Week of February 1, 2016

The week ahead…

Dear Staff,

Happy Sunday!  What’s new and good with you?  This is the message that resinated with me in the Choice Literacy article below.  In our daily jobs and lives it is easy to get sucked into what’s going wrong.  As educators, many of us are pleasers.  We want to please parents and of course we want to please our students.  We can often get sucked into the mentality of what we are not doing, when in reality we all are doing a lot of wonderful things!  I see so much learning and goodness going on daily in our classrooms.  When we focus on the positive, good things tend to happen.  Try it this week, and see where it leads you.  By simply asking someone what’s new and good with you makes them stop and think for a minute about what is going well in their lives.  As the author states, pondering the good things in one’s life is a mood lifter.  This can also be a great way to start off a parent conference.  Making sure you share the positive things that are happening as well as the areas you are working on can make all the difference to a parent!  This week be a positive force to be reckoned with and watch all the goodness that comes from it!  Have a wonderful week!

 

What’s New and Good?

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

-Cynthia Ozick

A friend I see once or twice a month always says the same words to greet me: “So what’s new and good?” She asks the question with gusto and a smile, and it energizes our conversation right from the start. It’s one of the things I like most about her.

Greetings are one of the most ingrained habits we have, and for almost all of us, meeting someone provokes a perfunctory Hello or How are you? If you want to change the dynamic, try “What’s new and good?” on for size. When teaching is a bit of a slog through winter and testing, “What’s new and good?” reminds students that there is always something to be excited and thankful about – we just need to pause and remember. Launching a professional development session with “What’s new and good?” is an opening for colleagues to take stock of all the smart moves their students are making, and to acknowledge the small and big kindnesses in any day.

So what’s new and good with you? I bet just pondering this question for a moment lifts your mood. It always does for me.

Brenda Power
Founder, Choice Literacy

The Week at a Glance

Monday, February 1st:

Tuesday, February 2nd:
8:30 – Parent Advisory at HS
Wednesday, February 3rd: 
Hoover Teacher Leader
3:30 – Staff Meeting by School
K-5 Passion Projects
6-7 Common Planning Time
Thursday, February 4th: 
3rd Grade to Charlotte Museum of History
Friday, February 5th: 
4th Grade Performance Jack Tales (in MS Black Box)
K-7 Report Cards due to Admin
Looking Ahead….
February 9 – K7 Teacher Appreciation Dessert Tray!!!
February 10 – 1st Grade Performances
February 11-12 – TEACHER WORKDAYS & 6th Grade SLC’s
February 15 – PRESIDENT’S DAY HOLIDAY – NO SCHOOL
February 18 – Kindergarten Gallery Crawl
February 18-19 – MS (6/7/8) Dance Performances
February 22 – CSD Lottery at HS Black Box
March 2 – Butterfly Project – 6th Grade
March 3 – 2nd Grade Children’s Theater Field Trip
March 4 – 2nd Grade Art Gallery
March 4 – 7th Grade Field Trip to Bodyworks at Discovery Place
March 7 – 4th Grade to JA Biztown
March 7 – Parent Advisory – 7:30 at HS
March 9 – Proof of Concept – 5th Grade
March 10 & 11 – 3rd Grade Wax Museum
March 11 – 5th Grade Opera Load In
March 14-18 – 5th Grade Opera
March 17-19 – MS Musical – The Lion King
March 17 – 3rd Grade Walking Tour of Charlotte
March 18 – 7th Grade Asia Day
March 21-24 – 5th Grade Opera
March 25-April 3 – SPRING BREAK
April 4 – Classes resume

Important Reminders:

Report Cards are due to admin by Friday, February 5th for review.  Let us know if you have any questions or need any help.

VALENTINES:  Please check in with students individually to make sure they have a plan for completion as we know this can be stressful and overwhelming for some families. Let us know if you have any situations that require additional help.  Additionally, please gently encourage families to focus on the actual Valentine rather than the “presentation” or a “gift” that may come with it.  Thanks for all of your help!

Book Fair – Thank you to Kathy McCoy for relocating her SSR classes to the flex rooms so we can use the Media Center for the Book Fair during the week of February 2nd!  Please keep this in mind as you plan lessons for that week.

Teaching Tips by Marianne:

Love and Logic ® Teacher-isms

Teachers who smile and greet kids at their door….each and every morning…have students who give them more to smile about…each and every evening.

Great teachers save lives every day!

Wise teachers know that they way they act is far more important than what they say.

SuperBrain Yoga
Superbrain Yoga® is a simple and effective technique to energize and recharge the brain. It is based on the principles of subtle energy and ear acupuncture. This powerful technique is explained in Master Choa Kok Sui’s latest book Superbrain Yoga®.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/09/06/superbrain-yoga-3-minutes-that-maximize-brain-power/

http://www.wikihow.com/Do-Superbrain-Yoga

Week of January 25, 2016

Dear Staff,

Happy Sunday!  I hope you enjoyed a weekend filled with wintery weather!  I know my family had lots of fun playing in the snow.  I hope that you were able to enjoy some down time with your family and friends.  I think that is one of the best parts of a snow day.  It forces us to stop and just “be” for a day or two.  If you are like me that is a rare thing.  I know I am still trying to wrap my head around how it is almost February 1st!

Speaking of February, this means that Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it.  I have to tell you that our students writing their Valentine poems is one of my favorite traditions at CSD!  This year I get to help write two sets of Valentines.  I know that many people might complain about this. However, I have to tell you sitting down and working on these with my children is one of the best parts of my day.  In the same way a snow day forces us to stop and slow down, these Valentines have forced me to do the same thing.  Each day I am forced to put the laundry, dinner, emails, etc. aside and sit down one on one with each of my children and listen to them talk about their classmates and teachers.  I learn things about their friends that I may never take the time to know by helping them write their Valentines.  It is also interesting for me to see the friends they don’t know a lot about or have a hard time thinking of something to say.  This gives me the opportunity to have them go back the next day to try to get to know that child a little bit better.  The best part has been when I remind them to spend some extra time getting to know that person they come home with a wealth of knowledge from the day about that child.  It teaches them to stretch a little bit in their friendships.  This will be Ella’s first year to get CSD Valentine poems, and she couldn’t be more excited because she has watched her brother bring these home for two years now.  Ethan covets his Valentines and reads each one as if it is a special treasure.  He has kept everyone that he has received, and sometimes I will find him in his room looking through them.  I think he likes reading what his friends think about him and uses them as his own little “standing O” when he needs a pick  me up!  I thought that this was just something Ethan did, and then this happened….

The other day I walked into Target and find sweet Mary Thompson digging through the dollar section for Valentine pencils for her class.  She and I start talking about Valentines and she said, “You know, these Valentines are very special and important.”  I smiled and must have had a look of wonder on my face.   She continued to tell me that this past August when she was getting ready to take Tucker back to college at NC State she noticed that he had packed a small little canvas painted red with white letters that said NC State on it.  She said when she took a closer look it was the Valentine that Zoe had painted for him in Mr. Hoover’s class in third grade many years ago.  She said that Tucker had kept it, along with his other Valentines, and was taking it to college with him.  It is proudly displayed on a shelf in his dorm room.

That story literally gave me goose bumps!  To think that he kept this for so many years and took it to college with him reminded me of exactly how special and important these are.  I remember Zoe working on these, she wrote a poem and painted a tiny canvas for each of her classmates.  Each one had something special about them painted on it that reminded her of her friends.  Apparently she knew them well, at least Tucker anyway, because she hit the NC State nail on the head! 🙂 I share these stories with you because I know we have parents who complain about this, and I understand why these can be difficult to do. They take time, effort and energy, which is hard to come by, especially at the end of a long day.  However, my hope is that when parents look back on these moments they will remember them as time and conversations well spent with their child.  I hope they will understand that these aren’t just a store bought piece of paper that a child writes their name on and puts in the trash a week later.  They are beautifully written and creative masterpieces that may someday travel to college with them or serve as a pick me up when they are feeling blue.  They are special, important and one of many CSD traditions that make up our story.  Have a fantastic week!

Leslie

The Week at a Glance

Monday, January 25th:

Tuesday, January 26th:
K-7 Lottery Open House 9:30
Hosse to Huntersville Oaks
Hoover to The Laurels
Wednesday, January 27th: 
Mindfulness Training – Session 7 – Follow Up 3:30
Annual Admin Planning Day (off campus)
Siadak – Teacher Leader
Thursday, January 28th: 

Friday, January 29th: 

Looking Ahead….
January 28-31 – THE COMEDIA PRINCESS AND THE PEA/SINBAD – HS Black Box
February 2-4 – Scholastic Book Fair at MS Media Center
February 4 – 3rd Charlotte Museum of History
February 5 – Report Cards due to Admin
February 5 – 4th Grade Play
February 9 – K7 Teacher Appreciation Cookie Cart!!!
February 10 – 1st Grade Performances
February 11-12 – TEACHER WORKDAYS & 6th Grade SLC’s
February 15 – PRESIDENT’S DAY HOLIDAY – NO SCHOOL
February 18 – Kindergarten Gallery Crawl
February 18-19 – MS (6/7/8) Dance Performances
February 22 – CSD Lottery at HS Black Box
March 2 – Butterfly Project – 6th Grade
March 3 – 2nd Grade Children’s Theater Field Trip
March 4 – 2nd Grade Art Gallery
March 4 – 7th Grade Field Trip to Bodyworks at Discovery Place
March 7 – 4th Grade to JA Biztown
March 7 – Parent Advisory – 7:30 at HS
March 9 – Proof of Concept – 5th Grade
March 10 & 11 – 3rd Grade Wax Museum
March 11 – 5th Grade Opera Load In
March 14-18 – 5th Grade Opera
March 17-19 – MS Musical – The Lion King
March 17 – 3rd Grade Walking Tour of Charlotte
March 18 – 7th Grade Asia Day
March 21-24 – 5th Grade Opera
March 25-April 3 – SPRING BREAK
April 4 – Classes resume

Important Reminders:

Report Cards are due to admin by Friday, February 5th for review.  Let us know if you have any questions or need any help.

VALENTINES:  Please check in with students individually to make sure they have a plan for completion as we know this can be stressful and overwhelming for some families. Let us know if you have any situations that require additional help.  Additionally, please gently encourage families to focus on the actual Valentine rather than the “presentation” or a “gift” that may come with it.  Thanks for all of your help!

Book Fair – Thank you to Kathy McCoy for relocating her SSR classes to the flex rooms so we can use the Media Center for the Book Fair during the week of February 2nd!  Please keep this in mind as you plan lessons for that week.

Teaching Tips by Marianne:

I have been using the words ” I noticed…” and have seen a difference!  See the below picture for more information.  Another great strategy from a recent Love and Logic® is the 10:1 strategy.  This says that for each negative interaction we have with a child we need to have 10 positives one to see a change!

Jen Stevens shared this article which will also be quite helpful:

http://www.socialthinking.com/Articles?name=Why+do+We+Use+the+Expected-Unexpected+Social+Thinking+Vocabulary+Article&utm_source=f&utm_medium=p&utm_campaign=expectedunfb
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Week of January 19

Dear Staff,
We are very excited about Barbara Coloroso’s visit to our school during the Fresh Take Conference, and we wanted to give you a taste of her message to whet your appetite. We hope everyone makes every effort to hear Ms. Coloroso speak, either at her lecuture on Thursday night at St. Alban’s or as the keynote speaker at the Fresh Take Conference on Friday at CSD. Her message is enthralling and incredibly pertinent to what we are trying to accomplish as educators.


barbara colorosoBarbara Coloroso is coming to CSD’s Fresh Take Conference!

All parents/guardians are strongly encourage to attend the speaking engagement of international bestselling author Barbara Coloroso on January 21, 2016 at 7PM at St Alban’s in Davidson. Ms. Coloroso will present Parenting with Wit and Wisdom: Helping Children Become SelfDisciplined,Compassionate, Responsible, Resourceful and Resilient Human Beings.

Barbara will present the keynote address at Fresh Take: Strategies for Student Success education conference at Community School of Davidson on January 22 but first she will share her wisdom and insights with parents of children of any age. Tickets are free to the community. The lecture will be held at St Alban’s, 301 Cadwell Lane, Davidson, NC. Doors open at 6:45 for general public seating, seating is first come, first serve.

Barbara has penned The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School–How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle, Kids Are Worth It! : Giving Your Child The Gift Of Inner Discipline, Just Because It Isn’t Wrong Doesn’t Make it Right: Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically, Parenting Through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief, and Change and others.

The evening will be packed with solid practical advice for parents of children from toddlers to teenagers, that shows how to utilize the very stuff of family life—chores, mealtime, sibling rivalry, toilet training, bedtime, allowances and more—to create a home environment in which children can become self-disciplined, compassionate, responsible, resourceful, resilient human beings who can act in their own best interest, stand up for themselves and exercise their own rights while respecting the rights and legitimate needs of others. Barbara will discuss the keys to good parenting: treating kids with respect; giving them a sense of positive power in their own lives; giving them opportunities to make decisions, take responsibility for their actions and learn from their successes and mistakes.

Topics
• Positive home climate
• Simple rules to help stop trouble before it starts
• Power struggles—what, how, why and when not to engage
• Six critical life messages
• Discipline and punishment—why one works and the other
only appears to work
• RSVP—reasonable, simple, valuable, practical consequences
• Mistakes, mischief and mayhem
• Three kinds of families—brick wall, jellyfish and backbone
• Keeping your cool without putting your feelings on ice
• Buffering children from sexual promiscuity, drug abuse and
suicide

The Week at a Glance

Monday, January 18th:
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, January 19th:
Kids Are Worth It! Book Discussion with Elementary Counselors – 6:30 in MS Media Center
Wednesday, January 20th: 
Tiffany Saborido – Teacher Leader
Teacher Appreciation Staff Soup/Salad Luncheon
3:30 – Staff Meeting (separated by elem and ms this week)
K-5 Social Thinking
6-7 MS Schedule Brainstorm
Schedule link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ft8XoZFWsBPZY_mqZV6n83Q5UXfyaoXXBxS2ecBVFNs/edit?usp=sharing
Thursday, January 21st: 
Fresh Take Day of Observation
Regional Charter School Spelling Bee
Washam to Olde Knox Commons
7:00-8:30 Barbara Coloroso Talk at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
Friday, January 22nd: 
CSD FRESH TAKE CONFERENCE
Teacher Workday – No School

Looking Ahead….
January 26 – K-7 Lottery Open House 9:30
January 27 – Mindfulness Training – Session 7 – Follow Up 3:30
January 27 – Admin Planning Day
January 28 – 3rd Grade Children’s Theater Field Trip
February 2-4 – Scholastic Book Fair at MS Media Center
February 4 – 3rd Charlotte Museum of History
February 5 – Report Cards due to Admin
February 5 – 4th Grade Play
February 9 – K7 Teacher Appreciation Cookie Cart!!!
February 10 – 1st Grade Performances
February 11-12 – TEACHER WORKDAYS & 6th Grade SLC’s
February 15 – PRESIDENT’S DAY HOLIDAY – NO SCHOOL
February 18 – Kindergarten Gallery Crawl
February 18-19 – MS (6/7/8) Dance Performances
February 22 – CSD Lottery at HS Black Box
March 2 – Butterfly Project – 6th Grade
March 3 – 2nd Grade Children’s Theater Field Trip
March 4 – 2nd Grade Art Gallery
March 4 – 7th Grade Field Trip to Bodyworks at Discovery Place
March 7 – 4th Grade to JA Biztown
March 7 – Parent Advisory – 7:30 at HS
March 9 – Proof of Concept – 5th Grade
March 10 & 11 – 3rd Grade Wax Museum
March 11 – 5th Grade Opera Load In
March 14-18 – 5th Grade Opera
March 17-19 – MS Musical – The Lion King
March 17 – 3rd Grade Walking Tour of Charlotte
March 18 – 7th Grade Asia Day
March 21-24 – 5th Grade Opera
March 25-April 3 – SPRING BREAK
April 4 – Classes resume

Important Reminders:

Report Cards are due to admin by Friday, February 5th for review.  Let us know if you have any questions or need any help.

Enroll in NCFlex Benefits Online – January 11-22, 2016  – https://shp-login.hrintouch.com/Platform/Default.aspx?ApplicationID=UniversalLogin&PageID=Login&TenantID=shp-login

Please complete the Staff Intent Survey by January 22nd by clicking on the link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/intent16
If you are interested in seeking a change, please email admin to set up an appointment (if you have not already done so).

Please keep Mrs. Rubi Ramos-Carter in your thoughts as she experienced the sudden loss of her father this week.  Wrap her in CSD love during this difficult time.

Teaching Tips by Marianne:

As you know I attended a Love and Logic ® workshop on Monday.  I thought many of you would find these words helpful for your classroom. Sometimes some students simply need to be somewhere else temporarily.  We should be mindful to use this as a last resort.  We also should be asking ourselves, “Why is this student hurting so badly he/she can’t stop being disruptive in the classroom?”  For many of you the words could simply be, “There’s a seat for you in Ms. Marianne’s office.” This should work just fine!  -Dr. Charles Fay

Dr. Charles Fay referred to “sound bites” as important sayings we should pay attention to during our session.  Here are a few of my favorites:

The more words I use when things are going wrong, the less effective I become.

Anger and frustration feed misbehavior.

Questions create thinking. Statements create resistance.

Kids crave (yearn for) the very same limits they protest the most.

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Week of January 11, 2016

Dear Staff,

We hope everyone found Wednesday’s Staff Meeting on School Safety helpful.  We know the topic of active shooters and school safety can be hard to think about, but as Officer Geiger and Chief Miller so eloquently stated, we must be proactive and think ahead so we will be better prepared to make quick decisions in the event of a true emergency.  There was so much great information given in regards to best practices that we thought it might be helpful to give a brief recap of the highlights:

Intruder Info:

  • When in doubt, call 911.  In the words of Office Geiger, if you are wondering whether or not you should call, call.
  • In the event of an emergency, you have 3 choices:  Run, Hide, or Fight.  ANYTHING is better than nothing.  So think through each of these options and go through a couple of scenarios in your mind pertaining to your specific teaching space(s), including the playground and black top.
  • The average public shooting instance lasts less than 6 minutes.  So quick action is essential.  Anything you can do to deter the shooter from entering your space is extremely advantageous as they are likely to move on if they can’t enter the space quickly.
  • Make sure you wear your school badge at all times.  This visible symbol is extremely helpful to the influx of security that would arrive on location in the event of emergency.
  • Once police arrive, the best thing to do is put your hands up and get out of the way.  Move in the opposite direction of the police.  The “hands up” signal communicates to the police that you are a “good guy.”

CSD Admin will be meeting with the Davidson Police Department in the next few weeks to review our internal safety protocol and tweak our plans as necessary.  In the meantime, we did ask about keeping classroom doors locked at all times.  DPD confirmed that this was best practice even though it’s inconvenient for staff.  For the time being, we have decided to leave that decision up to each individual classroom, but best practice is to keep internal doors locked as well.

Student Accident/Injury/Illness:

  • First of all, please remember that supervision is essential.  Teachers should never be looking at cell phones while supervising children at recess.  Also, while we understand that it is fun for teachers to chat and catch up during their class’s play time, it is very important that teachers spread out and cover a wide range of areas on the playground and blacktop during recess.  If students are using the grassy area above the black top, please make sure a couple of teachers are stationed there as well.
  • If a child is ever going home in a different condition than they arrived at school, parents should be called.  This includes the obvious injuries such as cuts, bruises, sprains, broken bones, etc…  All of these accidents should be documented using the CSD Accident Report form (link below) and recorded in the Incident Binder located at the front desk.  Please be sure to notify an administrator so they are aware of the incident.
  • For Head Injuries, please do the following:

                   -Ice the point of impact.

                    -Fill out an accident report and add to incident binder.

                    -Immediately call parents and inform them of the incident.

                     -Notify an administrator.

*Follow this protocol even if the child “seems” fine or insists he/she is fine, and always call parents immediately for head injuries.

  • For Back/Spinal Cord Injuries and Suspected Broken Bones:

-Do not move child

             -Notify the front desk and an administrator immediately

  • In other emergency situations:

              -Call the Front Desk and alert admin immediately.

                -We prefer to err or the side of caution, so if it is a true life-             threatening emergency, call 911 right away.  It is always best to call 911 from the room where the student is located so information can be relayed to the dispatcher.

                -Admin will gather the facts and then the parents will be contacted (either by admin or the teacher depending on the situation).

                 -Complete Student Accident Report.

In all situations, if you are an adult helping a student other than your own, please make sure you notify the child’s teacher immediately so he/she can be kept closely in the loop.

To access a copy of the Student Accident Report, click here –https://docs.google.com/document/d/165Areljzv8Z7mNYqc1ag7Gfnm4zBBv9N5Ok2ijoRGJk/edit?usp=sharing

Please make sure this report is completed in the event of a student accident, and place a copy in the Red Binder at the Front Desk.
All medical emergency equipment (AED/defibrillator, Epi Pens, breathing masks, etc…) is located at the Front Desk in the medical cabinet behind the door to the admin offices.  It is NOT in the First Aid cabinet in the workroom.

In closing, if you have any follow up thoughts, questions, or concerns based upon Wednesday’s staff meeting, please feel free to contact an administrator to discuss.  We are so grateful for all you do to keep our students safe.  As Officer Geiger mentioned on Wednesday, there are three essential elements in keeping schools safe:

  1. Have a plan.
  2. Discuss the plan.
  3. Believe in the plan.

While we are not perfect and could never be fully prepared for every given scenario, we do feel confident about the procedures and protocol we have in place.  And we feel extremely fortunate to have such a positive working relationship with the Davidson Police Department.  As Chief Miller stated, their tactical knowledge of our building gives them a tremendous advantage when it comes to the safety of our school community.  So please make every effort to thank them when you see them!

Juli, Leslie, and Marianne

The Week at a Glance

Monday, January 11th:
Marianne is out at the Love and Logic workshop in Charlotte.
Tuesday, January 12th:
K-7 Lottery Open House – 9:30 and 7:00
Holshouser to Huntersville Oaks
Wednesday, January 13th: 
Kids Are Worth It Book Study for Staff – 3:00
5th Grade Meteorologist visit – 1:00-3:00
Beth Knight – Teacher Leader
Thursday, January 14th: 
3rd & MS Band Charlotte Symphony
Friday, January 15th: 
TEACHER WORKDAY – NO SCHOOL

Looking Ahead….
January 18 – MLK Holiday – NO SCHOOL
January 20 – Teacher Appreciation Soup Luncheon
January 21 – Regional Spelling Bee 10:00-12:00 (Lincoln County)
January 21 – Day of Observations (for Fresh Take)
January 21 – Barbara Coloroso Talk 7:30 at St. Alban’s Episcopal
January 22 – FRESH TAKE – NO SCHOOL – TEACHER WORKDAY
January 26 – K-7 Lottery Open House 9:30
January 27 – Mindfulness Training – Session 7 – Follow Up 3:30
January 27 – Admin Planning Day
January 28 – 3rd Grade Children’s Theater Field Trip
February 2-4 – Scholastic Book Fair at MS Media Center
February 4 – 3rd Charlotte Museum of History
February 5 – Report Cards due to Admin
February 5 – 4th Grade Play
February 9 – K7 Teacher Appreciation Cookie Cart!!!
February 10 – 1st Grade Performances
February 11-12 – TEACHER WORKDAYS & 6th Grade SLC’s
February 15 – PRESIDENT’S DAY HOLIDAY – NO SCHOOL
February 18 – Kindergarten Gallery Crawl
February 18-19 – MS (6/7/8) Dance Performances
February 22 – CSD Lottery at HS Black Box

Important Reminders:

BARBARA COLOROSO BOOK STUDY:
barbara colorosoBarbara Coloroso is coming to CSD’s Fresh Take Conference!
As many of you already know, the wonderful Barbara Coloroso will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Fresh Take Conference. We thought it would be great to prepare for her talk by participating in a book study of one of her most riveting titles, Kids Are Worth It. If you are interested in joining the Admin Team on Wednesday, January 13th for a discussion about this book, please sign up by using the link below:
https://docs.google.com/a/csdspartans.org/forms/d/1bie5xoCPH1QLO6d8IRUOVf15gEImU2sPys4AwB5J1RM/viewform?usp=send_form

Books can be purchased at
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060014318?keywords=kids%20are%20worth%20it&qid=1449685010&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Report Cards are due to admin by Friday, February 5th for review.  Let us know if you have any questions or need any help.

Enroll in NCFlex Benefits Online – January 11-22, 2016  – https://shp-login.hrintouch.com/Platform/Default.aspx?ApplicationID=UniversalLogin&PageID=Login&TenantID=shp-login

Please complete the Staff Intent Survey by January 22nd by clicking on the link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/intent16
If you are interested in seeking a change, please email admin to set up an appointment (if you have not already done so).

 

Teaching Tips by Marianne:

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Week of January 4, 2016

Dear Staff,

Happy New Year!  We hope that your break was filled with lots of family, friends, rest, relaxation, laughter and peace.  I know it is going to be hard for me to jump back in tomorrow morning when the alarm clock goes off.  Expect lots of sleepy heads in your classes tomorrow, as I am sure it will take all of us a day or so to get back into the swing of things.  Don’t forget we have a mandatory staff meeting on Wednesday to review our safety protocols.  Tomorrow I will also send out grade level Valentine letters for you to send out to your classes.  Please make sure you do this asap so that you give families plenty of time to work on these.  Also, don’t forget to have your students practice  writing and reading the type of poetry they are suppose to use for their Valentines.

Our annual Fresh Take conference is fast approaching!  We have a record number of participants this year.  Please make sure you have registered.  We would love to have all staff attend.  The conference is on Friday, January 24.  This is considered a teacher workday, so if you are not planning on attending the conference and are taking the day off you need to let the front desk know.  Don’t forget that Barbara Coloroso will be the keynote  speaker.  A link to sign up for the book club we will be offering on her book, Kids Are Worth It, was sent out before break.  Don’t forget to sign up for this if you are interested.

We hope you all have a wonderful first week back!  We can’t wait to see all of  you and your sweet students tomorrow!  Here’s to a wonderful first week of 2016!

L, M, and J

VERY IMPORTANT STAFF MEETING ON JANUARY 6
We will be reviewing our safety and protocols. Each staff member must be in attendance. We are taking care of staff child care so everyone can be there.

*The updated Staff Meeting Schedule can be found by clicking on the link below. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding!

2015-2016 Staff Meeting Schedule:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ft8XoZFWsBPZY_mqZV6n83Q5UXfyaoXXBxS2ecBVFNs/edit?usp=sharing
BARBARA COLOROSO BOOK STUDY:
Barbara Coloroso is coming to CSD’s Fresh Take Conference!
As many of you already know, the wonderful Barbara Coloroso will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Fresh Take Conference. We thought it would be great to prepare for her talk by participating in a book study of one of her most riveting titles, Kids Are Worth It. If you are interested in joining the Admin Team on Wednesday, January 13th for a discussion about this book, please sign up by using the link below:

https://docs.google.com/a/csdspartans.org/forms/d/1bie5xoCPH1QLO6d8IRUOVf15gEImU2sPys4AwB5J1RM/viewform?usp=send_form

Books can be purchased at
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060014318?keywords=kids%20are%20worth%20it&qid=1449685010&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Looking Ahead….
January 4 – Parent Advisory 7:30 at HS
January 12 – K-7 Lottery Open House 9:30 and 7:00

January 14 – 3rd & MS Band Charlotte Symphony
January 15 – TEACHER WORKDAY – NO SCHOOL
January 18 – MLK Holiday – NO SCHOOL
January 20 – Teacher Appreciation Soup Luncheon
January 21 – Regional Spelling Bee 10:00-12:00 (Lincoln County)
January 21 – Day of Observations (for Fresh Take)
January 21 – Barbara Coloroso Talk 7:30 at HS
January 22 – FRESH TAKE – NO SCHOOL – TEACHER WORKDAY
January 26 – K-7 Lottery Open House 9:30
January 27 – Mindfulness Training – Session 7 – Follow Up 3:30
January 28 – 3rd Grade Children’s Theater Field Trip

Teaching Tips by Marianne:
Before the holiday break I met with some teachers and we discussed resetting norms in our classroom when we return in January. Our New Year’s Resolutions typically are geared to a fresh start so I thought it would beneficial to remind our students our routines,procedures, etc. This is a excellent resource for everyone! There are several ideas on building positive learning communities, teaching class rules and routines, facilitating student focus and attention, and addressing disruptive behaviors.
http://www.edutopia.org/article/classroom-management-resources