Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016

Heard some great 1st week stories, especially about Kindergartners. Kindergarten first week is a very special time, and all you Kindergarten teachers out there need to be celebrated for all you do to help our newest students.

Oh, heck, let's celebrate everyone for getting through the first week of the 2016 - 2017 school year. Do your happy dance!

Head's Up

Missed National Tooth Fairy Day yesterday. First and second grade teachers: What's the going rate for a tooth these days?

Wednesday, August 24 is National Waffle Day, and Thursday, (along with being my lovely daughter's 18th birthday) is National Kiss and Make Up Day. August 26, is National Women's Equality Day. With any luck the weather will stay cool for next Tuesday's National Toasted Marshmallow Day. Fire pit s'mores, anyone?

Should have told you this sooner, but August is National Coffee Awareness Month. Humm, seems like with schools starting, coffee awareness is already on everyone's mind.

The deadline for parents to provide proof of residency to registrars is Thursday, August 25.

Central Park Elementary's TailGator is Friday, August 26th.

Send your school events to either Keith or me so we can get them on the district calendar. And share those photos.


Please submit items for this section. There's no way with 19 schools, we can get to all of them each week.

It's time to collect photo releases. I'm creating a Google form for you to add students whose parents do not want his or her photo used. Add the few in your class to the form so we have a master list. I'll share that with PTO as well. Thanks.

The first ever Pride of Bentonville took over the TAC on Saturday and it turned into quite a celebration of all things Bentonville Athletics.

High 5's all around for the BWHS Marching Wolverines after their performance Saturday. I have pictures of Bentonville Pride marching band, but they're blurry - they were moving too fast for me to keep up. Let's just say their show is energetic.

Bentonville Cheer and the MIB are ready when Kansas City Rockhurst comes to town Friday, September 2 at Tiger Stadium.

Teresa Hudson speaks to Ignite Professional Studies students last Friday. The strands convened to collaborate on marketing the program, developing activities on the Razorback Greenway, and adding their voices to city government.

BHS and BWHS Cheer and Dance teams re-connecting on the sidelines during Saturday's event.

Some of you know or have heard of BWHS Freshman Cole Phillips. Here's a shining moment made possible by the BWHS Wolverines Football team that speaks to the spirit of Bentonville.

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Grants & PD

When you are applying for grants or donations, make sure to submit a grant request form. Believe it or not, this helps us to say "yes!" to your requests by making sure that there is a way to implement your innovative ideas, and no obstacles arise after the grant or donation has been awarded. I've created a new Google form to help with this process. Once we've all reviewed the request, you will be notified.

This form can also be found on the communications page of the district website and under staff resources.

Video of the week

If you haven't read Tony Wagner's books Creating Innovators or Most Likely to Succeed, you might want to consider picking them up. He's been a champion for preparing students for the innovation economy by making education relevant and aligned to competencies supported by content knowledge.

Enjoy your week.

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