Weekly Update: 4/20/2015

Good evening, good morning, or good day to all of our Emory staff depending on when you are reading this.  I hope you enjoyed a beautiful San Diego weekend and are well rested for another busy week.  Here are the updates:


This week we will focus on Bullying, Part 2.  Thank you to Chris and Melinda who have emailed you the PowerPoint and flipchart for this.  Please keep in mind that you are expected to teach the weekly PBS lesson from 8:15-8:45 a.m. on Mondays.  This “sets the stage” for the week ahead when we might later reference our learnings from the lesson in the classroom or on the playground.  You don’t need to spend too much longer than 30 minutes unless you are integrating this with another part of your curriculum, such as ELA, which is more than ok.

CAASPP testing begins:

Our testing begins on Monday for our 3rd and 4th grade students.  Most students will be testing from 9:00-11:00 a.m. so please remind your students about hallway and bathroom expectations each morning.  Thank you to the 3rd-6th grade teachers for your dedication in preparing our students and special thanks to Leslie and Holli for helping our teachers to be prepared!  Thanks to Chris who will be available for tech support each morning and who will also be supporting with make-ups.  Thank you to Adriana who will open her doors to any students who need extra time taking the test.  Please send those students with their ChromeBooks to Rm. 21 with information for Adriana on what test they need to finish up.  If you have RSP students, please reference the email that Nora sent last week regarding their schedule.  Thank you to Anna Wheeler, Connie Ruiz (Tracy’s sub) and Nora for organizing this schedule and supporting certain students with testing.


This week in PLCs please continue your work on learning more about the standards in your Units of Study.  If your students have recently taken an assessment, this would also be an appropriate and related agenda item.  I know some grade levels have expressed their frustration at not being able to review ELA standards, which were our primary focus last year, as Math CC has been the major focus this year.  Should your team decide to, you can make a team decision to spend 45-60 minutes on Math and the rest of the time on revisiting ELA.  This is totally acceptable and some teams are already doing this.  Our primary focus of PLCs is to unpack standards and move towards lesson design.  Deciding which standards to explore is entirely up to your team.

Placement Card information sheet:

I highly encourage you to print out your placement card info sheets for each student on Monday.  I sent everyone the directions on how to do this last Friday and you should have also received a similar email from Barb Montfort on Sunday.  If you follow the step by step directions for printing them via Illuminate, this should save you some time in completing the forms but you can also choose to print out blank ones and fill in all the student information.  Regardless, you will be expected to fill in some of the information.  (see my email for those boxes that are required even if you print from Illuminate)  These forms are due to Martha by Thursday morning before school AT THE LATEST.  We will not have a staff mtg/PD this Wednesday so you will have this time to finish them.  Martha and office staff will staple them to your placement cards for you.

PLNU Art Students:

Our PLNU Art Students will return for their second lesson this Thursday from 1:30-2:15 p.m.  Dr. Sangren wanted me to thank you on behalf of her and the students.  She spoke to me about how valuable of an experience this is for these potential future teachers as it gives them a great glimpse and perspective into the reality of planning for and teaching just one lesson….and then thinking about a future full of teaching for more than just one 45 minute lesson…..

Xerox Machine update:

As you know, our xerox machine was recently repaired and then again two days later.  The technician was one of the more astute technicians that has visited our copy room and took the time to show what is causing some of our issues–he showed us paperclips and staples that were found in the machine.  With that information, I need to remind you to please be EXTREMELY careful about leaving paperclips and staples anywhere near the copy machine.  If necessary, please remove these items away from the copier, maybe on the counter behind the machine, and continue to be extra conscientious with regards to the xerox copier.

UCSD eye exams:

I just wanted to give “shout outs” to Nurse Sharon, UCSD staff, and our patient teachers for a successful eye exam/screening day for many of our students on Friday, April 10th.  I know it was a busy day with JR4H but we managed to get it all done!

Fire Extinguisher check:

Please expect to have Carlos pulling your fire extinguishers from your rooms for their annual check up on May 4th.

Stars Under the Stars:

Please join in the fun and purchase your ticket for this great event which will be taking place on Saturday, May 2nd.

I’d also like to share my sincere appreciation for all of your generous donations.  We have raised over $250 already and there’s still time to contribute.  You can see our current “basket” in our school office and soon it will have some great gift cards too!

Busy time of the year:

As most of you know, this seems to be the busiest time of the year.  Just about every day in a school year is busy, but as we head into the “final stretch”, there seems to be more and more to do considering all of the special events, field trips, testing, etc.  For this reason, it is more important than ever to check your emails daily for important information.  If you spend 15 minutes daily to read your emails, you will be able to stay on top of important items and respond to requests in a timely manner.  Thank you!

Question of the Week:

What is your favorite part of “Spring Time” or your favorite memory of this time of year?

Quote/Picture of the Week:

what if i fall 4-2015



17 thoughts on “Weekly Update: 4/20/2015

  1. I grew up in the country (Milford, CA) and this was the time of the year when all of the baby animals would be born on the farm. The blossoms were on the fruit trees and the snow would melt on the mountains creating springs all over our property. Now I’m showing my sons how cool fruit trees are and someday I will convince Doug to get a lamb or two. LOL

  2. I love waking up a little early on a spring morning and going outside and it just FEELS like spring: it’s cool but going to get warmer, the sun is beginning to shine, birds are chirping, the whole day just embodies “Spring.”

  3. When I went to Emory the surrounding fields had animals come out each year.


  4. Time with family on spring break trips. Short or long ones, no matter, it is the time spent talking, seeing the sites and enjoying each others company.

  5. Baseball, baseball, baseball. I am enjoying the Padres games, PLHS JV baseball games (my son Scott is the head coach,) and Scott’s adult baseball league games on Sundays. Life’s good at our house!

  6. I love Springtime…….it marks “new beginnings”, the cycle of life……….love seeing the birds chirp in the backyard (every spring I discover a new nest by my sitting area) seeing the tree in my backyard filled with lemons… blueberries, tomatoes and herbs growing in my small garden area…….but the very best part of Spring is seeing my grandkids enjoying the fresh and crisp air as they run, giggle and play carefree in the back yard! 🙂

  7. The best thing about Spring/Spring Break is being able to plan fun outings with my sons. Just staying home and relaxing from our busy schedules is great too!!

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