Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Season’s Greetings Armstrong Parents!
This week has definitely been a little crazier than normal, but thankfully we have some awesome and flexible kids who take it in stride. Don’t forget that Winter Parties are this afternoon and they start at 2:15. Also, tomorrow is Pajama Day and the last day of school before break. Everyone is very excited J. As usual, there are a few additions to this week’s newsletter; please look at the words in bold.
- Please remember to return your home ‘n backs to the tubs in the cafeteria or the front lobby. Any items that need to be returned have your students give to their homeroom teacher.
- Don’t forget to check the lost & found and the lunchbox table on a regular basis!
Crystal Bridges- We have another field study coming up at the end of January that we are very excited about. We will be traveling to Bentonville Arkansas to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum in our triad homebase groups. We will be taking a blue bus and leaving as close to 8 as we can and returning before the end of the day. We encourage parents to attend this trip; in fact, each triad needs at least 3 more adults to accompany us. Parents are encouraged to ride the bus so there is not a hold up in security and we are unsure of an admission cost to parents right now; we will get that info to you ASAP.
January 28th- Hewitt, Moore, Najera
January 29th- Molina, Smith, Guss
Living Museum – Assignments have been handed out and research has started! This project is a big project; however, the final products won’t be due until March and most of the components will be completed here at school. One component that needs to be done outside of school is to create a costume representing your character. No worries!! We will be sending home more details on this in weeks to come so you don’t need to stress and do not need to contact a teacher regarding this. We will get you all the info you need! J
Biztown – Don’t forget that we are still in need of parents to commit to volunteering that day with us from 9-1:30. As a volunteer you will be required to watch 2 online training videos. You will be assigned a business to oversee the day of the trip, however; it cannot be your own child’s assigned business. Forms were sent home last week, if you have lost yours and would like another, please let Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Moore know. As we get closer to the date it is worrisome that we still don’t have the required amount of adults so please consider helping; the kids will be so appreciative! The homebases are scheduled to go to Biztown as follows:
Please consider volunteering, it’s an awesome experience!
Mayo Application Window and Tour Dates – The application window for PK students is open! Applications should be available online and parents can visit http://www.tulsaschools.org/enroll for additional information. Incoming PK students of current Mayo students receive sibling preference. However, you MUST still complete the online application by the deadline on Friday, January 15. Existing parents will need to obtain a letter from Mr. Joslin before submitting the application. The lottery will be held on Wednesday, February 4 at Thoreau at 6:00PM. You do not have to be present. Notification letters are scheduled to be sent out Thursday, February 11.
Potential Pre-K parents must attend a tour of Mayo and obtain a letter signed by Mr. Joslin, which indicates that the parent attended the tour. Tour dates have been scheduled for:
We will be conducting separate tours for parents who are interested in any available slots for K-5 for next school year. The window for these applications is Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 22. We have not yet scheduled those tours.
Overnight in OKC- Our Armstrong overnight (for all Armstrongs) is quickly approaching as well. We will be going to OKC on February 18th and 19th. We are currently nailing down last minute details and will get these to you after break, but keep in mind that we encourage and appreciate any adults that can attend; in fact, these overnights wouldn’t happen without all the awesome support we get from parents. Also, after break, we will be sending home order forms for t-shirts if an adult wishes to purchase one (whether you are going on the trip or not, you can still buy one). We always wear our shirts on the second day of the trip, and student shirts are free of cost to everyone because we include them in our Armstrong Budget. We will be sending an image of what the shirts will look like as well. Thanks to Mr. Najera for designing them!
IMPORTANT 5TH GRADE INFORMATION:
- We will not be having another meeting until January. If you wanted to pay in installments and haven’t had a chance to turn your $50 for this month in, make sure you do! It can be brought to one of the three of us or you can get in touch with Mallory Sanstra. If you ever have any questions, please email Mrs. Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mr. Guss (email@example.com) and Mrs. Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
-If you have not already done so, please turn in your parent payment commitment form. Mrs. Moore is still missing 16!!!! I have attached another copy in case you need it. If I don’t hear back by the start of next quarter I will be calling all the individuals who are still missing one. PLEASE at least e-mail me and let me know who is coming with; we have to have some idea before we can book a hotel!
- 5th grade Thoreau Applications –
All Mayo students have an automatic “in” into Thoreau for their 6th grade year, however; you will still need to fill out an application and return it to the ESC during the application window. The application process for the 2016-2017 school year is now open and available on the TPS website.
-Make sure you are looking into middle schools!! The application deadline is in January and we want every student to be able to go to an awesome school. Make sure that you are applying to ALL middle schools that interest you and your child. Additionally, most middle schools (not Thoreau) ask for a Teacher Recommendation form from applicants. These should be found online and need to be brought to Mrs. Baumgarten who will then have the teachers fill it out and return it to you in a sealed envelope. If you have any middle school questions please feel free to ask your homebase teacher or talk to Mrs. Jennings or Mrs. Baumgarten in the office.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email your child’s homebase teacher, Mrs. Smith (email@example.com) or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org). I hope everyone has a restful and wonderful break!!
Lead Armstrong Teacher 4th/5th
December 17th – Winter Parties in Family (2:15-2:50)
December 18th – Armstrong Pajama Day!
December 18th – 2nd Quarter Ends
February 8th- Biztown (Hewitt, Moore, Najera)
February 9th- Biztown (Smith, Guss, Molina)
February 18th-19th- Armstrong Overnight in OKC
Lead Armstrong Teacher 4th/5th
We had another great field study this week to the Capitol and Gaylord Pickens Hall of Fame Museum. Our next one is coming up on Monday, January 11th. We will be traveling to Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR to experience the Picturing the Americas exhibit. It will be a kick off for our next component of our year long theme, The Power of a Nation. A grant provided through the Willard and Pat Walker School Visit Program will pay for our bus and provide lunch for every Edison. We are thankful for such generous grants that allow our students to have these wonderful being there experiences.
We have published this before, but we want to make sure you have April 21st and 22nd on your calendar as our Overnight field study. We will be traveling to western Oklahoma for a fun-filled two days!
The Annual Edison Polar Express Day is tomorrow, Friday, December 18th. Your child may wear pajamas to school! Please make sure that PJs follow the TPS guidelines (no spaghetti straps, shorts, etc.) Please send them in tennis shoes or appropriate outside shoes as we will be having recess if the weather allows. Please do not send other items such as blankets, robes, or stuffed animals. We do not want them to get left at school over the break.
Please find attached the current edition of the Mayo Times Newsletter.
We wish you and your family a very peaceful holiday and a wonderful new year!
Dates to Remember:
December 18th (Friday) - Edisons Polar Express Day
December 21st-January 1st - Winter Break (school starts back January 4th)
January 11th (Monday) - Field study to Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas
January 15th (Friday) - No School, District Professional Development Day
Reminder!!! Goodall Pajama Day is tomorrow, December 18th.! Your child may wear pajamas to school on that day! Please make sure that PJs follow the TPS guidelines (no spaghetti straps, shorts, etc.) Your child may also wear slippers in school that day, but please send them in tennis shoes or appropriate outside shoes as we will be having recess if the weather allows. Your child may also bring a stuffed animal to cuddle with during the movie.
We will be watching “Elf” during the afternoon and enjoying hot cocoa and a snack.
Your child’s homework over the break will be to have an adventure with their Flat Stanley. Your child will be bringing their Flat Me home today. They may take their Flat Me on any adventure such as: going out of town for the holidays, ice skating at Winterfest, going to Grandma’s for dinner, etc. When your child returns to school after the New Year, they will be writing about their adventures!
Also included in their homework folder will be a Literary Genre bingo sheet. Your child can read a book about one of the subjects on the sheet and color in that square. Encourage your child to get a “Bingo” and they will receive a prize when they return to school in January!
Please make sure that your child’s cubbie is completely cleaned out before they leave on Friday. Anything left behind, besides extra uniform clothes, will be discarded on put in Lost and Found.
Please return all library books! Mrs. Wilson is having a contest and the Literacy group with the least overdue books will receive a class prize!
Remember to return your home ‘n backs to the tubs in the cafeteria or the front lobby. The home and back committee needs them!
Correction from last week-January 8th is NOT an early release day.
Quick Curriculum Update:
Shoots Literacy Group: Finishing “Holidays Around the World”
Shoots Word Work: CARE, Word Work Center, compound words, parts of speech, author’s purpose
Roots Literacy Group: Read aloud-Stick Dog
Roots Word Work: long vowels, ee and –e, syllables
Roots High Frequency Words: some, other, also, family, their, around
All Literacy Groups: C.A.R.E. letters, sounds, and signs
Year-Long Theme-Children Around the World
Science: Solids and Liquids-Exploring the properties of liquids.
Roots Math: Ten Frames
Shoots Math: Mental Math, Adding on Tens/Fast Facts, Missing Addends
Dates to remember:
December 17-Einstein Program-6:30 in Wilson Auditorium
December 18-PJ Day in the Goodall Area
December 21-January 3-Winter Break
January 15th-January 18th-No School-Martin Luther King Day
Einstein News! December 17, 2015
Library books are due tomorrow.
We will not have PAL Work the week we return from Winter Break. Please spend 20 minutes a night reading together!
Our Second Year Einstein Program Rehearsal will be today at 1:30pm. We will be performing our program for the school, parents are welcome to attend. This is a time change to allow plenty of time before Family Parties.
The Second Year Einstein Program is TONIGHT at 6:30pm. Please plan to have your child in their homebase by 6:20pm. After dropping off your child, parents will go to Wilson Auditorium and wait for the show to begin! On the evening of the program, Second Year Einsteins may choose to wear a red Mayo uniform shirt with uniform bottoms or a special holiday shirt, outfit, or dress. Second Year Einsteins may also wear a holiday hat or headband. If you do not have a holiday hat or headband, we have some you can borrow.
Tomorrow is our coloring book exchange!! If you have not brought your coloring book, please make sure to bring one Friday morning.
We will have a special performance for our Einstein parents and families, December 18th at 1:20, in the cafeteria. The sing along will last approximately 15-20 minutes. We hope many of you will be able to attend! You may start your holiday break early and take your Einstein home with you after the performance if you like. Please make sure to sign your Einstein out with his teacher if you choose to do this.
Friday, December 18th will also be a special day for Einsteins to come to school in
their pajamas! Remember that pajamas must be in compliance with Tulsa Public Schools
dress code, which includes no spaghetti straps, sleeveless nightgowns, or boxer shorts.
Girls that choose to wear nightgowns should wear tights underneath them. Einsteins will
need to wear regular shoes to school. Please do not send your Einstein in slippers. Einsteins
may also wear a holiday hat or headband. If you do not have a holiday hat or headband,
we have some you can borrow.
Please take your Brainbreak Mat home for Winter Break! You may take it home
Thursday or Friday, whichever day works best for you.
We wish you and your family a nice holiday season! Enjoy the time with your child!
We will see you back at Mayo on Monday, January 4th for a new semester.
Dates for your calendar:
Dec. 17 Second Year Einstein Program 6:30
Dec. 17 Winter Parties in Family
Dec. 18 Einstein Pajama Day
Dec. 18 Einstein Caroling at Broadmoor/Life Senior Services
Dec. 18 Coloring Book Exchange
Dec. 18 Einstein Sing a long in cafeteria at 1:20
Dec. 19- Jan. 3 Winter Break
Jan. 4 School Resumes-Welcome Back!
Jan. 4 3rd Quarter Begins
Jan. 14 Report of Student Progress
Jan. 15 No School- Teacher Professional Day
Jan. 18 No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Lindsey Regnier | Einstein Teacher
Tulsa Public Schools, Mayo Demonstration School
1127 South Columbia Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74104
Monday, December 14, 2015
PRESS RELEASE:Monday, Dec. 7, 2015
What:TPS seeks nominees for Teacher of the Year
When:Accepting nominations through Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Public Schools wants to identify and celebrate the superstar teacher who most inspires students to high levels of achievement, excellence and character. To find the teacher who most embodies these stellar qualities, the district seeks nominees for Teacher of the Year from parents, students and the community at large.
The nomination form is available at www.tulsaschools.org/TeacheroftheYear. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 18, 2015.
“We want to find the best, most inspiring teacher in the TPS universe to receive the district’s highest honor, Teacher of the Year,” said Superintendent Deborah A. Gist. “We want to cast our net far and wide, so we are expanding the nomination process to include nominations from students, parents, teachers, corporate partners and classroom volunteers – anyone who has a window into the masterful teaching skills of the person they believe should be our next Teacher of the Year. I expect the competitionwill be intense, as TPS is home to so many excellent teachers. Our desire is to have a nominee from every school site. For the very first time, we are also going to include teachers at TPS charter schools, as there is great teaching taking place across our district. We hope to engage as many people as possible so we can celebrate themost amazing, magical teacher in Tulsa.”
All pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers in state-accredited schools are eligible for nomination. There is no minimum years of teaching experience required to be qualified for TPS Teacher of the Year. Nominees should:
A key component of the program involves the creation of a portfolio of work by every school site nominee for Teacher of the Year.
“This presents teachers with a unique professional development opportunity, as we will host a portfolio planning session in January that will be hosted by previous winners of Teacher of the Year,” said Gist. “So nominees will learn from the cream of the crop what it takes to successfully submit a portfolio that is worthy of Teacher of the Year.”
There are other minimum requirements for teachers to be eligible.
The selection process will result in 13 semi-finalists composed of six elementary school semi-finalists; four middle school/junior high semi-finalists; two high school semi-finalists; and one alternative site semi-finalist. A community advisory and district advisory committee will select five finalists, and will ultimately determine the Teacher of the Year.
Patti Ferguson-Palmer, president of the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association, said, “We are excited about this new process, as it will give parents and community members a voice in helping us to identify our Teacher of the Year. This new process will ensure we uncover even those teachers who, until now, have been hidden gems and maybe not received attention and accolades for the extraordinary work they do in the classroom. We can’t wait to discover who will be the district’s next Teacher of the Year.”
Margaret DeWeese of Thoreau Demonstration Academy, last year’s Teacher of the Year, said, “Being named Teacher of the Year has certainly been the high point of my 21-year career, a milestone that I never believed I could or would achieve. Tulsa Public Schools has been my one and only home as a career teacher. The opportunity to represent all of the amazing and hardworking teachers of this district is such an honor, and it is a responsibility that I take seriously. Being honored for a job that I enjoy so much is truly energizing and profoundly gratifying.”
Nominations for Teacher of the Year must be made through the TPS website at www.tulsaschools.org/TeacheroftheYear. It is also available via the website’s home page. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 18, 2015.
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