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!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Reflections From a Year Four Principal


Weeks like this one are ones that remind me as an educator how the workload demands ebb and flow during the school year.  From August, through the first week of October, it is one deadline, meeting, training, event, and conference after another.  It's TOUGH!  Though all of these are important in setting the school year up for success, they also tip the scale when you try to find a work/life balance.  

Tonight, we had our third school event after hours.  Even though it was communicated on a short timeline, you made the effort to be there.  Showing up for the kids is what you do…even if it means changing plans, postponing personal and family committments, and you put on smiles for another couple of hours for our school famiLEE.  Some of you were at school at 6:30 this morning- I saw you!  That means a 12+ hour day.  How is that for balance?  






Look at YOU!  (More of you were there- I just snagged these from Twitter.) THANK YOU! THANK YOU for your dedication to our children, our PTO, and most importantly to ME!!  I know each of you understand my passion and love of our school.  It truly is "my baby" and like every parent I want my child to be THE BEST, one I am super proud of.  Never in my wildest dreams would this self-proclaimed "school momma" realize how deeply I also want each of you to be THE BEST, ones I am super proud of.  Tonight is a fine example of why I KNOW we have an amazing staff. Finding out that the movie was starting an hour later than communicated was not news any of us were excited about.  Yet I see the story you tell on Twitter, our Lee and CISD story, and I am thankful (beyond measure) for each and every one of you.  You smiled.  You laughed and had fun with each other. You spent time with our kids who LOVE YOU TO PIECES!

So, I thought to myself...how do I cultivate kindness and show my gratitude to the best staff on the planet?  Well... TIME.  This time of year EVERYONE needs MORE TIME!!!  Our school took a great deal of your time this week, and we need to balance that out.  Please adjust your calendars for next Wednesday.  We will postphone our learning and group work until a later Staff Meeting.  That means this week's Staff Meeting is cancelled.  LEAVE after the kids are dismissed.  Give back some time to yourself, your family, or wherever it was robbed from this week.  

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  See you on Monday!  xx-Chantel

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Week of Sept 25, 2017

Happy Friday ya'll!  It has been a BUSY week, but also an INCREDIBLE week.  It has been a joy to visit lots of classrooms and give you feedback, praise, and encouragement.  I look forward to some more of that tomorrow.  Don't forget to fill out your wish list and shop at the Book Fair.  Use your teacher discount and save some cash.  We all know how much this campus loves to read books!!!





DID YOU KNOW:
  • there is a way you can learn more about Dyslexia?   Intervention Services has created a Schoology course for classroom educators. The access code is JBSVB-5D89J.  If your house or grade level team would like to go through the course together, please let Melissa know! She would be happy to join your discussions. If this is completed after school hours, you can receive 1 hour of flex credit. 
  • each month our coaches will have updated information/resources/ ideas you are able to embed into your lesson design and / or team times?  Here is September' Coaching Corner.  PLEASE check it out and schedule them to support you in any way. 
  • not only is Stephanie's Smore a SUPER Science resource for inquiry-based physical science experiences, but that Linda Cook sent over a set of FOSS Curriculum Guides?  They are being bar-coded by Melinda and will be in our professional school library.
  • our PTO is looking for people to chair some board positions? By taking on this task you do have a voting privileges during decision making.  They need someone for Teacher Appreciation Week, Hospitality, and Volunteer Coordinator.  If you (or one of your parents- please email this out this week) are interested, or want to learn more, have them email aparna.rao.v@gmail.com

HELPING HANDS FOR HARVEY
We REALLY need your help with hyping up this fundraiser.  LEEdership council will be making some commercials and share more after our meeting tomorrow.  Feel free to use this campus document for easy totaling of donations by classroom.  Even better, make it an authentic math lesson for your learners!  THANK YOU for your help and ENCOURAGEMENT for learners to participate and experience compassion and empathy for others. Please put a reminder in your newsletters this week.


FAMILEE MOVIE NIGHT

Thank you for making it a priority to stop by tomorrow night's event, if even for just a bit, so that the children and famiLEEs can see you. This is our first PTO event, and it communicates a positive partnership with them when we have staff members present. Not to mention... the event will be FUN! THANK YOU!


GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY

We are super excited to finally have an event where our Grandparents and Special Friends can come to school. In order to disrupt the least amount of learning, we are inviting guests to attend the Book Fair (during the learner's recess) and have lunch (from school or home) during your lunch time. We will also have a photo opportunity for your guests. Please put this invitation in your newsletters inviting guests to Lee on Thursday. We kindly request that they sign up that they are attending, in advance, so that we can prepare accordingly. This form will ensure our cafeteria has enough food and seating, and so that the office can be ready for all of our guests.


(I LOVED FINDING THIS TODAY)


GRADE LEVEL PLANNING
I have requested that your Leadership Team member send me the days that your house and grade will be meeting to plan face-to-face each week. Remember that your house should be meeting twice a week. One day for staffing kiddos and taking care of house business. Another day to plan vertically and work on your CBLs. I also request that grade levels meet a minimum of one time a week face- to-face (outside of Team Time) in order to talk about lesson design. It is important that you have solid relationships with both groups and that cannot happen without time together. I will communicate your days with our coaches so they can support you.  I realize I may have communicated ineffectively in our leadership meeting yesterday. What I should have said was...It is highly possible to agree to meet as a grade on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday after school. Although Tuesday and Thursday are "district days" for things like content specialists and other district trainings, these do not occur every week. If your planning day occurs during a SCL or SIL, couldn't your grade decide that attending that professional learning together could serve as your "face time planning" that week? You are surely going to talk about what you learned. Thank you to those of you that turned in your days, already. If they change, please, just let me know.


SPURS SAVINGS

We have our first Spur Savings bank day open this week. Thank you to our fifth grade designers and learners for their partnership with Las Colinas Federal Credit Union!



MATH EDUCATOR ACADEMY
Since we have such a large number of participants in all grades and houses attend training this week, please plan on sharing your learning in your house and team meetings.



BOOK STUDY
Please complete this form to reserve a copy of your book that will be purchased by us. You have until 4:00 on Friday, Sept 22, to select your book, otherwise, we will order one for you.   THANKS!  We want to get planning underway.


SUNSHINE SPURS
With great excitement, Kamille and Kristen will be bringing back our Sunshine Spurs program.  Here is the link for sign up for 3rd and 4th graders to share with parents.  PLEASE PUT THIS IN  YOUR NEWSLETTERS! 


SOCIAL SPURS
You received  an email from Michelle, our Chief Officer of Fun, about Social Spurs and dues. Social Spurs are collecting dues through the end of the month.  There is an envelope in the front office.  We already have two gals to take care of through Social Spurs (Charlene and Angela).


PARENT COMMUNICATION
Do you keep a parent communication log?  This is a good idea for both positive and not so positive conversations.  In education: if it is not documented, it didn't happen.  Also, think about picking up the phone (instead of emailing) when you have an issue that could potentially escalate.  We have a caring staff, and typically if there are issues, it is due to miscommunication.  When a parent has your listening ear and hears your voice on the other end showing concern, most problems will be solved.


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK
Use body language, gestures, mime, and acting to build meaning.

Don't forget that you got information regarding Culture Grams from Claudia.  I bet you can think of some clever ways to use this resource!




LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Patience- the ability to wait calmly

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
When a designer is assisting another learner, wait calmly until he or she can help you.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Consider the chicken; you get them by hatching the eggs not smashing them" -- Arnold H. Glasow


DATES TO REMEMBER:
Book Fair All Week
Sept 25:  Progress Reports Due Back
     RtI Meetings
     KOI Training for K and 1 (3:15)
     DI Meeting at Lee (6:30 Cafe)
Sept 26- Mentor Meeting (3:35)
Sept 27- House shirt with Jeans
     Lisa Hart's First Day (KRed)
     New Learner Lunches (Lunch time)
     Staff Mtg. (3:35 Yellow House)
Sept 28- Spur Savings (7:20-7:35)
     Lee Learning Walk (8:00-9:00)
     Grandparents/Special Friend's Day (Recess and Lunch times)
Sept 29- CISD Employee Sign off Due in Talent Ed Records
     LEEdership Meeting (8:30 Cafe)
     CISD Community Tailgate
  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Week of September 18, 2017

What a delightful week participating in beginning of the year goal setting with our staff being evaluated with the T-TESS system.  Ashley, Jacque, and I were impressed with the thoughtful reflection and goal setting ideas you each have, and we look forward to supporting you on your journey.  THANK YOU for having the growth mindsets that you do and for continuing to stretch yourselves as professionals and designers.  This week was a reminder that our school famiLEE is ONE OF A KIND and that you are so supportive of one another.  We also felt the love you have for our children as you shared with us during your time.  Please give yourself 60 seconds on Friday to STOP what you are doing, look around your space, and celebrate what you are doing.  We could not be more pleased with the first three weeks of school and what you are a part of creating at Lee!!!

Those of you we did not meet with...don't fret!  We will be inviting you to visit, briefly, to see what we can do to support you, as well.  Stay tuned!



DID YOU KNOW
  • that we have hired TWO new staff members?  You met Mandy Cottrill at Staff Meeting.  She will be teaching Science Enrichment and will be a fabulous addition to our Specials team and Green House.  She has fantastic ideas for our garden and supporting you in Science.  We also hired Lisa Hart to help be a special education aide.  She will be joining us when her current job releases her and will be helping in Red K.  Lisa comes with great experience and a servant heart that will fit right in at Lee and in Red House
  • your class/grade/house can be spotlighted in the weekly CISD newsletter or in other ways? You all are providing INCREDIBLE experiences for our learners.  If you have something exciting going on, let me know so we can get the communications department out to Lee.
  • Charlene, our cafeteria manager, will be out the next week as she recovers from some surgery.  Please wish her well as we pray for a speedy return!
  • Chantel hosts a "Shoe Tying Club" at Lee?  If you have young learners that need an incentive to learn to tie their shoelaces, all they have to do is watch this video, come down and demonstrate they can tie their laces, and they get a SURPRISE from me!

BOOK STUDY
Please complete this form to reserve a copy of your book that will be purchased by Lee Elementary. We will share more at our next staff meeting.


SUNSHINE SPURS
With great excitement, Kamille and Kristen will be bringing back our Sunshine Spurs program.  Here is the link for sign up for 3rd and 4th graders to share with parents.  THANKS, ladies!


YOU ROCK
Thank you for taking learning outside this week.  We could hear the learners enjoying the pavillion and saw them in the atrium during library and other times during the day.  Others went out to the EcoPond.  We notice your efforts and appreciate the tweets showing others how you are using these spaces.  KEEP IT UP!


(Borrowed from last year because it is SO GOOD!)

PTO MTG
Don't forget to bring a learner to Tuesday night's meeting at 7:00.  These learners need to be confident and ready to share a brief overview about your house CBL work.  Please remind parents in your weekly communication that we have a meeting and ALL are invited to attend.


SOCIAL SPURS
You will be getting an email from Michelle, our Chief Officer of Fun, about Social Spurs and dues. Social Spurs will begin collecting dues on Monday, through the end of the month.  There will be an envelope in the front office.


BWW NIGHT
Please join Green House at BWW this Wednesday night!  Show them THIS CARD and tell them you are from Lee Elementary and 10% goes back to our school.  THANK YOU, Green House designers, for promoting this on Twitter and with your learners and FamiLEEs.


SUBS IN THE BUILDING
We will have a high number of subs in the building on Wednesday and Thursday due to Math Educator Academy.  Please make sure you have sub folders ready (see Lee Staff Handbook) and switch duties, if necessary, so that subs are on afternoon dismissal, not morning arrival.  They need time to get set oriented and prepared for their responsibilities.  Also a reminder that, when possible, avoid having subs on recess duty.


MLI
Did you know that many people believe in a misconception that dyslexia is a visual disorder causing the learner to see words and letters backwards?  This short 4 minute video explains more about what dyslexia is and things that you might notice in the classroom.  Melissa's website is also a great resource for you!  



FAMILEE MOVIE NIGHT
PTO is planning a famiLEE movie night on the field on Friday Night.  The event will begin at 6:30. I'm sorry that this is all the information I have at this time, as I just found out.  Please feel free to bring your family or loved ones to the event.


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK
Modify speech appropriately.  For example, use slower speech and control your use of slang and idioms.


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Encourage- to inspire with courage and hope

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, congratulate that person.

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"When someone does something good, applaud.  You make two people happy.


DATES TO REMEMBER:
Sept. 18-  5th Grade Spurs Savings Training (2:00 Cafe)
Sept. 19- CISD Education Foundation Shirt and Jeans
     4/5 Progress Report Grades Due (8:00am)
     PTO Meeting (7:00 Cafe)
Sept. 20-  K-2 Math Educator Academy
     School Shirt with Jeans
     BWW Night (Green House Representing but ALL invited)
     Leadership Meeting (3:30-5:00)
Sept. 21-  3-5 Math Educator Academy
     Progress Reports sent home
     Fall Book Fair Set Up
Sept. 22-  Carla's Birthday
     Shari's Birthday
     LEEdership Council Meeting (9:00-10:00 Cafeteria)
     FamiLEE Movie Night (6:30pm- Field)
Sept. 23-  Layne's Birthday

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Week of Sept 11, 2017

Thank you for a great four day week.  We have enjoyed being in your spaces and observing the learning that is taking place.  Evidence of learning is starting to show on our walls and in your spaces.  WHAT A BEAUTY to witness!  We had wonderful turnout for Curriculum Night and parents left smiling and fulfilled!  THANK YOU for your preparations, for communicating so effectively to our famiLEEs, and for helping them feel at home in our school.  Have an incredible weekend- you deserve it!
DID YOU KNOW:
  • on most days I have noticed an empty atrium or empty outdoor learning pavilion?  The weather is cooling off.  Remember to USE our entire building.  PUSH YOURSELF beyond your comfort and out into those spaces.   
  • there are two emails in your inbox (just sent- sorry) to include in your newsletters (DI and Room Mom)?
  • that we have your learner badges ready for you?  They will be in your mailboxes by the end of the day.  Thank you to the office for getting clips and covers organized.  We even have lanyards for some of the classes (if you want them).  Please make sure learners wear their badge at all times at school.  They must take it off before leaving, so please make this part of your pack-up routine.
  • that we will have choice book clubs for our book study this year?  If you have a book you would like to lead a book study in, please email CK the title, for approval, by next Wednesday.  I will send a Google form out next week so that you can select the title you want to complete your book study with.
  •  you have access to Lynda?  Check your inbox to learn more!


LEEDERSHIP COUNCIL
Please complete this Google Form to communicate who your members are before you leave on Friday.  Your LEEder will be invited to ride the Homecoming float in the CHS Homecoming Parade. I have special news for our 4th and 5th graders this year.  We will go on a special Leadership Field Trip together this year. 


BOY GOAL SETTING MEETINGS

Please review this Google spreadsheet .  Ashley, Leigh Ann, and Chantel are excited to review your goals for the year. We are also including Jacque so she can support you as our IC.  She is NOT EVALUATING YOU, only getting familiar with your goals.  Please bring your laptop to our meeting in Leigh Ann's office.


LEAVE YOUR MARK
Please feel free to wear dots on Friday (or school shirt), in celebration of Dot Day. Here is a  Dot Day Resource website for educators for The Dot.  Ali and Melinda also have a Global Project for Dot Day.  I would love to come and see the Dot Breakout Edu in someone's space.  Let me know if you are doing this.



PTO MEETING
In two weeks, we have our first PTO Meeting.  Don't forget to bring a house learner to share out what they are doing in CBL, and in your house, with our PTO.


BUDGET
We are excited that we now have our budget dollars to order what you need to work with your learners.  Part of my role is to make sure you have the supplies you need to do your job.  Please try to plan ahead so that you do not have to spend personal funds on supplies.  Also, be thinking about items we need to add to house storage closets (like manipulatives, science tools, etc.) and write up a PO and put it in my box.  Remember that it will take a couple of weeks to process, get quotes, and ship.  You also must use approved vendors ONLY.  We are still waiting for IKEA to submit their paperwork with CISD.  I am asking them WEEKLY if it is in yet.


BULLYING
If, at any time, a learner or parent claim that there is a bullying situation, you MUST alert Campus Administration (Chantel, Ashley, Leigh Ann, and Angela).  We will follow the CISD Bullying Protocol and investigate for you.


DISCIPLINE
As stated in our Lee Staff Handbook: Only after all efforts by the designer have been exhausted should a learner be sent to the office with a referral.  Repeated or serious misbehavior should be communicated to the learner’s parents as soon as possible. There is a new district discipline referral form.  Please use this instead of the three page carbon one.  Learners MUST be accompanied by a completed referral if you send them down.  Please watch this short video created by Courtney to review our discipline practices at Lee.


CISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION GRANT REQUESTS
Friday is the LAST DAY to order your tshirt.  There are forms in the office or you can order online.  I will be forwarding you an email from the Education Foundation this week.  Grant submissions open on September 13 are due by October 18 by 4:30 pm.  Let's get some grants, friends!


COPPELL GIFTED ASSOCIATION
The Coppell Gifted Association is committed to supporting Coppell ISD and its educators in their efforts to meet the needs of gifted students. Please register for your FREE CGA educator membership, here


ESL STRATEGY OF THE WEEK:
Use visuals, manipulatives, graphic organizers, models, technology, and other resources to help explain concepts.


LEE LIFE PRINCIPLE:
Patriotism- love for or devotion to one's country

LESSON IN LEADERSHIP:
"Stand up for what you believe in.  You shouldn't take no for an answer if your heart and mind  are leading you in a direction that you feel strongly about."

LEE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"I only regret that I have one life to lose for my country" - Nathan Hale

DATES TO REMEMBER:
Sept 11- Celebrate Freedom Week
     National Suicide Prevention Week
     BOY Goal Setting Meetings (all day)
Sept 12- BOY Goal Setting Meetings (all day)
               Mentor Mtg. (3:35)
Sept 13- BOY Goal Setting Meetings (all day)
     Convocation T-shirt with Jeans
     Donuts with Dads (cafe)
     Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00 Red House-May's Space)
Sept 14- BOY Goal Setting Meetings (all day)
     Nelson Visits Lee all day
Sept 15- International Dot Day
     Lee Handbook must be signed off (office)