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)

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