Monday, May 30, 2016

We've Made it People!!

Well everyone, we have officially made it to the last week of school!  It seems crazy that we are already at the end, but needless to say this 2016 spring has been a bit of a doozy. . .so I know I am ready for summer and I know y'all are as well! 
So, here's to relaxing. . .and more. . .

Week of:  May 30th-June 3rd, 2016

Wear shorts or jeans all week if you donated your $10 to CHAT! 

Monday -  Memorial Day (No School!)

Tuesday - 
5th Grade Graduation 1:30- Gym and 

Cafeteria (reception) 
Interviews - 3:15 - Library
Wednesday - Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Thursday - Spirit Rally - 8:30am - Gym

Last Day Early Release - 12:50pm
PTO luncheon - Library - 1:00pm
TCE End of Year Social - Laura's House after luncheon

Friday - No School (Remember no office staff is working this day)

Important Reminders

Student Survey (All 2nd-5th graders)

 All 2nd-5th grade learners need to use the following link to fill out a district student survey.  2nd-5th grade team leaders, please email me, when you team has completed with kiddos!  Thank you!


 Team leaders:  Please make sure you have a completed inventory in order to turn into me before you leave on the

 final day of school.  Also, if you are a specialist position or specials teacher I need an inventory of your items as well.  This includes anything purchased by the school or by PTO.

Reminders Sent Out Last Week!

1.        Please make sure that if you have any work orders for your classroom, such as ceiling tiles with issues, cubby handles, adding new locks to cabinets, carpet issues, or anything else is needs to be turned it to Laura as soon as you can.
2.        Painting of rooms or hallways- if for some reason your room needs to get painted over the summer, please let me know ASAP!  I have one room down (for Becky).  If you have your room painted, you must have everything taken down from the walls as well as nothing on the back counter, so they can paint there.  If there is a hallway that needs to be painted, for example upstairs and by the restrooms, please let me know so we can turn that in. 
3.       Taking things down- You can go ahead and start taking down work in the hallways and please make sure that includes the black boards that your grade is in charge of.
4.       Lost and found – Please remind your kiddos to check lost and found as everything will be donated one day next week!
5.       Don’t forget if you are wanting to check out technology devices for the summer to get with Alicia and ensure your macbook is fully reimaged before it goes home! 

End of the Year Check Out
Please remember that Brett and I will try to get around to get everyone checked out as soon as possible this week.  You MUST have every item initialed and signed off before we will check you out.  Please remember that I am okay if you keep your keys, but you cannot lose them over the summer.  If you would like to leave them in your box, you can.  Also, remember if you lose your ID badge it costs $25.00 to replace by the district.  

Please make sure that you are stacking all chairs and push desks/tables over to one side of the room.  Also, please make sure you have tagged everything, because the custodial crew will move everything out this summer to shampoo carpet.  Also, do not put anything on the area with linoleum (A Hall rooms) because they need to strip and wax the floor.  

Any food items need to be taken home or stored so there is no chance any bugs or other critters can get to it.    

Class Lists and Pink and Blue Sheets
Teachers, if you could please have this info to me by the last day of school!  If you need a little longer, or need to come back up and look at them again during this next month, not a problem.  Just let me know as Brett, Kelly, Laura and me will be going over them as well as we will be looking at schedules for next year and how it will affect class flip flops.  

Please include all learners even if a child or parent has told you that they were moving.  We will take them out on our end after finalizing with the records in the office.  

Every year we have kiddos who are left off of the list or didn't get a blue or pink sheet filled out.  I ask that you check over three times to make sure we have all of your kids!  This is especially important this year as we are still verifying section numbers!

Assignments and Rooms for Next Year
I am so sorry, but we are still in a bit of limbo with knowing all of our section numbers for next year.  This of course affects where everyone might be placed for teaching assignments.  I was hoping to know more by now and still hoping to know more this week.  For right now, please plan on packing up your room as normal and I will let you know as quickly as I can the final decisions for everything! 

Shout Outs!
Sherri Kingsley and Sue Kane for holding down the front office when Laura was gone to DI competition with our kiddos!

Becky Garrett for a successful 4th grade recorder program!  Thank you for all you did to help the kiddos prepare!  

Ashley Martin, Laci Garza and 4th grade teachers for helping to get our 4th graders ready to go for the program!  

Cathy Wilson on her retirement!  So excited for her to get the chance to have some fun and enjoy this time!

5th Grade Teachers for a successful talent show!  Everything went great and such a fun time to see our kiddos display their talents!  

Engineers of the Week!
Sorry guys, but we had a few bumps in the road with trying to get all of our engineers in this year since we were trying something new!  So, I will be sending these out periodically this summer along with updates, resources, etc.!

Marie Sork

 Click here to watch the video of Marie!

 KaTrina Brown

Click here to watch the video of KaTrina!  

Final Quotes 


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Making Our Way. . .to the End!

Week of: May 23rd-27th , 2016

Wear shorts or jeans all week if you donated your $10 to CHAT!  (Laura is still taking donations)

Monday -  Author Visit - Kinder-2nd (8:30-9:15) and 3rd-5th (9:30-10:15) - Cafeteria
Drama Club performance 2:00pm - Cafeteria and 6:00pm
SBDM (cancelled)
School Board Members Leaving being Recognized Admin Bldg. (4-6)

Tuesday -  Texan Town Schedule

Angie Out Admin Mtg (AM)
Year Book Signing Party - 3:30-4:30 - Cafeteria
4th Grade Recorder Concert - Gym - 8:30am and 6:00pm
Wednesday - Cathy's Retirement Party - 3:15 - Library

Thursday -
Kelly Out (AM)
Talent Show - Cafeteria - 8:30am
TCE Senior Graduates Reception- 4:00-4:30pm - Library

Friday - Talent Show - Cafeteria - 8:30am

Important Reminders 
Site-Based Team
I will be sending out updates for our CIP and professional learning for this year as well as sending out info for future goals for TCE next year with our Campus Improvement Plan and Professional learning.    
Student Survey (All 2nd-5th graders)
 All 2nd-5th grade learners need to use the following link to fill out a district student survey.  2nd-5th grade team leaders, please email me, when you team has completed with kiddos!  Thank you!

 Team leaders:  Please make sure you have a completed inventory in order to turn into me before you leave on the
 final day of school.  Also, if you are a specialist position or specials teacher I need an inventory of your items as well.  This includes anything purchased by the school or by PTO.

End of Year Social
Thank you again to Marie for offering up a social at your house after field day!  Also, don't forget about the social at Laura's!  We will also be sharing our funny stories from the year about staff, kiddos, etc.

Shout Outs!
Kasey Kemp, Candace Coffee and Kate Seifert for working on getting our new Rokenbok engineering equipment organized and ready and seeing how we will be able to use this with our learners for future coding! 

Candace Coffee, Courtney Rice, Casey Wagner and Beth Reynolds for working on a PTO grant for our TCE garden!  Excited about the possibilities for future growth!

Katy McKinney representing TCE as our Teacher of the Year!  We are so proud of you and thank you for all you did during the process! 

Cathy Wilson on her retirement and her upcoming celebration this week!  We are so sad to be losing her, but so pleased she is going to get more time to do those fun things in life she enjoys as well as spend time with family!

Our TCE staff on their amazing Cultural Plunges presentations given this year!  I am amazed with your learning and how you were able to make sure fantastic connections to help support our staff, kiddos and families!

Shout out to everyone for all of your help with a successful field day at TCE! 

Marie Sork for opening up her home and making everyone feel welcome for the TCE social!
Final Quotes 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Field Day is a Coming!

Week of: May 16th-20th , 2016

Monday -  Jeans Day!

Have a Marvelous Monday!

Tuesday -  Retirement Luncheon CISD

Katy's TOY party - 3:15 Library

Wednesday - Jeans Day!

Angie Out Training Admin
Vertical/TLC - Final Cultural Plunges

Thursday - Jeans Day!

Angie Out Training Admin
Dyslexia Party - 4:00-5:00 

Friday - Shorts Day, workout shorts are fine, just make sure they are appropriate (not too short)!

Field Day at TCE
TCE Social at Marie's house after school!

Important Reminders
TCE Social
Marly will be sending out an invite, but wanted to make sure you all knew about the social at Marie's house this Friday.  The pool will be open, so feel free to bring your kiddos to swim as well!  Thank you Marie!

Couple of Additional Dates
We are having two other items to add to the calendar for this month.  I had accidentally left off our Yearbook signing party and we now have that set for Tuesday the 24th from 3:30-4:30pm in the cafeteria.  Also, we are going to be having our TCE graduation reception (which we started doing the last few years) for our current seniors who attended TCE in their elementary years.  This will be on Thursday the 26th from 4:00-4:30pm. 

End of Year Spirit Rally
Don't forget to please let me know if you have any awards or presentations for our final spirit rally.  Also, remember about our TCE team lip sync battle!  

May Birthdays
Angie Brooks Applegate - 12th
Lori Vincenzo - 14th

Shout Outs! 
 Shout out to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers for all of their support before and during STAAR testing!

Shout out to all of our small group testers and monitors for helping us on STAAR days!

Shout out to all of our K-2 teachers and specialists for their support with tutoring this year as well as keeping our building great for testing!

Shout out to Casey Wagner for all she has done preparing our Texan Town catalogs and job listings this year!  

Shout out to Alicia Montgomery for all she has done bringing in our therapy dogs again this year to work with our learners!

Shout out to Marly Natherson for leading up CHAT as she has helped to create invites, had reminders for celebrations and purchased gifts throughout the year!  
Final Quotes

Sunday, May 8, 2016

STAAR, STAAR, STAAR. . .Woo hoo!

All righty everyone, we are getting geared up for three days of STAAR!  Brett and I will be coming around in the morning to see all 3rd and 4th grade classrooms to give a pep talk and make sure we stay focused!  Please remember to keep the entire school building good for testing, by reminding your kiddos about behavior and expectations.  This includes when they are going to the restrooms, as they should not use the hand dryers and no talking in the halls. 

Week of: May 2nd-6th, 2016

You may wear jeans all  this week!
Monday -  Jeans - STAAR testing

Lunch provided in lounge:  IFratelli

Tuesday -  Jeans - STAAR testing

Lunch provided in lounge:  Dickey's BBQ

Wednesday - Jeans - STAAR testing

Lunch provided in lounge:  Baked Potato Bar

Thursday - Jeans

Friday - Jeans or Sweats

Final Texan Town

Therapy Dogs 

Important Reminders
 Alicia's Smore
Make sure and check out updates from Alicia in her Smore before the author visit this month! Click here for the link! 

End of Year Procedures
I will be giving out the end of the year check out procedures at our final TLC meeting on May 18th.  Please make sure that you have all updated your team or personal (specials/specialists) inventory lists as they will need to be turned in to me at the end of the year.  Also, we are supposed to have construction starting on some projects upstairs in team rooms possibly this summer.  Please make sure that your team closets have been purged as needed and that things are organized.    

May Birthdays
Angie Brooks Applegate - May 12th
Lori Vincenzo - May 14th 
Shout Outs!  
Katy McKinney who represented TCE so well this year as our campus teacher of the year!  You are amazing Katy and we are so proud of you!  Can't wait to celebrate more this month for your party! 
A big shout out to all of our Kinder team, the office staff and
Kasey Kemp, Kim Becker, Renee Rouhani, Kelly Burks, Lori Vincenzo, Courtney Rice, Kate Seifert, Morgan Peccarelli, Kelly McShan, Meredith Schaaf for all of their help with Kinder Round-up this year! 

Shout out to Kelly Spears for all she has done to help with training and getting STAAR testing organized and ready to go for this week!  

Shout out to Cathy Wilson for wrapping up her final parent dyslexia meeting of the year!  This has been a true tradition for our learners and their families and it is amazing the kiddos who come back each year to share their stories of their lives with dyslexia.  Cahty, you have left a mark on all of your students and families hearts!  (as well as all of ours!!)

Final Quotes

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Lola and Oscar have arrived!

Oscar on the left side of the pic and Lola on the right!  More pics/video to come soon and when they get a little older we will make a visit to TCE!  
Week of: May 2nd-6th, 2016

Summative conferences start this week!
Monday -  Wear jeans if you like!
Have a Marvelous Monday!

Tuesday -  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Wednesday - Wear jeans if you like! 

Faculty Meeting - Library 3:15 (Cultural Plunges)

Thursday - Kinder Round-Up 5:30-6:30pm

Dyslexia Parent Meeting - Library (evening)

Friday - Wear sweats or jeans!  

Texan Town
Mother's Day Marathon

Important Reminders 
STAAR testing Building Prep

As we head into testing the week of May 9th, be thinking of what all you will need to cover for testing purposes in the hallways and in your rooms.  Everything needs to be fully covered by this Thursday, May 5th at 3:00pm.  (there are no exceptions on this timeline as with so many grades testing, we will have to do our walk around check earlier)

Cultural Plunges 
Most all of the faculty meeting this time will be cultural plunge presentations.   

Summative Form in Eduphoria
Please make sure you have gone in and filled out the form in Eduphoria for your final summative.  Brett and I will be going in after you have completed and finalizing everything!  

May Birthdays
Angie Brooks Applegate - May 12th
Lori Vincenzo - May 14th 

Shout Outs! 
Shout out to Jennifer Martin, Kristan Hruby, Kasey Kemp, Renee Rohani, Sue Kane and Kelly Spears for being such a great support for our 5th graders at Sky Ranch!  

Shout out to Brett Shelby, Laura Fairchild, and Sherri Kingsley for holding down the front office while we were out for Sky Ranch!   

Final Quotes