And So It Begins!

Update for Aug 25 – 29


This was the best first week of school in my life! I am absolutely amazed at how well this week went. Thank you to all of you who worked extra hard to make this week such a success.


Additionally, the amount of high-quality instructional experiences you all created within the first week – within the first day – was commendable. The dedication to your work was evident.


I appreciate all of the unique and creative ways you used to begin creating the learning culture of your classroom.  The time and effort we put into building relationships with our kids will set the stage for a successful year!


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Opportunities to go GLOBAL!


I wanted to share with you all two global learning projects that will be taking place in the near future.  I want to bring these projects to Alton Darby and I want you to know that I will drop everything to help you make these projects happen for your students, if you choose to do so.


International Dot Day, September 15th  — This week, I had the opportunity to visit with your classrooms to introduce myself and read Going Places by Peter Reynolds.  Reynolds’ books focus on the themes of celebrating uniqueness, creativity and divergent thinking – all characteristics of the learners I hope we can continue to develop at Alton Darby. I used that opportunity to help our kids see these themes and then challenged them to help us create a school that reflects the spirit of Going Places.


Participating in International Dot Day would be a step in that direction.


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Reynolds describes International Dot Day as this:


Imagine the power and potential of a million people all around the world connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. I hope you will join the growing global community of creativity champions using their talents, gifts and energy to move the world to a better place.


Please consider connecting your students to this great opportunity to celebrate creativity.  Reach out to our Darby Creek colleagues.  How big can you make this? How far will you go? How can I help you make this happen?


Start by visiting http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/ – a very user-friendly website for getting started.


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Global Read Aloud, starts October 6th — Pernille Ripp, creator of the Global Read Aloud, describes the Global Read Aloud this way:



And, one of the ways you can participate in the Global Read Aloud with other classrooms is to do an author study of Peter Reynolds!


Both of these opportunities lend themselves to our areas of focus, particularly the Blended Learning Framework
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I can’t wait to see where you take these projects!


Upcoming Dates–


Mon, Aug 25 —


Tues, Aug 26 —
  • 9am Lit Coaches Meeting at CO


Wed, Aug 27 —
  • Mumkin Sale Begins
  • 5:30-6:15pm – K, 1, 2 Curriculum Night
  • 6:30-7:15pm – 3, 4, 5 Curriculum Night


Thur, Aug 28 —


Fri, Aug 29 —
  • 9:30am, Gym, “Buster the Bus” Program for Kindergarten
  • 1:30pm, Gym, “Buster the Bus” Program for Kindergarten


Videos That Inspire —



Articles / Posts Worth Reading —


5 Things Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the New American Dream http://goo.gl/uN43AW  via @ajjuliani




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