Hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break with time with family and friends. I hope you each had a chance to recharge for the final push to the end of the year. I wanted to share a post that someone shared with me written by a superintendent of another school district. “The hustle and bustle of the end of the school year is upon us and with missing so many days of school due to inclement weather, we can get very stressed and frazzled. Let me remind you to stop and reflect on your daily activities–time with your students, family, and friends. Do not get so “caught up” in a race to the end of the year that you miss the moments to cherish with your students and other aspects of your life.” I know we have all been feeling the stress of missing school days and trying to figure out how we will get it all in. But, remember, in the end, testing does not represent what you do day in day out with the students. It is certainly not what they will remember about you or the year. They will remember the growth you helped them achieve and the fun moments you share together. So as it is said, while you push to the end, remember to stop and smell the roses along the way.
- Attendance reminder – please remember that as you get a 5 day tardy sheet, you must contact the parent. Sign the sheet and turn it back into myself or Gail. We are getting several students who are hitting the 10 day mark and were not contacted by the teacher yet. If you have any attendance concerns, please let me know as I am monitoring it closely and requiring doctor’s notes from some students with excessive absences.
- Please remember that recess is a state mandate. Students should have 30 minutes every day. Although we are feeling crunched, students do need this time for movement and brain breaks.
- The third quarter reading incentive of Newcomb and a treat will take place April 30 and May 1. Times TBD. I will work around recess and resource schedules to coordinate grade levels depending on numbers. Please complete the Google doc by Friday. https://docs.google.com/a/henrico.k12.va.us/forms/d/166Qo-k60ASj6lUPa5p5J_fliZMQmBJPVNtbsDyQywTA/viewform
- If you are interested in helping to plan the SOL Pep Assembly, please email me by Friday.
- MAPs testing takes place from Tuesday through Tuesday. Please ensure COWS are plugged in and ready for grade levels to use.
- Invites for the Volunteer Breakfast are in the lounge. If you have not already done so, please send them home to parents you know have volunteered in the school. I will send one electronically as well to all families.
- This week’s Morning Meeting Reporting link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CWR87M3
A HUGE props to Michelle Cahill and Sherry Birkhead! Michelle has finished VAAPs for her class and they did an awesome job! These portfolios take a ton of time to put together. Thanks to Sherry for helping support by taking students and giving ideas.
Another HUGE thank you everyone for helping to make the send off to the Little Feet Meet so amazing! It was incredibly touching and I know the students loved it.
From Mrs. Mayo
Hardymon-For her MM based on “Listening/Following Directions”. She did a SWEET listening/following directions activity! This is a vital skill to teach our upper grade students, especially as we prepare for upcoming testing! Ask her about this! I also have a similar activity.
Damron- For her “Warm and Fuzzy” MM using Kid President – 20 Things You Should Say More Often. They did a writing/ brainstorm/ discussion activity. Way to encourage deep thinking and discussion, Madeline!
Jones- For his ACTIVE MM Activity. He really understands that 1st graders need physical activity in their learning! Way to go, Danny!
Louthan- For her MM based on diversity in strengths & weaknesses. She used the story “Leo the Late Bloomer” & connected with Kindergarten’s theme & study of plants/ flowers!
Smith- For her MM based on a classroom challenge with honesty so, she read “The Empty Pot” and discussed the topic. Great job, Brittani!
Stumpf- For her MM based on “Getting in your 2 cents”- taking turns & active listening. She did an STELLAR activity connected to money! Ask her about this! So creative!
Davis- For her MM based on staying focused & enjoying final months at Pinchbeck. She used the song “Compass” by Lady Antebellum to illustrate this! Powerful, Brooke!
Dubs-For her MM based on brainstorming solutions to classroom challenges & problem solving! What an outstanding “real- life” skill to teach!
Cappellino-For her MM based on the “power” of words as tools to express yourselves effectively/ appropriately. She reached out to me to borrow “The Magic Coloring Book of Feelings” & Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. She shared “The Anger Rules” from me, for anger management & practiced “I feel…” statements! Super, Lisha!
Monday, April 21st – Welcome back
Tuesday, April 22nd – Earth Day Treats
Wednesday, April 23rd – Retention Meetings; 5th Grade to Byrd; Faculty Meeting – 2:30pm
Thursday, April 24th – 1st Grade performance – 1:15 pm; PTA – 6:30 pm
Friday, April 25th – Jeans day; Will out at Testing Mtg.; Jentae out; Book Celebration at Maybeury
April 28 – PALs Window opens
May 1 – Volunteer Breakfast
May 2 – Kg. Sneak-a-peak
May 3 – HCPS Arts Festival at Glen Allen
May 5 – 9 – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7 – Faculty Mtg.
May 9 – SOL Pep Assembly
May 16 – Shannonpalooza