Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Goodall Field Trip to the Tulsa State Fair

Reminder!  The Goodalls are going on a Field Study to the Tulsa State Fair on Tuesday, October 6th.  They need a sack lunch (no lunch boxes) or a Lunch Form needs to be turned in by tomorrow, October 1st.  Please let your child’s homebase teacher know if you are attending the fair with us.  We would like to have groups already formed on Tuesday morning.  The Goodall teacher emails are on the bottom of this newsletter. 
 As a chaperone, you will need to pay your own admission at the main gate when we enter. The price is $8.00 per person. Your child needs to wear a red shirt and jeans or uniform bottoms. If you would like your child’s picture taken in another uniform option, please send a red shirt so that they can change before we leave. We will be walking a great deal, so please make sure they have on comfortable shoes.  
This information will also be included in the weekly newsletter.

We will be leaving Mayo at approximately 9:30 am and returning at 1:30 pm.  The time is approximate because of picture day.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Goodall Update 9-24-15

September 24, 2015 

Our first field trip was a huge success!  The kids had great time and many of them learned to skate.  Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to help.  We couldn’t do it without you!

MAP testing- All Goodalls have completed the Math and Reading MAP test.  We are currently looking over the data and will share the reports with you during student-led conferences.

Tardies- Just a reminder that school starts at 7:45 am and your child is considered tardy at 7:55.  Some of the students have been coming late to class because they are playing on the playground before school.   Please make sure your child is off the playground and in the classroom by 7:45.

Reminder!  The Roots (1st grade) have a field study to Gilcrease Museum next Tuesday, September 29th.  They will leave Mayo at 9:00 am and return at approximately 11:30 am.  Due to our late lunch time, it would be helpful If you could send a sack lunch. This would make it easier because Roots will need to be finished eating by 12:00.  Please have your child wear a red uniform shirt and uniform bottoms.    

Fair Field Study-Our Tulsa State Fair field study is coming up in two weeks.  Be watching for an email with all the details.  Your child will need a sack lunch for that day.  Attached is a Lunch form from the cafeteria.  Please return this by October 1st.

Quick Curriculum Update:  


Shoots Literacy GroupFlat Stanley 

                                       Sowle-The Mount Rushmore Calamity

                                       Kramer-The US Capital Commotion

                                       Cody-The Amazing Mexican Secret


Shoots High Frequency Words: gone, learn, often, very, though, together, 

Shoots Word Work-adding s, ed and ing.  Consonant blends-chtchwhsh                                  


Roots Literacy Group: Moreno-Sammy the Sign Maker

                                     Hernandez- The Little Red Hen

                                     Bunch-Mack the Explorer


Roots Word Work: short e

Roots High Frequency Wordstree, saw, small, your

All Literacy Groups: C.A.R.E. letters, sounds, and signs

Year-Long ThemeAmerican Symbols, Responsibilities and Rules, Distance and Location.  

Science:  Balance and Motion- We are finishing our mobiles this week and will begin our Motion component next week.  

Roots Math:  Comparing and Ordering Numbers

Shoots Math: We are finishing addition strategies and will begin subtraction strategies next week.


We hope that everyone is receiving the Goodall newsletter.  We will still be sending a hardcopy in the home and backs for the next few weeks.  Please let us know if you aren’t getting the emails.


Dates to remember:  


Tuesday, September 29 –Roots AGC Field Study to Gilcrease

Tuesday, October 6 –School Picture Day/Tulsa State Fair Field Study (Pictures will be taken in the morning prior to leaving for the Fair.)

Friday, October 9th-Mayo Jog-A-Thon

Monday, October 12 and TuesdayOctober 13-Student-Led Conferences

Thursday, October 15-Monday, October 19-Fall Break-No School

Einstein Update 9-24-15

Einstein News                                    September 24, 2015



·         Einstein Overnight October 23-24!  

Your Einstein will come home today with an overnight letter pinned to their back. (We have attached this letter to the email as well.) This letter has more information for you regarding the overnight!  Please take the time to read this letter and return it to your homebase teacher by October 8, 2015.  Every adult who attends a field study, or who wishes to volunteer during the year at Mayo, needs to have a Volunteer Background Check completed each year and on file with the office. If you have not done this yet and would like to attend our field study, please fill out the attached form and return it ASAP to the office. 


·        Please wash and return any Mayo clothes you have borrowed from the office.We use these clothes for lunch spills, mud slips, and bathroom accidents. Also, please be sure that your Einstein has a change of clothes in their cubby.  The nurse will be calling parents to bring a change of clothes if there are not clothes available for your child.  As cool weather arrives, please label all jackets and sweaters with your child’s name.


·         Mayo Jog-a-thon. The Jog-a-Thon will be a fall event this year!  Mark your calendars for Friday, October 9 for Miles for Mayo-Made in the Shade!  We will be raising funds to construct a shade shelter on the Mayo playground. Your child's pledge envelope will be in this week's Home and Back.  Look for the blue letter that is inside of the pledge envelope.  It has lots of important information about the event!  We hope you will help your child secure lots of pledges so that we can make our dream of a shady place on the playground come true this year! 


·         Student-led Conferences.  Your child will get to lead you through what they have been learning.  The dates for the fall conferences will be Monday and Tuesday, October 12thand 13th from 3:15-5:45.  Please mark these dates on your calendar!



·        Talent Release Formswere sent home last week in Thursday folders. If you have not returned this form please send it in. We have attached a copy to this newsletter if you need another copy.


Oct. 2             Spirit Day (wear any Mayo t-shirt with regular Mayo bottoms)

Oct. 2         Early Release Friday – students released at 1:00

Oct. 6             School Picture Day in Mayo uniforms

Oct. 9          Mayo Jog-a-thon (more info to come)

Oct. 12           Student Led Conferences 3:15-5:45

Oct. 13        Student Led Conferences 3:15-5:45

Oct. 12-23    Mayo Book Fair!  

Oct. 15-19       Fall Break for Students: No School

Oct. 23-24      Einstein Overnight

Oct. 29        Fall Parties in Family 

Edison Update 9-24-2015

Hello Edison families! 
We had a very informative field study to Reasor's last Friday.  Hopefully your child shared some of what they learned with you.  The dieticians were super impressed with how much they already knew! :)
We wanted to mention that we have been having lots of hurt feelings during lunch recess.  Many children are being exclusive during basketball, soccer, cheer, and four square.  At Mayo we pride ourselves on being inclusive.  We have talked with the Edisons several times over the last week and would ask you to have a conversation with your child about how they can help create an atmosphere where all Edisons can be included in whichever activities they chose.  Thanks for your help with this!
In your Home and Back today you will find your child's MAP Reading and Math scores.  There is also a copy of a sheet that we use all year to record testing data on each child.  On the back of the score sheet is an explanation about the MAP scores.  Please let your child's Homebase teacher know if you have questions.  We will be contacting those of you who we will need to meet with regarding setting up a Reading Sufficiency Plan for your child. 
We have confirmed our field study to Downtown Tulsa on Tuesday, October 20th.  We will be visiting the Woody Guthrie Center, the Tulsa Glassblowing School, the Guthrie Green, and City Councilor Ewing will visit with us before we return to Mayo.  If your child will need a sack lunch for this trip, please fill out the attached form and return it via email or hard copy before Friday, October 2nd.  
At Mayo, we have Student-led Conferences.  Your child will get to lead you through what they have been learning.  The dates for the fall conferences will be Monday and Tuesday, October 12th and 13th from 3:15-5:45.  Our goal is 100% participation with you and your child.  If for some reason you are unable to attend, we will work with you to find an alternative time.
Keep collecting sponsors for the Jog-a-Thon that will happen on Friday, October 9th.  We will find out what time the Edisons will be jogging and let you know so you can come support them or jog with them if you are able.  This is always a fun-filled day and the money raised will allow us to have a shade structure on the playground.
Dates for your calendar:

Oct. 2    Sack Lunch forms due for Downtown Tulsa Field Study

Oct. 2    Spirit Day (wear any Mayo t-shirt with regular Mayo bottoms)

Oct. 2     Early Release Friday – students released at 1:00

Oct. 6     School Picture Day in Mayo uniforms

Oct. 9     Mayo Jog-a-thon

Oct. 12    Student Led Conferences 3:15-5:45

Oct. 13    Student Led Conferences 3:15-5:45

Oct. 12-23    Mayo Book Fair!  

Oct. 15-19     Fall Break for Students: No School

Oct. 20     Field Study to Downtown Tulsa

Oct. 27     Field Study to Philbrook (This Field Study is for students and teachers only...sorry parents)

Oct. 29    Fall Parties in Family 

Armstrong Update 9-24-2015

Greetings Armstrong Parents!                                                                                                                                                   


        Please read carefully because I have added some new information! 


Don’t forget that the Hedgehog Family is on stage Friday for Celebrations. For those of you who are new to Mayo, every Friday we have a Celebrations assembly in the gym. Each week it is led by a different family, and we celebrate student and staff achievements throughout at the week as well as weekly birthdays. When it is your child’s turn on stage their family teacher will send a reminder note home. Please feel free to join us on Fridays; we have a lot of fun! 


Attached is the Talent Release form that we send home annually. Please sign and return to the Mayo front office ASAP, if you haven’t done so already.


Home and Backs come home on Thursdays (today)!  We have a lot of Armstrongs who are forgetting to return their home and back envelopes. Please make sure to have your child return their envelope promptly.  The home and back committee put a lot of time and effort into these and we really appreciate their dedication and hard work. 


Literacy Homework – Remember that homework is due October 9th, 2015. The students need to read their novel in its entirety and complete ONE choice board option. The novel should be returned on the due date. Please email Mrs. Hewitt, Mr. Najera or Mr. Guss if you have any questions.

Science Homework - Science homework will be assigned weekly.  Students will receive a homework-work book which they will keep at home.  The assigned pages will be communicated to students in class and should then be turned in the following week.  At that time they will receive the next assignment.  This has begun this week, so your child should have science homework by Friday.

Social Studies Homework- There will be no new homework given out this week due to the continuation of work with maps in class, however, there will be new homework sent out next week so please look for the details in next week’s newsletter.  If you have any questions please e-mail Mr. Najera ( or Ms. Molina (  


Just a reminder!  The beginnings strings (first year) classes are on Mondays and Tuesdays and the advanced strings (second year) classes are on Mondays and Thursdays. 


The Jog-a-Thon will be a fall event this year!  Mark your calendars for Friday, October 9 for Miles for Mayo-Made in the Shade!  We will be raising funds to construct a shade shelter on the Mayo playground. Your child's pledge envelope should have been in last week's Home and Back; if you need another make sure to ask in the office.  We hope you will help your child secure lots of pledges so that we can make our dream of a shady place on the playground come true this year!


I can’t believe it, but our Fall Student-Led conferences are just around the corner! At Mayo, we have student-led conferences; it is an opportunity for your child to show you what they have been learning in their classes. Our conferences this year will be held on Monday, Oct. 12th and Tuesday, Oct. 13th. Come to the Armstrong area between 3:15 and 5:45to have your child lead your through their classes and talk with their teachers about any questions or concerns you may have. 


We have scheduled our field study to JA Biztown! We will be going February 8th (Moore, Hewitt, Najera homebases) and February 9th (Smith, Guss, Molina homebases). JA Biztown is an awesome opportunity for students to explore their future interests in the business place and learn more about how our economy functions. It is a great experience for our students because it builds on their background knowledge of micro-society as Goodalls and bridges the transition to micro-society at Thoreau. More information will come home as the dates get closer.


The field study to the Tulsa Air and Space Museum is coming up on October 26th (it will be here before you know it!).  We aren’t sure of a time yet, but would love parents to come with us.  We also aren’t sure if parents will need to pay or not, but if they do, the maximum expense would be $8 and we would need everyone to drive themselves (or carpool).  Once again, as we get closer to this date I will send home more information.  Attached is a release form required by the Tulsa Air and Space Museum (TASM). Please fill out and send back ASAP. It should also be coming home as a hard copy in this week’s home and back.


You should be receiving a hard copy of the Helmzar release form in this week’s home and back, but I have also attached it to this e-mail. Although this field study isn’t until after Spring Break (March 21st and 22nd), we would like to get the release forms returned ASAP. 


Don’t forget that our Armstrong Overnight is scheduled for February 18th and 19th in Oklahoma City. This is our big field study for the year and although it isn’t a requirement, a majority of the parents come.  We really appreciate parental support on these trips and would love for everyone to come who can.  Your child is encouraged to come even if you cannot because there will be plenty of adults and this trip is a direct tie-in with our curriculum. As we get closer to this time we will be sending out more details.


Just scheduled!!!  We are excited to announce that the 5th graders will be attending a presentation at Gilcrease museum on Friday, October 30th.  The presentation is entitled: “Medicine in Early America” where we will discover the world of 18th century medicine with one of George Washington’s oldest and closest friends.  We won’t need parents to attend this field study.


The 4th graders will be attending their own presentation at Gilcrease on March 9th at 12:30.  This presentation is entitled: “The Star Spangled Banner”where early music experts David & Ginger Hildebrand tell the story of our national anthem through the popular songs of 200 years ago.  This presentation is a good bridge for the Social Studies objectives the students will learn in the 5th grade.  We won’t need parents to attend this field study.




-          Gum and candy are not allowed at Mayo (unless you have a teacher’s permission or it is consumed only in the Cafeteria at lunchtime).  Also, if your child brings their cellphone to school, please remind them to leave it with Mrs. Jennings in the front office.

-          The 5th graders will be attending their Any Given Child performance next Friday, October 1st.  They will leave school at 9:30 A.M. to go to a one-hour performance at the Tulsa Ballet and be back in time for lunch.  We don’t need any parents to attend on this trip, but we appreciate your participation otherwise!



5th Grade Parents:  2 very important papers went home with your child yesterday:

·         First was a flyer explaining the chocolate fundraiser we are about to start (if you have any questions please contact Lara Mattox: Lara was just informed that the chocolate will not actually be ready until the middle or end of next week.  I will e-mail everyone when she lets me know it is in. 

·         The second was a contract that needs to be signed by you and your child that commits to helping with fundraisers for the 5th grade trip.  Please read this letter carefully and send back the bottom portion, signed, ASAP. I have also attached it to this e-mail if you’d like to print it and send it back. 


·         Next Monday, September 28th, the 5th graders will be participating in their Human Growth and Development class and next Tuesday, September 29th they will participate in their HIV class. Remember, you only need to sign and return the forms we sent home if you want your child to OPT OUT of these classes. All 5th graders will be attending both classes unless we receive in writing that you would prefer otherwise.

·         5th Grade Trip Fundraising Meeting – Our next meeting will be Monday, October 5th at 6:30PM in Mrs. Moore’s area. We will be discussing upcoming fundraisers and possible trip dates. if you are unable to make it and have any ideas, please email Mrs. Moore (, Mr. Guss ( and Mrs. Smith (

·         Candy Gram Extended Day! – Mallory Sanstra will be holding an extended day class on Friday October 9thto help the 5th graders make candy grams to sell for Family Fall Parties. If you or your child are interested in signing up for this one-time extended day class, please email Mrs. Moore ( or Mrs. Smith (

·         Thoreau Shadow Days! – Every year the fifth graders spend a day shadowing at Thoreau. This year we will be going over a 2-day period due to our growth in size. The dates scheduled are December 8th (Moore, Hewitt, Najera) and December 9th (Smith, Guss, Molina). Look for more details to come.


As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email your child’s homebase teacher, myself ( or Mrs. Smith ( I hope everyone has a great weekend! 


Corinne Moore

Armstrong Lead Teacher 4th/5th

Mayo Demonstration



Upcoming Dates:

September 28th –Human Growth and Development for 5th grade

September 29th – HIV for 5th grade

October 1st – Any Given Child for 5th grade – Ballet

October 2nd – Early Release at 1:00PM/Spirit Day

October 3rd – HUGE 5th Grade Garage sale!

October 5th – 5th grade meeting at 6:30in Mrs. Moore’s area

October 9th – Miles for Mayo Jog-A-Thon

October 9th – 5th Grade Candy Gram Extended Day (one time only)

October 12th and 13th – Student-Led Conferences (3:15-5:45PM both nights)

October 15th – 19th – Fall Break (No School)

October 26th – Field Study to Tulsa Air and Space Museum

October 29th – Family Fall Parties 2:15-2:50

October 30th- 5th grade field trip to Gilcrease

October 30th – Fall Carnival (5th Grade Fundraiser)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Golden Apple Award

Please think of a teacher at Mayo that deserves this award!


PRESS RELEASE:     Monday, Sept. 21, 2015


What:          TPS partners to launch ‘Golden Apple Award’ to honor teachers

Where:       Tulsa Public Schools

Contact:      Chris Payne at 918-746-6898 or


TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) today announced the launch of the Golden Apple Award, an educator recognition program presented in partnership with Cox and Fox 23. The Golden Apple Award will honor outstanding TPS teachers for exceptional work to advance student achievement. 
“I am thrilled that Fox 23 and Cox are joining Tulsa Public Schools to recognize and honor the outstanding men and women who do such important work every day,” said Superintendent Gist. “We really can’t thank our teachers enough, and the Golden Apple Award is a great way to highlight the incredible work happening in classrooms throughout our district.”  
All Tulsans are invited to submit nominations online at Golden Apple winners will be awarded in their classrooms during a surprise visit from TPS Superintendent Deborah A. Gist, Fox23 anchor Ron Terrell, representatives from the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association and Cox Communications. Honorees will each receive a Golden Apple trophy and a $250 grant to be used in the classroom. Golden Apple winners will be featured weekly during the Saturday morning newscast on FOX23 starting on October 3, 2015
“We think this is a wonderful opportunity to recognize our teachers and give the public a glimpse at the talent in TPS,” said Shawna Mott-Wright, vice president of Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association. 
“Cox is proud to be a partner in recognizing the outstanding work happening in Tulsa’s classrooms. Our company is rooted in education and has a longstanding commitment to building innovation and ingenuity in our schools.  We applaud these teachers for creating 21st century classrooms,” said Tiffani Bruton, director of public affairs for Cox Communications.
To nominate an educator, fill out the form available at Winning entries will explain why the educator is unique or creative, highlight how the educator is student-focused and offer compelling examples.
For more information about Tulsa Public Schools, please visit

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