Week 30: 04/01/13 – 04/05/13

Welcome Back! I hope you all had a restful, relaxing Spring Break! As we enter the final 8 weeks of school, I realize this can be a challenging time for us, as both staff & students get ‘Spring Fever’. We have been working hard for 7 months and we’re getting closer to the end of the school year. Now is when we must do our best work. We must finish strong and carry out our momentum until the last day. Keep in mind, the more you stray from your classroom routine/schedule, the more antsy your students will get. If you keep focused, they will follow your lead!

As we approach the final 8 weeks of the school year, it is easy for many teachers to get into that familiar habit of wishing that the year would end. I want to encourage you not to fall into that rut and make the last 8 weeks enjoyable and productive for your students.

Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, April 1st:
Cycle 5 Assessments

Tuesday, April 2nd:
Kindergarten Field Trip to Field Museum
Reading/ELL Committee Meeting @ 2:30pm
Kennedy Family SPED Night @ 6:00pm-7:30pm
SD81 Registration Day @ LMS 3pm-7pm

Wednesday, April 3rd:
SLBC to Jewel
5th Grade/Kindergarten Buddies Activity (9:00am-10:30am)
Reading/ELL Common Plan

Thursday, Aprli 4th:
Celebrations Committee Meeting @ 2:30pm (Room 104)
SLT Meeting @ 3:00pm

Friday, April 5th:
Pre School Screening
Reading Room Plan Day
5 by Friday!

(04/07) Happy Birthday Mirta Cruz :)

Week 29: 03/18/13 – 03/22/13

Spring Break always arrives at the perfect time of the year! As we head into the final five days of school prior to break, I’m hopeful that students & staff will take full advantage of their time away from Kennedy. For some, it will give them time to recover from feeling under the weather, and for others it is time to spend with family & friends. Regardless of how you plan on spending the break, I hope you soak up every single second and come back re-energized for the home stretch!

Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, March 18th
3rd Grade Field Trip to the Museum of Science & Industry

Tuesday, March 19th
4th Grade Buddies visit PreK (@ 9:20am)
Mentor Meeting @ 3:45pm

Wednesday, March 20th
TAPS Common Plan
SCOTY Awards Ceremony @ West Leyden HS (4:00pm)
Board Meeting @ 7:00pm

Thursday, March 21st
Talent Show Dress Rehearsal (during the day)
PreK Field Trip to Brunswick Zone
Baby/Bridal Shower @ 2:30pm
Talent Show @ 6:00pm

Friday, March 22nd
Spirit Assembly (Responsibility)
Happy Birthday Sharon Heitz :)
2nd Grade Young Authors (@ 11:00am)
1st Grade (Room 110) Young Authors  (@12:10pm)

1st Grade (Room 100/102/108) Young Authors (@ 12:30pm

(03/25) Happy Birthday Diane Serio :)
(03/27) Happy Birthday Lindsay Dudal :)
(03/29) Happy Birthday Eric Humbles :) 

Week 28: 03/11/13 – 03/15/13

Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, March 11th
RTI Committee Meeting @ 2:30pm

Tuesday, March 12th
PATS Field Trip to Peggy Notebaert Museum
Multiage Field Trip to Kohl Children’s Museum
Faculty Meeting @ 2:30pm & 3:30pm <–click for agenda

Wednesday, March 13th
SLBC to the HIP
Discipline Committee Meeting @ 3:45pm

Thursday, March 14th
1st Grade Field Trip to Kohl Children’s Museum
NEDSRA Bowling
Dress Rehearsal (Kennedy Singers & 202) @ LMS
Music In Our Schools Concert @ 6:30pm

Friday, March 15th
March Buddy Event
5 by Friday! :)

*Thank you for taking time last week to work with your students to teach about differences & tolerance in conjunction with the national campaign to “Spread the Word to End the Word”. Please take a moment to watch the video below, as I think it’s a wonderful example of someone who didn’t let anything stop him from fulfilling his dream. Enjoy!

Week 27: 03/04/13 – 03/18/13

Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, March 4th
ISAT Testing Begins (*There will be NO announcements during ISAT. Please check your email int he Kennedy Conference to see if it will be indoor or outdoor recess.*) Alternate specials schedule begins today & Reading Room will be on a cart! 

Tuesday, March 5th
Happy Birthday Debi Cesario :)
Buddy Committee Meeting @ 7:20am (Room 109)
Kindergarten Field Trip to Field Museum
Talent Show Rehearsal (after school)
RTI Committee Meeting @ 2:30pm
Mentor Meeting @ 3:45pm

Wednesday, March 6th
Special Olympics Swim Meet
Common Core Common Plan (in cafeteria: continuing with curriculum mapping)

Thursday, March 7th
SLT Meeting @ 3:00pm
District RTI Committee Meeting @ 3:45pm

Friday, March 8th
Non-Tenured Teachers: Summative Conferences

(03/10) Pancake Breakfast @ LMS 9am-12pm