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Easter – Classroom activites

The NCEA conference just around the corner! Look for the FastDirect Communications booth #729! For more information on the event, visit the NCEA homepage.     Below are some fun resources I created and links to other great classroom ideas for Easter. An interactive Easter word search: A free printable version of the Easter word search puzzle: Other Resources: [...]

St. Patrick’s Day – Classroom activites

The NCEA conference  is coming up this month! Look for the FastDirect Communications booth #729! For more information on the event, visit the NCEA homepage.     Below are some fun resources I created and links to other great classroom ideas for St. Patrick's Day. Need a St. Pat's Day recipe or two? Take a look at the traditional (and not so traditional) [...]

Valentine’s Day – Classroom activities

We hope your Valentine's day is filled with love this year. And don't forget to show FastDirect Communications some love at the NCEA conference on March 29-31, 2016. Look for the FastDirect Communications booth #729! For more information on the event, click here.   Below are some fun resources I created and links to other great classroom ideas for Valentine's Day. An interactive Valentine's Day [...]

Presidents’ Day – Classroom activites

Below are some fun resources I created and links to other great classroom ideas for Presidents' Day.     An interactive Presidents' Day word search: A free printable version of the Presidents' Day word search puzzle: Other Resources: NEA.org Scholastic.com TeacherVision.com  

Groundhog Day – Classroom activities

We hope Phil doesn't see his shadow, so that warmer spring days are on the way. And we know that spring means the NCEA conference  is coming up! Look for the FastDirect Communications booth #729! For more information on the event, click here.     Below are some fun resources I created and links to other great classroom ideas for Groundhog Day. A six [...]

A Special Thanks To Teachers This Christmas

Teachers definitely deserve a special thanks during the holiday season. I'm sure they would agree! Keeping students safe and focused right before Christmas is especially challenging. Reworking curriculum is another stressful part of the job these days. Many schools are embracing standards or are reviewing their curriculum. The hard work prepping for this school year and getting through the first semester definitely deserves [...]

The 7 Day Gratitude Challenge

This Thanksgiving I would like to offer up a 7 Day Gratitude Challenge. It's something that anyone can do, no matter their age. It's also a perfect time for me to express gratitude for the amazing schools I get to work with every day. I'm truly blessed to work with administrators, teachers, staff, and parents who are respectful, compassionate, and grateful [...]

Let’s Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8 with Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 5.  My appreciation for teachers has definitely grown through the years for a variety of reasons. Not only am I a parent of school-aged daughters, but my daily interaction with teachers has increased 10 fold while working at FastDirect.  Each day I am lucky to witness [...]

Implement New Tech – Make a Plan!

Are you planning on implementing a new tech this summer or next year? Creating a plan which includes support for your staff and open communication with your whole community is paramount. Help foster a growth mindset for your whole community (not just for the kids) and promote a collaborative community to increase excitement for change! Here's a little inspirational piece to share [...]

Monthly Mentions: March Newsletter

March 2015 - Time to Spring Forward! In March, the schools on quarter schedules will be wrapping up the 3rd quarter and getting ready to start 4th quarter. Here are some FastDirect functions that may need to be addressed: Closing input for 3rd mid-quarter reports Opening up teacher input for 3rd quarter report cards Closing 3rd quarter report cards [...]

FastDirect Training and Support for the New School Year

It’s a new school year! Are you ready? FastDirect Communications has several resources to help you prepare this August: free training and support saves you time and headaches. Schedule training for features you’ve never used before, call HelpDesk (tech support) at your convenience for help with system setup, read our newsletter for important reminders, and peruse our video tutorials for [...]

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

This week I get to honor teachers in two new posts. This post focuses on National Teacher Appreciation Week, which starts next week on May 5 and Teacher Appreciation Day is the 6th. My other post was to congratulate our 2014 NCEA convention raffle winners; check out our cute photo from that day. I'd like to offer up a big [...]

Happy Administrative Professional’s Day!

First, I'd like to wish you a...   This will be a short post as our office is closed today in observance of Good Friday. But, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful Easter, filled with the spirit of reflection and renewal. Next, I'd like to honor all the amazing school administrative professionals out [...]