Weekly Update: 8/5/2013

Congratulations on completing your first week of school!  Thank you to all of you for providing a welcoming environment for students and families.

Here are the updates:

Planning time:

Please check in with your grade level team to see if you would like to take a half day or full day of planning/chaptering for upcoming Units of Study.  Check with Eunice to make sure your chosen day is available so we can complete a p-30 to request substitutes.


I antipate that we will begin PLC the week of August 26th.  If we can expedite hiring impact teachers and paperwork sooner, then we might be able to begin the week before but I am not hopeful about this because we first need to hire some new impact teachers. (Iliasha will not be returning and Aryn will be taking on Iliasha’s former roll and Coach West is not sure if he will be returning and will let us know next week so we will need to hire some new PLC impact teachers.)

School Site Council:

Thank you to Angela and Erika (and Maria) for your interest in serving on our School Site Council.  To all teachers: Please return any forms you receive on the “interest finder” letter we sent home tp parents Thursday regarding School Site Council.  We will use these to determine our ballot for parent/community member positions on our School Site Council.


You will find a libary schedule in your boxes.  You will see the open 30-minute time slots on this.  Please put your name in three spots with your first, second, and third choice of times.  (you can put 1, 2, 3 next to your name to indicate first choice, etc.) See sample on white board if this is not clear.  When you have done this, please give to Eunice.  I know Teresa had begun to elicit choices as she went to different classrooms but I want everyone to have the same selection process.  Keep in mind this is only one day a week but it will require you to adjust your schedule and this means that you may have library time during one of your “core” subject areas.  Library time, if used appropriately, can absolutely support your “core” subject learning block.  I’m sure there will be kinks to work out so thank you ahead of time for your flexibility and patience.

PLC Calendar and Bulletin:

Please access the PLC calendar and bulletin on our blog for important dates and staff meeting info.

Classroom Visits:

We will begin to visit more classrooms beginning next week.  Please feel free to ask us for support around something that might be challenging to you.  Since we will not be meeting with every grade level right away, please make sure to chat with your grade level members and select a “focus area” for which you would like coaching/feedback with as a grade level team.  Chris will be asking you soon what your team has selected so we can begin to support you more directly around that particular focus.  Your grade level has 3 choices: What We Teach or How We Teach or Authentic Literacy.

Mark your calendars: Supt. McNamara will be visiting our school on August 15th from 12:30-2:30 and hopes to visit every classroom to observe instruction.  Asst. Supt. Burgess will be visiting on August 21st for an hour 11a.m.-Noon to observe Common Core language arts instruction.

Back to School Nights:

I sent out a connect-ed on Thursday evening to all families regarding next week’s parent nights.  A connect-ed will go to just 6th grade families tonight, Friday, regarding a special 6th grade camp meeting.

Attendance trophies:

If you have an attendance trophy in your room, please send it to the office so we have all of them for our first attendance announcement on Sept. 2.

Quote of the Week:

“This detour you have taken may very well become your path.”

-Theresa Ledener

3 thoughts on “Weekly Update: 8/5/2013

  1. One week down… Just wanted to remind all grade levels that at the end of each chapter of the Unit, a common formative assessment should be given. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or need any help.

  2. Week 2 begins…. Remember after each chapter of Unit 1, a common formative assessment should be given to evaluate the learning and drive instruction. Please let me know if you have any question, concerns or need anything. Have a great week.

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