November 28, 2016

Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed a restful and relaxing vacation with your friends and family.

Staff Meeting:

We will meet this Wednesday, Nov 30th at 1:45 in room 23.

PBS/Character Trait:

We continue to focus on Self Control and will do so through our Soaring to Success Awards Ceremonies on December 16th. Please see the information below and teach or revisit the Self Control unit this week.The video is available on the Connect With Kids Website . ( 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.

Reading Pathways Book Club:

We will begin a Book Club with our focus book being Reading Pathways from the Units of Study Kit. Book Club Members, who attend all sessions, will receive an Emory staff bookclub t-shirt and the opportunity to purchase a book for their classroom library or a professional text. Our first meeting date is Wednesday December 14th. 

Brain Pop Survey:

Please email me by the end of the day Friday, December 2nd if you are interested in maintaining our Brain Pop subscription. The cost to maintain this subscription is $2300. To give you some perspective, we could send a couple of people to high level professional development, purchase loads of classroom library books, or supply our school with three months paper with a similar amount of money. If this is a resource which most of you use regularly (at least once per week) we should maintain it, but I’d hate to renew it if we’re not using it.

Restorative Practice Training SDCOE:

Please let me know if you are interested in attending a two day training at SDCOE on Restorative Practice/Circles in your classroom. This training will teach you a set of tools which you might use to foster a sense of community within your classroom.

You must attend both days which are Feb 13th and Feb 24th. See the link for the flyer below for additional details. Let me know by Friday Dec 2nd if you would like to be considered to attend this two day training.

PD Survey from Learning and Innovation:

Please complete this survey to provide feedback to input related to PD offered by the Learning and Innovation Team.

Winter Break Professional Learning Opportunities:

There are some great opportunities listed here (SELD, CPM, Workshop) along with another day PD Academy.  Check out the schedule here.

Opportunity to observe:

I am very lucky that I am able to see all of you with your students each week. I am sure that you found it powerful to watch the others facilitate the various elements of workshop this week. If you would like to be released to visit a colleague’s classroom, please let me know. If you would like to video yourself (for your own use), please let me know. Or, you might check out the South Bay youtube channel or the Teacher’s College Vimeo channel (see below). Let Araceli and I know how we can help you.

TCRWP Videos                                    Learning and Innovation Videos

Everyone a Reader:

We began our Everyone a Reader program the week of Monday, November 14th.

5th and 6th grade teachers,

1)      Please review the list of tutors here.


2)      Remind the students when they are scheduled to tutor.

Thanks for your support!

Innovation Caravan:

5th and 6th grade teachers see info from Jen Oliveira (below).
Just some updates about our maiden voyage of the Innovation Caravan in our Year of Innovation!
·         DEADLINE EXTENDED– Friday, December 2nd.
·         Application available online.
·         Student or team projects/presentations/demonstrations/performances DOES NOT have to be completed by December 2nd, this can be an idea in motion!
·         Think about a project/presentation/demonstration/performance you’re already doing or a Genius Hour seed idea happening.

Time Sheets:

You MUST complete and submit time sheets within the month that you worked. For example if you have out of contract pay during the month of September, you ABSOLUTELY MUST submit the time sheet no later than October 1st. If you fail to do so, the district gets fined.

Quote of the Week:

Image result for quotes about love of teaching

Video of the Week:

Check out this Video made by Angelica’s class.



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