Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving TCE!

I hope that each of you is having an absolutely amazing Thanksgiving and holiday week!  As I sit here in East Texas (full from all of the yummy food cooked up earlier today and after helping my mom get the Christmas tree decorated), I can't help but to be so thankful for my wonderful family, friends and for all you!  I hope each of you had the opportunity to tell someone how much you appreciate them during this special time of the year and that you are all suffering from a very full belly like me!!

I am looking forward to our next three weeks of learning and fun as we enter into the final few weeks of 2014!!   

Upcoming Weekly Events
December 1st-5th, 2014

Giving Tree Donations Start!

Monday- Welcome Back!  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Tuesday- Angie Out Principal Meeting (all day)

Dyslexia Parent Meeting 5:30pm

Wednesday-  Faculty Meeting 3:15-5:15 (Write From the Beginning and Beyond Training - Narrative) 

TAGT conference

Thursday- 5th grade Spelling Bee 1:30pm - Cafeteria

TAGT conference
Friday- Cancelled PST/RTI meeting (see Brett and me for any concerns with kiddos)

Announcement Weekly Info  
Life Principle:  Caring
Cowboy Courtesy:  Hold the door for people rather than letting it close on them.

ABC of Etiquette: Never talk to anyone as if they are servants. Treat them with respect and kindness.

Important Reminders and Updates

Write From the Beginning and Beyond Training
We will be having our next phase of writing training for the whole staff during December and following up training in January.  It will take place during our Faculty meetings and Vertical Meeting times, so we won't have to have any other after school special training days!  
Just know that on December 3rd and 10th to plan on staying after school from 3:15-5:15

Holiday from the Heart
 We will have our annual Holiday from the Heart evening of fun for our families on Wednesday, December 10th from 6:00-7:00pm!  This will be a day when we are already staying late for our training, so we won't have an additional late day!  I will put our sign-up on the board by the elevator on Monday!  We generated a few ideas during team leader, so there should be plenty of choices in where you might help out!  
Remember that you do not have to sign up as a team and we really need to have as many stations as we can, so we can spread out the love all around the school!  So, try for no more than three people per station! 
TCE Parent/Community Tours
 We will be having our 1st round of parent/community tours on December 9th!  The morning tour will be from 9:00-10:30am and will go to K, 1st, 2nd and Specials.  Then the afternoon tour will be from 1:00-2:30pm and will go to 3rd, 4th, 5th and Specials.  I will be sending out a sign-up link for parents this week through my parent blog!  

Book Study - Choice Words 
We will be doing a few more activities with our 1st book study at the beginning of January!  So, please have the rest of Choice Words finished by January 7th!

December Birthdays
Marly Natherson - 26th
Candace Coffee - 28th 

Engineer of the Week 

Please remember that Brett or I will cover a morning/afternoon or lunch/recess duty for you during the week!  Just email us to let us know what might work out!  Also, you may leave early one day once your kiddos are dismissed!

This week we are celebrating:  Marie Sork

 Shout Outs! 
  • Lorri Brehm and her new beautiful granddaughter!  Her name is Laedyn Kay! She weighed 6lbs. 5 oz. and is 19-1/2 inches long!

  • Office staff and Cafeteria Staff for helping to host a wonderful TCE Thanksgiving Feast!
  • 4th and 5th grade for all of their hard work on their STEM lesson design days!
  • Everyone for taking part in our book study and for the great discussion and ideas during PLC!
  • 2nd grade teachers for the wonderful job they did getting our food drive and turkey drive wrapped up for the year!  
  • Ashley, Becky and Laci for all of their help with our Turkey Trot and Marnie and Brett for "running it out" again throughout the day!  
  •  A big shout out to our design team who stayed after school on Thursday to start planning for how we can help to transform our learning environments!  Thank you to:  Meredith Garnier, Lori Vincenzo, Candace Coffee, Kelly Burks, Kasey Kemp, Laci Garza, Ashlin Bowman, Casey Wagner, Kate Seifert, Jennifer Martin, Lorri Brehm, Courtney Rice, Lisa Hansen, Marly Natherson, Kelly McShan, Brett Shelby and Kelly Spears! 

Resources for Questioning
I was thinking about some ways that we could not only get our learners to justify their thinking, but also ways that would tie into our writing/reading strategies when using formative/summative assessments.  Here are a few tips on questioning  that might be beneficial for you!

Final Quote 
 I thought this first quote had some good pointers for us to remember during this time of Thanksgiving. . . 

And this quote was appropriate 
as we get ready for our next  holiday season! 


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gratitude All Around!

While sitting here working on my blog today, (after finishing making some yummy goodies for our luncheon tomorrow) I began thinking about Thanksgiving and gratitude. . .

I found a video that I liked on the Science of Happiness. . .
Think about ways that you may want to create some gratitude challenges or reflections for your class this week!

Upcoming Weekly Events  
November 17-21st, 2014

Monday- Thanksgiving Feast for Staff (wear sweats to have room for all of the food you will eat!!)
Team Leader 3:15 - C106

Tuesday- 4th Grade Lesson Design Day - Literacy Room

Wear jeans if you bring in 2 canned/boxed food items

Wednesday- 5th grade Lesson Design Day - Literacy Room

 PLC Meeting -3:15pm-Library
Wear jeans if you bring in 2 canned/boxed food items  

Thursday- RTI/PST Meeting - C106
Design Team Meeting 3:15 - Library
Wear jeans if you bring in 2 canned/boxed food items 

Friday- Turkey Drive
Texan Town
Turkey Trot
Wear sweats if you go out and cheer/run with the runners!

Announcement Weekly Info  

  Life Principle:  Gratitude
Cowboy Courtesy:  Always say, “Thank you” when given something.

ABC of Etiquette: If you have to go to the restroom, raise your hand.

Important Reminders and Updates

Book Study - Choice Words

Don't forget that we will be doing a quick activity at our PLC this week with our campus book study, Choice Words.  You need to make sure that you have read chapters 1-4.  The meeting will be a quick one finished by 4:00!

Reflex Math and I-station
Math/Science teachers 1st-5th grade, please make sure that you are running reports to make sure ALL of our kiddos are using Reflex math at least three times a week. (this can be homework for some or in class for those on Tiers) This is very important as we try to build on math fluency!

  LA/SS teachers, 3rd-5th (for anyone) and K-2 (only ESL kiddos on Tiers). Please make sure that you are getting your kiddos on iStation either at home or in class if needed.  This is critical for those learners who are struggling with reading/spelling and who are on Tier 2 or 3. 

November Birthdays

Katie Tonemah - 3rd

Marie Sork - 7th

Kristan Hruby - 24th 

Renee Rohani - 25th

Kelly McShan- 28th

Engineer of the Week 

Please remember that Brett or I will cover a morning/afternoon or lunch/recess duty for you during the week!  Just email us to let us know what might work out!  Also, you may leave early one day once your kiddos are dismissed!

This week we are celebrating:  Meredith Garnier

 Shout Outs!
3rd grade and 1st grade for your great STEM Lesson Design days!

Ashley Minton and Brad Cook for all of your help on the Lesson Design days!

Becky and the 3rd grade teachers for your help in our kiddos performing for the Veteran's Day Ceremony!

Kelly Spears for her help in getting our Student Council ready to go for the Veteran's Day Ceremony and Brett Shelby for getting the lounge and breakfast ready to go!

Estrella (Star) Primera for always being willing to lend a hand with making coffee, tea or other goodies for our staff and visitors!
To all of our Spring Creek BBQ helpers for helping to support TCE:  Brett Shelby, Kelly Spears, Kristan Hruby, Jennifer Martin, Marly Natherson, Katie Tonemah, Jenna Taylor, Kasey Kemp, Renee Rohani, Becky Garrett, Kelly Burks, Sue Kane, Lorri Brehm, Courtney Rice, and Kim Becker

Sudeshna Ghose for all of her help getting our author visit ready to go!  It was a huge success!  

Our RTI/PST team and all of our educators that came last week for doing such a wonderful job sharing data collected and for having such fabulous interventions put in place for learners!

Renee Rohani for working on the Kindness Challenge and getting our kiddos excited about doing kind things for others!
4th Grade Teachers and Sue Kane for helping to celebrate National Diabetes Month!

Check out this resource that can help you with organizing and sharing info in the classroom with technology!
 If the video doesn't show above, click here to watch a demo!

Check out this resource that I know many of you have used before, but remember that it can help you when you or your learners need to record and make a quick tutorial or for other presentations, etc!

  If the video doesn't show above, click here to watch a demo!

Final Quote
When choosing my quotes today, I thought about how thankful I am for each day I have had in my life.  Also, for all of those individuals who have been a part of my life so far. . .

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Looking like it might get cold. . .

Loving this cool weather and can't believe we have two weeks until Thanksgiving Break!  It looks like it might get cold this week, so get out those winter jackets!
I wanted to send a huge thank you to Katy McKinney for hosting our TCE social this last week at her house!  It was such a nice treat to get to visit with everyone and your house is precious! 
Upcoming Weekly Events 
November 10th-14th 

Monday- 3rd Grade Lesson Design Day - Literacy Room

Tuesday- Veteran's Day Ceremony 8:30am

Wednesday- 1st Grade Lesson Design Day - Literacy Room

Vertical Team -3:15pm (Start in library and then will move from there)

Thursday- Brett out (all day)
Writing Training for 4th and 5th grade LA teachers  
Friday- Texan Town
4th and 5th grade Author Visit

Announcement Weekly Info  
Life Principle:  Common Sense
Cowboy Courtesy: When you receive something, do not insult the gift or the giver.

ABC of Etiquette: Always look a server in the eye when you are ordering, asking a question, or saying, “Thank you.”

Important Reminders and Updates

Spring Creek BBQ
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and looking forward to the evening on Wednesday!

Kindness Club 
Don't forget that this week we have the Kindness challenge!  

November Birthdays

Katie Tonemah - 3rd
Marie Sork - 7th
Kristan Hruby - 24th 
Renee Rohani - 25th
Kelly McShan- 28th

Engineer of the Week 
Please remember that Brett or I will cover a morning/afternoon or lunch/recess duty for you during the week!  Just email us to let us know what might work out!  Also, you may leave early one day once your kiddos are dismissed!

This week we are celebrating:  Heather Judd

Shout Outs!
Becky, Laci and Ashley for the great planning day last week!  Loved hearing the ideas you all had to share!
Everyone's participation during faculty meeting and how all of you share your ideas and beliefs!
Kinder and 2nd grade team for the ideas share during your planning day for future lessons and campus goals!
Candace Coffee, Kristan Hruby, Casey Wagner, Katy McKinney, Kelly Burks, and Becky Garrett for their awesome participation during Crucial Conversations training!  
Linda Cook for wrapping up our Crucial Conversations training and for her constant support for our campus!
Final Quote 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Can't believe it is already November!

I don't know if anyone else feels like me, but I can't believe it is already November!  Craziness!  I am ready for another wonderful month and excited that we will get a chance to have a week off for Thanksgiving!  So, let's buckle down and get some more amazing learning happening each day for our kiddos so we can be ready to relax at the end of the month!  :)

I did want to let all of you know that I am so proud of all of you for the hard work you have put into this year so far!  I know we have had a lot of training and we will continue to have hurdles to jump this year with trying to get everything accomplished that we need/want to, but I could not be more proud of the way each of you supports one another professionally and personally!!  We truly are a family at TCE and I feel blessed to work with each and every one of you each day!

Upcoming Weekly Events 
November 3rd-7th 

Monday- Specials Lesson Design Day - Literacy Room

Tuesday- Kinder Lesson Design Day - Literacy Room

Election site for the city - Gym all day (gym classes will meet outside of in the library if there is rain)

Wednesday- Crucial Conversations Training - Candace's room

Faculty Meeting 3:15
1st Grade Field Trip

Thursday- Crucial Conversations Training - Candace's room
2nd Grade Lesson Design Day - Literacy Room 
Friday- Texan Town

Therapy Dogs - Library
TCE Annual Pansy Planting - K-5 during recess times
TCE Social at Katy McKinney's House

Announcement Weekly Info  
Life Principle:  Flexibility

Cowboy Courtesy:  Do not talk in a movie theater during a movie.
ABC of Etiquette: Never start eating off your tray until you are at your seat. 

Important Reminders and Updates
TCE Election Site
Please remember that since our campus is an election site, make sure that if we happen to have anyone walking down the classroom hallways without a nametag that you ask them to please go to the office to check in.  We will try our best to make sure we keep people not going into our main hall, but I always like for you to be aware anytime we have people in the building!  

Fire/Lock Down/Tornado Drills or Emergencies
Since the weather, schedules, etc. makes it difficult at times to schedule our monthly drills, we are going to start having unscheduled drills.  This will also help us to truly be prepared at all times in case of an emergency.  Please make sure that your sub folder/info has very clear procedures for emergencies.  We will talk more about this at our faculty meeting this week.  

Faculty Meeting
If everyone could please bring their favorite read aloud book to our faculty meeting that you have used or would like to use, that helps kiddos to appreciate differences in others and/or focuses on creating a sense of empathy.

TCE Design Team
I talked a little bit about this earlier this year.  We are going to have the opportunity to work on some redesigns for our campus with our learning environments for classrooms and hallways.  If you are interested in being a part of this campus committee, please shoot me an email by tomorrow afternoon, Monday, November 3rd!  We will be meeting after I know who all is interested, so we can plan which day works best!  
Then we will meet a few times during the this month in order to get our ideas ready to go!

Engineer of the Week 

Please remember that Brett or I will cover a morning/afternoon or lunch/recess duty for you during the week!  Just email us to let us know what might work out!  Also, you may leave early one day once your kiddos are dismissed!

This week we are celebrating:  Lori Vincenzo
Shout Outs!
Kelly Spears for getting our Student Council to help plan a fun Red Ribbon Week!

Brett Shelby for representing for TCE at our School Board meeting last week while I was out sick and for being our "pumpkin" for the Jack-o-Lantern Jog!

Ashlin Bowman, Morgan Peccarelli, Megan McGraw, Kate Seifert, Marie Sork, Katie Tonemah, Jenna Taylor, Delaine Jordan, and Renee Rohani for being a part of the Sally Ride Training for the district!

Casey Wagner, Candace Coffee, Kasey Kemp and Kelly Burks for being a part of the Project Wild training for the district!

Ashley Martin, Becky Garrett and Laci Garza for all of their help with the Jack-o-Lantern Jog!
Ideas for Motivating Learners
As it gets to go further into our fall semester, you may have some kiddos who need help in the area of motivation.  
Here are a few things might be something to reflect on with motivational factors. . .

those Poker Chips. . .

And if you want to feel motivated as an educator, don't forget about this incredible TED Talk video. . .
Final Quote
As I was reflecting on where we started and where we are currently in the school year, I wanted to make sure that each of you are doing the following. . . (as we sometimes don't take the time to celebrate those little things that make such a big difference each day in the lives of our kiddos)