Weekly Update: 5/26/2014

Hi everyone- I hope you had a great 3-day weekend-we have 11 busy days ahead of us…but summer is in sight!


There is no PBS this week since Monday was a holiday.


ELD will end this THURSDAY.


This is our last week of PLCs so please make sure to thank our wonderful impact teachers for their hard work!

Please use this week to finalize next year’s classes.  You will be provided with the work you did last week but now need to make sure the classes are balanced and the names are written in alphabetical order for Martha.  You will be given clean sheets in case you need them.


We have a 1st/2nd grade in-house posting for current full time Emory teachers.  It will close this Friday.  Please contact me if you are interested.

Staff meeting:

We will have our last PD of the year this Wednesday in Rm. 19 at 2:40.  Please bring your writing composition book and any CC math materials that you’ve kept since last time.  Chris will lead the PD as I will be meeting with Supt. McNamara at 1:00p.m.

We will have a short staff meeting next Wednesday to discuss end of the year “nuts and bolts”.

Blue slips:

We will have blue slip drawing Tuesday, June 3rd.

Golden Eagle assemblies:

Our last Golden Eagle assemblies take place next week.  Please make sure to get 35week names to Eunice and please make sure to notify parents ahead of time so they can make plans to attend.

Instructional Rounds:

Thank you to the 3rd and 4th grade teachers for taking part in our instructional rounds last Friday.  Once again, almost all classrooms were aligned in objectives, instruction, and student tasks.  Every classroom also had some evidence of DOK level 2 or approaching DOK level 2.  It was inspiring to see students breaking down some informational AND argumentative authentic text and having rich discussions around it.  Additionally, every classroom involved students independently writing.  The 4th grade team commented that they all took something away from this experience that will add to their current instruction.

Question of the Week:

Please use this as an opportunity to give a “shout out”, words of advice, etc. to our fabulous Mileidee.

Quote of the Week:

“Fairness isn’t when everyone gets the same, but when everyone gets what he needs.”   –Anonymous




Weekly Update: 5/19/2014

Hi everyone- Before reading this, I encourage you to have your weekly planner with you so you can jot down important dates for the upcoming busy weeks.  Here are the updates:


This Monday, please plan to review “Cafeteria Expectations” with your students.  Please also remember to reinforce these expectations as you walk your students to lunch daily.  If we don’t “inspect what we expect”, then we will not see the expected behavior.


This week, we WILL NOT be using PLC to create next year’s classes.  Instead, please use this time to keep unpacking standards, planning, and preparing for your upcoming ELA and Math PTAs.  Amy Illingworth has sent everyone a comprehensive email with all the info you need.  Please review her email.  You can also begin to work on report cards this week.  Working on report cards will also be the agenda focus for next week’s PLCs. (last week of PLCs.)

Staff Meeting:

We will meet in Rm. 13 this week to do our first draft of creating classes for next school year.   Please sit with your grade level team.  I will bring the class cards and necessary forms for creating classes.  At this point, we might be able to avoid combination classes but it is very possible that this might change over the summer break as more students register. (ILD teachers will be absent but since they don’t create classes, this will not impact them)

Next week, May 28th, we will do our final PD around Math CC in Rm. 19.

Wednesday, June 4th we will have a short staff meeting for last minute updates/Nuts and Bolts.


Asst. Supt. Shelley Burgess will visit this Wednesday, 8-11a.m.  We will continue to collect data on our District goals seen here.

Supt. McNamara will visit on Wednesday, May 28th to meet with me.  I don’t anticipate we will be visiting classrooms, but it’s always possible.

Instructional Leadership Team (ILT):

Our ILT has their final meeting/PD of the year this Thurday, May 22nd.  We will be off campus all day. Thank you to those teachers who have been participating!

Instructional Rounds:

Thank you to the 5th grade team for hosting our visits last Friday for instructional rounds.  We were all extremely impressed with the level of rigor.  Posted objectives were 100% aligned and almost all instruction and student tasks were also aligned.  All classrooms had evidence of DOK levels at 2 and 3! All classrooms had students doing more than 50% of the cognitive work load (speaking, writing, reading = thinking!)  Thank you to the 6th team as well for writing lesson plans and being present and active participants in this process and for your positive comments and insights.

This Friday will be our last instructional rounds of the year. 4th grade will visit 3rd grade.  For those grade levels that were either not observed or were not the observers this year, we will make sure you are the first participants next year.

Student visitors:

I hope you all know how much I appreciate honoring students, it’s the best part of this job.  I love when students come to visit the Principal’s office for things other than poor behavior.  I only ask that you call or email ahead of time when you wish to send students to my office to make PA announcements, see me for concerns, ask me questions, receive Kudos, etc.  I feel badly when they come hoping that they can get my immediate attention and I am not available.

Talent Show assemblies:

Please continue to promote our Talent Show which takes place Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this week.  Our assembly for students will take place on Friday, May 23rd.  K-3: 1:00 4-6: 1:40 

Important Dates:

Here are some dates that you might want to put in your weekly planner/calendar:

Last week of PLCs with support from Ann, Gaby, and Jaime:

May 27-May 30th

Last week of Primary grade intervention support with Amy and Aryn:

May 19-May 23rd

Last week of 3rd/4th grade support with Michelle:

May 26-May 30th

Last week of Newcomer/ELL/IL support with Tessie:

May 19-May 22nd (last day May 22nd)

Last day for ELD and Imagine Learning:

Thursday, May 22nd

Please also read your weekly bulletin that Eunice posts here (“Weekly Bulletin” tab) for upcoming dates for Field Day, Golden Eagle awards, etc.

Question of the Week:

What are your plans for the last 3-day weekend of this school year?

Quote of the Week:

“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” -Lady Bird Johnson


Weekly Update: 5/12/2014

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Emory mothers out there if you are reading this on Sunday.  Happy Belated Mother’s Day if you are reading it later. 🙂 The next four weeks will be busy and full of important events so please take the time to read weekly updates, emails, etc. to stay informed.

Here are the updates for this week:

Flag Salute and NCTS Partnership:

Last week, Cindy, Adriana and I met with representatives of our Military Liaison and NTCS. We were able to plan out some ways that they will be able to support our school and students beginning immediately! This year, they plan to help out with lunch league sports, Field Days, 6th grade Fun and Games to name a few events. After they assess the number of volunteers they can obtain, this support will extend to tutoring (Reading and Math intervention) and much more!

Please join me at Monday flag salute as I introduce our new partnership and some of the members that we will be seeing more of in the next year.


Please use this time to review for your final PTA of the year and/or continue to unpack Unit 7 standards.  The following two weeks will be dedicated to creating rosters/classes for the following school year.  Thank you for looking through the placement cards and helping us to get the most accurate numbers for next school year.  This week I will begin breaking those numbers down to see what our classes look like for next year and will begin having conversations regarding teaching assignments for next year.  I anticipate that we may have several combination classes and want to remind you that this is never easy or exciting for me to decide who will teach these combo classes.


We are finishing up make-ups and some special ed testing for CAASPP but I want to say thank you to Chris and all of our 3rd-6th grade teachers for your patience and perseverance through this first trial run.

We also have 5th grade who will be administering the CST Science on Monday (so please remind your students to be quiet in the hallways) and also administering PE testing this week.

Child Nutrition Audit:

This will be taking place sometime this week.  Please refrain from food-related celebrations.  Please do not send students to the cafeteria with food that is not from their own lunches.  Please do not mount posters on school/hallway walls that highlight food sales, etc.  Thanks!

Staff Meeting:

We will have a staff meeting this week to revisit Common Core Math and deepen our understanding a bit more around it.  If you have not hosted a staff meeting this week and are willing to do so, please let me know.  I would like to make sure that everyone has a chance to show off their room and for everyone to see different classrooms for ideas.

Primary Writing PD:

This Wednesday (8:00-10:45a.m. in Rm. 21) will be our last primary Writing PD with SDAWP. They have asked that every teacher bring a piece of student writing for which you are curious about regarding where to go next.

Instructional Rounds:

Thank you to the 5th grade team who will be “hosting” the 6th grade teachers this Friday for instructional rounds.  Our time frame will be after morning recess until around lunch time.   Please see Chris’ email for the exact schedule.  Impact teachers will help us out to teach in the 6th grade classrooms from 10-2ish. (Thank you Gaby, Ann, and Jaime!)

Noon-time Supervisor:

Please welcome our newest Emory staff member, Felicia Ortiz, who will be taking over the permanent noon-time position that was vacated by Ms. Nerry a few months ago.

Morgan returns:

Welcome back Morgan who will be returning sometime this week. (Hopefully Tuesday) Please make sure you stop and say “thank you” and “farewell” to Mark Walters, sometime on Monday, who has stepped in and done a fabulous job teaching in Rm. 20 while Morgan was out.

Volunteer Luncheon:

This Tuesday, we will honor our wonderful Emory voluteers with a catered lunch. Please try and stop by to thank your parent volunteers or those who you may not see in your classroom, but who work tirelessly “behind the scenes”.

Board Meeting:

This Thursday, we will be honoring 10, 20, and 30 years of service along with those who are retiring this year. This year, I am proud to recognize Dave Benson (10 years), Jeanne Adams-Sherwood (30 years), and Carol MacKay (retiring). Please join me at the Board Meeting to honor these wonderful Emory stars! If anyone is interested, perhaps we can get together beforehand for some snacks and a beverage…

PTO Movie Night:

This Friday, our PTO will host our final movie night of the year and show the incredibly popular movie, “Frozen”. I will be making a phone call home and flier will go out on Monday, but please remind your students. The money raised goes right back to our students via field trips, library books, classroom supplies, assemblies, and much, much more! (Just recently, PTO helped support the Staff Appreciation luncheon and provided breakfast treats as well.)

Friday, May 23rd:

I almost ALWAYS approve any and all absence requests but I will not be able to approve all requests should there be several requests for Friday, May 23rd seeing as this will be a high impact day (Memorial Day weekend).  We have noticed that it is particularly difficult to find guest teachers, especially for Fridays, and especially for Friday 1/2 day p.m. only.

Padres Game:

Please remember to encourage your students to sell tickets for SBUSD night at Petco Park.  Our fabulous Rebecca Carson will be recognized on the field and will be joined by the student who sells the most tickets.  This event will take place on Saturday, May 24th.

Question of the Week:

If you are comfortable sharing, tell us something about your own mother that will always be a fond memory for you.

Quote of the Week:

“If we succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow.”  – John Lubbock


Weekly Update: 5/5/2014

Hi everyone- Sorry for the delay, I started feeling yucky late Sunday and am starting to feel better.  Hope your weekend and Cinco de Mayo were great!


It’s been a few weeks since we’ve been able to do our Monday lessons but hopefully you were able to start back again today.  If you didn’t get a chance to, please see Chris’ email and find sometime to do so this week.


I am asking that everyone take just a few minutes during PLC this week to look through the placement cards and make groups of 24 for primary and 33 for upper grade.  If you see a placement card for a student that you know is leaving, please pull these out.  If you have students “left over” after making groups of 24 or 33, please put them together as well.  YOu are NOT creating classes right now for next year, just clumping them into groups so we can get the most accurate projected enrollment counts.  Kim Phifer met with me last week and at this time, we may have up to 5!! combination classrooms.  Getting the best account of our numbers might eliminate a need for some combos.  Chris or myself will try to be at the beginning of each PLC this week to explain and clarify if needed.

Please use the rest of your PLC time to unpack Unit 7 and/or explore Math Common Core.


We will resume ELD on Tuesday, May 6 from 8:15-8:55 for every grade level.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon:

Please join us for a yummy BBQ lunch, catered by Bil Major, as we show our appreciation for all that you do.  It will take place on Tuesday, May 6th during your lunch time.

SBUSD Employee Appreciation Day:

The Board of Trustees and Exec. Team would like to show their appreciation for all that you do by providing breakfast to you this Wednesday morning in our lounge.  Shelley Burgess will be there to represent SBUSD and I really encourage you to take a few minutes and stop in and be honored and thanked for your hard work and enjoy some yummy breakfast as well.

Staff Meeting:

There will be no official  staff meeting this week but some of our staff members will be attending meetings specific to their grade or trainings.

Recently qualified SELD teachers:

Please meet in Rm. 18  at 1:40 with Lisa Celaya to discuss next steps for SELD instruction in your classrooms.

5th grade teachers:

Please meet in Rm. 28 at 1:40 to discuss upcoming P.E. and CST Science testing expectations and schedule.

Everyone else:

Please use this time to meet with your grade level team to plan.

Performance Tasks:

This past weekend you should have received an email from Amy Illingworth regarding the upcoming PTAs.  Please read this email carefully and save it as it has important details and information.  Cindy has the PTAs for students and will be distributing this week.

Navy Partnership:

I was able to secure us a new partnership with Naval Computer and Telecommunication Station (NCTS) Command and we will be meeting with them this Thursday to discuss how they might be able to support our school community.  They are eager and open to various ideas such as tutoring, helping with school events, etc.  They will be with us in some capacity for all of next school year, and maybe the partnership will continue after that as well….


I will make attendance annoucement on Tuesday morning (tomorrow).  Please bring trophies to the blacktop.  This will be the last month that I will be able to bring popcorn as June will be a short month and I will be too busy to do readings in every room.  I will find some other way to honor classrooms for May attendance.

On this note, thank you for encouraging daily attendance and providing a welcoming atmosphere for your students as congratulations are in order.  We had the second highest attendance in the district for the official reporting period and increased almost .75% from last year, yielding us almost $5000 from the district incentive program.  We have also maintained some of the highest attendance for the past few years and have exceeded the district goal!!

Question of the Week:

How did you stay cool this past weekend?

Quote of the Week:

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”