Just 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.
Pinchbeck Props – You Make Our Heart Sing
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!
This Week’s Beat
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
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