Sunday, November 29, 2015

Gearing Up For The Next Few Weeks!

Don't know about all of you, but I had a wonderful break and took some time to truly enjoy spending time with my family and friends!  I even got my Christmas tree up at my house, so that is always a success!  I am looking forward to the next few weeks of school as we head into our next round of Christmas holidays!

Week of: Nov. 30th-Dec. 4th, 2015
Monday -  Data Planning Day (Systems Safeguard Data Team) - A202
1st day back. . .Jeans or Sweats! 

Tuesday -   STEM Planning Day (Specials Team) - A202

Wednesday -  Faculty Meeting - 3:15

Thursday - District Tour Group Coming to TCE!

Friday - 
Texan Town (last Texan Town for Fall Session)

PST/RTI Meetings - C106 (All Day)

Important Reminders and Updates
Super Teachers
Please try to nominate a teacher during the next few weeks for a Super Teacher award!  We have so many amazing lessons happening each day, so it would be a great way to celebrate each of you!
District Tour 
Please remember that we have our first district tour group coming this Thursday, December 3rd!  Team leaders if you would make sure that you email me and Brett what your teams will be working on when the group is here!  They should be coming during the morning around 9:30-11:00.  Also, do a spot check to make sure all rooms are looking organized and hallways are showcasing the amazing learning! 
Holiday from the Heart Daytime
We will be doing Holiday from the Heart a bit different this year. . .team leaders are filling you in, but we will be having a daytime event on December 16th and grade levels will be partnering up to do various stations!  We will talk more about this at faculty meeting this week!  
TCE Sing Along
It's that time again. . .what you all love to hear is coming. . .that's right, our TCE Sing Along!  We will have it again on the last day of school and I will be sharing your team's song at our faculty meeting!  Thank you ahead of time for this TCE tradition as we all laugh and sing together!  
Shout Outs! 
Shout out to the Office Staff and Cafeteria Staff for helping to make our Southern Thanksgiving feast a success!
Shout out to Becky Garrett, Laci Garza, Ashley Martina and the 3rd grade team for a wonderful 3rd Grade Program!
Shout out to Ashley Martin, Becky Garrett and Laci Garza for making our annual Turkey Trot a success!
Shout out to Kasey Kemp and Renee Rohani for opening up their classroom to visitors from another CISD elementary campus!  
Shout out to Jennifer Martin, Lauren Torti, and Lisa Hansen attending a UbD training in order to help support us in more training with lesson design this spring!

Shout out to our 2nd grade team for their great job with our Turkey Drive and Food Drive for TCE!  We appreciate your efforts!
Shout out to Kelly Spears who officially graduated with her next counseling certification!  We are so proud of you!

Shout out to our 3rd Grade Team for getting everything ready to celebrate Gloria for her retirement reception!
December Birthdays
 Marly Natherson - 26th
Candace Coffee - 28th 
Twitter and Professional Learning Networks
I know many of you are avid Twitter users using it as a tool both for work and for personal use.  Many of you may have certain educational leaders or other individuals you may follow. For those of you who have a Twitter, but haven't started truly experiencing all it can do for you with helping you grow and connect with more educators, you may want to check out the following video!  
Also, if you have certain people or organizations that you follow, please add it to the linoit link below!  This way we can share with one another at TCE all of our connections!  

Final Quotes
To get us off to a great start with the upcoming holiday season. . . 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Better Wear Your Stretchy Pants. . .

All righty people. . .hope you are hungry this week!  Get ready to wear some sweats or stretchy pants on Monday, since you will be served up a Southern Cookin' Thanksgiving!  Just so you'll know what we will be having. . .it is not the typical traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year!  We decided to go with something a bit different. . .we will be having some of Angie Lee's chicken spaghetti, more delicious casseroles and sides/salads as well as some tasty desserts! 

Week of: November 16th-20th, 2015
Monday - Wear Sweats or Jeans! 
Southern Thanksgiving Feast for TCE Staff 
Team Leader Meeting - C106 - 3:15pm 

Tuesday -   Texan Town Schedule

3rd Grade Program 8:30am and 6:00pm
Gloria Yates Retirement Party - Library - 3:15pm
Wednesday -  Angie Out (All Day Training)

TLC Meeting - Library - 3:15pm 

Thursday - Angie Out (9-11am) Brett Out (1-3pm) and Kelly Out (8:30-12:00pm)

Friday -Texan Town

Turkey Drive - front loop and cafeteria loop
Turkey Trot - all day  

Important Reminders and Updates
Didn't know if ya'll knew it or not. . .but we have Thanksgiving break coming up in 6 more days!  That's all the updates I have for you right now. . .I will debrief with team leaders about any info in our meeting on Monday of this week!

Shout Outs!
Shout out to Katy McKinney who will be representing us this year as our Teacher of the Year for TCE!  We are so happy to have you representing us! 

Shout out to everyone who was able to help out with our pansy planting on Friday!  If you could make sure and give a shout out to Beth Reynolds and Tim Tidwell for all of their help when you see them around TCE!

Shout out to all of our Site-Based Commtitee Members for sharing about TCE at our last meeting!  I appreciate you letting others know about our campus and the wonderful learning happening!  

Shout out to Brett Shelby and Kelly Spears for all of their help getting our kiddos ready for Veteran's Day Ceremony!

Shout out to Becky Garrett for the beautiful music by our 3rd grade for Veteran's Day!  

Shout out to our 3rd grade teachers and Laci Garza and Ashley Martin for helping get our 3rd graders ready for their performance at Veteran's Day!

Shout out to our Boy Scouts for the great job they did in the ceremony!  

Shout out to everyone for sharing their thoughts and ideas at our vertical meeting!  I was very impressed with the level of technology integration being discussed and the excitement for learning!  Thank you!

November Birthdays
Katie Tonemah - 3rd

Marie Sork - 7th

Marina Chicas- 8th

Kristan Hruby - 24th

Laura Fairchild - 24th

Renee Rohani - 25th

Kelly McShan - 28th

Engineer of the Week

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Don't know about all of you but I am looking forward to watching a little football todayOur football pool is going strong with lots of picks on Washington to lose. . .so I am hoping that maybe they will win and knock some people out of the loser's pool!  (Kelly Spears told me that I have been focusing on the weather a lot lately when I start my blog, so figured I would go with something different! :) )
Week of:  November 9th-13th, 2015

Monday - Fire Drill/Tornado drill (AM)

Lock Down Drill - 2:00   
SBDM Meeting - C106 3:15

Tuesday -  Angie Out (AM) Principal Meeting
Wednesday -  Texan Town Schedule

Veteran's Day Ceremony 8:30am
Vertical Meeting - 3:15 

Thursday - Brett Out (PM) AP Meeting

Friday -Texan Town

Therapy Dogs

Important Reminders and Updates

Curriculum Courier
Here is the updated link to the Curriculum Courier sent out by the CISD Curriculum Department.  I am going to start including this in my blog, so team leaders if you could make sure you are double checking for anything your team would need to do and I will talk to you as well about any info that is essential for our campus!

Alicia's and Brad's Smore
I am so excited to share out a new way that Alicia and Brad will be sharing info with you about resources (both technology and library) one to two times a month!  This is a great way for you to learn about some new ideas you may want to try with your learners as well as sharing some ideas being tried on campus!  Thank you guys! 

Google Sites
Please make sure your websites are being kept up to date and that you are highlighting ways in order for you learners to access learning at home.  Ex:  links to all of our online resources (istation, reflex math, powerkids science, pebblego, tumblebooks, brainpop, etc.)  Remember you cannot post the passwords online, but you need to make sure your parents and kiddos know how they can access them!  
I am seeing some great links on websites, including areas where people have their agendas posted each day for communication with parents!  Keep up the good work and we will talk at vertical this week briefly about how you all are using your websites for learning tools as well as sharing out for those of you using blogs for communication!  

Shout Outs!
Shout out for the amazing learning that was shared on our parent/community tours last week!  The visitors were so impressed and appreciative of you opening up your rooms for them to come in and see the learning!   

Shout out to all of you who are using blogs to communicate with parents!  I am impressed with your desire to find new ways to share your learning!

Shout out to all of our teachers who signed up for Spring Creek BBQ night as well as those who went up there for dinner!  I appreciate you showing our TCE families that you are proud of our campus and support getting together with them for fun nights like these!  

Shout out to Alicia Montgomery and Katy McKinney for getting to be the 1st to receive honors from the Education Foundation this year!  And thank you to those who nominated them as well as our learners!  

November Birthdays 
Katie Tonemah - 3rd

Marie Sork - 7th

Marina Chicas- 8th

Kristan Hruby - 24th

Laura Fairchild - 24th 

Renee Rohani - 25th

Kelly McShan - 28th

Engineer of the Week

Final Quotes
This is a great time for you and your kiddos to reflect on the importance of gratitude.  It might be a great challenge for your kiddos or you could discuss and talk about the meaning of gratitude during  morning meetings!