Weekly Update: May 1, 2017

Thank you all for working hard this week! Primary grade teachers did a great job keeping the halls quiet. Kudos to upper grade teachers for logging in and monitoring your students. It was a pleasure to visit primary grade classrooms and observe high quality Reader’s Workshops. Enjoy relaxing weekends!

Staff Meeting:

We do not meet as a staff this week. Book Club meets for our final meeting of the 16-17 school year at 1:45 in room 23.

CAASPP Schedule:

Huge thanks to Araceli for coordinating our CAASPP assessment!

Click Here to view the schedule. CAASPP testing continues through Thursday. 5th Grade will facilitate the CAST Science Field Test on Friday.

As a reminder DO NOT USE YOUR CELL PHONE AT ALL DURING TESTING!!!!!!

Please keep the following in mind over the next 2 weeks:

  • Minimize the over-use of ‘streaming media’ sites, such as streaming video
  • Avoid downloading or uploading large files or folders during regular ‘student attendance’ hours, where possible.
  • CAASP-testing Teachers: Because the CAASP SecureBrowser needs to be able to be updated on a daily basis,Ensure a full shutdown and restart early and often to make sure your students’ systems are up to speed and have access to the testing browser.

Coach’s Corner:

One week of testing down and one to go! Thanks to each, and every one of you for making the week an overall success. This week, testing will require high levels of stamina and grit from our students. Let’s continue to encourage them to work hard and do their best! Go EMORY EAGLES!

Summer Writer’s Workshop Professional Development RSVP due May 1:

Congratulations to those of you who were selected for the Summer Writing Institute. I am sorry to those of you who applied and were not selected via the lottery. The institute runs from June 12th-16th. Please confirm your attendance no later than May 1st by responding to the email you received from Cindy Wagner.  If you have not confirmed by this date, they will give your spot to someone on the waiting list. 

School Brand:

The District survey data, and I think my experiential data as well, have shown that families are interested attending a school that has a specific brand (language academy, STEM academy, etc). Over the next few weeks, I will be visiting with your grade level team during PLC to think about our “school brand”.

Parent Class Request 2017-18:

As we approach the end of the school year, you may start to hear from families about their teacher preference for the next school year. Do or don’t have these conversation as you are comfortable. Please let families know that they may submit a teacher request form with Ms. Dani, but that making a request does not guarantee placement. Please DO NOT tell a parent that you will make sure their request is honored.

School Lunch Super Heroes:

A message from Director Sara Mosburg

Once again, the Child Nutrition Cafeteria Site Staff will be honored and recognized on School Lunch Super Hero Day which is the first Friday in May (May 5th ). It would be great if students and staff can participate in some way to recognize the Cafeteria Staff on Super Hero day.   Last year many of the students gave their cafeteria staff handmade cards and letters. The Child Nutrition staff was very grateful to receive the cards and recognition for the work they do each day.  Please consider having your students recognize our child nutrition team on Friday, May 5th.

Shared Leadership:

Our next meeting is May 2nd from 2:40-3:40. The agenda include the following: bell schedule 17-18, Learning Center, School Brand, LCAP Survey data, ACES funding cuts. As a reminder all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Staff Meeting Date Change:

We are moving our staff meeting which was scheduled May 17. It is now scheduled for May 24.

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: April 24, 2017

Staff Meeting:

We do not meet as a staff. This is a PLC week. Perhaps your team would like to review some of what was shared during ILT this week or plan for the final Fountas and Pinnell assessment. Please use this time to best meet the needs of your students and team.

CAASPP Schedule:

Click Here to view the schedule. CAASPP testing begins April 26th.

As a reminder DO NOT USE YOUR CELL PHONE AT ALL DURING TESTING!!!!!!

Please keep the following in mind over the next 3 weeks:

  • Minimize the over-use of ‘streaming media’ sites, such as streaming video
  • Avoid downloading or uploading large files or folders during regular ‘student attendance’ hours, where possible.
  • CAASP-testing Teachers: Because the CAASP SecureBrowser needs to be able to be updated on a daily basis, please ensure that students actually SHUT DOWN their Chromebook or Windows computer at the end of each day over the coming three weeks.  Many students have a habit of only closing their lid or letting their device “sleep,” but this is insufficient to allow necessary updates to the system or the testing browser. Ensure a full shutdown and restart early and often to make sure your students’ systems are up to speed and have access to the testing browser:
    1. Chromebooks Full Shutdown Reminder: When students are logged in, have them click the clock in the bottom right tray of the Chromebook screen, then click the Shut Down icon
    2. All teachers with students who are to take any CAASP tests over the coming 3 weeks should already have asked your students to test the AirSecureTest testing application on Chromebooks (from the Chromebook login screen, click Apps, then click AIRSecureTest) or the SecureBrowser shortcut on Windows computers. If not functional on any Chromebooks or student computers, please submit an OPRA work request immediately.

You have worked hard this year and your students will do well.

PBS:

The new character trait is Perseverence and the award assembly will be on May 19th. The video is available on the connect with kids website (http://sbusd.connectwithkids.com/). 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. As a part of your lesson, please consider how this trait applies to the state testing that will also begin next week.

Jump Rope for Heart:

Thanks Karina for coordinating this important campaign for our school! Please start getting your students jumping. You will receive a class set of envelopes. If a student returns a completed coupon, put it in Karina’s mail box. The Jump Rope event will be on May 18th. The last day to return money is May 19th.

School Brand:

The District survey data, and I think my experiential data as well, have shown that families are interested attending a school that has a specific brand (language academy, STEM academy, etc). Over the next few weeks, I will be visiting with your grade level team during PLC to think about our “school brand”.

Parent Class Request 2017-18:

As we approach the end of the school year, you may start to hear from families about their teacher preference for the next school year. Do or don’t have these conversation as you are comfortable. Please let families know that they may submit a teacher request form with Ms. Dani, but that making a request does not guarantee placement. Please DO NOT tell a parent that you will make sure their request is honored.

ILT:

Thank you to our ILT members for preparing for an participating in our ILT meeting this week. Thanks to everyone else for holding down the fort. Please begin to have grade level conversations about who you would like to represent your team on ILT next year. Please let me know if you need help and I will work with your team. Click here to view the slide show from ILT.

Click here to view a companion document for the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Units of Study it is a Resource to Support English Learners

Coaches’ Corner:

At our coaches meeting this week, we had a great discussion about the purpose of running records. The main purpose is to get to know your readers through ongoing, informal assessment. When conducting running records you might learn if students have “just right” books, if they are ready for more challenging text, the type of miscues when decoding, and what strategies they need to work on. You might use this information to move readers up levels, create small groups, and coach readers in conferences. If you would like to learn more about running records, please let me know how I can support you.

School Lunch Super Heroes:

A message from Director Sara Mosburg

Once again, the Child Nutrition Cafeteria Site Staff will be honored and recognized on School Lunch Super Hero Day which is the first Friday in May (May 5th ). It would be great if students and staff can participate in some way to recognize the Cafeteria Staff on Super Hero day.   Last year many of the students gave their cafeteria staff handmade cards and letters. The Child Nutrition staff was very grateful to receive the cards and recognition for the work they do each day.  Once again, we will  hang a large piece of white butcher paper in each auditorium so that students and staff can write thank you messages to the cafeteria staff. 

Please consider having your students recognize our child nutrition team on Friday, May 5th.

Shared Leadership:

Our next meeting is May 2nd from 2:40-3:40. The agenda include the following: bell schedule 17-18, Learning Center, School Brand, LCAP Survey data, ACES funding cuts. As a reminder all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Staff Meeting Date Change:

We are moving our staff meeting which was scheduled May 17. It is now scheduled for May 24.

Social Committee Survey:

Please take this quick survey regarding our end-of-year celebration.  Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/a/sbusd.net/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdgx1232qICOwWAgZZ-g4v9bACErWJ0TovBDm_IVPQVZCh95w/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: April 17, 2017

Hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend. And if you celebrate, I hope the Easter Bunny brought you some healthy chocolate (it’s all healthy, right?)

Staff PD:

We DO meet as a whole staff this Wednesday. We will begin the meeting with highlights from Tuesday’s ILT and then focus on CAASPP for the remainder. See you at 1:45 in room 23. 

ILT:

Our ILT team will meet this Tuesday, April 18 at 8:30 at the D.O. Please bring your computer. Thank you to our ILT members for your leadership!

CAASPP Schedule:

Click Here to view the schedule. CAASPP testing begins April 26th. Teachers in grades 3-6, please spend the next few weeks, building up our students’ confidence, stamina and practicing the tools of the test. You have worked hard this year and your students will do well.

Coach’s Corner:

As we approach our testing window for CAASPP, let’s remind our students how hard they have worked, and how much they have learned this year. There are many ways we can encourage them to try and do their best. Please bring your ideas on how to motivate our students to share at our CAASPP meeting on Wednesday.

Final Impact Rotation begins Tuesday, 4/18/17:

Our final impact rotation begins this Tuesday. Please communicate important student information (students to separate, Behavior Support Plans other important information) to your impact teacher. 

Upcoming PD:

Summer Learning Academy                                                                   June 7, 8                     Sign up Information to follow

Teacher’s College Summer Writing Institute                                   June 12-16               email Cindy Wagner to indicate interest.

SEBT Spanish English Biliteracy Transfer                                    June 9-10 OR July 6 & 7 see email from Lisa Celaya for registration details

Jump Rope for Heart:

Thanks Karina for coordinating this important campaign for our school! Please start getting your students jumping. You will receive a class set of envelopes. If a student returns a completed coupon, put it in Karina’s mail box. The Jump Rope event will be on May 18th. The last day to return money is May 19th.

School Brand:

The District survey data, and I think my experiential data as well, have shown that families are interested attending a school that has a specific brand (language academy, STEM academy, etc). Over the next few weeks, I will be visiting with your grade level team during PLC to think about our “school brand”.

Parent Class Request 2017-18:

As we approach the end of the school year, you may start to hear from families about their teacher preference for the next school year. Do or don’t have these conversation as you are comfortable. Please let families know that they may submit a teacher request form with Ms. Dani, but that making a request does not guarantee placement. Please DO NOT tell a parent that you will make sure their request is honored.

Facilities Review:

On Friday, April 21st, Dr, McNamara will visit Emory and walk campus with Don Visnick and me to identify priorities for the maintenance department. If you have any concerns about our campus, please complete the survey below. Please be specific.

non-specific- lots of termites in our lounge

specific- following the repair of the wall in our staff lounge, the termites appear to be entering the lounge via the south, westernmost window sill in the teacher’s lounge. Please check and caulk.

Click here to complete the survey

Talent Show Permission Slip:

It’s almost Talent Show Time again. Thanks to Leslie and Rebecca for coordinating this event for our school.  Here is a link to the application file in case you need to make extra copies for your students. Please encourage your class in participating in this fun end of the year event.

Quote of the week:

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Weekly Update: April 10, 2017

Staff PD:

We do not meet as a full staff this week. Book Club meets at 1:45 in room 23. Hope to see you there.

CAASPP Schedule:

Click Here to view the schedule. CAASPP testing begins April 26th. Teachers in grades 3-6, please spend the next few weeks, building up our students’ confidence, stamina and practicing the tools of the test. You have worked hard this year and your students will do well.

Upcoming PD:

Summer Learning Academy                                                                   June 7, 8                     Sign up Information to follow

Teacher’s College Summer Writing Institute                                   June 12-16               email Cindy Wagner to indicate interest.

SEBT Spanish English Biliteracy Transfer                                    June 9-10 OR July 6 & 7 see email from Lisa Celaya for registration details

Report Card Committee:

The District is convening a committee to review the appropriateness of our report card. If you are interested in participating, please click here to sign up. Report Card Committee

School Brand:

The District survey data, and I think my experiential data as well, have shown that families are interested attending a school that has a specific brand (language academy, STEM academy, etc). Over the next few weeks, I will be visiting with your grade level team during PLC to think about our “school brand”.

Parent Class Request 2017-18:

As we approach the end of the school year, you may start to hear from families about their teacher preference for the next school year. Do or don’t have these conversation as you are comfortable. Please let families know that they may submit a teacher request form with Ms. Dani, but that making a request does not guarantee placement.Please DO NOT tell a parent that you will make sure their request is honored.

Emory’s Innovation Fair:

Thank you for encouraging your students to participate in the Innovation Fair.Please encourage all your students and families to visit the fair (Wednesday, April 12th @5:30 in the Emory Cafeteria) and see our students’ and families’ innovative ideas.

Facilities Review:

On Friday, April 21st, Dr, McNamara will visit Emory and walk campus with Don Visnick and me to identify priorities for the maintenance department. If you have any concerns about our campus, please complete the survey below. Please be specific.

non-specific- lots of termites in our lounge

specific- following the repair of the wall in our staff lounge, the termites appear to be entering the lounge via the south, westernmost window sill in the teacher’s lounge. Please check and caulk.

Click here to complete the survey

Talent Show Permission Slip:

It’s almost Talent Show Time again. Thanks to Leslie and Rebecca for coordinating this event for our school.  Here is a link to the application file in case you need to make extra copies for your students. Please encourage your class in participating in this fun end of the year event.

 

Quote of the week:
Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up but what problems do they want to solve. This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for, to what do I need to learn to be able to do that.
-Jaime Casap

Weekly Update: April 3, 2017

Welcome back! I hope that you enjoyed a fantastic, fun and relaxing vacation!

Staff PD:

We do meet this week as a full staff. Wednesday, 1:45 in room 23. Please bring your laptop. 

Health and Safety Week:

MondayKick off at Flag Salute

TuesdayPractice Dance Mob during PBS and PE time, show this video and have students practice the flashmob dance-Eat Healthy- Bring a health snack

Wednesday-Practice Dance Mob during PBS and PE time, show this video and have students practice the flashmob danceExercise Daily- Walk or Ride your bike to school today.

ThursdayPractice Dance Mob during PBS and PE time, show this video and have students practice the flashmob danceThursday get active! Dress up in your favorite sports or athletic gear-Choose 2-3 student spotlight dance representatives to lead the dance for the school. Send names to Jenn no later than Thursday, 4/6 so that these dancers can receive certificates.

FridayStudent and staff wear Emory shirt or Blue shirt. Pick your students up from the blacktop. Bring them to class and have them drop off their backpacks. Return to black top by 8:07. Holli and Erika will lead the flashmob. Plan to remain on the blacktop with your students from 8:07-11:15 (an impact teacher will provide a bathroom/attendance break). Your students will visit a number of community partners (San Diego Sheriff Dept, SD Police Dept. ICE, San Ysidro Health Clinic etc) and learn about making healthy choices and staying safe.

  • Classes will be competing to see who has the best moves/spirit. One primary/upper grade class will be chosen as the winners for a prize.

*Flashmob- A flashmob is when a large group of people suddenly come together to perform a choreographed dance to the same song being played.

Thanks to Cindy Pillado for working to bring this fantastic event to our school. Thanks to Erika and Holli for coordinating our Emory flash mob and kicking off this fun event. As this is the first time that we are doing this, please help us think of details that we may have missed. Our hope is that this is a great experience for our students and you.

Shared Leadership:

All are welcome to join us at the next Shared Leadership Meeting, April 4th at 2:40 in room 23. If you have anything else you would like to discuss, please let me know.

Agenda:

Budget

Special Education Transition

District Office End of Year Checkout Sheet

Other

PLNU:

The students from Point Loma Nazarene University will visit our 5th and 6th grade classrooms this Thursday, April 6th and next Thursday, April 13th. Thanks to Don, Angela, Angelica, Dave, Erin, Patty and Shelly for their willingness to host them.

Emory’s Innovation Fair:

Thank you for encouraging your students to participate in the Innovation Fair. If you receive any last minute applications, please check in with Araceli to see if she is still able to accept them. Please encourage all your students and families to visit the fair (Wednesday, April 12th @5:30 in the Emory Cafeteria) and see our students’ and families’ innovative ideas.

Recess Supervision:

As a reminder, there is nothing more important than the safety of our students. Please be diligent about adhering to the recess and after school duty schedule. Additionally, walk your students to the playground and make sure the duty person is on the playground before leaving students.

Talent Show Permission Slip:

It’s almost Talent Show Time again. Thanks to Leslie and Rebecca for coordinating this event for our school. Rebecca has delivered a few hard copies of the talent show permission slip to your mailboxes. Here is a link to the file in case you need to make extra copies for your students. Please encourage your class in participating in this fun end of the year event.

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.

Upcoming Events:

Emory New/Prospective Student Open House– Tuesday, April 4 @ 9:00 in cafeteria

San Ysidro Health Clinic Wellness Bus– Wednesday, April 5 9:00-4:00 parking lot

5th /6th grade Jogathon-Thursday, April 6 8:15-9:00 on field.

 

CAASPP/State Testing.Students in grades 3-6 will participate in state testing April 24th through May 5th.

Quote of the Week:

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Video of the Week:

Check out the video which Renee created to let the world know how about a few of the things that make Emory great.