Sunday, December 15, 2013

Countdown to Winter-Break! December 16-20

Happy Holidays, We Are Counting Down....

Week At A Glance....

December 16th-Science Fair Tables Arrive Today and TRYLA GRADUATES!! Congratulations!
December 17th-Faculty Meeting- Don't forget your refreshment for faculty meeting and your white elephant gift.  Bring something you already have...if you decide to purchase something, don't go over 3 dollars. You can put from: on the gift.
December 18th-Administrator's Days of Holiday Cheer Begin-Day 1 - Hot Chocolate with all the fixins!
December 19th-Day 2 Reindeer Mix Treat and Cannon to Elem. Principal's Mtg.
December 20th-Day 3- Faculty Breakfast Treats with my world famous (just kidding, but our cafeteria staff thinks so...) Cinnamon Coffee Cake.  We will have fruit too for those who want a healthier alternative.
  • Summit 7th and 8th graders to visit Pre-k/k/1 classes to deliver gently used books and read to kids. They will be here for about an hour beginning at 10:45.
  • Holiday Sing-Along at 1:00

Remember to keep things as structured and normal as is all possible.  Hang in there, your much deserved break is within view. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

"It's Beginning To Sound A lot like Music!" - December 13-17th

Holiday Musical -Thursday at 7:00

Our holiday musical will take place this Thursday at 7:00.  All certified staff expected to attend. There will be a dress rehearsal for the school at 1:00. We will call for classes. Please talk to your students ahead of time about audience etiquette. Please seat near you, any students with challenges. 
Reminder:  due to the extreme generosity of  Home Moravian, we will be giving away 150 bags of food to the first 150 families who arrive and get a ticket. They can redeem their tickets at the end of the program. Remember that we need as much help as we can get Monday after school to pack up the bags. We will meet in Room 200. Thank you in advance to everyone who volunteers. We were done pretty quickly last year due to the help we received from you all.  Thank you.

Mid-Year PDPs- Due Friday, December 13th.

Your Mid-Year PDP is due to your administrator by Friday for review.  Sign in to evaluation system, go to My Observations and find mid-year PDP.  Type in the evidence that you are working on your goal. Please be specific with evidences.  Your PDP is a very important document that should be completed meticulously. Don't cut corners as this evidence is very important in your overall evaluation. When you have put in your evidence, save it and send it to me or Dr. Frazier, whoever your evaluation administrator is.  If you do not use our electronic evaluation system because you are a Guidance counselor, CC, Media coord., etc.. turn in a paper copy.  If you need help, Dr. Frazier and I are here for you!

Instructional Coordination (IC) Meeting Teamwork

I would like to personally thank and congratulate all faculty and staff that either presented or were videotaped for last Thursday's meeting.  Unfortunately, I got hit unexpectedly with the stomach virus in the middle of my leadership training and was unable to attend.  Fortunately, I have an incredible staff who stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.  Mr. Oates emailed me after the meeting to say how impressed he was with you all.  He thought you were awesome!  I am so proud of you and the work you do. You make me look good:) You are true leaders. Great Teamwork, I just wish I would have been there to see it.  A Very BIG Thank You to:
Dr. Cheryl Frazier
Amanda Gordon
Alisha Taylor
Kate McGregor
Gloria Pubantz
Sidonna Brown
Debora Snider
Beth Sapp
Kim Bersch
Allison Sechrist
Jennifer Hart
Andrea Slusher
Diana Adkins
Melissa Baccari (in spirit as the flu bug got her too!)
Lisa O'Brien
Abadesa Ochoa
UNCG Interns: Zane Doty and Harry Caines
Thank you Mr. Powelson for helping me to transition my Ipad videos into my powerpoint:)

Attention All Faculty and Staff: We will be Recognized for the John F. Kennedy Award at Tuesday's Board of Education Meeting at 6:30. Come on out, this is your Award:) You deserve it for all you do to support our school.

Peer Evaluations-

Do not forget that those assigned to have or conduct a peer evaluation, they are due January 31st. The sooner you plan and conduct them, the easier it will be for you as January is a busy month. January events include report cards, MLK holiday, teacher work day, EOQs and we don't return to school until the 6th.  So it really behooves you to get it done as early as you can. I know some of you are already done:)

Thank-You Hospitality Committee

An Ugly Holiday holiday shirt, sweatshirt or sweater?!  Sounds like a fun idea!  Thank you ladies for planning this.  Can't wait to see who wins!

ITBS/Cogat Testing this week for select 2nd and 5th Graders and there will be a SIT Mtg. on Tuesday

Don't forget to sign up in the lounge to bring a refreshment to Tuesday December 17th's Faculty Meeting Celebration.  Also, bring a wrapped white elephant gift to participate in the game.  It will be fun!

Kindness Goes A Very Long Way......

Reminder....Responding to students and each other with kindness can go a very long way.  As the holidays approach, children may be a bit distracted.  Please be a great role model and demonstrate kindness.  Don't react but be proactive and respond with love and kindness when faced with a difficult situation.  Keep your voice steady and always remember that children are learning from you.  Stay calm and just breathe.  Being well planned out and keeping the students actively engaged in the curriculum for the next two weeks will be crucial to classroom management. Routine is important.  Thank you for being great role models.

Have A Great Week!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hello December......December 2nd-6th

Welcome Back!

I hope that everyone had an incredible and restful break:) I hope you had an opportunity to spend valuable time with friends and family. We have 3 very busy weeks of instruction ahead of us.  The next 3 weeks will go very fast:)  Our students are sure to be excited about the holidays so we will need to work extra hard to keep things as structured and normal as is possible.  Please push forward and be well planned. It is our responsibility to utilize every minute of instructional time to ensure that we accomplish our goals. We can do it:)  Don't forget to be working on completing your mid-year PDP evidence. If you need help with the evaluation software, Dr. Frazier and myself will surely assist.

Week At A Glance.....

  •  Cannon and Martinez to WSSU  for "It Takes A Village" Seminar with UNCG, Elon and WSSU interns, staff and parents. 
  • Home Moravian Gift Card Receipts and cards due Today. (Place in box outside of my office:)
  • CWT Grade Level Action Plans due to Cannon Today, (Place in box outside of my office:) I have received a few.  I will need these for IC Mtg. this week. Thank you.
  • OSTE Mtg. 3:15
  • Cannon-IEP Mtg. 3:15

  • Cannon-Diagnostic Site Visit/Dr. Emory/Parkland HS /12:30-1:45


  • Dr. Frazier and Cannon to NISL Leadership Training all day.  
  • Grade Book Training for teachers in Grades 3/4/5 (Setting up Grade Book for Q2) Melissa Edwards/3:15-4:00/Technology Lab

  • Dr. Frazier and Cannon to NISL Leadership Training all day.  We will return at 3:30 for IC Meeting. We will have many guests for this meeting.
  • Spelling Bee-9:30 Mrs. Pubantz will facilitate and Mrs. McGregor will call the words.  Can we arrange for a technologist or Mrs. Batten to videotape to be shown later?  
  • IC Meeting-3:30 in Room 200

  • All Newsletters due today. Give Cannon and Frazier the final, translated copy and then copy and send out on Tuesday if there are no corrections from us.  Please make sure we both get a paper copy:)
  • Cannon-Technology Leadership Meeting 8:00 am
Looking Ahead.......

12/9-Volunteers needed once again this year to help Home Moravian Volunteers fill food bags to be given to our families at Thursday Night's Concert.  Your help is very much appreciated as the more help we have, the quicker the task:) Room 200 at 3:15
12/10-Diggs-Latham to be recognized for John F. Kennedy Award at tonight's school board meeting (6:30). All are welcome and encouraged to come:)
12/10-It's Mid-Term!
12/12-1:00 Dress Rehearsal for Musical
12/13-Mid Year PDP information should be completed and signed off on by 3:00. Thank you to all of you who have already done this. After you complete the Mid-Year PDP review, send your administrator an email to review.
12/17 Faculty Meeting-Be Sure to Sign Up in the Lounge.
12/18-12/20 Administrator's Days of Christmas
12/20- Holiday Sing-Along

Family Affairs-Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers that have gone out to all of our families in need.