Monday, June 12, 2017

Week of June 12

We hope you have enjoyed your first week of summer vacation.  YOU KNOW YOU ALREADY MISS US!!! Ashley and I will be at Common Formative Assessment training in district tomorrow and at TEPSA the rest of the week.  Here is a little update for everyone.

While you have been off, Ashley and I (and some other rock stars) have been meeting with potential applicants to join our famiLEE. We are VERY excited about the ones we have extended offers to.  Some have already been approved, some are being approved by the board tonight, and others will be approved at the next board meeting.  Please join us in welcoming:

Music Designer:  Megan Copenhaver 214.986.0134
Nurse:  Shanelle Stewart- 936.615.0873
Designer:  Jessie Tadgerson- 217.257.0234
Designer:  Leslie Howard- 817.240.5583
Designer:  Michelle Apgar- 469.360.8636
Designer:  Micha Patel- 972-740-0957
Designer:  Meredith Greer- 817.798.2821
Designer: Megan Oatis- 936.203.5796
Designer:  Aisha Khan- 817.707.1806
1/2 time Assistant Principal: Crystal Roach- 214.228.3544

I will only leave phone numbers live for one week for you to text them.  I will remove phone numbers in a week since this blog is public.

You have been anxiously awaiting your assignments for #rjlyear4.  THANK YOU for your patience!  After meeting with the district last week, we will have 35 sections for next year.  That means we will have 7 sections in each house. All other learners will be rerouted to other Coppell schools with room.  We can plan to have up to 22 learners in K-2, up to 23 learners 3rd-4th, and no limit in fifth grade.   A HUGE thanks to Shanna who has enrolled all of these learners and EXTRA thanks to the district for adding new sections so we can house all of these children moving in.  Looks like we will fill up a table or two at the New Hire Breakfast in August.

Here are assignments for the 2017-2018 school year.  Remember that they are always subject to change.  An "*" designates our Leadership Team members in house/grade.  Much effort was made to balance houses out, but to also move as few folks as possible.  Please do not be upset with colleagues who have changed grades/houses for not telling you the "inside scoop."  I asked them to respect the process and keep it to themselves until this blog came out.  It is going to be a fabulous 4th year at Lee!

Would you like to get to know some staff members BEFORE the school year starts?  We have a volunteer opportunity if you would like to join in.  Buckner International is a wonderful organization centered around foster care and adoption, providing families for abused and neglected children.  They are looking for volunteers to help with their School Supply Train on Saturday, August 5th from 9:00am - 3:00pm.   The day will consist of sorting school supplies, filling backpacks, decorating the trunks of cars, and then delivering the backpacks to a few foster children/families!  You can read more about the day here.  Please let Ashley know if you would like to participate.  You aren't committing yet, but our contact wants to get an idea of how many we might have come, and she will create a group for us to register together. More information to come! 

Last year we had our first summer selfie challenge.  Thanks to @matthew_arned for the idea and to Ashley and Crystal for some of this year's new ideas!  It is a FUN way to see what you are doing this summer and to stay connected.  Here is this year's board.  Tweet it out to your followers so our learners and their famiLEEs can join in, too.  Please use the hashtags #rjlyear4  and #summerselfiechallenge 

As for the PLAYING BINGO square...we are totally going to coordinate an outing.  Stay tuned and join in the FUN!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Week of May 29

THANK YOU for another incredible year at our school.  #rjlyear3 was an absolute JOY because of each and every one of you.  Your hard work, dedication, perseverance, and genuine love of children goes unmatched and you are applauded for all that you have contributed to making our school the fine place that it is!  I hope you will always remember that you are "Here for a Reason"  because of the gifts and talents that you possess.  Sometimes you already knew them, other times we brought them out of you.  The special and unique blessing is that we are each on our own journey, yet we can all reflect back over the last year and see that we are better because of each other.  It is exciting looking forward and dreaming about #rjlyear4.

It will be sad to see some of our famiLEE move on to different paths, however, I feel confident that the bonds, connections, and lessons made at Lee will have a positive impact at your new homes.  Rachel, Amanda, Vianna, Kaylee, Amy, and Ashley B (yes- we just found out!) will forever be a Lee Spur famiLEE member, and we wish them nothing less than the best. Please keep in touch! 

Enjoy your THREE DAY weekend as you get ready for the last (sort of) week of school.  We know this is the BEST school, with the AWESOMEST staff and learners.  We only get our kiddos 187 days, so make the most of these last 3 1/2 with them!  THEY ADORE YOU-  AS DO I!

  • that we host a FINAL WALK for 5th graders on the last day of school?  Early release is 12:50, so at 12:35 we will ask that you line a path with learners (starting in the cafeteria) around the first floor so that our fifth graders can be recognized by their school.  Bring your Kleenex!  They walk the building two times and all of us will assist with dismissal duty this day.
  • if your learners do not pick up their medication by the last day of school that it will be discarded?  Please inform your parents!
  • that lost and found filled up two trash bags with clothing?  Please ask parents to check lost and found before the last day.  Anything not claimed will be discarded or donated.
  • that we have some ROCK STAR STAFF MEMBERS that did not miss a single day of school (other than school business) this year?  KUDOS to: Jayca, Kamille, Carla, Rikki, Akta, Shanna, and May.  Way to go!

Don't forget to sign up for summer learning in CISD.  If you are not able to attend, please make sure you unenroll.  Hours earned for this will count towards your 2017-2018 Flex Time.  Please remember that when you attend events outside of Lee that you represent our school.  Please be respectful of presenters, use technology appropriately, and enjoy learning from others.

Don't forget to have your class complete cards for Memorial Day by Friday, May 26.  We will take them to the DFW National Cemetery on Saturday, at 9:00 a.m.  This is a rewarding experience, so feel free to join in.  THANKS, Bethany, for being the point person on this service project!

Thank you for getting done with your inventory of your storage spaces.

SUPER JOB with your MacBook re-imaging today!  Jennifer and her team gave you high praise!!  Please check out this document that reviews how and when we will check in/out devices and carts for the end of year.  See Melinda or Alli if you have any questions.  Dates and info are also on the staff calendar.  

Want to see our fifth grade graduation on Wednesday afternoon?  Tune in to watch via LiveStream.  Thank you, Alli, for setting this up for us. 

Please notify your parents if their child is getting an award at Thursday's Spirit Rally.  They may want to come and watch them be honored.  Learners will get awards from Leedership Council, Citizens of the Year, Spelling Bee,  Sunshine Spurs, Broadcast, Yearbook Cover, Math Olympiad, Red and Black, Art, PE, Music, Library, STEM, and Enrichment. 

Please let the cafeteria know on this form if your learners will need a sack lunch on the last day.  All learners will eat before we release on Thursday.

We will host yearbook signing after Thursday's Spirit Rally.  Please let families know that there are a few more yearbooks for sale in the front office of the school.

Success- the gain of something desired or attempted

Never stop improving.  Great people are always learning and keep their minds open to new possibilities.

"If you want to be successful, it's just this simple...know what you're doing, believe in what you're doing." - Will Rogers

May 26- Grades Due (8:00)
May 27- Memorial Day Letters Delivered (9:00am)
May 30- Talent Show
May 31- Talent Show
     Turn in Shared Carts and Devices
     Lunches in Houses
     Fifth Grade Graduation (1:00-3:00 Gym)
June 1- Cindy's Birthday
     Report Card Day
     Spirit Rally (8:30-10:00)
     Yearbook Signing (10:00-11:00)
     Turn in Projector Carts to Melinda (11:00-12:00)
     Fifth Grade Walk (12:30-12:50)
     Early Release (12:50)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Week of May 22

There is so much to celebrate this week!  Field Day (for those who haven't experienced it yet) is such a FUN day for us all and PTO has worked very hard to put together a great day.  We had a fantastic time at the ballpark celebrating learners, there was a successful harvest from our garden, and there are some EXCEPTIONAL solutions coming to fruition on campus.  I feel #luckyatlee that you all keep the learning experiences going strong for our learners and that "learning happens until the last day at Lee!"  We know you are tired, yet you still give your all to our learners- THANK YOU!  IT DOES NOT GO UNNOTICED.  

  • that we now have Lee Reading A-Z for all of Kindergarten and Lee Vocabulary A-Z for the whole campus?  I'm working on finding out passwords and if it is accessible to your learners for the summer.  Stay tuned! 
  • that for those of you that are planners, our Master Schedule has two new tabs for May 30 and 31?  We will continue with grade level days, but there are some minor adjustments so please take notice.  Thank you for creating the schedule, Julie, and thank you ALL for your flexibility.
  • that Penny Tramel will be going to College Station ISD next year?  
  • we have recommended a new Designer for hire.  Please welcome Leslie Howard.  Leslie has taught in Eagle Mountain Saginaw, is a former teacher of the year, and been a campus leader at her school.  I am sure she would LOVE a friendly welcome to our FamiLEE, so please feel free to text her at 817-240-5583 or email her at: 

Feel free to wear shorts and ball caps with your Field Day t-shirts tomorrow.  Shorts should be fingertip length or longer- don't ruin it for others!  Please use the following schedule:
  • 7:55- Morning Broadcast House Meetings
  • 8:10- Head outside to start your first zone at 8:15
  • 12:00-1:00-  Lunchtime in houses
  • 1:00-1:15- Head back outside through the gym (get popsicle)
  • 1:15-?- House Competitions/Teacher Games
Please involve the CISD student athletes as much as possible.  We have football, tennis, RST, and other athletes here to make the day tons of fun for ALL.

Don't forget to have your class work on creating cards for Memorial Day by Friday, May 26.  We will take them to the DFW National Cemetery on Saturday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m.  This is a rewarding experience, so feel free to join in.  THANKS, Bethany, for being the point person on this service project!

Thank you for getting started on your inventory of your storage spaces.

Please check out this document that explains how and when we will check in/out devices and carts for the end of year.  See Melinda or Alli if you have any questions.  Dates and info are also on the staff calendar.  

In addition, 4th and 5th grade, please make sure to read and follow Alli's email.  Get a jump on this now because your office End of Year Checklist is coming next!

Please read new info about district benchmarks 
join the C&I Schoology Group.

Humor- comical or amusing quality; ability to see or show the funny or amusing side of things.

Your ability to make people laugh can help others feel comfortable and relieve tense situations.

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."

May 21- Japanese Club Field Trip
May 22- Last day of MLI
     RtI Meetings
     Therapy Dog Visits Schliewe's space (11:00)
     Board Mtg (6:30) recognition for Youth Art Month
May 24- Jess' Baby Shower (before school)
     Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00 ALL STAFF MUST ATTEND)
May 25- Designer Macs Reimaged
     LEEdership Council Meeting (8:30 A120)
May 26- Green Folders Due
     Memorial Day Letters Due
     Grades Due (8:00)
     Final Spirit Stick Sales
May 27- Letters Delivered to National Cemetery (9:00)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Week of May 15

Have an incredible weekend, sweet ladies!  Please leave as soon as ALL learners are safely dismissed!

  • we will participate in a Ponytail Club at our last spirit rally?  If you, any girls, or boys want to donate at least 10 inches of their hair to charity, please have them fill out this form.  Thanks Megan and Kaylee for heading this up!  S'More
  • learner books from the library are due on Wednesday, May 17.  Please comb through backpacks, cubbies, and your own classroom libraries to return Lee books to the library.  THANKS!
  • there are district expectations regarding our 4/5 iPads?
    • all 4th grade devices will need to be signed out of iCloud
    • all 5th grade devices will need to be signed out of iCloud and the device will be wiped
    • all devices will need to be checked in through Destiny

We are excited so send tickets and ball caps home with learners on Monday.  Please make sure these go directly into your learner's backpack.  Thank you to the office for delivering!

Since we have all met our flex hour requirements, please use the afternoon for conferences or to start your house storage inventory.  (editable document will be attached next week)


Field Day will be Day 0 on the calendar.  As soon as we get information from PTO regarding start time etc. we will pass it along.  So fare we have this flyer.  Please find out if your learners need a sack lunch from the cafeteria and enter your numbers on this google form.  Please get your information in by Wednesday, so that Tracie and her staff can plan accordingly.  THANK YOU!

Documentation for any RtI learner must be updated before the end of the year!  If you have any learners currently on RtI, please make sure you have scheduled a meeting on either Monday, May 15th or Monday, May 22nd to visit with Ashley and Angela.  They are happy to walk you through what is expected to be in AWARE. Thank you!

Tolerance- respecting the differences of others.

During discussions, respect other students' comments, opinions, and ideas.

"Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins." -Native American Proverb.

May 14- Mother's Day
May 15- RtI Meetings
    Ballpark Tickets/Hats Distributed
    LEEdership Council Meeting (8:30)
    Corissa's Bridal Shower (3:30)
May 16- Blue House Talent Show Try Outs (3:30)
May 17- CISD Night at the Ballpark
    2nd Grade Field Trip
May 18- Huffman ISD Tour
    NRH20 Performance
May 19- Send home TELPAS Scores
    Field Day

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Week of May 8

Happy Friday!  YOU are the MOST INCREDIBLE staff on the planet in the BEST school in the universe.  I hope the love your school famiLEEs have shown you this week keeps you uplifted and motivated to tackle the last few weeks school.  Did I just say the LAST FEW WEEKS OF SCHOOL?  WOW!  The year has flown by, and I know each of you are going to "finish strong."   

Happy Mother's Day to all of you next Sunday- you are second moms to our learners each and every day! 


I know you are in full swing of end of year conferences, but it is the perfect time to end the year on a good note.  Take some time and make a happy call to each of your learners.  It will pay off for you as much as it will them, trust me!

Summer Professional Learning is now open for you to sign up.  An email was sent to the entire district from Laurie O'Neill last week.  Please take advantage of the opportunity to start earning your 2016-2017 flex time in areas of YOUR CHOICE this summer.  You MUST sign up through Euphoria and unenroll if you are going to be absent.  This will ensure that classes are full or canceled due to low enrollment.  THANKS to those of you that already signed up, we see that in your professional portfolio in Euphoria.

Designers, as the end of the year approaches, we want to make sure that all of your data for any RtI learners is up-to-date and in AWARE.  If you have any learners currently on RtI, please schedule an RtI meeting on either Monday, May 15th or Monday, May 22nd to visit with Ashley and Angela about learner progress, end-of-year assessment data, and the required documentation.  They are happy to walk you through what is expected to be in AWARE.

In order to not have to come in to work on Friday, June 2, you must accumulate 8 hours before the 2nd.  GOOD NEWS- many of you have already earned some hours from attending our FamiLEE Science Night and will with our Movie Night.  Hours can be accumulated from work done BEFORE 7:30 or AFTER 3:35.  For example: Spring Conferences, storage room inventory, end of year checkout work.  Time clock employees must also have accumulated 8 hours of comp time to ensure they don't have to come in on June 2nd. Part of your end of year check out form will ask you to log your 8 hours. 

We will still be visiting classes, but will focus on all domains for the remainder of the year.

Humility- being humble, not proud or haughty, not arrogant or assertive.

If you win or excel at something, do not brag.

"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

May 8-12- School Nurse Appreciation Week
May 8- STAAR Testing
    1st Grade Field Trip
May 9- STAAR Testing
    K and 2nd Grade Field Trips
    PTO Mtg.  (6:30- Cafe)
May 10- House Shirt and Jeans
    Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)
May 11- Buffalo Wild Wings Night
     Lifetouch Orders Due
    Spurs Savings (7:30-7:50)
    Instrumental Dress Rehearsal (8:15  and 6:30)
    Red and Yellow Talent Show Try Outs (after school)
May 12- Social Spurs Snack
    Mother's Day Events at Lee
    Spirit Stick Sales (Recess Time)
    Yellow House Talent Show Try Outs (after school)
May 14- Mother's Day

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Week of May 1

What another amazing week we have been a part of at Lee.  Ashley and I have enjoyed our first couple of days of summatives.  Getting the chance to celebrate each of you and how far you have come is REWARDING and UPLIFTING.  We look forward to more meetings this week.  Thank you for coming prepared and being on time. 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.  Our PTO will be celebrating you all week long!  YOU deserve it! 


  • it looks like there will be no Specials or team time next Monday and Tuesday during STAAR testing?  Stay tuned for details about Specials schedule for 1, 2, 4, and 5 on May 10. 
  • your contracts are ready to sign in Talent Ed? 
  • we have a tour from 1:00-2:00 (tomorrow) Friday, April 28.  Our visitors want to see Watson Element and Enlight being used, so please make sure your app is updated and you are using it during that time.

Our National visit is on Tuesday afternoon starting at 11:00.  We would like to make sure if you are doing something special from 11:30-12:15 that you let Angela and Chantel know so we can make sure our learner tour guides bring guests to your space.  ALL learners and staff throughout the campus should be prepared to talk to our judge, so please be prepared.  Please make sure you have the following clearly posted in your space:

  1. Character traits posted and on our current life principle
  2. Digital citizenship pledges 
  3. Kelso Choice problem solving posters 
  4. Class norms/expectations
  5. 8 Expectations for Living
  6. Digital signage is updated with latest Big Idea and evidence of solutions

We look forward to having Nelson on campus Tuesday-Thursday this week.  He will work with folks on Tuesday and Wednesday (you should get an email) and will be in house meetings on Thursday.  Please have the Deeper Learning book on a device before the meeting with him.

We are looking forward to having our new learners and famiLEEs on campus on Thursday from 9:00-10:30.  Please help us with a smooth and quiet transition into music and PE during our presentation with parents.  Thank you to our office staff for managing our crowd.  Thank you to our Kindergarten team for taking on 100+ extra bodies.   Thank you to our support staff for helping in the kinder rooms.

Please remind your parents in your newsletter that there is only ONE more week to get their ballpark tickets here.

Please feel free to wear a super hero shirt on Friday with your jeans.  We will be celebrating School Lunch Hero Day in the cafeteria.  I think we can all agree, Tracey and her team are super heroes!

We would love to have you join in the FamiLEE movie night on Friday.  If you attend this is time that you can deduct from working on Friday, June 2.  Please sign in and out in the front office at the event.  I, unfortunately, do not have any details from PTO yet.  As soon as I get something I will share with you.

If you have a learner who paid for a yearbook that did not receive it, please let CK know immediately.  Extra yearbooks will go on sale shortly.

For Designers/Blog:
We will be trying to build a sustainable compost bin to use in the garden as a school. Please include the information below in your newsletter and discuss with your learners! Please use the compost bin on the left to drop off donations during recess. The compost bin should be covered at all times, except when depositing items. We will be looking for something to cover it, either a tarp or a large lid of some sort. Look for more information coming out from Blue3 about creating compost expert groups in each house as part of their solution. Thank you for helping us build the compost pile! 

For Newsletters/Parents:
Please join us in building a compost pile as a school! We will be attempting to build a sustainable compost pile that we can use in our garden at Lee. We need your help! Please allow your learner to follow this schedule and bring the following items to put in our compost pile.

Monday: Green Leaves
Tuesday: Brown Leaves
Wednesday: Grass Clippings
Thursday: Lunch Compost 
Friday: Brown Leaves

Learners will place their items in the compost bin at recess! Thank you for composting!

(Please share in your newsletters)

Thank you to those of you that have been filling out POs and spending your Fun Run dollars.  In addition to using approved vendors, please remember that you MUST have items shipped to our school address.  THANK YOU!

I've been asked by several so we will bring it back....if you would like to wear jeans all days in May, you can contribute $10 (that is about a dollar a day for the non-jean days in May).  We will talk with our Leadership Team about what we will do with funds raised (mystery gift cards for random staff members? charitable donation? other ideas?).  Funds must be paid by Thursday, May 4.  There will be an envelope in CK's mailbox to write your name on if you choose to participate.  


(don't miss the access code to the Curriculum Department's Schoology course)

Resiliency- recovering from or adjusting easily to misfortune or change.

Accept that you are going to make mistakes.  Learn from them and move on.

"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." -Napoleon

April 29- Amanda's Birthday
Week of May 1: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 1-  Hannah's Birthday
     Summatives (all day)
May 2-  Education Foundation Shirt w/ Jeans
    Nelson Taylor Visits Lee
    State School of Character Visit (11:00-end of day)
May 3-  Amy's Birthday
    College Shirt w/ Jeans
    Nelson Taylor Visits Lee
    Project ACES (email from Julie)
    Leadership Meeting (3:30-5:00)
    Dad's Club Mtg (7:00 Buffalo Wild Wings)
May 4- Nelson Taylor Visits Lee
    Kindergarten Round Up (9:00-10:30 Cafe and Kinder)
    Bluebonnet Party (3:15)
May 5- Last Day to buy Ballpark Tickets
    Summatives (all day)
    School Lunch Hero Day
    Pirate Spirit Stick Sales (Recess Time)
    PTO Movie Night (7:00-9:30)
May 6- Red and Black Fun Run

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Week of April 24

Thank you for a lovely volunteer breakfast for our volunteers.  Ayesha did a loveLEE job heading up this event- THANK YOU!  Also, thank you for your efforts to make our first FamiLEE Science Night a success.  There is an exciting week ahead as we celebrate Courtney's wedding and recognize Layne at the Teacher of the Year banquet on Tuesday Night.  I'm looking forward to checking out our leaners at Coppell's Earthfest at Town Hall on Saturday morning.  Feel free to join me!

  • 5th Grade STAAR Scores are in?  We had 93% pass Reading round 1 and 97% pass Math.  WONDERFUL WORK, team!  It takes ALL of us to get our learners ready, so THANK YOU!
  • that we have totals from the Fun Run?  It looks like the percentage we raised for the school is close to $19,000!  This hearty amount could NOT have happened without your help and support!  These funds will help fund TWO shade structures (one over the K-2 playground and one by the cement pad next to the track).
  • we are still missing some some technology from our inventory?  Please check your houses ON FRIDAY to see if you can locate these items.  If you do, PLEASE text or email a picture to me to send on to the district.  I know these items are in the building!  This is TIME SENSITIVE!!
    • iPad Airs:  15160645, 15160646 (both should be in Purple House)
    • iPad Minis:  12131361, 12131585, 1314299813143053, 1314306313143059 (could be in ANY house)
    • iPad 4s:  12132325 (should be in Red House)

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?  

YAY!  You each have a good amount of money to spend on items for your classroom before the end of the year.  You must use an approved vendor (Amazon is NOT approved, sorry).  Your totals are here.  Please follow all purchasing guidelines and submit a PO to Chantel ASAP so we can process this school year.  Be sure to include 10% shipping if you do not get a quote from the company you are purchasing from.  Please tweet out your purchases to @FamiLEEPTO when they arrive.

Please go into Eduphoria and complete your Part II Goal Reflection in your T-TESS Teacher Self-Assessment and Goal Setting form. Please have your reflection completed AT LEAST 72 hours before your EOY Summative conference so that Ashley and I can be prepared for our meeting.  Ashley and I will both be in your end of year conference.  We are excited for this time with each of you!


Responsibility- making the choice to be reliable and dependable.

After we eat, we will clean up after ourselves.  This includes cleaning off the tables and making sure we haven't left any trash on the floor or around the eating area.

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.  Never excuse yourself." -Henry Ward Beecher

April 22- Red House at Coppell Earthfest
April 24:  Courtney's Bridal Shower (3:30)
April 25:  TOY Banquet (7:00 pm)
April 26:   School Shirt and Jeans
      Lee Learner Luncheons
      Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)
April 27:  Spur Savings (7:30-7:50)
       Lee Learning Walk (8:15-9:00)
       Summatives (all day)
       Talent Show Meeting (3:15-4:00)
April 28:  Tour to see Element/Enlight (12:45-2:00)
        Spirit Stick Sales (Recess time)
        Summatives (afternoon)
April 29:  Amanda's Birthday

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Week of April 17

  • there are quite a few deadline items on your "to do" list.  Here is a checklist to help you:
    • We Teach Survey for Staff (23 out of 50 so far)
    • We Learn Survey for Learners (249 out of 380 so far)
    • Clarity Survey for Staff
    • Clarity Survey for Learners
    • Apple Survey for Staff
    • T-shirt sizes for Field Day (add your teacher sizes, please)
    • Sign up for an End of Year Summative Time (ALL employees, except office staff)
    • Sign up for Volunteer Breakfast (coming from Ayesha soon)
    • Locate missing technology in your house and notify Jennifer
    • Read the Curriculum Management Plan by Monday
    • Turn in your pink forms from parents to the office
    • Turn in your class picture envelopes to the office
    • Enjoy the Weather Day OFF!

Enjoy your one hour on Wednesday where you learn about a topic of YOUR choice related to YOUR goals, and earn Flex credit for it.  This is a time for learning.  Please post to Today's Meet after 4:30, but before 5:00, on Wednesday and share what you learned during your time in order to get credit for your hour. 

Want to work on questioning during Fed Ex time?  Come join Ashley and Jacque to dig deeper in the importance of quality questioning in instruction.  They will be leading learning about how to form essential questions for our learners and how to create quality questions for your upcoming lessons! 

Thank you for all of your hard work to make this event a success.  Hours worked this night will be documented so that you can deduct them so you do not have to come to work on June 2.  Please sign in and out on the Sign In Sheet in the front office on Friday night. 

We will have a new focus starting this week.  We will be listening to what you and the learners are "saying" during these visits.  It is a great time to put your questioning learning into practice and for us to see how you respond to misconceptions and misunderstandings. 

(updated- important WATSON information)

Optimism- to anticipate the best possible outcome.

Be positive and enjoy life.  Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good.

"Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in every day." -Anonymous

April 14- Multiple Surveys DUE
       NO SCHOOL
       Suzanne's Birthday
April 16- Happy Easter
April 17- RtI Meetings
        Yellow House Music Performance (8:15 and 6:30)
        CMP Visitors at Lee (Mary and April)
April 18- Akta's Birthday
April 19- Ed Foundation T-shirt and Jeans
         Melinda's Birthday
         GtI Facilitators at Lee (A120)
         Donuts with Dads (7:15-7:50)
         Progress Report Grades Due (8:15)
         Fed Ex Day (3:30-4:30)
         PTO Spirit Night at Biryani's (6:00-9:00)
April 20- Volunteer Breakfast (7:15-7:50)
April 21- Progress Reports sent home
          5th Grade Scoliosis Screening (8:15)
          5th Grade Growth and Development Video (2:00-3:00)
          Spirit Stick Sales (Recess)
          FamiLEE Science Night (6:00-7:30)
April 22- Earth Day
           Coppell Earth Fest
           Dad's Club Sport Event (Lee Playground)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Week of April 10

  • that maintenance will start planting grass in areas of the school starting Monday?  Please be extra watchful of learners when equipment is in the schoolyard.  
  • there is a great ppt from Taylor and Megan's Science Training regarding questioning?  It goes along beautifully with our campus questioning goal.
  • it is time to sign up for your end of year Summatives?  We will send an email SOON for you to sign up.

Please make sure your Citizen of the Year is on this document to turn in to the district. We need to know who is confirmed attending, so this document needs to be updated before you leave on Friday.  This will ensure we meet our district deadline and secure extra tickets we will need for our number of Lee Learners.

Mrs. JanLuven needs t-shirt sizes to order shirts for Field Day.  Most of you already have shirt sizes from previous orders this year.  Please put totals in this document.  If you do not have sizes, please get them by next Friday so Jenny can order shirts.  THANK YOU!

THANK YOU for helping to complete the three surveys you have received emails about.  

Monday, everyone needs to be in the cafeteria ready for our staff picture by 7:15.  We will start class and individual pictures immediately after morning broadcast.  A "runner" will come get you.  Please come down immediately so that we can stay on schedule.  Class pictures will be in the cafeteria and then your learners will head to the flex space for individual portraits.  When you bring learners down, please come shortest to tallest.  The schedule for photos is Blue House -> Purple House -> Green House -> Red House -> Yellow House.  Please make sure your learners from Wendy and Karen's classes are included in your group picture.  Feel free to use this blurb in your newsletters: Monday is Spring Picture Day.  Learners will be photographed with their class and also individually. DON'T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR CLASS PICTURE for $13.  Order envelopes were sent home in learner folders.  

We will have a new focus starting this week.  We will be listening to what you and the learners are "saying" during these visits.  It is a great time to put your questioning learning into practice and for us to see how you respond to misconceptions and misunderstandings.

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

Learn and inquire about things that interest you.

"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

April 7- Make sure Citizens of the Year are confirmed
April 8- Megan's Birthday
April 10- Spring Pictures (Staff 7:15am)
     Technology Inventory
     Interview Training (3:30 A120)
April 11- Blue House Field Trip (Heritage Village)
     Technology Inventory
     PTO Meeting (6:30 Cafe)
April 12- House shirt and jeans
     Carrollton Elem Visits Lee (Blue House)
     Blue Valley visits with Red House (12:00- Conference Room)
     Campus Tours (1:00-2:00)
     Staff Meeting (3:30-5:00)
April 13- Buffalo Wild Wings Night
     Red House Field Trip (Arboretum, Perot, and Aquarium)
     Spurs Savings (7:30-7:50)
     State School of Character Visit (all day)
     Tour (9:00-10:00)
April 14- NO SCHOOL
      Suzanne's Birthday

Friday, March 31, 2017

Week of April 3

We survived our first round of testing and we are so very grateful for Angela keeping us compliant.   Have a beautiful weekend!

  • not every class has given a response on the Google Form for PTO regarding the shade structure?  If your class did not vote after broadcast, PLEASE contribute today so that we can share results with PTO.  THANK YOU!
  • Summer Professional Learning Opportunities in CISD go live on April 3? Here is a Listing of summer sessions and description of sessions.  I am still waiting to get information about K-2 and 3-5 Balanced Literacy dates.  
  • Kristina, Taylor H, and Samira will join Ashley and Chantel for Common Formative Assessment training this summer? THANK YOU, girls!
  • May is going to serve as our Math Content Specialist next year?  Thank you, May, and a HUGE THANKS to Samira for her service the last two years.  
  • that we have 13 identified Dyslexia learners and 4-5 being investigated?  Thank you to Ashley, Mary, and all Designers for narrowing in on these learners and getting them the help they need and deserve.  WOW!

Nelson will be back three days this week to support our professional learning and campus growth.  He will work with Kylie, Priscilla, Megan, Britt, and Samira.  Nelson will be returning in May, so if you want to work with him, just let CK know.

Please talk up yearbooks to your kids and put another note in your newsletter this week.  THANK YOU!

Dear Parents,
Online ordering of this year's RJL yearbook is closed, however, you can STILL purchase a yearbook.  Designers were given envelopes from PTO for learners who have not ordered yet.  All you need to do is write a check to LEE PTO and send your check back in the envelope and a yearbook will be reserved for you.

Please send the following blurb home to your parents in this week's newsletter.  You will also have a print out in your mailbox of learners who have outstanding collections still out there.

Dear Parents, 
Thank you again for all of your help collecting the pledges from the Apex Fun Run! Right now, we have collected 87% of the pledges and our goal is 100%. Please help us by making sure that all sponsors have paid online or by check/cash. You can check to see who has paid by logging in with your student’s access code at and scrolling to the bottom to the list of pledges for your student. 

Thank you so much for making the Apex Fun Run such a wonderful event for our school! If you have any questions about pledges or need your student’s access code, please contact the school or email Apex at 

Thanks for making this a great success and helping us reach our goal!

Please remember to review this document before April 14 when Mary and April will be here for your feedback.

Please complete this survey (you completed this at the beginning of the 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 Tuesday and must be completed by next Friday, April 14.  (Link and info will be coming from Alli the beginning of the next week)

Safe travels to our fourth graders, Designers, Ashley, and chaperones as they head out bright and early for Austin.  We will have a guest Principal on campus this day.  Bret Shelby (Town Center AP) will be subbing in for the day.  Angela, Shanna, and I will be at the TEPSA secretary's luncheon in the late morning and afternoon.  We will also get our State School of Character Banner from TEPSA this day.  YAY!!!

It is that time of the year where we recognize one individual from each class for their incredible character.  Please submit the name of one of your learners on this form.  Please customize and send the personalized letter to parents TODAY so that they have time to RSVP and order tickets if they will attend.  All Citizens of the Year will be recognized at the last Spirit Rally as well as at the Ballpark on May 17.


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Flexibility- the ability to make adjustments or alter plans.

A leader is able to change and adjust to different situations and settings with a positive attitude.

"Expect the best.  Prepare for the worst.  Capitalize on what comes." -Zig Ziglar

April 2- World Autism Awareness Day
April 3- Nelson Taylor Visits Lee
        RtI Meetings
April 4- Education Foundation T-shirt and Jeans
         Librarian Appreciation Day
         Nelson Taylor Visits Lee
        Clarity Survey Window Opens
        Dad's Club Meeting (7:00 Buffalo Wild Wings)
April 5- Nelson Taylor Visits Lee
         Jeans and College Shirt
         Mrs. Harris' Birthday
         Leadership Meeting (3:30-5:00)
April 6- 4th Grade Austin Field trip
          Rebekah's Birthday
          TEPSA Secretary's Luncheon
April 7- Spirit Stick Sales (Recess Time)
April 8- Megan's Birthday

Friday, March 24, 2017

Week of March 27

THANK YOU for "springing" back into the work week after our time off for Spring Break.  Our Green House music performance was precious and classroom visits this week were exceptional.  It is NEAT seeing new faces in the open spaces of the building.  Way to push some comfort zones (I guess that is ONE positive thing about state testing!)  The climate and culture you have established with our kiddos exudes such joy and happiness.  Please know how much it is noticed!  

THANK YOU, Special Education Support Staff.  We appreciate you beyond words and you are such valuable parts of our FamiLEE!

I apologize that I will be out, AGAIN, as strep has returned.  After a visit to Urgent Care, a steroid shot and more antibiotics, I  should be back to myself and ready to go for next week.  I appreciate your patience, understanding, and prayers.  I know you recognize how badly I hate to miss school.

  • that Chantel and Ashley will visit your learners BEFORE you begin testing on STAAR Days?  We will visit EVERY testing space, spread a little positivity, and cheer them on to success.  Please do not start going over directions or pass out tests until we have visited your class or small group.  We will start those visits immediately after morning broadcast.  If your class needs a visit on Monday too, please schedule with Chantel.  We want them to be confident going into their tests and remind them how well you have prepared them.
  • that breakfast will be provided for all staff on Tuesday, March 28, to get all of us fueled up for our first day of testing and noise control?  Please stop by the lounge.  THANK YOU for the school wide effort to support our learners, test administrators, and Angela.
  • we are investigating having Spur Savings at Lee EVERY Thursday next year?  Stay tuned!
  • Summer Professional Learning Opportunities in CISD are coming your way.  This image will give you some of the latest information.  Enrollment opens April 3. Here is a Listing of summer sessions and description of sessions.  I am trying to get information about K-2 and 3-5 Balanced Literacy dates.  I would love to send some more of you this year.  We have 2 more spots for anyone interested in going to Common Formative Assessment on June 13.  Email me if you are interested.

Please remind parents to purchase yearbooks before the price increases.  Yearbooks are still available to order! You can order online here (ID code: 13015817). Don't miss out!

Please remind parents to send in their pledge envelopes for the Apex Fun Run by sending this message:   Please help us by making sure that all sponsors have paid online or by check/cash.  You can check to see who has paid by logging in with your student’s access code at  and scrolling to the bottom to the list of pledges for your student. 

Enjoy your one hour on Wednesday where you learn about a topic of YOUR choice related to YOUR goals, and earn Flex credit for it.  This is a time for learning.  Please post to Today's Meet after 4:30, but before 5:00, on Wednesday and share what you learned during your time in order to get credit for your hour. 

Want to work on questioning during Fed Ex time?  Come join Ashley and Jacque to dig deeper in the importance of quality questioning in instruction.  We will be learning about how to form essential questions for our learners and create quality questions for our upcoming lessons! We will be meeting in Karli & Priscilla's space. 

Alli will be hosting Digital Learning Practice during FedEx on Wednesday.  Keep an eye out for more details coming early next week!

You can begin your Spring Conferences at any time, now.  Please give due diligence to make contact with all parents to review their learners data and goal setting.  During your time together, I would encourage you to listen if parents would like to make a change in house for the 2017-2018 school year.  Maybe their learner is not working well with classmates?  Perhaps they need a change of classmates after three years?  Please write these requests down and EMAIL them to Chantel.  This makes sure that I have a second layer of documentation to double check when class lists are created.  In addition, remind parents to indicate the same information on the 2017-2018 Campus Enrollment letter that will be going home in April.  We do NOT take requests for house colors and we do our best to have siblings in the same house.  If you are a Blue Kinder, Green 2nd, or Red 4th grade Designer (ESPECIALLY FOURTH) parents need to know that we will do our BEST to keep as many learners in their house to loop up, but due to enrollment, there may need to be some learners moved into other houses.  Parents WILL be notified by campus administration before Meet the Designer Night, if their learner is being moved.  Please ask me if you have any questions!!!


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Compassion- the ability to share another's feelings or ideas.

When a designer is having a serious conversation with a learners, don't look at that learner.  You wouldn't want your classmates looking at your in a similar situation.

"It is the weak who are cruel.  Gentleness can only be expected from the strong."  - Leo Roskin

March 27-31 Kindergarten Registration
March 27- RJL Cares Shirt with Jeans
March 28- 4th STAAR Writing
         5th STAAR Math
March 29- Positive Post It Day
         5th STAAR Reading
         Fed Ex Day
March 30- Lee Learning Walk (8:15)
         4th Grade Chaperone Meeting (6:00)
         Buffalo Wild Wings Night
         Youth Art Month Reception (CHS)
March 31- Megan Sonnamaker's Birthday
         Spirit Stick Sales (Recess time)