Week of December 12

Dear Wonderful Staff,

Here we are!  5 more days until a much deserved break.  As this calendar year comes to a close, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you do to make CSD such a wonderful place to learn and teach.  Please know the admin team sees the blood, sweat, and tears you put into your teaching everyday, and the relationships you’ve developed with your students, families, and colleagues are the result of your relentless efforts.  As this Holiday break approaches, please take time to enjoy the magic of the season with your students, and when Friday rolls around and the last of the Holiday school crafts have been glued together and the last of the Holiday songs have been sung, we hope that you will take a break from this calling you love so much and pour all of that incredible energy back into yourselves and your loved ones.  Let this Winter break be a time of rest, relaxation, fun, and laughter, and know that while we don’t say it nearly enough, we truly are in awe of your magic on a daily basis.  Thank you for making CSD what it is today.  We can never adequately compensate you for your efforts and sacrifices, but we hope you feel a sense of accomplishment and pride each time you look into the eyes of your students.  You are their ROCKS and their ANGELS, and your influence truly goes without end.  We love you dearly and wish you the HAPPIEST of Holidays and a wonderful, richly-deserved break.

Love,

Juli, Marianne, and Leslie

If you haven’t already, please take a few moments to read the latest Parent Blog written by our own Connie Wessner.  She beautifully articulates what lies in all of our hearts.  We love you!

#TeachersMatter
http://csdpowerofwe.org/2016/12/06/teachers-matter

The Week Ahead….

Monday, December 12
5th Grade Holshouser at Huntersville Oaks
2nd Grade Renaud at the Pines

Tuesday, December 13
8:45 Love and Logic Parent Workshop
1st Grade Coppola at the Laurels

Wednesday, Dec 14th
Mimi Siadak Teacher Leader
K7 Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Band concert for 3rd-5th graders

Thursday, Dec 15th
Kindergarten Gingerbread Houses
First Grade Gingerbread Houses

Friday, Dec 16th
2nd Grade Art Gallery
3rd Grade Charlotte History Performance
5th Grade Barrier Island Sharings

Upcoming Dates:

Dec 19th – Jan 2nd – Winter Break
Jan 3rd – Classes Resume
Jan 3rd – Parent Advisory at 7:30 at HS
Jan 4th – K7 Staff Meeting-Annual Safety Meeting
Jan 5th – Final Spelling Bee (grades 3-8)
Jan 10th – K-7 Lottery Open House 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Jan 16th – MLK Day Holiday–NO School
Jan 19th – K-7 Lottery Open House 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Jan 25th – Fresh Take Day of Observation
Jan 26th – Teacher Workday; Fresh Take Parent Speaker
Jan 27th – Fresh Take Conference; No School for Students
Feb 1st – K-7 Staff Meeting 9 Essentials Love and Logic®
Feb 2nd – Groundhog Day
Feb 3rd – Elementary Spirit Friday

NO HOMEWORK OVER THE BREAK:
Please remember to not assign homework over the holidays. We understand this can be difficult but don’t forget that we believe teachers AND students need low-stress time with family and friends over holiday breaks…good for all!
STAFF INTENT SURVEY:
Make sure you have filled out the staff intent survey by January 3rd.  Thank you!  https://docs.google.com/a/csdspartans.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2wWv2cGxt52MP9ktEjLE6X5797Vkp1sdILnTTzajPOTed_g/viewform 
HOUSEKEEPING:
Make sure to take all perishable items with you before leaving for the break.  Also, if you have classroom pets, make sure you have a plan for their care.
guinea pig

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Here’s a great article that addresses how to keep kids engaged.  We hope this article offers some helpful tips and reminders! 🙂

https://www.edutopia.org/classroom-student-participation-tips

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