Dragonfire is Here!

dragonfireDragonfire is Douglas’s annual passive fundraiser. Held in the fall, this is a fun and easy way for the PTA to kick off the school year and start investing in campus and classroom projects.

The Dragonfire fundraiser allows the PTA to retain 100% of the money raised to support all of the PTA programs for your children. Please consider asking your employer if there is a matching donation program where you work.

Our 2018 goal is $12,000 and our campaign is planned for the week of September 24.

To get the excitement going and have all of our little Dragons included in the fun, we will have a coin war between classrooms. Change will be collected and counted daily with results being announced during the daily WDES broadcasts. The class that brings in the most change will be awarded with “Mr. Burns as teacher for the day!” Mr. Burns will join students as a co-teacher for half of an instructional day. He will participate in class recess, maybe an art project, perhaps a trip to the media center, lunch, etc. — It is up to the class as to how they will spend time with our amazing and hands-on principal.

If we reach our goal, we’ll have a school-wide pajama day!

Flyers are going home in your students’ folders this week. There are a number of ways to donate, including check, cash and these online options:

Memberhub

Paypal

Thanks in advance for your support! Please contact our VP of Fundraising, Lea Ann Cook, if you have questions or need more information: leaanncook3@gmail.com.

 

Fall 2018 Spirit Nights!

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The Douglas PTA partners with area businesses to host Spirit Night fundraisers for school projects. These community-building events check so many important boxes — Having fun. Raising money for our school. Supporting local businesses.

The PTA has a fun mix of events planned this fall!

  • B.Good — September 12, 4-8 p.m.
  • United Skates of America — October 4, 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Tijuana Flats — October 24, 5-8 p.m.
  • Milton’s (Six Forks location) – November 13, 5-10 p.m.

Stay tuned for future Spirit Night dates on our calendar in the sidebar … or check out the school calendar on the Douglas website and plan to join us throughout the year. If you have questions, please contact Spirit Night Chair Daphne Flowers at daphnejflowers@hotmail.com.

Get to Know Mariela Matias

If you’ve ever walked into the front office at Douglas, you’ve met Mariela Matias. She’s the smiling face that greets visitors, helps students and juggles a million other duties each day. This is her first year in this position at Douglas, and if you haven’t already, it’s not too late to welcome her! Read on to learn more about Mariela:

What is a typical day like for you at Douglas?

My typical day at Douglas must start off like any other day, with a cup of coffee! There is never a dull moment at the office. I deal with any correspondence that might come by, answer phone calls, organize, file, and welcome our parents and students, as well as translate for our Spanish-speaking families, and take care of students with any medical needs, just to name few of my duties. In the free time, well there isn’t much of a free time around here …

What has your first year been like, so far?

My first few months at Douglas have been great. Teachers, staff and parents have been supportive and welcoming! It has been an easy transition and my coworkers have made me feel comfortable.

Where did you work before you came to Douglas?

I used to work at Douglas back in 2013 as a part-time clerical assistant for about a year. In 2014, I moved to Harris Creek Elementary School. Harris Creek is a multi-track, year-round school with nearly 1,200 students. At Harris Creek, I worked for a year as a media assistant and clerical assistant, then I worked for two years as a receptionist. As much as I loved working at Harris Creek and I live five minutes away from school, I was ready to move back to a traditional school and spend more time with my family and have more time to do my volunteer work. When the opportunity came along to move back to a traditional school and Douglas was an option, there was no doubt I wanted to move back to Douglas where I had started … It feels like I’m back at home!

What is one “fun fact” about you that people might now know?

One ‘fun fact’ about me would be that I love to travel and take new adventures. Oh! and did I mention I love coffee? I am a coffee addict!

Why Fun Run? Your Questions Answered

boosterthon-star500To make our fundraising easier, more profitable, and more fun, we’ve asked our local Boosterthon team to power our entire Douglas Elementary Fun Run program.

Family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your child will run on the day of the Fun Run on Thursday, February 8th.

BOOSTERTHON PAYS FOR . . .

  • On-campus team with months of assistance and expertise
  • Fun Run setup and event hosting
  • Pre-program event kit
  • World-class character program
  • 7,000+ letters and stickers (avg.)
  • 20+ promotional posters
  • 12 program & character videos
  • Year-round character program including 36 videos and activities
  • Teacher t-shirts & kits
  • Pledge Crown for every student
  • Pledging website at funrun.com
  • Online Support Team

EVERY STUDENT INCLUDED

Regardless of financial participation, every student is invited to participate in the entire Fun Run program. Students will also receive a FREE gift just by being registered on funrun.com.

LESS HASSLE & MORE PROFIT

To get the most out of our Fun Run, we’re using Boosterthon’s smart pledging technology—funrun.com—which helps us raise and collect far more. Plus, their amazing team coordinates all the details and logistics, allowing us to better focus on education.

THE MOST VALUE

Most schools keep between 40-50% with other fundraisers. But Douglas Elementary will receive 53%, have more fun, and raise much more. Plus, Boosterthon covers all the costs of the program. Over our three-year partnership with Boosterthon, Douglas Elementary has profited over $50,000. This year, our goal is to profit $15,000 for new Chromebooks and PTA Budget and we need your help to do it!

WORLD-CLASS CHARACTER PROGRAM

Every student will experience Boosterthon’s newest character theme, CASTLE QUEST—a castle theme all about being brave and living with character, which was developed in collaboration with CHARACTER COUNTS!©, the nation’s most reputable character education organization. Learn more at Boosterthon.com.

Thank you so much for supporting our school! For more information, please contact your Fun Run Leader, Natasha: NatashaC@boosterthon.com.

Jan. 23 Dragoneer – In English and Spanish

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January 23, 2017

Mark Your Calendar

  • Jan 30: Pep Rally to Kick-Off Boosterthon!
  • Jan. 31: Discovering your child’s potential, Session 1 (details below)
  • Feb 2: Deadline for 5th-grade baby pictures for yearbook
  • Feb 2: Mathletes begins
  • Feb 8: FUN RUN!
  • Feb 15: Boosterthon First Count, 10am-12pm
  • Feb 15: Yearbook early order deadline
  • March 30: FINAL yearbook order deadline

3rd Grade Informance
Please Join Us!
Friday February 9, 2018 at 9:30 AM in the Douglas gym
We will be sharing music, dances, and stories integrated with our science unit about light, shadow and sun, moon, earth. It is sure to be an enlightening experience!

Douglas Dance Part
February 9
Held at the Douglas Gym
5:00pm– Dinner from Bad Daddy’s
6:00-9:00pm–Dance

Discovering Your Child’s Potential

With Mr. Cerveny (school teacher), Ms. Williams (school counselor), Ms. Traughber (school psychologist)

Session 1+ – Wednesday, January 31, 2018; 5:15pm; Cerveny’s Room

Total Proposed Time: Approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

Discovering Your Child’s Potential is a parent’s only workshop. Our 1st session’s goal is to provide parents with a support network as well as to give parents some strategies and tools for dealing with tough behavior. We hope to help parents feel more confident and less stressed when dealing with their child’s behavior. Yes –  we will talk about children having tantrums, crying, whining, and/or begging to get their way or get things and most importantly, what we can do (as a parent) when these things happen.

We will do a couple activities as we get to know each other as well as share some strategies/ techniques. We will discuss different scenarios that we have all dealt with as a parent.

We would like it to be small enough for everyone to participate and share their experiences. Due to such, there will only be limited amount of participants. We may have repeat sessions if interests are high. Please sign up http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A45AEAF29A64-dycp

If session 1 is filled up, Please email Mr. Cerveny for more details. We look forward to meeting with you!

It’s not too late to be part of the Douglas Directory!
Interested in connecting with other Douglas families? Need contact information for the other students in your child’s class? Then we invite you to fill out this quick and easy survey to enter your data into the Douglas Directory:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PH6W5H3

Once we compile all of the information, directories will be emailed to participating families. Thank you!

Math Enrichment 

Test your (and your child’s) math skills with these Math Stars worksheets. They are a great way to bond and benefit from all year.

Grade 1   Grade 2   Grade 3   Grade 4

Grade 5   Grade 6   Grade 7   Grade 8

Yearbook News
Order your yearbook online today! Douglas Yearbook Club has been busy designing our first student-run yearbook and online ordering is available!

Early Ordering Deadline: $18 by 2/15/18

Final Ordering Deadline: $20 by 3/30/18

To order a yearbook online please visit http://www.strawbridge.net and use code 100128.

Questions or technical difficulties? please email: viki@vikiredding.com

2017-2018 Fifth Grade Baby Pictures Needed
It’s time to submit your child’s baby picture for the yearbook! Submit all Baby Pictures to the PTA Yearbook Committee at: douglasyearbookphotos@gmail.com. Please include your child’s name with the photo. Submission deadline is February 2, 2018.

Yearbook Photos Needed!
Pictures can be e-mailed directly to: douglasyearbookphotos@gmail.com

Please include your name, class and grade for all photo submissions. This will help the yearbook team place the photos in the correct class.

We are interested in photos from field trips, special projects, group photos for spirit days or other celebrations. We also are interested in receiving photos of teachers and staff who “make it all happen.” While our team of photographers will be taking pictures of each class throughout the year, we still need your help in capturing photos for your class’ yearbook page. Each class will have one page with the formal school pictures taken by Strawbridge along with one (or more) group photos and several candid shots. In addition, this year’s book will have pages featuring spirit days, magnet programs (e.g., Art and Literacy Night), clubs, school events, recess fun and other cool activities. Please send us any photos of your class that you think would be good candidates for this year’s yearbook! Thank you!!

Room Parents
A few suggestions were made to help improve the Room Parent communication. One of these was to create a separate Room Parent Group on Facebook to serve as a central location for DES Staff Favorite Lists and Room Parent updates.

Thank you to all who sent in comments and suggestions. (Please keep in mind that the page is still in the early stage but the lists are uploaded and available for viewing.)

Boosterthon is coming up and the Fun Run is Feb 8th. Ways to help…check in with the teacher if he/she will be making a class banner and if they need any supplies like a sheet, pole or stick to hold the banner etc.

Valentine’s Day: Ways to help… cut Valentines, copy lists of students, help with party planning if there is one…etc.

If anyone has any suggestions or comments please send to dragonroomparent@gmail.com. We are always looking for ways to improve!

Mathletes 2018
The Mathletes are back for our fourth season! 4th and 5th graders who enjoy problem solving, logic, working in teams and of course Math, sign up to join the team. We will renew our mathematical battle of mythical creatures with the North Ridge Elementary Unicorns.

When: Before school starting February 2nd, weekly on Friday mornings. Please have your forms turned in by this Friday, January 26th. In mid May, we will have our duel with North Ridge.

Where: Ms. Lasher’s room in the 5th grade modular.

Wellness Wednesday Volunteers Needed
Every Wednesday, during morning announcements on WDES (the school news station), there is a segment entitled “Wellness Wednesday”. This is an opportunity to talk to and/or show the students about mind and body wellness. Past segments have featured yoga poses, calming breathing exercises, healthy food choices, dance parties and other similar topics.

We are looking for volunteers to go on the news, with your student (and one of their friends, if desired), and share a wellness tidbit with the school. You do not need to be an “expert” in the field, just willing to share a bit of wellness with the students. We are open to any suggestion you may have – yoga, exercise, a dance party, meditation, dietary recommendations, mindfulness, etc.  Do you have anything you feel strongly about sharing? Come sign up and share with us!

For more information or questions about content, please contact Christy Iannelli: christy.iannelli@gmail.com.

Art Project Supplies Still Needed
We STILL need clean and dry 2-liter plastic soda bottles for a Chihuly inspired coral reef art project to be hung in the media center.  Fourth graders will be creating this.  We need green and especially clear bottles, with labels removed and caps on.  Bottles can be dropped off outside the art room door.

BOOSTERTHON is here!
Our main spring fundraiser is the Douglas Elementary Fun Run! It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on 1/30. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on 2/8. With our big goal of raising $15,000 for new Chromebooks, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun.

Students will also experience an amazing new character theme, CASTLE QUEST! CASTLE QUEST is an English castle theme all about being brave and living with character. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters.

Donations will go toward Chromebooks and to the entire 9-day experience. So please, help our school by reaching out to sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run on 2/8! And, check out the sign-up if you’d like to volunteer at the event. Thank you for your support!

Many, many thanks to our fabulous sponsors whose business logos will appear on the back of our Fun Run shirts…

  • S & A Construction (Ramadan Family)
  • Garibaldi Trattoria (Skander Family)
  • Raleigh Coffee Co. (Bland Family)
  • Dog Diggity (Gould Family)
  • Something To Smile About Dentistry (Brown Family)
  • Cunningham Financial (Cunningham Family)
  • Robco  (Robinson Family)
  • Hardee Paint Co (Hardee Family)
  • Jeannine Moore, Fonville Morrissey (Moore Family)
  • Salontology (Howard Family)
  • Diva Nail Spa (Lai Family)

Benefit Douglas While You Shop
Did you know your everyday online shopping can benefit your student? Connect your Amazon account to our PTA. Anytime you shop at smile.amazon.com, a portion of your sale will benefit our school!

Join the PTA – Online!
It’s never too late to join the PTA. Forms went home in green folders last week, so you can return them to your teacher with a $12 check. Easy peasy. OR you can sign up online. Even easier!  The benefits are countless, and the level of involvement is totally up to you. Support your school! Join the PTA!


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23 de enero de 2017

Marca su calendario

  • 30 de enero: Pep Rally para comienzo de Boosterthon !
  • 31 de enero: Descubriendo el potencial de su hijo, Sesión 1 (detalles a continuación)
  • 2 de febrero: Fecha límite para fotos de bebés de 5º grado para el anuario
  • 2 de febrero: Mathletes comienza
  • 8 de febrero: FUN RUN!
  • 15 de febrero: primer conteo de Boosterthon , de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m.
  • 15 de febrero: fecha límite para el pedido anticipado del anuario
  • 30 de marzo: fecha límite de la orden del anuario FINAL

3er Grado Informance
¡Por favor únete a nosotros!
Viernes 9 de febrero de 2018 a las 9:30 a.m. en el gimnasio Douglas. Compartiremos música, bailes e historias integradas con nuestra unidad de ciencias sobre la luz, la sombra y el sol, la luna y la tierra. ¡Es seguro que será una experiencia iluminadora!

Douglas Dance Party
9 de febrero
Celebrado en el gimnasio Douglas
5:00 pm – Cena de Bad Daddy’s
6: 00-9: 00 pm- Baile

Descubriendo el potencial de su hijo

Con el Sr. Cerveny (maestro de escuela), la Sra. Williams (consejera escolar),
Sra. Traughber (psicóloga escolar)

Sesión 1+ – miércoles, 31 de enero de 2018; 5:15 p.m. Habitación de Cerveny

Tiempo total propuesto: Aproximadamente de 45 a 60 minutos.

Descubrir el potencial de su hijo es el único taller para padres. El objetivo de nuestra primera sesión es proporcionar a los padres una red de apoyo, así como también brindarles a los padres algunas estrategias y herramientas para lidiar con el comportamiento difícil. Esperamos ayudar a los padres a sentirse más seguros y menos estresados cuando se trata del comportamiento de sus hijos. Sí, hablaremos sobre los niños que tienen rabietas, lloran, lloriquean y / o mendigan para salirse con la suya o para obtener cosas y lo más importante, lo que podemos hacer (como padres) cuando estas cosas suceden.

Haremos un par de actividades a medida que nos conozcamos y compartamos algunas estrategias / técnicas. Discutiremos diferentes escenarios que todos hemos tratado como padres.

Nos gustaría que sea lo suficientemente pequeño para que todos puedan participar y compartir sus experiencias. Debido a eso, solo habrá una cantidad limitada de participantes. Podemos tener sesiones repetidas si los intereses son altos. Por favor regístrate en http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A45AEAF29A64-dycp

Si la sesión 1 está completa, envíe un correo electrónico al Sr. Cerveny para más detalles. ¡Esperamos reunirnos con usted!

¡No es demasiado tarde para ser parte del Directorio de Douglas!
¿Interesado en conectarse con otras familias de Douglas? ¿Necesita información de contacto para los otros estudiantes en la clase de su hijo? Luego, lo invitamos a completar esta encuesta rápida y fácil para ingresar sus datos en el Directorio de Douglas:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PH6W5H3

Una vez que recopilemos toda la información, los directorios serán enviados por correo electrónico a las familias participantes. ¡Gracias!

Enriquecimiento matemático
Ponga a prueba sus habilidades matemáticas (y las de su hijo) con estas hojas de trabajo de Math Stars. Son una excelente forma de vincularse y beneficiarse de todo el año.

Grade 1   Grade 2   Grade 3   Grade 4

Grade 5   Grade 6   Grade 7   Grade 8

Noticias del anuario
¡Ordene su anuario en línea hoy! ¡El club de anuario ha estado ocupado diseñando nuestro primer anuario dirigido por estudiantes y el pedido en línea está disponible!

Fecha límite para pedidos anticipados: $ 18 por 2/15/18

Fecha límite para el pedido final: $ 20 por 3/30/18

Para pedir un anuario en línea, visite http://www.strawbridge.net and use code 100128.

¿Preguntas o dificultades técnicas? por favor envíe un correo electrónico a: viki@vikiredding.com

Fotos de bebé de quinto grado 2017-2018 necesarias
¡Es hora de enviar la foto del bebé de su hijo para el anuario! Envíe todas las Imágenes del bebé al Comité del Anuario de la PTA a: douglasyearbookphotos@gmail.com. Por favor incluya el nombre de su hijo con la foto. El plazo de presentación es el 2 de febrero de 2018.

¡Se necesitan fotos del anuario!
Las fotos se pueden enviar por correo electrónico directamente a: douglasyearbookphotos@gmail.com

Por favor incluya su nombre, clase y calificación para todas las presentaciones de fotos. Esto ayudará al equipo del anuario a colocar las fotos en la clase correcta.

Estamos interesados en fotos de excursiones, proyectos especiales, fotos grupales u otras celebraciones. También estamos interesados en recibir fotos de los maestros y el personal que “hagan que todo suceda”. Mientras que nuestro equipo de fotógrafos tomará fotografías de cada clase durante todo el año, aún necesitamos su ayuda para capturar fotos para la página del anuario de su clase. Cada clase tendrá una página con las fotos formales de la escuela tomadas por Strawbridge junto con una (o más) fotos grupales y varias fotos espontáneas. Además, el libro de este año tendrá páginas con días de espíritus, programas magnet (por ejemplo, Art and Literacy Night ), clubes, eventos escolares, diversión en el recreo y otras actividades divertidas. ¡Por favor envíenos las fotos de su clase que usted crea que serían buenas candidatas para el anuario de este año! ¡¡¡Gracias!!

Habitación Padres
Se hicieron algunas sugerencias para ayudar a mejorar la comunicación entre la sala principal. Una de ellas era crear un grupo separado de padres en la sala en Facebook para servir como una ubicación central para las listas de favoritos del personal de DES y las actualizaciones de la sala principal.

Gracias a todos los que enviaron comentarios y sugerencias. (Tenga en cuenta que la página aún se encuentra en la etapa inicial, pero las listas se cargan y están disponibles para su visualización).

Boosterthon se acerca y Fun Run es el 8 de febrero. Maneras de ayudar … consulte con el maestro si él / ella va a hacer una pancarta de clase y si necesitan materiales como una hoja, un palo o un palo para sostener la pancarta, etc.

Día de San Valentín: Formas de ayudar … corte Valentines, copie listas de estudiantes, ayude con la planificación de fiestas si hay una … etc.

Si alguien tiene alguna sugerencia o comentario, envíela a dragonroomparent@gmail.com. ¡Siempre estamos buscando formas de mejorar!

Mathletes 201
¡Los Mathletes están de regreso en nuestra cuarta temporada! Los estudiantes de 4to y 5to grado que disfrutan la resolución de problemas, la lógica, el trabajo en equipo y, por supuesto, las matemáticas, se inscriben para unirse al equipo. Renovaremos nuestra batalla matemática de criaturas míticas con los Unicornios de North Ridge Elementary.

Cuando: antes de clases a partir del 2 de febrero, semanalmente los viernes por la mañana. Por favor entregue sus formularios antes del viernes 26 de enero. A mediados de mayo, tendremos nuestro duelo con North Ridge.

Donde: la habitación de la Sra. Lasher en el 5to grado modular.

Wellness Wednesday Volunteers Needed
Todos los miércoles, durante los anuncios de la mañana en WDES (la estación de noticias de la escuela), hay un segmento titulado “Bienestar Miércoles”. Esta es una oportunidad para hablar y / o mostrar a los estudiantes sobre el bienestar de la mente y el cuerpo. Los segmentos anteriores han presentado posturas de yoga, ejercicios de respiración calmante, opciones de alimentos saludables, fiestas de baile y otros temas similares.

Estamos buscando voluntarios para ir a las noticias, con su estudiante (y uno de sus amigos, si lo desea), y compartir un mensaje de bienestar con la escuela. No necesita ser un “experto” en el campo, solo está dispuesto a compartir un poco de bienestar con los estudiantes. Estamos abiertos a cualquier sugerencia que pueda tener: yoga, ejercicio, una fiesta de baile, meditación, recomendaciones dietéticas, atención plena, etc. ¿Tiene algo que le incumba a compartir? ¡Ven y regístrate con nosotros!

Para obtener más información o preguntas sobre el contenido, contáctese con Christy Iannelli: christy.iannelli@gmail.com.

Todavía se necesitan materiales para proyectos de arte
TODAVÍA necesitamos botellas de refresco de plástico limpias y secas de 2 litros para un proyecto de arte de arrecifes de coral inspirado en Chihuly que se colgará en el centro de medios. Los alumnos de cuarto grado crearán esto. Necesitamos botellas verdes y especialmente claras, con etiquetas retiradas y gorras puestas. Las botellas se pueden dejar afuera de la puerta de la sala de arte.

¡BOOSTERTHON está aquí!
¡Nuestra recaudación de fondos principal de la primavera es la carrera divertida de la escuela Douglas! Es un programa de 9 días que comienza con un Pep Rally el 1/30. Las familias luego recogerán promesas por cada vuelta que tu estudiante corra (30-35 vueltas), y las celebraremos en Fun Run el 2/8. Con nuestro gran objetivo de recaudar $ 15,000 para los nuevos Chromebooks, les pedimos a los expertos de Fun Run en Boosterthon que potenciaran nuestro Fun Run y lo hicieran más rentable, fácil y divertido.

Los estudiantes también experimentarán un nuevo y sorprendente tema de personaje, CASTLE QUEST. CASTLE QUEST es un tema de castillo inglés sobre ser valiente y vivir con carácter. En su búsqueda para recuperar el castillo de Bravemore , los estudiantes aprenderán las “SEIS VIRTUDES DE UN VERDADERO HÉROE” de un elenco de coloridos personajes.

Las donaciones se destinarán a Chromebooks y a toda la experiencia de 9 días. Entonces, por favor, ayuda a nuestra escuela contactando a los patrocinadores. Además, todas las familias están invitadas a venir y animar a su hijo en Fun Run el 2/8. Y revisa el registro si deseas ser voluntario en el evento. ¡Gracias por tu apoyo!

Muchas, muchas gracias a nuestros fabulosos patrocinadores cuyos logotipos comerciales aparecerán en la parte posterior de nuestras camisetas Fun Run …

  • S & A Construction (Ramadan Family)
  • Garibaldi Trattoria (Familia de Skander )
  • Raleigh Coffee Co. (Familia Bland)
  • Dog Diggity (familia de Gould)
  • Algo para sonreír sobre odontología (familia marrón)
  • Cunningham Financial (familia de Cunningham)
  • Robco (Familia Robinson)
  • Hardee Paint Co (familia Hardee)
  • Jeannine Moore, Fonville Morrissey (familia de Moore)
  • Salontología (familia Howard)
  • Diva Nail Spa (familia Lai)

Beneficie a Douglas mientras compra
¿Sabía que sus compras diarias en línea pueden beneficiar a su estudiante? Conecte su cuenta de Amazon a nuestra PTA. ¡Cada vez que compre en smile.amazon.com, una parte de su venta beneficiará a nuestra escuela!

Únase a la PTA – ¡En línea!
Nunca es demasiado tarde para unirse a la PTA. Los formularios se enviaron a su casa en carpetas verdes la semana pasada, por lo que puede devolvérselos a su maestro con un cheque de $ 12. O puede inscribirse en línea. ¡Aún más fácil! Los beneficios son innumerables, y el nivel de participación depende totalmente de usted. ¡Apoya a tu escuela! ¡Únete a la PTA!

 

Mr. Cerveny is Named Douglas Teacher of the Year!

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Most every student at Douglas knows who Mr. Cerveny is — no matter what grade they’re in. That’s because this dynamic, one-of-a-kind teacher is beloved by so many. Get to know Mr. Cerveny in the interview below. And, the next time you cross paths with him at the school, be sure to wish him big congratulations!

How long have you been at Douglas? Have you taught CCK the whole time? (What does CCK mean?)

This will be my twelfth year at Douglas. I have not taught CCK the entire time at DES. This will be my sixth year teaching CCK.

Some people think that CCK stands for Craig Cerveny’s Kindergarten (got that from a former student) but that is only wishful thinking on my part. CCK stands for Cross Categorical Kindergarten.

CCK is a self-contained special education classroom. It’s known as the diagnostic year by other special educators. Every student in my classroom has an IEP (Individual Education Plan) and has been diagnosed with a disability. I have a wide range of students with disabilities that I serve. They are as follows: DD-Developmental Delay, AU-Autism/Asperger spectrum disorder, TBI-Traumatic Brain Injured, ED-Emotional/Behavior Disorder, and OHI-Other Health Impaired.

I have the privilege of serving kindergarteners with unique learning abilities and preparing them for mainstreaming into a regular classroom. My job is to teach the curriculum, cover each child’s IEP and to collect data on everything. I have to collect a lot of data and analyze it to help decide each child’s placement for the following school year. Basically, I am leading the determination of my students going to a regular education or another self-contained classroom based on data I collect, analyze and present to the IEP team. My goal is to have 100% of my class going into a regular education setting when exiting my class.

What made you decide to become a teacher?

I could probably write a book on this question but I will summarize it as best as possible.

I have a different perspective on learning and teaching and this is why I became a special education teacher. I teach to serve students that many educators have difficulty teaching, the students who have unique learning styles, who have a disability. Teaching these students is a passion of mine because I, myself have a disability. I decided to become a teacher to pay it forward.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Making a connection with each child is important. That connection creates and builds our relationship. I believe all relationships are built on mutual expectations and responsibilities. Through our relationship, we set expectations and become responsible for trying our best to meet each other’s expectations. I enjoy building relationships, but it is the results of the relationship that I enjoy most.

Like all teachers, I love the “goosebump” moment. It is the moment that you and your student realize you are working together to overcome challenges and resulting in success. Its effect on me is goosebumps. It comes in all different forms. It could be a student counting to 10 for the first time or being able to recognize their own name in writing. I basically work for goosebumps instead of money because the realization of all the struggles that you and your student have together gets erased in that moment. That is why I am so passionate about my students demonstrating grit or “Never give up” mentality. You can achieve success by learning from your mistakes and never giving up.

What is the most challenging thing about being a teacher?

I would say paperwork, but it is not. The most challenging thing about my job is letting my students go. Unfortunately, CCK is a regional program and not all my students are based at Douglas or get in on the Magnet program. Even if my students are going to be mainstreamed into a regular classroom that does not mean they will stay at Douglas. So I have to say goodbye to most of my students as they go off to other schools. At the same time, I have to believe that they will use and grow with the strategies I have taught them. I have to hope that my students’ next teachers will see the same potential that I did in them.

How does it feel to win this well-deserved recognition?

It feels AMAZING! I am honored to be recognized as Teacher of the Year at Douglas ES. There are so many great teachers at our school, it is still hard to believe that I was chosen. I am hoping I can meet or exceed our staff’s expectations as I pursue the Teacher of the Year award at the county level.