Week of January 16


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


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.)

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:


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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