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


16 thoughts on “Weekly Update: 5/19/2014

  1. Go on a much needed DATE with my hubby-he’s been out of state helping our daughter drive her car back to Wisconsin and visiting family along the way.

  2. Starting off the weekend with a massage on Friday, then the Padres game on Saturday, and finishing up with lots of relaxation.

  3. Relaxing with a margarita on the roof-top patio of my family’s beach house in Cantamar, Mexico (south of Rosarito); do some swimming if the water is warm enough and maybe ride my brother’s atv in the nearby dunes. Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

  4. Celebrating my youngest daughter’s 7th birthday and going to my niece’s Quincenera
    ( traditional Mexican fifteen year old).

  5. Promised my daughter I would babysit my two grandchildren while she and her hubby enjoy DATE NIGHT. (My firefighter son in law just came home after working a five day, 24 hour shift…#thankafirefighter.
    ……..Oh, I won’t forget to also treat myself to a well deserved massage, pedicure…maybe more…:)
    p.s. Shelly….your weekend sounds little lots of FUN!..:)

  6. Shampooing my carpet Sat. a.m., driving to Laguna Beach to help my son and his wife move into there new place (build a storage shed in their backyard + doggie door) ,spend the night, work Sun….Monday belongs to my wife and I…rest and advil.

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