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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