Sunday, April 22, 2018

Becoming Whole Again

Becoming Whole Again



BY MARY JOYE

Tragedy changes our brain and our everyday functioning. Life altering events create a disconnect with everyone and everything. States of hyper-vigilance and numbness can cycle. Triggers can set off reactivity. Your spiritual life can suffer. Trauma can make you feel detached, irritable, anxious and highly reactive in a myriad of ways. It re-wires the brain in an attempt to protect you but it can actually harm you more.


Traumas highjack our sense of well-being and true purpose. You may have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Stress Disorder. The good news is you have neuro-plasticity, which means your brain can recover and be restored. You can live well again or maybe for the first time.
Trauma doesn't have to define you. It can refine you. With reframing and proper processing, you can learn to reconnect with yourself and others. You can change the course of your life by focusing on the things that aid your healing. In doing so, the thoughts and reactivity that harm you will extinguish over time. You can find your value and purpose and move toward it. 

Week at a Glance

Monday - Picture Money Due
Wednesday - Admin Professionals Day (Walker and Enriquez)
Math Fair
Head Start Begins Moving Over
Meeting with Flooded Rooms - 3:30pm - TP Room
Thursday - Nesloney and Short Off Campus 
Friday - Nesloney Off Campus
House Games
End of Progress Report Grading Period
Annie, 6pm, Brosig Auditorium
Saturday - Annie, 3pm, Brosig Auditorium
Annie, 6pm, Brosig Auditorium

Admin Professionals Day

Wednesday is National Administrative Professionals Day, so let's make sure we really thank and celebrate all that Jeannette and Annie do for our school!

Math Fair

The annual 5th Grade Math Fair is coming! This is an awesome opportunity to support our 5th Graders and celebrate their hard work.  HERE is the flyer if you want to share it out.  I believe Robertson and Sipp have been getting with teams to schedule times!

Head Start

Wednesday, the teachers of Head Start will begin moving over their things.  Their first day with kids is Monday, April 29th!

Meeting with Flooded Rooms

If your room got water on the carpet when it rained really bad recently, you MUST be in attendance at the Wednesday meeting at 3:30pm in the TP room. We will be discussing with our insurance and building people next steps.

Thursday

Short and I will be off campus at a Master Scheduling meeting at Central office.  We will have our phones on us for emergencies.

Friday

I will be out of town, but as always will be available via phone, text, FT, skype, GHO, and voxer if you need me.

House Games

House Games are this Friday! Remind your students, as this is our second to last house games! There will also be some special guests on campus to view the House Games.

Progress Reports

This is also the end of another progress report period and as always gradebook will close Sunday night.

T-TESS End of Year Meetings

We will begin scheduling our end of year T-TESS Meetings.  If you haven't heard from your evaluator by Friday please contact them about scheduling a time. Make sure you're adding in evidence into your account BEFORE the meeting.

Contracts

Please sign and return contracts to Annie by Tuesday.

PLCs this Week

This week in PLCs we will be discussing end of the year and next few weeks (in leu of having an after school staff meeting). You will need your laptop and a list of your students. I will schedule a separate meeting with PreK.

DUTY/PLC DAYS

Monday - Kinder ELAR inside; 1st Grade ELAR outside
Tuesday - Kinder MATH inside; 1st Grade MATH outside
Wednesday - 4th Grade ALL inside; 3rd Grade ELAR outside
Thursday - 2nd grade ALL inside; 3rd Grade MATH outside
Friday - Brewer, Brak, Hafley, Bradford outside ; 5th Grade ALL inside


Scholastic

Wow, I don't even know where to begin with what Friday was like. It was a special experience for sure. The amount of books we were able to purchase is CRAZY. This will definitely be a yearly experience for us.  We broke the all time warehouse record, and we broke it bad! All of the company is talking about the trip on Friday AND how wonderful all of you were to all the staff.

DO NOT give out any books to students yet as we plan out exactly how this is going to roll out.  I know, that's a lot to ask. But we want to do this big and do this right. We'll be discussing more in PLCs this week.

Annie

Please come out and support our kids as they perform Annie this weekend!  Friday at 6pm and Saturday at 3pm and 6pm!

Shout Outs

Haliburton's musical is this weekend! I cannot wait. But what I adore even more is the amount of time he and Ms. Williams have put in after school and even on Saturday!! You will NOT want to miss the many performances.

Annie did a fantastic job helping run and organize all of the Kinder pictures on Thursday!
And of course, everyone involved in the wreck on Wednesday and all those at school who supported and helped. It was a team effort if ever I've seen one. I'm so proud to be part of this school family.

T-Shirts

TODAY is the LAST DAY in April to purchase a Kids Deserve It or Tell Your Story shirt! Get yours HERE.

Tell Your Story

This week, my special guest on #TellYourStory was none other than our own Kevin Haliburton. I hope you tune in and share this like crazy, because it's some awesome stuff.


Articles/Blogs





In Closing

I am a huge fan of P!nk and all the work that she does outside of just singing. I loved this short video clip of her and thought it was empowering so I wanted to share. Here's to blazing our own trails!









Sunday, April 15, 2018

Brand New Day

Brand-New Day


BY MADISYN TAYLOR
We can start fresh in this very moment, not needing to wait for a new day to start anew.
When today is not going well, it is tempting to focus on tomorrow as a blank slate with all the possibilities that newness provides. It is true that tomorrow will be a brand-new day, but we do not have to wait until tomorrow to start fresh. We can start fresh at any moment, clearing our energy field of any negativity that has accumulated, and call this very moment the beginning of our brand-new day. 

There is something about the sunrise and the first few hours of the morning that make us feel cleansed and rejuvenated, ready to move forward enthusiastically. As the day wears on, we lose some of this dynamic energy and the inspiration it provides. This may be why we look forward to tomorrow as providing the possibility of renewal. Many traditions consider the light of the rising sun to be particularly divine in its origins; this is why so many people in the world face east when performing ritual. We too can cultivate that rising sun energy inside ourselves, carrying it with us to light our way through any time of day or night, drawing on its power to awaken and renew our spirits. 
One simple way to do this is to carry an image or a photograph of the rising sun with us in our wallet or purse. We can also post this image on our wall at work or at home, or have it as our screensaver on our computer. When we feel the need to start fresh, we can take a moment to gaze at the image, allowing its light to enter into our hearts. As we do this, we might say out loud or quietly to ourselves, I am ready to let go of the past and start anew. We might visualize anything we want to release leaving us as we exhale, and as we inhale, we can take in the fresh energy of the eastern sun, allowing it to light the way to a brand-new day.

Week at a Glance

Monday - Rattlers Read One
Sarah Wright (Region 6) on campus to meet with 3rd-5th during conference
School Board Meeting - 6:30pm - Board Room
Tuesday - National Librarian Day
Spring Fling - 5:30-7pm
Wednesday - 5th Grade Field Trip
Thursday - 2nd Grade Field Trip
Kindergarten Grad Photos
PreK CIP Meeting - 8:30am - TP room
5th Grade CIP Meeting - 2:30pm - TP room
Friday - Inservice Day
Trip to Scholastic - 8:30-12:30pm
Wilkinson Retirement Party - 3:00pm - Library
Goat Yoga - after school

Rattlers Read One

Don't forget that we celebrate Rattlers Read One this week!  Some of you have already received your books and we'll get the rest of them out to you Monday!  Monday is Chapter 1 and you can access Dr Musick's video HERE.

Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright from Region 6 will be here on Monday to meet with some of the 3rd-5th Grade Teachers during their conference.  Teachers, I will let you know exactly who she will meet with after I meet with her in the morning.

Spring Fling

PTO is hosting it's first ever "Spring Fling" here on campus from 5:30-7:00pm on Tuesday. We hope you can be there as we welcome families in to spend time together!

PLCs this Week

This week in PLCs we will be looking at our Campus Improvement Plan (CIP).  Since PreK and 5th are scheduled for Friday normally, but we don't have school on Friday, we will meet with both of those grades during their conference on Thursday.

DUTY/PLC DAYS

Monday - Kinder ELAR inside; 1st Grade ELAR outside
Tuesday - Kinder MATH inside; 1st Grade MATH outside
Wednesday - 4th Grade ALL inside; 3rd Grade ELAR outside
Thursday - 2nd grade ALL inside; 3rd Grade MATH outside


Trip to Scholastic

Friday morning we will all leave on our trip to Scholastic.  I will get you exact amounts I have budgeted for you before Friday! Don't forget for ALL teachers to be figuring out what books each kid would like. Genres, characters, etc.  We are not just going to "buy books on their level" or get "the entire class the same book".  This is an opportunity unlike any other and we owe it to our children to get books individualized to them.

Wilkinson Retirement Party

Gloria Wilkinson's retirement party is Friday at 3pm in the Library. We hope you can come join us as we thank her for her many years of service to education.

Goat Yoga

Don't forget, Goat Yoga is REALLY coming this time on Friday! We hope you join in this great opportunity for staff (and goat) bonding! See Jennifer Short for details.

Birthdays

Lauren Mulgrew - April 18
Elizabeth Griesbach - April 20

Shout-Outs

HUGE shout outs to...

Marylee Argueta and Cewilla Thomas for all their hard work on STAAR and getting it organized and ready and turned in on time!

Sherri Desern for her AMAZING transformation of her classroom on Friday.

Allison Klinke for organizing our first ever Raising Readers event that went off amazingly!

Nicole McMillian took an idea I shared and ran with it and it turned out AMAZING!  Stop by her 3rd grade classroom and check out her bulletin board. 

Tell Your Story

This week's episode of #TellYourStory featured Jessica Cabeen and her journey of administrator, adoptive parent, and liaison to a very diverse community.


Articles/Blogs


In Closing...

Let's remember at this time of year how antsy our kids can get and let's show them a little more patience. We need to keep our high expectations but watch the tones in our voices.  Especially let's think about what we do to a child when we take away their recess.  Remember that my expectation here at Webb is that no child should miss more than 5 minutes of their recess.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

More Feeling

Less Thinking and More Feeling

BY MADISYN TAYLOR
When we begin to listen with our hearts rather than our heads, our whole world changes and becomes softer.
Most of us were born and raised in cultures that value the head over the heart and, as a result, we place our own hearts below our heads in a sort of inner hierarchy of which we may not be conscious. What this means is that we tend to listen and respond from the neck up, often leaving the rest of our bodies with little or no say in most matters. This is a physical habit, which sometimes feels as ingrained as the way we breathe or walk. However, with effort and awareness, we can shift the energy into our hearts, listening and responding from this much deeper, more resonant place. 

The brain has a masterful way of imposing structure and order on the world, creating divisions and categories, devising plans and strategies. In many ways, we have our brains to thank for our survival on this planet. However, as is so clear at this time, we also need the wisdom of our hearts if we wish to continue surviving in a viable way. When we listen from our heart, the logical grid of the brain tends to soften and melt, which enables us to perceive the interconnectedness beneath the divisions and categories we use to organize the world. We begin to understand that just as the heart underlies the brain, this interconnectedness underlies everything. 

Many agree that this is the most important work we can do at this time in history, and there are many practices at our disposal. For a simple start, try sitting with a friend and asking him to tell you about his life at this moment. For 10 minutes or more, try to listen without responding verbally, offering suggestions, or brainstorming solutions. Instead, breathe into your heart and your belly, listening and feeling instead of thinking. When you do this, you may find that it's much more difficult to offer advice and much easier to identify with the feelings your friend is sharing. You may also find that your friend opens up more, goes deeper, and feels he has really been heard. If you also feel great warmth and compassion, almost as if you are seeing your friend for the first time, then you will know that you have begun to tap the power of listening with your heart.

Week at a Glance

Monday - Start of National Assistant Principal Week
Susan Ballew Diaper and Wipes Baby Shower - 3:45pm - Library
Tuesday - 4th Grade Writing STAAR
5th Grade Math STAAR
Wednesday - 5th Grade Reading STAAR
Thursday - Raising Readers (PreK-1st Parent Meeting) - 5:30pm
Friday - Nesloney Out

National Assistant Principal Week

As you know, every person on our campus holds a special role in make sure we run smoothly.  It is only Marylee's and Jennifer's first year in their positions, but they have done fantastic. When I think of my first year in anything I've done, I remember how hard it was and how many mistakes I made. Make sure you take some time this week to find ways to thank our two Assistant Principals for their hard work.

Baby Shower

Susan Ballew's baby shower is going to be Monday at 3:45pm. It will be in the library and it is a diaper and wipes baby shower! Any questions about the shower can go to Traci Colbert.

#TellYourStory and #KidsDeserveIt T-Shirts

The TYS and KDI shirts are back up for sale if you'd like one.  100% of the proceeds are donated.  When you buy a TYS t-shirt the proceeds donated to buy books for Title 1 Schools. When you buy a KDI shirt the proceeds are donated to support teacher's Donors Choose projects.  Since starting these shirt sales over $16,000 has been donated! You can get your shirt HERE.

STAAR

The week is here. Round 1 of STAAR testing.  This round will be our 4th and 5th graders. Let's make this week a week extra full of encouragement and celebration. Our team (kids and adults) have worked so hard and now it's time to show what we've learned!  Non-testing grade levels will not have their schedules affected by the testing.

Some have asked why we don't have a STAAR pep-rally, or make t-shirts or banners, or anything like that.  I have never wanted to treat this test more than anything it is, a test. When we throw those big celebrations or go overboard, I often feel what happens is we place this kind of extra pressure on that day for those kids.  Kids are smart, and they know "Man if they're going to put all this effort into planning a pep-rally this must be even more important". I want to remind them they've worked hard, that they're capable of doing their best that day, and that we're proud of them no matter what.

Raising Readers

Allison Klinke is heading up our Raising Readers program this Thursday night. ANY help you can provide in getting the word out about this fantastic program would be great. It really works with parents of PreK-1st graders on the power of reading and how they can help and participate with their children.  I will be there as well providing childcare!

Friday

I will be out on Friday taking care of some things with my mother's estate and taking a non-duty day.  My wife (and family) have lectured me long enough about not taking a day for just me. So I will not be at work on Friday and I will probably not be available during the day via phone/text/voxer/or email.

Birthdays

Darla Davis - April 10

PLCs

This week you will have PLCs to plan again as we prepare for finishing out the year strong. You MUST use this time as collaborative planning time or this time will not be offered.  I am being really specific about what day you have to be present in the morning this week. There are changes. The day you serve morning duty is ALSO the day you have your PLC time to plan.

DUTY/PLC DAYS

Monday - Kinder ELAR outside; 1st Grade ELAR inside
Tuesday - Kinder MATH outside; 1st Grade MATH inside
Wednesday - 4th Grade ALL outside; 3rd Grade ELAR inside
Thursday - 2nd grade ALL outside; 3rd Grade MATH inside
Friday - 5th Grade MATH/SCI and PREK inside; 5th Grade ELAR outside

Tell Your Story

Here is this week's #TellYourStory episode with Josh and Leslie Stamper as they talk about Foster Care and Adoption


Blogs/Articles






In Closing...

On my quest to learn more and more about reading and writing instruction and best practices I host a podcast series called #SparksInTheDark.  This week we continued our conversation with Jennifer LaGarde and you can watch it below. We talk about building and organizing classroom libraries! And give out some great book recommendations at the end!


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Body Language

Body Language

BY MADISYN TAYLOR
Tuning-in to the language of our bodies can be very enlightening, and increases our intuition.
So much can be revealed to us when we listen to the language of our bodies. Our bodies are always speaking, sending us messages through the way we move, the sensations that arise from within, and the gestures and expressions that we make when we are communicating with others. Tuning in to the language of our bodies can be very enlightening, especially as most communication is believed to take place nonverbally. It is also believed that the body never lies, and that if we want to know the truth about ourselves and others, then we should listen to what our bodies have to say. Anyone who has ever flirted with someone they are attracted to has probably, at one point in time or another, brushed their hands through their hair or found themselves leaning forward to get closer to that person. Someone feeling defensive will tend to cross their arms over their chest, while a person who wants to withhold something may look away when speaking.

If you want to know how you truly feel about a person or a situation, then it is a good idea to tune in to what you are feeling inside. Excitement, nervousness, anxiety, and fear are just some of the messages that your body wants you to hear. Your body can also be a very reliable compass. Anyone who has ever been somewhere they don't want to be has probably experienced their bodies trying to move them away from that particular circumstance. And while it can be very easy to talk ourselves into and out of choices we may make with our minds, it isn't so easy to change the truth of our hearts that reside within our bodies.

To begin tuning in to this subtle form of communication, start taking the time to notice what your body is telling you. Greet each feeling or sensation as a message carrying wisdom from your body. Tune in to what your body is telling you about the situations and people you encounter and listen to what others are communicating to you through their bodies. We already are subconsciously receptive to the language of our bodies, but when we choose to consciously pay attention, we hear and understand so much more about ourselves and the people around us.

Week at a Glance

Monday - STAAR Training - 3:45pm - ALL Staff
Tuesday - Kevin Brady (Congressman) Mtg at HS - 6:30pm
Wednesday - Delic on Campus
National Paraprofessional Day
Special Olympics at HS
Bilingual Vertical Meeting - 3:30pm - Team Planning Room
Thursday - Rattle Session - 7pm - NHS Library
Friday - Last Day for Progress Reports

Delic

Delic will be here on Campus on Wednesday.  3rd-5th needs to come ready to discuss data and plans.  Remember as a campus we are looking at Meets and Masters. We're no longer looking at Approaches. Be ready to talk specifics.  K-2 needs to come ready to talk about how they are getting every student to on-grade level. Let's share what's working and where we need help! Together we can do this!

National Paraprofessional Day

Wednesday is Paraprofessional Day! Let's find ways to celebrate the hard work all our paras put in every day! This school couldn't run without them!

Kevin Brady

We have a congressman coming in to talk a lot about how some of the new legislature will affect you as educators.  I know some of you may already have plans, but if you can be there Tuesday night at the High School that would be really great!

PLCs

This week's PLC time will be planning time for you and your fellow PLC members.  Meaning that during this time you should be with other PLC members planning lessons and activities.  We wanted to try this out and see how it goes.  We will be making rounds, because what we don't want this to be is a just a "sit in my room and organize things" or "hang out and just chat".  We know you're professionals and we want to give you time to plan as professionals and let you know that WE will also be available if you need us.

Morning Car Rider Duty (on YOUR PLC Day)

Monday - First Grade
Tuesday - Third Grade
Wednesday - First Grade
Thursday - Third Grade
Friday - Kinder (all)

Tell Your Story

My new video series #TellYourStory has started! Episode 2 with Ryan Giffen telling his story about his son Eli can be seen below


Blogs/Articles




In Closing...

Teacher2Teacher is a great organization and I thought this was a fantastic video with some great advice.



Sunday, March 25, 2018

Silliness

Silliness

BY MADISYN TAYLOR
Giving yourself permission to be silly will nourish your creativity, and is a good exercise in letting go.
Children appreciate all that is silly as a matter of course. Their grasp of humor is instinctual, and even the smallest absurdities provoke joyous gales of earnest laughter. As we age, this innate ability to see the value of silliness can diminish. Work takes precedence over play, and we have less incentive to exercise our imaginative minds by focusing on what is humorous. When we remember childhood, we may recall the pleasures of donning funny costumes, reciting nonsense poems, making up strange games, or playing pretend. This unabashed silliness nourished our vitality and creativity. We can take in this nourishment once again by giving ourselves permission to lighten up and be silly.

Too often we reject the wonderful silliness that is an inherent, inborn aspect of the self because we believe that it serves no purpose or is at odds with the grown-up culture of maturity. We play yet we do not lose ourselves in play, and our imaginations are never truly given free reign because we regard the products of irrational creativity as being valueless. Yet silliness itself does indeed constitute a vital part of human existence on a myriad of levels. Our first taste of ethereal bliss is often a consequence of our willingness to dabble in what we deem outrageous, nonsensical, or absurd. We delight in ridiculousness not only because laughter is intrinsically pleasurable, but also because it serves as a reminder that existence itself is fun. Skipping, doodling, and singing funny songs are no less entertaining than they were when we were children. We need not lose all interest in these cheerful and amusing activities, but to make them a part of our lives we must be ready to sacrifice a little dignity and a lot of fear.

It is precisely because so much of life is inescapably serious that silliness should be regarded as a priority. Through the magic of imagination, you can be or become anything--a photographer, a professional athlete, a dancer, a pilot. Whether you take hundreds of silly pictures, revel in the adulation of your fans as you make the winning catch, boogie down rock-star style in front of your bedroom mirror, or turn your desk into a cockpit, the ensuing hilarity will help you see that lighthearted fun and adulthood are not at all incompatible.

Week at a Glance

Monday - 3rd and 4th Math Benchmark
Tuesday - 3rd and 4th Reading Benchmark
Calendar Meeting - Part 2 - 4:30pm - Central Office
Wednesday - 5th Grade Science Benchmark
Social Studies Vertical Meeting - 3:30pm - TP Room
Thursday - Spring Class Photos
Friday - No School - Good Friday
Monday - YES there IS school next Monday, April 2nd.

Benchmarks

Our 2nd round of benchmarks are this week! For our grade levels not testing, your schedule shouldn't change at all.

For our grade levels who are testing, you will follow your normal schedules (once your students have finished testing)

Let's just make sure that in the hallways we're especially quiet with students testing all over the school.

Calendar Meeting

Part 2 of the 2018-2019 Calendar Planning Meeting will be this Tuesday at 4:30pm at Central Office.

PLCs

There will be no PLC meetings this week. BUT there will still be morning duty happening (as seen below)

Monday - Kinder ELAR (outside) - 1st and 2nd ELAR (inside)
Tuesday - 5th Grade; ALL (outside) - PreK (inside)
Wednesday - 4th Grade ALL (outside) - 3rd Grade ALL (inside)
Thursday - Kinder Math (outside) - 1st and 2nd Math (inside)

Birthdays

March 28 - Debbie Abke

Blogs/Articles





In Closing...

Our kids are capable of greatness and often times the biggest obstacle they face is us.  Despite what any of our own personal beliefs may be, many of the children of our nation marched this weekend and rose their voices. It was a powerful example that age doesn't matter.  And when you truly research history, children were often the instigators and instrumental in many important moments of history.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

We're Back!

Thank you to everyone who sent up prayers, thoughts, and condolences on the sudden loss of my mother this week.  They were felt, appreciated, and needed.  I know we have others feeling the sting of loss lately too, so I won't act like mine is any more than they immense pain the are also going through. But thank you for your love and support.

Week at a Glance
Monday - 2018-2019 Calendar Planning Meeting - 4:30pm - Central Office
School Board Meeting - 6:30pm - Board Room
Wednesday - Instructional Rounds during Conference Time
Science Vertical Meeting - 3:30pm
Thursday - Nesloney Out
Friday - House Games

Gradebook

Remember Gradebook closes TONIGHT at midnight.

Birthdays

February 22 - Kevin Haliburton
February 23 - Eric Ceballos

Calendar Planning Meeting

If you would like to have a voice in what happens with our 2018-2019 School Calendar please plan to attend the Calendar Planning Meeting on Monday at 4:30pm in the upstairs room 208 at Central Office.

PLC Time

This week during PLC time we will be discussing your plan to reach every student (struggling, on level, and above level) as well as your after school tutoring plans.  Please be prepared to discuss.

Morning CAR duty

Monday - 2nd Grade
Tuesday - 4th Grade
Wednesday - 2nd Grade
Thursday - 4th Grade
Friday - 5th Grade outside (1st Grade inside)

Blogs/Articles







Sparks in the Dark

Here is an episode we filmed with author Dusti Bowling. Dusti wrote the book "Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus".  A gorgeous and funny book about a girl with no arms and the new friend she makes who has Tourettes.


In Closing...

Today, and every day, I hope we choose to find those special moments. Those moments that bring a small smile to our face. That bring a little light into our day. I hope we focus on those far more than the what we cannot change and the things we could choose to complain about and use all our energy on.  Today, here is your "aww" moment.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Spring Break!

This is it! 5 more days until you can take a much needed (and deserved) Spring Break!

Remember what we need to do this week!
1. Keep instruction strong and engaging.
2. Keep your expectations high.
3. Smile, use kind words, encourage.

We can do this!

Week at a Glance

Monday - Nesloney Out
Wander Wedding Shower - 3:45pm
Tuesday - Staff Meeting Cancelled (details below)
Pilot Program Webinar - 3:45pm (details below)
Wednesday -Math Vertical - 3:45pm
Thursday - RTI Meetings (Grades 3-5 during conference)
Family Engagement Committee Meeting - 3:30pm
Painting with a Twist - 4:30pm
Friday - RTI Meetings (Grades K-2 during conference)
End of Grading Period

Nesloney Out Monday

I will be out Monday at a training for Middle School ELAR Students.  I hoping to bring back some great strategies for our 3rd-5th Grade kids.

Staff Meeting & Pilot Program

The staff meeting for Tuesday has been cancelled.  That was also the day we have a webinar scheduled for our K-2 (and Moore) teachers who volunteered to be part of a new Math Computer Pilot Program.  That webinar will take place in the library.

RTI Meetings

RTI Meetings will take place on Thursday and Friday this week.  Please be ready to discuss all of your TIER 2 and TIER 3 kids.  You should bring documentation on them (F&P Levels, MAP testing, Istation data). If you do not have the data you will be sent back and need to meet after school.

PLC Time

This week during PLC time we will discuss lesson design and our plan coming back from Spring Break.  Please bring one lesson to share with the group that you have coming up.

Morning Car Duty

Monday - Kinder
Tuesday - 3rd
Wednesday - Kinder
Thursday - 3rd
Friday - 4th

Birthdays

March 7 - TJ Longabaugh
March 10 - Maria Alcantara
March 11 - Todd Nesloney
March 11 - Brenda Parker
March 16 - Annie Walker
March 18 - Jeannie Robertson

Family Engagement Committee Meeting

Re-scheduled for Thursday at 3:30pm

T-Shirts

Many have asked about #KidsDeserveIt or "Tell Your Story" T-shirts.  You can get yours HERE.

Sparks in the Dark

Did you miss the #SparksInTheDark episode w/Brad Gustafson? Don't worry! Ck it out here:




Blogs/Articles




In Closing...

This week we have the opportunity to shower our kids with high quality instruction and love. 

This week I challenge you to be careful of your words, tone, and patience.  Several times over the last week I was witness to some words being spoken to our children that could have been chosen differently.  Words spoken out of frustration or exhaustion, but spoken also in front of parents who bared witness.

Please be cognizant of our tones with our children and the words we choose to use because so often our kids will use those words to define who they believe they are.  Speak kind.