Updated November 1, 2016

Calendar Highlights
No School Oct 31
 
Happy Harvest
 
Cheetah Cheers
PTA & Staff
 Safety Patrol
Be Safe, Play OUTSIDE, and Read, Read, Read!

 November Newsletter Message

With autumn leaves and a chill in the air, it looks and feels like fall.  Our students are working hard, and I appreciate the thoughtful work of staff to help each student learn and grow.  We know that you are busy also supporting your students with academic and social growth, and we are grateful for our partnership.

Thank you for attending October Conferences. Regular communication is a priority, so let’s keep talking.  Feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time by phone or email.  When there’s a question, please contact the staff member closest to the situation.  As much as possible, we want to resolve questions or concerns at the lowest level. Our general guideline is to return your calls or emails within 48 hours.  We value proactive communication, so please communicate early when a situation is developing.

Our calendar includes non-student days for the purpose of professional development.  Our topics include work around our goals, standards, assessment, data, and more.  We are committed to using non-student time to grow as educators and improve our program.  This year, one of our professional learning topics is Equity, and we are fortunate to partner with Shoreline Equity Director Tanisha Felder to learn more about increasing access and opportunity for all students.

We expect students to be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe. We appreciate your support and reinforcement of our Self-Manager system involving positive behavior choices. While our approach is to emphasize prevention, positive interactions, and problem solving; we utilize the district progressive discipline policy regarding chronic or significant negative behaviors when needed.

We also have a no tolerance policy regarding bullying behaviors.  As a school, we are focused on preventing bullying and teaching students how to respond to hurtful situations by Recognizing, Refusing, and Reporting. We reviewed this information regularly in classrooms and recently at a school assembly.  Each staff member is committed to personal and emotional safety for our entire community. 

Annie Gage, our Family Advocate, provides a wide range of family and student support services, including teaming with teachers to provide lessons about respectful, responsible, and safe behavior.  Annie also supports families with resources.  Contact Annie at 206-393-1768 or annie.gage@shorelineschools.org.

Counselor Katie McCain provides limited counseling, leads our intervention team, and leads our Positive Behavior Team.  Contact Katie at 206-393-1785 or katie.mccain@shorelineschools.org.

Enjoy the leaves.  Thanks to our wonderful PTA for our recent Family Night, Reflections, teacher grants, and other support and activities. Please join PTA – it’s never too late.  I also invite you to have lunch with your child(ren) at any time – it’s a lot of fun. Thank you for sharing your children and family.  We are a great school community because of all of us working together. I hope to see you soon

Best - David Tadlock, Principal

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Communication:  We are committed to regular communication and information, and we rely heavily on email and websites. We encourage you to set your inbox and browser for easy access to information. It’s helpful to keep Office Secretary Jill updated about family phone numbers and email addresses.

 
 
What are Professional Learning Communities? (PLC)
A professional learning community is educators committed to working collaboratively in ongoing processes of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve.  Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students in continuous, job-embedded learning for educators.  At MP, we do this regularly in our grade level and specialist teams.  For more information, go to http://www.plcwashington.org/index.html or http://www.allthingsplc.info/.

What is Response To Intervention?  (RTI)
Response to intervention is the practice of (1) providing high quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs and (2) using learning rate over time and level of performance to (3) make important educational decisions to guide instruction.  At MP, we collaborate about RTI in our all staff meetings and also in our teams.  For more information, go to http://www.rti4success.org/ or
http://learn.shorelineschools.org/spec/rti/index.php.