Week of February 13

Happy Valentine’s Day!


We know you have all been working extremely hard on assessments, report cards and conferences. We commend you for your efforts as your love, care and concern for our students does not go unnoticed.

This week at parent advisory I was once again reminded of the importance of relationships.  In keeping with our mission and vision, relationships are the driving force in all that we do. The Basic School explains that to be true community, the institution must be organized around people, relationships and ideas.

I loved this reminder from Bright Side on How to Improve Your Relationships in 60 Seconds.

“Bright Side shares with you 15 incredibly simple techniques that help you build a long and happy relationship with your partner and strengthen relationships with your friends, children, colleagues, and even with yourself.”

Click here to read the suggestions!


Monday, February 13
2nd Grade Sapp- Pines
5th Grade Teckenbrock- Huntersville Oaks
Tuesday, February 14
Valentine’s Day!
1st Grade James- Laurels
3rd Grade Washam- Williams Place
Wednesday, February 15
5th Grade Holshouser- Huntersville Oaks
K-7 Staff Meeting-HWT K-3
Please bring a sample of writing
Thursday, February 16
Parent/Teacher Conferences/Workday
Friday, February 17
Parent/Teacher Conferences/Workday

Upcoming Dates
Feb 20 – NO School – President’s Day Holiday
Feb 22 – Grab and Go Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Feb 23 – MS Dance Rehearsals (ES classes will attend, schedule coming soon)
Feb 23 – Kindergarten Gallery Crawl
Feb 24 – MS Dance Performances (parents)
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


Accreditation Evidences for QAR Needed ASAP:
As you know, our Accreditation 5 Year Renewal Visit is coming up on March 7th and 8th.  Part of the preparation for this visit entails collecting evidences that support our mission and vision and how they relate to the AdvancEd Standards.  We need a sampling of interdisciplinary “projects” or “units of study” from each of our grade levels along with a variety of student samples.  At your next team meeting, please pick a unit from your grade level (or loop) that you feel is an excellent representation of how we teach at CSD.  Some ideas for evidences include but are not limited to the following:

Scope/Sequences of Thematic Units of Study (think “tubs” – in fact, a tub could even be an evidence!)
Key Questions/Essential Questions
Specific Lesson Plans (think multidisciplinary station work, for example)
Scripts from class plays
DVD’s of past classes’ performances (I PROMISE to take good care of these!)
Programs from past performances
*Don’t forget work samples if you have them!
There is a box outside Juli’s office labeled “Evidences.”  Please place your team’s/loop’s selection in this box by February 15th.  Thank you!

Note from Joy:

Please take time to read this culminating report of our school interval review (see email entitled “Accreditation Report).  When the Accred team comes to CSD, they will spend two days in our school in an out of our K-12 classrooms and will certainly be asking questions about what we do and how we do it. The visit is in early March and we want to make sure everyone has time to read this document prepare for the external review team visit. If you are willing to be on the list of teachers who sit in on the teacher interview with the team, please let us know because this is a very important role as you are the voice representing our school teacher group.   Huge thanks to Erika Bowen for leading this effort. Thank you so much Erika! You have done a terrific job and we are incredibly grateful.

Teaching Tips:

We wanted to check in on your “experiments” using enforceable statements and choices within your classroom.  Please let us know if you need help brainstorming ideas and solutions!

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