Week of November 16

What’s On Our Minds:


In this season of gratitude and in light of the atrocities happening around the world, let us take time to stop and  give thanks for our many blessings.  Let us remember the enormous impact we have on those around us, for better or for worse, especially upon the lives of our students.  Let us lead by example and strive to be excellent role models for these children so that they might learn how to live a wholesome, fulfilling life not so much from what we say, but more so from what we do.  Let us embrace our fellow humanity in their time of need and spread joy and peace to all those we encounter.  And let us remember the powerful words of Haim Gonnott:

In closing, we want to share a video Marianne found earlier in the week.  We hope it inspires you to think of those who have touched your life, and encourages you to remember how much influence you have on the lives of your students (whether you know it now or not).  Leslie, Marianne, and I see it everyday, so we offer a special word of thanks to you – the educators – the magic makers.    Your impact make a tremendous difference.

The Week at a Glance:
Monday, November 16th:
Belnap to the Pines
Carr to Huntersville Oaks
10:30 – 4th/5th attend Band Rehearsal
11:00-1:00 – Teacher Appreciation Lunch
12:40-2:15 – MS Band Rehearsal
Tuesday, November 17th:
2nd Grade Play Rehearsals
Teckenbrock to Huntersville Oaks
7:00 – Band Concert (8th Grade Theater Room)
3:30 – Staff Mindfulness Training
Wednesday, November 18th:
Sarah Keys – Teacher Leader
3:30 – K-7 Staff Meeting – ASCD Presentation on Current Events
Thursday, November 19th:
2nd Grade Performances
Friday, November 20th
7th Grade Africa Day

Looking Ahead….
November 23 – Grade Level Spelling Bee
November 24 – 2nd Grade Kabuto Field Trip
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

Learning Buddies


  • To promote verbal fluency
  • Cooperative learning
  • To build in movement
  • To have students process their learning
  • To engage students in their learning

I love the clock buddies strategy, but look at the many ways you can group students to work together!

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Taken from Active Learning and Engagement Strategies by Paula Rutherford

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