Sunday, May 29, 2016

ENews 05.30.2016




Weekly Schedule

Monday 
  • NO SCHOOL
Tuesday
  • Kindergarten Beach Day
  • 7:15am - Volunteer Tea in Library
Wednesday
  • 8:15am - 3rd Grade Awards in Gym
  • 9:15am - 2nd Grade Awards in Gym
  • 10:00am - 1st Grade Awards in Gym
  • 2:00pm - ARD (Jacobs, Alexander, C. Jones, Martin)
Thursday
  • 8:15am - Kindergarten Graduation & Music Program
  • 10:00am - 4th Grade Awards in Gym
  • 12:00pm - Early Release (for students ONLY)
  • 1:00pm - MAP Training Mtg (Jacobs, Bunnell, Lancaster, Chick, McElroy)
Friday
  • Flexible Workday Schedule (6 Hours)
  • 10:15am - Staff Meeting in Library
  • 12:00pm - Checkout with Mr. Jacobs begins

    Important Reminders

    Staff Parking Lot
    I need ALL staff members to park on the side parking lot for the rest of the school year. I know parking in the front is very convenient but we need to open up these spaces for our school community.

    Student Retention
    By the end of this month, you'll need to have student names submitted to Mr. Jacobs for possible retention. These students should have been in STAT/RtI process all year.


    NEW Information


    Field Day Group Picture
    Thank you everyone for putting up with this crazy idea for a group picture. The PTO did a great job with our TShirts and the kids look amazing. Thanks also to Mrs. Gowen for climbing up on the roof for the shot. Yay!!

    Teacher Workday & Checkout
    Just a reminder... all staff members will be working a 6 hour day on Friday, June 3rd. There will be a BRIEF staff meeting @ 10:15am for all Royse City ISD employees that will be returning next year. Mr. Webb has a group presenting to all the campuses.

    All staff members must checkout with me before heading out for the summer. I will begin checking out staff members @ 12:00pm on Friday (not before). Be sure to have all the items on your checkout sheet completed. Anything on the sheet that isn't completed, you will have to come back the following week for your signatures.

    EOY Checklist
    Below are the links for the EOY Checklist and Procedures:
    Summer Professional Development
    Be sure to go back to your Summer PD Plans on the Google Sheet. Add a NEW line for each additional training you will be attending, the date of the training, and the number of hours you expect for this workshop. This information will be very important when we return in August so we can add it to your portfolio in Eduphoria and use it for your TTESS PD plan.

    If you are attending the Revolutionizing Learning Conference, it's 6 hours for each day. Also the dates for the Region 10 Compliance Training is June 6-September 6.

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    ENews 05.22.2016




    Weekly Schedule

    Monday 
    • 4th Grade Field Trip
    • 3:30pm - Staff Meeting
    Tuesday
    • PTO Dunking Tank/Snowball Fight - NO SPECIAL CLASSES
    • 8:30am - Jacobs & Alexaner to ARD @ Vernon Elementary
    • 8:30am - Bunnell to Writing Training @ Central Admin
    • 9:30am - Bright to Asst Principal Mtg @ Herndon Intermediate
    • 12:30am - Martin to Writing Training @ Centtral Admin
    Wednesday
    • Field Day - Wear your t-shirts
    • TBA - Campus-wide Picture
    Thursday
    • 9:00am - Jacobs to Skyward Training @ Central Admin
    • 1:00pm - Early Release for High School Students ONLY 
    • 3:00pm - Vickie Taylor Reception
    Friday
    • 10:00am - Employee Recognition @ Royse City High School
    • NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day) - 3 Day Weekend!!

      Important Reminders

      Volunteer Tea - May 31
      We're hosting a Volunteer Tea for the morning of May 31. I would love to have some sweet notes from teachers and a few students to share with our PTO board members and other volunteers for our campus. Also, if you have any pictures that features any of our PTO members working on our campus, please send them to me.

      Staff Parking Lot
      I need ALL staff members to park on the side parking lot for the rest of the school year. I know parking in the front is very convenient but we need to open up these spaces for our school community.

      Student Retention
      By the end of this month, you'll need to have student names submitted to Mr. Jacobs for possible retention. These students should have been in STAT/RtI process all year.

      FREE ESL Certification Prep Courses
      Nite Green & I emailed the staff last week (different times) to remind folks about completing their ESL certification by July 31, 2017. Be sure to reread those messages in your inbox. Let either one of know if you have any questions.


      NEW Information

      No Specials for Dunk Tank
      Tuesday, May 24 - Our special teachers will be in the dunking tank for the majority of the school day. We will not be having specials for this day - however the gym will be open and available for teachers/grade level teams to bring their classes for games during their regular special times.

      Go Vote - Runoff Election
      Be sure to exercise your right to VOTE on Tuesday, May 24. Voting booths are open until 7:00pm.

      Field Day - Group Picture
      We'll be taking a group picture of the WHOLE campus the morning of field day. I would like to see all students/staff lined up outside so we can get a picture for the roof of the building. The specific location/time will be announced this week. Please wear your grade colored t-shirt if you didn't order a shirt from the PTO.

      Award Program Reminders
      Be sure to continue to send home reminders about our EOY events and programs.
      Wednesday, June 1st

      • 8:15am - 3rd Grade
      • 9:15am - 2nd Grade
      • 10:00am - 1st Grade

      Thursday, June 2nd

      • 8:15am - Kindergarten Graduation & Music Program
      • 10:00am - 4th Grade
      • 12:00pm - Early Release

      Staff Meeting - June 3rd
      There will be a BRIEF staff meeting on Friday, June 3rd @ 10:15am for all Royse City ISD employees that will be returning next year. Mr. Webb has a group presenting to all the campuses.

      Sunday, May 15, 2016

      ENews 05.15.2016




      Weekly Schedule

      Monday - BOGO Book Fair All Week
      • MAP Training @ Central Admin (Jacobs, McElroy, Chick, Bunnell)
      • Choir to Sandy Lake
      • 10:30am - RCTV on campus - "I'm a Bulldog" promotion
      Tuesday
      • 9:00am - Jacobs to Principal Mtg @ Central Admin
      • 5:30pm - Book Fair Family Night & Technology Showcase
      Wednesday
      • Region 10 Tech Conf (Jacobs, Gowen, Knauth, Ortega, Woltman, Craven, Finch, Chick, Chaney) - Wow... lots of folks!!
      • 8:00am - ARD (Bright, Alexander, A. Jones)
      • 1:45pm - ARD (Bright, Worley, C. Jones)
      • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
      Thursday
      • Lancaster Visiting w/ Grade Level Teams
      • 7:00am - All Pro Dads
      Friday
      • Wear Sunglasses for $1.00 - Support our HS Band Students

        Important Reminders

        Smile - Your on Camera
        On Monday, May 16th, the RCTV crew will be filming on our campus. They will be taking shots of students and/or teachers saying "I am a Bulldog" with your favorite Bulldog prop. Be sure to look camera ready that day - because they could be taken random shots throughout the building.

        Volunteer Tea - May 31
        We're hosting a Volunteer Tea for the morning of May 31. I would love to have some sweet notes from teachers and a few students to share with our PTO board members and other volunteers for our campus. Also, if you have any pictures that features any of our PTO members working on our campus, please send them to me.

        Student Retention
        By the end of this month, you'll need to have student names submitted to Mr. Jacobs for possible retention. These students should have been in STAT/RtI process all year.

        FREE ESL Certification Prep Courses
        Nite Green & I emailed the staff last week (different times) to remind folks about completing their ESL certification by July 31, 2017. Be sure to reread those messages in your inbox. Let either one of know if you have any questions.

        Limited Subs
        On Wednesday, May 18th, we have several staff members attending the Region 10 Technology Conference. We'll be very limited on subs for this day so please don't ask to use personal days for this date.

        NEW Information

        MakerSpace Survey
        Please complete this quick survey about MakerSpace. Mrs. Chaney is planning for next year and would like your input: Maker Space Survey

        Staff Parking Lot
        A couple of things here - 1) A groups has requested using our side parking lot for a Boot Camp on Tuesdays/Thursdays beginning at 4:45am - 5:45am. I don't believe this will a problem for several of our staff members (unless you're working some very interesting hours).

        2) As the end of the year kicks into gear, we're have several parents/volunteers on campus throughout the day for various reasons. Our front parking area is very limited with spaces and we need all the additional spaces we can get our hands on right now. I need ALL staff members to park on the side parking lot for the rest of the school year. I know parking in the front is very convenient but we need to open up these spaces for our school community.

        T-TESS Survey
        Mr. Worthy is asked all participants for the T-TESS system to complete a survey to gather some feedback about the system.

        They would like to improve the implementation process - so your input (positive or negative) is extreme valuable to them. This survey was developed by the Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) - your individual responses are strictly confidential and are not individually identifiable. It is not possible to pause and return to the survey once you've begun, so please allow approximately 10 minutes to complete the survey.

        Link to the survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2730442/T-TESS-Spring-2016-Teacher-Survey

        Sunday, May 8, 2016

        ENews 05.08.2016




        Weekly Schedule

        Monday - STAAR Mathematics (Grades 3 & 4)
        • 7:00pm - School Board Meeting @ Admin Building
        Tuesday - STAAR Reading (Grades 3 & 4)
        • Last State Test of the Year!
        Wednesday
        • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting (as needed)
        • 3:30pm - Team Leader Meeting
        Thursday
        • 8:00am - ARD (Bright, Worley, Knauth)
        • 9:00am - ARD (Bright, Worley, Richie)
        • 1:00pm - Jacobs to CPI Refresher
        Friday
        • 2nd Grade Field Trip

          Important Reminders

          Book Fair Family Night & Technology Showcase
          On Tuesday,  May 17th @ 5:30pm-7:30pm is the Technology Showcase which is the same night of the Family Book Fair Night (BOGO). The students will have projects available in classrooms/computer labs so that students can come and share their projects with their families. Mrs. Finch and I are very excited to see several of the projects the students have created.

          Student Retention
          By the end of this month, you'll need to have student names submitted to Mr. Jacobs for possible retention. These students should have been in STAT/RtI process all year.

          NEW Information

          Happy Mother's Day
          I trust everyone has had a wonderful Mother's Day on this damp day. Also, I hope you didn't do any of the cooking for your Mother's Day dinners - or as least didn't do the dishes :)

          STAAR Testing 
          Good luck to all our Testing Administrators for the next few days of testing. Thanks Mr. Powley for dealing with all the updates/changes to testing procedures this year, we appreciate all your work. Martha Edwards has ensured we all eat well during this time - thanks for coordinating all of this Martha.

          To all the tutors and volunteers that helped with after school tutoring - THANK YOU! We realize that kind of work has been especially challenging this year with the test being in May - but Thank You for maintaining a positive attitude and encouraging our kids.

          Team Leader Meeting - Wednesday May 11
          This is a brief meeting to talk about upcoming changes for the next school year, grade level arrangements, and selecting new teachers for open positions. We'll also talk about a few house keeping items before the end of the school year.

          Smile - Your on Camera
          On Monday, May 16th, the RCTV crew will be filming on our campus. They will be taking shots of students and/or teachers saying "I am a Bulldog" with your favorite Bulldog prop. Be sure to look camera ready that day - because they could be taken random shots throughout the building. Also, I will looking for a couple of teachers/students volunteer that would be good on camera for a short interview. Let me know if you're interested.

          Limited Subs
          On Wednesday, May 18th, we have several staff members attending the Region 10 Technology Conference. We'll be very limited on subs for this day so please don't ask to use personal days for this date.

          PTO Dunk Tank - Tuesday, May 24
          Our PTO will be hosting a Can Food Drive during this event. Also, students can pay for additional chances for the dunking booth. We appreciate our volunteers for the Dunking Tank and lunch will be provided to you as a thank you for supporting our kids & PTO.

          Field Day - Wednesday, May 25
          PTO will be providing a Snow Cone Truck where students and families and purchase these cool treats this day - please encourage your parents/kids to bring money for this day.

          Employee Recognition/Staff Development Day - May 27
          This day is a "Teacher Workday" where we'll be working on this day - No School for the kids. Please sure to clearly communicate this with your parents/students in newsletters, social media, etc.

          Volunteer Tea - May 31
          We're hosting a Volunteer Tea for the morning of May 31. I would love to have some sweet notes from teachers and a few students to share with our PTO board members and other volunteers for our campus. Also, if you have any pictures that features any of our PTO members working on our campus, please send them to me.

          FREE ESL Certification Prep Courses
          Nite Green & I emailed the staff last week (different times) to remind folks about completing their ESL certification by July 31, 2017. Be sure to reread those messages in your inbox. Let either one of know if you have any questions.

          Sunday, May 1, 2016

          ENews 05.01.2016




          Weekly Schedule

          Monday - Teacher Appreciation Week
          • 2:45pm - Student Council Meeting
          • 3:30pm - PBIS Ambassador Meetings
          • 6:30pm - PTO School Board Meeting
          Tuesday
          • Jacobs to Principal Meeting @ Central Administration Building
          • 3:15pm - Tutoring (Last Day)
          • 7:00pm - 3rd Grade Music Program
          Wednesday
          • 9:00am - ARD (Jacobs, Worley, Bunnell)
          • 3:30pm - STAT Meeting
          Thursday
          • iACT Curriculum Visit - Kristen Weichel & Valerie James visiting classrooms
          • 3:00pm - Dr. Bright Reception
          Friday
          • Nurse's Day
          • 6:00pm - GT Expo

            Important Reminders

            Summer School
            The dates for Summer School has been determined by the district. They are looking for teaching staff members and asking for student names. Please send Dr. Bright the names of the students you're planning to recommend for summer school. The criteria for summer school on the link below:
            Please contact parents on the students you're wanting to attend summer school and document on the Journal tab in Aware.

            Student Retention
            By the end of this month, you'll need to have student names submitted to Mr. Jacobs for possible retention. These students should have been in STAT/RtI process all year.

            NEW Information

            It's May!
            Congratulations Teachers! You made it to the month of May!! Historically, April is the toughest and longest month for educators and with the state test moved back a few weeks - it seemed to make the month even longer. But the good news is that you made it - And it's Teacher Appreciation Week!! Please enjoy wearing JEANS for the week as a BIG Thanks for everything you do!

            Local Teacher Appreciation Deals (Chipotle & Chickfila)
            Teachers, faculty, and school staff who show a valid school ID at Chipotle Mexican Grill on May 3 can take advantage of a special buy-one-get-one-free promotion for Teacher Appreciation Day. All eligible people can receive a free burrito, burrito bowl, salad, or order of tacos with the purchase of another menu item. The promotion is valid at all U.S. Chipotle locations from 3:00 p.m. to close, local time. Read more about this offer: http://www.chipotle.com/teacherappreciation

            Also Chickfila is offering a deal for teachers on the SAME DAY. See here their Facebook posting:

            Gradebook System Update
            Technology Department will be installing the spring update to TxEIS and Gradebook this weekend. The system will not be available on Sunday from 5:00pm until 12:00am.

            PTO Board Meeting
            The PTO board meeting is schedule for Monday, May 2nd @ 6:30pm in the library. Glarum/Martin, Martinez, Bunnell, Richie, and Webb will be attending. Please encourage your parents to attend the board meeting too. The homeroom teacher with the most parents represented at the meeting will receive a gift card!

            STAAR Lunch from La Madeleine
            We're ordering individual box lunches for Monday, May 9th. Blue order forms have been placed in your boxes. Please put your name on the form, place a check mark by your sandwich choice (all come with fruit salad), and list any special requests (i.e. no tomato, no mayo) in the box at the bottom. Please return your forms to Martha Edwards by Tuesday, May 3rd.

            TEMI (Grades K-2)
            This assessment will given on May 20th during RTI time.

            Technology Showcase
            The technology showcase fast approaching and many of you are all busy with preparing for testing. Just a reminder that Mrs. Finch sent out an email last week to help you. Every teacher/student in our school will have projects for the Tech Showcase and she would love to help. Please contact her directly for questions and support for your projects - also I can help with technology support too. Don't forget you have iPads & Chromebooks available if you need them!

            On Tuesday,  May 17th @ 5:30pm-7:30pm is the Technology Showcase which is the same night of the Family Book Fair Night (BOGO). The students will have projects available in classrooms/computer labs so that students can come and share their projects with their families. Mrs. Finch and I are very excited to see several of the projects the students have created.

            Dinner at "On the Border"
            This was a lot of fun for the beginning of the school year. Thanks to Kristin Ortega for organizing these fun gatherings for our campus. The LAST for the school year is Thursday, June 2nd @ 4:00pm. You can RSVP to this event using this link: Dinner at "On the Border"

            Teach4theHeart Challenge
            Thanks Martha Edwards for sharing this challenge for the rest of May which started today. It's not too late if you're interested in participating and it goes through the end of the school year. Click on this link to read more & sign up: www.teach4theheart.com/prayerchallenge

            Other Important Dates (shared by Martha Edwards)
            Monday, 05/09/16All DaySTAAR Math - Campus ClosedAll
            Tuesday, 05/10/16All daySTAAR Reading - Campus ClosedAll
            Friday, 05/13/16All Day2nd Grade Field Trip2nd
            Monday, 05/16/16All DayChoir to Sandy LakeChoir
            Tuesday, 05/17/165:30 p.m.Digital Media ShowcaseAll
            Tuesday, 05/17/165:30 p.m.Book Fair Family Night
            Friday, 05/20/167:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.Volunteer TeaAll
            Monday, 05/23/16All Day4th Grade Field Trip4th
            Wednesday, 05/25/16All DayField DayAll
            Thursday, 05/26/163:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.Reception for Vickie TaylorAll
            Friday, 05/27/16Employee Recognition ProgramAll
            Monday, 05/30/16Memorial DayMemorial DayAll
            Tuesday, 05/31/16All DayKinder Beach DayKinder
            Wednesday, 06/01/168:15 3rd Grade; 9:152nd Grade; 10:00 1st Grade1st, 2nd & 3rd Awards Ceremonies1st, 2nd & 3rd
            Thursday, 06/02/1610:00 a.m.4th Grade Graduation4th
            Thursday 06/02/168:15 a.m.Kinder GraduationKinder
            Friday, 06/03/16All DayTeacher Work DayAll


            #ThankaTeacher
            I hope you know how much your students, parents, and principals appreciate the work day each and everyday. There aren't enough Jean Passes, Sonic Drinks, or Chocolate in the world to show how much YOU MATTER to these kids. So thank you so much for everything you do... every minute... everyday child... everyday! Your work is meaningful!