Weekly Update: October 17, 2016

Let’s get ready for a great week!

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet this week. This is a personal planning week. Maybe get started on your report cards or get some planning done.

Fall Carnival:

Our Fall Carnival funds our field trips, student rewards and other Emory activities. Please sign up for and/or have parents cover at least one booth. To maximize the number of games, please try not double up on one booth as this will reduce the number of activities for families. Thanks for continuing this tradition which our community loves!

Bell Schedule/ELD:

As a follow up from our Staff PD this week, please spend time continuing the discussion regarding our bell schedule/eld. I will send a survey in the near future to elicit feedback.   

Jenn @Teacher’s College in NYC Oct 18-23:

I am excited to have the opportunity to visit Teacher’s College at Columbia University (Tuesday, Oct. 18th –Sunday, Oct 23rd) to learn more about how to support our work with the Reading and Writing Units of Study.While I am going to miss you, I know that you will be in good hands with Araceli serving as Admin Designee and Lindsay and Tracy supporting with student behavior. Jen Oliveira will be here Wednesday and Thursday morning as well. Jen will visit classrooms Wednesday.You all know that Eunice really runs the school anyway, so I shouldn’t be missed too much.

Shakeout Drill:

Thursday, 10/20  we will participate in the Great Shakeout at 10:30 a.m (for approximately 4 minutes). Please see link below for procedures during an earthquake or the drill.

Earthquake Drill/Response Procedures

Coach’s Corner:

This week our students learned about fairness and in our Monday morning assembly we heard, “fair is not everybody getting the same thing, fair is everybody getting what they need”. Please consider this quote as you differentiate for your students in small group instruction. All of your students need support in small groups and conferring, but do they all need the same amount of support? Students reading far below grade level need more guidance; therefore, it is recommended that you meet with them more often than those reading at grade level. How are you balancing small group instruction frequency for your students? If you’re finding this “balancing act” challenging and would like some additional insight, please reach out to me. I am happy to help!

Volunteer Sign in:

For everyone’s safety, please have any parent/community member who is volunteering in your classroom sign in with us in the office.

ILT Thursday October 20th:

Thanks in advance to our ILT team for their leadership and their willingness to learn and share. ILT members, please bring your Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum from your Fountas and Pinnell kits to ILT on Thursday. Thanks to everyone else for keeping our campus a safe place for learning in our absence.

Recess Duty Schedule Follow up:

As a follow up to our staff meeting, you need not perform recess duty on days when you have PLC. I met with the impact team Friday to clarify their recess schedule.

Report Card Information from Jen Oliveira:

The Report Card Window is NOW OPEN!

Assessment Data-Reading assessment (Fountas and Pinnell) should not be included on the report card, at this point, as it is a new system for us, and we are still calibrating.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does it look if I’m using the Units of Study from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project?

A: All of the Teachers College Units of Study for Reading and Writing Workshop are aligned to Common Core State Standards. For the Reading Units, you can find the standards addressed in each session in this document, K-5 CCSS Correlation, which breaks down each unit and each session. For the Writing Units, on the first page of each session the standards are listed at the bottom of the page. They can also be found in the inside back cover of each unit. You can use a variety of resources to determine if your students are meeting grade level expectation in the standards. For example:

  • Reading and/or writing notebooks
  • Reading and/or writing folders
  • Learning progressions, checklists, and rubrics
  • Published writing
  • Running records
  • Post-it notes
  • Conferring and notes
  • Small group observations
  • Informal assessments
  • Formative assessments
  • Post-assessments

Q: I taught the 3rd grade units first, but I teach 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. How does that look on my report cards?

A: Your responsibility is to communicate how your students are doing with grade level standards. In the reading units, the first few sessions in Grade 3 Unit 1 are geared toward the Range of Reading and Text Complexity (RL and RI 3.10). You can look at that as you would normally and ask yourself “Has this student mastered that standard at our grade level (RL and RI 4.10, 5.10, 6.10)? How do I know?” This continuum will help you see each standard set for K-8. Look at the cluster and notice how your students are performing against the standards. The Reading Foundational standards apply K-5.

Q: Why do we need to grade ELD?

A: Besides communicating progress to parents, a score in English Language Development is an important part of our accountability to the state, used most recently in Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) this year.



WIXIE Account Information (only for students in grades TK-2):

Melinda is our resident Wixie expert. She and her students have been having loads of fun and she has offered to help us all get started. Student usernames are their 7-digit Student ID, and their password is the same 7-digit number.

Teacher accounts usernames are first initial last name, and your password is southbay.

There should be an icon soon on the student page soon for Wixie access, but in the meantime it’s https://sb.wixie.com/ Teresa added it to our Emory School Page.

Chromebook Cart:

Teachers in K, 1 and 2, please discuss a plan for the 32 chromebooks that we have on a cart in Melinda’s room. Options include but are not limited to the following: rotating the chromebook cart (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly etc, dismantling the cart and dividing the chromebooks, moving tech tubs, other?)My priority is that our students have regular access to technology as a tool to help them learn and grow (I don’t want them gathering dust).

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.

Upcoming Dates:

Red Ribbon Week-Oct 24-28

Fall Carnival-October 28th

Unicef Drive.Costume Parade:

Emory’s Trick or Treat for UNICEF Drive will begin on Monday, October 17th through November 1st.

Staff Professional Development- Nov 2nd

PLC date change–Dec 14th will be PLC and Dec 7th will be open

Baby Shower for Leslie!!-Dec 7th

Quote of the Week:

Image result for i never lose i either win or learn mandela

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