Weekly Update: October 3, 2016

Welcome back. I hope that your fall break was relaxing and refreshing.

Coach’s Corner:

At our last professional development meeting we became familiar with conferring and different types of small group instruction in literacy. Please consider which of these you would like to learn about more in depth. I would like to hear your responses during PLC meetings.


  • Students independently read a variety of texts.
  • The teacher confers with individual students to support and assess reading as well as to teach to individual needs.

Strategy Lessons:

  • Teacher pulls small, temporary groups to explicitly teach reading strategies and skills.
  • Students read different self-selected texts.
  • Student practice in text at their independent level.

Guided Reading:

  • Teacher pulls small, temporary groups to explicitly teach reading strategies for processing a variety of texts.
  • Students read same book chosen by the teacher.
  • Students practice in text at their instructional level.

Literature Circles:

  • Teacher and students set up assigned reading tasks and agree on meeting times.
  • Students engage in in-depth discussion about a common text they have read.

PLC Wednesday Oct 5th:

After school, Wednesday, Oct 5th is a PLC day. Please meet with your grade level teams. Possible activities, plan collaboratively, review ELD groups (need to make any changes, continue to look at data (CAASPP, Fountas and Pinnell etc),  etc.

Email and Calendar Invites:

Please be sure to check your email twice a day. I suggest before school and after school. To improve our efficiency, we will use outlook to invite you to meetings. If you need help learning about the calendar feature in outlook let Araceli or me know.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

Fall Professional Learning

Click HERE to see all the great options available, including Fall Learning Academy- a one-day conference style event with 20 great sessions around math, literacy, whole child, and science.


Next Generation Science Standards


Elementary NGSS 3-Day Academy View Event Details
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
(3 Day Event)
Event Dates: Nov 29, 2016 | Nov 30, 2016 | Dec 15, 2016


Click here for more details:NGSS 3-Day Academy

Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in attending.

San Diego CUE

San Diego CUE’s 33rd Annual Tech Fair offers over 120 teacher-led PK-12 staff development opportunities for teachers, coordinators, and administrators. It’s not just about technology! Session topics cover all curriculum areas, and the integration of technology, for all experience levels.

SDCUE 2016 Tech Fair

La Costa Canyon High School, Carlsbad More information: sdcue.org




We will be starting our new character trait which is Fairness and the award assembly will be on November 18th. 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.

Innovation Caravan:

For 5th and 6th Grade Teachers…..

 Here is the application for the South Bay Innovation Caravan. (due Nov 18th)

From Jennifer Oliveira

“Consider students in your class who might have an idea to share. Although we will be excited for any and all applications, DO NOT feel like you have to have your whole class participate. At the same time, don’t feel like you have to limit the number of applications from your class. Remember this can be based on something students are already doing with you OR can be an outside of school project.”

Fall Book Order:

The District has allocated money to support classroom libraries. As we already have the money, I’d like to get books in the hands of our students sooner rather than later. We have a budget for approximately $200 per classroom. Please complete the survey at this link by Wed. Oct 5th . I will be purchasing the books in bulk to get us the best deal.

Classroom Furniture Budget:

As a reminder, you have a classroom Furniture Budget of $75.00. All receipts must be submitted 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.

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.

Save the Date:

Imagine Learning Start Date:

Imagine Learning before and after school tutoring will begin on Oct 10th. Please look for invitations in your mail boxes and encourage recommended students to participate.

South Bay Knows our Way–Walk to School Day:

Save the date. We will be encouraging students and families to walk to school on Wednesday, October 12th

Quote of the Week:

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