Weekly Update: 3/3/2014

Wow, it’s March already!! I know we are eager for Spring Break, hang in there, it will be here before you know it.  Until then, we have 3 weeks of opportunity to keep giving our students the best instruction possible.  Here’s what we have planned for this week:

Read Across America Week:

Thank you to Roseann and Karina for your help with this exciting week.  Please remind your students about the exciting spirit days as well as encouraging them to take part in reading, writing, speaking or drawing about…..READING!!


This week our PBS Monday will be shortened by a few minutes as we kick of “Read Across America Week”.  Supt. McNamara and Trustee Ellsworth will lead us in the Reader’s Oath and we will also have our regular flag salute.  When you return to your classrooms, please show the short powerpoint for our Cheesecake Fundraiser since our assembly was cancelled last Friday.  Additionally, Chris will be sending you a PBS review lesson.  If you do not have time in the morning to do all of this, please find a few add’l minutes later in the day to do so.

SST Day:

Monday, March 3 is SST days for grades 3-5.  Thank you Tracy who has created a sign up sheet that allows everyone to have a full hour to review your most concerning yellow folders.  We will schedule another one shortly after Spring Break to support grades K-2.  If you haven’t signed up, please do.  If you haven’t signed up, (with the exception of maybe GATE teachers) I will be inquiring as to why since I find it highly unlikely that you don’t have students who are struggling either academically or behaviorally.  Please keep in mind that I too often hear, “I’m not sure why the previous teacher/s didn’t begin a yellow folder”, so please do your part with yellow folders for your struggling students.


This week will be our last week of PE for Impact rotations.  Additionally, Ana Reyes will be visiting our PLCs on Monday and Thursday to help with your planning, scoring PTA’s, and to answer any questions you have.  She plans to attend the following Tuesday to support 2nd and 5th grade.  Please feel free to bring student work samples from your PTAs to clarify any questions or to share concerns.  We have heard that not too many teachers have completed the Units of Study surveys.  If you have concerns or feedback or just want to say “I like it”, then this is the place to have your voice heard.  Feel free to take 5-10 minutes to complete it during your PLC time.

Staff Meeting:

We will have a short informational staff meeting regarding the testing that is coming up after Spring Break.  Even if your grade level is not testing, I would like you to attend because we might be sampling the test and it would be great for you to attend and see what the future holds for your students.  The meeting will take place in Rm. 22.  Please bring your laptops.

Writing PD:

If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for a time that we can visit to see Writer’s Workshop.  (see sign up in lounge) We do not want to see the proverbial dog and pony show.  Instead, we want to see what you are trying on and we don’t expect perfection.

Reminder: Next upper grade writing PD takes place on Monday, Mar. 10th in Rm. 4 at the district office from 8-10:45a.m.

Resources of the Week:

As I mentioned in a previous post, Stanford University offers free online courses.  There are a few new ones that are designed specifically around the Common Core.  Feel free to check them out here.

If you are interested in previewing the field test for Common Core assessments coming our way, check out: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/

Question of the Week:

What has been something that you liked from the last Writing PD? Something that you are willing to “try out”?

Quote of the Week:

“They may forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel”. -Carl Beuchner





14 thoughts on “Weekly Update: 3/3/2014

  1. I’ve done almost all the activities with my students. They especially LOVE the observation, claim, evidence, and reasoning to the photographs. In addition, I was so surprised to the students eagerness to probe with Ethos, Logos, and Pathos. They absolutely enjoy making the connections in our everyday learning across the curriculum with the three appeals. I’m in awe with them!!!

  2. I was able to take away many ideas from the writing PD to use right away in my classroom. For example, I used visual prompts and photos to introduce the *Observation*Claim*Evidence*Reasoning* process. It really helped my students to better understand the concept, prior to adding text…

  3. The writing PD rocked !! I took away so many things and started trying to apply it to teaching point of view and started preparing them for writing arguments as that is where we are going in unit 7. I was so inspired that I signed up for the Saturday class. Love the SDAWP !!

  4. I liked the way they used graphic novels, pictures, “Would you rather?” and commercials to inspire writing. I would like to try all of these in my class.

  5. RIght now 6th grade is using the plan given at the January PD for informative writing. From the last PD, my class has tried speaking and writing about infographics.

  6. I liked all the strategies/activities that were shared to implement visuals in our lessons (other than photographs & picture books) — I will soon be trying out info-graphics with my group.

  7. My favorites were “Would you rather?”, “Pictographs” and “Photographs”– But all of the strategies were very helpful.

  8. The day after our PD I went on the internet in search of some cool photos to introduce my students the process of Observation – Claim -Evidence-Reasoning. This is great for all students and especially for ELL students- interesting photos really get them engaged!

  9. As an adult I really liked analyzing pictures and advertisements. I cant wait to introduce this to my students.

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