Week of September 14, 2015

The Week Ahead:

Happy Monday!  We hope you all had a wonderful long weekend!  It is homecoming week!  No, I don’t mean CSD football homecoming, this is an even better kind of homecoming…and we have not one but THREE homecoming queens! 🙂  This week we welcome our sweet Mandy Robinson back from maternity leave!  Please give her lots of love and support as she heads back to her first grade babies.  HUGE thanks to Robin Stephens for filling in for Mandy while she was spending some much needed mommy time with sweet baby Riggins.  Another familiar face we will be happy to see this week is our beloved Pam Haan!  She will be returning for a short time this week before her class heads off to Barrier Island, and then she will return to us full time next week once her kiddos are back on the CSD mainland!  HUGE thanks to Lisa Nageotte for filling in for Pam while she has been recovering.  One more homecoming of sorts is our dear Mary Mayo!  She made the journey home this past week from California to Charlotte .  Although she isn’t quite ready to return to CSD, we are thrilled that she is able to be near Joe , her boys, family and friends.  Mary is still working hard to return to her CSD family.  Right now she is at the Carolinas Rehabilitation Center in Charlotte.  Joe has said that visitors are welcome Monday-Friday after 4 pm and anytime on Saturday or Sunday.  He has also asked that for now that it be adult visitors only.  If you would like to email Joe to set up a time to visit Mary his email address is josephmayo@bellsouth.net

This week we send our fifth grade students off to Barrier Island.  We wish them safe travels and hope they have lots of fun on their big fifth grade adventure!

Another big happening around CSD this week is our Curriculum Night.  We expect a large turn out for this event.  This is a great time to share with parents important information about your classroom.  If there are certain routines and procedures you want students to understand, make sure you share these with parents so they can reinforce these at home.  Also make sure that parents are clear on your expectations for homework.  In elementary, parents often have questions about how we teach math and spelling, because it looks a bit different from the way they may have learned these subjects in school.  It may be a good idea to give a few examples of how these subjects are taught.  If you have questions or need help please let us know how we can support you.  The link to the article below may be a good one to read or share certain pieces with parents.  It gives some wonderful examples of ways parents can have conversations at home with their child about their learning.  Also, remember to have parents sign up for any volunteer jobs you need in your classroom.  Please make sure you include if you haven’t already, room mom and a teacher appreciation representative mom.  Have a wonderful week!

Leslie

Helping Parents Talk with Students

https://www.choiceliteracy.com/articles-detail-view-print.php?id=2092

The Week at a Glance:
Tuesday, September 15th:
Juli at DPI meeting (out of building)
K-7 Breakfast provided by Life Fellowship
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Treat provided by Teacher Appreciation Committee
Fundraising Discount Cards due
Wednesday, September 16th:
Marianne at BI
K-7 Curriculum Night (6:00-8:00)
Thursday, September 17th:
Marianne at BI
Friday, September 18th:
Marianne at BI
6th Grade Ropes Course (McCoy, Godkin, Merithew, Pagan)
4th Grade Old Salem Field Trip

Looking Ahead….
September 23 – Holiday – NO SCHOOL
September 25 – 4th Grade Pirate Parade at 8:30
October 1 – 1st Grade Field Trip to Children’s Theater
October 2 – Elem Spirit Friday; Staff Flu Clinic
October 5 – Parent Advisory Meeting at HS – 7:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
October 7 – 5th Grade PoC Field Test; Staff Meeting – Baby Shower for baby D’Esterre
October 8 & 9 – 1st Grade Fairy Tale Ball
October 13 – K-7 Lottery Open House 9:30a.m. and 7:00p.m.
October 16 – CSD Homecoming!
October 21-25 – Community HS Musical – Pippin
October 20 – K-7 Lottery Open House 7:00p.m.
October 21 – K-7 Staff Meeting
October 23 – Elementary Night at HS Football Game
October 28 – K-5 Parade of Fiction
October 29 & 30 – Teacher Workdays – Optional Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 2 – Parent Advisory at HS at 7:30 – Cybersafety Guest Speaker
November 3 – K-7 Lottery Open House 9:30a.m. and 7:00p.m.
November 4 – K-7 Staff Meeting
November 6 – 7th Grade Rube Goldberg Exhibition (MS Gym)
November 11 – Veteran’s Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL
November 13 – 6th Grade Greek Day
November 19 – 2nd Grade Performances
November 20 – Africa Day
November 25-29 – Thanksgiving Holidays – NO SCHOOL

Reminders:
Juli will be in Durham on Tuesday for a DPI meeting.
Marianne will be at Barrier Island with our 5th grade class from September 16-18.

Teaching Tips for Curriculum Night:

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2012/09/tips-stress-free-curriculum-night

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2014/09/tips-easy-and-almost-paper-free-curriculum-night

Great Things We Noticed:

Collaboration!  Whether it is helping out in early morning carpool, the front parking, or a child who was injured on the playground we are always overwhelmed by the response of our CSD staff members!  Thank you for your dedication to our students and school.

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