January 21st – 25th, 2019



Dear Colleagues,

The Alvin Ailey performance today was just awesome and so inspiring. The children were a wonderful audience and as Alvin Ailey was inspired from seeing others perform, I hope the same occurred for some of our students.  You can tell some of them were really thinking, from the very telling question, “Can you make a living from dancing?” It was a week of celebrating the Performing Arts with our Orchestra concert,  and the Band and Orchestra performance in the evening on Wednesday. Thanks to Enrique and Chris for the beautiful music performed by their students.  On Tuesday morning the Band will be performing during the school day so you too will have the opportunity of enjoying their music.

Sitting on my desk is a copy of the book, Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport. In her book, Doreen captures the life of Martin as a young child into adulthood using collage. Several pages share some of Martin’s famous quotes. One of the quotes from his childhood was “When I grow up, I’m going to get big words, too.”  This quote reminds us of the power of words in declaring dreams. Martin’s words, his big words, even decades after his death, still inspire and remind us of the power of dreams in crafting our reality. So many quotes from his speeches have become iconic for breathing life, love and wisdom into the hearts and minds of people all around the world. Other quotes include, “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” “Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together.” “Love is the key to the problems of the world.” We are still working on achieving these aspirations.

“I have a dream…” Let us all continue to not only dream but to help the children we teach, realize they too can write and speak their dreams. It’s a mission worthy of the daily commitment we bring to our work of teaching and learning. If you would like to borrow the book, feel free to stop by.

Here’s to Martin Luther King Day!





Please remind your students to bring in items for the Food Drive. And don’t forget, we are all encouraged to participate


Oatmeal Packets
Chef Boyardee or other ‘Meals in a Can’
Cans of Beans
Cans of Chili
Macaroni and Cheese (Kraft, Annie’s or otherwise)
Chicken breast in a can or pouch
Tuna in a can
Dehydrated soups in a packet (such as Lipton where you just add water)
Pancake mix
Pancake Syrup
Rice in boxes (not large bags)
Hot Chocolate Packets
Smaller size container portions (no Costco size items except cereal or other individually packaged items)


Upcoming Events

Band Concert:  January 22nd 9:00-9:30

Winter Report Cards:   (The following information has been added to the GA Faculty Calendar)

March 12, 14 and 20 – PT Conferences for Grades K-2

Friday, February 1st – Grading Window opens

Tuesday, February 26th at 12:00 pm – Specialists, ENL and LRC teachers should have grades registered on Infinite Campus.


For K-2 Classroom teachers – see chart below

K-2 Classroom Teachers

If the conference date is … March 12 March 14 March 20
the Report Card is due … February 27 March 1 March 6


For 3-5 Classroom teachers – All report cards are due March 12 at 9AM


PTC Wizard Dates:

January 17  – PTC Wizard made available to K-2 teachers.

January 23 – Parents notified to register for conferences

January 24 – PTC Wizard opens to parents to start setting appointments

February 8 – PTC Wizard registration closes 4:00 pm



Metamorphosis Coaching Session: Students share their mathematical thinking during  the lesson taught by Mindy



February 4th  – Grade 2



1/21 – Shelby

1/28 – Lindsey