MS Weekly Staff Memo – January 26, 2015

What’s On My Mind
I borrowed the two paragraphs below from Joy’s newsletter, but as usual, her words were perfect!
Thanks to Joyce Burke for all her work on our Annual Fresh Take conference.  I think we all agree that Friday was a truly wonderful event!  I enjoyed seeing so many CSD staff AND making new connections.  It is such an important part of our journeys as educators to connect with other educators.  I hope each of you will find this week to be a little more exciting thanks to the opportunity for learning and connecting on Friday!  I realized AGAIN that I take our special school for granted EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!  Thank you for presenting! Thank you for volunteering!  Thank you for your warmth and kindness shown to our guests! Thank you for being the amazing people you are each day…..for the good of our students!  I am honored to know and work with you!  Special kudos goes to Joyce Burke….wow!  You never cease to amaze us! Thank you for making this event so wonderful….we all know it wouldn’t without you!
Special thanks to our arts team, students and Jim Dumser for the completion and installation of our beautiful “Love Locks” project.  I hope you will take time to enjoy it!   Every single staff member has a lock….find yours! Find your friends!  And while you are at it, remember that each of those locks was made by the hands of our students….the kiddos we love so very much!  Each time I walk by, I am drawn to stop and enjoy it a little more……I just focus in on one or two more of those precious locks….I read the name of that person and just take a moment to love and appreciate all that this person brings to our school.  I hope you will do the same….it is quite the magical moment for me!
Upcoming Events
Monday, January, 26th
Principal/Parent Coffee Talk – 8:30 in Media Center – Topic:  Cybersafety and Cyberbullying
Teacher Soup Luncheon – Elementary Gym – 11:00  Enjoy!
Tuesday, January, 27th
K-8 Open House – 9:30-11:30
Wednesday, January 28th
Juli out of office – working with Joy on scheduling for next year
Thursday, January 29th 
Joy registering 8th graders for 9th grade at K-8
Friday, January 30th 
 
Looking Ahead….
2/2/15 – Rising 8th Grade Math Placement Parent Meeting – 8:30 a.m. in Media Center
2/2/15 – Parent Advisory 7:30 p.m. at HS
2/4/15 – Staff Meeting
2/6/15 – Practicum Sharing
2/9/15 – MS Report Cards due to Juli for editing
2/12/15 – Teacher Workday; 6th Grade SLC’s
2/13/15 – Teacher Workday
2/16/15 – President’s Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL
2/18/15 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
2/18/15 – Staff Meeting
2/20/15 – Red Cross Blood Drive  in MS Gym (8th Grade Practicum)
2/23/15 – MS Principal/Parent Coffee Talk – 8:30-9:30 in Media Center
2/23/15 – CSD Lottery – 4:00 p.m. at HS Black Box
3/2/15 – Parent Advisory 7:30 p.m. at HS
3/6/15 – 6th Grade Play
3/12/15 – Teacher Workday; 7th Grade SLC’s
3/13/15 – Teacher Workday
3/27/15 – 8th Grade Civil Rights Museum
3/27/15 – 8th Grade Dance
4/3/15 – Spring Break Begins
4/13/15 – Classes resume
Nuts/Bolts/Reminders/Tips
The 2nd trimester is coming to a close, so be sure you give yourself ample time to conduct assessments and complete the report cards.  Please send me your narratives as soon as you can so I can publish them to Jupiter.  Report Cards due date is February 9th.  Let me know if you have any questions or need any help!
We are currently accepting proposals for Professional Development funding for upcoming year (2015)!   Please know that we are working with a limited budget, so unfortunately, we will have to make some decisions in regards to what we will be able to fund.  Therefore, not all proposals may be funded.  We are especially interested in higher-end national conferences that will help us grow our school perspective as a whole.  Keep in mind that all participants will be expected to present to staff at some point after attending thePD experience.  All proposals are due by January 31st.  If you are interested in applying for CSD professional development funding, please fill out the following form.
Professional Development
I think the best PD for this week is to reflect on the Fresh Take Conference by reading the #freshtake2015 Twitter feed. There are some great nuggets of wisdom here, so please take a few moments to check it out!  If you are not on Twitter but are interested in creating an account, please don’t hesitate to ask for help.  Twitter is a TERRIFIC resource for educators, and I highly recommend using it for PD.  Take the plunge; it will be worth it, I promise!
Inspiration
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