Monday, September 14, 2015

Hopefully Movin' on Into Fall!

Well, the weather is a bit cooler. . .and we are going to hope it will continue cooling off in the next few weeks!  Definitely looking forward to some fall weather!

Week of: September 14th-18th, 2015

Monday - Fire Drill/Lock Down Drill 8:15
New Kiddos Luncheon w/Spears, Applegate and Shelby 

Tuesday -  Fall Pictures - Individual Staff and Kiddos
Principal Meeting-Angie (AM)

Wednesday - Vertical Meeting 3:15-5:00

Thursday -  Author Visit (PM)

Friday - Write a Check Ends
Important Reminders and Updates

Texan Town
Please click on the following link to start brainstorming ideas you have for a Texan Town Club for this fall session!  

Remember we need to have as many clubs as possible, so there will be very limited clubs that have two people helping to facilitate.  If you do have an idea for a club with someone, you will have to have to be able to take at least 20-25 kiddos for the club. 

Educator Goals
 Remember to please make sure you are thinking about your goals for this year and working on getting those entered into Eduphoria by September 25th.  We will be starting our educator goal setting meetings the week of September 28th.  

Vertical Meetings
 Remember to please plan on blocking off from 3:15-5:00pm each time we have vertical meetings.  We will not always stay the full amount of time, but this time is for vertical alignment, professional learning and discussions including district information from our campus content specialists.  

We will be having an overarching topic like we did last year as a focus for each meeting.  This week the focus will be RtI and we will be all together in the library as we have Jeff Minn and Becky Rainbolt coming over to help train everyone on collecting data and appropriate interventions for helping with Behavior and Speech/Artic Lab.  

Book Fair
 We have new parents in charge of our Book Fair this year, so you should be getting more info this week for scheduling, etc.  Please be patient as our PTO helps to get them all ready to roll for the 1st Book Fair for the year!  

Special Friend's Day Schedule and 
Fall Family Picnic

4th- 8:30-9:30
Kinder- 9:30-10:30
3rd- 10:30-11:30
1st- 11:30-12:30
2nd- 12:30-1:30
5th- 1:30-2:30

Please remember to work with your room mom's on any activity or special happenings for this day.  Also, you may want any visitors to go by the Book Fair!  

Also, Brett, Kelly and me try to go around on this day to be a special friend for anyone that doesn't have someone on this day.  If you have a friend in your class who you know may need us to swing by, please let us know! 

Please remember that you need to attend our Fall Family Picnic for 45min-1 hour Friday evening.  If for some reason you are unable to attend, please make sure that you have spoken with me about your conflict.  

Progress Reports
I know it seems crazy, but it is already time for progress reports!  4th and 5th grade teachers, make sure you have your grades entered by Wednesday, September 23rd at 8:00am.  If you are a K-3rd grade teacher and have a learner struggling, you may want to touch base with parents so they aren't surprised or be ready to discuss during the parent conference date in October.   

Shout Outs!
Shout out to Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade for their amazing work during their Assessment Planning Days!  You all go so much accomplished and really made great plans for your learners!  

Shout out to Becky Garrett, Laci Garza and Ashley Martin for their STEM planning day!  They worked on getting everything laid out on the calendar for programs, running days and cool engineering challenges!  We appreciate your hard work!

Shout out to Brad Cook and Alicia Montgomery for being rock stars in getting all of our technology and our iPad rollout going strong for our 4th graders!  Their constant dedication to helping our staff and our learners stand out in everything they do! 

Shout out to Kate Seifert, Mary Kennington, and Kelly Burks for helping Brett and I out during the Homecoming Parade!  We appreciate your spirit and for volunteering your time to help in this hometown tradition!  

Shout out to Kelly Spears for dropping the Homecoming group off at Cottonwood Creek for the parade!  

Shout out to Brett Shelby for going above and beyond this afternoon by changing Alicia's tire for her! Shelby to the rescue!!!  

Shout out to Laura Fairchild who has been trained on entirely every district system possible within the last few weeks!  We appreciate your efforts and the constant smile you keep on your face during this crazy learning time!  You are fabulous!

Engineer of the Week!
And next up. . .our Engineer of the Week:  
Kristan Hruby

Final Quotes 
As we are going through this year, please remember that it is far to easy judge others. . .we must learn to sit back and reflect, try to be understanding of others points of views, perceptions and realities.  

Our goal should not only be to support all of our educators, learners and families here at TCE, but also to help all of our learners understand the importance of empathy and how this may help them to become a better, stronger and more compassionate individual in this every changing world.

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