Weekly Update: July 27, 2015

Best wishes for a great first day and fantastic school year! Here is our first weekly update of the 2015-16 school year!

Flag Salute:

We will begin flag salute on Monday, August 3rd.

Attendance and rosters:

Please take attendance online, as usual, but we will also come to your classroom to do an official headcount within the first 30-45 minutes of the day.  We will do this for the first 3 days of school and then begin to drop “no shows”.

First day packets:

Please pass these out today! If someone new shows up today that is not on the roster you received in your mail box (this weekend/Monday morning), they should already have received a packet at the office.  If you have someone on your roster for whom you don’t have a packet, come to the office and get one for them.

As a reminder, there was a slight change to the first day packets, see below for details.

Main Packet (yellow cover)—This is for the parent to take home and keep.  Nothing needs to be removed or returned from this packet.  You will notice that some forms in the back have room for signatures—those are samples of the forms that are in the signature packet (attached).

Signature Packet (All Yellow)–This is for parents to sign and return. This will serve as annual notification for your files, and limits the amount of time you need to go through and pull pieces out. There are very clear directions on both packets to explain this.

PBS Visits/Assemblies:

Tuesday, July 28      TK/Kinder individual classroom visits 9:30-10:15

Thursday, July 30     Grades 5/6 individual classroom visits 9:00-12:00

Friday, July 31           Grades 1/2 1:00-1:20 Assembly     Grades 3/4 1:30-1:50 Assembly

6th Graders helping T/Kinders:

Thank you to our 6th grade teachers who are willing to offer the services of their students during TK/Kinder lunch.   Assignments: Valdivia/Leon, Molina/Olsson, Major/Martinez

Teachers please walk students to the tk/kinder rooms at 11:00 a.m.

Back to School Nights:

Aug. 5 (grades 4-6) and Aug. 12th (grade 1-3) are our Back to School Nights.  We will put this on our marquee and other fliers but please make sure to mention this in your parent letters as well.

PTA Meeting 5:00-5:30     Back to School Night 5:30-6:30

Science shed:

Thanks to retired teacher Dana Tomlinson for caring for our science shed.  Please see email I forwarded from Dana for more info.  Also remember to NOT take an entire bin from the sheds, but rather bring your own box/bin and take what you need and SIGN THOSE ITEMS OUT.

Voice Mail Boxes:

All classroom phones had their voice mail passwords reset for the new school year. Each voice mail has a temporary password that matches the 5-digit extension of the phone. For example, a phone with extension 81695 would have a temporary password of 81695. Please log into your voice mail and reset the password to something you can easily remember. You may need to change the recorded name and recorded greetings on the phone if you are a new user of the phone. You may also need to review/delete old, saved messages or unheard messages.  Please refer to the Unity Voice Mail Guide. If you need additional help, please submit an online tech work order in OPRA.


We will not have a parent meeting regarding the riding of bicycles to school.  Now that most are familiar with the process, we have included something in our parent handbook.  If a student inquires about it, you can tell them to stop into the school office before or after school for the required paperwork.

Question of the Week:

What resonated with you after hearing Dr. Anthony Mohammed’s presentation at our District Kick Off event?

Anthony Mohammed

Quote of the Week:

“Every child deserves a champion; an adult who never gives up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they possibly can be” -Rita Pierson

Upcoming Events:

Staff Social- theme  “Old School meets New School

Wed. August 5th         1:30-2:30 p.m.            Rooms 8/9


Have a great school year!!


9 thoughts on “Weekly Update: July 27, 2015

  1. there were lots of ideas that resonated with me, but I think one that really stands out is trying to be my very best for the students while I’m at school, being motivated, and continuing to learn.

  2. The real belief we have in our students’ abilities to succeed. This is the walk the walk belief, not just the smoke and mirrors type. Look at me and all my metaphors….must be back in upper grades! ha!

  3. What resonated with me was the idea that successful schools are filled with teachers who are both high skill AND high will. We as teachers need to have skill AND the heart for our students. Emory teachers embody this idea!! I am looking forward to an AMAZING year with my Emory colleagues :0) (And Holli in upper grades woot woot!)

  4. I agree with Angela that successful schools need to have HIGH Skill, High Will individuals at ALL levels working together for our #1 client: STUDENTS.

    With this in mind, every person also needs to believe that they are a leader. What they do does make a difference. Transformational leaders look to identify staff strengths and build on them. We all have gifts to share! 🙂

  5. I unfortunately did not attend Dr. Muhammad’s presentation. I did however research him and his speeches and watched Anthony Muhammad-Moving the Bus Forward: Creating Healthy Learning Environments for All Students

    The following resonated with me from this Youtube video:
    *Engage in effective PLC’s (don’t leave parts out)
    *Have a healthy school culture
    *we mentality instead of me mentality
    *high skill and high will school will change for the better
    *if you spot it, you got it
    *class instruction needs to change or you will get the same results
    He is very inspiring and makes a lot of valid points. I agree with Roseann that we all have gifts to share and believe that working together anything is possible. Lets rock this !! 🙂
    Looking forward to this upcoming year and excited about Holli joining our upper grade team !!

  6. Many of Dr. Muhammad’s words resonated with me. Most of all, that we need to be honest about where we ( as a school, as an individual, and as a District) stand, and work from that point. So that we can …”be there” and be “a Champion” for our students so they have the necessary tools to be successful!

  7. One of the many things that resonated with me was when he talked about “The Maestro” which he had a slide showing a picture of a musical conductor that said “Blending the best in students with the best in the teacher to create beautiful music.”

  8. I liked when he mentioned focusing on the positives….and cultivating the soil of education…..staff are the key…..

  9. What stuck with me came from the secondary presentation: We need to communicate, build trust, and reflect in order to have the most successful relationships.

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