Week of January 30

Dear Staff,

We hope you all enjoyed our wonderful Fresh Take Conference on Friday.  A huge thanks to  Joyce Burke for all her hard work  on making this such a successful conference.  Thanks to all of you who volunteered to help set up, clean up, serve meals, offered a session and pitched in to help make all our guests feel the CSD love.   I truly enjoyed learning and growing from such an amazing group of like minded educators.  This was our best conference yet!

As we approach the end of January and the beginning of February, thus begins awards season.  On television and in the news we hear about the Oscars and the Emmys, but in the  world of education it is another exciting awards season as well.  In the literary world it is time to celebrate the year’s best books, and this week we did just that!  On Monday, the 2017 Newbery and Caldecott winners were announced, as well as the Coretta Scott King award.  And the winners are…

The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature goes to The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill.

Three Newbery Honor Books include:
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written by Adam Gidwitz and illustrated by Hatem Aly
Wolf Hollow, written by Lauren Wolk

The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children goes to Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe.

Four Caldecott Honor Books include:
Leave Me Alone! illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol
Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Du Iz Tak? illustrated and written by Carson Ellis
They All Saw a Cat, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel

The Coretta Scott King (author) Book Award, which recognizes an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults, goes to March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

Two King Author Honor Books were selected:
As Brave as You, written by Jason Reynolds
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book goes to We Are Growing: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book, written by Laurie Keller.

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults goes to March: Book Three, created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

If you are interested in reading any of these books I have ordered them and they will be on the book shelf up front outside of our offices.  We will be making our rounds to read in classrooms, as these books are truly worth celebrating!  So break out the popcorn and get ready to PARTY!! 🙂 Remember, it’s award season and books are something to celebrate! 🙂  Have a fantastic week!

Leslie

Week At A Glance

Monday, January 30
2nd Grade Belnap- Pines
4th Grade Posey- Huntersville Oaks

Tuesday, January 31
3rd Grade Fire Safety
Darkness to Light Workshop for Parents 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1
4th Grade Carr- Huntersville Oaks
K-7 Staff Meeting 9 Essentials Love and Logic®

Thursday, February 2
Groundhog Day
1st Grade Heroes Play
Parenting with Love and Logic ® 7:30-8:45 p.m.

Friday, February 3
Elementary Spirit Friday
Kindergarten Webb-Huntersville Oaks

Upcoming Dates
Feb 7-9 – Book Fair in MS Media Center
Feb 7 – 2nd Grade Kabuto Field Trip
Feb 7 – 1st Grade to Children’s Theater
Feb 7 – Parent Advisory at 9:00 at HS
Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day and Celebrations!
Feb 15 – K-7 Staff Meeting – MS Black Box
Feb 16-17 – Teacher Workdays
Feb 16 – 6th Grade SLC’s
Feb 20 – NO School – President’s Day Holiday
Feb 22 – Grab and Go Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Feb 24 – MS Dance Performances
Feb 27 – CSD Lottery 4:00 – HS Black Box
Feb 28 – 4th Grade Mountain Unit Sharing
Mar 1 – K-7 Staff Meeting in Black Box
Mar 7-8 – AdvancEd Accreditation Visit
Mar 7 – Parent Advisory 7:30 at HS
Mar 8 – K-12 Staff Meeting (Accreditation Results)
Mar 9-10 – Teacher Workdays – NO SCHOOL
Mar 9 – 7th Grade SLC’s
Mar 14 – 6th Grade Butterfly Project
Mar 15 – K-7 Staff Meeting MS Black Box
Mar 17 – 3rd Grade Charlotte Symphony
Mar 17 – 7th Grade Asia Day
March 25 – CSD Auction
Week of March 20th – EOG Pre-testing and Data Analysis to be completed by 3/27/16
Week of Mar 27 – 5th Grade Operas
Week of March 27 – EOG Review and Prep Begins
Mar 29 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Week of April 3 – 5th Grade Operas
April 7 – 16 – Spring Break
April 17 – Classes Resume
 
Upcoming “BIG” Dates:
May 12-13 – Staff Retreat
Week of May 15 – EOG’s
May 30 – State of the School Address
May 31 – Last Day of School
June 1-2 – Teacher Workdays

Reminders

Annual Health Inspection:
It is that time of year again when we will be receiving our health inspection any day… please keep and eye out for the below items and let me know if you see any issues.

– Dirty/broken drinking fountains
– Dirty bathrooms (no soap/paper towels) We are getting a few fix this week.
– Dirty / dusty
      floors, walls, ceilings, dressing rooms and vents (vents will have some dust no matter what but a build up is never good) We are looking for major issues not just the dust that might have accumulated during break since this will be taken care of during normal cleaning this week.
– The dumpster area also needs to be clean with no trash around it.
Thank you all for your help.

Valentines:
Please make sure you are reminding your students to work on their class Valentines.  All Valentines should be signed by each student as well as edited by the parents.  Thank you for your help with this!

Report Cards:
Optional Parent/Teacher Conferences for the 2nd Trimester are scheduled for Feb 16th and 17th.  We would like to ask that all teachers have their report cards ready for admin to review by Monday, February 6th.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need any help with assessments.  Thanks for all you do!

Teaching Tips:

Please take time to reflect with your team on what you learned and heard at the Fresh Take Conference!

Week of January 23rd

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 Parent Talk on Thursday night at The Cover 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 26, 2017 at 7PM at The Cove Church on Langtree in Mooresville. 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 27 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 197 Langtree Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117-7538. 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

Week At A Glance:

Monday, January 23rd
Christian to Pines
Walker to Huntersville Oaks
Tuesday, Jan 24th
3-5th Grade Blue Grass Performers – 10:00 in Elem Gym
Schultz to Laurels
Wednesday, Jan 25th
Fresh Take Day of Observation
K-7 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon in Elem Gym
Thursday, Jan 26th
SNOW MAKE UP DAY; School in session
Barbara Coloroso Parent Talk – 7:00-8:30p.m at The Cove
Friday, January 27th
Fresh Take Conference; No School for Students

Upcoming Dates:
Feb 1– K-7 Staff Meeting 9 Essentials Love and Logic®
Feb 2– Groundhog Day
Feb 2 – 1st Grade Heroes Play
Feb 3 – Elementary Spirit Friday
Feb 7-9 – Book Fair in MS Media Center
Feb 7 – 2nd Grade Kabuto Field Trip
Feb 7 – 1st Grade to Children’s Theater
Feb 7 – Parent Advisory at 9:00 at HS
Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day and Celebrations!
Feb 15 – K-7 Staff Meeting – MS Black Box
Feb 16-17 – Teacher Workdays
Feb 16 – 6th Grade SLC’s
Feb 20 – NO School – President’s Day Holiday
Feb 22 – Grab and Go Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Feb 24 – MS Dance Performances
Feb 27 – CSD Lottery 4:00 – HS Black Box
Feb 28 – 4th Grade Mountain Unit Sharing
Mar 1 – K-7 Staff Meeting in Black Box
Mar 7-8 – AdvancEd Accreditation Visit
Mar 7 – Parent Advisory 7:30 at HS
Mar 8 – K-12 Staff Meeting (Accreditation Results)
Mar 9-10 – Teacher Workdays – NO SCHOOL
Mar 9 – 7th Grade SLC’s
Mar 14 – 6th Grade Butterfly Project
Mar 15 – K-7 Staff Meeting MS Black Box
Mar 17 – 3rd Grade Charlotte Symphony
Mar 17 – 7th Grade Asia Day
March 25 – CSD Auction
Week of March 20th – EOG Pre-testing and Data Analysis to be completed by 3/27/16
Week of Mar 27 – 5th Grade Operas
Week of March 27 – EOG Review and Prep Begins
Mar 29 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Week of April 3 – 5th Grade Operas
April 7 – 16 – Spring Break
April 17 – Classes Resume
 
Upcoming “BIG” Dates:
May 12-13 – Staff Retreat
Week of May 15 – EOG’s
May 30 – State of the School Address
May 31 – Last Day of School
June 1-2 – Teacher Workdays

Reminders

Annual Health Inspection:
It is that time of year again when we will be receiving our health inspection any day… please keep and eye out for the below items and let me know if you see any issues.

– Dirty/broken drinking fountains
– Dirty bathrooms (no soap/paper towels) We are getting a few fix this week.
– Dirty / dusty
      floors, walls, ceilings, dressing rooms and vents (vents will have some dust no matter what but a build up is never good) We are looking for major issues not just the dust that might have accumulated during break since this will be taken care of during normal cleaning this week.
– The dumpster area also needs to be clean with no trash around it.
Thank you all for your help.
Fresh Take:
Our Annual Fresh Take Conference is scheduled for Friday, January 26th.  We ask that ALL CSD staff attend.  There will be no charge for this event.  For those of you presenting at the conference, THANK YOU for sharing your professional knowledge and expertise with other educators!  We look forward to learning from you!

Valentines:
Please make sure you are reminding your students to work on their class Valentines.  All Valentines should be signed by each student as well as edited by the parents.  Thank you for your help with this!

Report Cards:
Optional Parent/Teacher Conferences for the 2nd Trimester are scheduled for Feb 16th and 17th.  We would like to ask that all teachers have their report cards ready for admin to review by Monday, February 6th.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need any help with assessments.  Thanks for all you do!

CSD Power of We Podcast:
Check out the newest episode of the CSD Power of We podcast! Shannon Davis comes on to talk about the purpose and power of reflections in the classroom. Listen in here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/csdpower-of-we/id1158621626?mt=2&i=1000379677281

If you have a moment, we’d appreciate if you’d subscribe and leave a rating so we can grow our audience. Happy listening!

Teaching Tips

Using Enforceable Statements (from this week’s staff meeting)

https://www.loveandlogic.com/articles-advice/effective-responses-statements-for-teachers-turn-your-word-into-gold

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Week of January 16

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There’s Something About January…

by Robyn Jackson

About mid January, right after the new semester begins and just before the start of testing, something really strange starts to happen in schools all over the world.  Click here to continue reading….

Week At A Glance:

Monday, January 16th
MLK Holiday–NO School
Tuesday, Jan 17th
ASE 3 Begins
K-7 Lottery Open House 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Hoover to the Laurels
Wednesday, Jan 18th
Whitley to Huntersville Oaks
K-7 Staff Meeting in MS Black Box (Love and Logic)
Thursday, Jan 19th
K-7 Lottery Open House 9:15 a.m. – morning only
Friday, January 20th
Regional Charter School Spelling Bee at Lake Norman Charter
Upcoming Dates:
Jan 25 – Fresh Take Day of Observation
Jan 25 – K-7 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Jan 26– SNOW MAKE UP DAY; School in session
Jan 26 – Barbara Coloroso Parent Talk – 7:00-8:30p.m at The Cove Church
Jan 27– Fresh Take Conference; No School for Students
Feb 1– K-7 Staff Meeting 9 Essentials Love and Logic®
Feb 2– Groundhog Day
Feb 2 – 1st Grade Heroes Play
Feb 3 – Elementary Spirit Friday
Feb 7-9 – Book Fair in MS Media Center
Feb 7 – 2nd Grade Kabuto Field Trip
Feb 7 – 1st Grade to Children’s Theater
Feb 7 – Parent Advisory at 9:00 at HS
Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day and Celebrations!
Feb 15 – K-7 Staff Meeting – MS Black Box
Feb 16-17 – Teacher Workdays
Feb 16 – 6th Grade SLC’s
Feb 20 – NO School – President’s Day Holiday
Feb 22 – Grab and Go Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Feb 24 – MS Dance Performances
Feb 27 – CSD Lottery 4:00 – HS Black Box
Feb 28 – 4th Grade Mountain Unit Sharing
Mar 1 – K-7 Staff Meeting in Black Box
Mar 7-8 – AdvancEd Accreditation Visit
Mar 7 – Parent Advisory 7:30 at HS
Mar 8 – K-12 Staff Meeting (Accreditation Results)
Mar 9-10 – Teacher Workdays – NO SCHOOL
Mar 9 – 7th Grade SLC’s
Mar 14 – 6th Grade Butterfly Project
Mar 15 – K-7 Staff Meeting MS Black Box
Mar 17 – 3rd Grade Charlotte Symphony
Mar 17 – 7th Grade Asia Day
March 25 – CSD Auction
Week of March 20th – EOG Pre-testing and Data Analysis to be completed by 3/27/16
Week of Mar 27 – 5th Grade Operas
Week of March 27 – EOG Review and Prep Begins
Mar 29 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Week of April 3 – 5th Grade Operas
April 7 – 16 – Spring Break
April 17 – Classes Resume
 
Upcoming “BIG” Dates:
May 12-13 – Staff Retreat
Week of May 15 – EOG’s
May 30 – State of the School Address
May 31 – Last Day of School
June 1-2 – Teacher Workdays

Reminders

Annual Health Inspection:
It is that time of year again when we will be receiving our health inspection any day… please keep and eye out for the below items and let me know if you see any issues.

– Dirty/broken drinking fountains
– Dirty bathrooms (no soap/paper towels) We are getting a few fix this week.
– Dirty / dusty
      floors, walls, ceilings, dressing rooms and vents (vents will have some dust no matter what but a build up is never good) We are looking for major issues not just the dust that might have accumulated during break since this will be taken care of during normal cleaning this week.
– The dumpster area also needs to be clean with no trash around it.
Thank you all for your help.
Fresh Take:
Our Annual Fresh Take Conference is scheduled for Friday, January 26th.  We ask that ALL CSD staff attend.  There will be no charge for this event.  For those of you presenting at the conference, THANK YOU for sharing your professional knowledge and expertise with other educators!  We look forward to learning from you!

We also would like for you to help spread the word to all the parents you know that Barbara Coloroso is going to have a parent lecture the day before the conference. All parents are invited!

“Parenting with Wit and Wisdom: Helping Children Become Self-Disciplined, Compassionate, Responsible, Resourceful and Resilient Human Beings” on January 26 at 7PM at the Cove, 197 Langtree Road, Mooresville. Doors open at 6:45 for general seating. This is a free event (but we wouldn’t decline donations to offset costs.)

Valentines:
Please make sure you are reminding your students to work on their class Valentines.  All Valentines should be signed by each student as well as edited by the parents.  Thank you for your help with this!

Report Cards:
Optional Parent/Teacher Conferences for the 2nd Trimester are scheduled for Feb 16th and 17th.  We would like to ask that all teachers have their report cards ready for admin to review by Monday, February 6th.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need any help with assessments.  Thanks for all you do!

Check out the newest episode of the CSD Power of We podcast! Shannon Davis comes on to talk about the purpose and power of reflections in the classroom. Listen in here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/csdpower-of-we/id1158621626?mt=2&i=1000379677281

If you have a moment, we’d appreciate if you’d subscribe and leave a rating so we can grow our audience. Happy listening!

Teaching Tips:  The Importance of Social Thinking

If a 4 year old child has a tantrum in a classroom, we barely blink an eye. If a 10 year old child has the same tantrum; we are likely to call it a behavior problem.  Michelle Garcia Winner

Jen Stevens has been a tremendous resource to teach us about social thinking.  She has taught social thinking skills in the classroom and with students who need support in this area.  Her hard work has transferred over as we love hearing you remind our students of “expected and unexpected behaviors.”  The video explains how social thinking ties into academics as well so Jen has suggested the use of “thought bubbles” during literacy and perspective taking, as well as making connections with inferences and predictions.

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As Michelle Garcia Winner states in her article, “The Recipe for Improving Social Skills Begins with Social Thinking,”

 Social thinking impacts not only a student’s social success, but his/her academic success, too. Classroom academic assignments frequently tap into our social knowledge, often without our noticing. It would be impossible for a student to meet academic standards (Common Core or State based) related to reading comprehension and written expression; or participate in group-based learning activities if they didn’t have adequate social thinking skills to accurately interpret instructions or take the perspective of others.

 https://www.socialthinking.com/Articles?name=The%20Recipe%20for%20Improving%20Social%20Skills%20Begins%20with%20Social%20Thinking

Michelle Garcia Winner suggests:

3-step process to teaching social thinking and related skills:
For parents, professionals and students (who are high school age or older) we explain that there are three distinct parts to the process of socially engaging or sharing space well with others:

1. Engage in social thinking:
Social thinking is the ability to consider your own and others thoughts, emotions, beliefs, intentions, knowledge, etc. In other terms, it is the culmination of executive functioning, perspective taking, and self-awareness that enables you to interpret and understand the social situation and what behaviors are expected of you.

Remember that your behavioral-response is directly influenced by your social thinking. Social behaviors that align or fail to align with what other people expect in that situation determines how others judge your “social skills”. Improving your social thinking ability is a life-long learning process, and the key to developing chameleon-like social skills.

2. Adapt your behavior effectively (social skills)
Based on the results of your social thinking, adapt your behavior to consider the thoughts and feelings of others, as well as to communicate your intentions in the situation. By doing so, people are more likely to react and respond to you in the manner you had hoped (see below).

3. Be aware of others’ reactions:
People emotionally respond to our behaviors very quickly. If we feel a person has good social skills we may describe them as “polite” and “friendly”; if person has weak, awkward, or poor social skills we often describe them as “rude”, “odd” or “impolite”. The terms “polite”, “rude”, “friendly”, “impolite”, etc., represent how we emotionally perceive another’s behavior. We are far better at summarizing our feelings (emotional response) than we are at describing intellectually the behaviors a person produced that swayed how we felt. How people respond to our behavior often leads to how they treat us in return.

Social Thinking® the company:
The mission of Social Thinking® is to continue to develop and improve how we teach social thinking to all people, in order to effectively advance their social problem solving and thereby improve their social skills. Since social skills and academic success are related, Social Thinking® concepts and strategies also benefit performance in social-academic tasks such as reading comprehension and written expression.

https://www.socialthinking.com/Articles?name=The%20Recipe%20for%20Improving%20Social%20Skills%20Begins%20with%20Social%20Thinking


Jen has created several documents to help us incorporate social thinking into the classroom.  Below is the link to the Google folder:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6xKjMfR32DURnJXTkxhcmdGTW8?usp=sharing

This resource will help to remind you why we do what we do each day!  You will see we already implement the many suggestions on this resource.

http://www.theinclusiveclass.com/2015/08/10-ways-to-teach-social-skills-in-your.html

Week of January 9

Dear Staff,

We hope everyone found our annual School Safety Staff Meeting helpful last week.  We know the topic of active shooters and school safety can be hard to think about, but as Officer Scott Searcy 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 Officer Searcy, 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, park 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 and carry your school key 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 continues to be in contact and work with the Davidson Police Department to review our internal safety protocol and tweak our plans as necessary.  Keeping classroom doors locked at all times is considered best practice, but we do not want to inconvenience 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.  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 Officer Scott Searcy mentioned,  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

Week At A Glance:

Monday, January 9th
Hosse to Huntersville Oaks
Tuesday, Jan 10th
K-7 Lottery Open House, 9:15 and 6:30
Wednesday, Jan 11th
Admin Annual Planning Day
Chris Hoover Teacher Leader
Thursday, Jan 5th
7th grade Education Day Davidson Basketball
Webb to Huntersville Oaks
Friday, January 6th
Upcoming Dates:
Jan 16– MLK Day Holiday–NO School
Jan 17 – ASE 3 Begins
Jan 18 – K-7 Staff Meeting in MS Black Box (Love and Logic)
Jan 19– K-7 Lottery Open House 9:15 a.m. – morning only
Jan 25 – Fresh Take Day of Observation
Jan 25 – K-7 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Jan 26– Teacher Workday – No School for Parents
Jan 26 – Barbara Coloroso Parent Talk – 7:00-8:30p.m at The Cove Church
Jan 27– Fresh Take Conference; No School for Students
Feb 1– K-7 Staff Meeting 9 Essentials Love and Logic®
Feb 2– Groundhog Day
Feb 2 – 1st Grade Heroes Play
Feb 3 – Elementary Spirit Friday
Feb 7-9 – Book Fair in MS Media Center
Feb 7 – 2nd Grade Kabuto Field Trip
Feb 7 – 1st Grade to Children’s Theater
Feb 7 – Parent Advisory at 9:00 at HS
Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day and Celebrations!
Feb 15 – K-7 Staff Meeting – MS Black Box
Feb 16-17 – Teacher Workdays
Feb 16 – 6th Grade SLC’s
Feb 20 – NO School – President’s Day Holiday
Feb 22 – Grab and Go Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Feb 24 – MS Dance Performances
Feb 27 – CSD Lottery 4:00 – HS Black Box
Feb 28 – 4th Grade Mountain Unit Sharing
Mar 1 – K-7 Staff Meeting in Black Box
Mar 7-8 – AdvancEd Accreditation Visit
Mar 7 – Parent Advisory 7:30 at HS
Mar 8 – K-12 Staff Meeting (Accreditation Results)
Mar 9-10 – Teacher Workdays – NO SCHOOL
Mar 9 – 7th Grade SLC’s
Mar 14 – 6th Grade Butterfly Project
Mar 15 – K-7 Staff Meeting MS Black Box
Mar 17 – 3rd Grade Charlotte Symphony
Mar 17 – 7th Grade Asia Day
March 25 – CSD Auction
Week of March 20th – EOG Pre-testing and Data Analysis to be completed by 3/27/16
Week of Mar 27 – 5th Grade Operas
Week of March 27 – EOG Review and Prep Begins
Mar 29 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Week of April 3 – 5th Grade Operas
April 7 – 16 – Spring Break
April 17 – Classes Resume
 
Upcoming “BIG” Dates:
May 12-13 – Staff Retreat
Week of May 15 – EOG’s
May 30 – State of the School Address
May 31 – Last Day of School
June 1-2 – Teacher Workdays

Reminders

Annual Health Inspection:
It is that time of year again when we will be receiving our health inspection any day… please keep and eye out for the below items and let me know if you see any issues.

– Dirty/broken drinking fountains
– Dirty bathrooms (no soap/paper towels) We are getting a few fix this week.
– Dirty / dusty
      floors, walls, ceilings, dressing rooms and vents (vents will have some dust no matter what but a build up is never good) We are looking for major issues not just the dust that might have accumulated during break since this will be taken care of during normal cleaning this week.
– The dumpster area also needs to be clean with no trash around it.
Thank you all for your help.
Fresh Take:
Our Annual Fresh Take Conference is scheduled for Friday, January 26th.  We ask that ALL CSD staff attend.  There will be no charge for this event.  For those of you presenting at the conference, THANK YOU for sharing your professional knowledge and expertise with other educators!  We look forward to learning from you!

We also would like for you to help spread the word to all the parents you know that Barbara Coloroso is going to have a parent lecture the day before the conference. All parents are invited!

“Parenting with Wit and Wisdom: Helping Children Become Self-Disciplined, Compassionate, Responsible, Resourceful and Resilient Human Beings” on January 26 at 7PM at the Cove, 197 Langtree Road, Mooresville. Doors open at 6:45 for general seating. This is a free event (but we wouldn’t decline donations to offset costs.)

Valentines:
Please make sure you are reminding your students to work on their class Valentines.  All Valentines should be signed by each student as well as edited by the parents.  Thank you for your help with this!

Teaching Tips

As we approach the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday we thought you might find some of these resources helpful from Edutopia (link below). As the article mentions, teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy should not be limited to January, but focused on throughout the year.

https://www.edutopia.org/article/resources-martin-luther-king-jr-day-matt-davis
In addition, one of our school improvement plan goals for this year is to broaden the perspectives of students, staff, parents, and greater community to promote compassionate understanding and decrease a sense of “otherness.”  We have created a bookshelf in the front office area to help with this goal (please do not drop off items on these bookcases).  You can come and find various books to use for your classroom.  Please return them when you are done.

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Week of January 3, 2017

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Dear Staff,

Happy New Year!  Welcome back, we hope that you all enjoyed some time to recharge with your family and friends over the break.  A new year provides us with a time to reflect on things we have done in the past and and start over with new ideas and new beginnings.  For the past few months I have been giving a lot of thought to the idea of creating maker spaces in our classrooms.  Back in the fall I walked into Barnes and Noble and Cannon School had set up a Maker Faire throughout the store.  I totally became intrigued.  Students K-12 were sharing their tinkerings with kids and adults and I was totally blown away!  Some of the things they shared were very simplistic such as building with Legos all the way up to a robotics showcase.  You could tell that each of the kids were engaged in whatever it was he/she had created and I could tell that one of the reasons this happened was because of their dynamo teacher bouncing around the store.  He was like a bolt of energy and the students were drawn to him like a magnet.  Yet, the students were independent in what they had done and you could tell that their creations were all very kid centered and kid created.  I was totally hooked!  I want this type of learning for our students at CSD!  This is the cream of the crop education that all students should be exposed to.  I have a lot of learning to do about makerspace and I would love for you to learn along with me.  I ordered lots of different books on this topic, I would love to go to Cannon School and see this in action and meet with the teachers there and see how they do this in their classrooms, and my ultimate goal would be how can we create makerspaces in all of our classrooms at CSD?  If this is something that interests you I would love to form a group of us who would research this and work together to bring this back to the staff, because I do believe it is an area that we can grow in (the whole idea of STEM/STEAM).  I know it can feel overwhelming and you may feel like how can I add one more thing to my plate? However,  I really think that this can be done in a way that actively engages students so that it cuts down on behavior problems in your classrooms, challenges your highly gifted students, engages students who may not be that interested in “typical” school and is exciting to teach!  If this is something that you think you might be interested in learning more about please let me know, as I believe this is important work and our kids deserve nothing but the very best!  I have included a link below if you would like to read more about this topic.  Remember, new year’s bring about new change…you never know where you may end up 365 days from now!  Have a fantastic first week back!

Leslie

http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3758336

Week At A Glance:

Tuesday, Jan 3rd
Classes Resume
Parent Advisory at 7:30 at HS
Wednesday, Jan 4th
K7 Staff Meeting-Annual Safety Meeting – 3:30
Thursday, Jan 5th
Final Spelling Bee (grades 3-8) – MS Black Box – 9:00 a.m.
Friday, January 6th
Elementary Spirit Friday

Upcoming Dates:

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