Weekly Update: 3/2/2015

Wow, and here we are in March already!! I hope you had an opportunity to stay warm and dry and read a good book or watch a good show this past weekend.  Here are the updates for this week:

Read Across America week:

Our kick off that is scheduled for today has been postponed until tomorrow, Tuesday.  Our special guests were contacted this weekend and fortunately are able to attend Tuesday morning.  We will do flag salute, attendance announcements, and Reader’s Oath all on Tuesday.


Please, please review Rainy Day Expectations this morning as rain is sure to come today and with our old but beautiful school, pudddles are sure to be in abundance!  Thanks again to Melinda for providing a flip chart.


Please continue to work on unpacking relevant focus standard/s and designing a lesson in your PLCs this week.  This work will spring board us into our “best hopes” for PLC work in the future.  Right now, we are spending a majority of time unpacking standards and don’t always get to the lesson design components and that’s ok.  Unpacking and really understanding the standards is critical work and if done well, will make the designing of lessons that much easier, so thank you for taking the time to do this!

Wednesday Staff Mtg/PD:

We will meet for a few minutes together this Wednesday in Rm. 21 at 1:40p.m. and then you will spend the rest of your time with your grade level team learning about some great ideas and resources that were shared in our ILT last week.

Newcomer Group revisions:

For those of you who are sending students to our Newcomer group with Ms. Acosta, I wanted to remind you to read her email from last week as there are revisions to the groups based on ability levels of the students in English.  To truly meet their needs, the groups are now mixed grades even more.  I know this might affect your instructional plans with students being pulled out and we very much appreciate your patience with this.

Instructional Rounds:

We will have our next Instructional Rounds next Monday, March 9th.  Chris will be sending an email out to the grades who will participate this time.  I appreciate the positive feedback from those who have participated and want to especially thank all the teachers who have been observed as I know this can be an anxiety-filled experience.  But just ask your peers, we spend more time watching and talking with students than watching the teacher AND we learn a lot through the process.

Supt. McNamara visits Emory:

As you know, Supt. Mc visits this Friday from 8:30-10:00.  We will be visiting different grade levels, I don’t know which ones yet, sorry.  Please remember that ELD will be cancelled on Friday.

CAASP testing info:

Our CAASP testing window will be here before we know it! (April 14th-May 9th).  If you are a 3rd-6th grade teacher, your students will participate in this.  4th-6th grade teachers, please read Chris’ email from last Thursday as we will be relying heavily on use of the Chromebooks for the assessment and need to make sure they are all in good working order, headphones included.

Military Partnership:

Next Tuesday morning, our 5th and 6th grade students will participate in a special event with our Military Partnership in the morning.  At the end of this hour or so, NCTS will present our students with uniforms that can be used for our Lunch League sports program.  Sssshhhh, this will be a surprise for the students.

Due to this event, we are going to SWITCH ELD to take place on Monday, March 9th and then do PBS on Tuesday.  This will allow some flexibility on the part of our 5th/6th teachers to do PBS next week when they have some time and most importantly, eliminate the need to cancel ELD again.

Question of the Week:

What is one area of PBS expectations that you have seen yourself reflect and act upon more this year than in years past?

Quote of the Week:

“….hours is a long time to go without the positive affirmations of a caring adult.  By Monday morning, many of our students will have done just that.  On Monday morning, don’t let another hour pass.  Let them know, ‘I see you'”.   – Stephanie Frosch

18 thoughts on “Weekly Update: 3/2/2015

  1. I’m passing out more blue slips this year than ever before. I’m also asking kids what they did to deserve the blue slip.

  2. I have switched which end of the line I walk at, and have spent a lot of time dicussing the respect/ responsible aspects in most of our areas.

  3. I watch my line from afar when they are walking and have designated stopping points so I am never at the front. I’m carrying my phone and giving class Dojo points and not expecting kids to just do it without some kind of positive consequence. I’m also trying to tally when most disruptive behavior takes place to see what structure is in place to prepare and plan for positive consequences. I am also revisiting systems that I had in place that may now need to be altered in some way due to unforeseen loopholes. I am hoping that PBS training may be provided for all staff in the future as well as all new employees.

  4. I stay towards the back of the line and often remind students to think about the expectations… in the hallway, in the cafeteria, etc. I try to give positive feedback when I see any student doing a great job around the school. So many students are doing a WONDERFUL job :0)

  5. I would have to say remembering to stay positive in givng kudos especially when lining up and walking in the hallways as a group.

  6. Lining up and walking in line!!! Oh my!!!
    Last week I tried to respond ti the question about films but failed.
    Loved “the Imitation Game”!
    Did not love “Gone Girl”.
    Pretty sure my punctuation above is not correct, but I’m a rebel and think the ending punctuation makes more sense after the quotation mark. I don’t know how to underline instead of quotes on my mobile device.
    Appreciate “CitizenFour” and want to watch it at least one more time because there is so much information to absorb.

  7. I’ve spoken to the students about how a line looks. After lunch, if I see something I need to discuss I tell the students we need to practice it. I call on a few students to show us and then I ask why it’s important to have a nice line.

  8. I’ve tried to increase the positive reinforcement in class as well as students from all classes whether in the hallways or out in recess. I feel like I have also been giving more blue slips to kids during recess.

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