Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ho, ho, ho. . .Two More Weeks to Go!

It is so hard to believe that we only have two weeks left before Christmas Break!  It is going to be a fun, busy time and I am looking forward to laughing and smiling with all of you as we head into this wonderful holiday season!  
To start off our holiday season and our "days of treats" 
(from Brett and I) for all of you. . .
Check the weekly dates below to see which days you can wear jeans and sweats!  

Upcoming Weekly Events
December 8th-12th, 2014

Don't forget about Giving Tree Donations!

Monday- Jeans Day!
4th Grade Field Trip
Team Leader Meeting - 3:15

Tuesday-  Jeans Day!
TCE Parent/Community Tours 8:30-10:00 and 1:00-2:30
Brett - Out covering Austin Elementary

Wednesday-  Sweats or PJ's (holiday colors if possible!)

Vertical Meeting 3:15-5:15 (Write From the Beginning and Beyond Training - Narrative)
Holiday From the Heart Night - 6:00-7:00pm
Thursday-  Jeans Day!

Have a terrific Thursday! 
Friday- Sweats day or Jeans Day!

Jingle Bell Run
TCE Staff Christmas Party - 6:00pm (Kristan's House)

Announcement Weekly Info  

Life Principle:  Empathy
Cowboy Courtesy:  On a field trip, compliment the place you are visiting.

ABC of Etiquette: Be sure you have everything you need before you sit down.

Important Reminders and Updates
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!
Holiday from the Heart 
Here is our schedule and room locations for the evening! 

TCE Sing-A-Long
We will be having our annual fun-filled Sing-A-Long on the last day of school before the holidays!  Here are the songs I need your help in leading this year!  As you know, I will always throw in a few extra songs/activities for fun, so I just need your help with these!  

Remember no kiddos helping out (or coming down) this year except for singing along!  

Remember, signs, props, a dance or anything funny you can think of always makes the kiddos smile!  
(I know some of you are grimacing right now. . .
but it will be fun!  Especially for me!) 

(this is not an event for our parents, so no need to put it in your weekly newsletters!)
Kinder - Jingle Bells
1st - Santa Claus is Coming to Town
2nd - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
3rd - Frosty the Snowman
4th - Run, Run Rudolph
5th - Jingle Bell Rock
Specials - Feliz Navidad

I am working on a video for each of your teams with the version we will be using!  Will have it for you tomorrow!  (you know I like my own versions of the songs!)

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:  Kim Becker
Shout Outs! 

Lori Vincenzo our TCE Teacher of the Year!  We are so excited to have her represent our campus this year!

First grade for getting the Giving Tree Service Learning Project up and ready to go!

Cathy Wilson for always going above and beyond by having her Dyslexia Parent Meetings!

Great to have Cathy Wilson, KaTrina Brown and Sue Kane back with us at school!

Kristan Hruby and Marly Natherson for presenting our Writing Training to the staff!

Katie Tonemah and Marly Natherson for running the Spelling Bee for our 5th graders!  

Candace Coffee, Casey Wagner, Beth Parker, Meredith Garnier and Kate Seifert for attending the TAGT conference to gather more idea for how to help support our GT learners!

Helpful Tips in Researching w/Google
Since it is the time of year, when you might be using Google to do some holiday shopping. . .
As well as, since we know our kiddos use Google quite a bit for basic searching. . .
Check out these tips for how you and your kiddos can do a better job using this easy search tool! 

Writing Tips and Strategies
As we have our writing training, remember to focus on ways that you are getting your learners to brainstorm detailed sentences.  Also think about how you are helping them to expand their thinking by the words they are choosing to use in their sentences!

Final Quote 
 I thought I would end up today with a few holiday quotes!  Remember. . .

So, knowing the quote from above REALLY remember. . .

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