|November 10-14th, 2014|
It's A Brand New Week:)
Things to think about.......
- In regards to Monitoring: What mid-course corrections are needed?
- How are you celebrating incremental results in student progress?
- Are your selected strategies being implemented as intended?
- Are you getting results?
- What evidence will you use to determine if strategies and interventions are working?
- Remember to give the Y, your grades for this quarter for any students that attend the Y program. Also, make sure that you send a list of all students who made Honor Roll and Principal's List so that we can give them their medals. Have the list to the Y and Mrs. Kennedy by this Friday. I will also ask Mrs. Wolfe to give me a list of all students who have had perfect attendance this quarter so they can be celebrated. If YOU have had perfect attendance this quarter, let me know as I will celebrate you as well! We value attendance.
HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS To...............
- November 5th-Mary Tarlton and Gwen Wolfe
- November 7th-Susan Ingram
- November 9-Jennifer Hart
- November 15-Gerri Thierbach
- November 21 Angela Roane
- November 25-Nohora Martinez
- November 26-Vicky Beaver
Reminder that there is NO School on November 11th. It is Veteran's Day. We thank all those in our school and community who serve or who have served our country. We feel a deep sense of gratitude for your commitment and service. Thank you to Mr. Holmes and Mr. Stover and all of our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, volunteers and neighbors who have served their country to protect us and our freedom.
Home Moravian Fall Hoe-Down Dinner to Benefit Diggs-Latham Elementary
November 19th at 5:30
These are pictures from last year's events in which Home Moravian raised $3000. to help our school with Teacher Gift Cards, Parent Engagement Nights, Food, Clothes, Literacy, and Field Trips. They are always here for us when we need them. They will work hard to cook and serve home-made soup, bread, desserts, etc... for a small donation. They invite their church members and I invite you. Let's give back and attend. We will have students performing. Please plan to attend. The event will be at their Fellowship Hall where we had our opening of school breakfast. You may bring your families. Many of us will be participating in volunteering for Candle Tea as well. This is always a lot of fun and another great way for us to give back. I appreciate your support. It was wonderful to see so many of you there last year.
November 13th-Mrs. Baccari will hold a Family Engagement Math Night from 5:45-6:45 this Thursday Night! Thank you for engaging and educating our families. Several other teachers and have done this as well or plan to. We appreciate this effort. This is a great support for our families. Speaking of Engagement......Melissa's son who is a student at UNCG just got engaged!!!!! Congratulations to the happy couple! Hooray for Melissa and her family!
I know it seems like sometimes I am Super Woman...That not being the case, I Need YOU! Dr. Frazier will be out beginning Tuesday and not return until after the Thanksgiving Break. We will need all hands on deck to fill her shoes. We are a school of leaders and will be able to do this working together, just as you do when I am out. You are awesome and I can always count on you. Thank you. Please keep Dr. Frazier in your thoughts and prayers as she prepares for her procedure. Privacy is requested, thank you.
CRAZY SOCK DAY will be this Friday the 14th of November! Wear Yours! Remind Students to wear their Crazy Socks as well!
We will be sending a note home with students that we will be having a Come Eat Lunch with your Grandchild Day. There will be two days: K-2 Students can bring their Grandparents on the 18th of November and 3-5 students can bring their Grandparents on the 19th. The Grandparents will check in at the office, come eat with their students and then leave unless you would like them to come back to your rooms to read, listen to their grandchildren read or to see the class, etc.. but this part is NOT required. If you do want to do something after lunch with the grandparents, that is up to you and please send a note home to that effect. Also, let me know. We are working with the cafeteria manager to come up with a set price for lunch. She will let me know this week.
It is that time again to select our new Teacher of the Year. Our SIT Chairs will be organizing and announcing the Selection Process for this Year and will get this information out to you in the next few weeks. The Nomination and Selection Process should be complete by December 14th and the winner announced at the December 18th Faculty Meeting. I know you will respect the process and choose an individual who exemplifies the characteristics of a great teacher and leader. This will be a very hard decision to make:)
We Need your help. Many teachers and students in our school have allergies, asthma and or specific breathing difficulties. The usage of aerosol air fresheners, strong cologne, etc... can cause a severe breathing reaction. Please refrain from using these items in excess. Be wary of others who may have to follow you in the bathroom. Also, please discourage your students from wearing any kind of perfume or cologne that could trigger an asthma or breathing attack. We will make an announcement and put it in the Parent Engagement Blog as well. Thank you for your assistance with this problem before it becomes an issue. Just a reminder that the Fire Marshall prohibits us from using plug ins of any kind. If you have these in your room, please remove as soon as possible. We could be fined. Thank you.
I would like to thank everyone for the Great Job that was done in the preparation and execution of FALL FESTIVAL. It was a great success and it could not have been accomplished without careful planning and attention to detail. I would like to thank all of the members of the Fall Festival Committee. Job Well Done! I would also like to thank all of our volunteers and sponsors. The feedback I received from our students was very positive.
In accordance with State Board Policy, all of our teachers who are initially licensed and hold an SP1 or SP2 license have to have an observation completed by a peer/mentor. We prefer a peer but we will leave that decision to you. You may choose the peer/mentor and make a decision as to when this observation can be accomplished. You will use the current Rubric. You should utilize a pre-conference, evaluation and a post conference. The evaluator will complete the rubric and you will both sign off on all necessary parts. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.. I would like to have these observations complete by Christmas Break if possible.
Mid-Year PDP Progress
I know that many of you are well on your way to completing your PDPs and some of you have actually completed one of your goals. Please go into Powerschool and complete the section on how you are progressing with your PDP midyear. This will not take long. You will list evidences that you are working towards accomplishing your goal. We will meet to sign off on your Mid-Year PDP. I would also like to accomplish this before our December Holiday Break if possible. When you have completed your mid-year progress tab, please let me know so we can go ahead and schedule a meeting. This is a very important component of your overall evaluation so think it through. Remember you can bring evidences to show me and/or upload any artifacts you might have collected.
Let's Talk MATH!
IMPORTANT-Valuing Student Thinking is important. I just read a great article I will share with you by Allison Hintz and Elham Kazemi. It is called, "Talking About Math". Please comment on your answer to this question: "Through open and targeted sharing, discussion can build students' understanding of mathematical content" The author states that it only takes 5 words (How Did You Get That?) for math teachers to engage and create opportunities for students to share their thinking. My question is one posed in the article" How can teachers keep kids from getting lost or disengaged when when many different ideas are shared? Please add a comment to the end of the blog. Thank you!