Creasy Connection

January 10, 2016

Principal Passage...


Thanks to Mrs. Sowers for a well attended and productive MS Showcase last week. Fifth graders should be off to a good start in making their choices.

What if it snows? It could happen. Reference the district Employee Handbook. The details can be found on page 6. Several scenarios are covered in the article.

Thanks for your understanding as support staff are occupied conducing the TRC assessments. The instructional return on time investment is surely worthwhile.

Calendar Links

  • Check it out for updates to the remainder of the year. A staff calendar on the Haiku site - the Whitaker Staff Calendar go to the calendar tab to see the full calendar. Check calendar article below too.
  • The second School Wires Calendar is for families on our school website.


Ponderings for the New Year...

"I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
Rainer Maria Rilke from Letters to a Young Poet 1902

Magent & Choice Periods on Horizon

Enrollment / Choice periods

Choice windows

In Zone March 7-18

Out of Zone April 18-29.

Details can be found here.

Kindergarten screening date is May 10th.

School Touring for New Students - We are offering school tours once a week to those interested in attending Whitaker. Please consider these visitors as you evaluate classroom appearance.

Magnet Information - Deadline to apply January 25th - 4:30pm

Mid-Year PDP and Observations

Mid-Year PDP’s and Evaluations – Lindsay and I will be contacting you about mid-year PDP progress. We will try to tie these to 2nd round evaluation conferences where possible. Starting classroom walkthroughs as well.

January Calendar

  • 1/12 - 1/14 EOQ Assessments in 3-5
  • 1/13 Wonderful Wednesday
  • 1/13 PTA Board Mtg.
  • 1/14 Spelling Bee Names due to Stern
  • 1/15 Last Day of 2nd Quarter
  • 1/18 No School for Students - Martin Luther King Day
  • 1/19 No School for Students - Teacher Workday
  • 1/19 Poverty Simulation - Ed Bldg - 9:00 am
  • 1/19 Names for Letters of Concern due to Creasy
  • 1/20 New Parent Coffee
  • 1/20 SIT Meeting 2:45 pm
  • 1/21 Report Cards to Creasy
  • 1/26 Report Cards go home
  • 1/27 MOY / Dibels window closes
  • 1/28 Spelling Bee
  • 2/4 Invention Convention

A few more items...

  • Have the Spelling Bee and Invention Convention on your radar for the new year.

  • NEW - Finding lots of balls left on the playground. Please have a plan for how to collect them each day.

  • UPDATE - Chromebooks are here! Once they are cataloged, Mrs. Weeks and Mrs. Randall will deliver them. Look for an email from JoEllen offering a short video on the use of Chromebooks. Send some pictures with students working with them for us to Tweet.

  • Awaiting dates for school walk discussed at recent staff meeting to see SIP in action. Revised update of the SIP plan has been returned with suggestions from the review team. SIT will review those this month.

  • Please copy me on your classroom newsletters either via email or on paper. This should be at least bi-weekly or weekly.