Week of March 27, 2017

Happy Sunday! We hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather!  A HUGE thanks to our auction team and to all of YOU for the VERY successful auction last night.  It was so much fun and lots of money was raised for our school!  Yay!  We couldn’t have done it without all the wonderful donations made by your classrooms and by the wonderful teacher experiences that all of you offered.  Thank you for donating your time and talents to benefit CSD!  Also, congratulations to Erik D’Esterre and his amazing middle school cast on the success of Bugsy Malone!  I am always blown away at the talent of these young adults.  Congratulations!

A few weeks ago Amy Fisher posted an article on Facebook about morning work that really made me stop and think about how I would do things differently if I were in the classroom. I also attended a workshop at our Fresh Take conference on STEM activities where the presenters talked about putting out tinker trays in the morning instead of traditional worksheet type morning work as well. All of this really set my wheels turning to the many different possibilities of rethinking how we start our student’s days. What if we had out rigorous, problem-solving, creative, collaborative challenging activities first thing in the morning that really hooked students and made them want to come into our classrooms and get started with their learning right away? How would this help set the tone for the day? Would this help cut down on tardies? Does it get students so engaged in their thinking right away that their minds are off and running from that start? This is something that I promise you no worksheet will ever provide! This article also talked about the importance of allowing students choice. Having several options out so that students choose what speaks to them. I don’t know about you, but to me this sounds like the perfect way to start my day! I can promise you that the thought of coming in to a stack of worksheets does not sound exciting to me as an adult, I feel certain it does not sound very appealing to a child. Morning is when most of us are fresh and ready to go, why not allow students time to explore their passion and creativity? I have provided the link to the article Amy posted below. I hope that you will read it and it will spark some new ideas for you. Remember, you don’t have to do everything this teacher did. You can start small, if all of these ideas seem overwhelming pick one and try it! You don’t have to wait until next year to do this, try one tomorrow or next week. I promise your students will love you even more for it! 🙂 Maybe you even choose one of the activities to try along with them. Children love watching their teachers try new things, even if it doesn’t work out, those can be some of the best lessons we ever teach them! Let us know if you try any of these ideas or have other ideas to share. I would love to know if you see a difference in your students. Have a fantastic week!




Monday, March 27th
Carr to Huntersville Oaks
Tuesday, March 28th
Hosse Opera Dress Rehearsal
Walker to Children’s Theater
Love and Logic Parenting Class with Marianne – 8:30 in 6th Grade Art Room
Wednesday, March 29th
Admin Planning Day – Admin off campus all day
Sara Keys Teacher Leader
Hosse Opera
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Thursday, March 30th
Walker Opera Dress Rehearsal
Thompson to Huntersville Oaks
Washam to Williams Place
Friday, March 24th
Walker Opera
5th Grade to Children’s Theater

Upcoming Dates
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 5 – K-7 Staff Meeting
April 7 – 16 – Spring Break
April 17 – Classes Resume
April 17 – Earth Day – 4th Grade
April 18 – Earth Day – 3rd Grade
April 19 – Earth Day – 1st Grade
April 19 – 4th Grade to Old Salem
April 19 – Special Olympics
April 20 – Earth Day – 2nd Grade
April 20 – K to Children’s Theater
April 21 – Earth Day – 6th and 7th Grades
April 24 – 6/7 Dance Dress Rehearsals
April 25 – Kids Are Worth It Book Talk for Parents – 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. MS Black Box
April 26 – 6/7 Dance Sharings
April 26 – Teacher Appreciation Grab and Go Lunch
April 26 – MS/HS Band Performance – 7:00 p.m. at Pine Lake Auditorium
April 27 – Earth Day – Kindergarten
April 28 – 3rd Grade Walking Tour
May 6 – Spartan 5K and Half Marathon
May 10 – K-7 Mandatory Staff Meeting – EOG Training w/ Angela
May 12 – CSD Retreat; Teacher Workday
May 16th – Last Day of 6/7 Branch Electives
May 15th – Last Day of 6/7 Arts Electives
May 16 – 5th Grade Science EOG
May 18 – ELA EOG – Grades 3-7
May 19 – Math EOG – Grade 3-7
May 18-19 – 2nd Grade to Rescue Ranch
May 23 – 3rd Grade Poetry Slam
May 24-25 – 7th Grade Ropes Course
May 24-25 – Holocaust Museum
May 26th – Kindergarten Screening; Required Teacher Workday
May 29 – Memorial Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL
May 30 – State of the School
May 30 – 7th Grade Change Project
May 31 – Last Day of School (5th Grade Moving Up) (6/7 Dance)
June 1-2 – Teacher Workdays
June 1 – CSD Graduation at Belk Theater

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