Weekly Update August 29, 2016

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for all your hard work, risk taking and growth. I am so excited by what I see happening in your classrooms. I hope you are having fun with your students and are proud of your accomplishments.

ELD starts Tuesday:

ELD begins this Tuesday, August 30 and will happen Tuesday through Friday. In your mail box, you received a copy of your class roster with placement information for all of your students (EL and EO).

Important things to Remember:

  • Students will line up for ELD/EO group on the blacktop after recess
  • Please be sure your students know where to line up (practice??)
  • Before bringing your ELD/EO group in, take attendance on the blacktop
  • Sharon Aguilera will meet with students in room 24

View the ELD and EO groups here.

 

 

Soaring to Success Assembly:

 

Thank you for your hard work preparing for our first Soaring to Success Assembly.

Friday, Sept 2nd

8:10-8:40         Grade 2

8:45-9:15         Grade 4

9:20-9:50         Grade 3

10:00-10:30     Grade 1

10:35-11:05     Grade 5

1:50-2:20         Grade 6

  • Teachers will bring students to the Cafeteria/Auditorium at the start time for their assembly.
  • Jenn will welcome all and invite the teacher to the podium.
  • Teacher will make brief welcoming remarks. (all students still seated)
  • Teacher will read first student write up, after reading the write up, the teacher will announce the name. “Example, a few weeks ago, a student in our class organized our classroom library. He got the bins straightened up and etc . Please join me in congratulating Jose V for showing responsibility in our classroom.”
  • As the audience is applauding, please invite the child to the podium.
  • Teacher will hand student the certificate and written statement of teacher remarks.
  • Jenn will hand window cling, bracelet and local business gift certificate (boomers this time). Student will sit back down. Teacher will recognize additional students similarly.
  • After recognizing all students in the class. The teacher will introduce the next teacher who will recognize his/her students.
  • After all grade level teachers have recognized students, Jenn will close the ceremony and ask all students to remain seated except the award winners.
  • We will take one photo of all grade level winners and their teachers.

Student names and brief write ups are due to Eunice Monday, Aug 29th.

Respect:

We will be starting our new character trait next week which is Respect. The award assembly will be on October 14th.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.

Staff PD:

We will NOT meet as a team this week this Wed, Aug 31st is a personal planning day (and pay day).

 

 

Fountas and Pinnell Update:

The district made the  decision to extend the due date for F and P assessments to September 9th. The remaining dates on the assessment calendar will remain as is.

Entering Fountas and Pinnell Data:

Click here for instructions for entering Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate. Different than last year, you will select 2016- 2017 SBUSD Fountas & Pinnell 1st Administration to enter data.

As you enter student data, please be sure that for each student you indicate the Instructional Level, Independent Level, Accuracy, Fluency and Comprehension and note the Genre.

From Cindy Wagner, Asst. Supt Learning and Innovation

Also, some questions have been raised about why we would report both instructional and independent levels.  Please note that we have adjusted the input in Illuminate to be clearer and hopefully less cumbersome.  Once teachers have determined instructional level, we should be entering the details for that level, i.e. accuracy, fluency, comprehension.  For independent, only the level should be noted.  It is important to report instructional in detail so that teachers and grade levels can better form small groups, set student goals, etc.  Independent level helps with selecting books for classroom libraries, book boxes, etc. 

Coach’s Corner:

Have you found yourself in a situation, when administering the F & P assessment, where the levels are not clear for a student? For example, the student scores independent at two levels or he/she does not have an instructional level. If you find yourself in a situation like this, please refer to the section in your Assessment Guide titled, When the Numbers Don’t Add up Perfectly (System 1: page 45-48, System 2: page 44-47). In this section you will find a table with some problems that you may encounter when scoring the assessment, along with examples and solutions. If you are faced with a problem that is not listed there, I will be happy to help troubleshoot the situation.

Fountas and Pinnell District Benchmarks:

The District created a benchmark chart to support our understanding of our students’ progress toward the goal of having all students reading at grade level by third grade Click here to view the chart.

 

Forms/Notices Sent Home:

Thank you for sending me copies of what you are sending home to families. Please continue to provide Eunice a copy. (field trip notices, newsletters, etc. ) 

Legoland Free for Teachers:

Teacher Appreciation Weekends  Reservations required. Call 760 438 5346

September District Newsletter:

You are doing amazing things in your classrooms and around campus. Please let me know if you can think of something for us to highlight in the next District newsletter.

Wixie Update:

According to Jen Oliveira, we will receive Wixie logins in September. If you’re wondering what Wixie is, check it out here https://www.wixie.com/

 

Lockdown Drill:

We will have our first lockdown drill on Tuesday, Aug 30 at 9:00 a.m. The drill will begin with me announcing that we are in a lockdown situation. Please follow the protocols which Eunice sent via email. You can resume normal activity after one of us has unlocked your door and cleared your classroom. Please let me know if you have any questions.

District Champions Program:

These quarterly awards will recognize students, parents, staff, and community members who demonstrate outstanding work, dedication to the District’s mission and goals, commitment to our community.You may submit a recommendation via this link.Team Emory is amazing! Please submit names of your colleagues, students, family and community members who deserve recognition.

Future Ready Committee:

The District is looking for volunteers to help define the South Bay vision for technology and personalized integrated learning. We’re looking for teachers, principals, coaches, IMRT, and parents. APPLY HERE.

PTA Room Monitor:

The Emory PTA has established the role of “room monitor”. The job of the room monitor is to communicate with our families about PTA events/activities (Bingo Night, Fundraisers, etc). At this time, not all classrooms have a room monitor.Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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Weekly Update: August 22, 2016

I hope that your weekends were relaxing. It is that time in the school year when we might become fatigued. You are doing a fantastic job adjusting to all of the changes we have been making-daily schedule, recess time, classroom structure (both physically and via workshop structures) etc. When you feel overwhelmed, stop and take a deep breath. You are not alone and we will support each other as we work hard to help our students grow (and survive until fall break).

Staff PD:

We will NOT meet as a team this week, though this Wed, Aug 24th is a PLC day. Please spend the time with your grade level team. You might want to analyze South Bay District writing day assessments, review ELD placements, plan, enter Fountas and Pinnell data, etc. There is a lot of good work to do 🙂

Dr. McNamara visits Emory:

Superintendent, Dr. Katie McNamara will visit us Tuesday, Aug 23rd from 10:30-12:15. She will visit classrooms and meet with me to discuss our LCAP survey data from the 15-16 school year.

Shared Leadership Meeting:

Our Shared Leadership team will meet Tuesday, Aug 23rd from 2:40-3:40. All are welcome. Those of you who attend will be compensated for one hour of your time.

The agenda includes the following topics:

Emory School Literacy Belief, PLC- Principal Time versus Teacher Time, IXL, Wellness/Cupcakes

Click Here to see the full agenda

Celebrating Students who have demonstrated Responsibility:

During PBS time on Monday, you may wish to prepare for the Character trait award assembly on September 2nd. Our character trait of the month is Responsibility. Ideas include: student speeches, drawings, letters to other students, classroom banner, etc.

Please start identifying the students you’d like to celebrate at the September 2nd awards assembly. Names and a brief write-up are due to Eunice no later than Mon. 8/29.

Ensure that your grade level has come to consensus on how many students should be identified at each assembly.

You will receive a letter you may use to invite families to attend the celebration.

Gates:

To ensure that safety of our students in our extended day program, effective immediately, we will lock all gates, except the front gate by the office, at 3:00 p.m. on regular days and 2:00 p.m. on minimum days. This includes the gates to the parking lot. The extended day staff will release students from the gate located on the lunch patio. At 4:00 (when the office closes), the front gate will be locked as well. If you unlock the gate to leave for the day, YOU MUST LOCK IT BEHIND YOU.

Coach’s Corner:

PLC Collaboration

This week we will start PLC meetings. The ILT team members decided that it would be beneficial to use part of that time to analyze and calibrate narrative writing assessments.  Please bring your class narrative writing samples and your computers.

Fountas & Pinnel Reading Assessment

When administering the Fountas & Pinnell reading assessment at levels A and B, please follow these instructions before students begin reading:

Say: I am going to read the first page, watch me as I read.

(Model reading the first page by pointing to each word, then have the student read the rest.)

Say: Now you read.

NOTE: If you have already assessed students in levels A and B, please do not reassess them for this round. Follow this procedure for students in levels A or B that you have not yet tested.

Reading Assessment:

 As a reminder, you must have reading assessment data entered into Illuminate for all students by Sept 2nd. If you need any help using the Fountas and Pinnell assessment or entering data into Illuminate, please let Araceli or me know.

Entering Fountas and Pinnell Data:

Click here for instructions for entering Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate. Different than last year, you will select 2016- 2017 SBUSD Fountas & Pinnell 1st Administration to enter data.

As you enter student data, please be sure that for each student you indicate the Instructional Level, Independent Level, Accuracy, Fluency and Comprehension and note the Genre.

 

ELD starts the week of Aug 29-Sept 2:

No later than Wednesday, you will receive ELD placements for your students. Please review the ELD placements and provide feedback (forgotten students, incorrect placements etc) no later than Friday, Aug 26th.  

 

 

 

 

 

ILT:

Thanks very much to our ILT members for spending the day together learning. The theme was “creating readers and writers in joyful and responsive classrooms.”

Click here to view the presentation.

 

Cybersmarts Week:

 

Please take some time to review your grade level content at the posted CyberSmarts agenda website at http://tinyurl.com/becybersmart  for your classroom instructional planning.

  • Just click the tab for your grade level at the top of the CyberSmarts Week page; The 3 – 5 core “mini-lessons of the week” for each grade level are in folders at the bottom of each grade level tab. (See “Lesson 1” folder example at the bottom of the image below)
  • A Teacher Agenda page is provided with some simple steps to prepare for CyberSmarts Week.

Thank you for helping us keep all South Bay kids safe and ‘cybersmart!’

Forms/Notices Sent Home:

If you are sending anything home to your families, please provide a copy to Eunice (field trip notices, newsletters, etc. Thanks in advance. 

Election Season:

Just a reminder, that during this election season, no election or campaign-related activities may take place on school property.  This includes activities related to the election for School Board, support for Proposition 55, etc.

School Site Council:

We are very grateful for the service of Angela, Angelica on our school site council. Sadly, due to state and district regulations, they must take at least one year off from service.

Therefore, I am looking for two additional representatives for our School Site Council. Please let me know by Monday at 4:00p.m., if you are interested in a role on our School Site Council. If there are more than 2 interested parties, I will facilitate an election. 

School Site Council meets about every other month either after school on Wednesdays or Friday morning during Impact time.

Units of Study Kits- barcoded:

Please bring your Reading UOS Kit/Trade Books and/or Writing UOS Kit next time you come to the library.  The district is asking for the kits to be barcoded.

District Champions Program:

These quarterly awards will recognize students, parents, staff, and community members who demonstrate outstanding work, dedication to the District’s mission and goals, commitment to our community.You may submit a recommendation via this link. Team Emory is amazing! Please submit names of your colleagues, students, family and community members who deserve recognition.

 

SEIS IEP Writing Open Lab:

The Special Education Department is hosting the SEIS/IEP Writing Open Lab on Monday, August 22. During the open lab, a member from the department will be available to support you in navigating through SEIS, writing, answering questions about the IEP, updating progress on goals, etc.  If this is something that will be a benefit to you, please sign up using the link below:

SIGN UP BY CLICKING HERE.

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Video of the week:

Watch to learn more about what responsive classrooms look like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Update: August 15, 2016

Oh my goodness there is so much to be proud of here at Emory. I have enjoyed visiting your classrooms and seeing you try on Reader’s or Writer’s Workshop structures. I received a congratulations email informing me Emory has that most students using ST Math in the entire district. And so many of you have created incredibly inviting spaces for students to read and learn. Thank you for your hard work creating incredible learning opportunities for our students.

Staff PD:

We will not meet this week. Please use the time to collaborate with your team or to begin entering your Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate. Next Wednesday, Aug 24th, we will need to meet to work collaboratively to build our collective Emory belief about Literacy. All schools have been asked to develop a site Literacy belief that will be used to develop the District belief about literacy.

Reading Assessment:

I have seen many of you assessing students during independent reading time, while students are using STMath, before school, after school etc. Thank you for getting down to the business of getting to know our students. As a reminder, you must have reading assessment data entered into Illuminate for all students by Sept 2nd. If you need any help using the Fountas and Pinnell assessment or entering data into Illuminate, please let Araceli or me know.

Entering Fountas and Pinnell Data:

Click here for instructions for entering Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate. Different than last year, you will select 2016- 2017 SBUSD Fountas & Pinnell 1st Administration to enter data.

As you enter student data, please be sure that for each student you indicate the Instructional Level, Independent Level, Accuracy, Fluency and Comprehension and note the Genre.

 

ELD and PLC:

ELD and PLC start date tentatively is August 22nd. I will continue to update you as the date approaches. 

ILT Thursday:

Thank you to Karina, Rebecca, Jeanne, Maria, Holli, Don, Dave, Erin and Araceli for representing us at ILT this Thursday. As many of us will be off campus, please work together to support each other. Let Eunice or Dani know if you need any assistance.

ILT members, please bring the following:

  • Student writing from your class from District Writing Assessment.  We will be conducting a “Norming Meeting” and will need papers to score.
  • The Continuum of Literacy from their Fountas and Pinnell kits.  We will be reviewing text levels and bands of difficulty.
  • Laptop

Let me or Araceli know ASAP if you cannot locate your Continuum or have any other concerns.

Clean out the Clutter:

As a rule of thumb – if you have not used it in the past 2 years – throw it away or donate it! Many of you have shifted your student’s learning environment (in really cool ways). As you make these changes to your classrooms, be mindful of the “stuff” you keep moving around.

Coach’s Corner:

In many cases, Back to School Night is the first opportunity we have to meet parents and begin partnerships between school and home.  But what about the parents who don’t attend? This year, I invite you to surprise your parents and make positive phone calls home. Parents don’t always expect good news when they get a call from their child’s teacher. Think about how they would feel if they received a call about their child meeting one of their goals, being kind to someone, or improving in any way. Positive phone calls home are a great way to set the tone for constructive parent-teacher relationships. They show parents that you care, and if you ever have to make a phone call that is not so positive, they may be less defensive and more disposed to support you with their child’s academic success. 

Workshop:

As I visit your classrooms, I am so excited to see students in comfortable places reading and sharing their stories after writing. A strategy which I have seen some of you use as you strive to keep mini lesson mini (and not maxi) is to time yourself or to have a student run the timer for you. As a reminder, mini-lessons should be about ten minutes. Watch this short video (less than two minutes) to hear from Lucy Calkins about mini lessons. 

Learning and Innovation will host their final session of round 1 optional grade level support meetings. Attendees have received their Units of Study Kits.

1st-2nd Teachers: Tuesday, August 16th

Please sign up here if you plan to attend.

ST Math:

Thanks to those of you who got your students going on ST Math (special thanks for your patience)! For those of you who missed the summer PD or have not yet gotten in. Teacher usernames are created by using the first 3 letters of the school, their first initial, and entire last name.Ex.Josh Cassel at Washington Elementary would be : wasjcassel

Here are the links to the first 3 online courses teachers should take before starting ST Math. As a reminder, if you take these courses outside of your contract day (Wed. min day time is a part of your contracted work day). The district will compensate you for your time.

Course 1

Course 2

Course 3

Furniture Budget:

As a reminder, you have a classroom Furniture Budget of $75.00 to be spent by Oct 12th. You may use this money to purchase bookshelves, rugs, flexible seating for students. If you are not sure if something would be appropriate, please see me to discuss in advance of your purchase.

Low Cost Computers for Emory Families:

Last year, more than fifty Emory families received computers through this program thanks to you for sharing the information with them. As you send information home to families, please again include this info. Click here to access the details about low cost computers for families.

Shared Leadership Meeting:

Our next Shared Leadership Meeting is Tuesday, August 23rd from 2:40-3:40. All are welcome to join us.

Cybersmarts Week Aug 22-26:

Save the date- check out the resources below.

https://sites.google.com/site/sbusdcybersmarts/

District Champions Program:

These quarterly awards will recognize students, parents, staff, and community members who demonstrate outstanding work, dedication to the District’s mission and goals, commitment to our community.You may submit a recommendation via this link. Team Emory is amazing! Please submit names of your colleagues, students, family and community members who deserve recognition.

Room Environment and Student Safety:

This week representatives from the state visited various South Bay Campuses examining classrooms to ensure that we are compliant with the Williams’ Legislation. (see me if you’d like to hear more about Williams). Please review the list below and ensure that you take the necessary precautions to keep our students safe and be compliant with the law.

-Hand sanitizer AND handi-wipes that say “keep out of reach of children” must be stored high or in a locked cabinet. Many hand lotions have the same wording and must be stored accordingly

-Liquid paper also says “keep out of reach of children” on the label (big surprise!) – and cannot be left out on teacher desk

-The portable potty (white bucket with black lid) provided to each classroom for use in a disaster or lockdown contains a few items that have similar wording and should be stored high on a cabinet, not under a sink or desk

-Cleaning products must be stored in a locked cabinet – under the sink cabinet that does not lock is not sufficient

-If 75% of classroom walls are covered, it can be considered a fire hazard

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Weekly Update: August 8, 2016

I really enjoy seeing all that you are doing to help your students learn and grow. Thank you for working so hard to prepare fun, engaging and productive days for our students!

Back to School Night:

Below you will find our schedule for Back to School Night/Open House for teachers of students in grades 1-6. This year, we will only have 1 evening for families to visit classrooms. You should prepare a 20-25 minute presentation which you will provide two different times to allow families to visit multiple classrooms.

Possible topics to cover with families:

  • Information about what children will learn in your classroom this year
  • Strategies for home/school communication
  • Strategies for families to use at home to support student learning- be mindful of availability of resources (internet etc) and encourage use of the public library- for books, activities, internet access etc.
  • Importance of School Attendance
  • Box tops for Education
  • Schedule Sept teacher conferences

5:15 PTA Meeting (Cafeteria)

5:30 Principal Welcome (Blacktop near Volunteer Center)

5:45 Classroom Session 1 (25 minutes)

*******5:45 6th Grade Camp Meeting (Cafeteria)

6:15 (Classroom Session 2 (25 minutes)

Release Days P-30’s

If you elected to be released for assessment (as opposed to the$500 stipend), please be sure to submit your P-30 at least 7 days in advance of the day you would like to be released (per D.O. rules).

Entering Fountas and Pinnell Data:

Click here for instructions for entering Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate. Different than last year, you will select 2016- 2017 SBUSD Fountas & Pinnell 1st Administration to enter data.

As you enter student data, please be sure that for each student you indicate the Instructional Level, Accuracy, fluency and comprehension and note the genre. As a reminder, all student Fountas and PInnell data must be entered by Sept. 2nd. Thank you to those of you who have gotten off to such a great start getting to know your students as readers. 

Workshop Support:

Learning and Innovation will host their first round of optional grade level support meetings.  3rd-6th will meet together, most of you are teaching the same unit right now.  We will split you up into individual grade levels for the next round.This Monday and Tuesday-August 8/9 (ONLY ATTEND ONE SESSION )the Learning and Innovation Team is hosting collaborative planning for teachers in grades 3-6 from 3:30-5:00 (out of contract pay) 

1st-2nd Teachers: Tuesday, August 16th

Please sign up here if you plan to attend.

Workshop Mini-lesson Planning Form:

Erin and Shelly (thank you!) shared the form that they have been using to assist in planning for minilessons. It is specific to Unit 3 Bend 1, but helpful for all grades, I think. Click here to see the form.

 

ELD and PLC:

ELD and PLC start date tentatively is August 22nd. I will continue to update you as the date approaches. 

 

Coach’s Corner:

I have had the pleasure of visiting some classrooms during Reading Workshop this week and it is so wonderful to see our students begin to develop into lifelong readers. This morning a student approached me as I was about to go in my room and said, “Good Morning! How are you? Did you read any books last night?” I must admit, I was taken back by her question as I have NEVER had a student ask me about reading books before. These are the small moments that remind us about the great influence we have on our students. When they see us as readers, and believe that we value reading, we instill the same values in them. These “little victories” are what makes our job so rewarding. Let’s continue to keep our eye out for these victories. The ones you would not be able to find through scores or data, but are daily reminders of why we are all here.

ST Math:

Here’s to hoping that we are ready to start ST Math on Monday! If you ARE able to access ST math, please let me know. ST Math Usernames are created by using the first 3 letters of the school, their first initial, and entire last name.Ex.Josh Cassel at Washington Elementary would be : wasjcassel

Here are the links to the first 3 online courses teachers should take before starting ST Math.  If you attended the in-person training you should be well equipped to get started. If not, or if you would like a review, check out the courses below.

Course 1

Course 2

Course 3

Furniture Budget:

As a reminder, you have a classroom Furniture Budget of $75.00 to be spent by Oct 12th. You may use this money to purchase bookshelves, rugs, flexible seating for students. If you are not sure if something would be appropriate, please see me to discuss in advance of your purchase.

Free Area Carpets:

Coles Fine Flooring is giving away a free area rug for the classroom. The giveaway of these quality and large sized area rugs will be held at the San Diego and San Marcos locations on  Saturday August 13th from 8:00-11:00 or while supplies last. First come first served, limited quantity- come early. 1170 Morena Blvd 9210 or 2175 Montiel Rd San Marcos 92069. GET THERE EARLY!! Ask Aranzazu, Leslie, RoseAnn and Angela for details as they went there on Saturday.

Shared Leadership Meeting:

Our next Shared Leadership Meeting is Tuesday, August 23rd from 2:40-3:40. All are welcome to join us.

 

Cybersmarts Week Aug 22-26:

Save the date- check out the resources below.

https://sites.google.com/site/sbusdcybersmarts/

Youtube Access:

Teachers should all have full access to Youtube from your instructor Windows computer, but students do not yet have any Youtube access (or services providing content hosted on Youtube, like Khan Academy) on the District network until an alternative method for filtering content can be determined and tested.

 

Box Tops Teacher Contest:

Our goal is to raise $1500 in Box Tops collections this school year. If we earn $750 in our first collection (until December), we will provide $100 to be spent on classroom materials (furniture, books, etc) to the teacher who’s classroom collects the most money. Please encourage your students and families to return them to the school.

Supply Room:

I say this with much love in my heart-some of you people are hoarders. We support an open supply room because it allows you to access the supplies that you need. Please only take what you need to use within the next few weeks.When you have materials in your room that you do not immediately need, a colleague in a different classroom may not have access to the supplies that he or she needs. And all of our supplies cost money and we have a very limited amount of money to spend on everything that we need to run the school. Thank you for your support in minimizing our supply expenses and maximizing access.

 

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