Thursday, February 23, 2017

2-23-17 FSE Thursday Blast

2-23-17 FSE Thursday Blast

Upcoming Events
  • Friday, February 24th Dreaming about Kindness: Dress in PJ's
  • February 27th: March Madness Reading Week
  • March 3rd: Book Character Dress Up Day
  • March 8th 7pm PTO Meeting in the Learning Commons
  • March 17-26 Spring Break

Screenagers a MUST SEE Movie
  • Please join some of our staff in the viewing of this movie at Douglas County High School on March 15th at 6:30.  Please see link here for information.  A powerful movie about the effects of screen time on our kids.
Safety Reminders
As the weather is again getting slippery, please remind your bike riders to be very careful on the roads as they can be very slick.  It is also an important reminder to walk bikes on all the sidewalks surrounding the school.

Kindness Video
Check out this awesome news story on our 5th grade kids leading our kindness campaign.  Truly proud of the modeling they are doing for our entire community on what it means to be kind!
CLICK HERE for the Video.

FSE Congratulats our Apple Award Nominees
Congrats to Brooke Basner and Debbie Petrillo!  We love you!

Why Creativity is Important!
Interesting Article in Money Magazine! 
In an interview with Mark Cuban, the billionaire software developer and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, he warned that even people with in-demand skills like computer coding could soon be displaced.  He goes on to say, "That might have been a great job a few years ago, but you might be out of work in five years by the automation of automation, where computers learn how to write software better than humans can."  He states that "the work is changing and the new skill will become more in-demand than ever, that new skill being creative thinking."  He believes that in 10 years there will be a greater demand for liberal arts majors than there were for programming majors and maybe even engineering.  He claims that, "when the data is all being spit out for you, options are being spit out for you, you need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data."

One of our learning targets that we weave into our core content lessons is how to think through the creative process.  We are teaching kids how to generate ideas, refine them, be open to others ideas and create something with these new ideas. These are all elements of the creative process that we think are deeply important in our education of young students.  Our focus this year has been how to be open with others ideas through mathematical thinking.  Allowing students to share different ways of solving a problem, sharing it and then learning how others went about it the same way.  It is very exciting to see how this will be valued in the world that we are preparing our young students for.

Girls on the Run will start the week of March 6th.  Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. We will meet Mondays and Wednesdays after school.  Open to all 3rd through 6th grade girls.  Registration opens February 6th.  For more information about the program go to  Questions?  Contact: Marleigha Lossin at

FSE Happenings

Battle of the Books!

Making Fractions Meaningful

Math Practice with Mrs. Sprigg on Kahoot

Digging Deep with Mrs. Duelm's Kids Research!

Design Thinking in Mrs. Zellmer's Room

Mrs. Steppuhn's Illustrator's
Mrs. Brown's Creators!

Math Problem Solvers with Mrs. Jaimes

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