Thursday, January 28, 2016

Edison Update 1-28-2016

Good afternoon Edison families!
We hope you are enjoying this nice stretch of warmer weather!  We have enjoyed getting to finally have some outside recess breaks!
Please remember that all Edisons will be taking the SRI again this coming Monday, February 1st.  We will begin shortly after school starts so please ensure your child is on time and well-fed.  Everyone has been working hard and we are anticipating seeing good growth in each student's lexile.  If your child is on a Reading Sufficiency Plan, we will be sending paperwork at the end of February that will notify you of your child's progress and will require your signature.  We will also send updated testing information to those not on an RSA plan, but these will not require a signature.
Next Friday, February 5th is a TPS early release day and a Mayo Spirit Day.  School will be released at 1:00 and your child may wear a Mayo spirit t-shirt or instructional area t-shirt on top, and regular uniform bottoms.
Friendship Party Candy Gram Sales start next week! Please see the flyer in your Home and Back for information on when, where and how to buy candy grams.


Another 5th Grade babysitting night is coming up just in time for Valentine’s Day! See the information that was sent home in previous Home and Backs.


Reminder: during dismissal, if you pick your student up, you should always enter through the South cafeteria door and exit through the North cafeteria door.  This allows for the safety of everyone and is not meant to inconvenience anyone.  Thanks for your cooperation and consideration.
Please pay particular attention to the dates for theEdison Program and our Overnight Field Study listed below.
Important Dates:
Monday, February 1 - SRI Testing in the a.m.
Thursday, February 4 - Lyric Theater at Mayo for Sound of Music presentation to the Edisons
Friday, February 5 - Early release day 1:00 and spirit day
Thursday, February 11 - Friendship parties in Family
Friday, February 12 - Spring Pictures and FREE DRESS
Monday, February 15 - President's Day NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, March 1 - Edison Program
Thursday, March 10 - Field Study to Will Roger's Museum and Port of Catoosa
Friday, March 11 - No School
Monday, March 14-18 - Spring Break
Thursday/Friday, April 21/22 - EDISON OVERNIGHT

Goodall Update 1-28-16


January 28, 2015


Bubble-ology-We are finishing up our Bubble-ology unit this week.  The students have made some exciting discoveries!  Ask your child what their favorite bubble inquiry was and what discoveries were made!


100th Day of School-The 100th day of school is next Tuesday, February 2nd.  We have some fun activities planned.  If you would like to send a snack to share, such as cereal, pretzels, marshmallows, etc., we will be making 100 day snack bags for the students.   We apologize for the late notice about the snack, so anything would be appreciated!


100 Day Project-Remember that your child’s 100 Day Project was due today.  If you did not receive your 100 Day form until this week, (Hernandez and Moreno literacy), you may turn yours in next Monday, February 1st.  


Goodall Overnight-The Overnight has been scheduled for April 7th-8th.  We will be traveling to Oklahoma City to visit the zoo and Camp Dakani.  We are busy planning the agenda for the trip.  More details will follow in the coming weeks.


Babysitting Services-The 5th grade will be having another “Parent’s Night Out” for Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 12th.  See attached flyer for more information.


Candy-Grams-The 5th grade will be selling Candy Grams beginning Monday, February 1st.  See attached forms to order yours.


If you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please talk to your child’s teacher so that we can address these issues.  We are available by email (addresses at the bottom of newsletter), school phone (918-925-1500) or you can make an appointment with us.  We care about your child and want them to have the best experience when they are at school.  Thank you for being such supportive parents!



Remember to return your home ‘n backs to the tubs in the cafeteria or the front lobby.  The home and back committee needs them!


Celebrations-No Celebrations this week.



Quick Curriculum Update:  


Shoots Literacy GroupSowle-Flat Stanley-The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery


Shoots Word Work: CARE-Word Work Center, compare and contrast, informational text (text features), reference materials


Shoots High Frequency Words-everywhere, live, machines, move, womanwork, world


Roots Literacy Group: Comparing Fiction/Nonfiction-telling, asking, excited sentences and compound words


Roots Word Work: long i sound of /y/

Roots High Frequency Wordsevery, any, enough, ever, own, sure, were


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

Year-Long Theme-Inventions/Inventors

Science:  Bubble-ology/Liquids

Roots Math:  Subtraction Strategies/Beginning Measurement

Shoots Math: Mental Math-Subtraction/Fast Facts, Missing Addends


Dates to remember:  

Friday, February 5 - Early release day 1:00

Thursday, February 11 - Friendship parties

Friday, February 12 - Spring Pictures/Free Dress Day

Monday, February 15 - President's Day NO SCHOOL

Friday, March 4-Early Release Day

Monday, March 14-Friday, March 18-Spring Break

Monday, March 21-Classes resume

Thursday, April 7-Friday, April 8-Goodall Overnight to OKC


Mrs. Bunch: , Mrs. Moreno

Miss Kramer:  Miss Cody:  

Mrs. Hernandez:   Mrs. Sowle: .



Einstein Update 1-28-2016

Einstein News!                     

January 28, 2016


We had a great time today on our field study to the Oilers Ice Center and Channel 2 News!  Ask your Einstein what they saw,  what they learned and who they met.  Also, watch Channel 2 News at 5pm and 6pm to see a picture of our visit!  


A huge thank you to Garrett Weindorf for the amazing behind the scenes tour of Channel 2.  We appreciate you!


Friday, February 5th is Spirit Day!  You may wear any Mayo t-shirt with regular Mayo bottoms. Friday is also a TPS early release day. We will dismiss at 1:00.


February 11th at 2:15 will be our Friendship parties with family. On this day we also pass out friendship cards (a.k.a Valentines).  Please help your child prepare 2 sets of cards. One set is to give to family members-15 plus family teacher. The other set is for the homebase group-20 students.  Please put the cards in a bag labeled with your child’s name and with the label “homebase” or “family.” Please do not address the cards to specific children.  Please start this job soon! It takes a while to write your name so many times!  AllEinsteins  should be able to sign their names on their cards on their own if they spread the job over several days.  It is fine to attach a piece of candy or a sticker to the cards if you would like.  Please be mindful that some children have peanut allergies and avoid candy with nuts. 


Friday, February 12th is Spring Picture Day!  This will also be free dress day!  You will find more information about this day attached to this email.  


Friendship Party Candy Gram Sales start next week! Please see the flyer in your Home and Back for information on when, where and how to buy candy grams. 

Another 5th Grade babysitting night is coming up just in time for Valentine’s Day! See the information that was sent home in previous Home and Backs.

School will not be in session Monday, February 15th in honor of President Day.  


Mark your calendars!  We will be spending the day at the Tulsa Zoo, Thursday March 10th.  We need parents to join us to make this “being there experience” happen.  Please contact your homebase teacher if you will be able to join us.  More details to come!




Dates for your calendar:

Feb. 5                        Tulsa Public Schools Early Release/Spirit Day

Feb. 11                       Friendship Parties at 2:15-in Family

Feb. 12                       Spring Picture Day/Free Dress Day

Feb. 15                      No School-President’s Day

March 4                     Tulsa Public Schools Early Release/Spirit Day

March 5                     Mayo Kicks Auction

March 7                     Student Led Conferences 3:15-5:45

March 8                     Student Led Conferences 3:15-5:45

March 10                    Tulsa Zoo Field Study-More information to come

March 11-20               No School-Spring Break      

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Armstrong Update 1-28-16

Greetings Armstrong Parents!


                I hope this week is finding everyone well!  Tomorrow and Friday are the days for our Crystal Bridges field trip!! Please check below for last minute information on those trips and pay special attention to anything you see in bold.  And always, if you have any questions please email your child’s homebase teacher, Mrs. Smith, or myself.



Some FYIs:

-              Reminder: during dismissal, if you pick your student up, you should always enter through the North cafeteria door and exit through the South cafeteria door.  This allows for the safety of everyone and is not meant to inconvenience anyone.  Thanks for your cooperation and consideration. 


-              Another reminder: there is NO GUM allowed at school. Sadly, this is still happening!!!  PLEASE make sure your student doesn’t have any when they come to school.


-              Please remember to return your home ‘n backs to the tubs in the cafeteria or the front lobby.  On Monday, the students without envelopes were given paper copies of the Home N’ Backs and it was a LOT of Armstrongs.  We reminded the students how much time and effort are put into these every week and I know the volunteers that do it would love if all the envelopes came back.  Please make sure to get these returned every week sometime before Thursday morning.  There is a tub in the office and one in the cafeteria where you can drop them.  Thanks so much!


-              Don’t forget to check the lost & found and the lunchbox table on a regular basis!


-              Friendship Party Candy Gram Sales start next week! See the attached flyer for information on when, where and how to buy candy grams.


-              Another 5th Grade babysitting night is coming up just in time for Valentine’s Day! See the attached information on how to sign up your child for a fun night at Mayo to help support our 5th grade and so you can have a night out!



Crystal Bridges :


January 28th (Thursday)- Hewitt, Moore, Najera

January 29th (Friday)- Molina, Smith, Guss


Tomorrow and Friday we will be taking a blue bus to Bentonville Arkansas and leaving as close to 7:45 as we can and returning before the end of the day.  PLEASE make sure your student is able to get to school on time on their day! We will not be able to wait and they may get left behind.  Thank you to those of you who volunteered to join us on this trip, if you plan on coming and have not emailed Mrs. Moore or Mrs. Smith, please do so ASAP. Volunteers will need to either ride the bus or drive separately and will need to bring their own sack lunch.  Students are being provided lunch and won’t need one (unless they have a medical reason on file that states that they can’t have what is being provided). 




Biztown – 


February 8th: Najera, Hewitt, Moore Homebases

February 9th: Smith, Guss, Molina Homebases


We officially have all of the parent volunteers that are needed for both triads. Thank you so much to all those who have volunteered, we really appreciate your help! You child should have successfully completed their interviews and will be receiving their job placement on Monday. The first triad voted on their Mayor this week and we want to say congratulations to Elizabeth Scheer who will be our Mayor on February 8th!  The other triad will be holding elections tomorrow.  The students have done such a good job at being humble and gracious losers- they really deserve a lot of praise for that, especially those that lost in the Mayor race for the first triad today.  Thanks to parents who helped their student’s campaign!


If you received confirmation about volunteering at Biztown, you will need to visit for your required training before the day of the field study.  If you cannot accomplish this before then please contact a teacher and they can help you.  


Living Museum – Living Museum assignments were handed out and students began their research before the Winter Break. We will be putting our research on hold until after our visit to JA Biztown and then we will begin back in full swing. All students will have ample amount of time in their year-long theme class rotation to research their assigned person, however; research outside of school if also encouraged if you are able, but not required. 

This project will culminate in a presentation and a five paragraph essay that will be written in your child’s literacy class. For the presentation your child will be required to make a tri-fold poster (this will be completed at school) and they will also be required to dress up as their person (this will be completed at home). There will be more details coming home about costume requirements the closer we get to our presentations. The Living Museum Presentations will be held on March 4th. There will be a schedule sent home of times beforehand and we are encouraging all parents to come and visit if they are able. Please let Mrs. Moore or Mrs. Smith know if you have any questions.



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 have just finished nailing down all the details and have attached a form with all the information (which will also go home in the Home N’ Backs tomorrow).  Please fill this form out and send it back ASAP.  We need to know numbers as soon as we can so we can buy food and book spaces.  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, but we do ask that siblings stay home.  Thanks for all you do!





- Next Meeting!! – Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 in Mrs. Moore’s area

-We need CandyGram volunteers! Please see attached form.


- 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 (, Mr. Guss ( and Mrs. Smith (



As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email your child’s homebase teacher, myself or Mrs. Smith ( (Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!


Corinne Moore

Lead Armstrong Teacher 4th/5th

Mayo Demonstration


Upcoming Dates:

January 28th – Crystal Bridges Museum Field Study (Moore, Hewitt, Najera Homebases)

January 29th – Crystal Bridges Museum Field Study (Smith, Guss, Molina Homebases)

February 5th – Mayo Spirit Day and Early Release (1:00PM)

February 8th – Biztown (Hewitt, Moore, Najera)

February 9th – Biztown (Smith, Guss, Molina) 

February 11th – Friendship Parties in Family

February 12th- Spring pictures (Free Dress Day- please see attached form)

February 15th – NO SCHOOL – Presidents’ Day

February 18th-19th – Armstrong Overnight in OKC

Monday, January 25, 2016

District 5 School Board Candidate Forum

District 5 seat on the Tulsa Public Schools School Board Candidates Forum.


The details are as follows:


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

6:30 – 7:30

Schusterman-Bensen Public Library

3333 E. 32nd Place

Open to the public

Candidates – Cindy Decker and Stan Minor


*Guidelines are attached.


• Invite all candidates who have filed for office and who meet the qualifications suggested by the LWVUS, which include eligibility to be on the ballot, a public announcement of candidacy, clear evidence of a campaign, a level of support as reflected in polling data and/or eligibility for public funding 
• Ensure that the forum is non-partisan, in keeping with League policy
• Work cooperatively with the League of Women Voters in planning and managing the forum including acceptance of these ground rules.  Any exceptions to these rules must be discussed with the League in advance of the forum and agreed on by the League Voter Services Chair.
• Note that the League cannot hold a forum unless at least two candidates are present 
• Note that there will be no substitute or stand-ins for the candidates nor any ‘empty chair’ debates



• Have 2 minutes each for an opening statement
• Have equal time to answer each question (forum moderator sets time of 1 or 2 min.) Time limits on responses will be strictly observed. A timekeeper will hold cards, visible to the speaker, indicating how much time remains. When the "stop card" is shown, the speaker must end his/her speech within 10 seconds
• Speak to all questions, unless they indicate that they would like to pass on that question
• Have 2 minutes each for a closing statement
• Bring no notes or props. Each candidate will be provided with a legal pad and pen for taking notes during the debate
• Refrain from personal attacks against other candidates



• Write general questions which will be asked of all candidates, using the 3X5 cards which will be available during the forum and collected for moderator to read
• Write questions which are of general interest and not about personal matters
• Refrain from applause or demonstrations during the forum
• Not use flash cameras or recording devices during the debate



• Time all opening and closing statements
• Time candidate responses, allowing 1 minute for each response
• Indicate 30 seconds remaining with a yellow sign
• Indicate time expired with a red sign
• Alert the moderator when a candidate’s time has ended.



• Review questions submitted in order to:
Include questions that are general in nature and appropriate for the office for which candidates are seeking
Exclude questions that are personal, attack other candidates or that are irrelevant for the office
Group similar questions together by topic and provide the moderator with the one which most generally represents the grouped questions




• Meet with candidates to determine order of response to questions
• Explain the procedure (ground rules)
• Introduce the candidates in alphabetical order. Candidates will be introduced by title. Thereafter, “Mr.” and “Ms.” will be used.
• Read to the candidates the questions submitted on 3X5 cards
• Retain the option of combining questions which are similar or address the same topic
• Ensure that each candidate has an equal chance to answer questions
• Have the responsibility for enforcing ground rules and time limits. The moderator also will have the responsibility to interrupt the proceedings to enforce the ground rules and format that were agreed to by the candidates.
• Have the authority to interrupt the candidates if they believe the candidates are straying from the subject



• Provide a moderator for the forum
• Provide a timer and timer signs for the forum
• Provide 3X5 cards, pens and pencils for questions
• Provide a screening panel to read and submit questions to the moderator
• Meet with forum organizers before the forum to go over ground rules
• Determine with forum organizers how the publicity of the event will be handled



• No visual aids, such as power points, may be used by any candidate.
• Applause or demonstrations take time and will not be permitted.
• Because the League is non-partisan and does not support or oppose individual candidates, all political advertising (including tee shirts worn by supporters, brochures, bumper stickers, signs, buttons) is prohibited in the forum room, but may be worn and/or placed for distribution on a table in a hall or foyer outside the room if the forum venue allows them (e.g., public libraries do not allow any display of partisanship or preference for a candidate)




Adapted from “Ground Rules for Candidates Forum” Bartlesville League of Women Voters. Updated February 2015 and from guidelines prepared by the League of Women Voters of the United States.