Thursday, September 18, 2014

Week of September 22

WHAT A BUSY WEEK IT HAS BEEN!  THANK YOU, once again, FOR BEING THE AMAZING STAFF that you are!  I cannot wait for you to meet a person near and dear to my heart- my mom.  She will be flying in Friday morning, and I know she can't wait to meet the people I have bragged so much about.   YOU!


  • We have some resources in the closet in the Broadcast Studio that you can check out.  There are limited quantities (not enough for every house) so please return when you are finished.  A Google checkout list is created for checking out/in items.
  • There are sodas in the Coke machine AND you can use your debit card.
  • Veronica is learning how to use our Cricut so we can teach you.
  • That there is a way to close your white walls in the collabs?  A HOW TO video will be coming your way.
  • That we will have a data dashboard that collects data from our solar panels, geo thermal heating and cooling, wind turbine, and water reservoir.  Here is the START of what that board will look like|slot:/LeeES|prophetView:index.  I bet you can think of the limitless ways to integrate this tool already!
  • That Chantel ordered a personal Osmo set.  If you want to use, please see her.  We might want some more and they are an approved vendor.

The Coppell Education Foundation is now accepting Grant Applications for the 2014 school year. Please see the attached application detailing the Guidelines, Grant Process, Instructions, and Timeline for this year. The deadline for all Grant Applications is October 15, 2014. Please submit all applications electronically to

All Grants will be awarded by December 12, 2014 in the hope that funding and implementation will be complete by February, enabling recipients to provide the Coppell Education Foundation with a short video/report of the success achieved by their Grant Project and how it has impacted their School, Classroom, and Students.


THANK YOU for sharing your Google documents with me!  I was impressed with how your grade levels and houses used your collaborative time together.  Keep learning from one another and remember "there is a reason you are in the grade and family you are in."  Your strengths balance out the group!!  

THANK YOU for sharing your learners with us this week.  We are so excited that they will be the stars of the Dedication ceremony on Monday.  We are hopeful that practice Friday morning will go well.  We will work out the kinks so that we represent ourselves well.  Thank you, in advance, for your help!

Please communicate to your families that if they have one, to please wear our navy blue inaugural spirit shirts on the 22nd.  If they don't have that, any Lee shirt will do.  No Lee shirt- NO problem...  they can wear a navy shirt.  Staff, please wear your inaugural shirts, too, with khaki bottoms.

There will be people touring the building from 10:00-10:30 on Monday.  Carry on with what you would normally plan that day.  Help us remind learners that when we have guests, we stay focused on the "work" and not what is going on around us.  Please be mindful that backpacks are put up and wall displays are neat with a description of the WHY posted near it. (see our many art displays for examples)

We are expecting guest numbers in the hundreds- NO AUTOGRAPHS, PLEASE!!

Learners will have a cookie treat at the end of the day.  I have requested no peanuts from Chef Helen. We will either bring them to your house at the end of the day, or have you come down somewhere with your learners.

If you are wondering what Fed Ex Day is, it is a day that you can have professional development of your choice.  This is one hour a month where you learn about a topic of YOUR choice related to YOUR goals.  Please post to this Today's Meet after 4:30, but by 5:00 on Wednesday.  Please share what you learned during your time to get credit for your hour.  Those who post will automatically be enrolled through Eduphoria.  Alli will be hosting "Wallcrashers" if you are interested in attending.

Pictures are a great way to capture memories.  Have you seen these?  It also is one of the FEW fundraisers RJL will get to keep profits on.  Please communicate about picture day to our families and encourage purchasing.  Our picture day schedule will follow our Specials Schedule so learners can change before PE (if necessary).  Our staff picture will be at 7:15.

This event is our huge PTO fall fundraiser, so please talk it up to your learners.  This money will be used for Matching Funds (to buy more technology), for Designer Grants, for enrichment opportunities for the learners, for busses for field experiences, and MORE.  There is a competition between houses with a popsicle party going to the house that raises the most funds.

Please sign up on the Google Spreadsheet shared with you for a time that works for you to meet with Chantel and Todd.  We have to have these completed by October 3.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Please continue to request absences through Formspace.  NEW: Diana will enter your absence in SmartFind, now.  On days that we have more than 3 people out, I will have to decline personal days, so please, if you plan on taking personal days, get those turned in.  Approval is on a "first come/first served" basis.

At the beginning of the year, I expressed wanting to know your classroom "behavior plan."  I have seen some house plans in your Google Docs, but I should have a plan from each of you.  Please keep in mind that group punishment and sitting out of recess is not acceptable here.  Learners should be dealt with individually and privately.  Behavior in Specials classes is to be handled in Specials, not with the designer when they pick their learners up.  We will be asking you for your plan in your goal setting meeting, so please bring it for us to discuss.

September 22: Write a Check Week
                        Grand Opening (9:00-10:30) 
                        Choir Auditions
September 23: Layne's Birthday
September 24: Red and Black Attack Shirt Day
                        BOY Data due in AWARE
                        4/5 Progress Report Grades Due
                        Fed Ex Day (3:30-4:30)
September 25: Fall Picture Day (Faculty Photo at 7:15 am)
                        Instrumental Ensemble Auditions
                        Jewelry Sale in the Lounge
September 26: Possible Spirit Rally
                        Progress Reports sent home
September 27: Green Apple Day at Lee (more info coming)
Week of September 29- Book Fair Week
September 29- SBDM Mtg. (3:30)
September 30: Sara Mason's Birthday
                        Child Abuse Training must be complete
October 1: Diana Sircar's Birthday
                  Staff Meeting
October 3: Information Literacy Course must be complete

1 comment:

  1. WOW! That data dashboard is really cool! Thanks for all you do to keep us in the know! :)