Thursday, December 21, 2017


Image result for happy new year 2018HAPPY 2018!   As we look back to 2017, it was an amazing year. Of course, the best part of the year was getting our brand new addition which added so much room to our Commons, new classrooms and office spaces. We added parking spots and made our Drop and Go in the morning and pick up in the afternoon more efficient!  We just love our new addition and believe this increased space was the best part of 2017!

Other highlights:

~ Our students made wonderful academic, social, emotional and physical growth!  It is such a joy to watch your children grow!

~On the last day of the 2016-2017 school year we each painted a rock which has now formed a wonderful and bright path in our courtyard.   

~We enjoyed watching students demonstrating leadership throughout the school year. Helping out around the school, packing up the lost and found, helping Mr. Frank,  giving tours and consistently asking how they can help!

~ We had our annual STEM Day on the day before winter vacation!

~ We honored our Veteran's on Veteran's Day with a breakfast, morning announcements and of course, the parade!

~ We had time for every class to learn and practice coding!

~We welcomed new students, new teachers and staff who had babies!

~We continued our FANTASTIC partnership with our PTA and families!

`We so enjoy our partnership with our District ABC25 Foundation and enjoyed participating in the Just Move It Challenge. We are thankful for receiving so many of the grants that we applied for this year!

~We took District and state assessments like PARCC, MAP, COGAT, AIMSweb, EGSI, and Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarking

~We continued to have Windsor be a Kind community with our annual February Kindness Challenge!

~We continue to respect and follow the expectations of the Wildcat Way!

~ We are sure that their are multiple other FUN events this year, but these come to mind as highlights!

~We have so very much to be grateful for as we had an amazing 2017. We look so forward to making more memories and celebrating highlights in the coming year! We wish you joy, happiness, health for 2018!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

How To Provide Feedback to Your Children

Good Job Cute Monster StickersHave you thought about how your give your children feedback? Do you hear yourself saying “Good Job” too often?
If you don’t say good job, what will you say? It is so easy to tell our children good job when they do something well, or do something that makes you proud, but does the child know exactly what it is they did?  Specific feedback is so beneficial for our children, that way they understand exactly what they did well and will be more inclined to do it again.  Instead of “good job” after Joey read a page from their reading book, try saying, “I like the way you sounded out that tough word.”  This will provide the child with more motivation to repeat that strategy of sounding out words again. We work hard as teachers to be as specific as we can when giving feedback to our students!  It is not easy though, for certain!

Another way to think about praise is to minimize the amount of times you are praising your children.  Often times, we want to build up our children’s self-esteem by providing them with constant praise, but it is actually doing them a disservice.  We want our children to develop intrinsic motivation, the behavior that is driven by internal rewards. In other words, the motivation to engage in a behavior arises from within because it is naturally satisfying to you.  If we constantly praise our children for everything they do, how do we teach them to do things for themselves?  If you feel you need to praise, then maybe try telling your child, “you should feel proud of yourself” or ask, “do you feel proud of yourself?” This will make them think about what they just did and in return motivate them to do things!

We encourage you try this, it feels different at first, but you may find your children motivated to do things that had never done before without you asking. Here is a link from an article to peruse.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Disability Awareness at Windsor School

We are all unique. It is true. While we are all unique, we know that some of our students learn differently in school. Some of our students may wear glasses, some may have a talker, some may need additional adult support in our classrooms. We so value that we have students at Windsor who have a variety of special needs. They may have Autism, Speech/language Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Communicative Disorders or Down's syndrome to name a few of the reasons students may learn in a different way.

Our Windsor staff strongly believe that one of our responsibilities as educators is to ensure that all our students have an awareness of how children learn differently and understand why. Describing and defining learning difference terms to our students helps them to work better together with their peers.  It helps each of us to understand how it may feel to walk in another's shoes and develop empathy.
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We take time with our students to share our understandings about disabilities via increasing our students awareness. In the month of October, we shared information with our students via morning announcements about Learning Disabilities each week. Mrs. Norman, our special education resource teacher and co-team leader shared information as a review with our staff at a faculty meeting. Also in October, we had students during morning announcements each week share information with our student body about LD

In April we will be highlighting Autism Awareness, Speech and Hearing, Down's Syndrome and Rare Diseases. Each week, students will learn about the disability via being read a book on morning announcements and staff may wear disability awareness tee shirts.  Each day there will be a fact shared on morning announcements and activities in their classroom. We will also have information reviewed with the Windsor staff as we continually learn more about each of these special needs and how they may impact our students.

One of the gifts at Windsor is that our students work daily with children with special needs.  They allow them to be as independent as possible, but help as needed. Our students are seen playing with each other on the playground at recess and displaying kindness towards each other.  We feel so lucky that we have our Foundations/Communications District classes here at Windsor.  The joy of our job is that all of our children teach each of us new things each day.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December Worthy Wildcats

Congrats to our December Worthy Wildcats. These students were selected by their peers for demonstrating the Wildcat Way.  These students are kind and thoughtful while being respectful to their peers and teachers, make sure that everyone has someone to play with, help friends who may feel sad during the day, help to start the day by putting down the chairs without being asked, helping the teacher clean up the classroom and by checking in with students who may not feel well.

Congrats to Kindergartener: Liv F., 1st Grader: Malin O'M., 2nd grader: Emmerson J., 3rd grader: Eliza K., 4th grader: Esteban L. and 5th grader: Elijah M.  We are so proud of all of our Wildcats and love to celebrate those selected by their classmates! 

Elijah M. 

Eliza K. 

Esteban L. 

Liv F. 

Malin O'M.