Monday AM Notes, November 18

Good Morning!
First, a BIG Happy Birthday to Jill this week (Wednesday)! We’re sliding in to the holiday time of year and I think we are all looking forward to Thanksgiving Break next week. This week is a great opportunity to discuss the importance of being thankful and giving kids that chance to share what they are thankful for in their lives.

A few notes to get us going:
1) Jake is adding hours starting this week–he’ll be here until 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Over the next few weeks we’ll work on how this time can best be spent.

2) Lockout Drill on Tuesday at 10:30. Lockout is when we lock all exterior doors and do not allow anyone is our out of the building. In your classrooms it’s business as usual. Patti and I will announce the beginning and end of the drill using the intercom. Please make sure you let your classes know about the drill.

3) We are in need of more teachers current on their First aid/CPR, and I think it’s best of everyone is up to date if possible. I will be taking the 4 hour course on Thursday, December 19 starting at 4:30pm. Hoping others will join. You can sign up in Performance Matters in the staff portal.

4) SIW this week is teacher directed. Please chat amongst yourselves and decide how what you’d like to focus on this week. Ideas to consider: Dyslexia follow up, Words Their Way discussion, Math discussion, Partnerships. This can be whole group or small group, it’s up to you!

5) Regular Tuesday PM Staff Meetings begin this week with our focus on kiddos needing support. 2:45-3:15 in Frans’ room.

6) At our December 11 SIW we will be re-visiting our discussion about Narratives, Portfolios, and end of year Conversations. I am re-sharing the link to the Google doc we started after our original discussion–please have a look and add some thoughts between now and Dec 11 :

7) Grade 5 is collecting non-perishables for the Bend Food Project all this week with the hope of filling up as many crates as possible. Please remind parents in you weekly communications. I’ll also include a note in my note to parents this week, but they tend to read all of your emails and only some of mine.

8) As we will all be away from school next week please be sure to shut down all electrical equipment in your room–projectors, speakers, lights, etc.

9) Plans are still in place to meet up with Stu on Friday. Time is still yet to be determined but I know Ray sent out an email trying to nail it down.

10) We’ve tentatively set the date for the Staff Holiday Party–December 7–and Ray has offered to host. Please let me know if this date is going to work for you as I want to be sure as many people as possible can attend. This is for ALL staff!

*November 19: Lockout Drill, 10:30am
*November 19: Staff Meeting, 2:45pm
*November 25-29: NO SCHOOL!
*December 3: Staff Meeting, 2:45pm
*December 6: Cafe Amity, Grade 3 hosts
*December 7: Staff Holiday Party, Ray hosting

Here’s to a great week ahead!

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