Thursday, February 23, 2017

Week of February 27

What a wonderful week!  It has brought us great joy to be in your spaces and to see the experiences you have designed for our leaners.  Thank you for your risk-taking and remembering why you are at Lee!

You're here for a reason. If you think you're not, I would just say that perhaps you forgot...a piece of the world that is precious and dear would surely be missing if you weren't here. If not for your smile and your laugh and your heart, this place we call home would be minus a part. Thank goodness you're here! Thank goodness times two! I just can't imagine a world without you!

  • if you attended Stop, Collaborate, and Listen or Destination Imagination that you can wear jeans on Monday?  Thank you!
  • that the custodians do not take out recycling?  It is up to our campus to have a "plan" for how we handle recycling.  Does this sound like a solution you or a learner want to tackle?  
  • Nelson Taylor from Apple will be back?  I have about 4 more spots for folks interested in working with him.  It involves him watching/helping you teach and a 30 minute debrief afterwards.  He will help with your CBL Journey and collaborative experiences. 
  • that our building was intentionally designed with no teacher desks in spaces?  Please push yourself if you have resorted back to having a "desk" in your room (this looks like a counter, table, podium, or cart in some spaces).  It is easy to go back to what you "used to do," but you should be moving around your space as much as your learners are.  

Get ready for orange, blue, and excitement to start working its way through the building.  This group does a great job of teaching citizenship and being present on campus.  Please join us at 3:15 on Monday in the Media Center flex space.  If you read the teacher playbook page I attach, it will help answer questions and keep our meeting BRIEF.  The main take-away is the more you pump up Fun Run participation, the more $ you get to spend in your classrooms.  10% of what your class raises goes back to YOUR CLASS.  Tuesday's pep rally in the gym will get the kids excited and they will go home with their pledge packs.  Please have learners packed up in your spaces before heading down in case the rally lasts until dismissal.  We will have Team Time and 2nd graders will be watched by the Specials Team.  New FamiLEE members, please ask your house if you have any questions.

Please have your writing samples ready for Claudia before Monday morning.  Please follow the directions, precisely, and put sticky notes on any samples that Ashley may need clarification on.

Please plan on coming down to the large conference room during Tuesday's conference time.  We have a representative from Discovery Ed on campus to support you with how to integrate the electronic tools with the adoption.  Please bring your MacBooks.

We have campus tours twice this week.  During our Apple Tour on Wednesday, they will be looking to see technology integration.  Please make sure that learners are using technology at high levels of SAMR during this visit.  Our Thursday tour is looking at teacher practice and pedagogy.

Please stay tuned for the FUN of this day.  First, feel free to dress up in any Dr. Seuss attire you like.  We will beep the announcement bell three times after broadcast and you will rotate to another classroom from 8:00ish to 8:30.  You may even be the Principal!!!  Kylie will be sending out your guest location for Thursday.  Thanks for having FUN with this and rolling with it!  It is a surprise so don't tell your learners what is going on.  PS- 5th grade, your substitutes will not participate in this experience!

Please turn in at least one nomination for a learner or staff member by Friday.  We will announce these at our next Spirit Rally.

Thank you for completing the Behavior Universal Screener as a House!  If you rated a learner as "high" risk, please make sure you sign up for an RtI meeting to discuss this learner with Angela and Ashley.  Our next RtI day is March 6th.  If the learner is already on Tier 2 for Behavior, just make sure we have been updated with their progress.  Thank you! 

We are a famiLEE of Apple Teachers!  Congratulations to everyone who has already completed badges for this program.  Once you become an Apple Teacher, join our famiLEE Wall of Fame by posting your signature to the media albums in this folder! Still need help getting started? Contact Alli for help!

Check out the new Digital Promise Guide.  It includes great tips, hints, reflective pieces and best practices.  Our next Fed Ex Day is March 29, if you are looking for earning flex for reading.  Thanks, Jacque for sharing in Team Time, too!

Please be aware that we are looking at how you make adjustments when we visit.  Think about the Team Time question: How do you know they know it?  What do you do when they do?

(not updated this week)

Initiative- taking action; originating new ideas

Strong leaders take responsibility for events and believe that they can have an effect on outcomes and conditions.

"If an opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle

February 25- Destination Imagination Tournament
February 26- Cowtown (Good luck, girls!)
February 27- Ashely returns (welcome back from maternity leave!)
         Claudia collects TELPAS Writing Samples
         Teacher Fun Run Huddle (3:15 Media Center Flex Space)
         Board Mtg. (7:30)
February 28- Discovery Ed (Conference Times)
         Fun Run Pep Rally (2:00 Gym)
         1st Grade Stop, Collaborate, Listen (3:30 Austin)
         Dad's Club Meeting (7:00 BWW)
March 1- Jeans and College Shirt
          Apple Tour (9:00-10:00)
          Leadership Meeting (3:30- A120)
March 2- Read Across America Day
          5th Grade ADI Training
          TELPAS Reading Tutorials with Angela
          Campus Tour (1:00-2:00)
          Youth Art Month Awards (6:00 CHS)
March 3- Red and Black Superstar Nominations Due
          TELPAS Writing Samples Returned
          CMSW Visit with 5th Grade (8:00 Cafe)
          Dad's Club Camp In (7:00 pm -8:00 am)

1 comment:

  1. Excited about the learning experience but super bummed I'll be missing the confused look on the kids' faces when the designers switch!