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

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