Sunday, September 25, 2016

PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - SEPT. 25, 2016

Dear Dedicated and Hardworking Staff,

Hope your weekend was productive and rejuvenating!  I'm so proud to work with such an AMAZING, CARING STAFF!


KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
  • Patty and Jenn for volunteering to help with lunch duty while Cathy was away.
  • All of you who are flexible and do whatever it takes to help a child succeed! 
  • Everyone who handed out band-aids and water to students instead of sending them down to Teacher Libbet. 
Important Items to Know:

CONCERNS - We all have big hearts and nothing but the best of intentions.  RES only has a .80 principal, so I am not here one day a week USUALLY. Last week was an unusual week because I had 2 SU Admin. days.  

I have instructed Libbet to call me if there is a need in my absence. Supporting RES staff and students in my absence is my priority. IF there is something that comes up and it's "important" but not urgent, please add it to the Staff Meeting Agenda and we will discuss it as a group. If you are not here for the Staff Meeting, we welcome your thoughts/presence via Skype, Google Hangout, Google Docs, etc. If you've got an idea, suggestion, or need to vent, please e-mail me directly, text me, call me on my cell, etc. If it's URGENT, then call me and I'll be there. (I think there's a few songs with those lyrics.) I missed you'all last week and I'm sorry if my absence created any inconveniences.

SUPERINTENDENT VISIT -On Fri., Sept. 30, Alice Worth will be visiting RES in the morning. We will be visiting all classrooms throughout the morning. I know she'll see great learning!

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR UPDATE - We welcome Shajen (pronounced Cheyenne)  Lichtenstein as our new guidance counselor to our team.   She will be here this week Monday and Thursday, but will normally work Wed. and Thurs.  We are very lucky to have such a qualified counselor on our staff.  


SPECIALS TEACHERS - I would like to meet with each specials teacher this week during your normal 5/6 class period - 12:55 - 1:15. (Lisa, I will call you that day during that time.)

WALKTHROUGHS - As you know, I'm always popping in and out of your classrooms. I'll be stopping by this week and hanging out in your classrooms doing written walkthroughs. We will meet briefly within 48 hours to discuss the great teaching I saw!

EMERGENCY LESSON PLANS - SUBSTITUTE BINDERS - Emergencies happen. Your "emergency" subs plans are just that, for the times when you plan to be here, but due to weather, accident, etc. you aren't at the last minute. Please complete binders by Friday, September 30, 3 PM and either store them in Cathy's office or in your room but let Cathy know where they are. They should include, but not be limited to, your daily and weekly schedule - duties, classroom procedures, and at least two days of activities/lessons that can be done in your absence.

PBIS - I am looking for a few folks willing to work with me on revitalizing the PBIS program at RES. I know you are all busy, so won't take too much of your time. Please e-mail Cathy if you can help. 

RES COMMUNITY YARD SALE - Beth Ann has already stepped up and gotten this advertised in the Informer. If you'd like to be part of the planning committee for this event, please let Beth ann or Cathy know. You'all already put in so much time for your classes, I hesitate to ask anyone to "volunteer." I really appreciate all the time you dedicate to our students!
Happening this Week:
  • Mon., Sept. 26 
    • Cathy teaching Library Media/Tech. today
    • Gr. 5/6 - Web of Life Field Trip
  • Tues., Sept. 27 - 
    • Cathy "OFF" 
    • Lisa not in - at Web of Life Program - Sub in for Art
    • Gr. 5/6 - Web of Life Field Trip
  • Wed., Sept. 28 - 
    • Gr. 5/6 - Web of Life Field Trip
    • 6:30 PM - Act 46 Study Committee WCSU 
  • Thurs., Sept. 29  - 
    • Gr. 5/6 - Web of Life Field Trip
  • Fri., Sept. 30 - EMERGENCY Sub plans due to Cathy
 Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
  • Mon., Oct. 3 - 2:50 - 3:45 PM - STAFF Meeting - Gr. 5/6 Classroom
  • Tues., Oct. 4 - Cathy "OFF"  
  • Wed., Oct. 5 - 4 - 6 PM - Cathy at VPA Principal's Meeting in Dummerston
  • Thurs., Oct. 6 - 
    • Cathy at WCSU Admin Team 8:30 - 3 PM
    • 5:30 - 7 PM Back to School Night
  • Fri., Oct. 7 - Payday
  • Sat., Oct. 8 - RES Yard Sale
  • Mon., Oct. 10 - NO SCHOOL - Inservice Day
  • Thurs., Oct. 13 - 
    • Cathy "OFF"
    • Aimee Toth here
  • Mon, Oct. 17 - 7 PM PTO Meeting
  • Wed., Oct. 19 - 
    • School Picture Day - THIS IS A CHANGE!
    • 6 PM - Board Meeting
  • Thurs., Oct. 20 - Cathy "OFF"
  • Sat., Oct. 22 - Cathy at Keyboarding Workshop in Portland, Maine  
  • Fri., Oct. 28 - End of Term 1!!! 
Thoughts to Ponder:






Sunday, September 18, 2016

PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF - Sun., Sept. 18, 2016

Dear Dedicated and Hardworking Staff,

I hope all of you had an amazing weekend!  I have been sitting on a deck overlooking the ocean in Maine - working, but with the sound of the ocean, I don't mind at all.  It's rainy here today though but working under the umbrella on the deck!   Enjoy your Sunday!  



KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
  • Heather for the scrumptious and healthy food she provides!
  • SeƱora for volunteering to stay and help with lunch duty Friday!
  • The Kindergarten class for pasting Box Tops onto the worksheets for us!  
  • All of you for understanding the lack of subs on Friday!    
Important Items to Know:

SUB PLANS - All staff should leave sub plans with a detailed schedule when you are out. This helps those of us behind do our jobs! Thanks!


STUDENT BOO BOO'S & SICKNESS - Please feel free to hand out band-aids in your room and ask the children to have a glass of water or two and rest in your room quietly before they have to come visit Teacher Libbet. If you suspect a fever, then please send them down right away. Sending them to the office should be a last resort.

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR UPDATE - We welcome Shajen (pronounced Cheyenne)  Lichtenstein as our new guidance counselor to our team.  The Superintendent said she cannot join us until AFTER the board approves her.  She will be here NEXT week Monday and Thursday, but will normally work Wed. and Thurs.   NEXT Monday, she will be with me during my Library lessons to meet the classes.  We are very lucky to have such a qualified counselor on our staff.  


EMERGENCY LESSON PLANS - SUBSTITUTE BINDERS - Emergencies happen. Your "emergency" subs plans are just that, for the times when you plan to be here, but due to weather, accident, etc. you aren't at the last minute. Please complete binders by Friday, September 30, 3 PM and either store them in Cathy's office or in your room but let Cathy know where they are. They should include, but not be limited to, your daily and weekly schedule - duties, classroom procedures, and at least two days of activities/lessons that can be done in your absence.

PBIS - I am looking for a few folks willing to work with me on revitalizing the PBIS program at RES. I know you are all busy, so won't take too much of your time. Please e-mail Cathy if you can help. 

HELPING OUT - On Tues. and Wed., I will be at the WCSU Int. Field Review representing RES, and Jean won't be here, Emma McCumber will be in to help Libbet out with the office. Thank you Emma!

RES COMMUNITY YARD SALE - Beth Ann has already stepped up and gotten this advertised in the Informer. If you'd like to be part of the planning committee for this event, please let Beth ann or Cathy know. You'all already put in so much time for your classes, I hesitate to ask anyone to "volunteer." I really appreciate all the time you dedicate to our students!

SUPERINTENDENT VISIT -On Fri., Sept. 30, Alice Worth will be visiting RES in the morning. We will be visiting all classrooms throughout the morning.
Happening this Week:
  • Monday, Sept. 19  - 
    • Cathy teaching Library Media/Tech. today
    • 7 PM - PTO Meeting - Gr. 5/6 Classroom
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20
    • Jean Chick out at VEHI Conference
    • 8 - 4 Cathy at WCSU Int. Field Review Training, Howe Training - Rutland
  • Wed., Sept.  21 - 
    • 8 - 4 Cathy at WCSU Int. Field Review Training, Howe Training - Rutland
    • 6 PM - Board Meeting in Gr. 5/6 Classroom
  • Thurs., Sept. 22  - 
    • Cathy "off" - 9 - 11:30 AM - Vermont Principal's Meeting, Hartford, VT  
    • 2:30 PM - Cathy at Tech Committee Meeting at WCSU
  • Fri., Sept. 23 - Pay Day
  • Sat., Sept. 24 - 
    • Cathy at UVM for class
    • 10 - 3 Spring Brook Farms Open House
    • 7 PM - "Life Animated" Film at the HOP - Autism documentary
 Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events: 
  • Mon., Sept. 26 - Thurs., Sept. 29 - Gr. 5/6 - Web of Life Program 
  • Tues., Sept. 27 - 
    • Cathy "OFF"
    • Lisa not in - at Web of Life Program - Sub in for Art
  • Wed., Sept. 28 - 6:30 PM - Act 46 Study Committee WCSU 
  • Fri., Sept. 30 - EMERGENCY Sub plans due to Cathy
  • Mon., Oct. 3 - 2:50 - 3:45 PM - STAFF Meeting - Gr. 5/6 Classroom
  • Tues., Oct. 4 - Cathy "OFF"  
  • Wed., Oct. 5 - 4 - 6 PM - Cathy at VPA Principal's Meeting in Dummerston
  • Thurs., Oct. 6 - 
    • Cathy at WCSU Admin Team 8:30 - 3 PM
    • 5:30 - 7 PM Back to School Night
  • Fri., Oct. 7 - Payday
  • Sat., Oct. 8 - RES Yard Sale
  • Mon., Oct. 10 - NO SCHOOL - Inservice Day
  • Thurs., Oct. 13 - 
    • Cathy "OFF"
    • Aimee Toth here
  • Mon, Oct. 17 - 7 PM PTO Meeting
  • Wed., Oct. 19 - 
    • School Picture Day - THIS IS A CHANGE!
    • 6 PM - Board Meeting
  • Thurs., Oct. 20 - Cathy "OFF"
  • Sat., Oct. 22 - Cathy at Keyboarding Workshop in Portland, Maine  
  • Fri., Oct. 28 - End of Term 1!!! 
Thoughts to Ponder:







Sunday, September 11, 2016

PRINCIPAL'S BLOG TO STAFF 9/11/16

Dear Dedicated and Hardworking Staff,

This will be a weekly event so that we can keep the channels of communication open.    It's been a great seven day so far!  Lots of amazing learning occurring!  This is the FIRST 5 day week, and so please pace yourself!  By Friday, we'll all be tuckered out IF we don't take care of ourselves this week!  This is the students' first 5 day week as well, so please keep that in mind as you plan your day on Thursday and Friday.  

There have been several concerns expressed over the need for serious revision of the Dress Code.  As it stands now, BEFORE addressing a dress code issue with a child, please chat with Mrs. Knight OR Libbet if she's not here  1st.  The revised Dress Code is on a Google Doc and will be shared with you.  Please make your comments on it and let's discuss so we can publish the student-parent handbook.





KUDOS to STAFF Who "Stepped Up":  
  • Sheri and Liza for all their work doing morning and lunch duty!
  • Beth Ann for creating colorful signs for the cafeteria AM expectations!  
  • ALL of you for your dedication and long hours!  
Important Items to Know:


MAILBOXES - Reminder that mailboxes should be emptied, so that as mail arrives it can be delivered timely. PLEASE do not use it as a storage space. For specials teachers, please see Cathy or Libbet if you don't have a "designated" storage space already.


EMERGENCY LESSON PLANS - SUBSTITUTE BINDERS - Emergencies happen. Your "emergency" subs plans are just that, for the times when you plan to be here, but due to weather, accident, etc. you aren't at the last minute. Please complete binders by Friday, September 30, 3 PM and either store them in Cathy's office or in your room but let Cathy know where they are. They should include, but not be limited to, your daily and weekly schedule - duties, classroom procedures, and at least two days of activities/lessons that can be done in your absence.

SO SORRY YOU'RE SICK - You are also responsible for CALLING Libbet if you’re going to be out to ensure a sub is secured. An e-mail is fine to send with sub plans, but the call must be made in order to find a sub for you! Please call her by 6 AM or the night before.


BOO BOO DOCUMENTATION - Injury/Illness (no matter how small) needs to be kept logged by the offices for Nurse's records.   If anyone - staff or student needs medication, bandage, ice pack etc., you should report to the office so that it can be documented.

DUTIES - Kudos to all who have faithfully done their duties. One change in the duty schedule is that Pam Selen will not be doing lunch duty in order to give her mandated lunch period. Cathy K. will be taking her place.

EVALUATIONS - Now that everyone has had a few weeks to settle in, walkthroughs and evaluations will be started. My goal in this process is to document all the great teaching and learning happening in the building - so no worries or stress needed on your part!

PHOTOS - It's great having photos for the blog of exciting events in your classrooms. Please send me a few when you've captured learning on camera!

WINDOWS AND DOORS -  Just a reminder to help keep our students safe and our building secure that all exterior doors must be closed and locked at all times.  

GUIDANCE INTERVIEW - We have a candidate coming by Wed. morning for an interview.  If you have planning at 9 AM and would like to be part of it, you are welcome to be.  Otherwise, we will be walking around the building and I'll make sure you meet them.

PRE-K SUB - The Tues. and Thurs. class is rather large and so in order to help students and the new teacher adjust, Amy H. is helping out the month of September.  

FIRST AID/CPR - If anyone knows of a class being offered, or being part of a class, please let Cathy know.  

CONES - To keep our students playing in the back to be safe, we want to  make sure the cones are out in the morning. Please make sure cones are out BEFORE students go out to play behind the school.

LOCK-DOWN DRILL - This Wed. at 10:45 AM, we will have our first lock-down drill.  Please review the process with your students.  

Happening this Week:
  • Mon., Sept. 12
    • Cathy teaching Library Media/Tech. today
    • 1 PM - Fritz here observing a student
    • 3:00 - 3:45  PM EST MEETING - - Patty's  room (Agenda - review those on plan currently, discuss routines with Fritz.  ) 
    • 6 PM - Act 46 Study Committee meeting  
  • Tues., Sept. 13 - Cathy "off"
    • 3 PM - VINS meeting - Pam, Kathy
  • Wed., Sept. 14
    • 7:50 AM - 8 AM Morning Meeting in the MPR/Cafeteria
    • 9 AM - Interview with possible guidance candidate
    • 1:30 PM - Cathy meets with Dennis
  • Thurs., Sept. 15 - Christine leaving early today.  
    • 3 - 4 PM - EPT Meeting in Patty's room
    • 6 PM - PTO Meeting 6 PM
  • Fri., Sept. 16 -
    • FULL moon
 Mark Your Calendar/Upcoming Events:
  • Monday, Sept. 19  - Cathy teaching Library Media/Tech. today
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20
    • Jean Chick out at VEHI Conference
    • 8 - 4 Cathy at WCSU Int. Field Review Training, Howe Training - Rutlan
  • Wed., Sept.  21 - 
    • 8 - 4 Cathy at WCSU Int. Field Review Training, Howe Training - Rutland
    • 6 PM - Board Meeting in Patty's room
  • Thurs., Sept. 22  - 
    • Cathy "off" - 9 - 11:30 AM - Vermont Principal's Meeting, Hartford, VT  
    • 2:30 PM - Cathy at Tech Committee Meeting at WCSU
  • Fri., Sept. 23 - Pay Day 
  • Mon., Sept. 26 - Thurs., Sept. 29 - Gr. 5/6 - Web of Life Program 
  • Tues., Sept. 27 - 
    • Cathy "OFF"
    • Lisa not in - at Web of Life Program - Sub in for Art
  • Wed., Sept. 28 - Act 46 Study Committee WCSU 
  • Thurs., Oct. 6 - Back to School Night
  • Wed., Oct. 19 - School Picture Day - THIS IS A CHANGE!  
Thoughts to Ponder: