Hi everyone- Welcome back and thank you teachers for a productive day today (Monday) or yesterday depending on when you read this. Special thanks to Leslie, Holli, and Chris for leading our PD. Here are the updates for this short(er) week:
Tuesday flag salute:
Please remember to bring your trophies to flag salute as we will be announcing March attendance winners. Due to the short month, testing, and formal observations, my time may be very limited for reading and popcorn. Therefore, I might ask teachers to double up and join classes together or maybe even have a few “assemblies” where winning classrooms come to the auditorium and I read to 3 or 4 classes at one time. Stay tuned….
This week in PLCs you will have some time to keep unpacking standards but we will take the first part of the meeting to look at where each grade level is, in terms of pacing and dates around your Units of Study. We will also spend some time looking at Illuminate and talk about how we are using our benchmark assessments to inform us about our students and guide our instruction. For this reason, please plan to bring your laptops to PLC.
Tuesday and Wednesday:
Both of these days are minimum days and we will not be meeting together as a staff. Please plan to use one of these days to meet with your grade level and then use the other day for your own individual planning and prep. Please let me know when and where your grade level is meeting. For TK-2nd grade teachers, please use some of this time to read more from your Fountas and Pinnell assessment kit. You can do this together as a team and discuss together any understandings or questions. For 3rd-6th grade teachers, please use some of this time to explore the wonderful resources that Leslie and Holli have provided to you with regards to CAASPP. The more you explore right now, the less anxiety you will face when testing begins.
Library and Computer Lab schedules:
Please see the email Teresa sent today (Monday) with new schedules.
Stars Under the Stars donations:
As mentioned, Cindy P. has begun to work on creating our “basket” for the exciting gala that will take place Saturday evening, May 2nd. I know times are tight but please see if you can find a little money to donate to this cause which goes directly back to our students. Eunice will have an envelope and at some point, we can send someone around as well. I believe they are hoping to pick up baskets between April 20th and May 1st but let’s plan to have all $ collected sooner than later so Cindy can know the budget with which she is working.
Jump Rope for Heart:
As mentioned, our JR4H event is this Friday! (Thanks Karina for your support with this!) I will not be able to Emcee so Chris has “jumped” at the opportunity to help us out with that. Please remind your students about this every day this week. There will be no ELD on Friday due to this event.
We are lucky enough to have UCSD doing free vision screening for us and that is also taking place this Friday. They will be working around the JR4H event but please be prepared to have some interruption during your day for this to happen. I know it’s one more interruption but this is so valuable for many of our students who don’t get regular vision check ups. Nurse Sharon will be helping to facilitate this. 6th graders have already been screened so they will not be seen by UCSD.
Question of the Week:
What is one of your favorite memories from this past Spring Break?
Quote of the Week:
“Change begins with a culture where everyone is elevated to the status of learner.”