focus on Perseverance and being a duck!

Have an incredible week!


#CSESTRONG Weekly Staff Mindfulness Challenge

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Reflect on a time when you were able to accomplish something greater than you thought. What was it? How did you PERSEVERE through the tough times? How did it feel when you made it through and didn't give up? Tell that story to a Friend or Colleague at CSE. And give them the Thumbs Up Badge to encourage them to Never Give Up!

Take a Thumbs Up Badge (Sticky Note) Located by the CSE PO Boxes and give to a friend and be their encouragement to "NEVER GIVE UP" and Push the "I Did It" button!

I Did It!

Push The Button to Commit to the #CSESTRONG Mindfulness Challenge for this Week!


September 4 - Kara Linz

September 10 - Mary Ann Hennen

September 22 - Kim Emons

September 29 - Ken Rausch

Weekly Schedule

Monday 9/18

  • DAY 2
  • America Monday

Tuesday 9/19

  • DAY 3
  • Extreme Weather Day (rain boots, scarves, etc)
  • Staffing Day

Wednesday 9/20

  • DAY 4
  • School Picture Day --- Dress-Up Day
  • Boy/Girl Scout Leaders to classrooms (1:00-3:00 pm)

Thursday 9/21

  • DAY 1
  • Tie Dye Day

Friday 9/22

  • DAY 2
  • Jersey/School Spirit Day

Important Upcoming Dates

9/15 -Personal Schedules Due in the Office by Sept 15th.

9/20 - Boy/Girl Scout leaders will be here to talk to students from 1:00-3:00 pm on they will come to your classrooms.

9/18 - Faith Formation 8:30 Mass

9/20 - Picture Day

9/18-22 - Home Coming Week

10/6 - Family Group Activity (2:20-2:45)

10/10 - 5th Grade Kindness Retreat with Discovery Elementary

10/13 - 3 Hour Early Out

10/19 & 20 - MEA Break

10/26 - Picture Retake Day

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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

  • Turn in your Money/Checks Daily at the end of the day for school supply money.

  • THERE Will Not be any morning announcements. Please read the daily announcements at your convenience to your students.

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

  • Need CPI Refresher and Training DATES? Click HERE


Monday: America Monday

Tuesday: Extreme Weather Day (rain boots, scarves, etc.)

Wednesday: Dress Up Day

Thursday: Tie Dye Day

Friday: Jersey/School Spirit Day

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!

The CSE Host Parents for another Great Fall Family Kickoff!

Thank You Gwen Anderson for your Years of Service to the ROCORI District and Specifically CSE. Gwen is moving on to a new opportunity to serve schools as a School Advocate with Resource Training and Solutions. Her last day with us will be on Sept 29th. We will miss you and Good Luck!

Congratulation to Dustin and Brooke Kramer on the Birth of their third child Brielle. She was born last Friday!

Welcome Brielle Marie Kramer

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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

CI (Curriculum and Instruction)

Click HERE to access the District CI Notes

SD (Staff Development)

Click HERE to access the District SD Notes



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

Family Groups

Spartan Pride

Chair- Dustin Kramer Ext 3136

More Spartan Badges coming soon!

Digital Leadership

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The First Six Weeks!

Week 3- Expectations to teach, model & practice

Classroom Routines:

­_______ Complete and post Classroom Rules/Agreements

_______ Think, Pair, Share (Turn and Talk)

_______ Use of Supplies (pencils, scissors, glue, etc.)

_______ Routine for students who are “finished working” in math (games, additional practice,

helper, etc.)

_______ Snack (pick-up, class routine, and return of waste)

_______ Continue modeling and practicing ritual and routines from week 1-2

_______ Hold high expectations that students can and will do it-demonstrate following of

classroom rules, routines, and procedures

_______ Continue handing out Great Spartan Tickets for student recognition

School-Wide Expectations:

______ Library Visit

Instructional Expectations:

_____ Launch Daily 5 and CAFÉ Routines in 15 Days: Days 10-14

_____ Begin Running Records/ Conferring Notes for ALL students

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

By Gail Boushey

September 15, 2017

Issue #479

At two and a half years old, our granddaughter Hadley is asking a lot of questions. “Why is it raining? Why is my brother crying? What are you doing?” Answering Hadley’s questions requires a lot of thought on our part, and we often find ourselves asking questions of her in return. Lately, when we ask Hadley questions, she responds with ”You tell me” and waits until she can agree with our response.

“Hadley, who did you see today?”
“You tell me.”

“Hadley, where did you go today?”
“You tell me.”

“Hadley, what did you play today?”
“You tell me.”

It is fascinating to hear Hadley turn our questions back to us, as if she doesn’t see any reason to give us an answer that we already know. How often does this happen in our classes, especially with students who may be a little more school savvy? We have students who are willing to play the game of answering these lower-order questions, even when they know we already know the answer. We can do better.

Questions can be categorized in many different ways—from Bloom’s taxonomy to Ted Wragg’s empirical, conceptual, and value questions, to Taffy Rafael’s Question Answer Relationship. However, all of these approaches include a basic differentiation between lower-order and higher-order questions. Lower-order questions usually start with who, what, when, or where. Relying on basic recall, children can answer such questions with a single right answer. In contrast, higher-order questions, which may begin with how, why, and which, are important because they require children to think.

Teachers ask between three and four hundred questions each day, well over 60 percent of which fall into the lower-order category. Many of our questions are organizational tools used to check the completion of work, summarize what has been taught, and evaluate whether learning has occurred. Our higher-level questions have the added potential to motivate, develop thinking skills, and enhance knowledge. Strategies such as familiarizing ourselves with the different levels of questions, writing down a few “go-to” higher-order questions, and adding wait time when we ask them have considerable promise for improving classroom instruction and student learning.

From now on, I am going to take a note from Hadley and ask “Why?” more often—and then wait for a response.

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