Update for Oct 20-24

The Most Important Voice

This week, we worked to define the key principles and beliefs we have as a learning community. The beliefs that we identified as a team reflected the positive focus we put on our students and the work we do with them. Our next step will be to connect these principles to statements that are easily remembered that will help us connect to our beliefs as a learning community.

As we discussed these principles, something amazing happened.  One of the members of the team suggested that in order for students to embrace the expectations we will have for them, they should have the opportunity to provide input as to what these grounding beliefs that reflect Alton Darby Elementary are. We came to the conclusion that we needed to organize a whole-school meeting where we could give students the opportunity to provide input into the beliefs that reflect our learning community.

I am excited that we are going to be giving students this opportunity to have a voice in a process that will eventually impact their learning community.  This is an important step towards providing students with multiple opportunities to have a voice and to have a choice in their learning.

Upcoming Dates —
Monday October 20 (A): 2/3 rehearsal & 4/5 rehearsal with props
9:20 – 10:20 4/5 graders
10:30 – 11:30 2/3 graders (we will take 2nd grade to lunch)
1st grade (no change)

Wed Oct 22, 2014
Data Team Half-Day Meeting — 5th Grade AM; 4th Grade PM

2/3 rehearsal & 4/5 rehearsal with props and in between acts
9:20 – 11:45 AM – 4/5 Graders
1 – 2 PM – 2/3 Graders
1st grade (no change)

3:35-4:20 ADE/DCR Staff Meeting at ADE

Thu Oct 23, 2014
Data Team Half-Day Meeting — 3rd Grade AM; 2nd Grade PM
9:15-10:45 AM – Building Visit, Mrs. McNaughton

Fri Oct 24, 2014
Whole school rehearsal – 2-5 grades no break this day
Teachers who do not have duties on B-Day… I wouldn’t care if you wanted help your teammates by watching their class (one teammate at a time) and letting them have a break.  
Come down to the gym as soon as your attendance & lunch count is done between 9:10-9:15
Rehearsal ends 11:45 (2nd grade leave out gym doors when it is time to go to lunch)
5th and some 4th graders in in-between acts may need to stay until 12:20.
1st grade (no Change)

Mon Oct 27, 2014
Yearbook Art Contest Begins (Ends Nov 7)

Tue Oct 28, 2014
Fall Concert at Bradley High School

Thu Oct 30, 2014
Data Team Half-Day Meeting — Kindergarten AM; 1st Grade PM

Fri Oct 31, 2014

Tue Nov 4, 2014
Waiver Day – More information to come!

Wed Nov 5, 2014
5:30pm – 6:30pm Market Day

Fri Nov 7, 2014
Newsletter Home
Yearbook Art Contest Ends
8:00am – 8:45am BAC mtg
Articles to read
“How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions?” | MindShift http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/10/how-can-students-have-more-say-in-school-decisions/ … via @MindShiftKQED

“Learning disability or learns differently?” http://feedly.com/e/U8phHXtv

Videos that inspire

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