Weekly Update: February 27, 2017

I hope that you found time to relax this weekend! Thank you for your hard work preparing report cards for students and their families. With only three weeks until spring break, there is much to be done, but a nice break waiting for us all.

Read Across America kick off/Flag Salute:

Thank you very much to RoseAnn, Aranzazu, Karina and Melinda for their hard work coordinating our Read Across America kick off and celebration!

As the San Diego Padres Pad squad, Trustees Elliott-Sanders and Ellsworth and Dr. McNamara will be here for the kick off, it will happen rain or shine.

Details- No Rain

  1. Wear Padres, Dr. Seuss or Emory gear
  2. Visit your mail box and pick up the fancy copy of the the Reader’s Oath and Reader’s Chant which RoseAnn has placed in your mail box.
  3. Send your Reader Leader to RoseAnn on the blacktop at 7:50 on Monday morning
  4. Get pumped up! This is a reading pep rally!
  5. Have your students participate in the Reader’s Oath and the Reader’s Chant
  6. Have fun!

Details-Rain

  1. Wear Padres, Dr. Seuss or Emory gear
  2. Visit your mail box and pick up the fancy copy of the the Reader’s Oath and Reader’s Chant which RoseAnn has placed in your mail box.
  3. Take students to class
  4. Send your Reader Leader to RoseAnn in the cafeteria at 8:05 on Monday morning
  5. Wait for announcement to bring students to the cafeteria for the flag salute/kick off (approximately 8:10/15)
  6. Bring students to cafeteria (they will stand and will fill the room)
  7. Get pumped up! This is a reading pep rally!
  8. Have your students participate in the Reader’s Oath and the Reader’s Chant
  9. Have fun!

Dr. McNamara visit:

Our Superintendent, Dr. McNamara will be at Emory, Tuesday, February 28th from 10:30-11:50. Please see a tentative schedule below. Know that everything could still possibly change. Please don’t be disappointed if we are not stopping by, Dr. McNamara is back in April and we will try to visit you then.
Tentative Schedule
10:30    Christy Shultz
10:40    Karina Martinez
10:50    Connie Leon
11:00    Karen Tomlinson
11:10    Angelica Goulding
11:20    Patty Valdivia

Gate Open House:

In an effort to help families learn more about how great Emory is, we are hosting an open house for families with students eligible to transfer to our 3rd grade GATE program. The GATE Open House is Tuesday, February 28th from 9:00-9:45.

Schedule (approximate)

9:00-9:20           Principal Welcome/Parent Questions              Cafeteria

9:20      Community Volunteer Center/Playground

9:25      3rd Grade Hernandez

9:30      4th Grade Perkins

9:35      5th Grade Goulding

9:40      6th Grade Molina

Interim Block Assessments/Benchmarks:

*******ELA PT/Interim Benchmark must be administered before spring break. You will not administer a MATH District assessment.

We will administer the CAASPP Interim Assessments to students in grades 3-6 and the SBUSD benchmarks/Performance Tasks to students in grades TK-2. Click here to check out the Interim Assessment Page. You will need your TOMS login to access.

District Writing Day:

On Tuesday, March 7th, we will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August. 

Military Counselor:

As a reminder, David McGue will visit Emory every Monday. He is available to support your military involved students. His contact information is below.

David McGue
Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
Phone: (619) 403-0686
Email:  Dtmcgue9@magellanhealth.com

Optimist Speech Contest:

The 2016-2017 Optimist International Oratorical Contest is here This year’s topic is, “What the world gains from optimism.”  The contest is open to 4-8 grade students.  Applications are due by March 3.  The club Oratorical will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at the Ed Center.

Staff Professional Development:

We meet as a full staff this Wednesday, March 1 at 1:45 in room 23. 

Read Across America Readers:

Our local Job Corps would like to send readers to our school in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (Thursday, March 2nd) and to support our Read Across America celebration.
We will provide updated information as we receive it from Job Corps.
LCAP Family Survey:

Thanks to your hard work, last year we received a lot of feedback from Emory families about our school. Please share the statement/links below with your families via dojo, google classroom/classroom newsletters. 

Emory School community, please use the link below to provide feedback to us about your child’s experience. Thanks always for your support.

ENGLISH Survey Link:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qVQDtL857EJpdXO45Ey7BkF2EMOLudbBVdyJ-8g_dPE

SPANISH Survey Link:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=18BYVjmKmDKLUHWvRopFJYki3L_MMLhv2jYrwulXeoHU

Coach’s Corner:

This week we are celebrating Read Across America. If you would like more ideas on how to celebrate with your students, visit http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorReadAcrossAmerica.php. Happy Reading!

*Teacher please complete Sections C, H, I, J and K                                                                                                                            Revised by PRM, JO, TL (1/24/17)

Teacher’s College comes to South Bay:
Last year Teacher’s College came to South Bay and lead a five day Reading Institute. They are scheduled to return this summer June 12-16th to host a Writing Institute. Spots will be very limited. Please mark your calendars. I will share details as I receive them.
Projector Refresh:
Emory is scheduled for a Projector Refresh. 19 classrooms with PRM25 & PRM35 classrooms projectors to get new Epson 530’s. Starting Spring Break and done by 2nd week of April, 2017
 
Emory’s Innovation Fair:
Emory will be having its first Innovation Fair on Wednesday, April 12th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The idea of the Innovation Fair is to involve students and their families in creativity, innovation, and inspiration. All students in grades TK-6th are invited to participate. Students will work in a team with one or more family member(s) to think of something creative, innovative, or inspiring to present at our Innovation Fair. A flyer and application went out to students and is posted on the Emory webpage. Students and families that are interested in participating will fill out an application and turn it in to their teacher by Monday, March 13th.  Please place all applications that you receive in Araceli’s box. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, March 8th for families that are interested in participating and have additional questions or need clarification; however, the informational meeting is NOT mandatory for families to participate. We know our students and parents have great ideas to share so please encourage families to participate.
Emory District Champions:
Please join me in congratulating our Emory District Champions.
Emory Volunteer Coordinator and Grandma
Cindy Pillado
Emory moms and staff
Cathy Manorina and Mari Chavez
Emory dad
Hector Gracia
 
You are invited to attend the award reception on Friday, March 3 at 5:00 PM at Mendoza School to celebrate all the District Champion recipients. 
Quote of the Week:
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Weekly Update:February 20, 2017

I hope that you had a fantastic, much deserved, relaxing weekend! Congratulations to the Emory Employees of the Year- Jeanne and Monica! Be sure to welcome back Leslie back. She returns on Tuesday after time home with their newest family member.

Staff PD: 

We do not meet as a staff, but we do have book club!! Hope to see you there! Room 23 at 1:45. Upper Grades are reading Chapter 8. Primary grades are reading Chapters 5 and 6.

Tolerance Names Due to Eunice-TUESDAY:

We have our Soaring to Success Assemblies this Friday, February 24th. See the bulletin for the schedule. Please be sure to submit your names to Eunice on Tuesday. She has one less day to ready the certificates and other materials.

ELD Rotation Changes:

New ELD Group changes go in effect:

  • 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades: Tuesday, February 21.

Winter Workshop Planning Meeting:

Join the Learning and Innovation team for the Winter Workshop Planning meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at Emory School from 3:30- 5pm, starting in room 23. We will meet together then break up into grade level teams. This meeting is for ANYONE using the Teachers College Units of Study and is designed to answer questions, offer support, and to provide an opportunity to collaborate with grade level peers about what you are teaching. If you signed up for our cancelled January 31st meeting, no need to sign up again. If you haven’t signed up and would like to attend, please sign up here.

Blue Slips/Prize Wagon:

Please bring your blue slips to lunch this Thursday 2/23.  I am sure your bins are full!

Report Cards:

Reminder report cards go home Friday, February 24th. You must place a copy of each trimester two report card in your student’s cum files.

Below I have included information from Jen Oliveira:

Assessment Data- The report card will no longer contain District Assessment results.  Additionally, reading assessment 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: Do I have to complete a report card for students every trimester?

A: As a means of communication, the trimesterly report card provides important information for state and federal accountability as well as to a new school in the event a student moves. 

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. 

 

Impact Rotation:

The Impact teachers begin their new rotation this week.

 

Coaches’ Corner:

Emory Elementary will be hosting its first annual Innovation Fair on April 12th, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The purpose of the Innovation Fair is to inspire creativity among our students and promote fun family quality time. In Family teams of 2 or more, students build confidence through presentation, critical-thinking skills, and working on a project which comes from their own passion. We know our students and families have inspiring ideas to share, so let’s encourage all families to participate!

 

This week, you will receive a flyer and application to go home with each student. More information coming soon!

Read Across America (February 27th through March 3rd):

 THEME:  Grab you HAT and READ with the CAT!

Thanks RoseAnn, Aranzazu, Karina and Melinda S. for coordinating our activities.

Kick-off Day—(Monday Feb. 27th, think of it as a mini-pep rally……. Celebrating Literacy in our school!)  This will take place during Monday morning pledge.  It will probably take a little longer than usually, but hopefully not that much longer…J

See RoseAnn’s email with the Reader’s Oath and the Reader’s Chant that will be led by our Superintendent, Board Member and the Padre Pad Squad!

Please get your kids “pumped up”…..either by wearing a HAT for HAT day and/or Padre gear…..also get them familiar with the Reader’s Oath and Chant.

Please identify ONE representative from your classroom who will stand front and center on the playground on Monday, Feb. 27th, so that they can be recognized as a classroom READER LEADER.  (You decided how you want to select student based on love of reading, reading focus or by raffle.)  Please SUBMIT name to RoseAnn no later than Tuesday, Feb. 21st, the sooner the better  Students will get to borrow and wear a Dr. Seuss hat, receive a special certificate, maybe get a cool prize from the Pad Squad…etc.

Start thinking about who you may invite to be a guest reader in your class! Students love having guests visit their class. ( Through the years, we’ve had a fire captain, son in law, my daughter, parents, district admin, board member, community members….come read.  They love being invited into our classroom.:)

Performance Assessment Window:

*******ELA PT/Interim Benchmark must be administered before spring break. You will not administer a MATH District assessment.

Shared Leadership Team had a great conversation about our plan. We will, likely, administer the CAASPP Interim Assessments to students in grades 3-6 and the SBUSD benchmarks/Performance Tasks to students in grades TK-2. Click here to check out the Interim Assessment Page. You will need your TOMS login to access.

District On- Demand Writing Assessment:

On Tuesday, March 7th, we will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August. 

Military Counselor:

As a reminder, David McGue will visit Emory every Monday. He is available to support your military involved students. His contact information is below.

David McGue
Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
Phone: (619) 403-0686
Email:  Dtmcgue9@magellanhealth.com

Optimist Speech Contest:

The 2016-2017 Optimist International Oratorical Contest is here This year’s topic is, “What the world gains from optimism.”  The contest is open to 4-8 grade students.  Applications are due by March 3.  The club Oratorical will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at the Ed Center.

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: February 13, 2017

I hope you enjoy a fantastic weekend and return refreshed and ready for a fun week with your students.

Staff PD:

We do not meet this week. You may wish to review reading assessment data, prepare for report cards or anything else valuable to your team.

ELD Rotation Changes:

New ELD Group changes will go in effect as follows:

  • 3rd and 4th grades: Tuesday, February 14.
  • 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades: Tuesday, February 21.

Winter Workshop Planning Meeting:

Join the Learning and Innovation team for the Winter Workshop Planning meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at Emory School from 3:30- 5pm, starting in room 23. We will meet together then break up into grade level teams. This meeting is for ANYONE using the Teachers College Units of Study and is designed to answer questions, offer support, and to provide an opportunity to collaborate with grade level peers about what you are teaching. If you signed up for our cancelled January 31st meeting, no need to sign up again. If you haven’t signed up and would like to attend, please sign up here.

Report Cards:

Reminder report cards go home Friday, February 24th. You must place a copy of each trimester two report card in your student’s cum files.

Below I have included information from Jen Oliveira:

Assessment Data- The report card will no longer contain District Assessment results.  Additionally, reading assessment 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: Do I have to complete a report card for students every trimester?

A: As a means of communication, the trimesterly report card provides important information for state and federal accountability as well as to a new school in the event a student moves. 

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. 

Q: Can I add something to Additional Learning Areas and Learning Behaviors?

A: An optional space is provided to add a score for an area you, your grade level or your site has agreed upon. The area must be established in the first trimester, and it cannot be changed. In order to be equitable, a team or school agreement can be made about what the field should say and how they are being assessed for each student. 

Q: Sometimes my comments disappear. What can I do about that?

A: Using a text editor, like Word or Google Docs, is a good way to get your ideas out about your students, then copy and paste your comments to the report cards. If you leave the window open in the Illuminate report card, there is the possibility the application/website might “time out” and log you out prematurely. Make sure you SAVE often.

Coach’s Corner:

Our Upper Grade Book Club is reading chapter 8 of the TCRWP Reading Pathways. If you would like to learn more about different ways to use the Learning Progressions with your students, this is a great chapter to read. If you would like to join the conversation around this chapter, our next book club meeting is February 22 at 1:30, in room 23.

Performance Assessment Window:

*******ELA PT/Interim Benchmark must be administered before spring break. You will not administer a MATH District assessment.

Shared Leadership Team had a great conversation about our plan. We will, likely, administer the CAASPP Interim Assessments to students in grades 3-6 and the SBUSD benchmarks/Performance Tasks to students in grades TK-2. Click here to check out the Interim Assessment Page. You will need your TOMS login to access.

District On- Demand Writing Assessment:

On Tuesday, March 7th, we will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August. 

 

Power Outage:

A planned power outage has been scheduled for Saturday, February 11 at 8:30AM for up to 3 Hours to replace overheating equipment in the area (weather permitting and barring any other unforeseen circumstances).

District Champions:

We have two more opportunities this year to recognize students, parents, staff, teams, and community members as District Champions! Thank you to everyone who has already submitted a nomination! If you have not already done so, please consider submitting a nomination today!  We will celebrate new Champions on March 3 and June 2.  You may submit recommendations at this link,

Emory Grade Level Highlights- Due February 14:

We have the opportunity to highlight Emory to families in our community at a recruitment fair on March 11thNo later than February 14th, (the sooner the better) please provide me with two –three things that your grade level/specialist team does that are awesome. Also, anything that you personally think makes our school great. I will prepare a brochure to let families know who we are and want to include your input. Please let me know if you have any questions or any great ideas about promoting (getting the secret out) about Emory!

Footballs, Toys and Other items NOT allowed at school: 

This week in my call to families (and post to our website), I am reminding families to only send items to school that our students need to learn. Please remind students during class and families via any of your home/school communication. 

Lead Testing:

You may have heard about our neighboring school District which is faced with an issue regarding the lead in the water. The news made an earlier assertion that they were South Bay Schools, which by now they have changed to San Ysidro School District. We have not had any issue with our water and nothing has been reported. However, as a precaution, the Facilities Department is contacting all the water authorities in the district to have our water tested.

Military Counselor:

As a reminder, David McGue will visit Emory every Monday. He is available to support your military involved students. His contact information is below.

David McGue
Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
Phone: (619) 403-0686
Email:  Dtmcgue9@magellanhealth.com

Optimist Speech Contest:

The 2016-2017 Optimist International Oratorical Contest is here This year’s topic is, “What the world gains from optimism.”  The contest is open to 4-8 grade students.  Applications are due by March 3.  The club Oratorical will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at the Ed Center.

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: February 6, 2017

Staff PD:

We do not meet at a team this week. Perhaps use the time to begin your report cards or plan with your team.

Performance Assessment Window:

*******ELA PT/Interim Benchmark must be administered before spring break. You will not administer a MATH District assessment.

Shared Leadership Team had a great conversation about our plan. We will, likely, administer the CAASPP Interim Assessments to students in grades 3-6 and the SBUSD benchmarks/Performance Tasks to students in grades TK-2. Click here to check out the Interim Assessment Page. You will need your TOMS login to access.

District On- Demand Writing Assessment:

On Tuesday, March 7th, we will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August. 

Coach’s Corner:

ELD groups have been updated, based on the 2016-2017 CELDT data. I will be discussing the modifications with each grade level during PLC meetings this week to finalize the rosters for each group. The new ELD groups are expected to begin on Tuesday February 14th.

Winter Workshop Planning Meeting:

Join the Learning and Innovation team for the (rescheduled) Winter Workshop Planning meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at Emory School from 3:30- 5pm, starting in room 23. We will meet together then break up into grade level teams. This meeting is for ANYONE using the Teachers College Units of Study and is designed to answer questions, offer support, and to provide an opportunity to collaborate with grade level peers about what you are teaching. If you signed up for our cancelled January 31st meeting, no need to sign up again. If you haven’t signed up and would like to attend, please sign up here.

Integrated Professional Learning System Pilot:
The Integrated Professional Learning System pilot is for the 2017-18 school year for our new evaluation process focused on professional growth. Participating teachers will receive a $1,000 stipend.
They are offering one final informational meeting to be held at 3:30 p.m. on:
February 7, 2017 at Pence School Library
Please view this one minute video and, if interested, attend one of the meetings being offered.

 

CPM:

6th grade teachers

This is not an introduction and you can sign up for Thursday, March 9, or Tuesday, March 14. They need a minimum of 8 participants, or the March 9th date will be canceled. Please sign up here for either of these dates.

SEBT Training:

SEBT provides guidance for teachers as they help their students reach grade-level literacy in both Spanish and English, through coherent biliteracy transfer instruction of foundational reading skills aligned to the CCSS and CCSS en Español.  Please fill out the survey to help identify dates for the training. Please follow this link.

Power Outage:

A planned power outage has been scheduled for Saturday, February 11 at 8:30AM for up to 3 Hours to replace overheating equipment in the area (weather permitting and barring any other unforeseen circumstances).

Box Tops Results:

Thanks to your help, Emory will be $224 richer pretty soon!  Please keep putting out the word that lets the kiddos know that with every 25 box tops they will get one entry in the drawing for the cash card!

 

Top Box Tops Collectors from Dec 2016-Jan 2017

Martinez  71

Leon 318

Shultz 50

Sanchez/Acosta 93

Carson 51

Adams-Sherwood 99

 

Castellanos 57

Hopkins 76

Kinnamon 159

Perkins 74

Brizendine 112

Goulding 244

Major 721

 

Hueso 67

Pay Stubs:

Beginning January 2017, please use Peoplesoft to view your current and future paystubs.  The user name is your six-digit employee number, and the default password is the first four letters of your last name in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS and the last four digits of your Social Security Number.  Your 2016 W-2 is also available for viewing in Peoplesoft.

 

 

Computers to Kids San Diego:

Registration for the SBUSD Computers 2 SD Kids (C2SDK) has begun.  Information about this affordable technology for SBUSD families can be found on our web and the location for distribution this year will be at Nicoloff Elementary. Please send all applications to Jennifer Oliveira at the Education Center.

More Info:

Computers 2 SD Kids (C2SDK) is a non-profit organization that assists qualified children and their families to obtain computers, software, training and support in order to help them become computer literate as well as increase their access to educational, occupational and financial resources and the related skills to effectively use that technology.  C2SDK’s prime goal is to place the needed computers into the homes of 28% of San Diego County families who cannot afford this essential educational tool. For more information, please see the flyer.  The application may be completed online or printed and filled-out by hand.  Please note the deadline for application submission is Monday, February 13, 2017.

Optimist Speech Contest:

The 2016-2017 Optimist International Oratorical Contest is here This year’s topic is, “What the world gains from optimism.”  The contest is open to 4-8 grade students.  Applications are due by March 3.  The club Oratorical will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at the Ed Center.

Quote of the Week:

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