Monday AM Notes, January 6

Happy New Year!
I hope you’ve had an incredible break and that you’re full of excitement as we begin 2020! We have lots of great things to look forward in the coming year!

A few notes to get you going:
1) First, some really great news–Korey has agreed to return and teach art for the rest of the year! For those you who don’t know Korey she is the parent of two Amity graduates and taught art at Amity for several years. She’s great with the kids and knows her way around Amity. She also likes to do lots of clay work so the kiln will likely be in full use. She’ll start next week (1/16) so you won’t have art this Thursday and Friday. For your own records she’ll be out of town 2/27, 2/28 and 3/5 so there won’t be art those days. I know some of you were excited to pursue other ways to incorporate art into your classroom and I want to encourage you to continue to do so–if there are times you want to do your own art just let me and Korey know! There’s plenty of flexibility.

2) Reminder: Afternoon Choice Time coverage continues for the rest of the year–K-2 teachers on Monday and Tuesday, 3-5 teachers on Thursday and Friday. It’s important to get this in your weekly planning and communicate with each other to make sure there is coverage. Thanks to those of you who have been remembering to get out!

3) We honor Martin Luther King, Jr on January 20 (his birthday is on Jan 15) this year.  I am hoping that you will spend some time honoring MLK with your classes–I think it is really important to keep the memory of King alive and to share his message of love and courage each and every year.  If you are looking for ideas here are a few (of many!) links:
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/history/martin-luther-king-jr/
https://www.ducksters.com/biography/martin_luther_king_jr.php

https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/famoushistoricalfigures/martinlutherkingjr/

4) New Partnerships begin this week–please work with your partner to decide when you will regularly get together:
*Kinder and Grade 2
*Grades 1 and 4
*Grades 3 and 5


5) Self-portraits for the auction are due! Please drop them by the office.

6) Monthly EA meeting on Thursday, January 16th at 8:30.

7) Cafe Amity this week on Friday, Grade 2 hosts

8) NO Staff meeting this week. SIW time is Teacher Directed. I think this would be a good time to meet with your new partner teacher and do some planning–just one idea.

9) Printing/printer costs: Our printing costs are nearly doubled so far this year compared to last year. This kind of unexpected cost can really crush our budget and force us to cut out other priorities. We can easily reduce our costs by making sure to plan ahead and do as much printing as possible via the print shop. If you are not sure how to do this please work with Patti to get up to speed.

10) Patti is out today, Korey will be covering for her.

Upcoming:
January 10: Cafe Amity, Grade 2 hosts
January 14: Fire Drill, 10:45am
January 16: EA meeting, 8:30
January 20: NO SCHOOL, MLK day
January 24: Camp Amity!
January 31: NO SCHOOL, teacher work day

Here’s to a great week!
Andy

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