Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

Highlights of the Week
Valentines Day
Students enjoyed showing their creative side on Valentines Day!  Students created all types of Valentines and Valentine boxes.  We all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon.  

First & Second Graders Pay Tribute to America
We had another great performance from our first and second graders Thursday evening! Their talent continues to amaze me! See more of their art work below. We cannot wait for the final performance next Thursday!

Professional Development Day Focus
Teachers are excited to spend their professional development day on Friday continuing to study Lucy Calkins' writing program.  As you recall, Lucy Calkins is a nationally recognized writing expert and teachers across grades K-5 are currently implementing her informational writing unit (see students' work in prior blogs). Our work on Friday aligns to our school improvement goal that focuses on our desire to build common grade level expectations in writing and a collective understanding of best writing practices.  

We will spend the afternoon learning how we can incorporate the following 21st century themes into our instructional planning: problem solving, resiliency, global awareness, financial awareness, health and wellness and civic responsibility.  A national organization, called the Partnership for 21st Learning, identified 21st century themes and the 4c (creativity, communication, critical thinking and collaboration) as skills that students will need to be successful in the future.  As a school we will examine what it looks like to naturally incorporate these skills into our teaching. We are excited to share our learning with you in future posts.    

Mark Your Calendar
February 20th – First & Second Grade Performance – Woolums, Wilson, Lewis & Aldridge
February 21st – Sock Hop!
March 13th – Parent Teacher Conferences * Date Correction
March 18th – Parent Teacher Conferences
March 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12 -  3rd Grade Writing & Math
March 4, 5,  6, 11 & 12 0 4th & 5th Grade Reading, Writing & Math

If you haven’t ordered your yearbook, it is available to purchase online until March 15. Click here to order today. Yearbook pictures can be sent to or put onto a CD and left in the PTO mailbox.