Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 2/4/-2/8

Put Students First • Seek Growth • Be Open to Change . Do Great Work Together • Value Differences

Principal's Message for the week:

What an amazing week at the farm! It was a time when you wanted to run around with a jar and capture all of the energy and save it for other times of the year. Between the high participation in our Great Kindness Week to our widely successful kick off to our One Book, One School, our students didn't want the weekend to come. I want to thank all of our staff for the continuous energy you put into making CFES the best there is! As one of our vistiors noted this week, "Man, when your staff puts together events they go all in, 100%". I couldn't have said it better myself. I hope you use the weekend, to rest, reset, and relax.

Girls on the Run needs a teacher sponsor? Interested..see me!

Shout Outs

Thank you to Karen Ratner, Robin M, and Jennifer Pleasant for cutting lemons until their hands were bruised.

Thank you to Wende, the Cricut Queen, for making the signs, sweatshirts, and all things lemon.

Thank you to Al for making the Google Site, taping all the readers, and being our stage and sound man.

Thank you to Liz for hanging all the coins and definitions.

Thank you to Robyn and Patti P for all the lemonade support for this project.

Thank you to Christine for jumping in to direct the play and being willing to be the finale.

Thank you to Tina, and Debbie V. for jumping in and helping with all the little details.

Thank you to Ceci for enduring the questions about where to get the lemonade.

Thank you to Mercyd for helping with all the set up and break down…and for being a reader!

Thank you to Megan Jones for her artsy input.

Thank you to Kim Peltonen for making the lemon tree and the lemonade carts!

Thank you to all of the teachers that have come in early for math tutoring during the cold winter days! - Patti P.

Kudos to Patti Csenar and Jackie Cochran for The Lemonade War assemblies! You both did a phenomenal presentation leading students to begin reading an exciting book! - Patti P.

Thank you to everyone that helped out this week setting up for The Lemonade War program. True TEAMWORK! - Patti P.

Kudos to Amy Goodman for assisting with numerous duties during the Masquerade daughter and father dance last Friday! - Patti P.

Thank you Patti Csenar for all of your hard work with The Lemonade War! #amazing - Jackie - Debbie H.

Thank you Ms. Mounce for fixing two of my students Chromebooks so they were ready for the math quarterly:) - Debbie H.

Thank you Mr. Doss for taking the time to meet with my students during lunch for the Code club. - Debbie H.

Thank you Mrs. Pleasant for always willing to help me with my last minute requests. Mil gracias:) - Debbie H.

Thank you Wende for making all of our shirts for Spanish night! They turned out great. - Debbie H.

Shout out to Mr. Doss for being flexible and spending so much time with my classes as they learn to use TinkerCad and the 3D printers. They are excited about the props they made to enhance their research project and presentations! Thank you! - Michelle N.

To Mouncey for being a team player and entering DRA scores. Every little bit helps! - Michelene

If you have any shoutouts, please send them to Ms. Backer and Mrs. Jacobs by Thursday.

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Feb. 4th - Feb. 8th

Reading Benchmarks - All students should be encouraged to use scratch paper!

Math PLCs- Looking at quarterly data. Please look at your data ahead of time.

Monday, February 4th

· 3rd Quarter Begins

·2nd Grade PLC

Tuesday, February 5th

· 3rd grade PLC

· 3:00p - 4:00p Leadership Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, February 6th

· Happy Hump Day!


· 9:30-11:30 4th Grade Sandler Center Field Trip

· 1st grade PLC

· Pet Readers (Library)

Thursday, February 7th

· Pet Readers (Library)

· 5th Grade PLC

· 2:40p – 5p Eco Club (Cafeteria)

· 2:40p - 4:00p Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34/ Computer Lab/ Rm 38 Art Room)

Friday, February 8th


4th Grade PLC


Feb. 11th - Feb. 15th

Grandparents Week!

Monday, February 11th

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:00p Newspaper Club

· Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, February 12th

· 3rd grade PLC

· 3:00p - 4:00p PBIS Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, February 13th


· 1st grade PLC

Thursday, February 14th

· 5th Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:00p Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34/ Computer Lab/ Rm 38 Art Room)

· 2:40p – 5p Eco Club (Cafeteria)

Friday, February 15th

· Pre-K Aquarium Mini Movers

· 4th Grade PLC


February 8th - Formative Focus and Goal Setting for Student Progress Mid-Year Review Due

National School Counseling Week 2019 - February 4-8

  • National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated Feb. 4-8, 2019, to focus attention on the unique contributions of professional school counselors within public school divisions. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students plan for a career and achieve life-long success. The ASCA has chosen “School Counseling: Providing Lessons for Life,” as its theme for the year.

    National School Counseling Week is an excellent opportunity to recognize and celebrate the very important role that school counselors play in the school and community.

    Let's make sure we celebrate Mrs. Yoshida, Mrs. Beda, and Mrs. Ricco during this special week!

Talent Ed

*Due February 8, 2019

Here are questions to consider when completing this:

*What professional development have you already completed and what additional work will you do this year?

* How has your teaching practice changed because of your professional development?

*What risks have you taken this year and how did it go?

*What action steps do you need to take to make progress on your goals?

*What support do you need to accomplish your tasks?

Staffing Updates!

  • January 25 - Ms. Backer sends out the 'Staff Intent' letters.
  • February 1 - Staff Intent letters are due to Ms Backer. Please only fill out the parts that apply to you.
  • February 25 - Registration opens for Transfer Meet and Greet event using Frontline Professional Growth, and vacancies begin to be posted on Intranet for all transfers
  • March 1 - Principals must notify individuals that they are priority transfers & share information regarding the Transfer Meet and Greet event.
  • March 11 - Online registration deadline for Transfer Meet and Greet event for all voluntary and priority transfers who wish to attend.
  • March 14 - Transfer Meet and Greet event at Green Run HS from 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • March 22 - Ms. Backer may submit recommendations for vacancies.
  • June 27 - Last date by which principals can make hiring recommendations from other area school divisions (Region II) – Teachers currently under contract with neighboring school divisions must resign from those divisions before 5 p.m. on 6/27.
  • July 15 - Last date teachers may voluntarily transfer without approval from HR and a Senior Executive Director or Director for School Leadership.

Revised February Collaboration Schedule

We have made a few changes to accommodate some of your concerns about the collaboration schedule. Please see below for the revised schedule. If you haven't already, remember to turn in your professional leave forms to Mrs Jacobs in the main office ASAP.
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Don't forget about trying out our Colt Tracker!

This link will, also, be in our handbook along with our flowchart!

Mid Year Testing Windows

Please look at these dates carefully. If you grade level needs to change a test's date range due to pacing, please let me know.

  • EDK & PALS Mid-Year Testing: Begins January 2nd – January 30th
  • Developmental Spelling Assessment DSA (Grades 3-5): January 7th--January 18th We will be using PALS data in conjunction to the DSA but not the quick checks.
  • DRA2 Assessment (Grades K-5): January 2nd--January 25th (All Kindergarten students should be tested. Students who were below grade level in 1st through 5th during the Fall testing window, should be retested. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not need to retest a student, you should enter his/her independent level in Synergy based on the student's current instructional level.)
  • Reading Inventory (Grades 3-5): January 2nd - January 25th
  • TenMarks Mid-Year Grade Level Assessment (Grades 1-5): January 22nd - January 31st
  • Quarter 2 Reading Benchmark (Grades 2-5): February 4th - February 8th (give it over 2 days like the SOL)
  • Quarter 2 Math Benchmark (Grades 2-5): January 28th –February 1st
  • Quarter 2 Content (Science and Social studies) Benchmark (Grades 2-5): February 8 – February 22

Career Day

Christopher Farms Elementary School will be hosting a Career Day on our school campus Thursday, March 28th from 8:00-10:00am. We are looking for men and women from a variety of occupations to share their careers with our students. If you know anyone who would be interested in participating please have them fill out the form below and return it to Mrs. Yoshida


2/1 - Megan Zipprich

2/2 - Colleen Carvalho-Rhodes

2/9 - Kelly McNeely

Important Links from the principal packet

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Please note the changes!

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It's War! Outstanding kick off to our One Book, One School!

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Great Kindness Week was awesome!

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Our students had a fantastic week of learning activities !

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Keep these coming!

Please check out our form below to see how Mrs. Porter and myself will be celebrating our students and continuing our positive culture and environment.