Friday, November 14, 2014

Week of November 17

Thank you for a super fun week as we cap it off with our school dance tonight.  We can't wait to see you there.  


  • that you can nominate a colleague for as a Super Teacher.  Here is a link to recognize them.  
  • that we are going to have a luncheon next Wednesday?  Please sign up to bring in something on our Social Spurs document.
  • that we will have TED Ed Clubs at Lee on Tuesday afternoons?  Please share this with your parents.  Thank you Elisa for spearheading this!  Our learners, parents, and Admin are VERY EXCITED!  If you didn't watch the TedEd video I tweeted out this week, please take time to watch this.
  • that the fall window for observations closes next Thursday?  Todd and I will be in your classrooms within the next week to perform a 20 minute observation in your classroom.  This is a focused walkthrough based on your professional goals.  
  • that we are ordering Number Talks for all designers.  Thank you Courtney for writing up this order with Library bond dollars! 


Thank you to those of you that are able to attend our Fall dance.  Our PTO really wanted a free family event and did their best to put together a fun time for all.  We appreciate that you would take your personal time to connect with our learners and families!  This is so important the first year and it makes a difference that you were there!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!

You all did an incredible job performing all three drills on Wednesday.  We recognize that this is a disruption to the learning day, so we appreciate your cooperation.  The auditors were HIGHLY IMPRESSED with how quickly and quietly our learners respond in these drills.  THANK YOU DESIGNERS for your efforts!!!  We will share the results of their project when we learn more.

We had an incredible Grand Opening to the bank.  48 learners deposited over $545.53 on our first day! Our next Spur Savings day will be December 4.

Everyone is welcome, but our campus leadership team is required to attend our after school meeting on Wednesday from 3:30-5:00.  This will be in place of our Staff Meeting.  During this time we will develop school wide expectations in the cafeteria and more.  

Your council member was given a home"fun" assignment.  They are to find out their t-shirt size.  Please remind them and send them to the PreK classroom from 9:00-10:00 on Wednesday, November 19.  THANK YOU for sharing your leaders with me!

Friday is our turkey drive and our LEEdership council has challenged us with bringing at least 350 turkeys.  Please bring turkeys to school Friday morning.  Dads Club will help us with collecting them and Ready, Set, Teach students will tally our donations.  If you do not want to shop for a turkey, you can donate online at . Select Kid’s 4 Turkeys and choose Richard J. Lee Elementary.

Friday is a huge day on campus.  Not only do we have our turkey drive and PTO Presidents meeting here at Lee, but we have a visit by our former Superintendent, Dr. Turner.  If you don't know, he is the one that envisioned this school.  He will be bringing Superintendents from all over from 9:00-10:00 on Friday.  I know that we can count on you to showcase all that you are doing in and with our building to transform education and he will see our school in a positive way!

Thank you for using ALL parts of our building ALL of the time.  This is something that each of you have pushed yourselves with, and we notice!!   Just a friendly reminder to pay attention to the library schedule.  If Mrs. George is scheduled with a class, we ask that you use the flex space or exterior areas of the library so that it does not disrupt her lesson on the carpet space by the checkout.  Please remind learners that if they go to the library and she is teaching class, that they should not walk through the middle of her lesson.

I want to share some exciting news with the role of our Literacy Coach.  This website will help you with seeing the vision of how we are going to be utilizing this role at Lee.  This is different than you are used to, so I encourage you to visit with me if you have any questions or suggestions.  We are transforming the role of this job in the district, and (shocker) Lee is the model for what other schools will be moving toward.  I am excited to see how using Roxann in this capacity benefits YOU and our learners.

Weeks ago you got an email from Alli about signing up for a Livestream account.  If you haven't done that yet, please do that this weekend.  On Monday, we will be live (thank you James, Alli, and Courtney)!  We will begin our live broadcast at 7:55 each morning, so BE READY!  Coming soon: CK interviews learners interested in being our anchors for morning broadcast.

Just a reminder to be ready to greet your learners as they are automatically dismissed from the gym for you each morning at 7:45.

"LEE" QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Be like a postage stamp, stick to something until you get there.” -Josh Billings

"LEE"DERSHIP TIP OF THE WEEK:  Do not smack your lips, tsk, roll your eyes, or show disrespect with gestures.

November 17- Chantel's Birthday
November 19- Red and Black Attack Shirt with Jeans
                        Leadership Meeting (3:30-5:00)
November 20- Courtney M's Birthday
                        2nd Grade Field Trip-Arboretum
                        Learn About Lee (9:00 Media Center)
November 21- Turkey Drive (7:30-9:00 Car Loop)
                        TASA Visit (IMPORTANT- 9:00)
                        PTO President's Meeting @ Lee (9:00)
November 24-28- NO SCHOOL
November 25- Going Bonkers w/ Dad's Club (6:00-8:00pm)
December 3- Wear your House shirt day with jeans
                      Progress Report Grades Due
                      3rd Field Trip- Arboretum
                      Picture Retakes (8:15)
                      Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)
December 4- Spur Savings (before school-cafe)
                      Chantel at Conference
                      4th Field Trip- FMSH
December 5- Chantel at Conference 
                      Progress Reports go home (under 73%)
                      School Wide Field Trip (CMSW)

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