Week 30: 03/23/15 – 03/27/15

Thank you to to all who came to support our Kennedy Kubbies last Thursday evening for the annual Talent Show, as they showcased their very special talents in front of a packed audience of family, friends and teachers! The gym was beautifully decorated thanks to a group of parent volunteers from ABC & committee members. The children had a wonderful time making memories they will never forget. Thank you to the Talent Show committee for their hard work planning and organizing the event. Thank you also to the Reading Room teachers for having the book fair open before & after the talent show. Finally….thanks to all who came to see the kids—their smiles and hugs showed just how much they loved having you there to support them! Pictures can be found on the right of this blog in the sidebar, or here.

Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, March 23rd
Last week of Pennies for Patients
*Cycle 5 Assessments This Week

Tuesday, March 24th
1st-3rd Grade to LMS for Musical “Into the Woods”
SMART Training @ 2:50pm (Room 110) in lieu of faculty meeting

Wednesday, March 25th
Lincoln Investments in Lounge for Lunch & Learn
2nd Grade Young Authors Celebration @ 11:00am
TAPS Common Plan
Happy Birthday Diane Serio :)

Thursday, March 26th
Kindergarten Field Trip to Field Museum
Multiage Young Authors Celebrations
(Rooms 101/109 from 8:40am-9:10am)
(Rooms 103/107 from 1:45pm-2:15pm)
*Donna will count total number of shamrocks hanging on classroom doors at the end of the day!

Friday, March 27th
Spirit Assembly
*Winning class with the most shamrocks from donations towards Pennies for Patients will receive Shamrock Shake Party*
PreK Field Trip to Brunswick

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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!

Have a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break! Safe travels for those of you who are flying or taking a road trip. We look forward to seeing everyone on April 7th for a Teacher Institute Day. We’ll welcome the students back on April 8th.

Week 29: 03/16/15 – 03/20/15

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, March 16th
Scholastic Book Fair This Week
Week 2 of Pennies for Patients

Tuesday, March 17th
Happy St. Patrick’s Day ~
Mentor Meeting @ 3:45pm

Wednesday, March 18th
1/2 SIP Day
Book Fair (buy day)
Board Meeting @ 7:00pm

Thursday, March 19th
Talent Show Dress Rehearsal @ 8:30am
Book Fair (buy day)
Talent Show 5:30pm (Door open at 5pm: Book fair will be open before & after Talent Show)

Friday, March 20th
NO
Reading Room Plan Today ~
5 Positive Connections by Friday! :)

(03/22) Happy Birthday Sharon Heitz *red bus*

Blogs Worth Reading:
How do YOU share your genius?

The Things We See

Week 28: 03/09/15 – 03/13/15

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, March 9th
Pennies for Patients Begins!

Tuesday, March 10th
Faculty Meeting @ 2:50pm <—click for agenda
Kindergarten Information Night @ 6:00pm

Wednesday, March 11th

Thursday, March 12th
Talent Show Rehearsal After School @ 2:30pm-4:00pm

Friday, March 13th
March Buddy Activity
5 by Friday! :) Keep making those positive connections with families!
Loaves & Fishes: there’s still time to sign up to help! <—click the link

Blog Posts Worth Reading:

7 Ways to Stay Strong When Everything Else Goes Wrong

Student Selector & Team Creator Tools and Apps

YouTube for Kids App

We Love Our Math Apps

Time for Time

SeeSaw: An app for digital student portfolios

**Check out this Kindergarten Teacher’s Blog

Week 27: 03/02/15 – 03/06/15

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Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can be toward people with disabilities.

The campaign, created by youth, is intended to engage schools, organizations and communities to rally and pledge their support & to promote inclusion and acceptance!

When one student has an attitude of acceptance & inclusion toward people (especially fellow students) that is a wonderful thing. When that one student becomes many….when an entire school has a climate of acceptance and inclusion…it becomes a powerful community! Ultimately, when a school climate conveys and fosters understanding, inclusion and respect for all, the students internalize those lessons for their lives both within and beyond school.

Our goal is to educate the Kennedy students, staff and community that we should love everyone for who they are and accept all differences. Please be sure to check out the email Amanda sent last week regarding Kennedy’s approach this year to teach our Kubbies about diversity, acceptance & perseverance. In your mailboxes you should have received a lesson/activity that accompanies the book It’s Okay to Be Different. All classroom teachers received a class copy of the text to keep in your classroom libraries. On Tuesday, we will learn that it’s okay to be different by signing a pledge, promising to be dedicated to celebrating each other and being kind to one another. Here is the letter that went home with all students last Friday.

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, March 2nd
Happy Birthday Bonnie Bricker :) 

Tuesday, March 3rd
Birthday Breakfast starting at 7:15am in Teacher’s Lounge
Happy Birthday Natalie Barcas :)
Spread the Word to End the Word Day ~WEAR BLACK
Please read It’s Okay to Be Different & complete lesson (in your mailboxes)
Project Unify Basketball Game @ 3:45pm (LMS)

Wednesday, March 4th
Common Plan Agenda <–click to view/sign up
SMART Training Common Plan
*KONICA MINOLTA Training during Common Plan —
All certified staff: Click the link for the agenda above & please sign up as a team for a slot to attend a training on the new copy machines.

Thursday, March 5th
2nd Grade (Rooms 104, 115) Field Trip to PF Chang’s
Happy Birthday Debi Cesario :)
Talent Show Rehearsal (2:30pm-4:00pm)
PARCC Meeting with 3rd Grade @ 2:30pm
SLT Meeting @ 3:15pm

Friday, March 6th
Summative Evaluation Meetings for Non-Tenured Staff
5 by Friday!