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!


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


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.

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!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s