Monday, November 28, 2016

Let's Talk About PBIS

Principal ponderings...

We have not really talked too much about PBIS since back in August.  I thought it was a good time for a little refresher.  The PBIS team will be sharing some information at an upcoming staff meeting, but for now, check out this short video created by another school...

We are preparing to do some more grade level assemblies next week, focusing on the 'P' in SPARK...perseverance.  And then in the new year, we will start 2017 off with discussions about 'R' for respect.  If you have thoughts or ideas for ways to spread the message about perseverance and respect, let us know!

Check out this humorous top 10 list of why we need PBIS...

Before the next staff meeting, you will all be getting a few brief surveys in an effort to gather everyone's thoughts on the beginning stages of implementing PBIS in our school.  Please be sure and take some time to give your input.  PBIS works when it is supported by all of us.  Studies show that PBIS frameworks are most successful when there is at least 80% buy in from stakeholders.  We want to make sure all voices are heard in this process.

Over the summer, the PBIS team began to build a resource folder.  Staff have been adding to it as we continue to meet and plan.  If you get a chance, take look at what has already been added to the folder in the drive and let us know if you have more to share.  Click here to go to the folder.

Currently reading:
Over the long weekend, I made sure to find time to do some pleasure reading.  I enjoyed finishing the book The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.  It's definitely a light read about conquering fears and finding your happy place. 
Another book on top of my to be read pile...  I heard really great reviews from several different educator friends about The War That Saved My Life.

Events this week:
**Report cards open all week, Trimester 1 ends on Nov. 30
Wednesday - Kindergarten chorus practice at 9:30, Dr. Rodriguez visits in the am,
Thursday - 1st grade chorus practice @ 2:25
Friday - Kindergarten chorus practice at 9:30, Dianna at UDL Leadership class in the am
Don't forget...Saturday is the Holiday Fair sponsored by the PTA!

Great things I noticed last week:

  • Thanks to the PTA for funding Monday's author visit.  Grace Lin talked about how a book is made and if characters from her book are real.  She also did some drawings that you might see hanging around the school! 
  • This kindergartner was excited to show me his awesome math skills when I popped in the room.  He has strategies that he uses to solve some difficult math problems...that he makes up on his own! 
  • After having to attend a friend's funeral, the place that could help me smile?...Kindergarten!  All you have to do is spend 5 minutes down in the K wing and you will definitely have a smile on your face. 
  • I popped in to hear the K students practicing for holiday fair.  They were working on the school song! 
  • It was a short week that ended with a half day.  Even though we weren't there for too long on Wednesday, I managed to do some turkey trotting with several classrooms on the back track. 

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