Weekly Update: August 24, 2015

Enjoy your weekend!! Or Happy Monday if you are reading this at that time.

Staff Meeting:

We will have a staff meeting this week in Rm. 23. Please click here to complete the survey about your preference for the start time. To have your input included, please complete this survey by Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.

CyberSmarts Week:

This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with all students about both their school and home life access to the digital world – and to make sure that safety and security are not afterthoughts as students swim in these powerful and evolving currents.

REMINDERS: Click the following links for your Teacher Agenda and an Overview of Cybersmarts Week for more detailed information.

Check out the CyberSmarts website at http://tinyurl.com/becybersmart  for your classroom instructional planning. Thank you for helping to keep all South Bay kids safe and ‘cybersmart!’

Positive Behavior Support:

Have you found yourself struggling to motivate a particular student? Or needing to constantly remind him or her of our procedures? Check out the helpful advice at this link which Lindsay provided for us. http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/2014/10/the-2×10-strategy-a-miraculous-solution-for-behavior-issues.html

Classroom Visits:

Cindy Wagner enjoyed her visit to our campus very much this week. She remarked on seeing small group instruction, use of technology by our newest ILC members, plenty of opportunities for writing and lots of great partner talk. My favorite part about my days here at Emory is seeing you with your students. Your lessons are creative and engaging. You and your students have fun learning together. I have seen you really pushing yourselves and taking risks. This week, I plan to visit your classrooms on Monday and Friday. I do not intend to email you after my visits to your classroom. Please let me know if you would like any feedback. You are welcome to email me or catch me in the hallway to let me know.

Visits to the Health Office:

Please review the document that our nurse Timea Wegener placed in your mail boxes this week which includes tips about appropriate students to send to see the nurse or more likely, Dani and Eunice. Click here to check it out in case you misplaced it.Every moment in your classroom in precious and when students are here in the office, they are not benefiting from your hard work and well planned lessons and activities.


The ILT and PBS team have merged.Our first meeting of the year is this Thursday, August 27 from 2:40-3:40 in the lounge. All are welcome to join.


Start date TBD- possibly 9/1. I will update via email and white board


Start date TBD-possible 9/1. I will update via email and white board.

Impact Teacher Update:

No new hires. Two possibilities, keep your fingers crossed 🙂

ELA/ELD Framework Professional Learning:

In case you missed it, Ed Services is offering ELA/ELD Framework and ELD Standards professional development over Fall Break 8:30 – 3:00 in Conference Rooms 1, 2, & 3:

  • (September 21, 2015: Day 1: September 22, 2015: Day 2) – Out of contract pay will be provided for those who attend during these full day workshops during fall break.
  • (September 21, 2015: Day 1) – This day is offered to teachers who attended day 2 and missed day 1.  Out of contract pay will be provided for those who attend during this full day workshop during fall break.
  • (September 22, 2015: Day 2) – This day is offered to teachers who attended day 1 and missed day 2.  Out of contract pay will be provided for those who attend during this full day workshop during fall break.
  • Please sign up here


Please encourage your students to sign up for our PTA. PTA funds a field trip for each grade level, our awards and incentives, supplies, etc. I encourage you to consider joining, too. As a reminder, we are having a contest. The Tk-3 grade teacher with the most sign ups by Friday, August 28th will receive a$15.00 gift card. The 4-6 grade teacher with the highest number of sign ups will also receive a $15.00 gift card. ** winning teachers must also join PTA themselves.

Box Tops for Education:

Please promote the Box Tops for Education Program. Each one of those little box tops (they are on over 10,000 different products) is worth 10 cents. Last year we earned over $1,000 from collecting box tops. Phyllis, one of our retired teachers will visit on Wednesday to collect your envelopes.

Social Committee:

Members serving on this team are: Shelly, Erika, Connie, Erin, Tracy, and Holli. We are being led by the lovely Angela. The social committee is responsible for organizing and planning different events throughout the year, however, the major ones are the annual Holiday party, Classified/Certificated Luncheon, and End of the Year Happy Hour. Other events sponsored by the social committee are: Boss’ Day, 1st Wedding/Baby shower gift, condolence card/gift, etc (a detailed list coming soon).

Social dues are as follows (cash only and Shelly will collect):

  •         $30- Full time employees
  •         $20- Part time employees


Question of the Week:

As we work to develop students who are “cybersmart”, what is something  you want to be sure they learn this week?

Quote of the Week:

“Alone we can do so little, together, we can do so much.”

Helen Keller



10 thoughts on “Weekly Update: August 24, 2015

  1. I want my students to learn how to be safe when they are online at school or at home. There are many predators online who are targeting children.

  2. I want my students to learn that they should always let a “trusted” adult know if they come across something inappropriate and that it made them feel uncomfortable.

  3. I taught the Cyber Smart lessons from the District last week so that if ELD started the Kids wouldn’t miss anything. This week I’m going to continue to teach Cyber Smarts but I’m going to use the the site “Common Sense Media” under the education tab. This site has grade level lessons with videos under the scope and sequence tab. The lessons are very engaging and are kid and teacher friendly. The lessons teach what it means to be a digital citizen in our world today.

  4. I want my students to understand how important it is to think before “sending” any information via internet. Once it’s sent, there is really no way to delete it. The information sent isn’t deleted at all. Most importantly, I want them to understand that safety is just as important online, as it is at the community park.

  5. I want students to understand that a trusted adult if very important to their overall growth, in particular on the net.

  6. As we work to develop Cybersmarties and Digital Citizens, It’s important for my students to always THINK when online. Just because it is on the internet does not make it true! 21st Century learners must be critical thinkers.
    T=It is true?
    H=Is it helpful?
    I=Is it inspiring?
    N=Is it necessary?
    K=Is it kind?

    I have two great graphics that I included in my Google slides. Will email them to you and will add a funny graphic for your enjoyment! 🙂

  7. I want my students to remember that it’s not computers that cause problems it’s the people behind them-so be cyber smart and when in doubt seek out a trusted adult!

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