Week of June 9, 2014

images-1Welcome to the last week of school! We made it! As this will be the last post of the 2013-14 school year, I would like to take the time to thank each of you for your hard work this year.  I hope that each of you has much deserved time with family and friends this summer as I know that fun, family and friends are often neglected for the many extra hours you spend making sure your students get all that they need.

  • Don’t forget to have the assigned person sign off on tasks on your end of year checklist.   If you have any questions, let Will or I know.
  • One of the items on your list is to have your room checked out by Will, Keith or I.  For those who are ready on Friday, we will not begin checking rooms until after 12 once we know all students are dismissed and accounted for.  If your room is ready prior to Friday, you can let one of us know.  You may leave items on bulletin boards and in built-in cubbies or cabinets.  All moveable bookshelves and desks should be emptied out.
  • Please turn in green lunch forms as soon as possible.
  • This week is Reading Spirit Week.  Please see the reading committee’s pink sheet for guidance.
  • Happy Summer Birthdays to: Kristen King and Jane Ruffa (6/21), Ann Marie Houghlating (6/29), Helene Frantz (7/15), Cherie Pugh (7/16), Will Brizendine (7/24), Greg Brown (7/26), Karen Morton (7/31), Sara Rutledge (8/5), Jessica Alfasi (8/6), John Nolte (8/18), Kathie Rushin (8/19), Mary Jane Cagle (8/20), Sarah Simmel (8/25), Amy Dubs (8/26) and Beth Allums (8/27)

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Thank you to Greg Brown for an outstanding Field Day!  Students and parents were thrilled with the day.

Congratulations to Mary Jane Cagle! She was named Clinic Attendant of the Year.

A special thank you to Jane Ruffa, Gail Moore, Kristen King, Amy Stumpf and Michelle Cahill.  You each are a special part of our staff and will be greatly missed!

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Sunday, June 8th – Happy Birthday Marc Seccia
Monday, June 9th – Hats off to Reading; Change for Charities – 8-10 am – cafeteria; Happy Birthday Lisha Cappellino
Tuesday, June 10th – Soak up the Sun in a Good Book; Primary Election – Breakfast and lunch in classrooms; Happy Birthday Sara Ferraro
Wednesday, June 11th – Book Character Dress Up Day; Awards Assemblies – 8:15 am – K-2, 9:30 am – 3-5; Faculty Meeting – 2:30 pm
Thursday, June 12th – 5th Grade Moving on Ceremony – 8:15 am and Party 12-2 pm
Friday, June 13th – Last day of school assembly – 8:30 am; Half-day early dismissal

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Week of June 2, 2014

imagesWe made it to June and only 2 weeks left of school!  As the end of the year draws near and testing comes to a close, take some time to enjoy this time with your students.

  • If parents email you to let you know about a student’s absence, you must direct them to send a note in writing for it to be excused. We have had many instances recently in which we call to find out why a child is absent and the upset parents tell us that they let the teacher know.  If you have questions about this policy, please see Gail or I.
  • Everyone must sign their contract this year.  Remember they are due by June 3rd.
  • Friday is Field Day. The forecast as of now is for 93 degrees and sunny.  Remind students to bring sunscreen and water.  Although students will have freedom at buddy stations, you will still need to be spread out making sure that you are helping out and monitoring.
  • Remember at recess that someone’s eyes should be on all areas  where children are playing.  This means you need to be spread out to monitor.  We have had several discipline incidents recently, so we need to monitor even more at this time of year.
  • Thursday, is our end of the year party and celebration of Jane Ruffa.  It has been moved to Keegan’s in the private room.  We will have our own bar and hospitality will pay for appetizers.   If you have not signed up on the Sign Up Genius, please do so immediately. images-1 Spouses/significant others are welcome.
  • This week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are half-day planning for grade levels to work on checklists.  Please let Will or I know if you have any questions. Feel free to order lunch out.  There are menus available in the office.

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Congratulations and thanks to Andrea Ferguson and  Jim Covais who had student work featured at the Henrico 21 Student Fair.  Way to go!

Thank you to all those who have helped with bubbling over the last few weeks! – Sara Rutledge, Jentae Mayo, Connie Booth, Will Brizendine, Jane Leake, Ann Spiers, and Shannon Donovan

This Week’s Beat

Monday, June 2nd – 3rd Grade SOL testing; Sarah and Jane R. out at Retirement luncheon in PM
Tuesday, June 3rd – 4th and 5th Grade SOL/HAT testing; Child Study today
Wednesday, June 4th – 3rd Grade SOL testing; Yearbook delivery – 2pm
Thursday, June 5th – SCA Installation Ceremony – Grades 1-5 – 1:15ish
Friday, June 6th – Field Day (feel free to wear shorts)

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June 10 – Primary Election Day – no lunch in cafeteria
June 11 – Awards Assemblies K-2 (8:15), 3-4 (9:30)
June 12 – 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony (8:15) & Party (12-2)
June 13 – Last Day of School Assembly (8:30)

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Week of May 27, 2014

Happy Memorial Day! Hope you each enjoyed the long weekend and had a chance to recharge before the final few weeks.  We are in the homestretch now! Continue to engage students as we finish testing to finish the year strong.

thanksWill and I want to sincerely thank each of you for a wonderful Boss’s Week! The gifts, cards, notes, breakfast and lunch made us feel truly appreciated.  We are so lucky to work with an amazing team and we can’t do what we do without each of you.

  • Don’t forget to check Jim Covais’ blog for posts on how to make the Dell transition easier.  http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/jpcovais
  • Remember you are welcome to change your recess or resource time with another grade level due to testing or hot weather. Please be sure to let the office know if you are going out at a different time and make sure you let the resource teachers know about the changes in schedule.
  • Thursday, June 5th, we will honor Jane Ruffa’s 16 years at Pinchbeck at a retirement celebration at a private room at The Beach House. Details and a sign up will come out soon.  Appetizers will be purchased by the Hospitality Committee.
  • On testing days, morning check out in the Library will end at 8:00 and resume when the all clear testing announcement is made.  Jane and Stacey will be proctoring and teaching at that time.
  • Continue to use Workout Wednesday as a chance to highlight National Health and Fitness Month.  With this being the last week, please let Sarah or Will know if this is something you are interested in having next year throughout the year as a way to highlight the importance of fitness.  Please share any ideas you have.

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Thank you to Shannon Donovan, Brooke Davis, Helene Frantz and Jentae Mayo for planning and/or presenting at the Family Literacy and Resource Night! Great information was provided to families.

This Week’s Beat

Tuesday, May 27th – Child Study today; Make-up testing
Wednesday, May 28th – 4th Grade SOL testing; Workout Wednesday; Henrico 21 Awards – 5:30 pm
Thursday, May 29th – 5th Grade SOL testing; 1st and 2nd HAT testing
Friday, May 30th – 5th Grade SOL testing; Jeans day – Happy Friday; PTA Picnic – 6-8 pm

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June 5 – SCA Installation
June 6 – Field Day
June 10 – Primary Election Day – no lunch in cafeteria
June 11 – Awards Assemblies K-2, 3-4
June 12 – 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony & Party
June 13 – Last Day of School Assembly

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Week of May 19, 2014

imgresThanks for a great first week of testing! Everything went smoothly, which was due to each person’s diligence and patience with the testing process.  Thanks for keeping students focused, quiet and believing in themselves.  I have no doubt, this will be another great week.

  • Please refer to testing schedules.  Remember there is testing in EVERY building.  Please remain as quiet as possible in your rooms and when walking on campus.  Stress to students they MUST BE AS QUIET AS POSSIBLE in the bathroom over the next few weeks.  Finally, remember you may not go outside until the ALL CLEAR is announced.
  • Feel free to change your recess time due to testing.  Remember to let the office know.  Also, many of you are already doing this, but you are welcome to trade resources with another grade level on your testing day.  Please work it out between grade levels and with the resource teachers.  Thanks to everyone for being flexible.
  • On testing days, morning check out in the Library will end at 8:00 and resume when the all clear testing announcement is made.  Jane and Stacey will be proctoring and teaching at that time.
  • Continue to use Workout Wednesday as a chance to highlight National Health and Fitness Month.

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Congratulations to Andrea Ferguson who has two students’ work being honored in the Student Fair at the Henrico 21 Awards! Thanks to Andrea and Jim Covais for their hard work together on 21st century teaching.

Thanks to Shannon Donovan for use of hosting Shannonpalooza!  A great time was had by all who attended.

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Monday, May 19th – SOL Make-ups
Tuesday, May 20th – 2nd & 3rd Grade Math HAT/SOL, Part 1; Happy Birthday Sherry Birkhead
Wednesday, May 21st – 2nd & 3rd Grade Math HAT/SOL, Part 2; Workout Wednesday; Dr. McQueen in the building (8:30-10:30); Very Brief Faculty Meeting – 2:30 pm
Thursday, May 22nd – 4th Grade Math SOL, Part 1
Friday, May 23rd – PALs Testing Window Ends; 4th Grade Math SOL, Part 2; Happy Friday – Jeans Day
Sunday, May 25 – Happy Birthday Kathleen Hill
Monday, May 26 – Happy Birthday Michelle Cahill; Memorial Day Holiday

Marching Ahead

May 28 – Henrico 21 Awards
May 30 – PTA End of Year Picnic
June 5 – SCA Installation
June 6 – Field Day
June 10 – Primary Election Day – no lunch in cafeteria
June 11 – Awards Assemblies K-2, 3-4
June 12 – 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony & Party
June 13 – Last Day of School Assembly

 

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Week of May 12, 2014

imgresThis is going to be a great week!  It is the time when all of your hard work for and with your students will pay off.  Remind your students this is their time to shine and time to make themselves (and parents and teachers) proud for doing their best.  With your high expectations and belief in them, they will rise to meet the challenge of end of year testing.

For yourselves, remember that this one test does not define you as a teacher.  What you do in your classroom each and every day is what defines you.  As with the students, this is just a chance to showcase all that you’ve taught them.  Keep in mind that your students will feed off of your demeanor. If you are stressed and worried, they will be too.  If you are upbeat, positive and proud of them, they will work to do their best.  Expect the unexpected, especially with computers. Know that we will fix any problem that arises and if you remain calm, it will not impact the students.  Will, Jentae and I are here to support each of you all week.  As I said to start, it will be a great week!

  • Please refer to testing schedules.  Remember there is testing in EVERY building.  Please remain as quiet as possible in your rooms and when walking on campus.  Stress to students they MUST BE AS QUIET AS POSSIBLE in the bathroom over the next few weeks.  Finally, remember you may not go outside until the ALL CLEAR is announced.
  • On testing days, morning check out in the Library will end at 8:00 and resume when the all clear testing announcement is made.  Jane and Stacey will be proctoring and teaching at that time.
  • For Monday’s SOL Pep Assembly, we will sit like we did at the Sing and Ring.  Kg – please let me know if you plan to attend.  1 and 2, we will make an annoucement for you to line the sidewalks to cheer on 3-5 as they enter the cafeteria.  Then we will cheer you on as you exit at the end.  Feel free to have your class make signs/posters.
  • Friday is Shannonpallooza.  Details to follow. Hope you will all join us to celebrate the end of the first week of testing.
  • Refer to end of year lists for due dates over the next month.  Let us know if you have any questions. Team leaders will get a grade level list this week.
  • The PTA will NOT be purchasing teacher field day shirts this year. If you would like to purchase one, you are welcome to. Order forms should be available Monday, but will be due back by Friday.
  • From this point on, you must still do morning meetings, but you will not have to report them for the remainder of the year.  If you have great ideas to share, please send them to Jentae.
  • The Westinghouse Electric Company <http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/> is accepting applications from elementary, middle, or high schools with a creative hands-on projects focused on science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.  Through its N-Visioning a Brighter Future program, Westinghouse will award grants of $1,000 to three schools for any project with a STEM-based focus. An additional $2,000 will be awarded to each school’s science department for general needs. Priority will be given to projects that directly involve students, incorporate community resources, and/or use interdisciplinary or team-teaching strategies.  To be eligible, elementary, middle, or high schools must be located in the United States.Just to clarify, if your teachers would like to apply for this grant, they should email or call our HCPS Educational Specialist for Grants: Cheryl Grayball cgrayball@henrico.k12.va.us ……If you are interested, please contact me first.
  • Don’t forget May is National Fitness Month. Please highlight the importance of health and fitness throughout the month. Wednesday is Workout Wednesday. You may wear appropriate workout clothes, but you must do some fitness as part of your day.  This can be in the form of walking/running the track/campus, doing yoga in the class or any of the sites that have been sent by Greg Brown for activities in the room.

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I want to extend a personal thank you to each of you.  Thank you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers in what was a difficult week. It was especially comforting to be able to be with my family and not have to worry about things at school.  Thank you especially to Will and Jentae for handling everything in my absence.

Thank you to Marc Seccia and Jim Covias for their words of reassurance with our transition to Dell.  As they both conveyed, we will get through it together!

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Monday, May 12th – SOL Pep Assembly “The Testing Games” – 1:15 pm
Tuesday, May 13th – 4th grade reading SOL
Wednesday, May 14th – 5th grade reading SOL, 1st grade math HAT; Committee Meetings – 2:30 pm; Christie Awards – 4:30 pm
Thursday, May 15th – 3rd grade reading SOL (part 1), 2nd grade reading HAT (part 2); Rays Reaching Out – 2:15; Jentae out in PM; Happy birthday Kathy Louthan
Friday, May 16th – 3rd grade reading SOL (part 2), 2nd grade reading HAT (part 2); Jentae out; Shannonpalooza

Marching Ahead

May 23 – End of PALs testing window
May 26 – Memorial Day holiday
May 28 – Henrico 21 Awards
May 30 – PTA End of Year Picnic

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Week of May 5, 2014

imgresHappy Teacher Appreciation Week!  I hope you each feel appreciated this week for all that you do for our students, families and community.  Will and I sincerely thank each of you for all you do day in and day out.  You have made our first year much easier because you each are so great at what you do.  You each put your heart and soul and countless hours (usually of your own time) to help children grow and learn.  A simple “thank you” is  not nearly enough, but I hope this week makes you feel special and that the growth I know you are seeing in your students will bring joy to your heart. Please feel free to wear jeans all week.

  • As part of Teacher Appreciation week, Will and I have hidden yellow Teacher Appreciation cards all over campus.  You may find one and turn it in for a prize. Prizes include: Bruster’s gift cards, Lottery prize packs, Squirrels tickets, lunch at McCallisters, half of a comp day, Chik-fil-a food and jeans coupons with candy bars.  You may only turn in one card for a prize.  Cards are hidden all over campus, including outside. Some are obvious and some are under, over and in tricky places. You will have to look carefully to find your card! Let the searching begin!
  • From our maintenance inspection, we have a few important reminders.  We must do better at wearing our ID badges anytime you leave your classroom including as soon as you pick up keys in the morning.  Nothing can be hanging from the ceilings and all boxes, shelves, etc cannot be any closer than 18 inches from the ceiling.
  • Due to Teacher Appreciation week and with us not starting SOLs until Tuesday, we have decided to move the SOL pep assembly to Monday, May 12th at 1:00.  More details to follow.  Sometime this week, please have your class make cards for your buddy class to wish them well for testing.  Don’t forget to turn your testing cards into your grade level leader.
  • The third nine weeks reading incentive will take place this week.  The schedule is as follows: Wednesday – 2nd at 10:10, 4th at 11:00 and 5th at 11:45; Thursday – K&1st at 10:00, 3rd at 10:30.  We will call you at your time. Students will come outside to play Newcomb.
  • May is Better Speech and Hearing Month.  Thanks to Karen Morton for all she does in this area!
  • Don’t forget May is National Fitness Month. Please highlight the importance of health and fitness throughout the month. Wednesday is Workout Wednesday. You may wear appropriate workout clothes, but you must do some fitness as part of your day.  This can be in the form of walking/running the track/campus, doing yoga in the class or any of the sites that have been sent by Greg Brown for activities in the room.
  • Please view the SCA speeches in your classrooms this week.  The second, third, and fourth graders will vote for the elected positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Reporter.   Ellen Gonzalez will put the QUIA link for voting on Vol2: Student Share.  All voting needs to be completed by Friday, May 9 at 12:00.  The candidates will come to Mrs. Gonzalez’s room Friday afternoon to learn the officers for next school year.  The announcement will be made school wide on Monday, May 12. http://vimeo.com/93843146

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Wednesday is School Nurses Day!  A huge thank you to Mary Jane Cagle and Dudley Sutro for all they do to nurture our students and keep them healthy.

Thank you to our C&M staff, Phil, Shawn, Justin, Keith, Abraham and Osama for helping us earn fantastic ratings on our school inspection and for keeping our building running and looking great!

A special thanks to the 4th grade team for pulling together and helping each other out.

“BIG thank you to Danny Jones for helping make the 3 on 3 basketball tournament a success on Friday by helping coordinate brackets and refereeing! Way to go! ” – from Brooke Davis.  A big thank you to Brooke also who helped coordinate the entire event!  Thanks to teachers (Lauren, Sara F., and Marc) who stayed as well to watch and help out.

Happy belated birthday to Libby Coulter!  So sorry to have missed you on last week’s blog.

Thank you to Beth Allums and Amy Holzbach for putting on great shows at the HCPS Arts Festival.  Thank you to Brooke Davis and Marc Seccia to coming out and supporting the students.

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Monday, May 5th – Breakfast from administration; Desert from Cheryl and Emil Baggs
Tuesday, May 6th – Breakfast from PTA; Desert from PTA; Child study today
Wednesday, May 7th – Picnic lunch from administration and Flower day; Newcomb (see schedule above); Faculty Meeting – 2:30 pm; Teacher of the Year Ceremony – 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 8th – Candy Bar from PTA; Newcomb (see schedule above)
Friday, May 9th – Happy Friday; Lunch (extended) from PTA

Marching Ahead

May 12 – SOL Pep Assembly
May 14 – Committee Meetings
May 16 – Shannonpalooza
May 23 – End of PALs testing window
May 26 – Memorial Day – no school

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April 28, 2014

We have almost made it to May, and we made it through the first week after Spring Break!  This will be a busy week, but remember to have fun with your students while spending quality time with instruction.

  • Remember that testing takes priority with the COWS.  The COWS will be used Monday and Tuesday for MAPs testing, then  also from May 13 – June 5.  If you are signed up for any of those dates, you make want to go in and check for your own planning purposes.
  • Please remember to remind your students that they will come straight to the cafeteria on Thursday morning during the volunteer reception.  Please plan to pick up your class from there.  We will do announcements during the time in the cafeteria.  Please also congratulate Aimee Fox, who was voted as PTA Volunteer of the Year.
  • If you are interested in participating in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament Friday, please email Marie Hess (mariehess@gmail.com).
  • May is National Fitness Month.  Please highlight the importance of health and fitness throughout the month.  Captain Fitness will be making a reappearance as well.   Wednesdays in May (beginning May 7) will be Workout Wednesday.  You may wear workout clothes, but must do something active with your class those days in addition to recess.  Ideas include laps on the track, yoga breaks, fitness breaks in the room, nature hikes around the school, etc.  It doesn’t have to be more than a few minutes.
  • The PALs testing window opens on Monday. It is open until May 23rd.  Remember, you should complete all testing within a 2 week window though.  All Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students should be tested.
  • An email about the reading incentive will be sent out Monday morning.  If you have yet to fill out the Google doc, please do so ASAP.
  • This week’s morning meeting link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7CYFXYQ

Pinchbeck Props – You Make Our Heart Sing

A very special thank you to Gail Moore and Denise Bickett in honor of Administrative Professionals Week.  They are the front line of our school and are willing to help however they can.

Thank you to Shannon Donovan, Brooke Davis, Rachel Atkins and Helene Frantz for planning what is going to be a great literacy night!  They have spent a great deal of time finding activities and information to share with families to help parents with reading at home.

From Mrs. Mayo
Thank you to the following teachers for focusing on careers during your MM in observance of Career Week!: Amy Dubs, Sara Ferraro, Lauren Miller, Kristen King, Brooke Davis, Kathy Louthan, Sarah Simmel, Sarah Hardymon & Andrea Ferguson. Classroom discussion & forming connections in the classroom is TRULY what helps to provide DEEP and MEANINGFUL connections that will be long-lasting for students! Amy Dubs even used the writing prompt as a partner activity for her students to learn new things about each other! Kathy Louthan (“Officer Buckle and Gloria) & Lauren Miller (“Andy and Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventures”) integrated FANTASTIC books that connected with the topic of Career Education! Ladies, you are AMAZING!
Coulter/ Frantz- For their MM focused on the connection of encouraging Little Feet Meet participants and “bucket-filling”. This a great way to encourage MEANINGFUL connections, ladies! MMs do not have to be ‘fancy’! RELEVANCE is all about students not only understanding WHAT is being taught, but also understanding WHY we teach it & how it will help students later in life!
Seccia- For his thoughtful & deep discussion of compassion for children with special needs in conjunction w/ the Little Feet Meet. Beautiful!

This Week’s Beat

Monday, April 28th – 5th grade MAPs testing; Sarah at H21 meeting in afternoon
Tuesday, April 29th – 5th grade MAPs testing
Wednesday, April 30th – Gifted Open House – 8:00 – 10:10 am; SOL training – 2:30 pm;
Thursday, May 1st – Volunteer Reception in library – 7:20 am
Friday, May 2nd – Kg. Sneak-a-peak – 8:15 – 10:15; PTA Basketball Tournament – 2-4pm; ESL Kg screening – library; Happy birthday Shawn Davis
Saturday, May 3rd – HCPS Arts Festival at Glen Allen (5th graders to perform)

Marching Ahead
May 5 – 9 – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7 – Faculty Mtg.
May 9 – SOL Pep Assembly
May 14 – Committee Meetings
May 16 – Shannonpalooza

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Week of April 20, 2014

imgres-3Hope 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

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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!

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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

Marching Ahead
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

 

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Week of April 4, 2014

imagesJust 5 short days until Spring Break! I know we have special events this week, but the more routined you can keep your students, the better off they will be.  There will be intervention this week to make up for so much time missed from snow days.  Thank you all for working so quickly to turn in names for the pep assembly and getting report cards done!  With these things out of the way, I hope you will take them time to enjoy your break and not think about work too much.  Use the week off to refresh and get ready for the final push.

  • Feel free to wear jeans all week.  Don’t forget Monday is College Gear Day.
  • Report cards go home on Friday.
  • Thursday is Kindergarten registration.  The library will be closed for students as registration will take place here.  There will be no book checkout and Jane has graciously agreed to do lessons in classrooms.
  • Thursday is also the Little Feet Meet.  We will share facts on the announcements this week.  Mrs. Birkhead is also going to have poster board available for grade levels to make signs for the students participating.  We will also do the send off on Thursday at 9:30 if your class would like to come down and cheer them on.
  • The last day of intervention will be May 2nd.  During the week of May 5th, we will have Jane and Ann working to help 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade with the final push for SOL preparation.

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Thank you to Jentae Mayo for organizing a great Career Week! Students are excited to learn about many career options.

Thank you again to Amy Holzbach, Beth Allums and Jentae Mayo for an awesome school play!  The kids were amazing and couldn’t have done it without you.  Thank you also to the teachers who volunteered on the night of the shows to help it all run smoothly: Lauren Miller, Marc Seccia, Sarah Hardymon, Jessica Alfasi, Sara Ferraro, Libby Coulter and Amy Stevens.   Thank you also to Brooke Davis for helping with rehearsals. Finally, a huge thank you to Denise Bickett for receipting all the ticket money and keeping us straight.

From Mrs. Mayo
Cappellino- For her MM focused on the novel, No Talking! by Andrew Clements. They discussed the importance of following classroom rules. Great review!
Gonzalez- She read the book, The Crayons Who Quit, and discussed how they were similar/different crayons to/from the crayons to introduce personification. Her class worked on personification poems and discussed mixing up groups/lunch tables in order to meet & learn about different people in their class! Great way to form connections with Rigor, Relevance, and RELATIONSHIPS!
Rushin-She attended Part 1 of the “Got Problem Behavior” and decided to try a great technique to encourage students to be good independent workers
and problem solvers. In her MM, she appointed a “Table Captain” (the 1st few students to enter room in the AM) to answer questions about what to do to get started!
Smith- For her “student centered” approach to letting her students reflect on their feelings toward Mrs. Snead leaving. This was a great way to facilitate support with such a big change & loss in your room!
Louthan- Read a great book: “You Are Special” by Max Lucado. The story is based on inclusiveness and reminds students that we are all special & have feelings. LOVE it!
Amy Stevens- For her idea to let the class decide who should win the RAYS award for the 3rd 9 wks. They reviewed the qualifications & voted! Another great way to review & idea to encourage “community” in her classroom!
Coulter- She shared the book “The Way I Feel” with her class and discussed! LOVE this book! This a SUPER way to discuss acceptance of feelings for our little ones!
Hardymon- For her MM based on TRUST, due to a classroom need. Her class went outside, first, and did a trust fall with her and their student teacher. They then talked & discussed feelings about the activity & trust among their peers, parents & teachers, & how hard it is to gain back once it is lost. POWERFUL!
Miller- For her MM focused on the importance of LEARNING & being well- rounded over focusing on GRADES only. What a great “LASTING LESSON”!
Damron- She “My Mouth is a Volcano” & introduced non-verbal “blurting cards” to give students when “erupting” in class. Great idea!

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Monday, April 4th – College Gear Day
Tuesday, April 5th – Touch-a-Truck Day; Child Study today; Big Red Bus – 1st grade – 12:45 pm
Wednesday, April 6th – Career Speakers Day; Will out; Sarah at Library interviews in AM; Famous People Parade – 1 pm; After School Enrichment
Thursday, April 7th – Kindergarten Registration; Little Feet Meet; Career Writing Prompt day; Will out; Rays Reaching Out
Friday, April 8th – Career Fair; Jungle Book Cast Party – 1:30; Will out; Report Cards Go Home; Happy birthday Danny Jones
Spring Break Birthdays – Happy birthday Amy Stevens and Stacey Sylvia – April 15th

Marching Ahead
April 22 – Earth Day Treat Day
April 23 – Retention Meetings; 5th grade to Byrd; Faculty Meeting
April 24 – 1st Grade Music Performance – 1:15
April 28 – PALs Window Opens
May 1 – Volunteer Breakfast
May 2 – Kg. Sneak-a-peak day
May 3 – HCPS Arts Festival at Glen Allen

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Week of March 31, 2014

imgres-1We’ve just about made it through March…finally!  With the excitement of Spring Break impending, the more you can stay routined, the calmer students will be.  I know that is difficult with so much going on the next few weeks.  We will have about 4 weeks after Spring Break until testing.  Start planning now for that final push.

  • Report cards are due April 6th.  Please let your assigned reader know when yours are ready. (Will – K/1, Jentae 2/3, Sarah 4/5)
  • This Friday is the PTA End of 9 Weeks Luncheon.
  • It is with a lot of sadness for our PES family, but happiness for her family that I have to let you know that Kristen King will be leaving Pinchbeck at the end of the year.  Her husband has accepted a great job opportunity in Harrisonburg.  Also, most of you already know, but both Jane Ruffa and Gail Moore will be retiring at the end of the year.
  • Make sure you fill out the google doc from Denise for the Pep Assembly by 2:30 on Tuesday.
  • Here are two great sites to share with families.  They have books in many language in both fiction and nonfiction. http://www.uniteforliteracy.com/us.aspx   http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
  • This week’s Morning Meeting reporting link is:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9KRBLHK.  Remember this is a requirement.  Only about half the staff filled it out the last two weeks.
  • Monday is the last publicized day to take orders for Jungle Book tickets.  However, we will still take them on Tuesday if they come in.

Pinchbeck Props – You Make Our Heart Singimgres-5

A very special thanks in advance to Amy Holzbach, Beth Allums and Jentae Mayo for leading the school play.  They have spent countless hours of their own time preparing and directing the students.  We are all excited to see the great performance!

From Mrs. Mayo
Sherry Birckhead- For her age appropriate connection to sharing using the book “Rainbow Fish”. Cute connection, Sherry!
Helene Frantz- For her great review/ discussion of making and keeping friends during her MM. In addition to a poem and song,she read a story called “Friends Forever”. Great idea to help students fine MANY ways to connect with the topic! You are the QUEEN of connections!
Lisha Cappellino- For her MM taking on the challenge of “Conflict Resolution” with her bunch! It is SO critical that we teach students to COPE and HANDLE disagreement, rather than always trying to avoid it. It is important to encourage little voices to be heard! Way to go, Lisha!
Amy Dubs- For her AMAZING MM based on “Energy Bus: A Story About Staying Positive and Overcoming Challenges”. She had students draw pictures of “positive visions”! Amy, you truly go above and beyond for your MMs!
Sarah Hardymon-For her MM using Kid President: A Letter for their First Day Here video. In connection with the video, she had her students write three things they have learned about life and think others younger then them should know. She then shared these anonymously! Wow!
Andrea Ferguson- For her MM focused on ORGANIZATION! This is a critical skill to teach 3rd graders. She taught her students how to break down an upcoming big assignment to ensure the success of everyone. Way to spread your “passion” for organization to your class!

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Monday, March 31st – Retention forms due
Tuesday, April 1st – Child Study today; Will at RAD meeting in AM;
Wednesday, April 2nd – Pep Assembly/Play – 8:30 am – Wear jeans and play shirt or spirit wear; Committee Meetings; Jungle Book – 6:30 pm
Thursday, April 3rd – CBI trip (Birkhead/Cahill); 2nd grade to Henricus; Sarah at Scheduling training in AM; CCT Meetings; Happy Birthday Brooke Davis; Jungle Book – 6:30 pm
Friday, April 4th – Jeans day; Teacher Luncheon

Marching Ahead
April 6 – Report Cards due
April 7-11 – Career Week
April 9 – 3rd Grade Famous People Parade – 1:00 pm
April 10 – Kindergarten Registration
April 11 – Report Cards go home; Cast Party
April 22 – Earth Day Treat Day
April 23 – Faculty Meeting
April 24 – 1st Grade performance

 

 

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