Monday, April 30, 2012

Tuesday-May 1, 2012

Good Morning!  I am off to Central Office for a Joint Principals Mtg.

FYI...Mr. Holmes will be cleaning out the fridge in the lounge this Friday, so be sure to get anything you want out of there by 1:00.  He will begin cleaning it out a few times a month:)
Reminder for those interested... the Transfer Fair will be Wednesday, May 3rd from 4:00-5:30 at North Forsyth HS.

I hope that EOG Review is going well for all 3-4-5th graders.  The EOG test is approaching fast.  Every minute counts.

Just another FYI from Star 3. They have extended the observation deadline another week, so if you didn't have your 2nd observation, it will be coming soon.


Book Fair

Book Fair-Buy One/Get One this week.  Mrs. Uhrig will email details.

Family Affairs

I am sad to inform you that Karin's mother-in-law, Mrs. Binkley passed away this weekend.  She was truly a great lady and was surrounded by her family.  The funeral will be Wednesday. Please keep the Binkley's in your prayers as they navigate this difficult time.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Message from the Tiger Pride Committee

Week of April 30th:

Never believe you don't have what it takes.  YOU have what it takes to succeed!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Monday, April 30

Happy Monday!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Thank you to Dr. Madison, Mrs. Lewis, Ms. Robinson, and Ms. Hayes for all their hard work in pulling off an incredible Volunteer Appreciation Brunch.  Also, a special thank you to Mr. Holmes, Mr. Simpson, Miss Frazier and Mrs. Dobson for all their hard work. It was awesome and very well attended.  Thank you Mrs. Farthing and the two pre-k classes and their teachers for the beautiful song.  They stole the show.  Also, a big thank you to Mrs. Moran, Ms. Taylor and Ms. Green for a great performance by the cheerleaders. Our volunteers were very touched.

Important Events for the week:
Be sure to watch Dr. Martin's monthly video.  It has a lot of important information.  It can be accessed from the district's homepage.
  • Dibels EOY starts today.  Cannon to BELL Summer School Meeting @ Central Office at 11:00.
  • Tuesday-Joint Principal's Meeting and Closing the Achievement Gap  Mtg.
  • Wednesday, May 2-Gloria will train proctors at 1:30.
  • Thursday, May 3rd-Counselor's Breakfast for Studevent and Cannon and 7:45 training for proctors/TRANSFER FAIR 4-5:30 at N. Forsyth HS and PTA Spring Banquet at 6:00 in Clemmons.
We will have a FIRE DRILL this week. May 18th will be last day for Classroom Walk-Throughs.
Don't forget to donate to UNCF.

Be on the lookout for your Summative Conference Invitation if you are certified staff.  We will also be holding classified employee evaluations this week.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Good Morning and Happy Thursday.  Testing Continues this morning........makeups in the afternoon.  LEP parents meeting and 3rd Grade Parent Meeting this evening at 5:30 to 6:30. Snacks will be provided. There will be an Administrative Team Meeting this afternoon to discuss Remediation in the conference room.
Thank you to everyone involoved in testing. I realize this is such hard work. Reminder that the Volunteer Brunch will be held tomorrow in the gym at 11:00. Thank you to the committee for organizing this event.

We have about 11 days of instruction until we begin the EOG administration on May 14th.  Make these days meaningful and engaging for our students.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday, April 25th

HAPPY SECRETARY'S DAY for our wonderful administrative staff. Jennifer, Audrey, Nohora and Gwen do an exceptional job everyday taking care of all of us!!!   Make sure to let them know how much you appreciate them.  It would also be nice for the children to make them a card, if you have time. Testing Continues.  Remind students about quiet hallways. Please pick up your Ron Clark tickets today.  I still have some available.  If you have not seen him in person, it is a real motivating treat!  Melissa was here late yesterday to continue landscaping and she put down pine straw. It really looks beautiful.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday, April 24th

Good Morning!  Testing Continues today. Please remind students to be on level zero when walking in the hallways in both buildings.  We do have a SIT Mtg. today at 3:15.  A short film was shot in our preschool by Channel 2 Cable News.  Brooke and I will travel to central office today to help narrate the short film.  We are so very proud of both our preschool classes!

HELP!!!!!!!  EMERGENCY!....We need 10 round white cloth tablecloths and 2-3 rectangular tablecloths for this Friday's volunteer brunch?  Does anyone's church have any we can borrow for the day? We will launder and return on Monday.  Also, if you have any pics you snapped of volunteers working in your classroom, etc.., please see Mrs. Lewis.

Mr. Brasfield from Star 3 will need to meet with all certified teachers to take a quick survey.  I will give him some possible dates today and then get back to you.  The survey should take 20 minutes or so I believe:)

I still have a few Ron Clark tickets left if you would like them.  They are on my round table in the office. They are small and square.

Tim Beemon stopped in this morning and he looks wonderful.  He is really recovering well.  Now, if we could only get Stephanie some rest!

FYI....Dr. Martin's mother passed away in Georgia this past weekend.  Please keep Dr. Martin and his family in your prayers.  I do have his home address if you would like to send a card.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday, April 23rd

Happy Birthday Mrs. Brown!!!!!!!  COME SEE ME IF YOU REQUESTED FREE TICKETS TO SEE RON CLARK April 25th 6:30-8 at Glenn HS.  I do have some extra tickets.

Notes from Gloria:
  • Encourage your students to come to school on time and do not leave early.
  • All staff members are encouraged to be here, we need you.
  • Testing All Week-k-2
  • Grades 3-5 please follow the ELA Countdown.and the Math Blitz Review.
SIT Meeting tomorrow afterschool at 3:15.
Tim Beemon is home from the hospital and MRS. FAQIH and MS. FARTHING are back. HOORAY!!!!!

Everyone should have completed their Intent and Teacher Working Conditions Surveys.  If you are a certified faculty member and you have not completed your survey, please see me today.  It is important. Thank you.

Upcoming Events:
LEP Parent Night/3rd Grade Parent Night this Thursday.
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday at 11:00
Saturday Academy 28th

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's Friday!

Good Morning!  Important Items for the Day
  • Our final Star 3 Accountability Meeting will be this morning so you will see visitors in the bldg.
  • ALL Teacher Working Conditions Surveys must be done today according to Dr. Martin.  We need 100%!!!!!  Make sure Intent Forms are done as well:) If you need a code, come see me. This is important.
  • I believe that Mr. Beemon is doing well.  I will touch base with Stephanie and inform you later.
  • Mrs. Farthing will not be back today.
Have a great day!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Thursday! April 19, 2012

Great News.  I received an update from Stephanie Hess concerning Tim.  His surgery lasted about 3 hours.  He is out of surgery and things look positive:)  Of course, he is being monitored and we will keep you updated.  Dr. Madison will be back to work on Friday.  Please continue sending your prayers to both of these families. The Zone 7 Administrative PLC will meet here at 7:30am today.  We will  meet and tour the building.  Look forward to showing off our wonderful school filled with the best staff and students anywhere! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday to everyone!  Dr. Martin was here to visit us on Tuesday afternoon and was very complimentary.  He loved all the gardens.  Melissa was here from Home Moravian and did some more planting out front.  It looks beautiful!  Now we are ready for the rain to fall and cover the plants with much need rainfall.  Ashley continues to work with all her helpers in the Japanese Garden.  How did we get so blessed?  Thank you all for working so hard on your report cards. I know this has already been a busy week.  I have my allotment conference with Mr. Oates this morning.  We will have all zone 7 Principals and possibly Mr. Oates here on Thursday morning for a tour and an Administrative PLC.  They will be here 2 hours or so.  On Friday morning, the Star 3 Team and other central office personnel will be here to discuss our SIP Plan and our Star 3 goals. Expect to see lots of visitors Thursday and Friday.

Make sure you complete your Intent and your TWC survey.  We are getting daily reminders as well.  If you need help locating either one, just ask. I would be happy to help. Have a great day.

It's Tuesday!

Family Affairs:  Dr. Madison was released from Forsyth Hospital yesterday.  His catheterization came back clear.  We are blessed. He will still have some tests run to rule out other problems.  Keep him in your prayers.  Mrs. Farthing's husband is still in Intensive Care. They took him off the ventilator and he is breathing on his own.  He might have a concussion.  I will keep you posted.  Both Dr. Madison and Mrs. Farthing are out today. They both need prayers and well wishes. Tim Beemon's surgery has been postponed until tomorrow.

Report Cards Go Home Today.  Please make sure you get your Intent Notification and your Teacher Working Condition Surveys complete. If you want to see Ron Clark at Glenn HS, I need to order tickets today so let me know:)  Also, the following people have signed up for free CPR class:
  1. Pubantz
  2. Martinex
  3. Baccari
  4. Wolfe
  5. Reece
  6. Stevenson
  7. Wynss
  8. Dobson and Cannon
Did I miss anyone?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Emergency Add-Ons for Monday

Please keep Ann Farthing in your prayers.  She has traveled to SC as she was informed her ex-husband was in an accident and they would be taking him to the hospital. Thank you to the Arts team who will pitch in and help the sub in her absence

Dr. Madison collapsed in Wal-Mart over the weekend and is in Forsyth Hospital.  He will have a heart Catheritization this morning. I spoke to him this morning.  He sounds weak but ok. These things are scary but we will put together as a team and help in any way we can.

I will keep you posted as I am informed.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Monday!  Happy Birthday to all of our April Birthday Faculty! Happy Birthday this month to:
  • Kimberly B. and JoAnne L. - April 1
  • Tonya Smith - April 10th
  • D'Lisa S. - April 17th
  • Audrey B. - April 23rd
I had recently sent out a call for anyone who wanted to be part of a CPR Training to take place here at Diggs-Latham to let me know.  I have heard from 6 people.  If you are interested, let me  know this morning.  Also, if you read Friday's blog, we can take a group of teachers to see Ron Clark at a local HS. If you want to go, let me know today as well.

NC Ballet will be here today. 
Grade 3-5: 11:15-12:15
Grade Pre-K-2: 12:15-1:15
This will be an interactive performance. Children will be seated on the floor.


  • Gloria and Danielle will be at Extend 2 Training all day.
  • Congratulations to Ms. Hess and Mrs. Bersch who have completed the STAY Program and will be honored at a banquet this afternoon. We are proud of them.
  • Report Cards go home on Tuesday.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday, April 13th, 2012

TGIF! Happy Friday. Oh, What A Week!  Administration has worked hard to get all report cards handed back to you before the weekend so please make any necessary changes.  Today is the last day of Spirit Week.  It is Hat Day. 3rd Grade will travel to High Point today to visit the Millis Health Education Center from 9-12.  3rd Quarter Awards Day is this afternoon at 1:15 in the gym.  We will start calling you around 1:05. Please be on time so we can get started right away.  We have invited parents.

Would you like to hear Ron Clark speak?  He will be in Kernersville on April 25th and we can send some teachers to hear his evening presentation at Glenn High School. Let me know if you are interested by this afternoon.  I am not sure how many we can send.

I am still in need of 2 people who want to be on our CPR team.  the trining is free and will be here.  Let me know if you are interested:)

Reminders:  Please complete Teacher Working Condition Surveys and Intent Notifications.  We need 100%. There is a box in the office for Bell Summer School Applications.

Have a wonderful day and a terrific wekend. Cheryl will open up the bldg for Saturday Academy until 11:30.  Let her know if you are going to be here working.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy Crazy Hair Day!  Thank you to everyone who turned their report cards in.  We are working hard to get them back to you asap. If you did not complete your survey for teacher working conditions or complete your Intent Form on-line, pease try to get that done as quickly as you can.  Both items are time sensitive.  A few of you still need to get your access code for the working conditions, so see me today about that. Another busy day with Field testing going on.  Remind students to maintain a level zero in the hallways.  We have already exceeded our budget for janitorial supplies.  Please remind the children to only use 1 paper towel when drying their hands, and not to waste soap.  Thank you all and have a great day.  I just refilled the candy jar in my office, so if you need a pick me up today, help yourself.  Chocolate always helps:)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2912

Good Morning.  Today is Favorite Sport's Team Day!  I am sure we will see a variety of college fashion apparel.  Take the opportunity to talk to your students about what college is and what it is like and how important it is to go!  Mrs. Binkley's class has added the words "go to college" in their class pledge. We have to light that spark now while they love learning.  I am at a Joint Principal's Meeting today with Cassandra and then I have a short (I hope) Star 3 meeting.  Don't forget to complete your intent forms and your teacher working conditions survey.  I have extra surveys if you were not at the meeting. They all have confidential logins. Mrs. Binkley and Mrs. Crookshank have information about NCAE dues info. if you need more information. Report Cards are due at the end of the day.  See you soon and thanks for all you do everyday!


Teachers-Just a reminder to make sure you send inhalers with the children to their specials, etc..throughout the day.  They should travel with them.  We are in the midst of allergy season and we want to keep everyone safe.  Thank you:)

Tuesday, April 10th

Good Morning.  Faculty Meeting this afternoon.  Be there at 3:15 sharp.  Refreshments will be provided.  We will be getting a brand new snack machine with new goodies this coming Monday.  We will now turn this over to a vendor.  I should have all Unit Plans in my office this morning. Thank you. They were picked up yesterday by Star 3 representative. Proctor training this morning in Mrs. Pubantz's room.  Have a great day!  Some of you have asked about the pay for the summer school program.  You will need to contact the company directly or Cheryl Wright. Unfortunately, I do not have that information. I did send you a forward from the company yesterday:)  Hope that helps.  Take a deep breath and exhale.  We will get through all of our tasks.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday, April 9th

Welcome Back!!!!!!! We are so glad you are here today and ready to get back in the swing of things!  Today is Tacky Day.  Connie from Star 3 will be here first thing this morning to collect Unit Plans.  Please get them in the yellow envelope outside my door, first thing this morning if you have not already done so.  PLEASE read all back posts of the morning memo since last Friday.  There is some really important information there. Reminder, we do have a faculty meeting tomorrow afternoon.  Please remember to complete your Intent Form on-line.  If you have questions, please see me.  Also, make sure you get your honor roll, and all other awards to Judy asap. Don't forget specialists awards.  Jaymie Almaguer hurt her foot over the break and needs a little time to recuperate.  She will be out all week.  We can get a sub after 3 days.  We all wish her a speedy recovery:)  Have a TACKY DAY!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Good Morning!  Today will be my last post until Monday Morning when you return.  I am taking a few days off to recharge my batteries so I will be able to put on my running shoes and glide through the rest of the year! Just some important reminders. All of the following are due or overdue:
  • Possible Retention Lists
  • Teacher Surveys you received a month ago/Turn in envelope outside my office
  • 4th and 5th Grade Student Surveys
  • STAR 3 Unit Plans due on April 9th/Connie will pick them up/Turn In envelope outside my office
  • Report Cards due to Administrators on the 11th. k-1/Frazier, 2-3/Dobson,4-5/Cannon by 3:15.
  • Judy Uhrig needs your Awards Information ASAP so she can prepare for Awards Day on Friday. Please email them to her.
Important Events:
  • April 9-May 18th Field Test Window
  • April 9th is TACKY DAY/Gloria will be at ITBS Training
  • April 10th-Proctor Training 8:30/DRESS AS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER DAY
  • April 10th-Faculty Meeting and expect a Fire Drill sometime today.
  • April 11-TEAM SPIRIT DAY/Gloria out for CC Mtg. all day/Cannon and Dobson Joint Principals Mtg., Report Cards Due to Administrators
  • April 12th-UNCF Kickoff for Mrs. Gilliam, our Chair/Extend 2 Grade 5/3:15 ITBS Trng.
  • April 12th-Prayers for Tim Beamon-Heart Surgery Today/4th grade writing 8:45 and Crazy Hair Day
  • April 13th-Hat Day/Proctor training @ 8:30/Rdg. Field Test/3rd Grade Field Trip
  • April 14th Saturday Academy
  • April 16th STAY Banquet-Congratulations to Ms. Hess and Mrs. Bersch!Ballet comes to Diggs-2 performances 3-5 is 11:15-12:15/k-2 12:15-1:15
  • April 17th Report Cards Go Home
More to come......

Have a wonderful Easter Weekend!  See you Monday!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

It is a beautiful sunny day at Diggs-Latham ES today. I hope you are enjoying a great break.  We have WSFC landscapers out front putting down mulch and it looks great!  We are even scheduled to have the grass cut today.  All of this will compliment Home Moravian's landscaping endeavors.

Interested in learning CPR?
Our school system is putting together cohorts of 8 to be trained in CPR.  If you are interested, I will take the first 7 who email me. I would like to be trained as well.  They will bring the training to us.  I don't know all of the details but will fill you in as soon as I know, hopefully by Tuesday's faculty meeting.

Diggs-Latham Full-time Teachers – As I have mentioned in earlier blogs, It’s time to share your intentions for the next school year.   Log into the Teacher Notification of Intent web site between now
and April 18th and let us know what your professional plans are for next year.  This information will assist us for staff planning for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

·       Go to WS/FCS
·      Move your cursor over the “Employees” tab
·       Click on “Teacher Notice of Intent”
·       Log in with your network log in
·       Click “Enter/Edit Teacher Notification of Intent”
·       Review the information page, then enter your SSN in the secure box at the bottom of the page to go to the Teacher Intent form and make your elections
·       You can edit or adjust your elections as often as you like between now and April 18th 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy Monday.  Just in case you die-hard blog fans are reading the blog, I thought I'd post.  I hope everyone is enjoying a great spring break.  The weather certainly has cooperated.  FYI, the Intent Notification Link is up.  Please make sure to complete this asap.  The Transfer Fair is the first week of May for those of you interested.  If you have any questions, please let me know.