DID YOU KNOW:
- requests for Special Pay need to be submitted before the last day of the month? Please mark your calendars to get these in. TRS has implemented new software and the district has to report every hour and every day worked by every person in the district- this includes extra duty. THANK YOU for your help!
- we cannot accept any more personal day requests for December 1? SORRY!
- you can order American Heart Association Shirts for a $20 donation? If you order before January 12, you will get a shirt delivered to Lee, and you get to wear it with jeans every Thursday the month of February.
- Hour of Code is coming up? Please sign up to participate and mark your calendars for the week of December 4-10. Plan on joining in by beefing up the coding opportunities in your lesson design. Alli, Leigh Ann, Carla, Nikki, and May are some of our super resources for this!
- we have a new Enrichment designer starting on Monday? Her name is Rucha Rajendra and she will be a wonderful addition to the Specials team. Welcome, Rucha!
In the spirit of gratitude, 4th and 5th grade, please have your learners write cards or notes of appreciation to PTO for funding the visiting author on Monday afternoon. I can pass them along to PTO at Tuesday night's meeting.
We are excited to be able to work in Design 1/2 Days this week. Please start on time, be ready to observe in some classrooms, and prepared with ideas for your next CBL Big Idea and Guiding Activities. Support Staff, please plan to join each house design time and share your expertise during these planning sessions, too!
- AM Planning (7:30-11:30)
- PM Planning (11:30-3:30)
Don't forget to have your sweet kiddos ready to share house updates in regards to CBL and house business on Tuesday.
FAMILEE FEAST @ LEE
All families are invited to join their learner for a traditional Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday during their child’s lunch time. Lunch will consist of yogurt meal or roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, garlic green beans, orange smiles, apple cobbler, and milk. The cost of a school lunch is $3.50 and will be easiest if guests use their learner's lunch account when purchasing.
FAMILEE LITERACY NIGHT
Please link in any resources so that our parents can access them in our course catalog by Tuesday. Also, if there is anything you need to office or support staff to copy/cut/laminate for Thursday, we need it no later than Tuesday morning. Feel free to use this blurb to share with your parents:
Did you know that Thursday is National Parent Involvement Day? Please join us on Thursday Night from 6:00-7:30 pm for our first FamiLEE Literacy Night. Reading is more than just calling words, and we want to share ways that you can support reading, literacy, and comprehension at home. We will host three 15 minute mini-lessons for parents, therefore, please arrive at 5:45 so you can attend all sessions. The last 15 minutes of the event is time reading with your child. Learners are encouraged to come with you, and while parents are in sessions, learners can attend student sessions in the cafeteria. The parent course catalog is here. We look forward to seeing you!
CISD FAMILY FEAST DRIVE
Please share with your parents: For 14 years, CISD has collected food for families in need around Thanksgiving. Mark your calendars to donate canned foods or non-perishable foods on Friday, Nov. 17, for the CISD Family Feast Drive! You also may make an online donation HERE. When you make your donation, make sure you choose Richard J Lee Elementary. Last year, CISD collected 12,397 pounds of food and $13,708 for a total of 51,454 nutritious meals for those in need in North Texas.
WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS:
This week is the last week we will focus on Domain 2 Dimension 4: Differentiation. We will look at your lessons to see if they include a wide variety of instructional strategies to meet the diverse needs in your space. Are all learners completing the same tasks with the same expectations? Is there evidence of content, product, and process in your lesson design? We will observe you, too. Are you monitoring the quality of learner participation and performance? Are you recognizing and minimizing confusion or disengagement? THANK YOU for reviewing each walkthrough form and using them for the praise and growth they are intended to provide. Please use the comment tool to keep the conversation open when needed!
ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Modify vocabulary instruction for ELLs. English language learners require direct instruction of new vocabulary. Teachers should also provide practice in pronouncing new words. ELLs need much more exposure to new terms, words, idioms, and phrases than do English fluent peers. Teachers need to tie new vocabulary to prior learning and use visuals to reinforce meaning. Content area teachers should teach new vocabulary words that occur in the text as well as those related to the subject matter. Word walls should be used at all grade levels.
LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Gratitude- the act of being grateful; thankfulness
LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Always say thank you when given something. When given an assignment, there is no moaning or complaining.
LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"The ones you should try to get even with are the ones who have helped you." -Unknown
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Nov 10- GTI Student Interviews Due
Nov 13- Samira's Birthday
Visiting Author 4/5 (1:00 Cafe)
Nov 14- Design 1/2 Day
Progress Report Grades Due (8:00)
PTO Meeting (7:00 Cafe)
Nov 15- Design 1/2 Day
Educational Support Personnel Day
School Shirt w/ Jeans
Leadership Mtg (3:30 Enrichment Room)
Nov 16- Design 1/2 Day
National Parent Involvement Day
Send Progress Reports Home
Thanksgiving Feast for FamiLEEs (lunch times)
FamiLEE Literacy Night (6:00-7:30)
Nov 17- GTI Needs Assessment Forms Due
CISD Family Feast Drive
Field Trips (1, 3, 4, 5)
Week of Nov 20- 24- NO SCHOOL- HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Nov 20- Courtney's Birthday
Nov 22- Jacque's Birthday