Welcome to 2015!! I hope everyone had some nice “down time”- here the updates for this week:
Please remember to bring your trophies to the blacktop in the morning as we will be announcing the December attendance winners.
As mentioned on Monday in our meeting, our new PLC room is Rm. 23! We are working on getting it keyed so that your classroom key will open it. Thank you to Chris who has been working over break, and will continue to work, on creating a welcoming and resourceful environment for your planning time.
In PLC’s, we will continue to move forward in our work around our primary goal of deeply unpacking standards. Chris and I will be doing our best to attend each PLC and help facilitate this challenging work. I want to remind everyone that it is very helpful and efficient if your team can come to your PLC prepared and with a predetermined agenda and goals/next steps from your previous meeting.
Chris will have a couple of templates available to help guide this work and will also now be in charge of collecting the PLC minutes so from now on, please email them to him OR place them in the bin that he has established for this in Rm. 23.
Tuesday and Wednesday are both minimum days. We will not have any meetings so please use this time to meet with your grade level team and plan and prep.
As I mentioned, I will be collecting your weekly lesson plans for the rest of January. This week’s plans need to be turned into Eunice by this Friday. You are more than welcome to turn them in sooner. Once I get some plans turned in, I will select a couple that are good representations of what I need and am looking for, and I will black out the teacher name and send you all a picture of these “anchor” lesson plans if it might be of use for you. You will not be required to have yours look exactly like these, but since I have already had some inquiries about what is expected so I will offer these as examples that might help you. I will be scheduling a roving sub sometime next week to meet with you to briefly review your lesson plans. In the future January weeks, please plan to turn your plans in to Eunice by every Wednesday of that respective week. Please do not email them to Eunice.
If you have not yet turned in your daily schedule with your own name on it, please do so this week to Eunice.
As mentioned, Teresa will be out on Tuesday and had hoped to post a “special” sign up sheet in the lounge so that every class could visit for just 15 minutes this week to check out books since all books were returned before break. Since she is out, she will post this first thing in the morning when she returns on Wednesday so please be looking for this and sign up for a library time for this week.
The new computer lab schedule is posted on the door in the lounge for you to sign up in any of the “open” time slots.
As mentioned briefly on Monday, Barb Montfort will join me in visiting classrooms this Friday afternoon.
Board Meeting to recognize Emory- please mark your calendars!:
I forgot to mention at the Monday PD/Staff Meeting that I will be presenting “All About Emory” at the next board meeting on Thursday, January 22nd at 6p.m. I know you all have busy lives but I would be honored if you could attend as it would afford me the opportunity to recognize my wonderful staff in person, as you all are the reason that I will be able to proudly share all the good things that take place at our school. Our presentations are expected to be 10 minutes or less so if you can attend, you should be able to leave by 6:15ish.
Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment:
As mentioned in our Monday meeting, I have asked Asst. Supt. Cindy Schaub to order this assessment tool for us to pilot in grades K-2. Today, I inquired if our upper grades could also pilot this and she is more than willing to support this and said it’s not too late but did specify that she is looking for entire grade levels to pilot as opposed to one teacher from each grade level. If your 3-6 grade level team is interested, please let me know as soon as possible- by the end of this week if not sooner. I have included a link here which describes the assessment and includes different tabs to give you a comprehensive look at the assessment. This is not a reading program. It is an assessment which can provide a lot of useful and detailed information for you about your students and guide your reading instruction and intervention.
Employee Lounge issues:
Carlos and Alex did not get a chance to clean out our fridge or freezer over break but will be doing it on Tuesday afternoon. Please, please look to make sure that your old food is thrown out. There are multiple boxes of Capri Sun so please take these if they belong to you as they do not need to be refrigerated and I don’t want to throw them away either.
I was saddened to see that our sink area is full of dirty dishes. This is not the responsibility of our custodians who have lots to do over their shortened Winter Break days. These dishes are left over from our Employee of the Year celebration before break so please do you part to clean what is yours- always.
Question of the Week:
What is something (little idea or big idea) that your learned from our PB(I)S professional development on Monday that you are committed to trying in your classroom THIS WEEK?
Quote of the Week:
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”