Sunday, August 20, 2017

Our 2017 Debut!

This week is our debut week! It's the week we have "Meet the Teacher".  That moment we get to share our campus with the community and families for the first time for this school year.  I. Can't. Wait.

I am so excited to open our doors and to have the hall filled with children again. The school just doesn't quite feel the same without it.  Over the last week it was wonderful to get our staff family back together.  To hear the laugher and see the smiles during our first day back with the Goose Chase around town.  To watch the lightbulbs go off in the "Talk, Read. Talk, Write" training. To hear stories from some of the Home Visits all teams completed.  To see teams coming together with incredible plans for the year. I could just go on and on.

And thank you to all who were able to attend our community walk on Saturday!  I always love that moment to get out and just see some families on a Saturday morning!

This week is going to be another fast and furious week as we place last minute touches on our campus to make it just perfect!

Week at a Glance

Monday - District Convocation, 8:30am - Brosig Auditorium (wear your new Webb Shirt)
Staff Events - After Convocation until 3:30pm
Tuesday - T-TESS Training (all certified teachers) - 8:00am-11:00am, Webb Gym
11:00am-4:00pm - Work in rooms
PreK-Kinder Meet the Teacher - 5:30-6:30pm
Wednesday - K-2 STEMscopes, 8:30am-12:00pm
3-5 STEMscopes (science teachers), 1:00pm-3:30pm
Thursday - RCA Team Meeting, 8:30am, TP Room
Work in Rooms
1st-5th Meet the Teacher - 6:00-7:30pm
Friday - Work in Rooms - 8am
Faculty Meeting - 1:00pm
Colbert Baby Shower - 3pm

Reminders:

1. Please bring your strength finders test PRINTED OUT for our meeting on Monday.
2. Teachers, please make sure you've completed the items on your "Teacher To-Do List"
3. All handbook forms, technology forms, and teacher certifications should have been turned in on Friday.
4.  Home Visit paperwork should have been turned in Friday.
5.  "What Am I Reading?" should have been updated Friday.
6.  Letters to students should have been mailed out last week.
7. You ALL should have already filled out THIS staff information document.

Birthdays

August 22 - Jessica Schutzenhofer
August 23 - Doris Banks
August 25 - Sarah Martin
August 27 - Olivia Aguinaga

Meet the Teacher

Our Meet the Teacher is coming fast! I met with Team Leaders last week to relay some information but I wanted to go ahead and put a few reminders here too....

1. Every classroom teacher must have a sign in sheet.  I need a copy of it by 8:30am the next morning.
2.  Meet the Teacher is an opportunity to meet you, but also to meet a few others (like our camp Teachers).
3.  Encourage families to stop by the Gym. We will be having some tables of different groups in there (PTO, Bus, Girl/Boy Scouts, etc).
4. This is our DEBUT to families. Smile big, show excitement, rock it out!
5. Our theme this year is "Hollywood: Where Everyone Is a Star". We've hired a party planner who will be transforming the front foyer! Super excited! Dress code is: Professional **but go all out with the hollywood theme!

Kids Deserve It

This last week we interviewed author/educator Trevor Muir who wrote, "The Epic Classroom".


Sparks in the Dark

Last week, after being incredibly moved by what happened in Charlottesville, my friend Travis Crowder and I organized a diverse panel to have an open and honest conversation about racism, diversity, and empathy. It's lengthy, but I wanted to share regardless.  We have to have more of these conversations if we expect things to change. (You can also listen through iTunes if you prefer just audio HERE.)


Blogs/Articles






In Closing...

There is a lot of hurt going on around us.  There is a lot of hurt going on within our own lives.  It's important that every day we interact with others that we take that into account.  Everyone is fighting a secret battle.

As I've seen events unfold over the last week in our country, and as I spoke with some of my friends who come from backgrounds far more diverse than mine, I've been reminded of the work that is still to be done.  The injustices that exists.  The prejudices that are present that we are aware of and those ones we're not.

We can't put our head in the sand.  We can't allow ourselves to be ignorant.  We can't sweep it under the rug.  We need to have open, honest, heartfelt conversations.  And we need to be teaching our kids about empathy through rich, diverse characters that look nothing and sound nothing like them.

I love this image and little story from my friend Brad Montague that he share last week.



Dear kids of the world,


It's not supposed to be like this.

Hate is an ugly thing. Do not believe it.

There is beauty within you and all around you. You'll forget sometimes or you'll see people forget that. Love helps us remember.
We need each other. 

Us grown ups are quick to tell you how things should be (share, be kind, love everybody), but not always great at modeling it. May you stay childlike in a world that can be so childish. Love love love love love love love. ALWAYS. When things seem crazy and you don't know what to do? Love like crazy. Always. There's more to say, but even more to actually do. Fight for love. Rebel joyfully.

Sincerely,
A grown up who still believes


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Welcome Back!!

WELCOME BACK!!  I can't believe the day is finally here to bring our Webb Elementary family back together again!  The office team has been anxiously awaiting your return and we have a lot of great things planned over the next two weeks in preparation for our students coming back!

First and foremost I want to say a HUGE "job well done" to everyone on our campus team.  Why? Because of your hard work, countless hours, sweat, tears, and yes even some blood, we were able to make it OFF the IR list this year!!!!!  That is such a testament to our team.  Though we still have much work to do to continue moving forward, it is so very important that we take the time to celebrate as well.  And this celebration includes everyone because ALL of you put forth the work to make this happen!  I just know that this year we're going to do even bigger and better things!

This year's theme is a Hollywood theme with the tagline of "Where Everyone is a Star".  I look forward to finding ways to celebrate each other, as well as our students and their families, in different and unique ways this year!

As in years past, this blog will be where I share our "Week at a Glance" and any other upcoming events for the week! This will be your go to source of information!

Week at a Glance
(all of this information is also on the campus calendar)

Monday - Staff Bonding (dress comfortably!!) We'll meet in Gym at 8am!
Tuesday - District Symposium (everyone)
Wednesday - Talk Read, Talk Write Training (All K-5 teachers)
Teacher Mentor Meeting
Thursday - Guided Math Training (K-2)
3rd-5th TEKS Resource Refresher
3rd-5th Language of Choice Training
Friday - Guided Math Training (3-5)
K-2 TEKS Resource Refresher
K-2 Language of Choice Training
3-5 ELA Teachers - Independent Reading GHO
Saturday - Back to School Community Walk

Monday

We will be playing a city-wide scavenger hunt on Monday.  Please download the free app "Goose Chase" as you will need it for our game!!

Birthdays
August 13 - Haven Wisnoski
August 14 - Traci Colbert
August 20 - Kheli LaBlue

REMIND

Join our Remind for Staff Updates!

Voxer

Make sure you download the free "Voxer" app as we use it to communicate campus wide


Kids Deserve It

Here is a great interview with Weston Kieschnick, author of "Bold School"


Sparks in the Dark

About once a month I will be sharing with you a new podcast that focuses on reading and writing.  Here is an episode with author of "Allegedly", Tiffany Jackson.


Blogs/Articles






In Closing....

Bringing everyone back together for the first time in a school year, is always an incredibly exciting time.  I countdown the days to seeing everyone again and having our school family back in the same building.  I know that we have some exciting things planned this school year and that together we are going to change lives.  Let's get at it!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Grand Finale

This is it! Our final 3 and a 1/2 days to make a difference in the lives before us at this school!  Just like the best finales on TV I want us to provide experiences worth remembering this week!  The kids will be filled with excitement (and some apprehension) of summer and we need to be ready to channel that excitement into great opportunities for bonding and learning! We can do this!

Week at a Glance

Monday - Grades Due
Jon Harper on Campus
Bem-Vindos Field Trip - 10:30am-3:00pm
After School Training with Jon - 3:45pm
Tuesday - 5th Grade Field Trip
Prek-2 Field Day
Senior Walk - 9:15am
Student of the Year Dinner - 5:30pm
Wednesday - 3-5 Field Day
PPCD Water Day
Thursday - Release at Noon
Staff Potluck and Awards
Friday - Inservice Day
District Lunch/Awards - 12pm - High School


Grades Due

Grades will be due Monday at Midnight.  We will be printing final report cards Tuesday morning.

Jon Harper

Well known educator, blogger, and speaker, Jon Harper, will be on campus on Monday.  I will be getting out a schedule, but he will be going into 2-5th Grade classrooms for about 30 min each to talk about mistakes and writing.  He will then meet after school (3:45) with all certified teachers to do a brief PD with you guys too!

Bem-Vindos Field Trip

For the Bem-Vindos trip we will leave at 10:30am and return about 3pm.  We need to be in the cafeteria at 10:15am

5th Grade Trip

The 5th Grade trip will leave at 8am.  They will remain in the cafeteria that morning instead of releasing down to class.

Camp this Week

MONDAY will be the last day for Camp.  If it is not raining you will take your students outside during camp time.  If it is raining you will take your students to the gym during your camp time.

Field Days

Prek-2 Field Day is Tuesday and 3-5 is Wednesday.  If you have any questions about field day please get with Joni Leonard.

Senior Walk

The Senior Walk will be taking place during our Prek-2 Field Day.  When the Seniors arrive we will have all the students outside form up in a giant line for the seniors to walk through and we'll have the seniors come into the 3rd-4th hallways.  The estimated time is 9:15am.

Dress Code This Week

If you're attending a field trip this week and when it's your field day, you may wear shorts or jeans!

Potluck and Awards

Don't forget our final staff event is Thursday.  You should have signed up HERE to bring something for the potluck.  Also, don't forget to think of a fun award for someone on staff from something that happened this year!

Friday

On Friday you will report to school at normal time.  We will then have the District Lunch and Awards at noon at the High School.  After that, if your sign out sheet is done and turned in, you may leave! If not, head back over to Webb and get finished what you need to!

Floors

Please remember that the school will be COMPLETELY closed May 29-June 9th for cleaning of floors.  You CAN NOT be on campus those days.

Birthdays

Here are our July and Beginning of August Birthdays

Becky Madison - July 2
Marylee Argueta - July 14
Kitty Tripp - July 28
Susan Ballew - July 31
Karla Hinojosa - August 4
Kathy Leiva - August 8

KDI: Stories from Webb

Don't forget that I'd like to have stories by June 2nd if possible!

Kids Deserve It

We had two great guests this week.  Season 8 American Idol Winner, Kris Allen and Dove Award winning music video producer Joel Banta.



Articles/Blogs





In Closing...

As we finish off this week let's finish off strong! Better even than we started!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Finishing Strong

This is our last full week before the insanity of the final week of school comes with trips, field day, parties, and more!  The best thing we can do as educators is to finish strong and utilize every minute we have before us.  We still have lessons to teach and gaps to fill.  With the students that we work with, we don't have the luxury of resting on our laurels.

So let's challenge our students, push their thinking, try new ideas, and do something awesome with our kids!

Week at a Glance

Monday - Moreland on Campus (see her during your conference)
Staff Meeting - 3:45pm
School Board Meeting - 6:30pm
Tuesday - Arugeta off Campus
Wednesday - Kickstart Performance - 7:45am - Gym
Whitman Bridal Shower - 3:30pm - Library
Thursday - Delic on Campus (see her during your conference)
Friday - Marvel off Campus
Book Prom - 8am - Library
Aladdin Play - 6pm - Brosig Auditorium
Saturday - Aladdin Play - 3pm - Brosig Auditorium

5th Grade Car Wash

Thank you to all of those who came out to support our 5th Graders.  And BIG shout out to Ms. Boyd and Ms. Sipp who not only gave rides to students to be able to come but also who stayed the entire 4 hours to help with the car wash!  Thank you to Mr. Marvel and Mrs. Martin who showed up to help work shifts as well! We had 47 fifth graders show up, washed over 40 cars, and earned a total of $725!

Moreland and Delic

Moreland will be here to talk with teams on Monday and Delic will be here to talk with teams on Thursday! For Moreland's meetings you don't need anything, but for Delic you will need your data from the year and be ready to talk successes and growth!

Aladdin Play

Our kids (and Haliburton and McHale) have been working tirelessly on this play! I hope you all plan to join one of the two FREE performances as our students and staff try a new endeavor!

TP Time

This week, TP time is yours to use how you see fit! This will be the last week of TP time (besides next Monday for 2nd grade).

Monday - Kinder
Tuesday - 1st
Wednesday - 5th
Thursday - 4th
Friday - 3rd

KDI: Stories from Webb

Make sure you're making time in your schedule to write something for the Kids Deserve It book! I'd love to have all submissions by the first Friday in June.  If you're struggling on what to write, please come meet with me this week! The publisher is VERY excited about this book and I want to deliver something great!

Upcoming Dates to be Aware Of
(all on the school calendar)

Monday, May 22 - Grades Due, House Field Trip, and Writer/Speaker Jon Harper will be on campus to work with students and meet briefly with staff after school
Tuesday - May 23 - K-2 Field Day, Senior Walk, and 5th Grade Field Trip
Wednesday - May 24 - 3-5 Field Day and PPCD Water Day

Birthdays

Here are our May and June Birthdays.  Next week we'll celebrate our July Birthdays

Diddy Flores - May 20
Deborah Gonzales - May 21
Gerry Williams - May 23
Amanda Reyes - May 31
Kelsey Kuehler - June 10
Melissa Neumann - June 13
Allison Thomas - June 13

House Reward!

Thank you to everyone for making our first year with house a resounding success.  Congrats to Bem-Vindos who were our winners for the YEAR!!  They will be going to Horseshoe Junction on Monday, May 22nd.  More details to come!

Kids Deserve It

If you want a KDI shirt, today is the last day for May. You can get one here.  Here is this week's episode with Adam Dovico.



Articles/Blogs





In Closing....

As we get ever closer to the summer break, my friend Donalyn Miller shared this great challenge yesterday! Enjoy!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Here We Go Again!

Well it's that time again.  Another round of STAAR testing.  Even though we all know STAAR doesn't show the complete picture of what we do as a campus, it still is a time of stress for students (and teachers).  Let's work together this week to find ways to celebrate every ounce of growth in our students and really remind them that they can rock this test!

As we enter the final 3 weeks of school, let's also focus on keeping high expectations and constant forgiveness.

The biggest thing we see in the office at this time of year, are students who are sent up for every insignificant reasons.  We totally understand everyone is exhausted!  But let's give it our all until the final minutes! We can do this!

Week at a Glance

Monday - 3rd/4th/5th STAAR
Tuesday - 3rd/4th/5th STAAR
Community Bridges Meeting - 4pm
Wednesday - 5th STAAR
National School Nurse Day
PTO Meeting 5:30pm
Thursday - Switch Day (for those tested teachers)
Friday - Final House Games
Kona Ice
Saturday - 5th Grade Car Wash - Central Office - 10am-2pm

STAAR

Please make sure you check this schedule daily for changes.

Community Bridges

Our next Community Bridges meeting will take place Tuesday at 4pm in the Library.  Please join us if you want to be a part of planning our Parent PD for the 2017-2018 school year!

Final House Games

Our Final House Games are Friday. They are water games!  Don't forget that we will be giving extra points to the staff who come dressed to impress in your best beach/water/pool gear!

TP Time

No TP Time this week, BUT these grade levels will need to help with morning duty.

Monday - Kinder
Tuesday - 2nd Grade
Wednesday - 3rd Grade
Thursday - 4th Grade
Friday - 5th Grade

2017-2018 Placements

On Friday at 3:45pm, teachers can pick up an envelope from the front office with their 2017-2018 teaching assignments.  IA placements will be coming at a later time.

Kids Deserve It

Here is the latest episode with ABC 13 Weatherman, Travis Herzog.


Blogs/Articles





In Closing...

When finishing out the year, it's important to take care of YOU as well.  Take time to get away, read a book, garden, exercise.  Take care of your mental health.




Saturday, April 29, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  I am so excited to be able to find ways to celebrate everyone on campus this week.  At this time in the year we are all a little worn out, tired, and sometimes a little more on edge than normal.

But I am so consistently encouraged by the hard work and love you pour into these kids.  From wiping their noses, to engaging their minds, to buying them lunch, to playing at recess.

It takes every one of us to work together to ensure that our kids are successful and grow into great human beings.  And they are because of YOU. Never forget that.

Week at a Glance

Monday - Nesloney Out
Book Fair Begins
Tuesday - Argueta Out
Team Leader Meeting - 7am
Community Bridges Meeting - 4:00pm
Wednesday - Bible Study - 7am
Thursday - Nesloney Out
Friday - Nesloney Out

You've Been Mugged

Please keep the mug passing around with goodies! Remember to pass the instructions with it! And when you need a "you've been mugged" sign for your door get it from Walker!

Teacher Appreciation Week

Here is our plan for this week!

Monday - Salty Snacks for all to enjoy!
Tuesday - Sweet Snacks for all to enjoy!
Wednesday - Homemade Pancake Breakfast cooked by Marvel and Nesloney
Thursday - Ice Cream Social
Friday - Lunch from PTO

Book Fair

Our Book Fair is this week! Let's make sure we really talk this up as this may be some students final opportunity to grab some books to read over the summer.  My goal is always to have every kids walk away from a book fair with at least one book.  So I will also be working with Haven to see how we can make that happen!

House Games

THANK YOU to everyone who played a part in making our House Games  happen in April! It was a HUGE undertaking and I know the kids really loved it.  Our final House Games is Friday April 12.  They will be an outdoor, water, house games and we'll announce our YEAR long winner!

TP Time

For TP time this week, during your team's time, you will meet in the TP room and write cards to other staff on campus expressing how you're thankful for them.  Since this is Teacher Appreciation week, we want you to express your appreciation for our fellow staff as well!

Monday - 1st Grade
Tuesday - Kinder
Wednesday - 5th Grade
Thursday - 4th Grade
Friday - 3rd Grade

T-TESS

This week is our final week to meet about end of year T-TESS evaluations. I STILL have several teachers who have not scheduled a meeting time.

Kids Deserve It

This week is musician/pastor/activist Melissa Greene.  Melissa is a former member or the Christian singing group, Avalon, and also helps run non-profit organization Timothy's Gift.


Blogs/Articles




In Closing...

Let's work together this week to start a joyful rebellion!






Sunday, April 23, 2017

Finish Strong!!

We're at that point of the year where we're exhausted, the kids are testing the limits left and right, and we're easily agitated and begin to get lax on some things!

The best thing we can do as we enter into these last few weeks of school is keep our expectations high, forgive often, love more, and push to the very end.  Our kids need us now more than ever to be at the top of our game!

If there's any way you need help or support, reach out! We're all in this together!

Week at a Glance

Monday - Positive Post It Note Day
Tuesday - Nesloney off Campus from 10-2 at Region 6
Bilingual Vertical Meeting - 3:30pm - Library
Wednesday - Delic on Campus for Tested Grade Levels
National Administrative Assistants Day
Bible Study - 7am
Kinder Graduation Pictures
Thursday - Switch Day
Leiva Wedding Shower - 3:45pm - Library
Friday - House Games

Positive Post It Note Day

The Annual Positive Post It Note Day is Monday!  We'll be picking up post its for anyone who may need them, but here's out it works!

Every person (adult and child) is expected to fill out 5 Post Its Tomorrow.  They write two post its to their peers, two post its to people who work at Webb, and one post it to themselves.  This is an opportunity for everyone to recognize the greatness in others (as well as yourself).

Remember to tweet out photos using the hashtag #PositivePostItNoteDay

Nesloney Off Campus

I will be off campus Tuesday from about 10-2 at a Principal Meeting at Region 6, but I will still have my phone on me.  So please reach out if you need anything.

Delic on Campus

Delic will be on campus to meet with tested teachers during their conferences.

National Administrative Assistants Day

This is on Wednesday! Let's find ways to celebrate Mallory, Jeanette, and Annie on Wednesday!

Switch Day

Switch Day is Thursday!!  Don't forget to plan with your switch teacher what you'll be doing.  Remember, those in tested Grades, you can reschedule your switch day for May 11th.

House Games

Our Black Light house games will be FRIDAY!

August Symposium

Jo Anna Moreland sent out a link to submit sessions for the NISD Symposium in August!  I would love to have at least 50% of our staff submit proposals.  ALL of you have something great to bring to the table.  All of those who submit a proposal, and it gets accepted, will have a MAJOR prize in August.  The link to submit is here: bit.ly/2017nisdsymposium

TP Time

PLEASE NOTE CHANGES

Monday - 5th Grade
Tuesday - 2nd Grade
Wednesday - 1st Grade
Thursday - 4th Grade
Friday - 3rd Grade

Kids Deserve It

Here is Episode 69, with Ron Clark Academy Teacher Wade King!  It's a very moving episode!


Blogs/Articles





In Closing...

All of our kids deserve for us to be our best for them every single day.