Thursday, December 15, 2016

Week of Jan 2

We hope you have enjoyed our December to Remember.  How can it already be done??!!!  This year has been going by SO FAST!!   Have a GLORIOUS TWO WEEKS OFF, sweet staff.  We wish you nothing short of the most safe, memorable, and restful break and can't wait to hear about the FUN you have.  I plan to continue to rest and get well, but truthfully, I think some laughter in the lounge the last couple of days has been good for my soul and body!!  Thank you for that!

Fond farewell goes out to our Alex.  We wish you a beautiful start to married life in California.  You will be very missed by us all, and we know you will stay in touch.

Welcome to our newest famiLEE member, Mariah Wallace.  Congratulations as she graduates from UNT on Friday.  We hope you had a chance to meet her the last two days (though it might have been hard since she blended right into Whoville with her hair up!) 

Have the BEST last day of 2016 with our children.  They deserve it!

  • that you already signed up for vertical teams at the beginning of the year?  I attached images from our sign up below.  If you do not see your name, please let me know where you will be heading on Tuesday.  You may wear jeans on Tuesday, and  I HAVE to say represent our school at these meetings.  Please have a growth mindset and positive attitude.  If you are on technology, please use it intentionally.  Network and meet some of the talented staff on other campuses.  I KNOW they will be seeking YOU out!!

We will call you down at 8:15 by house.  Please move with purpose and do your best to get seated quickly.  We are going to try putting our parent chairs along the cinderblock walls and push purple and yellow closer to center court.  I know it is HARD, but please TRY to have your LEEders of the week at a place that makes it easy for them to come up for their awards.   We will start with your Unity chants, so BE READY!

We will have Duc get every classroom an extra trash bag to help with lunch waste.  As Shanna emailed, lunches will be ready after 9:00, so get them when your house is ready.

Please follow Ashley's directions from her email regarding grades.  There is a FAST turnaround for her to print these when we get back.

Please get any items form the fridge by 9:30.  Ashley and I will be tossing anything "suspect."  Please, also visit your mailbox by 11:00.  Empty it of all contents.  There are many thank you notes in there.  Please make sure these get in take home folders.  Custodial does a deep cleaning of the campus these next two weeks.  May I suggest a FRESH START and take everything down of your idea paint so that your room gets cleaned as much as possible.  Erase what you can on your glass- you may return to some shiny glass if you do!  I will talk to custodial about what they are using that is smearing the walls.  PLEASE take down and store any holiday displays and decorations before leaving.  If ALL learners are safely gone you can leave at 1:15.

As you reflect for the new year, please come to our staff meeting with your one word.  We will practice using your creativity as we focus ourselves for the second semester.

Trustworthiness- keeping your word; doing what is right for yourself and others.

People trust in you when your attitudes, words, and motives align with what you actually choose to do.  This includes being honest about intakes, refusing to gossip and shift blame, and doing things the ethical way (even if it's quicker to do otherwise).

"Stand with anybody that stands right.  Stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." -Abraham Lincoln

December 19- Ayesha's Birthday
December 29- Ashley M's Birthday
January 3- District Staff Development
January 4- Day 7 on rotation schedule
                  Grades Due
                  Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)
January 6- Social Spurs Luncheon
                  Send Home Report Cards
                  LEEdership Council Meeting (9:00)
                  Instrument Petting Zoo (1:00-2:45)
January 7- May's Birthday

Friday, December 9, 2016

Week of Dec 12

Thanks for your patience in waiting for this week's blog.  I'm sure you notice I am working at home. I hate missing school and not attending the CISD Holiday Open House, but I am being told to rest and I am going to listen. 

We hope you are looking forward to one more week of treats from Ashley and I.  It is SO MUCH FUN planning out ways to show you how much we care for you!  You are the BEST staff on the planet and deserve to be celebrated.

Thank you for the incredible coding opportunities for our kiddos this week.  We could feel the JOY in the building as the children (and you) were challenged learning new things and having fun while learning.  Your tweets were incredible!

Have the BEST final week of school for 2016.  We know there are so many exciting things happening all over the building.  Have an incredible two weeks off and take time to find the joy in your journey as you make memories with those you love.  We will miss you during the break, and be happy to catch up in the new year!  

  • that the district has completed Math RtI interventions and and progress monitoring?  Here is the link one more time
  • Stacey won a CISD Ed Foundation grant?  She will be ordering Bloxels for Kids.  
  • that we have 
  • Dad's Club has an event TOMORROW?  This is a family event at Urban Air, Coppell (next to Sprouts).  There is a Groupon 90 minutes here.
  • that Mariah Wallace (our new 2nd grade famiLEE member) will start on Wednesday?  Please take time to welcome her to our school.  We know she will have LOTS of questions, so we are counting on everyone to bring her up to the warp speed of Lee.

Our second LEEdership Council meeting will take place on Monday, December 12.  Leaders need to wear their council t-shirts and come to our meeting with 1 Big Idea (problem) generated from their class so we can narrow our focus for this year.  We will meet in the cafeteria.

PTO will be providing a luncheon from On the Border on Monday as well as hosting our Ugly Sweater Contest.  They will have a prize for the ugliest sweater of the day.  Jess won last year with one AWFUL ensemble from head to toe!  

Don't forget we have a PTO meeting at 6:30 on Tuesday night.  Please have at least one staff member and learner there to present for your house.

Join our third graders at the Economics Fair on Wednesday from 8:30-10:00.  Let your learners know about this shopping day so they can bring their money.  We will be on a minorly adjusted schedule on Wednesday.  Thank you for being flexible!
Blue- 10:00-10:45   (lunch and recess 12-1:00)
Green-10:45-11:30 (lunch and recess 11:30-12:30)
Specials Lunch 11:30-12:00
Purple- 12:00-12:45 (lunch and recess 10:30-11:30)
Red-12:45-1:30 (lunch and recess11:00-12:00)
Yellow-1:30-2:15 (lunch and recess 10:00-11:00)

Wear your green on Thursday (not Wednesday as our December to Remember calendar shows) as we celebrate that we are NOT Grinches this holiday season.  You have permission to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas from 1:00-2:00 as Room Parents set up in your open spaces.

Wear your pajamas to school on Friday as we celebrate Polar Express Day.   You have permission to watch the Polar Express movie with your classes after Spirit Rally on Friday.

Join us at 8:15 for our 2nd 9 weeks Spirit Rally.  We will recognize Red and Black Superstars, our Yearbook Cover Winners, our Jump Ropers and MORE!  The CHS Madrigals will wrap up our gathering with a beautiful performance!

Lunch will be eaten in your spaces on Friday.  Please let the cafeteria know how many sack lunches you need for Friday.

Friday is a half day of school.  The elementary school early release time is 12:50.  Please communicate this to your parents.  You may leave once the office is clear of ALL learners.  We will need all hands on deck to make sure learners get home the proper way so EVERYONE can leave early.  

Cooperation- working together

Staying positive, being approachable, and expressing positive thoughts and feelings through both verbal and nonverbal communication help you build rapport with those around you.

"We must all live together as brothers or perish alone as fools."  -Martin Luther King Jr.

December 10- April's Birthday
December 11- Julie B's Birthday
December 12- PTO Luncheon
                    Ugly Sweater Day/Contest
                    RtI Meetings
                    LEEdership Council 9:00-10:00
                    Ashley's Shower (3:30)
December 13- Spelling Bee (3:30 Media Center)
                    PTO Mtg. (6:30 Cafe)
December 14- Economics Fair (8:30-10:00)
                    Lee Learner Luncheon (10:30-1:00)
                    Staff Holiday Party
December 15- Grinch Day
                    Spurs Savings (7:30-7:50)
                    Grinch Movie (1:00-2:00)
                    Winter Parties (2:00-3:00)
December 16- Last Day of 2nd 9 Weeks
                    Polar Express Day
                    Spirit Rally (8:15-9:15)
                    Polar Express Movie
                    Early Release (12:50)
December 19- Ayesha's Birthday
December 29- Ashley M's Birthday

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Week of Dec 5

Well folks, you can tell we are in the swing of holiday season.  Our dates to remember are INSANE, so please try to take care of yourselves and ENJOY these last two weeks with our kids.  Ashley and I have had so much fun and JOY planning your Caroling Treats for the next couple of weeks.  Look for them to continue each day as we make this a December to Remember.  We love you!

  • that our 4th and 5th graders will be performing at the CISD Holiday Open House?  They were invited along with only three other elementary schools.  Congratulations Ashley and learners!
  • there is a plan for the January 3 Staff Development Day?  Here is information, hot off the press, from Laurie O'Neill:     Page 1     Page 2
  • that it is time to nominate Red and Black Superstars?  Please take time to recognize a colleague or learner in your space that goes above and beyond here.  
  • that there is an Elementary Facilities Committee that will meet over the next couple of months to determine what short and long term solutions to increased enrollment in CISD will be?  If you want to learn more ask: Chantel, Wendy, Courtney, or Stacey.  We are serving on this important and influential team that will make decisions that WILL IMPACT ALL OF US AT LEE!

THANK YOU for your commitment to this school-wide event!  Please make sure to sign in on an extra duty pay form for two hours when you arrive so we do not have to stay late to collect the forms at the end of the event.  I will submit these to payroll for you.

Please tweet out your participation in #HourOfCode during coding activties this week.  You all are doing some INCREDIBLE things with our codeable resources that the world should see!!!

Please join us in the gym (sorry Julie and Julie!!) at approximately 1:30 for our annual visit from the CMSW Fine Arts Department.  The performance should last about 30-45 minutes as we will be excited to see our former fourth and fifth graders come back to perform.  Fifth grade may want to be packed up in case it leads into Team Time.

We will get to hear our Lee fourth and fifth graders performing holiday tunes on Thursday morning.  We will call you down following morning broadcast.

For those of you new to CISD, the CISD Holiday Open House is a BIG DEAL.  It is our district's way of saying thank you for all that you do.  Please plan to carpool over to admin and stay for some snacks, photos, drawings, and FUN during your conference time.  Specials designers and Blue House, let's see if we can get coverage from CK, Ashley, Ayesha, Claudia, Jacque, Candace, and Deepa so that you can enjoy some time there.   Get with me if you have ideas.

Don't forget that by next Friday you need to review the "Things to Look for in Today's Classroom" on page 111 of Innovator's Mindset.  Visit peers' spaces on a learning walk, find 2 examples that relate to one of these "things to look for." Upload the pictures to the media album, and in the caption, describe how these examples inspire innovation.

Justice- being fair, right and upholding what is right

Never cut in line.  If someone cuts in front of you, do not say or do anything about it.  Let it happen, but let a teacher know about it.  They will handle the situation.

"In matters of style, swim with the current.  In matters of principle, stand like a rock." -Thomas Jefferson

December 3- Mathurday (8:30-10:30)
December 5-9- Hour of Code Week
                         Maintenance and Grounds Appreciation Week
                         National Handwashing Awareness Week
                         HUGS Drive
December 5- CMSW Band and Choir Visit Lee
                      Mentor Meeting (Green House 3:30)
December 6-  Ed Foundation tshirt and Jeans
                       Purple House Field Trip (Perot)
                       Dana Center Science Training (3:30 Wilson)
                       1st Stop, Collaborate, and Listen (3:30 Austin)
                       Dad's Club Mtg. (7:00 Buffalo Wild Wings)
December 7-  Walk at School Wednesday
                       College Shirt Day
                       Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)
December 8-  Blue House Field Trip (Dallas Heritage Village)
                       Buffalo Wild Wings Night
                       Choir and Instrumental Performance (8:15 and 6:30)
                       Campus Tour (1:00)
December 9-  CISD Holiday Open House (conference time)
                       Innovator's Mindset Post Due
                       Technology Support Staff Appreciation Day
                       Red and Black Superstar Nominations Due
December 10- Drama Club performance (MCL Grand Theater- 1:00)