Weekly Update: 9/16/2013

Minimum days all this week and a 2 week Fall Break right around the corner.  Here’s the updates for this week:


PLC’s continue this week with upper grade PLC taking place in the morning at 8:55 to 10:10.

5th grade PLC will switch to Monday, and 4th grade will switch to Tuesday.

Your team might want to use your PLC time this week to look at upcoming district wide assessements.  These assessments will incorporate activotes/expressions, discovery education, reading and writing.  Below is the link from our district website to give you a preview of your grade level expectations.  PLEASE do not preview this assessment with your students.  We want this to be an authentic assessment.  It will be difficult for students but will be a good indicator of next steps to help them to be successful.  Please make sure your activotes/expressions are working and ready.   Please make sure you can access Discovery Ed beforehand.


Important info:  We have set up Rm. 4 for the Science teacher to use for Science rotations.  This will enable her to have more hands on lessons without having to cart around science materials and supplies.  So, for this week and on, Ann Linn, our science teacher, will pick up your students and bring them to Room 4 for Science lessons.  The only exception right now will be 4th grade.  She will come to teach in 4th grade classrooms since they are doing lessons which incorporate our school garden which is located near the 4th grade classrooms.

Impact teacher update:

Our newest impact teachers now have email access.  Feel free to email them with questions, suggestions, feedback, etc.

Ann Linn (Sci.), Jaime Schoenbrun (tech), Suzann (goes by “Beany:) Chalfant (PE)

Our new Newcomer teacher, Maria Zavala, who goes by “Tessie”, will begin after Fall Break.  She will prep over Fall break and on Oct. 7 and hopes to begin groups on Tuesday, Oct. 8.  If you have a “Newcomer” student/s, please email Adriana as soon as possible so she can begin to create and lower and upper grade group for the new teacher.  We will email you when we have the schedule and lists solidified.

Writing PD:

As mentioned in the weekly update last week, we have confirmed the next dates for our writing pd with SDAWP.

K-2: Sept. 16th, 8:00-10:45 a.m. in Rm. 21 at Emory. (this Wednesday)

3-6: Oct. 7th, 8:00-11:00a.m. in Rm. 21 at Emory (Monday after Fall Break)

Unique Assembly:

Connie has been able to secure an affordable assembly last minute around the 6 traits of Writing.  There is only one hitch.  They could only come this Wednesday.  Here is the schedule:

8:05-8:50 Kinder                               8:55-9:40  1st-3rd;                                  10:30-11:15 4th-6th

This means that ELD for 1-3 will need to end by 8:45 so they can get to assembly on time.  If this really throws a wrench in your plans, please let me know that your class will not be attending.

PLNU Art Students:

Our PLNU Art student teachers will be returning this Fall.  There are only 9 students this Fall and the art lessons will fall on Tuesday and Thursday.  5th and 6th grade  will participate this time and we will probably switch some PLC times around those weeks.  We will need 2 more classrooms to participate.  Let me know if you are particularly interested to participate.

Thurs.  Oct 10 — Planning meeting with teachers
Thurs.  Oct 17 — First art lesson
Tues.   Oct 29 — Second art lesson (On Tuesday to
avoid Halloween, but not to spread the teaching dates too far between the two


You have been sent the PBS powerpoint and resources for Restroom Expectations to be taught Monday morning at 8:15a.m.  Please continue to reinforce this during the week and if you have recess duty, please make special effort to stand near or check in on the restrooms on our playground to reinforece expected behavior.  Thank you!

6th grade Fundraiser for camp:

Thank you ahead of time for your support in promoting our 6th grade camp fundraiser.  Shelly Molina and her student teacher, Connie Ruiz, sent you emails last Friday, 9/13, with a great little video clip to promote this fundraiser,  Fliers also go out Monday but it would be so great if you could show the video to your class and promote this.  I know every grade level does what they can to fundraise for field trips but please hype this up– 6th grade camp is especially expensive for our students but a very worthy experience that we don’t want them to miss!

Common Core Math preview PD:

Amy Illingworth sent an email late last week to announce PD for Common Core Math over Fall Break.  Teachers will receive out-of-contract pay.  Please see her email for details.

Popcorn and Reading:

Please email me if you’d like me to visit your classroom to read and bring popcorn if your class won the attendance award for August.  September is just about finished for us and when we return from Fall Break, we will be announcing our winners for September.  Thursday (any time) and Friday (after 11) of this week would be the best days for me.

Shout Outs:

Please check out the other tabs on this blog for good info and “shout outs” which allows staff members to recognize their peers for some of their individual efforts.

Quote of the Week:

“Learning together serves a crucial function… it makes learning happen.” – Seth Godin

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