Weekly Update: 10/8/2013

Welcome back everyone! I truly hope you had a chance to rest and relax and enjoy time with friends and family.  I sure feel like that two weeks went by quickly!!  Here are quick updates for this week:

Flag Salute:

Please bring your trophies to the flag salute Tuesday morning.  I will be announcing “September winners”.


Chris has posted the PLC/Staff Mtg calendar for this month under “PLC Calendar” tab.  Please refer to it for a general view of this month.  For this week, please continue to work on planning around Common Core with your grade level.  This week, PLCs that typically happen on Monday, will take place on Friday.  5th grade PLC will meet on Tuesday morning 8:55-10:10 due to minimum day.

Staff Meetings:

There will be no staff meeting this week but Adriana will be meeting with those teachers who are administering the whole group CELDT.  We have a packed schedule for PD during staff meetings this month and we want to help you deeper your understanding around Common Core.  With this in mind, hopefully you will find time to “prep” on Oct. 7th, 8th, and 9th.

CELDT testing:

Adriana will be sending out a schedule to everyone regarding the dates and times of the whole group CELDT testing as it will impact everyone on those days.  Please be on the look out for this email and jot those dates, times, and details down.

Newcomer Impact teacher:

Maria Zavala, who goes by “Tessie”, spent numerous days here over Fall Break getting her classroom organized (check out Rm. 31 when you’re in that neck of the woods) and doing some preliminary planning.  The district has not set up Tessie with email just yet so please send Adriana any emails regarding the Newcomer support.  Thank you to those of you who already sent names to Adriana as requested.  Tessie will begin assessing these students to make sure that they meet the criteria and levels for this group.  Do not assume that the student names you sent Adriana will automatically be part of this group.  Within a week, we should be finalizing the schedule and students who will be receiving Newcomer support.  The schedule should be similar to last year’s with upper grade in morning and primary in the afternoon.  Tessie will also assume the role of after school Imagine Learning supervisor.  Thanks to Adriana and Chris and any other teachers who have been doing the after school Imagine Learning duty for the past several weeks.

Carnival Date:

The carnival date has been set for Wednesday, Nov. 6.  Mark your calendars- more details to come!

PLNU Art Students:

Our PLNU Art students will be returning and REALLY  appreciate your continue support for their learning.  This fall, they will teach art to our 5th and 6th grade students and also to Rm. 5 and Rm. 6 who were interested in participating as well.  The focus will be on illustrators for children’s literature.  The schedule is as follows– mark your calendars of you are a participating teacher or in 4th grade:

Thurs: Oct. 10– planning meeting with teacher at 2:30-2:40.  Please be in your rooms to receive them.

Thurs. Oct. 17th: First art lesson at 1:30-2:15.  (6th grade PLC will switch to Mon. Oct. 14th and 4th grade PLC will switch to Thursday that week.)

Tues. Oct. 29th: Second and final art lesson at 1:30-2:15.  5th grade PLC will take place on Mon. Oct. 28th and 4th grade will switch to Tues. Oct. 29th)

Thank you to 4th grade for being flexible and making two switches with your days on these weeks.

Classroom Visits:

Chris and I have set goals that are pretty ambitious, with the hope of visiting every classroom one to three times per week.  We know that this will not happen every week due to meetings, PLCs, etc but please don’t be alarmed if you see us more than once each week.  We want to support everyone and one of the ways to do this is to get into classrooms.


The 6 traits writing assembly that I confused you with last month is finally taking place on Wed. Oct. 16th.  I will send you the schedule for that day again via email.

Question for the week: please respond.

What was your favorite experience over Fall Break?

Quote of the Week:

“The more I learn, the more I realize the less I know.”





28 thoughts on “Weekly Update: 10/8/2013

  1. Traveling to Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico to be in my niece’s wedding! We enjoyed every minute of our trip!!

  2. Taking a road trip, just Loren and me, that went through 9 states over 2 weeks, 4000+ miles and only 1 speeding ticket!! I think seeing the elk rut in Yellowstone was the highlight – can I use that during Sex Ed?? I’ve got pictures………… 🙂

  3. Dougie and I took Grant (3) and Ian (2) to a family resort in Palm Springs. The resort had a Splashtopia and a lazy river.(for pre-schoolers with life guards) The boys had a blast and Mommy and Daddy got to relax by the pool. The best part was everyone had kids and so no one gave us dirty looks and our kids got a chance to act like kids. It was awesome and we can’t wait to go back !! Best Bloody Mary ever !! 🙂

  4. my favorite experience was surfing several times with both my sons, and not being selected for jury duty on a three week murder trial.

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