Sunday, April 10, 2016

Week of April 11

It has been one remarkable week for me as an administrator!  I spent Monday and Tuesday (and most of Friday) in classrooms completing most of my Spring Observations and Walkthroughs.   What a great opportunity to be reminded about the talent in our building.  Not every Principal can say that they go into observations and see GROWTH, but I can!  I am honored to serve with people who have a heart for children~ who keep pushing themselves~ who read feedback on their forms and TAKE ACTION.  I wonder at times how it can get any better... and then I visit your spaces and you SHOW ME!  I see objectives posted that match what is being learned, student-led learning experiences, authentic use of technology, movement and use of flexible learning environments, Schoology and SeeSaw, learner goal setting, and Designers who KNOW their learners.  We truly are #luckyatlee because of each of YOU!

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?  

  • that there is training at Region 10, on April 26, related to math problem solving.  If you want to attend from 9:00-4:00 pm, let me know!  
  • we will have the SAME Convocation t-shirts next year?  Don't get rid of yours this summer!!  

Please remember to let Nurse Amy know about upcoming field trips so that she can have medication prepared for you.  (You should also be notifying the cafeteria) In addition, on Friday, April 22, we have 5th grade spinal screenings in the morning and the 5th grade growth and development video in the afternoon.  


We have NO TOURS on Thursday, however, we do have a very important visit on Tuesday afternoon.  From 1:00-3:00 we will have 4 visitors from Apple that are here to see CBL and Apple technology in action.  I want you to continue to do what you always do, but if you can shift any CBL work to this time, it would be appreciated.  It is exciting to see Interdependence, Impact, Separation, Change, and Effect in action around our building.  GREAT job with your bulletin boards and walls capturing the process and thinking.

Don't forget you need to be here early, on Thursday, for our Staff photograph.  Since you will need to be here BY 7:10 for our 7:15 photograph, you can leave as soon as your learners are all safely dismissed.  We want our whole famiLEE in the picture, so please do your very best to be here on time.  Class pictures will take place in front of the tree in the cafe and the flex space in the media center will be used for individual photographs.  Here is our schedule (Picture Schedule tab). Keep in mind pictures will impact learning spaces. Please send an extra email reminding your learners and families that they can only BUY class pictures on Thursday.  

Our training has been confirmed for Monday, April 25.  The office will put in for your subs and the schedule is here.  If you are the AM session, your training is from 7:30-9:30.  You must be back from observations, ready to teach, at 11:30 (including a 30 minute lunch).  If you are in the PM session, your training is from 1:30-3:30.  Please observe, and have a 30 minute lunch between 11:30-1:30.  Be back on time, ready to learn, at 1:30.   It is up to you to connect with other educators to ask permission to observe.  Principals were emailed and so far we are approved at Cottonwood Creek, Wilson, Mockingbird, Austin, Town Center, Valley Ranch, and Pinkerton. (will add other schools on here as I hear back from Principals) You can also observe here, at Lee, if that is your preference.

Please complete this survey (you completed this at the beginning of he year and the district uses this as a comparative study.)  If you are a 3-5 grade Designer your learners need to complete it, too. It opens on Monday and must be completed by next Friday, April 22.

Please be mindful the rest of April and May that I will not approve personal days unless we receive two weeks notice.  In addition, our Fridays are substitute heavy, already, so we need you to take those vitamins and stay healthy!  I am not a supporter of "splitting classes" at any time, so stay healthy and turn in your absences to SmartFind as early as possible to ensure they get picked up.  Thanks for your cooperation!

Kinder, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade & 4th Grade (Austin) CHECK REQUESTS are due by April 21st.  Please be sure to consider ALL expenses – admission, tshirts, supplies, etc.  ALL Chaperone google sheets should be created and shared with Diana and Shanna ASAP. You can use the following link to create a google sheet.  Just click “FILE” – “MAKE A COPY” and rename it.  Be sure to “share” it with the office!  Chaperone List for Field Trip

Curiosity- the eager desire to learn, to explore, to investigate

"The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out." Anonymous

Learn and inquire about things that interest you.


April 11:  Ashley @ Lee all day
April 12:  Apple Visit (1:00-3:00)
                PTO Mtg. (6:00)
April 13:  Convocation T-shirt w/ Jeans
                Walk at School Wednesday
                Leadership Mtg. (3:30-5:00)  
April 14:  Faculty Picture (7:15 a.m.)
                Class and Spring Picture Day (all day)
April 15: MKB teachers observe at Lee
April 16:  CISD Ed Foundation Fun Run
                Coppell EarthFest
April 22:  EOY Summatives Due in Eduphoria

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