Families had a wonderful time at Family Arts Night........October 9, 2014
Annual Bully Prevention Walk!
Diggs-Latham Elementary "Stepped Up" on Saturday to help stamp out BULLYING! Our Students performed under the direction of Ann Farthing. Our girls sang 2 songs (atop the DASH Dugout) dealing with Character and Respect. They rocked the stage. Ms. Farthing did an excellent job teaching and rehearsing these songs on a minutes notice. Our girls performed in front of hundreds and Dr. Emory was in the front row. Thank you so much to teachers for being flexible and realizing that this was really a big deal for our students and our school. We were specifically asked to do this. It was an honor. Performances take rehearsal and practice just as academics do. They are both important. I know we are short on time for both, but when we work together, our school is a better place! Balancing time between academics and the arts is a challenge for us all because both are so important but remembering that we are an Arts Magnet is important. There will other times throughout the year when kids will have to be pulled to rehearse. We keep this to a minimum, but it is important. Thank you to all the families, teachers and friends who came out to support us. A big thank you to Mrs. Studevent who helped coordinate the event and to Amanda Gordon who created the "Diggs-Latham Stepped Up" banner, and took great pictures for us. She also did this on short notice. The posters were great as well. Thanks to Zenyth and her husband and Katie, Charlie and Holland for all coming out to support us. We also had several families:) It was a Great Day at the Ballpark!
I love this quote! It is so true, we make an impact on our colleagues, students, families and communities everyday. We want it to be a positive impact. Our students and colleagues are facing a lot, some things you know about, some things you don't. Keep that in mind as you go through your day. Know how important your smile, compassion and encouragement truly is to both our students and our colleagues. I have seen kid's faces light up when you give them a compliment or "brag" on them. They know that you care about them. Thank you! This is just one of the things that makes our school a great place to work. Did you know that someone can gain information on the climate of a school after only being in the building 5 minutes? They look to see how people interact with each other. Do the students seem happy? Are there smiles in the classroom for a job well done? Is the school safe and orderly? Is there quality student work posted, Are hallway displays well thought out and content based? All these things MATTER:)
- Make sure you are up to date on your PEPs
- 3-5 teachers, please make sure that you have read emails from Mrs. Wolfe concerning gradebooks. Ask questions now if you need help and we will be happy to help. Grades and graded work should go home weekly.
- Start planning your conferences for Quarter 1. The end of quarter 1 is October 30th.
- Fall Portraits on the 17th-Dr. Frazier will send out a schedule.
- Everyone can wear their Favorite Team Apparel on Favorite Team Day, Thursday, 10/23.
- Have you changed your hallway displays? Add the content standard in the corner:)
- October 18th-Cannon will volunteer at Heart and Stroke Walk-Hope to see you out there! Tanglewood Park 7:00-11:00
- Early Release Day is October 22nd.
- Read to Achieve Local Assessment the week of October 19th
- Please pay close attention to Mrs. Perry's emails as important testing dates, etc.. are enclosed
- Have you joined our PTA? We need you.
- The United Way Campaign is underway-See Alisha if you have questions:) We would love to have 100% participation. You can donate as much as you want or just a dollar. Every penny counts for great causes. You can choose where you want your money to go
- SIT Meeting on the 21st
- Week of 26th Book Fair-Fall Festival will be October 30
- October 31 is a teacher workday-RS
- Nov. 3-Teacher of the Year Banquet at Old Salem-Mr. Powelson would have gone. Looks like I have no date for the evening:) Congratulations to Mr. Powelson. We miss him.
Report Card Administrator Assignments, Tips, etc...
When turning your report cards in for review, firstly, you should make sure they are on time. Secondly, put them in a folder with your name and grade clearly marked on it. Place in the folder a class roster. THIS IS NEW. The reason we are asking for this is because in the past we have been short report cards by accident. We want to help you by making sure that all students have cards. Please check to make sure that attendance, all grades, correctly spelled student names are included and the report card is complete. Switch with a coworker to proofread. It will save you from having to reprint the cards later after editing. We waste a lot of paper if we keep having to reprint. If a child receives a poor grade, your comments should address this. If a child is doing a great job, put forth a lot of effort or has shown great character, your comments should reflect such. Comments are important. If grades and/or behavior are needing improvement, ask for a parent conference. Teachers often ask Dr. Frazier and I to sit in on conferences for support. We are happy to do so. Staying connected to families is important. Dr. Frazier and I do our best to get the cards back to you quickly. We read every card. We glean a lot of valuable information from our work.
End of Quarter 1 is October 30th
November 4th-Grade Verification to Mrs. Wolfe-It is also her Birthday!
November 6th-Report Cards Due to Administrators
Quarter 1 K-2 report cards go to Frazier and 3-5 Cards go to Cannon
Since we are off on the 11th for Veteran's Day, we will send cards home on the 12th