Weekly Update: December 14, 2015

Last update of 2015…..

Best wishes for a fantastic vacation with your friends and family.

Hour of Code:

Thank you to those of you who dove into coding. The students I observed, were for the most part, incredibly engaged. To those of you who are new to this, thanks for taking a risk. Some of you are following up with a writing activity on Monday. That is a great way to connect some of our 21st century skills to our CC standards.

Recess Supervision:

Unfortunately, we had  a broken nose and a broken finger during morning recess this week. I encourage you to move all around the field or blacktop, refrain from chatting with your colleagues and immediately stop any unsafe play. Thanks for being out there on time, teaching expectations in the classroom and reinforcing with blue slips.

PTA Holiday Gift Shop:

Please bring your students by the PTA Holiday Gift Shop. The proceeds go directly back to our school. Proceeds from many of our fundraisers, this year, have fallen short of previous years. We need your support.

Attendance Reward– Popcorn and Reading:

Thank you for your efforts to encourage your students to come to school on time every day!! I will be by to visit our award winning classes on Friday. See schedule below.

Kinder   Leon                                       8:30-8:45

Grade 1 Carson/Sanchez                9:00-9:15

Grade 2 Seubert                                9:15-9:30

Grade 4 Pehrson                                9:30-9:45

Grade 4 Perkins                                  9:45-10:00

Grade 3 Castellanos                          10:30-10:45

Grade 6 Major                                   10:45-11:00

Grade 5 Goulding                              11:00-11:15

Grade 5 Muniz                                    11:15-11:30

Grade 3 Hernandez                           11:30-11:45

Grade 6 Molina                                  11:45-12:00

Grade 3 Ochoa                                  12:45-1:00



Box Tops:

Another way to support our school, is by encouraging students and families to bring them in to you. Erin and her students will be around collecting your box tops on Wednesday. I appreciate your efforts to manage this as well as all of your other responsibilities.


Coach’s Corner:
Last Wednesday, we took the time to participate in a community document to share questions, suggestions, and experiences on testing our students with the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment.  Click here for the document.  A major topic in the conversation was time.  It is going to take some time to learn and give the assessment to all students.  No doubt about it.    Some tips that were offered were: give the word list portion to all students so you can get a sense of where to start and what recording forms will be needed; give independent activities to class (until students build reading stamina); use PLC time; schedule it in your day; use before and after-school time if possible.  As we become more familiar with the kit and our students, this task will not take up as much time… It was also mentioned a few times in the document, that once the testing was completed. This is important.  Teachers are finding the information valuable.  The data was very useful in planning for small group and getting a baseline for independent reading levels.   We still have much to learn about what comes after testing.  This is the most important part of the puzzle.  Thanks for all your work and support of each other.  It will be worth the investment of time and effort.

Quote of the week:

Take life day by day and be grateful for the little things. Don’t get stressed over what you can’t control.

Poem of the week:

5 thoughts on “Weekly Update: December 14, 2015

  1. May the winter break bring much needed time to spend with family and friends! Enjoy the holiday season and please remember the reason. I wish everyone the best. Take care and be safe in the New Year!!! 😉

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