Week 15: 11/28/16 – 12/02/16

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What a beautiful week we had for our Thanksgiving break! I hope you enjoyed your time off, spending time with family, friends & those you love. Now we move to the month of December where it is full of learning, fun, and special events…and a holiday break to enjoy. We have lots to do with our kids from now until December 23rd, and look forward to their growth when they return in January. They always seem more grown up right after the break…happens every year!

Things to keep in mind these next 4 weeks:

  • For some of our students who will say “it’s almost Winter break” and lack motivation, it is time to push them & keep them excited and eager to learn.
  • For our students who come from challenging circumstances at home and are feeling anxiety about not being at Kennedy for over two weeks (and acting out because of it), it is time to show them how much you care & make the most of these next 20 days.
  • For our students that just keep smiling & working hard each day, it is time to pull them aside and tell them how much you appreciate them (Positive Postcard?)

Be proud of what we’ve accomplished with our students so far this year, but please keep the focus on learning in your classrooms as we return from Thanksgiving Break. In addition, I’d encourage you to:

  • Take a second and tell a colleague that you’ve noticed how hard they are working and that you appreciate them working so hard. Gratitude and appreciation are also essential for a healthy work environment. A simple thank you and a show of appreciation can make all the difference.
  • Make time to reflect on some of the positives that we’ve had this year that may have been overlooked as we have overcome the challenges of not having enough time.
  • Set a tone for your students that regardless of how much time is left before a long break that all of us will work hard and make the most of our school days.
  • Celebrate being a member of our Kennedy School family

Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, November 28th
Santa’s Secret Shop BROWSE day <–click for schedule

Tuesday, November 29th
Santa’s Secret Shop BUY day
Faculty Meeting @ 2:50pm <—click for agenda

Wednesday, November 30th
Santa’s Secret Shop BUY day
Common Plan for all K-3 classroom teachers in Room 110 (CF presentation on Math Curriculum Demos)
Happy Birthday Barbara Zawadzka :)

Thursday, December 1st
Santa’s Secret Shop BUY day (last day)

Friday, December 2nd
5 by Friday! Make 5 positive connections with families!


Week 14: 11/14/16 – 11/ 18/16


Parent-Teacher conferences offer teachers & parents the opportunity to see, celebrate and support each individual child. Just as we all appreciate praise for our efforts, parents appreciate praise for their efforts & their child’s progress. As you offer information about the students in your room, always remember that you are speaking about someone’s ‘whole world’ and remember to be mindful of how that information will be received by your audience. I’m confident you will exude professionalism and confidence this week as you inform parents about curriculum, assessment, grading/reporting, strengths & opportunities for growth. I know you will continue to develop a working relationship with your families and deepen that home-school partnership. Thanks for all that you do in preparation for this very busy week! If Donna, Stephanie or I can offer you any support this week with conferences, please do not hesitate to ask. We are available and willing to sit-in on any conferences this week. *Please take a few minutes to read the 3 blog posts below:

6 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Parent/Teacher Conferences

What I Really Want to Ask at All Those Parent/Teacher Conferences

‘Twas the Night Before Conferences: A Parents’ Perspective on Parent/Teacher Conferences

Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, November 14th
NO STUDENT ATTENDANCE: Full Day Parent/Teacher Conferences
*American Education Week Begins

Tuesday, November 15th
PATS Field Trip to Shedd Aquarium
Happy Birthday Sandy Montes de Oca :)

Wednesday, November 16th
PreK/PATS Thanksgiving Feast (2-3pm)
Board Meeting @ 7:00pm (LMS)

Thursday, November 17th
Staff Thanksgiving Feast in Lounge

Friday, November 18th
TWD @ RAM (3:30pm)

(11/19) Happy Birthday Justine Samuels :)
(11/20) Happy Birthday Rosa Worwa :)
(11/21) Happy Birthday Emily Kronlage :) 

Blogs Worth Reading:
Find the Fireflies – Help Students to Shine

Some Have No One Else

Let’s Be Thankful


Week 13: 11/07/16 – 11/11/16

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Here’s our week at a glance:

Monday, November 7th
*All Students Should VOTE today! <–click for ballot (I VOTED stickers in your mailboxes)

Tuesday, November 8th
Teacher Institute Day: No Student Attendance (Agenda will be emailed to Kennedy Conference)

Wednesday, November 9th
Veterans Day Rehearsal (3rd grade) in Gym @ 8:15am

Thursday, November 10th
Veterans Day Rehearsal (3rd Grade) at LMS @ 8:30am
Happy Birthday Gloria Reyes :)

Friday, November 11th
Veterans Day Performance at LMS @ 9:00am
Happy Birthday Julie Fister & Becky Shoufer :)

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(11/12) Happy Birthday Sarah Mixa :)