The Stallion Scoop: 31Jan19

The Stallion Scoop: 31Jan19
Posted on 01/31/2019
stallion scoop




mindful mornings

What's this "mindfullness" you keep hearing about? Read more about Mrs. Dunker's Mindful Mornings!

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BotB 3-4

Our 3/4th grade Battle of the Books team won their first battle against Prairie Crossing on Monday!

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Box Tops: The Box Top Competition is starting on Monday, Jan. 28th. See the flyer for prize details! Based on Box Tops turned in this school year, Ms. Dreith's class is currently in the lead. Who will take the lead next week? All School Dance: Thank you to Donya Lewis for organizing the dance! And thank you to all of our volunteers for helping at this event! We hope our CTE community enjoyed the dance and we can't wait for next year!

STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS Cram the Cruiser We are having a food drive for students who don’t have meals on the weekend. They need all the help they can get!! Please help us cram the police cruisers full of snacks to help out kids in need.  Be sure to bring in items and put them in your grade level boxes because it is a COMPETITION!!! Winner gets a movie and popcorn party. Pre - individual crackers K - applesauce 1 - granola bars 2 - fruit snacks 3 - pudding cups 4 - oatmeal 5 - fruit cups 6 - mac n’ cheese Staff - canned pasta Candy Grams We are selling Candy Grams which include a personalized note and a candy bar. You can get them here in the CTE lobby before and after school for $2.00 a piece. We even have a SPECIAL DEAL you can get 3 for just $5. We are selling them from now until February 13.

Go Red Day is Friday, February 1st. It is a day that CTE is celebrating to honor heart disease and stroke prevention. Mrs. Whittingham is asking ALL students AND staff to wear RED on Friday.  The class that has the most students participating by wearing red, will earn points for their team!

Wear Red on February 1st to show your support!

Open to Grades 4 - 6 - SIGN UP HERE! Start your morning with some mindfulness and see your life change (flyer). Tuesday and Thursday Mornings - 8:10 - 8:30 AM 
In Mrs. Dunker’s 4th Grade Classroom

Better Behavior Through Loving Discipline:

As your children grow up it is natural for them to challenge you.  Sometimes, it seems easier to just let them have their way. But all kids need limits, and they need their parents to guide them.  Here are some secrets of effective discipline. Make the rules clear- Children do best when they know what to expect.  Talk about family rules, explaining the consequences clearly. Example: “Put your bicycle away when you’ve finished riding it.  If you don’t, you won’t be allowed to ride it the next day.” As your youngsters learn how to read, write down the rules and put them on the refrigerator as a reminder. Be consistent and firm- You can expect kids to “test” the rules from time to time. When they do, try to stand your ground and apply the set consequences. Being firm and consistent lets them know that you mean business. Give positive feedback- Try to focus more on your children’s right actions than on their wrong ones.  This will encourage them to try even harder to behave. So, when you see behavior you’d like repeated, let your kids know. Example: “Thanks for hanging up your coat and backpack!” *From 2008 Resources for Educators, a division of Aspen Publishers, Inc.

Candy Grams for Sale! Student Council is selling Valentine Candy Grams - $2 for one and $5 for three. Your handwritten note and a full-sized candy bar will be delivered to your child's classroom on Valentine's Day. Candy Grams may be purchased before or after school every day through February 13th. One hundred percent of our proceeds from the Candy Grams will go to our Make A Wish student who will be revealed during Wish Week. Please be watching for other fundraiser related to Wish Week! Academic Excellence for Staff As many of you know Cherokee Trail adopted the Thinking Maps curriculum during the spring of 2016 and the accompanying writing curriculum during the spring of 2017. We have three teachers on staff who are trainers - Anya Zavadil, Lindsay Tyler, and Erin Coggan. These teachers have continued to train our staff in the writing genres of Narrative and Expository. Just recently, one of our trainers modeled a lesson for each grade level and then spent an hour and a half coaching and planning with that grade level. As leaders, it’s our desire to support teachers as we implement new programs. We’ve received excellent feedback from teachers regarding the support they have received. We will continue to find creative ways to support our teachers as they navigate new material.
What's Happening at CTE (calendar)

31 JAN 8:10 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings w/Mrs. Dunker
2:45 - 3:15pm Team Jobs Party
3:30 - 4:15pm Film Club - Library
1 FEB All day Go Red Day for AHA
2:45 - 3:15pm Kids Heart Challenge Assembly
5 FEB 8:10 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings w/Mrs. Dunker
2:30 - 3:30pm Academic Excellence Assembly
7 FEB 8:10 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings w/Mrs. Dunker
3:30 - 4:15pm Film Club - Library
11 FEB 7 - 8pm 3/4 Battle of the Books at Parker Library
12 FEB 8:10 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings w/Mrs. Dunker
13 FEB 7:45 - 8:30am Student Council
7 - 8pm 5/6 Battle of the Books at Parker Library
14 FEB 8:10 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings w/Mrs. Dunker
8:45am - 2:45pm Kids Heart Challenge during Specials
3:30 - 4:15pm Film Club - Library
15 FEB All day NO SCHOOL - teacher work day

The Principal Chronicles continue ... Wow, what a way to start the week. Who would have thought we would get a ton of snow on Monday? I just have to say, driving into school that morning took an awfully long time. The good news is that I was able to catch up on a few podcasts since I was sitting in the car for so long.

On the home front, my last remaining grandparent turns 100 on Friday. She is my favorite Grandma and is hands down one of my most favorite people in the whole universe. For most of my life, she has lived in Catlin, IL. I would be surprised if you have heard of it since most people who are from Illinois don't even know where Catlin is. It is a super-small town outside of Champaign, and my sister and I used to go there every summer to visit my Grandma.

My Grandma used to be in a band and she would cart my sister and me around to all of these nursing homes with her piano so she could play and sing with the folks who lived there. She was amazing; she never brought any music, people would just request a song and she would play and sing it with no problems at all. She was like the original Karaoke machine. She lived life to the fullest and was always 100 miles an hour.

It's kind of sad now because she has lost most of her memory and her ability to play the piano, but she is still a lot of fun and has so much energy. Each birthday she has now is sacred because I never know if it is going to be her last one. So this Friday, we are going to make her a YouTube video that she can watch and we are going to FaceTime with her so we can chat with her since we aren't able to be there in person. I'm looking forward to it even though it will be a moment of both sadness and happiness. I guess it will be a good chance to appreciate being able to spend some time with her.

So to my Grandma I say Happy 100th Birthday!! and I hope you enjoy moving into a new century and I love you very much.

That is it for this week's edition, stay tuned for next week as we start gearing up for one of the wildest parties this side of the Mississippi, Valentine's Day. See you next time when the Principal Chronicles continues...

  • Douglas County Parenting Coalition - free programs flyer 
  • Strategic Kids Chess at CTE 
  • Strategic Kids LEGO at CTE 
  • Chaparral Wrestling Club - flyer
  • Drawing Classes from Young Rembrandts - flyer
  • after school Spanish at CTE


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