Weekly Update: 1/27/2014

Happy Friday, Happy Weekend, or Happy Monday, depending when you are reading this.  Here are the updates for the upcoming week:


We have had a last minute switch and 4th grade will have PLC on Tuesday and 5th grade will have PLC on Monday.  Barb Montfort, who was planning on coming on request of 4th grade will come the following Monday, Feb. 3rd.


2nd grade should be finishing up administration of their second PTA and all scores are due into DataDirector (DD) by Feb. 7th.  1st grade PTAs begins Mon. Jan. 27th and scores are due in DD by Feb. 18th.

Staff Meeting:

Thank you for your engagement at the last staff meeting focused on “Rigor”.  I very much enjoyed reading your “tickets to leave” and appreciate your willingness to try new techniques that will challenge your students.  We will have Part 2 of DOK professional development this Wednesday, Jan. 29th at 1:40p.m. in Rm. 11.  Please bring your composition book and any materials that you have received regarding DOK in last 2 weeks.  Barb Montfort will attend and support us in our learning.

Principal Round Table:

Our round table meeting will take place on Tues. Jan. 28th at 7:30 in rm. 11 (Thank you Maile).

Instructional Rounds:

This will take place on Wed. Jan. 29th with the support of some of our Impact Teachers.  Thank you Kindergarten for volunteering!! (ha, ha).  First grade teachers will be released from 8:15-11.  I will send first grade team an email with details.


Please read Adriana’s emails carefully for details about ELD cancellations for certain days and info about Imagine Learning.  I appreciate that Adriana sends out detailed informational emails so please take the time to read them.

Science and Math Sheds:

Thank you soooo much to Dana and Board Member Ellsworth, aka Melanie, for giving their time to clean and organize our two sheds.  Your classroom key now opens both sheds so I encourage and invite you to pop your head inside and see all the wonderful resources that are hidden there.

Staff Badges:

We are ALL expected to get our picture taken next Thursday while the Child ID program is here.  The district is expecting all staff members to get their picture taken through this program so that badges can be made for all of us to wear while we are on campus.  This is just one part of our effort to ensure the safety and welfare of our students.  Please make sure to stop by the cafeteria at some point.  If you are absent, I believe there are still other sites that have this scheduled in the future but it will require you to go to another site.

Resource of the Week:

I know there are so, so many websites that are helping us to learn more about Common Core but one of my favorites is here , Tulare County’s Office of Ed Common Core homepage.  I, and others, find it to be very user friendly and informative.  If you look on the lefthand side of this page, you will find easy links to other more specific resources.  (ELA CC, ELA resources, Math CC, Math resources, etc.)

Board Meeting:

Thank you for those of you who were able to attend the Board Meeting where I highlighted Emory, it meant a lot to me.  Please don’t feel badly if you weren’t able to attend, you all show your support of our school in many ways daily!  I am happy to report that my presentation was only 8 minutes!! We were supposed to keep it around 10- I don’t know that anyone would place a bet that I would stay under 10 minutes! My own “personal best”!

Gentle Reminders:

Please take a quick look on the other “tabs” on this site.  Weekly Bulletin will give you other specific information about the week and weeks to come and PLC Calendar also gives you a glimpse of what’s to come.  Feel free to post a “shout out” for one or more of your colleagues or share something you have found success with.

Question of the Week:

Do you have a favorite restaurant that you can recommend to others?

Quote of the Week:

“I believe that our very survival depends upon us becoming better systems thinkers.”

– Margaret J. Wheatley

17 thoughts on “Weekly Update: 1/27/2014

  1. Too many too choose from but I love eating dinner at Benihana, Oceanaire or The Grove Steakhouse!

  2. Staying local…just enjoyed seafood at TJ Oyster on Bonita Rd next to Vons….for a night on the town,…. also love Oceanaire in the Gaslamp.

  3. Oh so many places and so little time. We love Zorba’s in old CV, D’Lish at Terra Nova, and Lido’s in Lemon Grove – we love supporting family-owned places.

  4. My latest favorite is Southpaw in the Gaslamp area. It is right next to the Park at the Park at Petco. Also, last night I went to Alexanders on 30th (30th and Upas.) Great atmosphere and equally great Italian food.

  5. If you love fish tacos or mariscos, TJ Oyster bar on Bonita Road. There are two, but the original one is much better. Yum!

  6. Bento & Noodles is a great place that serves traditional Chinese food as well as Sushi. My experiences there have been great!

  7. One of my newest discoveries is very close to home, DaoFu – Normal Heights – San Diego. It’s an electic fushion of tofu, vegetarian, and Japanese cuisine. The food is flavorful and the ambious is very invited and comfortable. Highly recommend it, my mouth is watering as I finish this sentence.

  8. I agree with Leslie. Bento and Noodles is the place. Little ones, 12 and under, eat free I believe Tuesdays? You can always call ahead of time to find out.

  9. Phil’s BBQ, World Famous and Searsucker are a few of our faves !!! All great places to take our out of town family when they visit.

  10. There are two connected places right on the corner of 30th and Adams in Normal Heights. One is Soda and Swine where you can order 5 different types of meatballs served in a variety of ways as well as specialty sodas. Next door (you can have food delivered there) is Polite Provisions, a really cute bar serving lots of old-fashioned drinks. Often busy but worth the wait!

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