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.

• 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

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: 
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 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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