Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 234e


Next year placement:
Does your child learn more effectively in a particular learning environment? Are there teaching characteristics that enhance his/her learning at school? As I have asked in the past, feel free to email me (tshillings@wcpss.net ) or write a letter a letter stating the characteristics of a teacher desired for next year.  Please don’t indicate names of teachers. I will take these request into considerations over the summer as I finalize the class lists.

Panorama Parent Survey
Wake County is seeking feedback from parents about our school. Panorama will continue to send emails until you have completed the survey, so please complete it so we can receive your feedback. We will use this data along with the brief communication survey that we sent out as a school as we plan for next school year. At this point we have had 36% of our families responded to the Panorama survey. The survey ends April 30th.

School-wide behavior expectations
As a staff we are continuing to analyze how to prepare our students for the real-world, in regards to how we treat ourselves and others. As a school, we are currently using some of the PBIS principles (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) and some of the structures of Conscious Discipline. Our goal for next year is to provide our students and staff with consistent expectations across all settings, provide students with structures to increase their ability to regulate emotions and communicate effectively with their peers and adults.

Quarter 4 Electives
Week two of our new Quarter 4 electives is complete!  If you would like to learn more about your child’s electives-be sure to visit the elective letter website found here.  These letters contain an overview of the course, standards that will be taught as well as contact information for the elective teacher.  

Letterland at Pullen Park
Wake County Public Schools will be celebrating their annual Letterland event Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Pullen Park.  Join Wake County staff, students and parents in a fun event that connects student learning to reading. Park Admission-  Free; Rides- $1.00; For more information- http://www.wral.com/mark-your-calendars-letterland-returns-to-pullen-park-for-day-in-april/17484364/

Celebration
PTA hosted two socials this week to get to know our parents!  If you were unable to attend one of those events, but would still like to know ways you can be involved, please reach out to Alex van Staveren- (alexvansta@yahoo.com)

Calendar Updates
  • Fifth grade families:  Save the date for the afternoon of June 8th for the end of year celebration! A Memberhub announcement and letter will be going home soon to give details for our awesome fifth graders send off.
  • Field Day is now on Wednesday June 6th (this has been changed based on the students last day being back on June 8th).
  • EOG Dates:
May 29-  3rd and 4th ELA
May 30-  3rd and 4th Math
May 31-  Goto/FV Science (computer)/Make-ups
June 1-  Nightingale/Vinson Science (computer) Make-ups
June 4-  5th Math/Make-ups
June 5-  5th ELA/Make-ups
June 6-  Make-ups
June 7-  Make-ups
What we want our students to learn -- Teachers are to share out with our families on a weekly basis the areas of focuses for academics, announcements, and other pertain items. Most of our teachers are utilizing Memberhub, if you are not receiving updates please email or contact the teacher and/or Mr. Shillings.
   

Student and Staff Awesomeness - Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work! 


Friday, March 2, 2018

February 23rd

Announcements:

Visitors -- On Thursday afternoon, Mark Johnson (State Superintendent) and Dr. Burns (WCPSS Interim Superintendent) visited Underwood Elementary to share with teachers the importance of the Teacher Working Condition Survey. It was also great for them to see our wonderful school and all of our hard work that our students exhibit on a daily basis. 

Grounds Day --- Hoping you can join us for Saturday's Grounds Day.  We will be working from March 2nd 8:30-12 if you are available for any part of the morning. Our focus is spreading mulch on the playground and painting playground stencils on the sidewalk.  If you have a wheelbarrow, rake, shovel....bring it too! 

Severe Weather Drill - We will part in the Statewide Tornado Drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, at 9:30 AM EST. Board Policy 2312 R&P states that all schools must complete the severe weather drill annually. 

Foundation Gala - Please Don't Forget - When You Give Our Children Get!

The Underwood Foundation is still looking for your support to help us keep Underwood an amazing school!  Did you know donations of $500 come with two tickets to our fabulous Spring Gala (valued at $150)?!?

But no donation is too small and ALL the money raised goes directly to augmenting the school budget for things the PTA's funding can't support such as:
·         Teachers and Assistants salaries – that allow us to keep our unique programming and keep Underwood a destination school in the Triangle.


Please consider giving today and visit us at www.underwoodfoundation.org Or Buy tickets to the Gala on March 23rd at www.bidpal.net/underwood2018


Communication Survey results: Feel free to complete the survey at - Survey


Are you receiving the same email multiple times or receiving the same call on different phone numbers? Go to https://www.wcpss.net/schoolmessenger to adjust your preferences. 

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Monday, February 12, 2018

February 12th

Celebrations!

  • The Arts Team for such an intentional, thorough and powerful upcoming Artspleasure event centered around the theme of "Happy Dreamer"
  • A captive Professional Development session on Friday with great sharing, collaboration and focus on learning for all students! 
  • Seven our classroom teachers are registered to attend the DIG Conference in March to explore how urban agriculture, community gardens, and edible gardens in schools and child care settings grow a healthier Wake County. 
Communication 

Communication Survey for parents: Underwood Leadership team would like to get some feedback about how best to community with our families. If you are willing, please fill out this four question survey to provide feedback as we continue to reflect on how best to communicate with our families about school events. Survey can be found at - Communication Survey

4th Grade Performance Task:  4th grade students will be participating in a countywide performance task on March 27.  We do not have a ton of details, but as we get them we will keep you all posted. 

Love the Bus:  This week (February 12-16) is Love the Bus week.  We will be offering our bus drivers a few small trinkets of appreciation.  Buses will be called one at a time on Tuesday afternoon to complete cards for their bus driver.  We will celebrate the bus drivers more during teacher appreciation.  

Collaboration

EDCAMP Wake -Our Carroll Magnet Middle School community is proud to host the biannual EdCamp Wake the morning of Saturday, March 24. I hope you will be able to attend this fantastic event which always provides ample learning, sharing and collaboration opportunities. Everything is free and the here is the link. We hope to see you in a few months! 

Critical Thinking 

Instructional Learning Teams (ILT) - We will be completing some walk throughs in 3-5 classrooms to gather knowledge of the district (national) tool. Christine will be emailing the people that we will plan to visit. The walkthrough tool helps us to identify practices in our classrooms that reflect the Shifts in the ELA common core curriculum. 
3 Shifts in ELA 

  1.  Regular Practice with complex text. 
  2. Reading, writing and speaking grounded by evidence from the text, both literal and informational. 
  3. Building knowledge through content rich nonfiction

Creativity

Stop Action Notes --Link (example) of Stop motion digital note taking can be created in about 10-15 minutes with the free Stop Motion iPad app! 

Student and Staff Awesomeness -- Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work! 


Happy Dreamer --: What kind of dreamer are you?  Lauren has a wonderful project that all staff and students will be able to participate in.  Objective-  Decorate your purple circle with the kind of dreamer you perceive yourself.  STAY TUNED FOR MORE ARTPLEASURE INFORMATION!


Calendar:
February 15th-CD Cohort; 7:45am
February 22nd-Spotlight on Students Breakfast; 8am
February 27th-Interims go home
March 2nd-Early Release; 1:15pm
March 3rd-Grounds Day
March 13th-SIP/Leadership Meeting; 7:45am
March 15th-CD Cohort; 7:45am
March 23rd-Foundation Gala at CAM; 7pm
March 27th-SIP/Leadership Meeting; 7:45am
March 27th-Artspleasure; 5-8pm
March 29-Q3 electives end

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29


Communication 

Carpool parentsPlease hang your carpool tag from your mirror during carpool to help us move the line efficiently. 


Elective Updates:  Quarter 3 electives began on Monday, January 29th.  Be sure to check the elective letter website found here to learn more about the electives your child is taking. 

First Friday Spirit Day - For our  First Friday Spirit day we are going to celebrate our 100 days of school with our Valentine: Underwood Elementary. So on Friday students can dress up like a 100 year old, Celebrate Valentines and/or wear Underwood Elementary shirts.  

Winter Carnival - Looking forwarded to seeing students and families at our Winter Carnival on February 10th from 11-3 at Underwood Elementary. Information can be found at http://underwoodpta.org/events/winter-carnival/

Collaboration

Volunteer Registration - 
This is a friendly reminder that any adult that would like to volunteer in our school or attend any field trips as a chaperone, are required to be a registered volunteer with Wake County Public Schools.  Volunteer registration must be filled out each school year.  It does not roll over.  Volunteer registration must be completed in a WCPSS school.  Volunteers list the schools they would like to volunteer at on the form.  If you have students at multiple schools make sure you list each school.  Thank you so much for helping support our students.   

Critical Thinking 

Foundation Gala -- Save the date our fifth annual Gala for March 23, 2018, 6:30pm - 9:00pm. More information to come soon. You can go to http://www.underwoodfoundation.org/?p=1095  for more information or to donate. 

Creativity

Lego Club-We will be having an after school K-2 LEGO Engineering club starting on Wednesday, February 21st from 3:45-5:15pm (running 8 Wednesday afternoons).  A flyer went home in Tuesday folders with more information.  In the spring, we will have a Grades 2-5 LEGO Engingeering club opportunity.

Student and Staff Awesomeness -- Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work! 


Celebrations!
  • We were able to complete (and survive) a full week of school! 
  • Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Frasier and Mrs. Fichter-Venners will be hosting a team of teachers from Fuquay-Varina ES to learn more about Conscious Discipline this week!
  • Ms. Williams is going to be an Online Facilitator for NC State's MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) Foundations in Reading for people seeking continuing education credits!
  • Mrs. Mbalia recently was a Panelist at the NETA conference for the breakfast for PBS on the importance of early childhood education and Moderator for Learning with PBS Kids "Exploring Arts and Creativity with Pinkalicious and Peterrific" Virtual PD!
  • 4th and 5th grade completed the NC Check-Ins that were online! Way to go Mrs. Judge-Lenkeit for taking the lead on this process! 
Calendar:

January 29th - Q3 Electives begin
February 6th-Report Cards go home
February 9th-Early Release; 1:15pm dismissal
February 10th-Winter Carnival; 11-3pm
February 27th-Q3 Interims




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 16th

Celebrations 
Spelling Bee -- Congratulations to Kate on being this year's spelling bee winner. Congratulations to Kash for finishing runner up. Both of them did a fantastic job. Thank you Jen Page for organizing, Charlotte Nagy for being the pronouncer, and to Shannon Tant, Mallory Mbalia, and Travis Shillings for being judges.  




Communication 

Broadway Beat Theater Production is Thursday night at 7pm.  Hope to see you there!


Volunteer Registration - 
This is a friendly reminder that any adult that would like to volunteer in our school or attend any field trips as a chaperone, are required to be a registered volunteer with Wake County Public Schools.  Volunteer registration must be filled out each school year.  It does not roll over.  Volunteer registration must be completed in a WCPSS school.  Volunteers list the schools they would like to volunteer at on the form.  If you have students at multiple schools make sure you list each school.  Thank you so much for helping support our students.   

Collaboration

CAM Docent Program will begin at the end of January.  Selected 5th grade students will go on five consecutive Tuesday afternoons for training after school, followed by presentation opportunities to the general public during First Friday Evening Events at CAM.  If you are able to come attend and help, please sign up here 

Critical Thinking 
Year-Round / Magnet Schools Application for 2018-2019  application is ONLY for students that are enrolled or pre-registered to attend a Wake County Public School for the 2018-2019 school year. Any application submitted for a student that is not enrolled or pre-registered for the 2018-19 school year will not be processed. Go to https://magnet.wcpss.net/apply/ to complete the application. This includes rising sixth graders that are applying for a magnet middle school. January 10th - 31st. 

Creativity

Lego Club-We will be having an after school K-2 LEGO Engineering club starting on Wednesday, February 21st from 3:45-5:15pm (running 8 Wednesday afternoons). Parents need to be able to pick up at 5:15pm) In the spring, we will have a Grades 2-5 LEGO Engineering club opportunity.

Student and Staff Awesomeness -- Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work! 



Calendar:
January 15th-MLK Holiday (No school)
January 18th - Broadway Beats at 7:00 
January 23rd-SIP meeting
January 25th-Q2 elective report cards due
January 29th-Q3 electives begin
February 6th-Report Cards go home

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2nd

Dear Families, 

Happy New Years to all! We are looking forward to an awesome 2018! Our mission at Underwood is to provide a relevant and engaging education and will graduate students who are collaborative, creative, effective communicators and critical thinkers. We look forward to continuing this partnership with you all to make this mission a reality at Underwood Gifted & Talented Elementary! 


Communication 

Elective registration will continue with 3rd and 2nd grade this week  Ashley will be in touch with scheduling details via email.

Science Olympiad - practice this Saturday from 9-12. 

Collaboration

MTAC -- 
Why MTAC? 
Underwood's newly formed Media Technology Advisory Committee (MTAC) will have our first meeting on Thursday, January 4 at 7:45 in the media center. Coffee will be served!
If you are interested in serving on our MTAC, let Andrea or Tanya know. We are hoping for the following representatives - admin, K-1, 2-3, 4-5, specialist, and parent. 

CAM Docent Program will begin in January.  Selected 5th grade students will go on five consecutive Tuesday afternoons for training after school, followed by presentation opportunities to the general public during First Friday Evening Events at CAM.  If you are able to come attend and help, please sign up here.  

Critical Thinking 


Readvolution: Remember to remind and encourage students to keep reading and logging books in the Hurricanes Readvolution app found in the WakeID Portal over break. Our school has only logged 658 entries so far. That is way under 2 books per students since Readvolution began.

Creativity

Student and Staff Awesomeness -- Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work! 

Calendar:
January 9th-SIP meeting
January 10th-Magnet Open House, 10am/12:30pm/6:30pm
January 11th-Theater Production, 7pm
                    -Q2 electives end  (Electives down Jan. 15-26)
January 15th-MLK Holiday (No school)
January 16th-Reflections Breakfast 8am (media center)
January 22nd-Workday
January 23rd-SIP meeting
January 25th-Q2 elective report cards due
January 29th-Q3 electives begin

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11th



Critical Thinking 


PTA Stipend:  Thank you to our PTA for the first semseter stipend for our staff that has been used to purchase items for individual classrooms! 

Lost and Found -- We are getting ready to donate our lost and found items as they have been in there for a few weeks now. Before we donate them is their a student in your class that could benefit from some gently used clothes, if so click on this link to add their name. 

ECU Offers New Online Master of Arts Program - Apply by Feb. 1
East Carolina University is offering a one-year online Master of Arts in Education program for practicing teachers. A new cohort for elementary school teachers begins in Summer 2018. The cohort for middle school teachers begins in fall 2018. Middle school teachers in the program may choose from a concentration in English, Math, Social Studies or Science. Elementary teachers entering the summer cohort may choose from Teacher Leadership, Academically and Intellectually Gifted or Teaching English as a Second Language. The deadline to apply for either cohort is Feb. 1, 2018. GRE or MAT test waivers are possible if an applicant has been teaching for 10 or more years or if the applicant is an ECU graduate with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Check out these Google docs for more information on the program or contact Carol Greene, greeneh@ecu.edu.


Communication 

@LeoLibraryDogLeo the Library Dog tweets about interesting events, tech tools/toys and new books available - please follow Leo on Twitter. 

Elective brochures are going home on Tuesday, December 12. 

Link to Amazon during your holiday shopping and help Underwood!  Visit smile.amazon.com and then search and link to the charity:  Underwood Gt Magnet Elementary School Foundation or Underwood Elementary PTA.  Then .5% of eligible purchases will go back to our school!

Memberhub - Be sure that you are on your child's classroom Memberhubs so you can receive weekly information about objectives that are being focused on in the classroom, updates, and other items from the classroom. Email or see the teacher to be added if you aren't receiving emails. 

Creativity

Student and Staff Awesomeness -- Check out what our team is doing in their classrooms -- via Twitter - @underwoodgtm -- #weareunderwood Keep up the great work! 

Collaboration

Here comes the Bus App - Have a student that rides a bus? It would be helpful to download - Here comes the Bus app. You will need the school district code 67500 and a student’s WCPSS identification number. Follow the bus in the morning and afternoon as it picks up and drops off the student. You can also see when they arrive or leave Underwood at - Arrival and dismissal

Celebrations
  • *Quarterly Planning Days have been a life saver! Time to process new learning and work side by side as a team allowed our grade level to get so much accomplished.
  • Congratulations to our students who participated in the Special Olympics held last Thursday!
  • Mrs. Judge-Lenkeit for ordering and organizing additional independent reading texts for Grade 3 EL curriculum.

Calendar:

December 14-Holiday Performance (Dance and Music), 7pm
December 18th- Instructional Leadership Team meeting 
December 19th-Holiday Performance (Band and Strings), 7pm
December 21st - Early Release 
December 22nd - January 1st - Winter Break 
January 10th-Magnet Open House, 10am/12:30pm/6:30pm
January 11th-Theater Production, 7pm
January 12th - School-wide Spelling Bee