Weekly Update: 2/23/2015

Good evening or Good Morning! Here are the updates for this week:


Our PBS lesson is for Dismissal Expectations.  This is an area that is still a challenge for us as a whole, with all the different dismissal areas and arrangements that students have with their families.  Please take the time on Monday morning to review this and practice reinforcing throughout the week. Thanks!


This week we will begin unpacking the standard that you plan to teach next Friday, March 6th when Supt. McNamara visits.  This should be authentic so please look ahead in your plans and determine as a team which focus standard in Math that you would expect to be teaching next Friday, March 6th.

Chris will provide some guiding questions as you begin to unpack the standard this week and then next week in PLC, he will help plan the actual lesson with every team.

We also have a PLC switch for this week.

4th grade will have PLC on Thursday and 6th grade will have PLC on Tuesday.  Same times, just a switch in days.


We have ILT (Instructional Leadership Team) on Tuesday.  Tracy will be our Admin. Designee.

Staff Meeting/PD:

We will NOT have a staff meeting this weekend, please disregard the bulletin.  We will have a full staff meeting and PD on March 4th and another short staff meeting on March 11th or but NO STAFF MEETING March 18th so that everyone can finish up with report cards.

Newcomer Impact Teacher:

Laura Acosta will begin seeing groups this week in Room 30.  If you received an email from Adriana, this means you will have students being seen for intervention.  Thank you to Laura and Adriana for quickly assessing and organizing these groups.  Laura now has email as well so please feel free to email her with any questions at lacosta@sbusd.org

VPA performance at Mendoza:

Please make sure to read Eunice’s email regarding sending out and collecting your permission slips for the walking field trip to Mendoza.  For Gr. 2-6, we will end ELD early on Friday, March 13th at 8:40 so everyone can begin their walk to Mendoza by 8:45a.m. since the show starts at 9:15 and our younger 2nd and 3rd grade students might need a bit longer to walk over.

Earthquake/Fire Drill:

We will have an earthquake drill this Friday as we are expected to have one every 3 months.  I do not always alert you to our drills but since our school is not modernized, we need to use the PA for these drills and the signals are not always obvious.  As we ring the “all clear” for the earthquake, we will then evacuate to the grass, thus fulfilling our monthly fire drill expectations as well.

Read Across America:

We will host our annual Read Across America event next Monday, March 2nd.  Please look for an email from Roseann asking for your student readers’ names by this Wednesday.  We will have flag salute, attendance winner announcements AND our Reader’s Oath led by Supt. Mc and Board Member Ellsworth all on Monday, March 2nd!!  Please help Roseann out and get her your student names by this Wednesday.

Question of the Week:

In light of the Academy Awards, which movie would you recommend to a friend? (No need for it to be a Academy Award nominee or winner)

Quote of the Week:

“Never, if possible, lie down at night without being able to say: I have made one human being, at least, a little wiser, a little happier, or a little better this day.”  -Charles Kingsley

16 thoughts on “Weekly Update: 2/23/2015

  1. Haven’t seen them all yet, but from what I have seen, I would agree with the majority of votes thus far; American Sniper.

  2. “Living on One Dollar” is a short documentary movie by a few college students who decide to travel to Guatemala for the challenge of their lives. Beautiful insights of culture, community, and empathy. Also, very uplifting. We should all appreciate what we have and lend a hand to others. I strongly recommend watching it.

  3. When I do go to the movies I watch kid movies. I really enjoyed Big Hero Six. It made me cry. It is on my shopping list for this weekend.

  4. As I am very much in Mom mode with a 3 year old and a 5 year old, I saw all of the animated shorts and really loved “Feast”. My boys predicted it would win because it was sad and happy at the same time. The shorts are worth the rent and are super family friendly for the little ones. 🙂

  5. Last Friday night my husband and I went to watch The Theory of Everything! An amazing movie but even more amazing was the acting of Eddie Redmayne. 20 minutes into the movie I was in tears and throughout the movie as well. If you still haven’t seen it, I highly recommend this movie! I will take your movie recommendations and put them on my “to watch” list.

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