Friday, May 8, 2015

Week of May 11

What an AMAZING week it has been meeting with each of you for your end of year summatives. Our hope is that you feel celebrated for your growth and hard work this year.  You are transforming yourselves in the process of transforming education and we could not be more proud of you! Please feel free to join us, on Friday, at 54th Street Grill for choir practice to celebrate as soon as your learners are safely dismissed!  I will be there after our 3:00 interview.

Happy Mother's Day to our staff moms.  May you feel celebrated and loved on Sunday!

“Grit is sticking with your future–day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years–and working really hard to make that future a reality.”– Angela Lee Duckworth

  • Britt Plotsky, is the latest candidate to join our famiLEE?  She is a first year teacher who will bring enthusiasm, passion, and new ideas to our school.  Her contact info is:  Please take time to welcome her!
  • that the Coppell Gifted Association offers educator summer scholarships? The application process continues through May 15, 2015.  Don't miss out on a great opportunity for up to $750 of your professional development in gifted education to be sponsored. 
  • you should clean out your teacher mailbox in the office, daily?

Thank you to the Kindergarten team for designing an incredible Kindergarten Round Up DURING THE DAY for our incoming friends.  I love your ideas for a different experience for our learners.  Not only was this a great idea for the children, their parents were HIGHLY IMPRESSED with their tour of our building WITH LEARNERS IN IT!  You ALL did a fantastic job of showcasing yourselves and our building, and I thank you for that.  What an outstanding first impression!

Please welcome my Principal for Half a Day, McKenna Sweatt, on Monday.  She will start her day with the car loop and finish after lunch.  Be prepared for a drill some time Monday morning- it will be FOR REAL when you hear her voice on the intercom!  Just want you to be prepared.

Architects and photographers will be visiting Lee on Tuesday morning starting with our morning broadcast.  They will be taking images around the building for national recognition of our school.  Please carry on as you typically would.  This is a great time to remind you of why I like those extra spaces in your house staged for learning at all times.

We will be having a very important district visit from Apple on Wednesday, May 13, from 1:30-2:30. During this time they will be touring the building to look at learning environment, learning design, assessment, and authentic technology integration.  Please continue to do the amazing work you always do.  I inform you of their visit because it is important for a potential partnership with them, but also in hopes that they would nominate us as an Apple Distinguished Campus

All district employees must complete an update.  Please complete this by Friday, May 29.  You are welcome to work together, as a house, during one of your conference times.  Thank you, Alli and Courtney, for keeping us compliant!

Thank you for coordinating these conferences with your parents.  As parents ask about plans for next year, encourage them to attend our next PTO meeting.  We will share our plan for the 2015-2016 school year, then.  We will also communicate our plan out through Parent Link after our PTO meeting.

Please put reminders in your weekly communication regarding ordering spring portraits. The due date is on the envelopes you sent home.

Wasn't our lunch from PTO great on Tuesday?  Please take time to write them a thank you and don't forget to contribute to Nicole's bracelet ASAP in the office.  Raising Canes wants to partner with RJL, so if you are looking for someone to come in and speak to your class about business, entrepreneurship, etc. please reach out to Randy Havekla Jr.  He is the general manager and his contact info is:

Please seek out volunteers to help you with Field Day, next Friday.  You will need 2 parents to walk with your class and help throughout the day.  You will also want to request a wagon/cart to carry learner towels and water bottles.  Communication should come out regarding Field Day from PTO, but to keep you informed: it will include bounce houses, water slides, competitive water events, tug of war, races, and MORE.  Learners should wear swim suits, a tshirt, and shoes that can get wet and are easy to put on/off.  Girls must wear a tshirt over their swim suits.  They will need sunscreen because we will be outside ALL DAY.

THANK YOU, staff, for the consideration you paid our mommas this week.  It was a treat to be part of the 2nd grade mom's celebration on Thursday, and I am certain there won't be a dry eye in the house at the Kindergarten performance today.  There is no doubt in my mind the poems, artwork, recipes, songs, plantings, and more that you prepared for this holiday have touched our moms' hearts.  The overwhelming attendance at these events, as well, goes to show that our moms do appreciate what you do with our learners!!!

"LEE" QUOTE OF THE WEEK:   "Expect the best.  Prepare for the worst.  Capitalize on what comes."  Zig Ziglar

"LEE"DERSHIP TIP OF THE WEEK:  Accept that you are going to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on.

May 11- 4th Grade Field Trip to Austin
               Guest Principal (McKenna Sweatt)
May 12- 5th Grade STAAR Retest
               Stantec Visit
               Leadership Council Meeting (1:30) Please remind them to wear their shirts
May 13- Walk at School Wednesday
             Jeans and Red and Black Shirt Day
             Apple Visits Lee (1:30)
             CISD Night at the Ballpark
May 14- Choir/Instrumental Ensemble Performance (6:30)
May 15-  Kindergarten Field Trip to Biodiversity Center
May 20-  Walk at School Wednesday
               Jeans and College Shirt Day
               NRH20 for Music Competition
               Staff Meeting (3:30)
May 22- Sheltered Instruction Training Modules Must be Completed
              Field Day

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