Weekly Update: September 6, 2016

I hope that you were able to enjoy a long and relaxing weekend!

Staff Professional Development:

We will meet this Wednesday, Sept. 7th at 1:45 in room 23. My most sincere apology for the confusion around the staff meeting date. I appreciate all the efforts that you went to as you re-scheduled conferences. I look forward to learning more alongside you about best practices during student independent reading time. Dr. McNamara will join us at the end of our meeting.

Reading Assessment Data Entered- Sept 9th:

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.

Please let me know ASAP if you need any assistance completing your assessments or entering your data by our extended deadline.

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.

Coach’s Corner:

“You can do this! You can help kids fall in love with reading. You can fill your classroom with amazing books kids want to get their hands on. You can find time every single day to allow kids to read books they care about. You can observe, respond, and interact with readers in powerful, meaningful ways.” Simple Starts by Kari Yates is a great resource for creating your reader-centered classroom. It has great insight on the simple, but important details of literacy instruction that sometimes get overlooked. For example, you can find information on creating anchor charts, comfortable reading spaces, or even managing classroom library routines. If you do not have this book yet, please see me for your very own copy.

TK-2 Technology Update:

Teachers in grades TK-2 should expect IT to deliver your “Tech Tub”, 8 total touchscreen (Asus) Chromebook Flip devices per room and 8 sets of headphones. 

Soaring to Success Awards Assemblies:

Please provide any feedback (positive/negative) from students/families about this transition. As I communicate the change, I speak about how my hope is that the new ceremony is more meaningful for students-rather than simply hearing their name read for one or more times, students may be inspired by our Emory students’ actions.

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 thislink.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.

Home Depot Grant:

Our PTA would like to write a Home Depot grant in support of our school. As I reviewed the Home Depot website, I thought this might be a good resource to support innovate classrooms or your classroom library. Keep in mind that the grants are limited to $500 total per school. If you are interested in partnering with the PTA in this capacity, please let me know.

Save the Date(s):

Stand Up to Bullying Week- Sept 12-16

Blue Slips at lunch Sept 12th

Quote of the week:

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