Weekly Update: February 29, 2016

Thank you for all of your hard work during a very busy February. So many of us were coughing or sniffling. Here is to a healthy, relaxed and fun March full of personal learning and growth for us and for our students. Monday is payday and we are within three weeks of spring break woohoo!

PBS Lesson:

We will be starting our new character trait this week. The virtue we will be looking at is Honesty. The video is available on the connect with kids website (http://sbusd.connectwithkids.com/). The video can be reached by going to Student Resources-> Elementary->Character/Life Skills. Lesson plans to use/modify are right below the video and the K-2 lesson plans are available on the previous page.

ELD Updates:

We will be making some slight changes to our ELD groups and English only groups. The changes will occur on the March 1st. Click here to view the changes document. Be sure to communicate the changes to your students so that they are in the correct place on Monday.

Staff Professional Learning:

We will meet together this Wednesday in room 23. At this time we will focus on learning more about the “ideal” classroom library, what to do now that we have some data about our students’ reading levels and reader’s workshop. I look forward to spending some time with you.

On Wednesday, March 9th, our teachers of students in grades 3-6 should plan to meet in room 23 to participate in Smarter Balanced training. Topics to include testing schedule, login information, designated supports.

SST Day:

On Tuesday, we will have a roving sub on campus to release those of you who will be providing feedback about our students’ performance at SST, 504 and IEP meetings.

Blue Slips at Lunch:

In an effort to promote positive behavior during the three weeks leading up to spring break, I will pass out prizes from the wagon on Thursday during lunch. Please bring your blue slips to lunch with you.


Thank you to those of you who have been promoting regular on time attendance. We appreciate your support of our current incentives and getting kids here on time every day!! Every day counts! Please celebrate your classroom’s and students’ success.

Computers for Kids:

Click here to see the names of the 40 families at Emory who will receive a new computer next week.  Thank you for sending the forms home and encouraging your families to sign up!! The district will contact these families to inform them. FYI-Families should pick up/pay for computers on Thurs. March 3 from 3:00-3:30 at 601 Elm St.

Fountas and Pinnell into Illuminate:

Click here for Directions for Entering Fountas and Pinnell Scores into Illuminate


District Professional Learning Survey:

I encourage you to complete the Learning and Innovation professional development survey. Please clickhere to participate in a brief survey.


Many of you send home newsletters (paper or virtual). Please share with your parents information about Remind text message notification service. Click here for the full instructions or see below (this is on the Emory School web page). This is a way for us to text message our families. (yes, it’s free).

Sign up to receive text message reminders from Principal Grondek. See instructions below. Send a text message to the number 81010 with the message @jgron

Coach’s Corner:

I was fortunate to attend the Illuminate Education Conference at the Convention Center this week. First of all, I really didn’t think that Illuminate was that big.  It is.  There were educators from across the country in attendance.  And boy, did they LOVE San Diego.  Beside enjoying the beautiful weather and locale, I learned more about the assessment tool.  We all have experience with the District Benchmarks in Illuminate and we know that we can create our own, but really haven’t played around with it.  There are teachers using this tool to expose students to the different types of questions that they will encounter through itembank assessments as well as to create their own questions with their own resources through hybrid (manual) assessments.  Teachers were also using the assessment tool, not as assessment, but a way to monitor student progress in their writing and as exit tickets.  It was cool to see how creative educators were incorporating Illuminate in their daily instruction.  If you are interested in hearing more, let me know, and I’ll give you a synopsis in PLC.

Million Word Challenge:

Week 2- Thank you to those of you who have been encouraging our students to read. As a reminder, Teresa will collect logs at your library visit during the week beginning March 7.    As a reminder, students who submit a reading log (with reading documented) will receive a small prize for each log submission. The more our kids read, the better readers that they will become. The better that they read the more successful they will be in school and life.

Quote of the Week:

Video of the Week:

Check out this school that has transformed the way that they intervene to better meet the needs of their students. Click here and scroll down the page to view the short five minute video. Please do not think that I believe that this is an exact way to do it, but allow yourself to think about what elements you like and what makes sense for ourselves as educators, for our students and in our community.



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