Please take care of yourselves. I know that this has been a very busy month. Between administering and grading performance tasks and now preparing your report cards, hang in there! I appreciate all that you are doing for each other and our students.
No meeting this week. Please take the time to finish your report cards. Or if you are done, get some planning done.
This week Jennifer Oliveira from the district Learning and Innovation department spent some time with some primary grade teachers and classified staff. She presented ideas on how to utilize the computer lab with our K-2 students. With Chromebooks being in all our 3-6 classes, I have overlooked the importance of exposing our primary students to technology. I am grateful that the primary teachers were proactive in their learning. They reached out to Jenn and made a commitment to learn. I learned that our students would benefit from Computer 101. They should spend some time to just explore the tools and programs that they will be using: Google docs, Word, Sketchpad, etc. We can show them how to use the shift key, change the font color or center the text. ‘Playing’ with the tools will help them to be more familiar and efficient with them as time goes on.
We will be making some slight changes to our ELD groups and English only groups. The changes will occur on the March 1st. Updated lists will be sent this week.
As a reminder, please keep your students in class until the bell rings. If you release students early, it can be disruptive for other classrooms.
Save the date: on Wednesday, March 9th, we will need to meet with our 3rd-6th grade teachers and specialists. Topics include the testing schedule; designated supports, practice test administration. Details to follow.
Use of district email account:
As a reminder, your email, my email, and any public employee’s email account is subject to a public records request. That means any email that you send from your SBUSD account or receive to this account may, by request, possibly be released. I am sure that your communication via email is always professional, however, wanted to share this reminder with you.
New Impact Schedule:
Beginning Tuesday, Feb 23, our Impact teachers will switch classrooms and begin a new unit with your students. Click here to view the schedule.
Million Word Challenge:
Beginning Monday February 22, Emory will join other schools throughout California in participating in the Million Word Challenge. The intent is to increase the time that students read outside of school together with their families or on their own. I will speak about this, briefly, with our students on Monday at flag salute and Teresa will explain the program in detail to our students during your library time this week.
Who: Our students, their families and us
What: Million Word Challenge
When: February 22-April 29
Where: Library and our community
Why: Reading is an important skill to succeed in school and life. Practice makes perfect.
How: Please encourage students to read, complete their reading logs and return them to Teresa in the library.
Week of Feb 22
Kick Off Million Word Campaign
Jenn, Teresa and Teachers promote with students and families
Teresa to explain details and pass out reading logs in the library
Students read 🙂
District Professional Learning Survey:
I encourage you to complete The Learning and Innovation professional survey. Please click here to participate in a brief survey.
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