Friday, December 5, 2014

Week of December 8

I know NONE of you are feeling this way, especially after today's Best Christmas Pageant Ever snaffoo:
It sounds as if you handled everything in the best way possible.  I'm disappointed that our learners missed the performance, but the optimist in me is touched by the way everyone pulled together and made lemonade out of lemons. 


  • that there are yummy snacks at the CISD Open House?  Make sure you drop in at Admin during your conference time.  
  • that Dr. Waldrip does not want you to stop what you are doing when he comes to visit?  He just likes to take a look at what is going on in our school.  Now, if a learner wants to invite him to "join in," be it! :)  If you DO NOT want him to drop by your room, please let Diana know so that she can inform him.
  • that you can register your class for Hour of Code by going to this website? Please tweet out using @codeorg  #HourOfCode  #RJLHourOfCode
  • that we may be saying farewell to district MAP testing?  Dr. Waldrip, Curriculum Directors, and Principals have been looking at the number of assessments that our learners are taking. We have proposed eliminating this and replacing with iStation.  More information about this will be coming soon. 

I cannot express how proud of our school I was when the Superintendents visited RJL.  They were BLOWN AWAY by YOU and YOUR LEARNERS. You did an incredible job of utilizing all of the places in the building and seamlessly integrating technology.  The hugest compliment came from Dr. Turner when he turned to me and said, "Wow!  I am so impressed with how far you all are since my visit in September. You are much further along than I thought you would be."  This may not mean much to you, but he is a man who does not throw out compliments so, to me, this was a HUGE ONE.  Please know that your hard work does not go unnoticed by me or ANY of the visitors that come to our school.  Jaws are dropping and ideas are generated by watching and seeing YOU in action!

You are doing a FANTASTIC job of holding our learners to the cafeteria expectations we discussed.  THANK YOU!  Thank you to Mrs. Shannon for numbering our tables.


Please remember that Fed Ex hour is for professional growth.  This hour is not to complete a task that is on your designer plate, I'm sorry.  Please do not disturb others who are working on individual goals.  
  • ​Fed Ex IS:  technology training with Alli, a book study, learning about something new like the Comprehension Toolkit from KK
  • ​Fed Ex IS NOT: grading, lesson designing, completing Information Literacy, watching Bloodborne Pathogen video, writing your professional goals
Please ask me if you are unsure.  Your post on Today's Meet is your accountability to each other and administration.  I will go through Wednesday night and grant credit to those who posted after 4:30 but before 5:00.  

4th graders will be hosting a CBL toy drive from December 8 - December 19 at our school.  This is to go along with their Global Read Aloud book study of One for the Murphys.  Please post in your newsletters that they will be asking for new, unwrapped toys during these days.

Just a reminder how about much we love you!!  Don't forget to wear your jeans and holiday attire the next two weeks.  Clever Frozen themed treats will be in the lounge daily.  Please thank Diana and Veronica for helping me with the organization and set up of these!  

Hours for you on these days are from 7:30 - 3:30 in the Pre K room.  Dress is casual.  Please bring your resources and be in there on time so that Curriculum Directors, support staff, Todd, and I can support you.   Plan to order in lunch that day for your group.

Please work as a group to update these a minimum of once a month.  When you have new projects, learning, etc. to display on these, please send them to James and tell him which TV to run it on. (until we are trained otherwise).   These should be turned on every morning and turned off every afternoon. I appreciate your help.

"LEE" QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Growth only occurs when you successfully adapt to change.”
-Summer Jeirles (timely for all of us this year and TODAY)

"LEE"DERSHIP TIP OF THE WEEK:  Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness. Go out of your way to do something surprisingly kind and generous for someone. (perfect timing for our 4th grade CBL)

December 8-14- Hour of Code Week 
December 8- Frozen Days of Giving Begin 
                      Signed Progress Reports Due back to School
                      CK at Learning Forward Conference
December 9- Lee Campus Spelling Bee (3:15 Library Flex Space)
                      NO PTO Mtg.
                      CK at Learning Forward Conference
December 10- Red and Black Attack shirt with Jeans
                        Fed Ex Day
                        CK at Learning Forward Conference
                        Dr. Waldrip visits Lee @ 10:30
December 11- Todd's Birthday
                        Yellow CBL Planning Day
                        PTO Holiday Luncheon for staff
                        Channel 11 News films 2nd Grade (10:00)
                        Elisa's Bridal Shower (3:30)
                        Instrumental Ensemble Performance (6:30)
December 12- CISD Holiday Open House (Conference Time)
                        Possible Drama Club Performance (8:15)
                        Lee Performs at Holiday Open House (10:15)
December 15- West Winter Band/Choir performs for Lee (1:30-2:00)
December 16- Lee Night at CHS Basketball (8:00 p.m.)
December 17- College Shirt Day
                        Spur Savings (7:30)
                        Red CBL Planning Day
                        Staff Christmas Party @ Anamias (3:45)
December 18- Latest at Lee Parent Meeting (9:00)
                        Winter Parties (2:00)
December 19- Polar Express Day
                        Early Release Day (12:50)

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