Thanks to our FABULOUS PTO, we will be attending a PBIS Assembly tomorrow:  "Stronger Than a Bully," presented by Mobile Ed Productions, Inc.
Click HERE or on the picture to the left to go to the Mobile Ed Productions, Inc. website to learn more.
Read below for more information on the presentation.
Stronger Than A Bully features extensive use of two acronyms designed to push important points aimed at helping students avoid becoming the victim of a bully.

The first of these is S.M.I.L.E. which stands for: Stay cool, Make eye contact (take a positive posture),Identify the attack (verbal, physical, extorting, cyber, etc), Lead positive conversation, Erase the attack. These represent the actions for the person being bullied.

The second acronym explains the actions a bystander should take. H.E.R.O. or -  Help out (get involved), Empathize (identify with the victim), Respond with proper action andReport the incident. Open communication (talk about it with the victim).

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Our Valentine's Day party was absolutely Fan-TACHE-tic!  THANK YOU to everyone who donated money, time, and materials to help make our party a success.  I hope to have photos from the party as well as photo booth snapshots for each student posted on the scrapbook page by the time we return from Spring Break.  Watch for updates and notices!

on the Mission 125 Website HERE.

For this party, we are asking for $5.00 donations instead of signing up for individual items for our party. 

1) Make your donation via PayPal HERE 
2) -OR- send CASH in a marked envelope to school  Thank you so much for your donations.....it will help make this event Fan-TACHE-Tic!

Thank you to our 2 party volunteers!
There is ONLY ONE 
party volunteer slot left!
Click HERE to sign up as a party helper on Valentine's Day.  It will be 


Here is your chance to have a say in which cover is selected for the yearbook!  Visit Mrs. Lucci's blog HERE to vote for your favorite choice!

ARE YOU COMING?  See who's coming from our class by COMMENTING on this post!

The Indian Trail Family  Skating Night is 
Wednesday, January 23 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  

We will have a Teacher Skate Raffle again this year.   Last year the raffle raised $233.00!   New this year will be a Teacher Lunch Raffle.  Kids can purchase raffle tickets to eat their lunch with a teacher one designated day.  

We hope you will SKATE on over to this exciting event!
For COMPLETE information, click HERE.


Click HERE to access MONDAY's Satellite Learning Assignment:  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please check back for weekend Satellite Learning Assignments to be posted.  I promise they will be FUN (but also educational), and will help prepare your child for our activities next week.  I will send an email and blog post when they are ready to be accessed by your child.

Our Astro-Cadets are LOVING the Satellite Learning Assignments, and we have seen POSITIVE IMPACT proving that participating in these activities at your Satellite Learning Station (your home) is improving our ability to complete activities, projects, and group work at school!  

THANK YOU for jumping in and participating in this learning extension at home!!  These activities are set up to PREP students for the day/week to come.  Building this background knowledge at home means we can spend more time on small group and 1:1 instruction, hands-on activities, and applying our learning......rather than listening to me lecturing on a lesson or watching an educational video clip as a whole class.  Time is PRECIOUS during our day, and Satellite Learning Assignments mean our Astro-Cadets come prepared and excited for the next day's learning activities.  

Students come to class prepared and confident (even if they need assistance, because they have built schema by completing the task before we complete an activity or I re-teach it).  Based on their responses to questions posed and self-evaluations (how well did you understand the video and activities) on each assignment, I come into the day knowing which students have mastered the skill (and need challenging extension work), which students need some help (to reinforce the skill and boost confidence), and which students would benefit from 1:1 or small group reteaching on each particular skill.  Receiving student responses the day before we begin activities means I come to school knowing EXACTLY how to serve each student for different lessons throughout the week and we can hit the ground running!

This is MEANINGFUL "homework" that allows for true differentiation in class to meet the needs of every child as well as promotes responsibility and independent learning/practice at home.  Satellite Learning Stations take our learning "to infinity.....and beyond!" (...the classroom to your home)


Kick off iRead 2013 with NEW BOOKS from 
Scholastic Book Clubs!!  Orders are due 1/21/13.

Teacher Recommended Books from January Flyers: