Sunday, August 20, 2017

First Week of School!

As we start back this first week, I can't thank each of you enough for the positive energy you all have brought each day!  I am so proud to have each of you on board at TCE and this is truly going to be a fabulous school year!  I appreciate the hard work you have put into getting ready for our kiddos and can't wait to see the amazing learning you have planned!  As we get ready for the first day. . .remember that this will be you. . .

Week of:  August 21st-25th, 2017

Monday-  1st day of school!
Boo Hoo Breakfast - 7:30-8:00am (Cafeteria)
Eclipse viewing 4th and 5th 
Special Recess Schedule

Tuesday - Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Wednesday - Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Thursday -  Have a Tremendously Great Thursday!

Friday - Jeans Day with TCE Spirit Shirts (Grade level colors)
Important Reminders
Just a reminder that walkthroughs this year will start the first week of school just like last year. (per the district)  We won't be doing any on the first day and we will look at learning environment as our first focus!

Compliance Videos
Don't forget that our compliance videos need to be completed by the following due dates.  Log-in code:  6K7B9-XHJF6
Blood Borne Pathogens - completed by 9/30
Food Allergy - completed by 9/30
Child Find/FERPA - completed by 9/30
Child Abuse/Sex Abuse - completed by 12/1
Suicide Prevention - completed by 12/1
Bystander Emergency Response - completed by 12/1

Goal Setting, SLO's, etc.
We received some info from the district about changes to our current Appraise system for this school year.  ***If you have already entered your TTESS goals, please copy them to save them somewhere else (Word doc or Google doc) in case they get lost in the migration of products. (Region 10 is currently working on this and we are going to be moving from Appraise/Workshop to another system that is called Strive which is supposed to be more user friendly) Human resources will let us know when everything is good to go and we will give an extension of entering goals if needed. Until then, please just make sure you have your goals ready in some format and saved somewhere other than Appraise.  

TCE Expectations 2017-2018
Please review over these expectations that were established last year in order to help with some of the specific areas on campus.  I am going to attach a copy of these in our Schoology Course as well.  Please review each area to see how it might affect you and please let me know if you have questions!

Curriculum Night - Thursday, August 31st
5:30-6:30 (K, 1st and 2nd)
6:30-7:30 (3rd, 4th and 5th)
We will be working on sending out a video connection from the office for reminders about procedural items for school (safety, expectations, etc.) this week.  Team leaders, for curriculum night, please make sure that you have shared your presentations with both me and Annelise.  
Please remember that this is a night for informing parents about the year and that some kind of handout with links to websites, blogs, or the presentation is important.  This gives our parents something to refer to for any questions they may have during the year. 
Specials Team/Specialists - I would like for you to please attend from 5:20-6:30 in order to help meet and greet families before each of the time slots. Then you all can head out for the evening!  
"Who made you happy this week?"
Shout Out Your Happiness!

A HUGE shout out to my amazing 2nd grade team! You girls have been so helpful in every way possible as we prepare for this school year and I try not to loose my mind! :)  Love you Katie, Logan, Beth, and Erin! ~Erica

Annelise, So excited that you have joined our TCE family! It's already clear you are going to be such a great addition to our school!

Tracy! You've done AMAZING this week!! We're so happy you're apart of our team! :)

Laura, Sherri, Sue and Paula,  Thank you so much for all you have done in the front office to get our year going smoothly!  Between registrations, helping new families and helping all of our staff, you all amaze each of us with your patience and servant hearts!  Thank you! - Angie

Megan, I am so excited to share kids again with you!! It's going to be such a great year! Ashlin

Angie and Annelise,  Thank you so much for the much needed time in our rooms and team planning! This is going to be an AMAZING year!  5th Grade Team

Meredith, Kasey, Rachel, and Renee,  I am so happy to be taking this journey in 5th grade with each of you! Love y'all!  Casey

Dianne,  Thank you for getting everything ready for our learners! You are the best!  5th Grade Team

Kristan and Lisa,  Thank you so much for all of your help painting our boards in the hallways and out front as well as getting the borders up!  - Angie

Shout out to the entire TCE staff for the warm welcome and making me feel so at home right away! I am blessed to be a part of this team. Your love for kids and teaching is so evident that I can't wait to see it all in action this year.  Annelise

Mary- Thanks for setting up a way for keeping us all in the know. You are the best!

Marly and Kristan,  Thank you so much for taking on the role of our CHAT team again this year!  Looking forward to many celebrations and fun with our staff!    -Angie

Mary,  Thank you for getting the schedules made for our learners! You are the best'  5th Grade Team

I want to express my gratitude for the entire staff at Town Center! I am so thankful for the support, encouragement and patience you have given me. Town Center is special place to teach and to be a part of! Truly, it's my HAPPY place! Dianne Johnston

Candace, Thank you so much for your flexibility with the move and working around the YMCA and such this summer!  I appreciate your constant dedication to helping all of TCE! - Angie 

Lori, Kelly, and Marie - Thank you for ALL your help! Y'all make me so very happy!!! I'm blessed to be on your team! I love that we laugh our heads off and then we are there for each other on the not so good days, too!!!! Love y'all!💜

Julie, thank you for driving me to school every day last week! You are a life saver!  Lori

Kelly, Julie, and Marie, I can't wait to have another amazing year with you! Thanks for always being so awesome!!! Lori

Courtney, Ashlin, Meredith, and Dianne--- thank you for being mentors to our "newish" teachers! They are blessed to learn from your guidance!!! Lori

Laura Fairchild - she helped me with my time sheet when my badge didn't work even though she had a million other things to do!

Annelise and Kelly,  What can I say. . .this is going to be an amazing year working with you crazies!  I am so glad to have you both by my side for your dedication to working together to do the best job possible as leaders and your love and dedication to do what is right for kiddos! (and because you make me smile and laugh A LOT!) - Angie  

Kristan--Thank you so much for all your help this past week! I appreciate you being willing to jump in anytime help is needed! –Tina

Erin C-I'm so exciting to have you join our TCE Fam this year! Looking forward to having you help in the library this year! ❤ Tina

Catherine Kim - helping me with technology and all the new things that come along with being on a new campus. She has helped settle the nerves my first week at TCE! I have found my happy place thanks to all of you!!

Shout out to the 4th grade team! They are all AMAZING and have all been a huge help to me in answering my 1000+ questions! Thanks a ton! Heather

TCE Family, Thank you so much to everyone that has asked about my stepdad, Bob's, progress, continued to check on me, and offered to pray for our family. I am so thankful for my work family and the way that y'all take care of me! –Marly

Angie, Thank you for being flexible and understanding when I have needed to rush to be by my family's side. It really makes a difference to have a boss that is flexible & sympathetic and reminds me that family comes first. -Marly

Laura,  Thank you so much for being our yellow jacket/wasp defender by coming up this weekend and killing those critters!  Love you!  - Angie

August Birthdays
Casey Wagner - 6th
Sara Cruz - 17th
Kelly Spears - 23rd

Final Quotes for the Week
As we kick off this first week back, I found these quotes fitting!  It is going to be an amazing year, make the most of each day you have with your kiddos!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer Professional Learning!

I hope you are starting off with a fabulous summer vacation!  I have already seen many of you (here at school), so I know some of you have yet to have much fun!  But, there are many more days ahead. . .

Important Reminders
I wanted to send out a few reminders about professional learning opportunities for this summer.  Please remember that you will need at least 18 flex hours (these must be professional learning) for the 2017-2018 school year.  There are truly several great options for learning this summer, so take advantage of these free learning opportunities!

Also, I have one area in particular below that I am needing everyone to complete this summer
by July 1st. 

We are applying to become an Apple Distinguished School for this next year and we need to have everyone become an Apple Teacher as a part of this process.  (See below the link to click on - Apple Teacher Challenge)

This would be an exceptional honor for our campus and since we have such a strong background with what we have done with lesson design and technologies!!

Click here to go to Thinglink and see the offerings,  the Apple Teacher Challenge is the one that I need you to please complete! (you will receive flex hours )

Professional Learning and UbD
I wanted to make sure you all knew about some amazing learning (provided by some of our very own TCE educators) that will be happening as well this summer.  These would be wonderful if you can attend as they help to support our continuing needs for UbD at TCE!  It is also a great way in which our campus can stay aligned with planning!

If you aren't sure which you need to sign up for, then you can take the survey on Eduphoria where the courses are listed to see which might be the best fit for you!   

UbD Introductory - 2 days - June 12th and 13th
UbD Intermediate - 2 days - 14th and 15th

or you could attend if you like. . .

UbD Introductory - 2 days - July 10th and 11th
UbD Intermediate - 2 days - July 12th and 13th

Final Bit of Info for Summer
Don't forget to put on your calendar our August dates for training.  These dates are August 8th and 9th and
 will count for 12 flex hours.  We will be focusing on 
Day 1:  Schoology, Technologies and Digital Portfolios 
Day 2:  Break Out Sessions (formative assessments, guided reading/writing, and hands-on learning science/social studies)

I will also work to ensure we are covered for our updated GT 6 hours with our book studies and parts of our Aug. 8th and 9th dates.  However, there are also professional learning opportunities for updating your GT hours within Eduphoria with several of the trainings that I did not list here. 

No more announcements for now. . .enjoy some learning and also kick back and have some fun too! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Our Final Week Together 2016-2017

Well everyone,  we have made it. . .the end to another fabulous year at TCE!  I would like to say thank you so much to each and everyone of you for making this school year a success!  Your dedication, growth mindset, passion, and love for kids and learning continues to amaze me each day.  I wish you all a wonderful summer and while I know many of you have plans to do summer school, tutor, attend professional learning, etc. please also make time for yourself and enjoy those quiet moments of rest to rejuvenate yourself!  To those of you who are leaving our TCE family this year, we will miss you dearly and wish you much happiness and just know we are only a phone call/text away!  
Love you all and here's to a fantastic summer!

Week of:  May 29th-June 2nd, 2017

Monday-  No School, Holiday!

Tuesday - Jeans/Shorts - Any shirt
5th Grade Graduation - 1:30pm Gym/Cafeteria Reception

Wednesday - Jeans/Shorts/Sweats - Any shirt

Thursday -  Jeans/Shorts - Any shirt

Friday - No School 

Important Reminders

T-shirt Form - Need the form filled out by this Tuesday morning!!
We are going to go ahead and order short sleeve t shirts for the beginning of the year.  However, due to budgeting (specifically on what we can purchase for educators) we need you to pitch in to buy your shirt.  I am looking at designs this week and talking with our team leaders for ideas.  We will get good quality and the cost will be $15.00 per shirt.  If we are able to get it cheaper, we will use any of the extra funds to purchase treats for professional learning during that first week back.  

If you could please give your money to Laura by the last day of school.   
Cash only please!!

Check Out Sheet and Inventories
Don't forget to get your check out sheets filled out!  We will be doing check outs on Thursday, if you need to come back the next week to check out or finish up, please let me know.  Also, team leaders make sure you have turned in your inventory lists to me (Google spreadsheets/docs are great).  Please make sure and include any new items we have added this year to our supplies/resources.

End of the Year Folder Pick-Up and Data Entry
Please remember that we will have all special ed, 504, ESL, folders to turn in at the end of the year.  More info will come soon on when and where to deliver these folders.  Make sure you have entered any data into Aware as needed for RTI as well as for the district.  If you have questions about any data entry, please touch base with your team leader or me/Brett in the office!  

Professional Learning this Summer
Don't forget about all the amazing professional learning happening this summer with CISD!  Check out Eduphoria and sign up for some great trainings!  We have several people presenting this year!  I will send out more info during the summer highlighting some professional learning ideas/workshops!  

From the Desk of BS….volume 35
Final Submission

We Did It!
With this week being the last week of school, this will be the final edition this year of From the Desk of BS. With that being said, it has been a joy blogging every week and the tradition will continue next year. Thank you to our guest bloggers as well, and can’t wait to see what we have in store in the future. Until then please enjoy the video link below and have a great last week! 


Shout Outs!
To my wonderful colleagues and friends - Thank you for making my years at Town Center some of the best years of my life! Thank you for the love, grace, and kindness you have given me. I love you all! – Becky

I was having so much fun at my retirement party (wink, wink) that I forgot to say thank you to everyone for coming to help me celebrate. What a fiesta my friends! Thank you! You're the best! – Becky

Julie, Kelly, and Marie, thank you for such a wonderful year! Your friendship, leadership, and love for children makes my heart so happy! We are going to rock this kindergarten thing! Love you, Lori

Katy, I am going to miss you next year! Love you my sweet friend! Thank you for always being there for me and A hallway!! Good luck in your new adventure!  Lori

Kristan & Lisa, Thank you for stepping in and covering my class lately! I so appreciate your willingness to help out. –Marly

Anne, Patti, & Lisa, I enjoyed getting to be down in your classroom this week. The circumstances that led me to be there for my lunch break may not have been positive, but I still learned a lot from you and liked being there! –Marly

Thank you, Beth, for watching my kiddos so I could go to Hadley's End of the Year Ceremony! You're the best! –Erin

Katy, Lauren, Kim - thank you for all of your support and help this past month! I am so lucky to be working with an amazing team! You all are the best! Lorri B.

Courtney- Can't wait for next year!! So excited to be with you again!! 💕 Lorri B.

Lauren, Lorri and Katy - thank you all SO much for making my first year back in the classroom absolutely amazing! I love you all and am so blessed to have you as a team and friends!!! Love y'all! Kim

A-hall peeps - thank you so much for all the fun times, friendly smiles and belly laughs this year! I have loved being a part of such a fun and supportive group of friends! Kim

Sue - thank you for your lovely cake and bad luck to those who were too late - it disappeared fast! Laura

Thanks to all for being positive and welcoming when I get new subs in and being understanding when not all goes to plan.. Laura

Office staff, Thank you so much for another amazing year together!  I appreciate your dedication to helping our kiddos, educators, staff and families each day with all you do!!  Love y’all!!  - Angie

TCE Team Leaders,  Thank you for all you have done to help lead your teams this year, from planning, passing on communications and constantly being thought partners as we go through the year!  I appreciate each of you and thank you for a job well done!  - Angie

TCE Content Specialists, I know how much extra time can go into attending those extra meetings and planning to get the info out to our campus.  Thank you for all you have done in helping to lead this year!  - Angie

June Birthdays
Catherine Kim - 25th
Courtney Rice - 30th
Kate Seifert - 30th

July Birthdays
Ashley Martin - 8th
Mary Kennington - 16th
Lauren Torti - 19th
Rosa Rodriguez - 23rd
Kasey Kemp - 24th
Katy McKinney - 26th
Tina Berumen - 29th

Final Quotes for the Week