Sorry to those of you that I missed this visiting this week. Chris and I saw students talking to their “elbow”, “cookie and cream”, “s’more’s” etc partner in many of your classrooms. It is evident that you have been practicing this routine and providing sentence frames/starters. I appreciated seeing your frequent checks for understanding: thumbs up, white boards, moving through the room etc. By the end of our second week, you have created environments where students are respected, show respect and understand our expectations. I saw students who were engaged in the learning and having fun. I hope you were, too.
I will be out in classrooms (and observing lunch and dismissal) on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday next week. I will be spending time getting to know our tk/kinder students and plan to visit all classrooms that I missed this week. I hope to pop into all classrooms for at least a brief visit. I do not plan to send you an email if I just pop in, please email me or find me if you would like me to provide feedback.
Thank you for, once again, making me proud to be the Principal for Emory.
Please remember that the District-wide “CyberSmarts Week,” is scheduled to be a focus by all teachers in South Bay USD classrooms during the week of August 24 – 28, 2015. Click the following links for your Teacher Agenda and an Overview of Cybersmarts Week for more detailed information. Please take some time to review your grade level content at the posted CyberSmarts agenda website at http://tinyurl.com/becybersmart for your classroom instructional planning.
Full disclosure– I found this at Twitter…I know that some are great, however, use at your own risk 🙂
Positive Behavior Supports:
Thank you for teaching, practicing and reinforcing our school-wide expectations. Primary teachers, please spend a few minutes each day reminding students to keep hands and feet to themselves. All teachers, please remind students of the power of their words and to use kind language when speaking to friends. Please continue to follow the PBS expectation schedule and devote time toward setting the stage for a successful year.
Goal Setting Meeting with Jenn:
Thank you to those of you who I have met with already, please remember to contact Eunice to schedule a meeting with me to help me learn about your strengths and areas where you would like to grow this school year. I would like to meet with each of you for 10-15 minutes before August 31. During this meeting, I would like you to share with me an area of professional strength as well as an area where you would like to grow in your teaching practice.
Back to School Nights:
Thank you upper grade teachers for hosting a great evening for our families. We have our “Back to School Night” this Wed. Aug. 12 for grades 1-3.
Old School Meets New School:
Thank you to RoseAnn, Daishanna, Cindy and her volunteer crew, Eunice as well as Daishana’s dad for providing us with a great opportunity to socialize. Please enjoy the flipgram that RoseAnn created.
Our first Instructional Leadership Team meeting of the school year was Thursday, August 6th. Thank you ILT for creating sub plans, engaging in the learning and participating in honest conversations. Thanks to everyone else for watching our students and keeping the ship afloat in our absence.
A focus for the district this year is improving our wellness. Whether reducing stress, promoting resilience or increasing happiness, we will be talking about how we can be our healthiest, happiest selves, so that we are able to give our students and our own families and friends our best.
At ILT we practiced Mindful Breathing. Click here if you would like to try this yourself or with your students.
If you’re interested in reviewing all that we did, click here to see the ILT presentation. Image credit to RoseAnn on slide 7.
PTA, Box Tops for Kids, Labels for Education:
I know that you have a lot of your plates as you work to meet the needs of our students, however, I urge you to remind your students and families to sign up for PTA. Please also encourage students (you can do it, too) to collect box tops and labels for education. You should have envelopes in your classrooms and Cindy created boxes for the auditorium.
Epi Pen training:
Reminder: Epipen Training Wednesday, August 12 at 1:40 in lounge. Our new nurse, Timea Wegener emailed you directly if you have a student in your class with an epipen. Feel free to drop by if you would also like to be trained or to meet our new nurse.
Question of the Week:
“What is a strategy that has worked for you to support English Learners in your classroom?”
Quote of the Week:
“Every child deserves a champion; an adult who never gives up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they possibly can be” -Rita Pierson