Weekly Update: 10/21/2013

Here are the updates for the week.

PBS lesson:

We will resume our Monday morning school-wide PBS lessons with our first of two on Bullying.  There is a primary and upper grade lesson so please make sure to use the one appropriate for your grade level.  Chris sent this out last Friday.


Thank you to Adriana and her support team for organizing and administering the whole group portion of the CELDT and thank you to everyone for your flexibility in taking other students during these days.

Staff Meeting:

We will have our staff meeting in Rm. 5 this week at 1:40.  We will spend a majority of the time watching videos around effective instruction.  We will have our meetings in different grade levels this year and in different rooms each time as well.  Everyone will get a chance to host, if not this year, next year.


I appreciate that every grade level is using their PLC time wisely with a focus on CC ELA.  Please keep in mind that there are a variety of agenda items that you may include in this time.  Planning around UNits of Study (chaptering), planning a specific lesson, studying and learning more your grade level PTA (performance task assessment, scoring the PTA.  Another activity that will not take but more than 10-15 minutes is completing your grade level survey which can give valuable feedback to the district.  Keep in mind, your feedback should be constructive in nature and positive comments would be appreciated as well when possible.  Here is the link but you can find this under the Common Core Units of Study link on our website on the left hand side by clicking the blue “feedback” link.


Science Shed:

Over break, Frank Villagrana was generous enough to provide us two hard working men to clean up our Science shed.  They also fixed it by replacing the doors so that it is sealed now making it harder for little rodents to enter.  The good news is that the shed is clean.  Unfortunately, most of the items in the shed were destroyed and or deemed “infested” and had to be thrown out.  Feel free to use your classroom key to open the shed and see the results.  There is not much left!  Dana has graciously volunteered to take the lead on “rebuilding” and organizing our efforts to replenish the supplies.  If you are available to help out, please email her and let her know.  She will be sending an email or two out about supplies to get a sense of your priority items for the shed and to see what you might have in your rooms that you could donate to the shed.  (Time for some Fall cleaning?….)

Emergency Drills:

Thank you for your patience with last week’s Duck and Cover (earthquake drill).  The instructions we are given for the bells/intercom sounds are confusing.  I will continue to ask for guidance but I am trying my best to interpret them correctly.  This drill was a Duck and Cover drill and in some instances, the end of a duck and cover drill can end with EVACUATION (if structures are deemed safe to exit)  Therefore, we are able to “check off” our fire drill for this as well because in a fire drill, we evacuate.  But for duck and cover drills, everyone should complete/use the pink Emergency/Disaster frill form when we evacuate to the grass.  We were looking at this form and have decided that we want to revise it (like good writers do 🙂 to make it more informative and user friendly. Eunice will be doing this and we will pass out new ones to you in the near future and quickly review it at a staff meeting.  PLEASE DISCARD ANY PINK FORMS THAT ARE CURRENTLY IN YOUR RED EMERGENCY BACKPACK. A fire drill will always be indicated by the extremely high pitched alarm signal and in that case, please use the yellow form once we evacuate to the grass.

Instructional Rounds:

Our PLC impact teachers have a few “extra” days on their work calendars so we will be utilizing them to sub for grade levels so that grade levels can observe other grade levels, again with purpose of learning by observing.  This Wednesday, our 2nd grade will observe 1st grade during CC ELA, with a focus on “authentic literacy” in the classroom.   This is NOT meant to be a dog and pony show, as we want to observe and collect authentic data.  Thank you to 1st grade for being the first grade level to be observed this year.  Each grade level will spend about 2 1/2 hours out of their classrooms and the impact teachers will sub during this time.

Another helpful resource:

Please feel free to check out http://www.achievethecore.org/ to find anchor papers on writing and much more.

Bulletin error:

Eunice wanted to me inform you that this week’s bulletin (found under Bulletin tab) has an error.  It states that our Fall Carnival will take place on Nov. 4.  The actual date is NOV. 6.  Please contact Shelly for info on how you can help.  Please remind your students on Monday, Oct. 21st that our candy drive will end on Tuesday.

Question for the Week: Please respond using “comment” link.

What is one of your favorite children’s literature books? (From your childhood, parenthood, or teaching days)

Quote of the Week:

“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques.  The teacher is the heart of the educational system.”

-Sidney Hook




27 thoughts on “Weekly Update: 10/21/2013

  1. Childhood: The Monster at the End of This Book. My parents would read it to me with so much expression. Looked forward to it at bedtime as a kid. I love reading it to my own boys (same copy) today !!

  2. Who else? Dr. Seuss… “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” I gave this to my daughter when she entered kindergarten. She is now a high school senior, and I’m getting her a new copy for graduation since the old one is worn out. “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

  3. One of my favorite children’s book (there are many) is The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst, about a little boy who’s just lost his cat and how he learns how to deal with the loss. I’ve read it to my children and my classes scores of times and I still choke up when I read it. It is the sweetest book.

  4. When I was growing up I couldn’t get enough of the Hardy Boys series. My favorite books to read to my classes are Bunnicula and The Indian in the Cupboard (please imagine both titles are either italicized or underlined to indicate titles.)

  5. My favorite book was (and still one of my favorites) “Charlotte’s Web.” It was the first chapter book I read all by myself.

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