Sunday, February 19, 2017

Four Day Week. . .Kind Of!

I hope you all have been enjoying this wonderful weather this weekend. . .it made me feel like spring cleaning and working in the yard, which is always good for the soul. . .I am looking forward to our professional learning tomorrow to see where our next steps in curriculum development go as well as the four day week (kind of) :)  

Week of:  February 20th-24th, 2017

Monday- Professional Learning Day - Wear Jeans and Nice Shirt

Tuesday - Author Visit - Library K-1 (8:30-9:15) 4-5 (9:30-10:15) 2-3 (1:00-1:45)

DEIC Meeting - Admin 4:30pm

Wednesday - Jeans and TCE Shirt or College Shirt
Project Adam Training - Library - All TCE Staff - 3:15
Angie Out (AM) Training
Brett Out (PM) Training

Thursday -  Texan Town Schedule due to 1st Grade Program - 8:30am and 6:00pm - Cafeteria

Friday -  Jeans/Sweats (since Jump Rope for Heart)
Texan Town
Jump Rope for Heart - All Day - Gym
Kelly Out (STAAR Training)

Important Reminders

Feb. 20th- Professional Learning
Make sure and check out the schedule I sent out in an email with where you need to go to for this day! 

Random Acts of Kindness
We are having an extension on Random Acts of Kindness week, so our learners can keep on understanding the importance of compliments, kind words, positive attitude/complain less, etc.  

Project Adam Training
We are going to be having Project Adam Training led by our very own Sue Kane on Wednesday.  This is a district training that all staff members must go through, so everyone please make arrangements to attend.  (educators, office staff, paraprofessionals, specialists, etc.)
From the Desk of BS….volume 22

Finding Talent 
This weekend marks the point in the NBA season that the best talent comes together to celebrate the All-Stars. First and foremost, I am not a fan of the NBA. I played basketball in high school, but that was the time between football and baseball (I’m counting down the days that MLB spring training is over and the Rangers start their quest to defend their AL West title). In the meantime, there is a part of All-Starr weekend in the NBA that fascinates me, the 3-point and Slam-Dunk contest. What’s odd about these competitors is that they are able to highlight a unique talent they have in a single competition.
It is a weekend filled with the celebration of the greatest all around players in the NBA, highlighted by the All-Star game on Sunday, but the celebrations of talent in the Slam Dunk Contest and the 3-point Shootout on Saturday can be seen as differentiating. I know it’s a stretch, but if you look at the history of winners of both contests, you will see that they excel at that particular skill. Differentiating instruction in your classroom can be difficult, but it is imperative to the success of your learners. We do a great job of providing activities that highlight the talents of our classes. 

Please see the links below for some ideas about differentiation: 

Forever grateful to work with the best, 

Shout Outs!
4th grade, Ya'll are pretty much the most flexible people on the planet! THANK YOU for always making the magic happen with MLI kiddos with the crazy schedule AND for always letting me "peek" at the data! You all rock my world! Love, Mary :)

Julie, Wow! You blow me away with your dedication and initiative in combing through the data and looking for the "real story." I appreciate your tenacity and willingness to collaborate! You "get it." Love you! -Mary :)

Leigh Ann, There are too many ways to list how you amazing you are! You are EVERYWHERE, help with ANYTHING, and know EVERYTHING! We appreciate ALL you do! Love, Mary ;)

Kelly Spears, Thank you SO much for taking time to work with my group of girls! You have dedicated so much of your time, and I seriously appreciate you everything that you do! –Meredith

Katy McKinney- Thank you so much for creating "Love is..." Valentine video for our parents. It was so cute! You are so thoughtful to take the time to create this video for each one of our classes. You are the best! Lorri, Lauren, Kim

Catherine Kim - It was great joining your learners as they used the writing process to explain geometric shapes.

Lauren - Your calm voice and patient nature makes your classroom environment ideal.

Kelly - Thank you for being the best counselor ever! You are appreciated!

Office Staff - Thank you for the amazing "Spuds of Love" luncheon. Yummy on my tummy.

Casey Wagner, thanks for my morning treat on Friday! It was much needed and made my day! Thanks for thinking of me! -Kelly S.

Lisa H. - You are the BEE BOT queen!

First grade, thank you so much for the thoughtful notes from the kids! It made me feel so loved! –Kelly

TCE staff, thank you so much for coming to calibrations ready to go and with a positive attitude! I know the calibrations can be stressful, so I appreciate your resilience and flexibility!

Kristan, thank you for everything you have done to help us improve Student Council this year! The kids are always so excited. Love getting to work together to grow these leaders! –Kelly

Thank you, thank you wonderful teachers for all of the work you put into the Engineering Extravaganza evening!! It was a huge success and completely enjoyed by this Grandma and her precious 3rd grader! Sue

THANK YOU to everyone that has sent in recipes for the Town Center Family Cookbook! Casey

Rachel and Kylen, Thank you for partnering with me for the Engineering Extravaganza! You are both great partners! Casey

Leigh Ann- Thank you so much for helping install programs on my desktop. You are always so sweet to help me with technology!! Thank you! Lorri Brehm

Thank you to the office staff for such a yummy Spuds of Love lunch on Friday! You all rock!  -Renee

Office Staff, Thank you for the delicious lunch on Friday! What a treat!! It was a perfect ending to a very busy week!! We love you and appreciate you, A Hall!!!

TCE Fam...Thank you for joining in and celebrating World Read Aloud Day with our learners! I'm so grateful for your willingness to partner together to give our learners the opportunity to read aloud and share stories with those in and out of our CISD community! It means so much! Thank you!! Tina

Laura and Angie--Thank you so much for helping organize our upcoming Author visit! There is NO WAY I could have pulled this off so quickly without the two of you! I appreciate you both so much for helping bring this wonderful author to TCE for our learners! ---Tina

5th Grade Team--Thank you for always being willing to share your learners with me in a moments notice! The posters our 5th graders created for our author visit are wonderful! I can't wait to display their work. ---Tina

Kristan, I can not thank you enough! I love the writing lesson you did for my classes!! It went so smooth and I had a lot of confident! Love you and thank you ❤ - Catherine

Tina & Mary- Thanks for partnering with me on our station at Engineering Extravaganza. Cooper also wants to thank everyone! He had a ton of fun and could not stop telling me about everything he did on Thursday night!

Huge shout out to Laura and Sherri for getting our taters wrapped and ready for our luncheon on Friday! – Angie

Huge shout out to Miss Star for cooking up our potatoes for our luncheon!  It is so wonderful to know we can count on you to help us out in the kitchen!  - Angie

Thank you so much to everyone for another amazing Engineering Extravaganza Family Night!  It was such a joy to see all of our families having a blast together with problem solving, hands-on activities and learning about new technologies! - Angie

February Birthdays
Star Primera - 2nd
Ashlin Bowman - 10th
Heather Judd - 16th
Rachel Lim - 17th
Anne Lawler - 23rd

Capturing Learning Around the School 
and Engineering Night

Final Quotes for the Week
A few quotes to go along with my spring cleaning I have been trying to do. . .and if you know me. . .I kind of have a tendency to hold on to things (yes, Fairchild I am going to work on my closets in the office soon too!)  

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