Thursday, November 9, 2017

Week of Nov 13, 2017

I'm experiencing "all the feels" as I write tonight's blog.  What a beautiful performance by Red House.  Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make this happen for our kids.  The parents were overwhelmingly impressed with the evening's show.  They should have been!  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am reflecting about they many blessings at our school.  I want to remind you that each and every one of you are a blessing to me.  You are not taken for granted and appreciated beyond measure. Please know that I NOTICE all of the heart you pour into your work!  Take time with the people you love most doing the things you love most- you have earned it!  May you come back ready to tackle the last week of November and prepare for a "December to Remember!" (New hires- ask someone what we mean by that!!)



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!

VISITING AUTHOR
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.


DESIGN DAYS

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)




PTO MEETING
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
     Chantel's Birthday
     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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Week of Nov 6, 2017

Thank you, houses, for reviewing our new CIP and noting what we have already accomplished this school year.  We have already done SO MUCH!  Our tour today was super impressed with what they saw in your spaces with authentic experiences for our learners.  There were hands-on science experiences, technology integration, small group instruction, goal setting, questioning, and MORE.  Thank you for doing such a great job with our learners!  THANK YOU for your persistence with our Write a Check campaign.  Your help is the reason it is a success.  Get ready to write some PTO grant requests!


DID YOU KNOW:
  • the 2017-2018 Clarity survey window opens next week?  Here is a link with resources for the survey in our Lee Schoology course.  (thanks Alli!)
  • CISD added a science training in Eduphoria for Building Academic Vocabulary in the K-8 Science Classroom on November 16 at 4:00?  It is being held at CMSW.  Register in Eduphoria if you are interested.
  • that our MAT Team (Medical Assistance Team) met after school yesterday to practice emergency situations?  If you hear an announcement over the intercom that says "MAT TEAM ----location---"please know we are practicing or having an actual emergency in that area.
  • STRIVE is ALIVE and making everyone crazy?  PLEASE DO NOT WORRY if your SLO attachment will not upload and you get a nasty raccoon image.  There are issues with Stive and you can try at your next grade level team time.  In the meantime, please fill in the initial Skills Profile and the Targeted Skills Profile and hit save and submit.
  • Friday is Jean Guidry's last day?  We thank her for being part of our fami"LEE" the beginning of this year.  We also welcome back, Jess on Monday!
  • Friday, November 3, is National Sandwich Day?  Please do not pack your lunch, we have it taken care of for you!!  There will be a sandwich (we have gluten-free ones for five of you), chips or popcorn, and drinks.  We even have ice cream "sandwiches" for dessert!  ENJOY- we LOVE our staff at Lee!

STAFF MEETING
Wednesday's Staff Meeting time will be used to go over Databases and information literacy.  We will also use this time to meet and design for Literacy Night that is coming up on November 16th.  We are giving you this job embedded time to collaborate, create the catalog description, and any other preparations for our event.  We will meet in Layne's space.


VETERAN'S DAY CEREMONY
Please make sure you share this link with your famiLEEs so that they can RSVP to Thursday's Veteran's Day Ceremony.  They should plan to arrive at 8:00 and expect to stay until approximately 8:45.  We will be called down by grade to the cafe at 8:00.  Please remember to wear red, white, and blue jeans on this day!  THANK YOU to Stephanie and Becky for pulling this program together.  Thank you, Red House designers, for practicing the songs for the performance.  Thank you, Jessica, for the artwork.  Thank you, Specials, for giving up time to prepare the performance.  Thank you, Purple House, for switching Specials time this week so that Red House has extra practice time!


WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS:
This week, we will continue to 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.   




ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Determine key concepts for the unit and define language and content objectives for each lesson.  Teachers write the key concept for a unit of study in student-friendly language and post it in the room.  New learning should be tied to this concept.  Additionally, teachers should begin each lesson by writing a content objective on the board.  At the end of the lesson, students should be asked if the objective was met.  Classroom teachers also need to set language objectives for the ELLs in their class.  A language objective might be to learn new vocabulary, find the nouns in a lesson, or apply a grammar rule. 


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Effort- doing  your best in an endeavor.

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
It is rude to ask if you are getting something for good behavior.  You should be good and try your best because you are trying to better yourself, not because you are anticipating a reward.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Don't be content with being average.  It is as close to the bottom as it is to the top." -Anonymous



DATES TO REMEMBER
Nov 5- Daylight Savings
Nov 7- Education Foundation Shirt and Jeans
     Dad's Club Meeting (7:00 pm @ BWW)
Nov 8- Convocation Shirt and Jeans
     Fall Picture Retakes
     Staff Meeting (Layne's Space 3:35-5:00)
Nov 9- Spur Savings (7:20-7:40)
     Red House Veteran's Day Performance (8:15 and 6:30)
Nov 10- Green House Field Trip
*be getting your learners ready to present for PTO Mtg next week

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Week of October 30

Ladies, THANK YOU, for yet another wonderful week with the children.  Being in  your spaces has brought me such joy.  One of my favorites today was watching one of our struggling learners be uber successful subtracting with regrouping using exploding dots and a numberline.  THANK YOU for finding ways to reach each of our learners and bringing out the best in each and every one of them!  We appreciate your participation in this week's Red Ribbon Week spirit days.  We cannot wait to see your costumes for tomorrow!  Have a super weekend and we will see you at the dance!



DID YOU KNOW:

  • that Jacque updated her blog on differentiation?  Don't forget to book her.
  • that TOY nominations are due, tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 27?  Thank you so much to those that took time to submit nominations. 
  • that we will be looking for a new Music Designer?  We are very sad to lose Megan.  She will be taking care of herself, and her family, and hope she will return to Lee one day.
  • you, and your learners, can download Office 365 on  your home computers?  Look for an email from CISD. 
  • we will keep the canned food from the dance for 1 week for those of you that want to use it for math experiences with your learners.  Please tweet out how so we can see your creative lessons!



BOOK CHARACTER PARADE
We will take the parade INDOORS this year due to the cold and windy weather.  At 8:00, we will make an announcement and ask everyone to walk as if they are leaving for PM bus dismissal.  Please keep learners in an organized line and keep the line moving as we weave through the building.  Learners who do not dress up, and parents who come up to watch, can sit on the wooden steps of yellow and red house and cheer on the participants.  THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU THAT PARTICIPATED and got our learners involved!  Morning broadcast was prerecorded (thanks Sam, Taylor, and your crew) and I emailed out a WAC update. Please watch the broadcast, as a house, at a time that works for you.0000000000000


CAMPUS IMPROVEMENT PLAN
At Monday night's Board Meeting, the Board approved our 2017-2018 CIP.  Please review it in one of your house meetings this week.  Leadership, a printed copy is in a binder, in your mailbox, so that you may notate things already being worked on in the October column.   Please ask Leigh Ann, Ashley, or Chantel if you have ANY questions about our action steps.



STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Please make sure you have completed the following tasks for Student Learning Objectives by Friday, November 3rd.

  1.  Use your BOY data to input each learner into your Student Growth Tracker (Google Sheet). Hint: you can cut and paste your class list from Pentamation.  Learners should have a rating for their Initial Skills Profile AND for their Target Skills Profile.  Remember, these use two different rubrics (the ones you created as a team), so even if a learner is "typical" for the Initial Skills Profile and "typical" for the Targeted Skills Profile, they would still be showing growth. 
  2. Once your Student Growth Tracker is filled in, you need to save it as YOURLASTNAME Student Growth Tracker 2017.   Upload it to Strive.  On the "evaluations" tab, you will see a place to "upload documents" with a plus sign. 
  3. Go back into Strive to your SLO page that we started together as a team.  Make sure it is complete.  You'll need to add the number of learners you had at each level (typical, above typical, well above typical, etc.) for both the Initial Skills Profile and the Targeted Skills Profile. Once it is complete, hit save and SUBMIT.  


FED EX DAY
Enjoy your one hour on Wednesday where you learn about a topic of YOUR choice related to YOUR goals, and earn Flex credit for it.  This is a time for learning.  Unfortunately, this is not time for reading your Book Study book, because you get additional flex hours for that learning.  Please post to Today's Meet after 4:30, but before 5:00, on Wednesday, and share what you learned during your time in order to get credit for your hour.  Here is the link to the webinar if it interests you.  You will need to create a free ASCD account to access it. 


NEW TECH STAR PARTY
Please advertise to your parents that New Tech is hosting a Star Watching party for Lee Learners on Wednesday night.  The event is at New Tech High.


WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS:
Did you see this tweet about differentiation from Jacque at Math Academy?  This week, we will continue to 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.   




ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Link new information to prior knowledge.  Teachers need to consider what schema ELL learners bring to the classroom and to link instruction to the students' personal, cultural, and world experiences.  Teachers also need to know what their students do not know.  They must understand how culture impacts learning in their classroom. 
Are you using ELLEVATION?
 (your CISD username and "forgot password" will get you into this wonderful resource)


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Perseverance- the ability to persist or continue to the end

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Make every effort to be as organized as possible.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"The man who moves mountains begins by carrying away small stones." -Chinese Proverb

DATES TO REMEMBER
Oct 29-Nov 3- Write a Check Campaign
Oct 30- Jessica's Birthday
     RtI Meetings
Nov 1- Yellow House takes over Lounge clean up
     College Shirt with Jeans
     Buffalo Wild Wings Night (Yellow House)
     Fed Ex (3:30-4:30)
     New Tech Star Party (7:00-8:30 @ New Tech)
Nov 2- Campus Tour (7:30-9:30)
Nov 3- LEEdership Council (8:30-9:30)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Week of October 23, 2017

SUCH AN AWESOME WEEK!  Thank you for your incredible House meetings and for your efforts moving forward with your newest Big Ideas.  It is exciting that we have Design Days coming up in a couple of weeks!  You did a wonderful job of representing our school with our many visitors and continue to impress.  Our guests leave Lee feeling inspired and hopeful with new ideas to take back to their schools.  This is because of each and every one of YOU!  Please remember "You Are ALL Wonders" and that YOU make a difference in education and at Lee.  


DID YOU KNOW:
  • there is a special event at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy?  If you are interested in attending, here is some information.  The RSVP for 2 free tickets is October 25.  I know I'm excited to go! 
  • this website has cool and interactive, live and recorded, activities for all grades and content areas.  Don't forget to filter the provider.  There is more than Bass Hall included! You have to register, but it is FREE and EASY.  Thanks, Cassie, for re-sharing in Purple House meeting and for Taylor and Cassie showing us (on Twitter) how this can be used!
  • parents are missing important weekly information in our weekly PTO newsletter?  Designers may be missing this info, too!  Please give directions in your weekly newsletter for them to register to receive it.
  •  Coaching Corner is updated?  Check out the blog to see what's new with your #RJLyear4 coaches this month!
  • there is a "Wonderous" portrait maker?  How cool is THIS?  What about becoming a Wonder Certified Kind Classroom
  • that New Tech is inviting Lee Learners to come to a Star Watching Party, on November 1, from 7:00-8:30 at New Tech?  They are bringing fliers to Lee, tomorrow, and hope we will spread the word to our children.  If you choose to go to the event, we will offer you flex credit for learning about constellations with New Tech learners and our kids.  

WRITE A CHECK
Write a Check will begin next week.  The minute I hear something from PTO, I will forward that information on to you.  As of tonight, I am still waiting for information.  There MAY be a last minute request to add a letter to your report card envelopes.  If you have subs in your house, we may need to help them with putting these letters in the envelopes.  Stay tuned....SORRY!


RED RIBBON WEEK

You may wear jeans if you participate in our theme days for Red Ribbon Week.  Here are the details for next week's spirit days.

STORYBOOK CHARACTER PARADE and SCHOOL DANCE
Please encourage learners and plan to participate in Friday's parade.  A book should accompany "costumes" and learners are allowed to wear their costume to the school dance on Friday night.  Entrance into the event is free WITH A CANNED FOOD DONATION per person.  Canned food will be donated to Metrocrest.  (if you would like to graph or have authentic math experiences with the donations- you are welcome to do so!) . Please plan to attend the dance and engage with the learners and their famiLEEs.  We love it when you bring your family, too, so bring them with you!  It is a great opportunity to build relationships and have FUN! 



WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS:
This week we will be starting a new focus for our walkthroughs.  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? We will observe you.  Are you monitoring the quality of learner participation and performance?   Are you recognizing and minimizing confusion or disengagement?  We KNOW we will continue to see great learning environments and experiences for our children.  THANK YOU for reviewing each walkthrough form and using them for the praise and growth they are intended to provide.   

Campus administration will be sending out dates to sign up for your formal T-TESS Observations, soon.  Be on the lookout!



ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Make lessons visual.  Use visual representations of new vocabulary and use graphs, maps, photographs, drawings and charts to introduce new vocabulary and concepts.  Tell a story about information in the textbook using visuals. Create semantic and story maps, graphic organizers to teach students how to organize information. 


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Integrity- acting according to a sense of right and wrong

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Do what you know is right, even if no one is watching.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he wouldn't be found out." -Thomas Macauley


DATES TO REMEMBER:
Week of Oct. 23-Nov 4- Write a Check Fundraising
Week of Oct. 23-Oct. 27- Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 23- Britt's Birthday
Oct. 24- Mentor Meeting (3:35)
     Stop, Investigate, Listen (4:00-5:00 CCE)
     Japanese Club Author Visit and Dinner (5:00-7:00)
Oct. 25- House Shirt with Jeans
     3rd Grade at ADI Training
     K-2 Math Educator Academy
     Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)
October 26- 3-5 Math Educator Academy
     Spur Savings (7:20-7:40)
     Lee Learning Walks (8:00-9:00)
     Campus Tour (9:30-10:30)
     MAT Team Drill (3:30 Media Center)
Oct 27- TOY Nominations Due
     Book Character Parade (8:00 Track)
     So You Think You Can Dance (6:30-9:00)


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Week of October 16, 2017

BOY DID THIS WEEK FLY BY and how nice is this Fall"ish" weather we are getting?  It is hard to believe we have already concluded our first quarter.  KUDOs to ALL of you (and your learners) for the BEST Spirit Rally behavior today!  I am super impressed with their power claps.  It was fun hearing house chants and house songs as we entered.  Thanks Leigh Ann and Ashley for helping with our fun games at the end. Congratulations Amanda and Samira for your recognitions, and thank you to those who nominated learners and staff.  I appreciate your great work in Staff Meeting as we work to better infuse this committee work into our lives at Lee.  There are some incredible ideas!!  Thanks to the folks who attended Stop, Collaborate, and Listen as you learned about Math for the 2nd 9 weeks.  A huge shout out to May who has planned and delivered sessions of SCL this week.  You all have done a FANTASTIC job of telling your Lee Story on Twitter- it doesn't go unnoticed!  Lastly, impressive global connections this week in so many classes for Global Math Week and Global Read Aloud.  ALL OF THIS IN A SHORT WEEK??!!!



DID YOU KNOW:
  • that there is a blog post about YOU and your work at Lee?  Thank you Cassie for finding this. These would be some AWESOME folks to connect with in your PLN.  Let me know if I can help with being a connector for you! 
  • we earned $108 from our Green House BWW night?  THANKS for attending and earning money for our school! 
  • there is this cool infographic about how school librarians are helping to transform learning? Keep up the collaborating with Melinda! 
  • there is a Google Folder to upload pictures to for our yearbook?  This is a GREAT WAY to make sure your learners are showcased.

FamiLEE CAMP IN
Please advertise the FamiLEE Camp In to your parents and learners this week. It is a super FUN event and is one way our dads earn funds for projects they help us with at school.  Registration deadline is Monday.  Here is the link to register.  


TOY
Please work on your Teacher of the Year nominations.  If you need admin to cover your class so you can observe your nominee, to help you better answer the questions, please arrange that with us.  We are happy to help.  Nominations are due October 27.


WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS:
This week is the last week we will give you feedback on Domain 3.1: Learning Environment.  We will look at your physical and virtual environment.  We will also be looking at what your learners are doing, what transitions look like, that all subject areas are displayed in anchor charts, that learning objectives are posted, that there is current learner work displayed, and that you have CBL evidenced in your space.  

Keep in mind with THREE administrators, there is a chance that you could have walkthroughs three weeks in a row, out of four.  We have a system and you should not have more than one per week. Please take time to view your walkthroughs and provide comments back, if necessary.  These are intended for GROWTH!


TRANSFORMATION IN ACTION VISITS
Tour season is starting and our first tour is a BIGGIE!!!  We need all of our campus to be prepared as we showcase the incredible work we are doing at Lee.

We will have visitors from 9 high performing school districts visiting from 9-11 and 1-3 on Tuesday.   This visit is a BIG DEAL and aligned with the Visioning Document.   21 morning guests and 17 afternoon guests are coming to learn more about Lee's vertical scheduling, vertical collaboration, and Challenge Based Learning.  They are also looking to observe the integration of authentic experiences through technology (for example: coding, robotics, learner creation of products).  They are encouraged to talk and engage with the learners AND YOU.

Your digital signage looks INCREDIBLE.  Please have it turned on (should be each day of school) and ensure house info and learners are looping.  Please take advantage of ALL areas of the building, and make sure that all spaces in your house are presentable.  Learner work should be displayed in your space and CBL should be evident in EVERY space.


BOOK CHARACTER PARADE
Please start talking this event up to your learners, NOW, so they have time to think about and prepare their costume for the 27th.  Wouldn't it be awesome if ALL kids participated?  The 27th is also our PTO fall school dance, so please mark your calendars now, so you can make it.  


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Provide comprehensible input for ELLs.  Language is not "soaked up."  The learner must understand the message that is conveyed.  Comprehensible input is a hypothesis first proposed by Stephen Krashen.  He purports that Ells acquire language by hearing and understanding messages that are slightly above their current English language level.  When newcomers are assigned to a mainstream classroom and spend most of their day in this environment, it is especially critical for them to receive comprehensible input from their teachers and classmates.  If that teacher provides information by lecturing in front of a classroom, the ELL will not be receiving this input.  Teachers need to speak more slowly, use gestures and body language to get across the meaning to ELLs. 


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Accountability- being responsible for one's actions

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return.  It is only polite to show others that you are just as interested in them as they are in you.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"I am NOT a product of my circumstances.  I AM a product of my decisions." - Stephen Covey


DATES TO REMEMBER:
Week of October 16-20- National School Bus Safety Week
October 16- RtI Meetings
October 17- Ed Foundation Shirt with Jeans (don't forget to tweet for Sonic)
     Transformation in Action Site Visits (9:00 and 1:00)
     Mentee Meeting (3:35- Room 402)
October 18- Deepa's Birthday
     CISD Education Foundation Grants Due
     School Shirt with Jeans
     New Learner Luncheons (your lunch times)
     Leadership Meeting (3:35- STEAM Lab)
October 20- Report Cards Go Home
     LEEdership Council Meeting (9:30)
     Fall Camp- In (7:00pm-8:00 am)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Week of October 9, 2017

THANK YOU for all of your efforts this week!  House meetings were exceptional and there was super effort put forth with your next CBL Big Ideas.  Way to keep pushing yourself outside your comfort zones to give learners the time and guidance they need to be true problem seekers and solvers.  Enjoy the three day weekend.  It's hard to believe the first quarter ends next Friday!


DID YOU KNOW:

  • that we have purchased Flipgrid subscriptions for each grade/house designer and the Media Center?  You should have gotten an email from them today.  Need ideas?  Get with Alli or check out some ideas here
  • that we are working on a comprehensive list of digital resources that you have access to?  Check out our list here and ask questions if you have them!
  • since we have conferences on Friday, that Thursday will be our Spirit Day?  Please feel free to wear jeans on Thursday with a school shirt.  Can I get an "oh yeah" for jeans all week this week?

STOP COLLABORATE AND LISTEN
THANK YOU to those of you that have signed up to attend these sessions this week.  Remember, they will focus on learning for the upcoming 9 weeks.  You will get flex hours for attending.


PTO MEETING
Please make sure your have a learner, or learners, prepared to give your house CBL Updates at 7:00 on Tuesday night.  This is always a highlight and informs parents what houses have focused on in the last month. 


STAFF MEETING
We will meet in Hillary's space.  We will take some time to break out into our committees (recycling, composting, gardening, eco pond) for some design time.  Please be prepared to come with open minds and some ideas you would like to implement this school year. 


HOMECOMING
Please turn in learner permission slips BY TUESDAY (you were also sent an electronic copy you can email home to your member).  We need to know who will/will not be participating.  You are welcome to join us and walk along side the float, if you want.  Let us know if you need details about times/locations.


SPIRIT RALLY
At the end of each quarter we will come together as a family and meet in our gym.  It is a super fun event where we focus on celebrations and enjoying one another.  Please be prepared to participate if 
we have a teacher/learner event.  Remind your learners to wear their house color shirts!


LEEDERSHIP COUNCIL
First, THANK YOU for sending your learners with devices to our meetings.  This includes our youngest members.  They need to be able to go to our notes, and our older housemates can help show them where to go.  I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE when you give your LEEder time to share the day we meet.  Quite often, they have a task or assignment that requires input from their peers.  They do not need to take up a substantial amount of your time, but MUST have time to share after each meeting.  I will be taking your 4th and 5th grade LEEdership Council members to Mockingbird on Friday.  Please make sure I get their permission slips immediately (also emailed a copy to you).  We have paid to send them.  If any 4th or 5th grader cannot attend, I need to be able to invite some 3rd graders in their place.  THANK YOU for your help with this!


CISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION GRANTS
Do you have an innovative idea that you would like the Education Foundation to help pay for? Grants must be Principal approved and are due October 18.  GOOD LUCK!


RED AND BLACK SUPERSTARS AND CISD GEMS
We have so many incredibly talented folks and people that go above and beyond at our school. Please take time to nominate them through one of these recognition programs.  GEM nominations can be found in Eduphoria under Forms.  Red and Black winners will be recognized at our Spirit Rally by Bennett Ratliff.  GEMS are recognized before school board meetings by Anthony Hill.


WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS:
This week we will give you feedback on Domain 3.1: Learning Environment for two more weeks.  We will look at your physical and virtual environment.  We will also be looking at what your learners are doing, what transitions look like, that all subject areas are displayed in anchor charts, that learning objectives are posted, that there is current learner work displayed, and that you have CBL evidenced in your space.  

Keep in mind with THREE administrators, there is a chance that you could have walkthroughs three weeks in a row, out of four.  We have a system and you should not have more than one per week.  Please take time to view your walkthroughs and provide comments back, if necessary.  These are intended for GROWTH!



ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Use appropriate questioning techniques such as wait time and periodic comprehension checks.


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Self-Discipline- the ability to choose and control one's own actions

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Make eye contact.  When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times.  If someone makes a comment, turn and face that person.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"If we were supposed to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear." - Mark Twain


DATES TO REMEMBER
Fire Prevention Week
National School Lunch Week
October 9- NO SCHOOL
October 10- Flu Shots (1:00)
     1, 3, 5 Stop, Collaborate and Listen
     PTO Mtg. (7:00- Cafe)
October 11- Aisha's Birthday
     Kristina's Birthday
     Convocation Shirt with Jeans
     Staff Meeting (3:30 Hillary's Space)
     Homecoming Parade 
October 12- Shanna's Birthday
     Spirit Rally (8:00- Gym)
     K, 2, 4 Stop, Collaborate and Listen
October 13- Last Day of the Quarter
     LEEdership Council Mtg (8:00)
     LEEdership Council Training (4/5 all day)
October 14- Corissa's Birthday

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Week of October 2, 2017

What a fantastic week!  The vertical and across house lessons happening are IMPRESSIVE and the science efforts from ALL is HUGELY APPRECIATED AND ACKNOWLEDGED!  Our kids LOVE learning with you!  I hope you took advantage of our cancelled staff meeting on Wednesday and did something for YOURSELF!  

What an amazing turn out for our Grandparent and Special Friend Event today.  Thank you LeighAnn for our communication documents and to Ashley for our photo opportunity.  The office did a wonderful job of greeting everyone and making them feel right at home!  The cafeteria staff handled our large number of visitors and WE SURVIVED! :)  

We have had a hugely successful Fall Book Fair this week- that means more books for our library! Thank you to Melinda, Candace, and our PTO moms for organizing it.  Thank you to all of the open space designers for handling the extra volume and for everyone being flexible with learners going down to shop.  

Lastly, thank you for hyping up the end of our Helping Hands for Harvey fundraising.  It is because of each of you that we have raised so many funds!!


DID YOU KNOW:
  • the State Fair of Texas opens tomorrow?  You will get your Designer and Learner State Fair tickets in your box on Friday.  PLEASE send these home with learners, on Friday, in a secure way so that they do not get lost.  Not using your staff ticket? Return it to Deepa.  She will add it to the extras.  If you want an extra adult ticket, email her and she can get you one on a first come, first serve basis.  Check out State Fair of Texas foods to see what they have in store for you this year!
  • you and your learners can still shop the Book Fair VIRTUALLY? Click here until 10/12 and books will ship to Lee for FREE.
  • that "Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same? This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum -- one that doesn't necessarily fit with labels like "normal" and "defective." In this short video, Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain."   
  • if you would like to learn more about ESL that there is a Schoology course? The Schoology code is : 49RBR-6R92G

CUSTODIAL APPRECIATION
Social Spurs will take care of gift cards for our custodians, but your learners may want to create cards or poems during your writing time.  Duc is our daytime custodian and Jose and Jose are the evening ones.


PICTURE DAY
Monday is class picture day.  Photographs will take place in the flex space of the media center.  We request that you come down promptly when our runner gets to you. We will follow the Specials schedule so that learners do not ruin their outfits.  Please allow learners to change clothes if parents request they do so. 


BULLYING AWARENESS
October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  CISD is asking that all staff and students wear a blue shirt on MondayOct. 2nd in observance of National Bullying Awareness Day. Thanks for your participation!  (Since it is picture day, learners and staff can change into their blue shirt if they don't want to wear it for pictures)



FED EX DAY
Enjoy your one hour on Wednesday where you learn about a topic of YOUR choice related to YOUR goals, and earn Flex credit for it.  This is a time for learning.  Please post to Today's Meet after 4:30, but before 5:00, on Wednesday, and share what you learned during your time in order to get credit for your hour.  Remember that this time is for professional growth and learning.  Watch your email for sessions we will be hosting.


WEEKLY WALKTHROUGH FOCUS
We will continue giving you feedback on Domain 3.1: Learning Environment, this week.  We will look at both the physical and virtual environment.  We will also be looking at what your learners are doing, what transitions look like, that all subject areas are displayed in anchor charts, that learning objectives are posted, that there is learner work displayed, and that you have CBL evidenced in your space.



GLOBAL READ ALOUD
If you are participating in GLA, please email Ashley so she can keep track of Global Connections.  


RED AND BLACK SUPERSTAR PROGRAM
The Coppell Education Foundation is continuing the Red & Black Super Star Program.  This year the awards will be given out on 4 occasions.  The first nomination deadline is October 6th.  Subsequent deadlines are December 8th and March 2nd.  Each winner will receive a Super Star shirt, a certificate and a stylus/pen.  The awards will be presented at an assembly or during announcements.  Students can be nominated by any CISD employee.  CISD employees can be nominated by a parent, a middle-school student or a CISD employee.  More information about the Super Star Program and Link to Nomination Form



MAD HATTER
Designers, please add to newsletters:

It’s that time of year again, Blue1a & Blue3 learners are hosting Mad Hatter Day on Thursday, October 5th this year!

PURPOSE: to help kids suffering from cancer feel comfortable and encourage them to feel better by giving them hats.

Goal: help 250 kids by collecting 250 hats to send to Children’s Medical Center.

When? Bring brand new hats (with tags) Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday (October 2nd-4th). A collection team will come by each house at 8:15 after house announcements. Learners will complete a form to help us collect data.

Reward: Each person who donates a hat will receive a sticker to wear on Thursday AND get to wear a hat all day at school to celebrate Mad Hatter Day, October 5th!

There is a digital poster attached to be included on newsletters/Twitter as well.

(For Designers Only, don’t share with parents: see who made a hat donation here).


FALL CONFERENCE DAY AND HOURLY EMPLOYEES
Please document the parents that you confer with.  It is a best practice to add this to your communication log.  If you are a Paraprofessional or Instructional Aide, please let Ashley know what your plans are for Friday.  If you have 8 hours of comp/flex time, already, you do not need to come in on Friday.  If you are trying to earn more for the week of Thanksgiving, we need people to greet in the front office because Shanna and Deepa will be out and Admin will be at STAAR Training. Comp/flex hours should NOT be greater than 20 at this time.


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:  
Encourage students to read diverse texts- Reading and then thinking and talking about different genres is a robust sequence for learning academic language.


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Courtesy- consideration, cooperation and generosity

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
If you approach a door and someone is following you, hold the door and allow the other person to pass through it first, then you can walk through.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Manners are like the zero in arithmetic; they may not be much in themselves, but they are capable of adding a great deal of value to everything else" - Reya Stark


DATES TO REMEMBER:
National Dyslexia Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
Purple Lounge Responsibilities for the month
Oct 1- Deadline for entering Math screeners in AWARE
Oct 2-  National Custodian Appreciation Day
            Last Day to Collect for Helping Hands for Harvey
            Mad Hatter Collection
            Global Read Aloud Begins
            RtI Meetings
            Fall Picture Day (library flex space)
Oct 3- CoGaT Testing
           Mad Hatter Collection
           Education Foundation Shirt and Jeans
           Dad's Club Mtg. (7:00)
Oct 4- College Shirt Day
           Mad Hatter Collection
           CoGaT Testing
           BWW Night (Purple House)
           Fed Ex Day
Oct 5- Spur Savings
           Wear a Hat for Mad Hatter
           CoGaT Testing
Oct 6- NO SCHOOL for learners
           Elementary Conference Day
           Red and Black Superstar Nominations Due
Oct 9- NO SCHOOL- enjoy the long weekend!