Saturday, September 23, 2017

Last week of September. . . What??

I don't know about y'all, but this was one of those extra long weeks. . .

However, it's crazy because we look up and we are on the last week of September!  Hope you all are enjoying your weekend and thank you to everyone that was able to come out to the Fall Family Picnic last night!  It's going to be another wonderful week of learning this week to wrap up this month!

Week of:  September 25th-29th, 2017

Goal Setting Meetings Wrapping Up
MondayKinder Assessment Planning Day - Kristan's Room 

Tuesday - 1st Grade Assessment Planning Day - Kristan's Room
Angie Out (AM)
Kelly Out (All Day)

Wednesday - Jeans Day - football pro or college team shirt
2nd Grade Assessment Planning Day - Kristan's Room

Thursday - Kelly Out (All day)

Friday - Jeans Day - Any shirt 
Kelly Out (All day)


Important Reminders
Assessment Planning Days
Teams you may wear jeans/sweats for your day.  Please bring any data you have gathered for your learners for this year to get us started digging into data!  We will have an agenda to follow and you will have time to plan specific learning groups for differentiating instruction.  Also, you will have time to focus on goal setting for learners as well as we will set our SLO (Student Learning Objective) goals together.  

TLC Assignment - Twitter
Remember that you have your virtual assignment from last week's blog Curriculum Connection about Twitter.  This was so we could implement virtual learning/sharing as well as face to face.   Please remember that this is a requirement, not an option and we will be following up to ensure everyone is participating.  See the curriculum connection within the blog from last week and do the assignment by. . . Due date:  Friday, September 29th

 I would like for you to view the link below and then post on the following padlet your answers to the following:

1.  Something you learned or a connection you made from the   link:  A Teacher's Guide to Twitter

2.  How you have used/or want to use Twitter to connect to others before

3.  People in education you follow 

Here is the link to an article that has great insight into all that is Twitter for educators!

Add your info here on this Padlet link!

I also put these links within our Schoology folder under TLC.  

Compliance Training
We are getting closer to the deadline for our compliance trainings. . .Don't forget about finishing up in Schoology, some are due by September 30th!  I am starting to go in each week and check for completion, so scroll back to the past blogs if you need more info on how to access!

Don't Forget to Join PTO and CGA
Scroll back to last past blogs for links!

PTO Grants and Ed Foundation Grants
Scroll back to past blogs for details and examples!

"Who made you happy this week?"
Shout Out Your Happiness!
Lisa, thank you SO much for coming to be a special friend in my class. You made my learner’s day and he couldn’t stop talking about it.

Thanks to my team for helping out with my sub plans while I was out. Beth P

Tracy-thank you for the yummy pizza and cheese bread on Special Friend's Day!! It sure made everything better!! -your teamies

Tracy & Heather - thank you guys for helping my sub and helping me catch up when I was at Math Academy on Thursday! Love y’all ❤ Catherine

3rd, 4th and 5th grade educators, thank you all so much for digging into data during your assessment planning days!  You continue to amaze me with your focus and dedication to doing everything we can for our kiddos!  - Angie

Candace- thanks for sharing Depth and Complexity with my learners! I appreciate the modeling too! Can't wait to use the strategies in the classroom this year! –Heather

Tina, Thank you for putting our blog together! It looks awesome! Lisa

Thank you Dianne! You do so much for our special learners and we so appreciate you!!! The First Grade Team

Mike and Candace thank you for being so flexible and helping with my morning duty when I had meetings! I really appreciate y'all! Lisa

Kate and Candace love being in robotics with y'all! Thanks for being so sweet and taking over so I could be with Luke! Lisa

Kristan, THANK YOU so much for being Drew's special friend!!! You are an amazing person!

TCE family! Shout out to you all for BOY goal setting. It was great to hear your thinking and your growth mindset. Great conversations!!! Annelise

Angie thanks for leading me in growth at TCE. I meant as a leader as I wrote this but we can also add in my extra 5lbs too! Haha. It's great being your AP! Annelise

Dianne, thank you for all that you do everyday with a smile. Clearly you are doing the job that requires two! Help is on the way. Thank you for taking it all on while we find you a teaching partner. Annelise

Kelly Spears and Kristin Hruby Thank you for laughter every single day! Insert bitmoji. Annelise

Lorri, thank you for spoiling A Hall with warm cookies and milk!!!! You are such a sweet and thoughtful friend. We love you!

TCE family, thank you for pitching in to make a special week for all of our special friends who visited as well as hanging out with our families at the picnic!  You make sure a difference in the lives of our kiddos and families!  Love, Angie

Marie and Rick Sork, thank you for gathering our hula hoops this morning that I forgot to pick up from the picnic last night!  (Laura and I were just glad there wasn’t a fire alarm going off at the end of the night. . .just a crazy light blinking!)  Angie


Tina and Erin, thank you for all you have done with the book fair this week! We truly appreciate our efforts as we know it can be a crazy time in the library!  Angie
September Birthdays
Sue Kane - 5th
Martha Cruz - 20th
Dianne Johnston- 24th

Curriculum Connection
If you didn't have a chance to check out all of the great resources in our first coaches' newsletter, make sure and check it out!  Thank you ladies (Kristan, Tina, Candace, Lisa, Kelly and Brooke) for putting out your first edition of the Coaches Corner!
Click here for link! 

Final Quotes for the Week
As we go into the month of October, think about the goals you have set for yourself and the goals you have for your learners this year.  Continue making those plans and thinking about how you/learners will get there. . .and how you will celebrate success along the way!



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Busy Week Ahead. . .

I hope all of you had a great end to your week!  I actually took a couple of days off (not a usual I know, but trying to do better with balancing work/life) and enjoyed celebrating Paul's bday in Vegas.  Walked away with a little extra cash which is never to shabby. . .thank you to everyone who helped out while I was out on these days, greatly appreciated!
Please make sure you are also intentionally carving out time for your family, friends and yourself during the year!  It makes a difference!
We do have a busy week ahead for us with lots of planning, lots of books and lots of fun with Special Friend's Day and Fall Family Picnic!  So, hang in there. . .we've got this!  


Week of:  September 18th-22nd, 2017

Book Fair All Week
Goal Setting Meetings Starting
Monday- Jeans Day - any shirt (to kick off the busy week)
3rd Grade Assessment Planning Day - Kristan's Room 

Tuesday - 4th Grade Assessment Planning Day - Kristan's Room
Classroom Management Framework Training - offered at TCE 4:00-5:00pm

Wednesday - 5th Grade Assessment Planning Day - Kristan's Room
TLC Meeting - Virtual Learning (any place, any pace, any time) - See info below

Thursday -  Lock Down/Fire Drill 2:15pm - this one announced since it is our first

Friday - Jeans Day - TCE Grade Level Spirit Shirt 
Special Friends Day - All Day
Fall Family Picnic - 5:30-7:30pm (must attend for an hour during the event)

Important Reminders
Special Friend's Day Schedule
8:30-9:30 - 3rd
9:30-10:30 - 5th
10:30-11:30 - 2nd
11:15-12:15 - Kinder
12:30-1:30 - 4th 
1:30-2:30 - 1st

Assessment Planning Days
Teams you may wear jeans/sweats for your day.  Please bring any data you have gathered for your learners for this year to get us started digging into data!  We will have an agenda to follow and you will have time to plan specific learning groups for differentiating instruction.  Also, you will have time to focus on goal setting for learners as well as we will set our SLO (Student Learning Objective) goals together.  

Book Fair
Please make sure you are finding time for your learners who bring money the time to attend book fair this week.  They can go before or after school (as long as parents know with pick up) and they can go during recess or if you set a specific time for them during the instructional day.  Also, it will be open during Special Friend's Day!

Classroom Management Framework Training
I wanted to give a shout out to Kelly Spears as she will be conducting this training at TCE this week and throughout the semester.  This is a training that is open to anyone in the district, but will be held at TCE (which is great- no travel)!  This training is wonderful for all educators (new to the profession or seasoned) You can attend one or more (just register in Eduphoria).  This is not a requirement, but can help to count toward the additional 6 hours of training you will need to cover the day off on the last day of school at the end of the year.  As well as, it goes toward our campus goals with responsive teaching for those of you just wanting to grow in this area of learning!

TLC Meeting
Instead of meeting in person this Wednesday after school we are going to do a flipped connection.  We will be doing this at times instead of meeting (virtual learning), but please understand that the only way this works is if everyone takes time to truly participate.  It is a requirement, not an option and we will be following up to ensure everyone is participating.  See the curriculum connection within the blog:  Twitter in order to access our first virtual learning collaboration for the year!  

Compliance Training
We are getting closer to the deadline for our compliance trainings. . .Don't forget about finishing up in Schoology, some are due by September 30th!  I am starting to go in each week and check for completion, so scroll back to the past blogs if you need more info on how to access!

Don't Forget to Join PTO and CGA
Scroll back to last week's blog for links!

PTO Grants and Ed Foundation Grants
Scroll back to last week's blog for details and examples!



"Who made you happy this week?"
Shout Out Your Happiness!

Patrick "Muscles" Miller- Thank you for helping me to push a car out of the car loop line. I bet you didn't know that was in your job description. :) -Annelise

Thank you Annelise and Laura for attending the Title I meeting this week for me! Greatly appreciated!! - Angie

Courtney, thank you for sharing the movie makers video! It got my learners super excited for the club :) - Catherine

Tina, Thank you so much for covering my class on Friday while I was in the KTEX room for announcements. I appreciate you taking the time to help me when you are so busy yourself!

Brooke- Thank you so much for helping me update my google page. You are always so patient and understanding. Thank you for being part of our TCE Family!

Candace, thank you for letting my learners borrow the Ozobots and for giving us an amazing idea! My kids loved it SO much!! - Catherine

Candace, thank you for always listening and brainstorming grants with me! I appreciate you not thinking I am totally crazy! (even though we all know I can be) – Angie

Shout out to Lisa, Dianne, and Rachel for going on a scavenger hunt with me around the school to look for my car keys last week! Double shout out to Rachel for finding them! I appreciate y'all!!

Office staff- thank you for holding down the fort while I was out last week! It is so great to know I can count on all of you!! Much love!! – Angie

Tina, thank you for all of your help with making dot day such a success! You are AMAZING!!

Mary, you are the most awesome Specials Team Leader! You do your thing in a timely manner and are so organized, it's scary! Thanks for keeping all of us on task!

Big thanks to Rachel, Kim, and Casey for coming by during Tonal Texan auditions to be an extra set of eyes and ears! Also, thank you Coach Erickson for holding down the fort with 2nd grade while I delivered envelopes to the friends who made it! Team work makes the dream work! –Patrick

Casey, thank you for being such a wonderful leader for Texan Treats! Our first, Texan Town was a huge success😊

Anne, Patty, Lisa: for such an awesome job transitioning our new kindergarteners to TCE! --Pam, OT
Thank you to Kristan for her enormous help with my tshirt spreadsheet and thank you to Sherri, Sue, Paula and Savita for getting them sorted and to classrooms! A worthy cause, TCE raised $3,000!!!

Kelly, Lori and Julie, I just adore you three so much! I love teaching with you three and love doing life with you.  Marie 

Kristan, Thank you for helping with my class. You are the best! Marie 

TCE Fam- Thank You so much for celebrating Dot Day with our learners this week! I appreciate all of your time and energy to give our learners so many opportunities to share how they will make their mark in the world. ❤Tina

Erin--You have been so amazing this year. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you and all of the ways you are supporting our library! There is absolutely no way I could have gotten through this week without you! Thank you for being so incredibly generous with your time and energy for the sake of our learners and educators! ❤Tina

Mary--I love so many things about you, but what I love most is that you ALWAYS put our learners first! Thank you for always being willing and open to new experiences and such a great teammate. So glad to have you as our team lead! –Tina


Wags--Thank you for helping organize Texan Town again this year! We appreciate you!--Tina
September Birthdays
Sue Kane - 5th
Martha Cruz - 20th
Dianne Johnston- 24th

Curriculum Connection - Twitter
One of our goals for our professional learning community this year is to truly create a professional learning network that incorporates all of our staff, but also extends beyond the walls of TCE to other educators, leaders in education, etc. around the world.  

During our TLC (teacher learning community) meetings throughout the year (one Wednesday every month), we will vary following topics:  professional learning networks, responsive teaching and cultural awareness

We are going to start our book study soon which will help guide our journey for professional learning networks, but I wanted to send out a link to start brainstorming and learning about Twitter (in case you are like me and still find yourself not fully aware of all that Twitter can offer and do for you. . .)

Instead of meeting this week for our TLC (Teacher Learning Community), we are going to have a quick flipped learning and sharing experience.  
Due date:  Friday, September 29th

I would like for you to view the link below and then post on the following padlet your answers to the following:

1.  Something you learned or a connection you made from the   link:  A Teacher's Guide to Twitter

2.  How you have used/or want to use Twitter to connect to others before

3.  People in education you follow 

Here is the link to an article that has great insight into all that is Twitter for educators!

Add your info here on this Padlet link!

I will also put these links within our Schoology folder under TLC.  

Final Quotes for the Week
As we think about Special Friend's Day at school, you might want to reflect on your friends who have made a difference in your life.  
What a great week to reach out to someone you haven't talked to in a while and drop them a quick message, call or card to let them know you appreciate their friendship. .  .