Weekly Update: November 9, 2015

Wow!! So much glowing feedback from Dr. McNamara and our Board Members!

Board Visit:

Thank you for all of your hard work day in and day out. It was evident to Dr. McNamara and to our Governing Board members. Both at the Board Meeting and here at Emory, Dr. McNamara acknowledged the caring culture in your classrooms. Additionally, our students’ abilities to share about what they were learning as well as their high levels of engagement were also highlighted. Trustee Elliott-Sanders thanked one of our students for sharing his thinking he responded “it was my honor”.

Flag Salute/Attendance Awards:

We will recognize classes with best attendance for the month of September/October at flag salute on Monday. BRING YOUR TROPHIES. As a reminder, each week, I celebrate three students with perfect attendance for the week. I roll out the red wagon and Erin announces three student names and they select a prize from the wagon.


Monday: Grades 1/5

Tuesday: Grades 3/4

Wednesday: No School

Thursday: 2/6

Friday 8:00-11:15 TK/Kindergarten


Thank you for your feedback on the updated rosters. We will have final drafts in your mail boxes Monday afternoon. New groups begin meeting on Tuesday. Eugenia will also begin her her new schedule on Tuesday.

Book Fair:

I encourage you to have your students visit the book fair. This is a fundraiser for our school. As we have made less money this year than last year at each of our fundraisers, I am concerned about missing out on opportunities at the book fair as well. Please bring your students by for a visit.

Ed Foundation Grant:

I encourage you to apply for an Ed Foundation mini-grant. All grants are due Dec. 4 by the end of the day.

Please click this link for the application. See email from Amy Cooper for more details.

Recycling Program:

Thanks to Angela and our Student Council for helping Emory recycle. In addition to being great for the environment and our campus, this is a great fundraiser for Student Council.  Thank you for participating!

To limit the amount of disruption to your teaching, please put your BLUE RECYCLE BIN and BLUE BOX FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES outside your classroom door prior to going to first recess.  Student Council reps will walk through the halls and clear the recycling without opening your door!  

Unicef Collection Update:

Thank you, thank you to ALL of the EMORY Eagle community!  We not only met our $500 School Goal but we EXCEEDED our UNICEF GOAL:  Grand total:  $653.38 was collected. 

Thanks RoseAnn!

Honor a Colleague:

Know an outstanding teacher?  The Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice is a $25,000 annual award given to teachers in high-need public schools.  The Fishman Prize spotlights excellence in the classroom, elevates teachers who go the extra mile for their students, and ensures those teachers are recognized and celebrated.  For more information, please visit here.

Question of the week:

What has an Emory team member done to support you that you are grateful for?

Quote of the week:

Video of the week:


14 thoughts on “Weekly Update: November 9, 2015

  1. I am grateful for having Leslie not only as a great colleague, but as a genuine friend. I know that I can count on her with my (what might seem endless) questions regarding computer issues. Muchisimas gracias chica! 😉

  2. I am grateful for everyone supporting the CELDT testing process especially Rebecca. Her knowledge and experience was and is extremely helpful.

  3. I am always thankful for my partner Dene. She always thinks of things I fail to think of. Thanks, Dene. I’m also grateful for having supportive team members in David and Daishanna. It’s a pleasure working with them.

  4. I am so grateful for both my 1st and 2nd grade team members last year and my 4th grade ones this year. I know I’ve taken a ride on your coattails and it’s so much appreciated! Hopefully I’ll be able to reciprocate at least to my 4th grade friends next year! Have I mentioned how happy I am to have landed back at Emory? The stars must have been aligned…:-)

  5. So many to thank…. to my 4th grade team thank you for all of your hard work and for making work a fun place to be. Teresa for helping at a moments notice getting my newbies chrome ready. Angelica for the beautiful garden and for planting my Mom’s yellow rose bush so I can remember her everyday. The upper grade team for making the lunch room one of the greatest places to eat in the South Bay. I’m lucky to be here and I am truly blessed to be surrounded by so many cool peeps.

  6. Chris, for never tiring of helping me with technological questions, he has even encouraged me to update from my rotary dial phone at home.

  7. I have the best colleagues… I feel so lucky to work with such amazing people. I feel especially grateful for the 5th grade team: Don, Dave and Angelica, for having a sense of humor and all being such generous, hard-working teachers who truly love what they do.

  8. I have a long list of people to THANK: Teresita, Ms. Cindy and her Volunteers, Eunice and Dani, My 2nd. Grade Team, 1st, Grade Team, and The rest of our STAFF because they have helped me in some way or another during my years at Emory!!
    Jennifer thank you for treating us like professionals !!!
    G R A C I A S !

  9. Like everyone else, I am thankful for so many Eunice and Dani for running a smooth office, Teresa for her time in the library with my kiddos and for sending out my chromebook work orders when they break, Carlos for always setting up our 6th grade tables for our many events, Jenn for a smooth transition and a great new start to this school year. But…I am especially grateful for my 6th grade team. I am so lucky to have such creative, knowledgeable, flexible, “outside the box” thinking, beautiful woman working with me to get me through it all. They are always willing to do what is best for our students regardless of the challenges, stress, sleepless nights that it may create for us! Thanks, I could not survive without you both 🙂

  10. Starting the year with the theme: “Old School meets New School” set the tone for another great year at Emory School. Valuing and respecting the wisdom of veteran teachers and welcoming the positive spirit of new teachers make Emory a wonderful collaborative community to learn and grow relationships professionally and personally.
    I would like to single out Eunice as someone who continues to be Emory’s “Rock” she is efficient, poised and gets the job done! She is always available for my questions and continually offers positive support to me and all the Emory family. Thank you, Eunice!

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