I am excited by the shared leadership that we have all taken as a staff this year. The ideas coming from each committee are fresh and will help to push us forward. Thank you to each committee for your vision and hard work. Please make sure you are sharing committee notes with your grade level.
We have a busy few weeks ahead, but another planning day is coming soon and Thanksgiving Break will be here right around the corner!
- The PTA is still looking for volunteers for the carnival. Middle and high school students who need service hours are welcome to sign up. Please feel free to share. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C49A4AB2FABFC1-pinchbecks/1917746
- The Bookfair will take place in the library from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1. Please let Jane know if you have any time to help out.
- The 5th grade writing benchmark had to be moved due a directive from testing. Therefore, the school-wide writing day will now be October 28th rather than October 24th.
- This week’s Morning Meeting reporting link is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HKPN5WR
- This week is Success Week. It is a great opportunity to talk up the benefits of exercise with your students. Thank you to Greg Brown for leading the charge with fitness for our students!
- Tuesday will be our annual ESL Dinner. Thank you to Shannon Donovan for coordinating it. If you have ELL students, I would highly encourage you to attend. It is a great way to connect with parents while having an interpreter present.
- From Shannon Donovan: Just a friendly reminder that if you need a Spanish translator for your parent teacher conferences on November 4th, please send me that information. I rank them according to need. Also, if you have any conferences with the ELL kids, would you let me know so I can also attend the conference? Thanks for all your help!
Pinchbeck Props – You Make Our Heart Sing
“Kudos to Amy Holzbach for working with 5th grade and incorporating figurative language in her music lessons! You are a rockin’ music teacher, Amy!” – Anonymous
“Kudos for Elise and all her creative ideas for us to do as a faculty! I can’t wait to get booed!” – Anonymous
“Kudos to Jentae Mayo for all she’s doing for our kids! She is an outstanding counselor!” – Anonymous
Thanks to our committees and especially the committee leaders, Sarah H., Elise and Brooke, for working together to implement great new ideas!
Kudos to Helene Frantz for fantastic implementation of Quality Questioning during a bullying read-aloud.
Thank you to Beth Allums! She has been working tirelessly to help put together the artwork to sell at the Fall Carnival.
Thank you to Amy Holzbach for DJing our Summer Reading Dance Party and to Connie Riani and Jane Ruffa for making all of the certificates.
From Mrs. Mayo
OUTSTANDING JOB for MANY teachers integrating the National Bullying Prevention Month Morning Meeting DIscussion Topics! I feel like a PROUD MAMA!
Brooke Davis, Suzanne Ranson, and Andrea Ferguson- Using Morning Meetings to address a classroom problem….TATTLING and Being your OWN problem solver! Brooke discovered that even in 5th grade, students need a reminder about tattling. Teachers individually worked on encouraging and empowering their students to try to talk things out and handle things first without always having to rely on the teacher for every little problem!
Elizabeth Long- LOVED her “Unique of the Week” Morning Meeting focus, subsequent bulletin board and activity in which students take turns bringing in school appropriate items that represent them and why they are unique.
Lisha Cappellino- For her Morning Meeting focus on integrity and honesty, based on an incident with a student in class. I suggested a book and she got it from the school library and used it that same day! She reported getting “chill bumps” when I student shared that “being honest was the only way we could “grow” inside!
Sara Ferraro- Using Morning Meetings to introduce classroom curriculum (the letter “Q”) and make connections with this month’s focus “Bullying” and SUPER cute quilt activity!
Elise Carey- For her encouragement and support of her students idea of wanting to make “anti-bullying” posters to display them around our school!
Sherry Birckhead- For her relevant discussion with her little ones about manners!
This Week’s Beat
Monday, October 21st – Bullying Assembly – K-2 at 8:00 am, 3-5 at 9:15 am; Will out today; Kg. Vision & Hearing Screenings today
Tuesday, October 22nd – Recycling – 7:30 am; ESL Dinner
Wednesday, October 23rd – Sarah at Principal’s Meeting; AIS Classes to Challenger Day – 9:30 – 1:30; After School Enrichment today; Staff Development – STEAM, 2:15 in Room F-24
Thursday, October 24th – 3rd grade Henricopolos Program; Happy birthday Jane Kirkland and Joyce Howell
Friday, October 25th – Happy Friday! Jeans day; Happy birthday Sandra Pascasio
Saturday, October 26th – Fall Carnival – 11 am – 3 pm; Wear jeans Monday if you attend
October 28 – School-wide Writing Day
October 28 – Parent Workshop (MS Transition)
October 29 – Lunch Mix It Up Day
October 30 – Math Staff Development
November 4 – Parent Conferences
November 5 – Planning Day
November 6 – Committee Meetings
November 9 – PTA Teacher Luncheon
November 11 – Veteran’s Day Assembly; 3rd Grade to St. Mary’s
November 20 – Children’s Engineering Staff Development