Lunch With Your Grandparents
As always, all family members are very important to our students, so we thought it would be a great idea to invite our grandparents to have lunch with our students. I am thankful for Ms. Kennedy who created the flier and will be doing a phone reminder with Ana, and to Ms. Hubbard for working it out with Chartwells so we could do a $4 special lunch. I hope that we have a lot of proud grandparents visiting. Grandparents are special!
Why Reading Education Matters in Academics; It Might Not Be What You Think by Gregg Goodhart
Lisa Morris so generously shared this article with me a few weeks ago. It is a great article that talks about teaching the arts and brain function. The article talks about research which says that focused training in any of the arts whether it be music, dance or theater, strengthens the brain's attention system, which in turn can improve cognition. The article goes on to say that music training can indeed change brain circuitry and improve general cognition. Anytime we improve focus and work through the frustration we sometimes have in learning something new, we improve self-discipline and cognitive functioning. This holds true for arts education and general academics. This article is worth reading and I am sure Lisa will share it. It is from American String Teacher Journal Vol. 64 No. 3.
Thank Lisa for sharing! Another example of Great Leadership.
Thank you Julie Magness for sharing an NPR audio clip on Common Core Reading:The High Achievers, November 13th, 2014. This is one part of a four part series on Reading in the Common Core Era. Please take 5 minutes to listen to this clip. It is very interesting and insightful. You can hear students talk about learning with common core. Another example of shared leadership, thank you Julie! Take a listen:
I will forward you the link Julie sent me in an email as well.
- Dr. Frazier is doing well and sends her regards to all of you. I know we all miss her and she is in our thoughts and prayers.
- Continue to keep Mrs. Hopson and Mrs. Gilliam and Bill (Maeretha's brother) from Budd Services in our prayers as they continue to go though therapy. Therapy and recovery are difficult processes. We miss them all very much.
- The last update I had from Mrs. Asbury was to say that Emily did well with the transplant. The next three weeks will be a very critical time as doctors wait to see if her body accepts the new cells. She is undergoing Chemotherapy. Please send prayers to Emily and her entire family as they face this most difficult challenge!!! She is so very young to undergo such a long series of procedures. Her family will be at the Hospital until very close to Christmas or longer depending upon recovery time. I am planning on putting together some type of basket with toys, socks, snacks, etc.. for the family. If you would like to contribute, drop your items off in my office and I will put the basket together the first week in December.
- Prayers to all of our school family who have sick loved ones or who are facing difficult life challenges. We are here for you.
- 4th/5th Grade Brass Assembly at 10:15. Please be in the gym and ready to go no later than 10:10.
- Cannon to Principal's Meeting Tuesday 11/18/14
- Pre-K Night 11/18
- Faculty Meeting 3:10
- Eat with your Grandchildren 11/18 and 11/19
- Staff Holiday Lunch on the 20th. Make sure to sign-up to bring something and join in on the festivities. Thank you Hospitality for organizing this:)
- 11/19 Home Moravian Hoe Down! 5:30 Fellowship Hall
- 11/21 Completion of Grade 3-5 Class Spelling Bees.
- 11/21 All Newsletters Due and Last day for UNCG Interns. Our Interns are AWESOME!!!
Last Chance - Please Let me know if you had Perfect Attendance for Quarter 1. Also, let Mrs. Kennedy know which of your children made honor roll and principal's list for Q1, grades 3-5. She will ready their medals. We will also recognize Perfect Attendance. We need to collaboratively come with an idea to recognize k-2. We can talk about this at our faculty meeting. Please send me any ideas you might have:) I would love your feedback.
Kudos to Tryla Green for taking on the role of Tutoring Facilitator. This is an important job as is the role of a tutor. It is a critical position in which we target specific learning challenges for each child based on the data we have. We will all need to collaborate to make sure the work we are doing after school is purposeful and data driven. I know Tryla has called a meeting for this Thursday afternoon for tutors and subs. Thank you all for doing this very important work. You are appreciated.