February 8

Train Your Brain Please schedule a time for The Center to conduct their third grade helmet assembly if you haven’t already. May 1 is now unavailable. Thank you.

Kindergarten handbook– I’ve linked the kindergarten handbook. Please let me know by Presidents’ Day if you think anything needs to be updated or if we need to completely revamp.  If so, we’ll get on it. If not, I’ll let you know you are free to copy and use as desired.

Leadership Academy-Mark your calendars! Only 186 days until Leadership Academy, 2019.  Wednesday, August 14 at the Riverhouse. More details to come at time that you might actually mark your calendars.

Mindfulness (for staff!)-If you are interested in working with a local psychologist to provide mindfulness (stress reduction) training to your staff, please contact Jim Boen. I am assuming there would be a cost for such a training, but do not have a price estimate of what it would be.

MAC Day-Next Tuesday, February 12.  Please encourage your staff to get this completed. It is a major source of our FAN funding.

Education Foundation-  Please share this information with your teachers.

The Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools will open the 2019 Classroom Grants program on February 18, 2019. Educators may submit one grant but schools may submit several grants with principals indicating priority of requests. The online grant application and guidelines will be available at www.engagedminds.org beginning Feb. 18th. The program closes at 5pm on Friday, March 22, 2019. An email communicating this information to all BLS educators and staff will be distributed by the Superintendent’s office on February 19th.  Last year the Foundation awarded over $89,000 in innovative STEM, art, music & wellness grants!  Any questions? Contact Michelle Johnson, Executive Director at [email protected] or (541) 355-5660.

Classroom Grant Guidelines

It’s been great visiting with schools the past couple of weeks discussing school design plans and the great things you are doing. I was at Ensworth this past week and Dana shared a great example of what can happen when you make a concerted effort to improve in an area. Chronic absenteeism has been an issue at Ensworth and something they have been very intentional about addressing this year. Last year, 26% of Ensworth students were chronically absent. This year, they are down to 15%. There are stories like this everywhere in our district because of the hard work of you and your staffs. Great work, Ensworth, and thanks to all of you for your concerted efforts to improve learning and opportunities for our students.

Have a great weekend.






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