Monday, June 12, 2017

Week of June 12

We hope you have enjoyed your first week of summer vacation.  YOU KNOW YOU ALREADY MISS US!!! Ashley and I will be at Common Formative Assessment training in district tomorrow and at TEPSA the rest of the week.  Here is a little update for everyone.

While you have been off, Ashley and I (and some other rock stars) have been meeting with potential applicants to join our famiLEE. We are VERY excited about the ones we have extended offers to.  Some have already been approved, some are being approved by the board tonight, and others will be approved at the next board meeting.  Please join us in welcoming:

Music Designer:  Megan Copenhaver
Nurse:  Shanelle Stewart
Designer:  Jessie Tadgerson
Designer:  Leslie Howard
Designer:  Michelle Apgar
Designer:  Micha Patel
Designer:  Meredith Greer
Designer: Megan Oatis
Designer:  Aisha Khan
1/2 time Assistant Principal: Crystal Roach

You have been anxiously awaiting your assignments for #rjlyear4.  THANK YOU for your patience!  After meeting with the district last week, we will have 35 sections for next year.  That means we will have 7 sections in each house. All other learners will be rerouted to other Coppell schools with room.  We can plan to have up to 22 learners in K-2, up to 23 learners 3rd-4th, and no limit in fifth grade.   A HUGE thanks to Shanna who has enrolled all of these learners and EXTRA thanks to the district for adding new sections so we can house all of these children moving in.  Looks like we will fill up a table or two at the New Hire Breakfast in August.

Here are assignments for the 2017-2018 school year.  Remember that they are always subject to change.  An "*" designates our Leadership Team members in house/grade.  Much effort was made to balance houses out, but to also move as few folks as possible.  Please do not be upset with colleagues who have changed grades/houses for not telling you the "inside scoop."  I asked them to respect the process and keep it to themselves until this blog came out.  It is going to be a fabulous 4th year at Lee!

Would you like to get to know some staff members BEFORE the school year starts?  We have a volunteer opportunity if you would like to join in.  Buckner International is a wonderful organization centered around foster care and adoption, providing families for abused and neglected children.  They are looking for volunteers to help with their School Supply Train on Saturday, August 5th from 9:00am - 3:00pm.   The day will consist of sorting school supplies, filling backpacks, decorating the trunks of cars, and then delivering the backpacks to a few foster children/families!  You can read more about the day here.  Please let Ashley know if you would like to participate.  You aren't committing yet, but our contact wants to get an idea of how many we might have come, and she will create a group for us to register together. More information to come! 

Last year we had our first summer selfie challenge.  Thanks to @matthew_arned for the idea and to Ashley and Crystal for some of this year's new ideas!  It is a FUN way to see what you are doing this summer and to stay connected.  Here is this year's board.  Tweet it out to your followers so our learners and their famiLEEs can join in, too.  Please use the hashtags #rjlyear4  and #summerselfiechallenge 

As for the PLAYING BINGO square...we are totally going to coordinate an outing.  Stay tuned and join in the FUN!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Week of May 29

THANK YOU for another incredible year at our school.  #rjlyear3 was an absolute JOY because of each and every one of you.  Your hard work, dedication, perseverance, and genuine love of children goes unmatched and you are applauded for all that you have contributed to making our school the fine place that it is!  I hope you will always remember that you are "Here for a Reason"  because of the gifts and talents that you possess.  Sometimes you already knew them, other times we brought them out of you.  The special and unique blessing is that we are each on our own journey, yet we can all reflect back over the last year and see that we are better because of each other.  It is exciting looking forward and dreaming about #rjlyear4.

It will be sad to see some of our famiLEE move on to different paths, however, I feel confident that the bonds, connections, and lessons made at Lee will have a positive impact at your new homes.  Rachel, Amanda, Vianna, Kaylee, Amy, and Ashley B (yes- we just found out!) will forever be a Lee Spur famiLEE member, and we wish them nothing less than the best. Please keep in touch! 

Enjoy your THREE DAY weekend as you get ready for the last (sort of) week of school.  We know this is the BEST school, with the AWESOMEST staff and learners.  We only get our kiddos 187 days, so make the most of these last 3 1/2 with them!  THEY ADORE YOU-  AS DO I!

  • that we host a FINAL WALK for 5th graders on the last day of school?  Early release is 12:50, so at 12:35 we will ask that you line a path with learners (starting in the cafeteria) around the first floor so that our fifth graders can be recognized by their school.  Bring your Kleenex!  They walk the building two times and all of us will assist with dismissal duty this day.
  • if your learners do not pick up their medication by the last day of school that it will be discarded?  Please inform your parents!
  • that lost and found filled up two trash bags with clothing?  Please ask parents to check lost and found before the last day.  Anything not claimed will be discarded or donated.
  • that we have some ROCK STAR STAFF MEMBERS that did not miss a single day of school (other than school business) this year?  KUDOS to: Jayca, Kamille, Carla, Rikki, Akta, Shanna, and May.  Way to go!

Don't forget to sign up for summer learning in CISD.  If you are not able to attend, please make sure you unenroll.  Hours earned for this will count towards your 2017-2018 Flex Time.  Please remember that when you attend events outside of Lee that you represent our school.  Please be respectful of presenters, use technology appropriately, and enjoy learning from others.

Don't forget to have your class complete cards for Memorial Day by Friday, May 26.  We will take them to the DFW National Cemetery on Saturday, at 9:00 a.m.  This is a rewarding experience, so feel free to join in.  THANKS, Bethany, for being the point person on this service project!

Thank you for getting done with your inventory of your storage spaces.

SUPER JOB with your MacBook re-imaging today!  Jennifer and her team gave you high praise!!  Please check out this document that reviews how and when we will check in/out devices and carts for the end of year.  See Melinda or Alli if you have any questions.  Dates and info are also on the staff calendar.  

Want to see our fifth grade graduation on Wednesday afternoon?  Tune in to watch via LiveStream.  Thank you, Alli, for setting this up for us. 

Please notify your parents if their child is getting an award at Thursday's Spirit Rally.  They may want to come and watch them be honored.  Learners will get awards from Leedership Council, Citizens of the Year, Spelling Bee,  Sunshine Spurs, Broadcast, Yearbook Cover, Math Olympiad, Red and Black, Art, PE, Music, Library, STEM, and Enrichment. 

Please let the cafeteria know on this form if your learners will need a sack lunch on the last day.  All learners will eat before we release on Thursday.

We will host yearbook signing after Thursday's Spirit Rally.  Please let families know that there are a few more yearbooks for sale in the front office of the school.

Success- the gain of something desired or attempted

Never stop improving.  Great people are always learning and keep their minds open to new possibilities.

"If you want to be successful, it's just this simple...know what you're doing, believe in what you're doing." - Will Rogers

May 26- Grades Due (8:00)
May 27- Memorial Day Letters Delivered (9:00am)
May 30- Talent Show
May 31- Talent Show
     Turn in Shared Carts and Devices
     Lunches in Houses
     Fifth Grade Graduation (1:00-3:00 Gym)
June 1- Cindy's Birthday
     Report Card Day
     Spirit Rally (8:30-10:00)
     Yearbook Signing (10:00-11:00)
     Turn in Projector Carts to Melinda (11:00-12:00)
     Fifth Grade Walk (12:30-12:50)
     Early Release (12:50)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Week of May 22

There is so much to celebrate this week!  Field Day (for those who haven't experienced it yet) is such a FUN day for us all and PTO has worked very hard to put together a great day.  We had a fantastic time at the ballpark celebrating learners, there was a successful harvest from our garden, and there are some EXCEPTIONAL solutions coming to fruition on campus.  I feel #luckyatlee that you all keep the learning experiences going strong for our learners and that "learning happens until the last day at Lee!"  We know you are tired, yet you still give your all to our learners- THANK YOU!  IT DOES NOT GO UNNOTICED.  

  • that we now have Lee Reading A-Z for all of Kindergarten and Lee Vocabulary A-Z for the whole campus?  I'm working on finding out passwords and if it is accessible to your learners for the summer.  Stay tuned! 
  • that for those of you that are planners, our Master Schedule has two new tabs for May 30 and 31?  We will continue with grade level days, but there are some minor adjustments so please take notice.  Thank you for creating the schedule, Julie, and thank you ALL for your flexibility.
  • that Penny Tramel will be going to College Station ISD next year?  
  • we have recommended a new Designer for hire.  Please welcome Leslie Howard.  Leslie has taught in Eagle Mountain Saginaw, is a former teacher of the year, and been a campus leader at her school.  I am sure she would LOVE a friendly welcome to our FamiLEE, so please feel free to text her at 817-240-5583 or email her at: 

Feel free to wear shorts and ball caps with your Field Day t-shirts tomorrow.  Shorts should be fingertip length or longer- don't ruin it for others!  Please use the following schedule:
  • 7:55- Morning Broadcast House Meetings
  • 8:10- Head outside to start your first zone at 8:15
  • 12:00-1:00-  Lunchtime in houses
  • 1:00-1:15- Head back outside through the gym (get popsicle)
  • 1:15-?- House Competitions/Teacher Games
Please involve the CISD student athletes as much as possible.  We have football, tennis, RST, and other athletes here to make the day tons of fun for ALL.

Don't forget to have your class work on creating cards for Memorial Day by Friday, May 26.  We will take them to the DFW National Cemetery on Saturday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m.  This is a rewarding experience, so feel free to join in.  THANKS, Bethany, for being the point person on this service project!

Thank you for getting started on your inventory of your storage spaces.

Please check out this document that explains how and when we will check in/out devices and carts for the end of year.  See Melinda or Alli if you have any questions.  Dates and info are also on the staff calendar.  

In addition, 4th and 5th grade, please make sure to read and follow Alli's email.  Get a jump on this now because your office End of Year Checklist is coming next!

Please read new info about district benchmarks 
join the C&I Schoology Group.

Humor- comical or amusing quality; ability to see or show the funny or amusing side of things.

Your ability to make people laugh can help others feel comfortable and relieve tense situations.

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."

May 21- Japanese Club Field Trip
May 22- Last day of MLI
     RtI Meetings
     Therapy Dog Visits Schliewe's space (11:00)
     Board Mtg (6:30) recognition for Youth Art Month
May 24- Jess' Baby Shower (before school)
     Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00 ALL STAFF MUST ATTEND)
May 25- Designer Macs Reimaged
     LEEdership Council Meeting (8:30 A120)
May 26- Green Folders Due
     Memorial Day Letters Due
     Grades Due (8:00)
     Final Spirit Stick Sales
May 27- Letters Delivered to National Cemetery (9:00)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Week of May 15

Have an incredible weekend, sweet ladies!  Please leave as soon as ALL learners are safely dismissed!

  • we will participate in a Ponytail Club at our last spirit rally?  If you, any girls, or boys want to donate at least 10 inches of their hair to charity, please have them fill out this form.  Thanks Megan and Kaylee for heading this up!  S'More
  • learner books from the library are due on Wednesday, May 17.  Please comb through backpacks, cubbies, and your own classroom libraries to return Lee books to the library.  THANKS!
  • there are district expectations regarding our 4/5 iPads?
    • all 4th grade devices will need to be signed out of iCloud
    • all 5th grade devices will need to be signed out of iCloud and the device will be wiped
    • all devices will need to be checked in through Destiny

We are excited so send tickets and ball caps home with learners on Monday.  Please make sure these go directly into your learner's backpack.  Thank you to the office for delivering!

Since we have all met our flex hour requirements, please use the afternoon for conferences or to start your house storage inventory.  (editable document will be attached next week)


Field Day will be Day 0 on the calendar.  As soon as we get information from PTO regarding start time etc. we will pass it along.  So fare we have this flyer.  Please find out if your learners need a sack lunch from the cafeteria and enter your numbers on this google form.  Please get your information in by Wednesday, so that Tracie and her staff can plan accordingly.  THANK YOU!

Documentation for any RtI learner must be updated before the end of the year!  If you have any learners currently on RtI, please make sure you have scheduled a meeting on either Monday, May 15th or Monday, May 22nd to visit with Ashley and Angela.  They are happy to walk you through what is expected to be in AWARE. Thank you!

Tolerance- respecting the differences of others.

During discussions, respect other students' comments, opinions, and ideas.

"Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins." -Native American Proverb.

May 14- Mother's Day
May 15- RtI Meetings
    Ballpark Tickets/Hats Distributed
    LEEdership Council Meeting (8:30)
    Corissa's Bridal Shower (3:30)
May 16- Blue House Talent Show Try Outs (3:30)
May 17- CISD Night at the Ballpark
    2nd Grade Field Trip
May 18- Huffman ISD Tour
    NRH20 Performance
May 19- Send home TELPAS Scores
    Field Day

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Week of May 8

Happy Friday!  YOU are the MOST INCREDIBLE staff on the planet in the BEST school in the universe.  I hope the love your school famiLEEs have shown you this week keeps you uplifted and motivated to tackle the last few weeks school.  Did I just say the LAST FEW WEEKS OF SCHOOL?  WOW!  The year has flown by, and I know each of you are going to "finish strong."   

Happy Mother's Day to all of you next Sunday- you are second moms to our learners each and every day! 


I know you are in full swing of end of year conferences, but it is the perfect time to end the year on a good note.  Take some time and make a happy call to each of your learners.  It will pay off for you as much as it will them, trust me!

Summer Professional Learning is now open for you to sign up.  An email was sent to the entire district from Laurie O'Neill last week.  Please take advantage of the opportunity to start earning your 2016-2017 flex time in areas of YOUR CHOICE this summer.  You MUST sign up through Euphoria and unenroll if you are going to be absent.  This will ensure that classes are full or canceled due to low enrollment.  THANKS to those of you that already signed up, we see that in your professional portfolio in Euphoria.

Designers, as the end of the year approaches, we want to make sure that all of your data for any RtI learners is up-to-date and in AWARE.  If you have any learners currently on RtI, please schedule an RtI meeting on either Monday, May 15th or Monday, May 22nd to visit with Ashley and Angela about learner progress, end-of-year assessment data, and the required documentation.  They are happy to walk you through what is expected to be in AWARE.

In order to not have to come in to work on Friday, June 2, you must accumulate 8 hours before the 2nd.  GOOD NEWS- many of you have already earned some hours from attending our FamiLEE Science Night and will with our Movie Night.  Hours can be accumulated from work done BEFORE 7:30 or AFTER 3:35.  For example: Spring Conferences, storage room inventory, end of year checkout work.  Time clock employees must also have accumulated 8 hours of comp time to ensure they don't have to come in on June 2nd. Part of your end of year check out form will ask you to log your 8 hours. 

We will still be visiting classes, but will focus on all domains for the remainder of the year.

Humility- being humble, not proud or haughty, not arrogant or assertive.

If you win or excel at something, do not brag.

"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

May 8-12- School Nurse Appreciation Week
May 8- STAAR Testing
    1st Grade Field Trip
May 9- STAAR Testing
    K and 2nd Grade Field Trips
    PTO Mtg.  (6:30- Cafe)
May 10- House Shirt and Jeans
    Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)
May 11- Buffalo Wild Wings Night
     Lifetouch Orders Due
    Spurs Savings (7:30-7:50)
    Instrumental Dress Rehearsal (8:15  and 6:30)
    Red and Yellow Talent Show Try Outs (after school)
May 12- Social Spurs Snack
    Mother's Day Events at Lee
    Spirit Stick Sales (Recess Time)
    Yellow House Talent Show Try Outs (after school)
May 14- Mother's Day

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Week of May 1

What another amazing week we have been a part of at Lee.  Ashley and I have enjoyed our first couple of days of summatives.  Getting the chance to celebrate each of you and how far you have come is REWARDING and UPLIFTING.  We look forward to more meetings this week.  Thank you for coming prepared and being on time. 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.  Our PTO will be celebrating you all week long!  YOU deserve it! 


  • it looks like there will be no Specials or team time next Monday and Tuesday during STAAR testing?  Stay tuned for details about Specials schedule for 1, 2, 4, and 5 on May 10. 
  • your contracts are ready to sign in Talent Ed? 
  • we have a tour from 1:00-2:00 (tomorrow) Friday, April 28.  Our visitors want to see Watson Element and Enlight being used, so please make sure your app is updated and you are using it during that time.

Our National visit is on Tuesday afternoon starting at 11:00.  We would like to make sure if you are doing something special from 11:30-12:15 that you let Angela and Chantel know so we can make sure our learner tour guides bring guests to your space.  ALL learners and staff throughout the campus should be prepared to talk to our judge, so please be prepared.  Please make sure you have the following clearly posted in your space:

  1. Character traits posted and on our current life principle
  2. Digital citizenship pledges 
  3. Kelso Choice problem solving posters 
  4. Class norms/expectations
  5. 8 Expectations for Living
  6. Digital signage is updated with latest Big Idea and evidence of solutions

We look forward to having Nelson on campus Tuesday-Thursday this week.  He will work with folks on Tuesday and Wednesday (you should get an email) and will be in house meetings on Thursday.  Please have the Deeper Learning book on a device before the meeting with him.

We are looking forward to having our new learners and famiLEEs on campus on Thursday 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 100+ extra bodies.   Thank you to our support staff for helping in the kinder rooms.

Please remind your parents in your newsletter that there is only ONE more week to get their ballpark tickets here.

Please feel free to wear a super hero shirt on Friday with your jeans.  We will be celebrating School Lunch Hero Day in the cafeteria.  I think we can all agree, Tracey and her team are super heroes!

We would love to have you join in the FamiLEE movie night on Friday.  If you attend this is time that you can deduct from working on Friday, June 2.  Please sign in and out in the front office at the event.  I, unfortunately, do not have any details from PTO yet.  As soon as I get something I will share with you.

If you have a learner who paid for a yearbook that did not receive it, please let CK know immediately.  Extra yearbooks will go on sale shortly.

For Designers/Blog:
We will be trying to build a sustainable compost bin to use in the garden as a school. Please include the information below in your newsletter and discuss with your learners! Please use the compost bin on the left to drop off donations during recess. The compost bin should be covered at all times, except when depositing items. We will be looking for something to cover it, either a tarp or a large lid of some sort. Look for more information coming out from Blue3 about creating compost expert groups in each house as part of their solution. Thank you for helping us build the compost pile! 

For Newsletters/Parents:
Please join us in building a compost pile as a school! We will be attempting to build a sustainable compost pile that we can use in our garden at Lee. We need your help! Please allow your learner to follow this schedule and bring the following items to put in our compost pile.

Monday: Green Leaves
Tuesday: Brown Leaves
Wednesday: Grass Clippings
Thursday: Lunch Compost 
Friday: Brown Leaves

Learners will place their items in the compost bin at recess! Thank you for composting!

(Please share in your newsletters)

Thank you to those of you that have been filling out POs and spending your Fun Run dollars.  In addition to using approved vendors, please remember that you MUST have items shipped to our school address.  THANK YOU!

I've been asked by several so we will bring it back....if you would like to wear jeans all days in May, you can contribute $10 (that is about a dollar a day for the non-jean days in May).  We will talk with our Leadership Team about what we will do with funds raised (mystery gift cards for random staff members? charitable donation? other ideas?).  Funds must be paid by Thursday, May 4.  There will be an envelope in CK's mailbox to write your name on if you choose to participate.  


(don't miss the access code to the Curriculum Department's Schoology course)

Resiliency- recovering from or adjusting easily to misfortune or change.

Accept that you are going to make mistakes.  Learn from them and move on.

"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." -Napoleon

April 29- Amanda's Birthday
Week of May 1: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 1-  Hannah's Birthday
     Summatives (all day)
May 2-  Education Foundation Shirt w/ Jeans
    Nelson Taylor Visits Lee
    State School of Character Visit (11:00-end of day)
May 3-  Amy's Birthday
    College Shirt w/ Jeans
    Nelson Taylor Visits Lee
    Project ACES (email from Julie)
    Leadership Meeting (3:30-5:00)
    Dad's Club Mtg (7:00 Buffalo Wild Wings)
May 4- Nelson Taylor Visits Lee
    Kindergarten Round Up (9:00-10:30 Cafe and Kinder)
    Bluebonnet Party (3:15)
May 5- Last Day to buy Ballpark Tickets
    Summatives (all day)
    School Lunch Hero Day
    Pirate Spirit Stick Sales (Recess Time)
    PTO Movie Night (7:00-9:30)
May 6- Red and Black Fun Run

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Week of April 24

Thank you for a lovely volunteer breakfast for our volunteers.  Ayesha did a loveLEE job heading up this event- THANK YOU!  Also, thank you for your efforts to make our first FamiLEE Science Night a success.  There is an exciting week ahead as we celebrate Courtney's wedding and recognize Layne at the Teacher of the Year banquet on Tuesday Night.  I'm looking forward to checking out our leaners at Coppell's Earthfest at Town Hall on Saturday morning.  Feel free to join me!

  • 5th Grade STAAR Scores are in?  We had 93% pass Reading round 1 and 97% pass Math.  WONDERFUL WORK, team!  It takes ALL of us to get our learners ready, so THANK YOU!
  • that we have totals from the Fun Run?  It looks like the percentage we raised for the school is close to $19,000!  This hearty amount could NOT have happened without your help and support!  These funds will help fund TWO shade structures (one over the K-2 playground and one by the cement pad next to the track).
  • we are still missing some some technology from our inventory?  Please check your houses ON FRIDAY to see if you can locate these items.  If you do, PLEASE text or email a picture to me to send on to the district.  I know these items are in the building!  This is TIME SENSITIVE!!
    • iPad Airs:  15160645, 15160646 (both should be in Purple House)
    • iPad Minis:  12131361, 12131585, 1314299813143053, 1314306313143059 (could be in ANY house)
    • iPad 4s:  12132325 (should be in Red House)

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?  

YAY!  You each have a good amount of money to spend on items for your classroom before the end of the year.  You must use an approved vendor (Amazon is NOT approved, sorry).  Your totals are here.  Please follow all purchasing guidelines and submit a PO to Chantel ASAP so we can process this school year.  Be sure to include 10% shipping if you do not get a quote from the company you are purchasing from.  Please tweet out your purchases to @FamiLEEPTO when they arrive.

Please go into Eduphoria and complete your Part II Goal Reflection in your T-TESS Teacher Self-Assessment and Goal Setting form. Please have your reflection completed AT LEAST 72 hours before your EOY Summative conference so that Ashley and I can be prepared for our meeting.  Ashley and I will both be in your end of year conference.  We are excited for this time with each of you!


Responsibility- making the choice to be reliable and dependable.

After we eat, we will clean up after ourselves.  This includes cleaning off the tables and making sure we haven't left any trash on the floor or around the eating area.

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.  Never excuse yourself." -Henry Ward Beecher

April 22- Red House at Coppell Earthfest
April 24:  Courtney's Bridal Shower (3:30)
April 25:  TOY Banquet (7:00 pm)
April 26:   School Shirt and Jeans
      Lee Learner Luncheons
      Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)
April 27:  Spur Savings (7:30-7:50)
       Lee Learning Walk (8:15-9:00)
       Summatives (all day)
       Talent Show Meeting (3:15-4:00)
April 28:  Tour to see Element/Enlight (12:45-2:00)
        Spirit Stick Sales (Recess time)
        Summatives (afternoon)
April 29:  Amanda's Birthday