Thursday, April 26, 2018

Week of April 30, 2018

WOW!  It is hard to believe we are in our last month of the school year.  We have enjoyed our Summative meetings this week and having the chance to have dedicated time with each and every staff member.  We  enjoy the opportunity to brag on you and celebrate the growth we have seen in ALL.  Tours went very well this week!  We noticed the intentional lesson design that showcases the learning that happens inside and outside our building.  THANK YOU for that and please know WE SEE IT and so do our guests!  We hope to see everyone at Movie on the Lawn, for a little while, Friday night.  It is a way to show our parents, learners, and PTO that we are all in this together.  Please communicate to parents know that concessions open at 7:30 and the movie starts at 8:00.
DID YOU KNOW:
  • PTO will be doing some kind of headband/tubular bandana for Field Day?  We will not have shirts this year.
  • the IBM/Watson app partnership is over for now.  CISD may revisit it in the future when the kinks are worked out.
  • we will have support from Dallas Sherrif's Department starting next school year?  Two SROs will be housed at CMSW and will support us when needed.  
  • that Region 10 is changing their workshop credit system?  Please make sure that you complete the evaluation after the course, or you will be kicked out and credit will not be granted. 
  • if you haven't updated your MacBook by Friday, it will automatically update on Monday?  Back up your documents!
  • on Tuesday, CISD Summer Professional Learning courses open up at 8:00am?  Registration will close on June 4 at 5:00pm.  Don't miss the window!
  • teacher contracts are ready to sign in Talent Ed? 


MUSIC PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Please note a change of schedule on Tuesday by 15 minutes.  It is also reflected in the master schedule file in Google. 


ALLERGY TABLE AT LUNCH
Please remember that one of the cafeteria booths is to remain open for learners with allergies.  Learners who eat peanut butter or have nut products should NEVER sit at these tables. Thanks for helping to monitor this when  you are on lunch duty.


KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP
We are looking forward to having our new learners and famiLEEs on campus on Wednesday from 9:00-10:30.  Please help us with a smooth and quiet transition into music and PE during our presentation with parents.  Thank you to our office staff for managing our crowd.  Thank you to our Kindergarten team for taking on 125 extra bodies.   Thank you to our support staff for helping in the kinder rooms.


FED EX
Our last Fed Ex session for the year will be this Wednesday, May 2nd.  Jacque will be offering a session to spend time exploring topics of your choice on her blog, and Alli will host a session about Student Organized Learning Environments.  Flex hours for the year are supposed to be due Monday, April 30, but we are extending for those of you that need this hour.  We have to submit your hours to the district, so please remember to post to Today's Meet by 5:00 to get credit. 


SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY
Please wear (and encourage your learners to wear) a super hero shirt on Friday.  We will be celebrating School Lunch Hero Day in the cafeteria.  I think we can all agree, Charlene and her team are super heroes!  Social Spurs will get each cafeteria worker a $25 gift card, but please creatively show them how much we care!


RJL LOVE AND CBL SOLUTION AT CMSW
Want to wear jeans for the rest of the school year?  You are welcome to donate $10, or more, for CMSW Choir Teacher, Mrs. Hartzell, We have an envelope in the front office to collect your donations or you can donate on her Go Fund Me page and send a screenshot.  On May 2, we will submit a donation from our FamiLEE.  


STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
We will be reviewing your SLOs together in the team times between May 9 (Day 1) and May 17 (Day 7).  At that time, we will discuss the growth of your learners, self-asses your own growth and participation in the process this  year, and upload your final Student Growth Tracker.  It will be stress-free, and we will walk through it together!  Let Ashley know if you have any questions.  


RtI MEETINGS
All Designers with learners in the RtI process need to schedule a meeting for either May 7 or May 21.  We will review your latest data and make sure all necessary documentation is in AWARE before the end of the year. 


APEX FUNDS
Thank you to those of you that have been spending your Fun Run dollars.  You need to spend this money this year, so save your receipts and turn them in to PTO for reimbursement before May 25


CISD FOCUSED WALKTHROUGH
Now that we have concluded summatives, we will give feedback on Domain 3 Dimension 3: Classroom Culture.  

ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Observe Closely
Find an object that matters to you. Examine it closely, looking at it part by part. Describe what you see literally, using all of your senses. Describe what you see by comparing it to other things. Describe how it makes you feel.  (Taken from The Writing Strategies Book by Serravallo)

LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Resiliency- recovering from or adjusting easily to misfortune or change

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Accept that you are going to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." -Napoleon

DATES TO REMEMBER:
April 29- Amanda's Birthday
April 30-May 4- Child Nutrition Appreciation Week
April 30- RtI Meetings
     Parent Meeting for Talent Show (3:15-3:45)
May 1- Designer MacBooks Reimaged
     Education Foundation Shirt and Jeans
     Hannah's Birthday
     Green House Music Performance (8:15 and 6:30)
     Kristina's Bridal Shower (3:15)
     Dad's Club Meeting (7:00 pm)
May 2- Buffalo Wild Wings Night (Blue and Office)
     College Shirt and Jeans
     Kindergarten Round Up (9:00-10:30)
     Fed Ex (3:30-4:30)
May 3- Spurs Savings (7:20-7:40)
May 4- Red and Black Superstar Nominations Due
     Yellow House Field Trip
     Spirit Stick Sales
May 5- Leigh Ann's Birthday
     Drama Club Performance

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Week of April 23, 2018

Thank you, ALL, for a lovely volunteer breakfast for our volunteers. The tours this week were wonderful and we really could see that you put a focus on the areas they were looking to investigate while they were here.  THANK YOU for that!  Some additional guests from a STEM school in GA joined in on the Frisco tour, today, and complimented how our learners can talk about their learning and how they use accountable talk!  What great evidence of our campus goal.  We can't wait to see how you use the building when we walk with tomorrow's guests.  We wish Priscilla well as she is recognized at the Teacher of the Year banquet on Tuesday Night.



DID YOU KNOW:
  • that Front Row Math is now Freckle Math?  To learn more, check out this blog post.
  • that Wendy and one of our learners are in a training video accessible on YouTube?  Wendy will sign autographs at our next staff meeting. :)
  • that you need to electronically sign your TTESS Formal Evaluation and your Summative Evaluation?  Once you have your summative, please go in and sign both.
  • Megan had baby Paxton on Wednesday?  Both mommy and baby are doing well.  We are excited about our newest FamiLEE member!


CITIZENS OF THE YEAR
Please make sure your Citizen of the Year is on this document to turn in to the district. We need to know who is attendingso please update the document by Wednesday, April 25. This will ensure we meet our district deadline and give us the opportunity to draw 24 learner names. 


SCHOOLWORKS LUNCHEON
We are #luckyatlee to be growing partnerships with our community.  Thanks to Angela's outreach we have multiple learners who are being mentored through IBC's Schoolworks Program.  Their group will be bringing a grill to the cafeteria patio and grilling out burgers for the entire staff on Thursday.  3-5 learners may need to adjust how they exit/enter the building to make sure they are safe.  ENJOY!


RJL LOVE AND CBL SOLUTION AT CMSW
For those interested in helping the CMSW Choir Teacher, Mrs. Hartzell, you are welcome to contribute $10, or more, to wear jeans the entire month of May.  We will have an envelope in the front office to collect your donations.  On May 1, we will send a donation from our FamiLEE.  Thanks for your consideration!  


SPRING MOVIE NIGHT
Join us on Friday night for Movie on the Lawn Night.  Bring a blanket or chair and cuddle up for CoCo.  PTO will be serving refreshments and snacks at 7:30 and the movie begins at 8:00.  We hope you can be there. 


OUR GUIDING PURPOSE: We empower learners to positively impact the world by designing learning experiences that promote relationships, risk taking, and collaboration in a flexible environment.
What YOU are doing to do to LIVE out this VISION at Lee?


CISD FOCUSED WALKTHROUGH
This week we will continue to give feedback on Domain 2 Dimension 5:  Monitor and Adjust.  We will be looking for evidence of input from learners, how you adjust instruction and activities to maintain learner engagement, pacing of your lesson, how you check for understanding along the way, and how you adjust to meet the varying needs of your learners throughout the lesson.


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Observe Closely
Find an object that matters to you. Examine it closely, looking at it part by part. Describe what you see literally, using all of your senses. Describe what you see by comparing it to other things. Describe how it makes you feel.  (Taken from The Writing Strategies Book by Serravallo)

LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Friendship- caring for; trusting one another

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Do not save seats in the lunchroom.  If someone wants to sit down, let him or her.  Do not try to exclude anyone.  We are a family , and we must treat one another with respect and kindness.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"The reason dogs have so many friends is because they wag their tails and not their tongues" -Anonymous

DATES TO REMEMBER:
April 21- Dads Club Golf Tournament
April 22- Earth Day
April 23- EOY Assessment Window Opens
April 24- Progress Report Grades Due
     Varsity Baseball Players Greet Learners
     Mentor Meeting
April 25- House Shirt and Jeans Day
     Administrative Assistant's Day
     Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)
April 26- 4th and 5th Leadership Kiddos go to Southwest Airlines
     Spur Savings (7:20-7:40)
     Tour (9:00)
     New Learner Lunches
     Tour (1:00)
     Bluebonnet Party (3:05-4:00)
April 27- Send Progress Reports Home
     LEEdership Council Meeting (8:15 Cafe)
     Spirit Stick Sales (Recess Time)
     PTO Spring Movie Night

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Week of April 16, 2018

We have had another awesome week at Lee!  We tackled Spring pictures and testing all in one week!  I was tickled pink to see all of the awesome tweets on#LoveMySchoolDay.  Thank you for sharing your classroom with others and loving our school so much! We truly are lucky at Lee!!! Thank you for all of the efforts during testing this week.  We know that it is a challenge to keep everyone quiet- you all amaze us!  Great job test administrators, we had no issues this round!  We are looking forward to starting summatives.  This is our time to visit with each of you and brag on you, too!




DID YOU KNOW:
  • that we only have 7 famiLEEs signed up for the Coppell Ed Foundation Run to Fund?  Please share this link with your parents: www.coppellisdef.com/run-to-fund  We get $2 per registration back to our PE Department.
  • that at PTO Meeting on Tuesday night that they announced our Spring Movie Night Date?  Please mark your calendars for Friday, April 27.  We would LOVE to see you there!
  • 22/44 adults and 273/395 learners have filled out the Clarity Survey.  97 of our parents have gotten involved, too!  Please make sure you complete this survey by Friday, April 20.  
  • our garden and composting volunteers have been documenting their work with the kids?  Check out these photo albums!  https://photos.app.goo.gl/QmSn48jNeLJmexRR2
  • we have two new FamiLEE members on campus? Please welcome to Lidia Loarca (Megan Sonnamaker's long term sub) and Colleen Baranowski (Amanda's long term sub).
  • baby Ezra Grace arrived at 3:12 pm today.  She is 7 pounds 9 ounces and 19 inches long?  Congratulations Amanda!


PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DAY
See you tomorrow for a day of learning.  Jacque and Ashley will be leading the day.  Please be on time and sit with one person from each house at a table.  Lunch is from 11:00-12:30 and we will wrap up at 3:30.  We have built in time to work on your Summative Documentation in the afternoon.



JOIN US MONDAY AFTERNOON




NELSON HERE THIS WEEK
Nelson will be here from Tuesday to Thursday this week.  He will be spending time with Specials Designers and some Purple and Blue House designers this time.  He will also be at Wednesday's Leadership meeting.  We are excited that CISD lets us partner with Apple Professional Learning and that we get to learn from him.  Thanks to ALL of you that volunteered your time.  




VOLUNTEER BREAKFAST
THANK YOU for helping to celebrate our volunteers.  Please send all parents the invitation below.  Don't forget to review the sign up for what you are bringing for the Volunteer Breakfast on Tuesday. Your breakfast needs to be plated and ready to serve before 7:10am.  Please bring serving utensils if your item requires it.  We will send an email out when the celebration is over and leftovers are in the teacher's lounge.    
TOURS THIS WEEK
Be ready!  We have MANY visitors coming through our building this week.  We can all agree that great learning happens at Lee, so please make sure that your first impression with our guests showcases your talent.  Since we just finished testing,  your spaces should be clean and organized, as well. Please make sure all paper is used or recycled and that you have current learner work displayed.

Our Apple tour, on Tuesday, will have 40 guests.  11 are from Apple and 30 are from Canada.  They will be looking at how you are using technology.  Are your learners using technology to create?  Are you using any coding resources?  Get with Alli for ideas if you need some.  

Thursday tours will be from Frisco ISD elementary schools.  They will be looking at learning design.  They are trying to implement vertical house systems and less worksheets. 

Friday's tour will be a group of doctoral students who are looking at how the design of our building is used and considered when teachers design for learners.  That means they will be interested in seeing HOW you use our building.  This is the perfect time of the year to remind you about using the Garden, EcoPond, Atrium, and Pavillion to enhance/support your lessons.   The weather is beautiful this time of year!


GUEST AUTHOR
We look forward to Friday's visiting author in the flex space.  Please make sure you have turned in all book orders to Melinda.

PLEASE EMAIL THIS OUT TO ALL PARENTS (LAST TIME)

Hello Parents and Guardians,


I sent an email last week about filling out two surveys to help gather input from district families.

One survey is the Parent Survey, which will gather your input to help each campus improve their interactions with families. The survey It has seven questions, and will take you approximately two minutes to complete. Your responses are valuable, so we appreciate the time taken to complete the brief survey.

Please follow this link to the Parent Survey: http://tinyurl.com/2018parsur


Coppell ISD also is asking for your input through a Technology & Learning Questionnaire to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy. This is a national survey that allows us to compare data sets at the regional, state and national levels. Surveys are conducted each year in the fall and spring. Please follow this link to our specific Clarity campus survey: www.BByt.es/GM4WP. This survey will take you approximately 7 to 9 minutes to complete.

The surveys will close Friday, April 20.

(Note: If you also have children at other campuses, that means you will need to complete multiple surveys. You will receive an email from those principals with their campus specific questionnaire link.)


Thank you those who already have completed the surveys.


Sincerely,

Chantel Kastrounis
Principal


CISD FOCUSED WALKTHROUGH
This week we will continue to give feedback on Domain 2 Dimension 5:  Monitor and Adjust.  We will be looking for evidence of input from learners, how you adjust instruction and activities to maintain learner engagement, pacing of your lesson, how you check for understanding along the way, and how you adjust to meet the varying needs of your learners throughout the lesson.


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Observe Closely
Find an object that matters to you. Examine it closely, looking at it part by part. Describe what you see literally, using all of your senses. Describe what you see by comparing it to other things. Describe how it makes you feel.  (Taken from The Writing Strategies Book by Serravallo)


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Optimism- to anticipate the best possible outcome

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Be positive and enjoy life.  Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Everyday may not be good but there is something good in every day." -Anonymous

DATES TO REMEMBER:
April 14- Suzanne's Birthday
     Coppell's Earthfest (8:00-12:00 Old Coppell Square)
April 16- Librarian Appreciation Day
     RtI Meetings
     Stephanie's Bridal Shower (3:30 Media Center)
April 17- Ed Foundation Shirt with Jeans
     Volunteer Breakfast (7:15-8:15)
     Apple Tour (12:30-3:00)
April 18- Akta's Birthday
     School Shirt with Jeans
     Leadership Meeting (3:30 -5:00 STEAM Lab)
April 19- Melinda's Birthday
     Spurs Savings (7:20-7:40)
     Campus Tour (9:00-10:00)
     Red House Field Trip (Ft Worth Museum of Nature and Science)
     Campus Tour (1:00-2:00)
April 20- Clarity Survey due by staff and learners
     Blue House Service Field Trips
     Campus Tour (9:00-11:00)
     Spirit Sticks (Recess Time)
     3-5 Author Visit
     Speed Stacking Competition (4:00-7:00 CCE)
April 21- Dads Club Golf Tournament

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Week of April 9, 2018

What a fantastic week of learning at Lee.  It was a pleasure being in so many classrooms this week!  I'm reminded what talent we have in our building.




DID YOU KNOW:

  • sweet Willa Rose Tadgerson was born on March 20, at 2:09 pm?  She was 7lbs, 10oz and here is a picture of her and her new momma and then going home from the hospital.  Congratulations, Jessie and welcome to our newest FamiLEE member!!
  • that we only have TWO BOXES of paper left in the building?  PLEASE ONLY COPY WHAT YOU NEED.  We do not have an order coming this week.  
  • that it is time to start signing up for your EOY Summatives?  Stay tuned for an email from your Admin Team.
  • that next year we have a full time opening for a STEAM Designer?  If you are interested in learning more about this position, please see Chantel.  
  • you will get flex credit for our campus book study?  Please read and complete this form.


SPRING PICTURE DAY
Please remind parents, in this week's email, about Monday being Picture Day.  If they want a class picture, they need to bring the envelope, that was sent home with them, on Monday.  The cost is $13.  They also need to fill out the Picture Day Selection Form.  Proofs will be sent home for individual portrait orders.  Also, remind parents that the class picture is from head to toe, so learners need to be in their best outfits, including shoes.  They can change clothes before going to recess or PE.  Our schedule will be:  Purple ->Blue -> Yellow -> Red -> Green.  Purple, we will get started promptly at 8:00 and start with 5th grade, working our way down.  After the group picture, your class will head to the flex space for individual pictures.   Our staff picture is at 7:15, in the cafeteria, and we will make an announcement when they are ready for the group so that you do not waste your morning time.  






ANNOUNCEMENTS
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning broadcast will be pre-recorded for you.  Please watch these in your individual spaces at your convenience each day.  Thanks Sam, Taylor, and the Broadcast Crew for doing this for us!

STAAR
We don't want you to sweat STAAR so, please feel free to wear your sweats and sneakers on Tuesday.  Good luck learners and designers!


#LOVEMYSCHOOL
Have you heard of this movement?  It is an effort to encourage teachers, principals, and staff to use the power of social media to share the positive and wonderful things that exist in their school with the world.  There is SO MUCH to be grateful for at Lee, so please take time to contribute why you love our school.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DAY
We will be covering the CISD Behavior Management Framework on Friday. We will start at 8:00 am, have lunch from 11:00-12:30 and finish at 3:30.


VOLUNTEER BREAKFAST
Our Volunteer Breakfast is coming up on April 17.  Please sign up to assist in any way you can, here.  THANK YOU, Ayesha, for heading up our planning and for making our invitation.  Please start sharing it with your parents, now.  


PARENT SURVEY INPUT
Please put this information in your newsletter this week:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Coppell ISD is asking for you to complete two, brief surveys that will assist the district in its annual assessments of technology use, as well as provide an opportunity for parents to share their satisfaction with CISD. Your input is a crucial and valuable component of our planning for the next academic year. Please note that these surveys are for annual planning purposes and are separate from the recent CISD Strategic Design Survey sent earlier this year.

One survey is the Parent Survey, which will gather your input to help each campus improve their interactions with families. The survey will take approximately two minutes to complete. Your students will be taking a similar survey at school, so it is important to have the parent perspective to coincide with the students.
Please follow this link to the Parent Survey: http://tinyurl.com/2018parsur.

Also, CISD is continuing its partnership with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in the Technology & Learning Questionnaire. Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy. This is a national survey that allows us to compare data sets at the regional, state and national levels. Surveys will be conducted each year in the fall and spring. Students also will be taking this survey, and we would be interested in your input and insight. The Technology Survey will take you approximately 7 to 9 minutes to complete in total.
Please follow this link to our specific Clarity campus survey: www.BByt.es/GM4WP.

Note: if you have students at other campuses, that means you will need to complete multiple surveys. You will receive an email from the principals of these specific campuses that your other children attend with their campus specific questionnaire link.

Thank you for your time,

Chantel Kastrounis
Principal



CISD FOCUSED WALKTHROUGH
This week we will continue to give feedback on Domain 3 Dimension 3:  Classroom Culture.  We will be looking for high levels of learner engagement based on interest and abilities and encouragement with collaborating with peers.




ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Observe Closely
Find an object that matters to you. Examine it closely, looking at it part by part. Describe what you see literally, using all of your senses. Describe what you see by comparing it to other things. Describe how it makes you feel.  (Taken from The Writing Strategies Book by Serravallo)

LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Curiosity- the eager desire to learn, to explore, to investigate

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
Learn and inquire about things that interest you.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"The future belongs to the curious.  The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out." - Anonymous

DATES TO REMEMBER:
April 8- Megan Schlossstein's Birthday
April 9- Spring Picture Day
     Staff Picture (7:15 cafe)
April 10- Day 0
     K-3 on Morning Duty
     STAAR 5 Math
     STAAR 4 Writing
     Mentee Meeting (3:30)
     PTO Mtg (7:00 Cafe)
April 11- Day 0
     STAAR 5 Reading
     Convocation shirt with jeans
     #lovemyschool Day
     Staff Mtg (3:30-5:00) CANCELLED!
April 12- 4th Grade Goes to Austin- SAFE TRAVELS!
     Spurs Savings (7:20-7:40)
     Progress Report Grades Due (8:00am)
April 13- NO SCHOOL for learners/ Professional Learning for Staff
April 14- Suzanne's Birthday

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Week of April 2, 2018

I hope everyone had a fantastic short week and enjoys the LONG weekend.  I am SO GRATEFUL to be back on campus and in the swing of things.  I truly missed all of you and the children.  Have a Happy Easter and enjoy the three day weekend!
DID YOU KNOW:
  • we have a new full time office aide?  Her name is Gwen DiRenzo and we are super excited to welcome her to our FamiLEE.  Gwen has two children in CISD and compliments our front office.  Please drop by and introduce yourself.
  • Candace will be transferring over to New Tech @ Coppell High in two weeks.  We are going to miss her at Lee, but the secondary hours will let her take care of her family.  Best wishes, Candace!
  • Our long term sub for Jessie Tadgerson will start on Monday?  Her name is Meghan Wood.  Welcome to the FamiLEE, Meghan!
  • that at 5:00 PM, tomorrow, your devices will automatically update to the latest iOS?  Make sure your documents are backed up!
  • BrainPop has a "Game Up" section that can support some of your learning objectives?  I like "Sortify" for critical thinking, "Make a Map" concept mapping for pattern connections, "Make a Movie" and "Creative Coding" for creation. 
  • the time for submitting GEMS is now?  Please go into FORMS in Eduphoria and submit something FABULOUS someone has done that goes above and beyond the call of duty.  Our shout out board is also ready for new praise!  
  • there are math professional learning resources in Schoology that you can earn flex credit for?  The access code is Q8WM7-ZH2TQ

BUFFALO WILD WINGS SPIRIT NIGHT
We look forward to seeing Red and Yellow House Designers at BWW on Wednesday night, though all of you are welcome to attend.  THANK YOU for making it a priority to attend and to encourage your FamiLEEs to show up.  All staff, please put reminders in your newsletters this week.


INVITATION TO ALL DESIGNERS
We have a parent who has invited all Lee Designers to Guru Vandana.  Guru Vandna means "Reverence for the Teacher."  This event gives learners a chance to express gratitude to their teachers.  The event is on Sunday, May 6 from 3:00-4:30 at the Coppell Senior and Community Center.  If you would like to go, you can RSVP here.



SPRING CONFERENCES
Please start getting your Spring conferences scheduled.  


2018-2019 ENROLLMENT LETTERS
These (on purple paper) will be copied and put in your Designer mailboxes for you.  We ask that you send these letters home on Monday, April 2.  We request that they be returned to school by Friday, April 6.  THANK YOU!


PTO GRANTS
Congratulations to some of the designers who got their grants approved by PTO.  
  • Silverlit Submarine camera and GoPro Hero5 Black (Sam Jensen)  "We loved the ideas of learning what happens beneath the surface of our eco pond. The request for 5 cameras serve all the houses of Lee. The data from these cameras can be used and showcased by the learners in many different ways!" Amount Approved: $475
  • Conference at The Challenge Institute and Digital Promise (Samira Khan)  "We learned that CBL is still an evolving method of teaching and that the campus could use an update about what's new in the field! We felt this grant proposal had a benefit for the entire campus. " Amount Approved: $1579

Thank you, also, to Jacque and Angela for helping serve with the PTO committee that reviewed these.  Keep the grant ideas coming in.  When I can, I will fund them.  If I can't, PTO will review quarterly.  Good luck!


CISD FOCUSED WALKTHROUGH
This week we will continue to give feedback on Domain 2 Dimension 5:  Monitor and Adjust.  We will be looking for evidence of input from learners, how you adjust instruction and activities to maintain learner engagement, pacing of your lesson, how you check for understanding along the way, and how you adjust to meet the varying needs of your learners throughout the lesson.


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Observe Closely
Find an object that matters to you. Examine it closely, looking at it part by part. Describe what you see literally, using all of your senses. Describe what you see by comparing it to other things. Describe how it makes you feel.  (Taken from The Writing Strategies Book by Serravallo)

LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Flexibility-- the ability to make adjustments or alter plans.

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
A leader is able to change and adjust to different situations and settings with a positive attitude.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Expect the best.  Prepare for the worst.  Capitalize on what comes."  Zig Ziglar

DATES TO REMEMBER:
April- Yellow takes care of the lounge
National Poetry Month
National School Library Month
April 2- RtI Meetings
     World Autism Awareness Day
April 3- Ed Foundation Shirt with Jeans
     Austin Parent Chaperone Meeting (6:00pm)
     Dad's Club Meeting (7:00 BWW)
April 4- College Shirt with Jeans
     Buffalo Wild Wings Night for Yellow and Red Houses
     Online STAAR Tutorials documentation due to Angela
     Fed Ex Day (3:30-4:30)
April 5- Spurs Savings (7:20-7:40 Cafe)
     Our World Music Performance (8:15 Cafe)
     STAAR Alt 2 Testing (1:30-3:00)
April 6- Rebekah's Birthday
     Spirit Stick Sales (Recess time)
     5th Grade Growth and Development Presentation (2:00-2:45)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Week of March 26, 2018

THANK YOU for getting so many tasks done this week (school supplies, CIP, TELPAS, Report Card grades, the list goes on and on!!!).  We appreciate how Lee Designers stay on top of things, so please know how very much each of you are appreciated.  It has been AWESOME seeing all the tweets keeping me posted on Lee happenings as I have been away.  I'm excited to share what I learn at the Empower 18 ASCD Conference with you.  Green and Purple Designers, THANK YOU for going to Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday.

We have a short week next week.  Enjoy the long weekend and Happy Easter to those of you that celebrate!


DID YOU KNOW:
  • new hires are going to have more time to earn their 30 initial hours of GT credit?  Did you know the same thing will be true for those of you that need your 6 hour GT Update?  There will be two sessions (for the Summer PD offerings) for employees to earn their time.  It will also be offered in Fall 2018.  

FUN RUN
Don't forget we have an alternate schedule for the Fun Run (FUN RUN SCHEDULE TAB).  You may wear workout or yoga pants (YES YOU ARE READING THIS CORRECTLY-HA!) if you are participating in the run with your learners.  THANK YOU for all of the hype to keep kids motivated to get pledges.  We KNOW our success is because of YOU!!!


YEARBOOKS
Please put a strong reminder in your newsletter that, THIS SUNDAY (March 25) is the LAST day to order 2017-2018 Yearbooks.  The cost is $30.  Go HERE to order and enter RJ Lee Yearbook code 13015818.






STAFF MEETING
Please remember to be prepared to share out your book club books at Wednesday's meeting.  Please have FUN with this and do not STRESS!


IPAD MINIS
I got an update from Technology about the iPad minis.  They are no longer able to update and are running into space/compatibility issues.  Their department is working on a plan for Fall, but in the meantime, the solution is to WIPE THE DEVICE and add back only the minimum apps needed to get by.  Keep in mind some apps are not supported and may crash.  In addition, there is a chance that the device may need to be wiped and apps added after only a couple of days.  I'M SORRY that this is so very inconvenient and will cause you frustration.  Please understand I am in constant conversation with them about the long term "solution" for this problem.  Once I know more, you will be the first to know.


SPRING CONFERENCES
You can begin your Spring Conferences at any time, now.  Please give due diligence to make contact with all parents to review their learner's data and goal setting.  Keep documentation of parents who attend conferences.  During your time together, I would encourage you to listen for if a parent/child would like to make a change in house for the 2018-2019 school year.  Maybe their learner is not working well with classmates?  Perhaps they need a change of classmates after multiple years? Please write these requests down and EMAIL them to Chantel.  This makes sure that we have a second layer of documentation to double check when class lists are created.  In addition, remind parents to indicate the same information on the 2018-2019 Campus Enrollment letter that will be going home the beginning of April. We do NOT take requests for house colors and we do our best to have siblings in the same house.  If you are a double grade, parents need to know that we will do our BEST to keep as many learners in their house to loop up.  Parents WILL be notified by campus administration before Meet the Designer Night, if their learner is being moved.  Please ask me if you have any questions!!!


CISD FOCUSED WALKTHROUGH
This week we will continue to give feedback on Domain 2 Dimension 5:  Monitor and Adjust.  We will be looking for evidence of input from learners, how you adjust instruction and activities to maintain learner engagement, pacing of your lesson, how you check for understanding along the way, and how you adjust to meet the varying needs of your learners throughout the lesson.


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Moments with Strong Feelings
Choose a strong feeling (worry, fear, embarrassment, excitement, joy, etc.) Think about memories you havet that connect to that feeling. Try to use details that show the feeling of that moment (Take from the Writing Strategies Book by Serravallo)

LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Compassion- the ability to share another's feelings or ideas

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
When a designer is having a serious conversation with a learner, don't look at that learner.  You wouldn't want your classmates looking at you in a similar situation.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"It is the weak who are cruel.  Gentleness can only be expected from the strong." -Leo Roskin

DATES TO REMEMBER:
Week of March 26- Kindergarten Registration
     TELPAS Rating during Team Time
     4th Grade Writing Camp
March 27- Megan and Jessie's Baby Shower (7:15-7:45)
March 28- House shirts with jeans
     New Learner Lunches (during lunchtime)
     Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00 Layne's Space)
March 29- Positive Post it Day
     Jeans with Spirit Shirt since there is no school tomorrow
     Spurs Savings (7:20-7:40 Cafe)
     Lee Learning Walk (8:00-9:00)
     Campus Tours (9:00- Frisco 16 people)
March 30- NO SCHOOL
     CISD Employee Transfers Due
     Last Day for TTESS Observations
March 31- Megan Sonnamaker's Birthday

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Week of March 19, 2018

THANK YOU for an incredible Open House and for showcasing your children and their learning in such creative ways!  We heard countless parents brag on the work, displays, schools, and PEOPLE in the building.  There were many smiles and LOTS of pictures with happy and proud famiLEEs!  The best part was having alumni CHOOSE to come back, even when they don't have a siblings still in our building.  You all make a world of difference in the lives of children and we are truly grateful for YOU!! 

THANK YOU for pumping up our Fun Run this first week and for encouraging the fundraising and participation with your learners.  Our success is because of YOU.  

Have a wonderful Spring Break!  Be safe as you make memories with your loved ones and friends. 
DID YOU KNOW
  • there is a recommendation for a new Asst. Supt. for Curriculum and Instruction?  Town Center Principal, Dr. Angie Applegate, will be going to the CISD School Board, and if approved, she will start her new position on April 2.
  • we will clean out the refrigerator tomorrow at 1:30?  Please have your items out of there so they don't spoil while we are off.
  • your technology is supposed to be locked in your storage closets over a break?  Please roll them in there and plug them in so your devices are charged when you return.
  • we have a tour after our Spirit Rally tomorrow?  You may recognize one of the participants. 
  • Karli will finish out the year in Blue 2?  We are ecstatic that our learners will have her helping them grow into third graders!  CONGRATS, Karli! 
  • that CISD has a calendar of upcoming Professional Learning Events for summer and next year?  Take a look here.  We are starting to add these to the campus calendar for you, as well.

OFFICE HELP
Please be patient with our front office when we return from Spring Break.  In addition to the number of families they will continue to enroll, they will also be registering new Kindergartners through the end of March (and we haven't filled Viana's place, yet).

Please give the front office a 24 hour turn around on color print copies (for now).  We can speed up the process when we are fully staffed.  Until further notice, the laminator is offline.  It needs to be serviced.

Please do NOT text Deepa or Shanna when you are going to be absent or need a sub after school hours.  Please text Chantel and after hearing from Chantel, you will be advised to put your absence in Smart Find on your own.  Deepa and Shanna are hourly employees and should not be getting texts outside of the 7:00-3:30 day.  HR has been very clear on this, so we thank you for your cooperation with this matter.


REPORT CARDS
Report cards will go home the Friday we return from Spring Break.  Please have your grades in the system by 8:00 on Tuesday, March 20th.  Thank you!


PTO MEETING
Please have learners ready to present on Tuesday night's meeting.  


EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
In light of recent events, Mr. Hunt has requested that ALL STAFF review the CISD updated Emergency Procedure Plan.   He requested this be done by all, immediately.  Thank you for your cooperation.
  

CIP REVIEW
Please review our Campus Improvement Plan with your house.  We request that you input any formative review evidence in the October and February columns by Wednesday, March 21




BWW NIGHT
Thank you, Green and Purple Houses for attending BWW on Wednesday night.  Let's see if we can pump our famiLEEs up to attend so that we earn money for the school.  


FUN RUN
Please remember we will have an adjusted schedule for the Fun Run on Friday.  Please look at the FUN RUN SCHEDULE tab on the Master Schedule document.  Please share this sign up with your parents to help volunteer for the Fun Run day.  


SCHOOL SUPPLIES
It is important that we revisit our school supply lists for PTO for next year so that PTO can secure the best pricing from EPI.  Please review, as a grade level, and make any adjustments.  Once your adjustments are made, change the date on your tab to "Your Grade 2018-2019" so we know you are done.  PLEASE do not increase items without taking other items off and also visit lists that are already completed to make sure you are not duplicating house supplies.  The total should be as close to $50 as you can get it.  Please have this done by March 23.  Thank you to some of the grades that already got this done and to Art for updating before the deadline!


DADS CLUB CAMP IN
Please share this flier and sign up with your parents so that Dad's Club can plan accordingly for their event.  The deadline to register is March 21.



CISD FOCUSED WALKTHROUGH
This week we will continue to give feedback on Domain 2 Dimension 5:  Monitor and Adjust.  We will be looking for evidence of input from learners, how you adjust instruction and activities to maintain learner engagement, pacing of your lesson, how you check for understanding along the way, and how you adjust to meet the varying needs of your learners throughout the lesson.


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Consult a Fellow Writer
For whatever part of the process you’re in, if you feel stuck you can consult with another writer who may be able to get you jump-started.  Discuss what you think you might write about, the challenges you’re having, or how you think it might go.  Listen to yourself as you talk.  Once you feel like you said aloud what you want to say on the page, go back to your writing.  (Taken from The Writing Strategies Book by Serravallo)

LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Fortitude- strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage.

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, we will congratulate that person.  If you win or do well at something, do not brag.  When you lose, do not show anger.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"He who knows others is wise.  He who knows himself is enlightened." -Lau Tzu

DATES TO REMEMBER:
March 11- Daylight Savings
March 12-16- SPRING BREAK
March 17- Jacque's Wedding
March 18- Claudia's Birthday
March 19- Kindergarten Registration Begins
     NO Formal TTESS Observations
     RtI Meetings
March 20- #interntionaldayofhappiness
     Ed Foundation t-shirt with jeans
     5th Grade Band Talk (team time or hour before team time)
     5th Grade Middle School Course Sheets due to Shanna
     Mentor Meeting (3:30)
     PTO Meeting (7:00 Cafe)
March 21- School t-shirt with jeans
     CIP Evidence Due
     BWW Night (Green and Purple Houses)
     Leadership Mtg. (3:30 Lounge)
March 22- Jessica T's Birthday
     Spurs Savings (7:20-7:40 Cafe)
     Purple House Field Trip
     4th and 5th Grade STAAR Training (3:30 Enrichment Room)
March 23- 2018-2019 School Supply Lists Due
     Fun Run Day (adjusted schedule)
     Dad's Club Camp In (7:00 pm - 8:00 am)