Week 26: 02/23/15 – 02/27/15

From TechnicallyTeamann:

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It’s that time of the year.
Where the holiday break is definitely in the past.
Where testing pressure has started to increase.
When Spring Break is close…..but not quite close enough.
Take time today to remember that we alone have the power to choose our good attitude.
Be the kind of person who doesn’t allow other people or circumstances to dictate how we feel or treat those around us. Instead, be the consistent one for those around you.
Be thankful for the impact that we have on not only our students, but also on our peers.
Choose to be happy. Choose to be positive. Choose to smile. That doesn’t mean you are unaware of circumstances, or stress, or drama, or struggles….it just means you choose to RISE above it, and be happy anyway. To let your mood be dictated by your blessings and not your afflictions.

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, February 23rd
Kindergarten Field Trip to Chicago Kids Company
FOX IN SOCKS DAY: Wear your silliest mismatched socks

Tuesday, February 24th
1/2 SIP Day
1/2 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Happy Birthday Shannon David :)

Wednesday, February 25th
7th Grade Buddies visit Kennedy School
WACKY WEDNESDAY: Wacky/crazy hair day

Thursday, February 26th
2nd Grade (Rooms 104, 115) Field Trip to PF Chang’s
CAT IN THE HAT DAY: Wear your favorite hat
Dr. Seuss Night 6:00pm-7:30pm *Hope to see you all there!*

Friday, February 27th
Spirit Assembly
KUBBIE GEAR DAY: Dress in Kubbie Gear or Blue/White

(02/28) Happy Birthday Alicia Villanueva :)
(03/01) Happy Birthday Tami Ericksen :)

Blog Posts Worth Reading:
A Simple Smile
“A smile can make someone’s day, can be infectious, and have a tremendous impact on school culture”
Speech to Text in Google Docs
Patterns Galore
When Students Need More

Looking for Dr. Seuss Activities? Click the picture below:
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Week 25: 02/16/15 – 02/20/15

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Monday, February 16th

Tuesday, February 17th
Talent Show Auditions (during school day)
Celebrations Meeting @ 2:50pm (Room 100)
Happy Birthday Mike Deany :)
Happy Birthday Jackie Hood :)

Wednesday, February 18th
6th Grade Buddies Visit 1st Grade @ Kennedy
2nd Grade Field Trip to PF Changs (Rooms 105 & 106)
Board Meeting @ 7:00pm
Happy Birthday Nikki Culberson :)

Thursday, February 19th
Talent Show Committee Meeting @ 7:30am (Room 105)
PATS Field Trip to Field Museum
2nd Grade Field Trip to PF Changs (Rooms 104 & 115)

Friday, February 20th
Reading Room Plan Day
February Buddies Event
5 by Friday :) Keep the positive postcards going!

(02/21) Polar Plunge @ Northwestern! 

Presidents’ Day Fun

How to Use Your Now Images in Google Form Headers

***FYI: I will be in Springfield with the admin team for the Alliance Leadership Summit this week (Tuesday-Thursday), but can be reached via email or on my cell phone.

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Week 24: 02/09/15 – 02/13/15

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, February 9th
Cycle 4 Assessments This Week
Jump Rope For Heart Week in PE
1st & Multiage Field Trip to Shedd Aquarium

Tuesday, February 10th
SMART Training @ 2:50pm in Room 105

Wednesday, February 11th
Common Plan Time (TAPS Sign-Up & Preparing for Report Cards/Conferences)

Thursday, February 12th
1st – 3rd Grade to LMS to see Washington Musical @ 9:00am

Friday, February 13th
Trimester 2 Ends – 5 By Friday
Teacher Luncheon in Faculty Lounge courtesy of ABC Parent Group :)
Spring Parent/Teacher Conference Schedules Due to Office
*Sign-Up Deadline for Translator Google Doc
Yearbook Collages Due to Kristen Stringer

(02/15) Happy Birthday Agnes Niewinski :)
(02/16) NO SCHOOL: Presidents’ Day

**Interested in ordering Dr. Seuss T-Shirts? Click here!
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Articles Worth Reading (Oldies but Goodies):
Don’t Have Time? Make it.

Phases of First-Year Teaching

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Week 23: 02/02/15 – 02/06/15

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Here’s our week at a glance:

(02/01) Happy Birthday Christa Henkel :)

Monday, February 2nd

Tuesday, February 3rd
Room 203’s Trip to Barnes & Noble with Principals
Buddy Committee Meeting @ 2:45pm (Room 109)

Wednesday, February 4th
TAPS Re-Eval
Happy Birthday Anne Weinthaler :)

Thursday, February 5th
No Reading Room Today (Wish the RR team good luck, as they are presenting at the NCLB Conference downtown!)
PreK Field Trip to Stahl Family Theater
SLT Meeting @ 3:00pm

Friday, February 6th
PreK Screening
Happy Birthday Dina Natale :)
Happy Birthday Heather Longo :)

(02/07) Happy Birthday Alanna Olson :)

Articles Worth Reading:
There Is No Such Thing As Balance

List of Authors who will Skype/connect with students

The Classroom Kindness Project

A *fun* random student selection app: Decide Now