Week of October 26, 2015

What’s on Our Minds:

RobinThis week in staff meeting we were able to celebrate the “life and times” of our beloved Robin Stephens. As you all know, Robin is retiring in November and starting the next chapter of her life as a full-time grandmother. Robin was the very first assistant hired to work at CSD with the very first CSD K teacher, Miss Leslie DEARMIN (later known as Tomko). As I sat in the staff meeting and listened to Leslie recount Robin’s legacy, I was profoundly struck by the energy in the room. It’s the energy that can only be described as palpable. Just as kids hang on a teacher’s every word when being read a favorite novel aloud to the class, Leslie reeled us in, not just with her account of how Robin came to be CSD’s first assistant, but with the genuine emotion that flowed as she offered her heartfelt speech. In that moment, I was reminded of our retreat theme – #storiesmatter.

Life is fast and busy, and it’s very easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day monotony of our hectic lives. That’s why it is essential to have a ritual that stops time and forces us to be in the moment. For me, Standing O has always been one of these times. There is something so very magical and powerful about hearing a loved one celebrated out loud publicly. There is always laughter and more often than not, tears, that also accompany this experience. And then there’s that moment right before the applause breaks out where your heart becomes so full of love it feels as if it could literally pop right out of your chest. That is a magnificent feeling – one that is universal yet unique at the same time. The truth is that I went home after Wednesday’s staff meeting in a much better place than when I arrived. And that got me to thinking… Why?

Connection. All of us long for connection. As infants, we are hardwired for connection and belonging. I think that sums up what we were feeling in that room on Wednesday as we took the time to celebrate our dear Robin. Through hearing each others’ stories and publicly celebrating the qualities we admire most in others, we are fostering the sense of community that is at the core of everything we do at CSD. So as we move forward into what could be a stressful week for some (with assessments, report cards, conference prep, etc…), let’s all be sure to take some time to appreciate the goodness that surrounds us daily at CSD. Let’s look for occasions in our classrooms to celebrate our students’ successes and accomplishments. Let’s be deliberate about finding opportunities to connect with others and deepen the relationships that drive everything we do. And perhaps most importantly, let’s be reminded that #storiesmatter.

~Juli

The Week at a Glance:
Monday, October 26th:
K-7 Report Cards Due
Sapp to the Pines
Whitley to Huntersville Oaks
Tuesday, October 27th:
Wednesday, October 28th:
Washam Teacher Leader
K-5 Parade of Fiction at 8:30
Hosse to Huntersville Oaks
Staff Mindfulness Training – Session 1 – Introduction 3:30
Thursday, October 29th:
Teacher Workday/Optional Parent Teacher Conferences/U-Visits
Friday, October 30th:
Teacher Workday/Optional Parent Teacher Conferences/U-Visits

Looking Ahead….
November 2 – Parent Advisory at HS at 7:30 – Cybersafety Guest Speaker
November 3 – K-7 Lottery Open House 9:30a.m.
November 4 – K-7 Staff Meeting; 5th Grade Barrier Island Performances
November 6 – 7th Grade Rube Goldberg Exhibition (MS Gym); 3rd Grade Bones Performance (MS Black Box)
November 10 – Staff Mindfulness Training – Session 2 – Mental Effectiveness – 3:30
November 11 – Veteran’s Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL
November 12-14 – Book Fair
November 13 – 6th Grade Greek Day
November 16 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
November 17 – Staff Mindfulness Training – Session 3 – Goals – 3:30
November 17 – MS and HS Band Concert at 7:00 in 8th Grade Theater Space
November 19 – 2nd Grade Performances
November 20 – Africa Day
November 25-29 – Thanksgiving Holidays – NO SCHOOL
December 1 – Staff Mindfulness Training – Session 4 – Priorities 3:30
December 2 – K-7 Staff Meeting
December 9 – Staff Mindfulness Training – Session 5 – Energy Management 3:30
December 15 – K7 Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
December 16 – 5th Grade Proof of Concept
December 16 – Staff Mindfulness Training – Session 6 – Work-Life Balance
December 17 – Kindergarten Gingerbread Houses
December 21 – January 3 – WINTER BREAK

Teaching Tips by Marianne

Preparing for Parent/Teacher Conferences

The very best parent teacher conferences are when a parent walks away feeling you truly care and know their child.  Here are some tips to help you prepare:

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/parent-teacher-conference-resources-matt-davis

http://www.nea.org/tools/tips/18858.htm

ken

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