Weekly Update: May 15, 2017

Thank you for all that you do each and every day! The growth that your students have made this year is incredible! The growth that you have made as educators is incredible- implementing ST Math, Reading and Writing Workshop- oh my goodness, it is no wonder that we are tired 🙂 This week we will celebrate you with our Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday in our lounge. Lunch will be catered by our favorite taquero.

Staff Meeting:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week.  

Jump Rope for Heart:

Thanks to Karina for coordinating this fun and healthy opportunity for our students to give back to the community! Thursday, May 18th the Jump Rope For Heart event will be on the blacktop.         TK-3 8:15-8:45              4-6 8:50-9:20

Teacher please:

1) Number your students 1-5

2) Have students bring chairs to the blacktop

3) Remind students to wear sunblock and comfortable shoes

4) Remind students to bring the envelope with donation $ by next Friday or sooner.  Send the envelope to K-1 or place in my box.

5) Tell students they will get a Rory the lion with a lanyard if they donate $5.

Summer Learning Academy:

Check out Summer Learning Academy with over 40 sessions and 25 different topics! You can choose which sessions you’d like to attend from topics in Science, Literacy, Technology, and a lot of other topics. Click here to view the brochure. Please sign-up here. You will NOT need to sign up for the sessions you want to attend. It’s conference-style, you can decide when you want. Just let us know you’re coming. Please wait to sign-up if you’re not sure you’re able to make it.

Reading Assessment Data Entered- May 26th:

Click here for instructions for entering Fountas and Pinnell data into Illuminate.

Please let me know ASAP if you need any assistance completing your assessments or entering your data by our deadline.

School-wide Clean up:

Thanks to Angela and your Student Council, this FRIDAY, MAY 19TH
There will be a SCHOOL-WIDE CLEAN UP ORGANIZED BY STUDENT COUNCIL during all recesses. And the LAST STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING is this Friday, May 19th at 11:30 in RM. 23.

Coach’s Corner:

Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility during CAASPP make ups. State testing is officially complete! PLC meetings will continue in room 23 this week and I’m so excited to join you again!

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.

Shared Leadership:

Last week we had the opportunity to work as a team to discuss school “brand” ideas. After thinking about needs of our students, interests of our families and strengths of the Emory team, we focused on learning more about becoming a science academy. As we learn more about how to integrate the next generation science standards into our school day, especially our work with the Reading and Writing Units of Study, please be on the lookout for alignment. My vision would be an exploratory year 17-18 and implementation in 18-19. At our next Shared Leadership meeting on Tuesday, May 30th, I would like to continue this discussion as well as focus on Learning Center,  LCAP Survey data, ACES funding cuts. As a reminder all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Resources to Explore:

If you have time, you may want to explore a few of the resources listed below. Some you may be familiar with or already using.

Defined Stem

from their web site…”Defined STEM provides online, authentic project-based lessons for PreK-12 students and teachers. Our engaging real-world content empowers students to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to be successful”. You can search their resources by Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

I created a free trial. You may get your own or use my login information (below)

Username: jgrondek@sbusd.org
Password (case-sensitive!): STEM8783


Mystery Science

Thanks to Maria, some of you may have check out or started using Mystery Science. It looks interesting and is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Mystery Science Five Minute Questions

Thanks to RoseAnn for sharing this resource. “It looks great for K-5 teachers and it’s free forever. Sign up and you get a short video every week. I think it will inspire kids to keep asking questions. It looks like a good 5-minute break or any transitions in your day.

Staff Meeting Date Change:

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


Enrollment/Site-Reassignment Update:

At this time, I am working closely with the District to update them regarding our enrollment. I am waiting for information regarding class changes. As soon as I receive this information, I will post on our bulletin board and via email site-re-assignment opportunities. If you have any questions, please stop by or email me.

Units of Study 17-18 Calendar:

The Learning & Innovation team will be meeting with a cadre of teachers to DRAFT T.C. Reading & Writing Units of Study template calendars for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, May 10th

Photo ID Badges:

Please be sure to always wear your photo id badge. 

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