Weekly Update: 11/17/2014

Good Morning! Here are the updates for the next 5 days and then we will have a few days catch our breath, spend time with family and friends, and hopefully get a little rest…..

Blue Slips:

Please send your blue slips with a student to lunch today.  I will do blue slips for Kinder and TK in their rooms.

Lunch inside:

We will have lunch inside for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as we are receiving new lunch tables and then they will be taking the best of our old lunch tables and changing them out with some of the tables around our campus that are in really bad shape.

Certificated of the Year nomination:

Thank you to those of you who turned in your nomination form for our Teacher/Certificated of the Year committee.  Thanks to Rebecca, Shelly, Angela, and Holli who were selected and accepted the honor of serving on our selection committee this year.  Now, we need your help once again.  Please see the YELLOW nomination form which is in your boxes and place your nomination for Teacher of the Year in the folder in Rebecca’s box.  The district doesn’t give us much time to go through the process and needs the name of our certificated and  classified selections by Dec. 5th.  For this reason, please try your best to turn this in by this Friday or at the latest, Monday, Dec. 1st.


Please use this week to continue unpacking standards for your current or upcoming Unit of Study.  Please remember there are guidelines posted on Rm. 28 and an unpacking template available on the planning table which can help you unpack a standard to the depth which will help with deeper understanding.  You may also use some of this time to work on report cards and know that you will also have this Wed. to work on report cards.  I will be sending you some updates and “tips” regarding report cards via email so be looking for that.

Supt. Mc visits:

Supt. McNamara visits Tuesday from 8:30-10:30a.m.  Since she was unable to visit for much time last time, we will once again be visiting our classrooms and programs that are supported by personnel that is funded through categorical funding.  If we have add’l time, we will visit classrooms/grade levels of her choice.

Art Students:

Our art student teachers will visit tomorrow, from 1:30-2:15 in 4th-6th grades.  Dr. Sangren from PLNU who is the professor for this program wants to send her thanks to those participating teachers.  She said that her students had very positive experiences on their planning visit and are excited to teach the lessons, though a bit nervous, as is to be expected.  Dr. Sangren asks that I remind my teachers that this is her students’ first experience teaching a lesson– this class comes prior to their student teaching, so please make sure to stay in the class as these students are not yet credentialed and shouldn’t be left without a supervising credentialed teacher.  With this being said, please try not to “step in and take over” too much as they need to experience how to make adjustments, deal with discipline, etc. Thank you.

Library Schedule:

I will be sending out a new library schedule based on the fact that our 2nd and 3rd grade PLC rotations change again this week.  I will also post the computer lab schedule for this week on the white board.

Staff/PD meeting:

There will be no staff mtg this week so please use this time to finish up report cards.  Keep in mind, that you do not want to print out your report cards until Wednesday to ensure that all attendance data has been populated.

Question of the Week:

What is one thing you learned from the report card PD that for which you are especially appreciative?

Quote of the Week:

“There is no education like adversity.”  -Benjamin Disraeli



Weekly Update: 11/10/2014

Good morning! Here are the updates for this 4-day week:

Spirit Day:

On behalf of our Student Council, today is red, white, and blue Spirit Day – please recognize those students who are in attendance today as we anticipate some will be absent and give a shout out to those who are wearing red, white, and blue in honor of Veteran’s Day.


Our PBS lesson today will be around Cafeteria Expectations.  Please see the email that Chris sent on Sunday with the powerpoint.


Our PLCs will continue to focus around unpacking standards and scoring PTAs if you haven’t finished.  If you read Chris’ email last week, you know that there is an extension for inputting scores into Illuminate until this Friday, Nov. 14th.

We have a couple of changes to PLCs schedules this week:  3rd and 6th grade will have PLC on Friday.  2nd and 4th grade will have PLC on Thursday.  (Thank you 4th grade for be willing to switch with 6th grade who will be on a field trip on Thursday.)

Staff Meeting/PD:

We will have PD this Wednesday around Report Cards in Illuminate.  Our Illuminate leads will facilitate this once again.  We will meet in Rm. 21 at 1:40p.m.   Please bring your laptops and compostion book/journal for note taking.


If you haven’t done so already, please remember to give me just one copy of a 1, 2, 3, and 4 from your ELA PTA.  Please make sure to paperclip and put the grade level and place in labeled folder next to my office door.


We will have an assembly for 5th and 6th grades on Friday at 1:10p.m.  Please email Angelica, if you haven’t already, with the topics you’d most like them to focus on during the assembly.  (Bullying, rumors, anti-drugs, etc.)

Question of the Week:

What do you plan to do on your day off tomorrow?  If you have anyone who has served in the military, here’s a chance to give a “shout out” to them and their service for our country.

Quote of the Week:

“Nothing should be prized so highly than the value of each day.” -Wolfgang von Goethe

Weekly Update: 11/3/2014

Hi everyone- I am giving our blog a shot and hoping you are able to open this but I will also send this via Outlook email.

I’d like to say “Thank You” to all of you for your efforts this week towards two events that exemplified our commitment to building a positive and welcoming school climate that couldn’t happen without all of you!  It was truly a pleasure to watch the faces of students and their families as they enjoyed our Fall Carnival and Costume Parade/Unicef Drive.

Monday Flag Salute:

Please bring trophies to flag salute on Monday as we will be announcing the attendance winners for the month of October.


Please continue to use this time to score your PTAs and discuss student work.  Please remember that I need to have one sample of a 1, 2, 3, and 4 scored writing sample from your grade level.   Thanks to 1st and 5th grade who have turned theirs in.  There is a folder outside my office door where you can place your samples but please make sure they are labeled with your grade level.  Thank you.

Staff/PD meeting:

As I mentioned, we will not have a meeting this week so that you may use the time to input your scores into Illuminate.  Additionally, if you need extra help, there is an “open session” at the district office from 3:30-5:30p.m. on Wednesday tech lab.   I encourage you to take some time before Wednesday, if you haven’t already begun to do so, to get into Illuminate and use your notes from our training that our Illuminate leads facilitated and familiarize yourself with entering scores, either via scanning or manually entering.  This way, you will know if you need extra support with any challenges that you encounter PRIOR to Wednesday.

Illuminate and Report Cards:

I know we have a lot to do and I know we get a lot of emails but PLEASE take some time (you could use your PLC or Wednesday p.m. for this as well) to read the informative email from Amy Illingworth that was sent on Tuesday, Oct. 28th.  It has information and an easy link to info regarding report cards.  It’s normal behavior for people to procrastinate because we have so much to do but I encourage you to begin looking at the report cards sooner than later.   We need to send them home on Nov. 21st.  We all know how quickly that date will arrive.  Amy’s email has more information but the link for the report cards and the report card help sheet is here.

Attendance and other info will not be entered into Illuminate until Nov. 19th so you may begin working on report cards right now but do not print them out until Nov. 19th.  After printing them, you will need to copy the parent guide onto the back side of the report cards.  The one page parent guide can also be found on the link above.

Classroom Visits:

As you know Supt. Mc was unable to visit for long last week due to her schedule and Asst. Supt. Schaub needs to reschedule her visit for this week but hopes to visit in the near future.  Chris and I will continue to visit classrooms this week and in upcoming weeks to collect data around our school and district goals.  As we visited classrooms last week, we certainly saw evidence of teachers teaching lessons around CC standards.  Unfortunately, we did not see many objectives posted and of those that were posted some did not appear to be connected with the instruction or student tasks.  Please know that I am so aware that you all are trying and learning- and I truly appreciate your efforts.  We are all learning.  For this reason, more than ever, it’s important that we have our objectives posted because that will help Chris and myself to have a quick understanding of the standard that you are intending to focus on with your students and then we will be able to better coach around alignment.  Just as we are encouraging our students to ask questions if they are unsure, please ask questions if you need help around writing objectives around the CC standards.  We are here to support you.

Impact Teachers:

Thank you to Adriana and our Impact teachers for allowing us to learn a little more about them and become familiar with their faces.  You can learn a little bit about our Impact teachers while making copies in our copy room.  I am still in search for a biligual Newcomer/ELL impact teacher.  In the meantime, Adriana is going to try her best to rearrange her schedule to offer some support so please see her email from last week and send her names of your Newcomer students.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Recess:

It was a very difficult process to judge the doors for those classrooms who participated in the Red Ribbon Week door decorating contest.  Congratulations to Rm. 6, Rm. 15, and Rm. 22 but thank you to all who participated, the messages and themes were all quite creative! I will supervise Rock ‘n’ Roll Recess this Tuesday, Nov. 4th at 1:10-1:25p.m.  I will be bringing a little something to Honorable Mention rooms 24 and 25.

Computer Lab:

The computer lab schedule will be posted again on the white board for any rooms that want to sign up in any of the “open” times.

ACSA conference:

I will be gone Thursday and Friday for the ACSA conference.  Chris will be admin. designee.  This is a good time to remind everyone to please make sure to complete an Office Referral form if you need to send any students to the office.  We need these forms as a means of collecting data to measure our school site plan/LCAP goals regarding safety and school climate.

Question of the Week:

What topic or subject area would you like more professional development around? Be as specific as possible please.

Quote of the Week:

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”  – Confucius