Meadow Creek Monday Message

May 9, 2016

Meadow Creek’s mission is to promote learning by challenging all to reach their potential

in a safe, nurturing environment by communicating, collaborating and congratulating!

Testing

Thank you for your help with the testing this week. It takes all of us to help provide a positive environment so the students can do their best.


We appreciate your understanding of the schedule and we know how hard it is on the testing days. You do a great job of helping each other and we all appreciate that very much!


Thank you to Peggy and Diane for making sure we have wonderful lunch and dessert on our three testing days. It will be jeans and Meadow Creek shirt days for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Black and Blue Run For Hope

We would love to have you on our team! You can sign up at www.6Stones.org/Run to be a part of the team. You can sign up for the 1 Mile Fun Run (9:30AM), the 5K (8:30 AM) or the 10K (8:00 AM)! Come and enjoy the morning, get exercise and help support a great cause! The school with the most members will win $1,000 for more PE equipment!


The run is this Saturday, May 14!

Meadow Creek PTA Meeting

Meadow Creek PTA will be honoring our retiring teachers at the meeting this Thursday night. It will begin at 6:00 PM in the gym and after the short meeting, there will be music, dancing and glow sticks! If you have not been to a PTA Meeting this year, this would be a great one to attend to help celebrate with our retiring staff members.

Skating with Skinner

Don' forget Skating with Skinner on Monday, May 16 at Skate Town form 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This is a great way to celebrate Mrs. Skinner and to wish her the best of luck in her new town!

August PD

Your Team Coordinators have the information on the August District Professional Development. Be sure to meet with them so you have the information so you can register now. Part of your end of the year check out is to provide me a copy of your confirmation. Be sure I get that BEFORE May 26.

Meadow Creek Retirement Celebration

Your are invited to help us celebrate the retirement of several special people on Thursday, May 19 at the Old Bedford School. It will be from 4:00 to 5:30 PM and we hope to see all staff drop by for hugs, share memories and say thank you!

End of Year Dates

As we get closer to the end of the year and ending dates for certain programs are determined, we will keep you updated here.


Library...

Thank you for helping Mrs. Ray get all of the library books returned or paid for!


Computer Lab...

Backup will start May 16

Reimaging will start on May 25

All technology will be moved off campus on May 26

Last day to use COWS, I Pads and Computer labs is May 20


Textbooks...

Inventory will start May 19


Copier and Pepsi Machine will be moved on May 27


Check Out For the Summer...

All keys turned in, laptops signed back out, cum files updated, rooms cleared, items packed on May 26

Summer Packing

Everyone should have their first 20 boxes. If you need more now, please let us know. If you have extra boxes, let us know and we will come and get them to you. We will hold off on getting you the gondolas for a few weeks.


Remember you may use your grade level closets, cabinets and lockers to store things. You cannot store things in the classroom restroom, the walls in these room swill be painted. You will need to empty bookcases and cabinets that will be moved out. You do not have to pack vertical filing cabinets. You have to pack horizontal filing cabinets. You will want to take home anything that is valuable, important or easily breakable.


Start cleaning and purging now so you have more room to use the space in your rooms.


We can do this!

Parents Email

It will be very important that we have a current and correct email for all of our families that will be returning to us. The on-line registration will use the email that we currently have in our computer. The best way to find out if we have a correct one is if they get the Friday Flyer each week. Using your email group, in the next week or so, can you ask families to contact the office if they are not receiving the Friday Flyer. If they are not, please ask them to notify the office so we can verify their email we have in the computer. Please let them know that we are checking so that they will be able to receive the information about on-line registration this summer.


Thank you!

Registration Information

Please put these dates on your calendar!


Returning student registration is Wednesday, July 27 from 2 pm to 7 pm. Late returning student registration is Tuesday, August 2 form 8 am to 5 pm.


All returning families will complete registration on-line prior to coming to registrations. Families will verify the information they have put into the computer and bring proof of residency to registration.


We will need someone from each grade level to help us on these days so be sure to let Peggy know who from your team can help.


New student registration is on Wednesday, August 3 from 2 pm to 7 pm. This is not done on-line.


More information about on-line registration will be sent home with families before the end of school.

Chapter 3: Structuring and Delivering Your Lesson

Technique 15: Circulate Part 2


Circulate is a technique for moving strategically around your room during all parts of your lesson. We talk about "proximity" - getting near students to stress accountability and eliminate behavioral problems - but teachers often expect proximity to magically work of its own accord. They know to move toward trouble but are not always as confident in knowing how to maximize its benefits and what to do when they get there.


Engage when you Circulate: It is not enough just to stand there, you've go to work the room! If you are teaching actively, make frequent verbal and non-verbal interventions ( hands subtly on Steve's shoulder to remind him to sit up; "check your spelling" to Pamela as you gaze at her notes)


There is nothing more awkward than to walk towards a student in hopes of extinguishing a behavior only to get there and realize proximity alone hasn't worked. Making quiet conversation a part of your norm as you circulate gives you space to respond when you get there. It is equally important to give positive praise as you circulate, either verbally or nonverbally.


From: Teach Like A Champion

Reminders...

Students should not be sent in the hall as a disciplinary purpose or to complete work. Please use a buddy room for a place for students.


Remember that we must give students the option to sit out or to walk if they have to miss a part of their recess. Only in very rare cases would a student ever miss all of recess.


Also, remember that we would never give a consequence to an entire class or grade level. There would not be any way that you could verify that every student did not follow an expectation.


If you work on the weekends, please be sure to take your trash outside to the dumpster. Please do not leave your trash in the halls or in the cafeteria.


Be sure to call or text me at 817-454-6554 if you are going to be out for any reason. Be sure to include you r name if you text me!


If you leave anytime during the day or before 3:45, be sure that you are signing in and out with the Positive Proof system in the office.

May

May 12 - Monica Soliz

Leann Teakell - May 15

Melanie Grant - May 19

Ja'Michael smith - May 30

June

June 2 - Maria Barron

June 3 - Penny Yarbrough

June 13 - Olga Ortiz-Alers

June 16 - Mark Easley

July

July 12 - Martha Elizondo

July 12 - Tina Taylor

July 17 - Michelle Lucio

July 17 - Claudia Sabedra

July 21 - Pat Lappa

July 23 - Julie Hyde

August

August 1 - Joanna Hogg

August 2 - Regina Evans

August 10 - Mary Dee Stricklin

August 21 - Lezlie Griffin

August 23 - Joey Martinak

August 25 - Jeisa Ceballos

Professional Development

Information about the August Professional Development have been given to your team coordinator last week week.


Be sure that you have registered for your session before our last day. You will need to print our your confirmation that you have registered as part of your end of the year check out. Please give me a copy of that confirmation before your last day. Thank you!

Important Dates

May 9 - STAAR testing - Closed Campus

May 10 - STAAR testing - Closed Campus

May 11 - STAAR testing - Closed Campus

May 12 - Meadow Creek PTA Meeting

May 14 - Black and Blue Run

May 16 - Westward Ho 5th Grade

May 16 - Skating with Skinner - Skatetown 6:00 to 8:00 PM

May 17 - 4th grade trip to Austin

May 17 - 3rd grade Reading Restaurant

May 19 - Meadow Creek Retirement Reception at Old Bedford School