Weekly Update: October 24, 2016

Oh my goodness, I missed my Emory family, but I learned so much! Thank you to all of you for pulling together and supporting our students and each other to make it easy for me to be away learning. I deeply appreciate your support.

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet this week. This is a personal planning week. Finish report cards?

Workshop Lab Site:

I am very excited that we will have the learning and innovation team here demonstrating mini-lessons, small groups and conferring while providing tips to help us simplify the planning process. They will be here Tuesday, Nov 1-Monday, Nov 7th. To assist you in planning, we will provide a schedule on Monday or Tuesday this week.


Coach’s Corner:

At the district ILT meeting this week, we learned about ST Math and several elements of Guided Reading. Your ILT member will be sharing the components of ST Math with your team, during PLC meetings this week. The team found the elements of Guided Reading valuable and agreed that it would fit best as whole staff professional development. We will continue to learn about guided reading throughout the year to help us refine our current small group instructional practices.


Thank you to those of you who represented us at ILT and thanks in advance for your willingness to share what you learned with our colleagues. Click here to view the presentation.

Bell Schedule/ELD Survey:

Thank you for discussing the bell schedule/eld time with your colleagues. Please complete this short survey by the end of the day on Wednesday. Click here to view the survey.

Red Ribbon Week October 24-28:

The National Red Ribbon Campaign Theme this year is YOLO: Be Drug Free (I didn’t come up with that).  Here is the link to the educators page , they have a lot of resources, pick and choose what you would like to include in your classroom http://www.redribbon.org/activities/Educators/index.html.

There will also be a door decorating contest that will be judged by our principal.  Winning class will win a Reading and Popcorn Party with Mrs. Grondek.  Please have your finished door ready on friday 10/28.

Monday 10/24: During Flag Salute, Mrs. Grondek will announce the beginning of Red Ribbon Week.  Students and teachers will be invited to sign pledge banner anytime during this week.  (Banner will be in cafeteria)

Tuesday 10/25: Wear Red Day- all staff and students are invited to wear red today to show support

Wednesday 10/26: “Our future is bright without drugs”- Wear sunglasses and neon colors today

Thursday 10/27: “Sock it to Drugs”- wear your craziest socks today

Friday 10/28 : “Emory Eagles are Drug Free”- wear your school shirt or school colors today.  Door Prize winner announced today.

PLNU Arts Partnership:

Thank you to Rebecca, Dene, Monica, Melinda, Jeanne, Georgina, Maria, Leslie and RoseAnn for supporting our partnership with Point Loma Nazarene.

Teacher Conference        October 25         2:30-2:55

First Lesson                      Nov 8                  1:30-2:25

Second Lesson                 Nov 15               1:30-2:25

Report Cards:

Thank you for your hard work preparing report cards for our students and families. As a reminder they should be sent home this Friday, October 28th.

Fall Carnival:

Thank you to all who have already signed up to cover a booth for the carnival this Friday, October 28th. Unfortunately, we still have lots of booths available.  Please do your best to encourage your students to purchase presale wristbands and ticket sales. We have combined both the candy and food drive because we were often left with a lot of candy (and last year we ended up with a vermin problem).  A letter went home with that information.  Please take a look and remind students that they get a ticket for each donation.  Grade 6 has set up a grade level competition to generate more participation.  Some extra recess or a homework pass to the winning class at your grade level can really work as an incentive for some kids.  Please send all donations to the stage in the cafeteria (except for baked goods). TK/K/1 teachers, please ask your families to bring baked goods either Thursday or Friday.  The raffle is held at the end of the day Friday.  Finally, if you have anything you would like to donate to the student raffle baskets, please send it over to Shelly’s room (new or gently used games, books, unused gift cards, school supplies not found in our supply room etc.) We will also add stuff from our supply room to fill it up.  All of your help is greatly appreciated!!!!

A few nuggets of wisdom from my time at Teacher’s College at Columbia:

Okay, first of all, I learned so much that at this point (and I still have workshops today -Saturday and 6 hours tomorrow- Sunday) my brain is full. It has been absolutely amazing. The coaches have so much expertise, vitality and passion for doing good work for kids.

In a list, the things I heard that might be meaningful for you. This is not a list of rules, but rather thoughts to guide our work as we learn more about teaching our kids to be better readers and writers.

Don’t spend longer than 5 weeks per unit

Register your units (there is a code and there are great online resources). Register a grade below and a grade above, too.

When intervening for English Learners and students in upper grades who are struggling, think about using minilessons from the primary grades (in small groups) to fill gaps.

Don’t wait for mastery, topics are purposely introduced a year before a child will be expected to master it. The units spiral around and you will revisit the various strategies and skills.

In Kinder and First grade Shared Reading is especially important.

Small groups should last 10 minutes

Conferences should last 3-5 minutes

Minilessons should last 10 minutes

It is very important for teachers to see other classrooms where this work is happening.

I visited classrooms and met with principals from schools that have been doing  workshop for 15 or more years and saw and heard great things, but felt great pride when I saw reflections of the hard work and new learning that many of us have tackled this year in our classrooms.

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:

Fall Carnival-October 28th

Unicef Drive/Costume Parade:

Emory’s Trick or Treat for UNICEF Drive will end November 1st. The costume parade is 10/31.

Staff Professional Development- Nov 2nd CANCELED

Emory Highlight at Board Meeting Nov 10 (please join us if you can)

Board Visits Emory  Nov 17

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

Baby Shower for Leslie!!-Dec 7th

Quote of the Week:

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. Muhammed Ali

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