MS Weekly Staff Memo – January 5, 2014

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Happy New Year!  It was a delight to see everyone back and at ’em last week.  Now that we’ve eased into the new year with two days, a full week ahead doesn’t seem so bad, right? 🙂  But bundle up.  It’s going to be C.O.L.D.

Upcoming Events:
Monday, January 6th:
3rd Quarter of Explore Electives Begin – Thanks, Kathleen, for all of your hard work on this.
11:15-12:15 – 6th Grade Team Meeting with Juli and Dana – We will discuss the upcoming 6th Grade SLC’s.
3:30-4:15 – Sara Keys’ Baby Shower – Welcome Baby Myla who is expected to arrive any day now!
7:30 – Parent Advisory Meeting at High School – Focus Topic – Religion in Public Schools

Wednesday, January 8th:
11:15-12:15 – Holiday Staff Luncheon – ENJOY!
3:30-4:30 – Ed Leadership Seminar Teacher Leader Discussion

Thursday, January 9th:
Teacher Leader – Dorothy Pagan

Looking Ahead….
Our last Lottery Open House of the 2013-2014 school year will occur on January 15th at 7:00.  We encourage all staff members to attend one of these sessions annually to be reminded of of the CSD Mission and Vision.  Reminding ourselves of CSD’s core beliefs in this manner can be very inspiring and serve as a great professional tool for reflection and goal-setting.  When was the last time you attended an Open House?

Nuts/Bolts/Reminders/Tips
Bulbs – Did you know that Promethean replacement bulbs run about $250-300?  Please try to conserve the life of your bulb by hitting “no show” on the remote when you are not actively using the board.  It takes a deliberate attempt at forming a new habit on our part to do this, but if everyone trains themselves to be aware of when we are not using the boards and when we could click “no show”, we could potentially really elongate the life our bulbs, thereby saving the school lots of money.  Thanks for your help with this!
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We will email staff and post on the crier if we have a delayed opening or school cancellation due to winter weather.

 

 

Professional Development:

This week’s PD is two-fold.  First, take a few moments to ponder how happiness and learning are connected.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/happiness-learning-connection-rebecca-alber
Then take some time to reflect on happiness in your own classroom:
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/simple-ways-cultivate-happiness-schools-elena-aguilar?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-cultivating-happiness-repost
Interestingly, all of these things fall on my “do more of in 2014” list.  🙂

And Just for Fun…
I’m sure most of you have already seen this, but it’s worth watching again.  I giggle every single time.

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