Weekly Update: August 13, 2017

Thank you to our first through sixth grade teachers for your hard work preparing for and presenting to our families at Back to School Night. Relax and enjoy your weekends!

Staff Meeting:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. It is a PLC Wednesday. You may want to review your daily schedules together to see how things are working. Check in about your Reading/Writing Workshop calendars, review the pre-assessment student data you gathered or any other topic that is important to your grade level team.

Professional Development Survey:

By Wednesday, August 16th, please complete this survey to help me develop an agenda for our August 23rd staff professional development.

PLC/Impact Teachers Start:

PLC begins this Tuesday, August 15th. Please help our new and returning teachers find success when working with our students and supporting your collaboration. Click here to view the schedule.

Book Club Details:

Book Club meets again on October 25th. All are welcome to join. For our first meeting we will be reading chapters 1-4 of the Guide to the Writing Workshop Book included in your Writing Units of Study Kit. See full details at this link.

Fountas and Pinnell:

It has been great to see so many of you learning about your students as readers. As a reminder, grades 1-6 must complete Fountas and Pinnell assessments by Friday, September 1st. I have not received information about how to enter the data into illuminate. I will share it as I receive it. Let me know if you need any assistance getting your students assessed.

Eclipse Day- Monday August 21:

We will have rainy day recess schedule on Monday, August 21. You will need to adjust your p.e. schedules accordingly. The appropriate eclipse glasses are approximately $9.00 per pair. See information below from Dr. McNamara.

According to the Time/Date website, the eclipse will begin at 9:07 and continue until 11:46, with the maximum eclipse at 10:23.  As these times are likely to coincide with recess/lunch schedules, I want for us to take extra precautions on behalf of our students and staff. I am requesting that we do not have students go outdoors during the eclipse, host indoor recess options, and facilitate educating students, staff, and parents about the dangers associated with eclipse viewing. Please share the following email with your team and stress the importance of discouraging students from looking at, or attempting to look at, the sun.  The only exception to these requests, is if a site/class has purchased specially manufactured eclipse glasses for all students and staff.  I would caution schools, teachers, or parents from taking this risk as some glasses are advertised as adequate but are not. As detailed below, sunglasses, cardboard box viewers, etc. do not provide adequate protection. Please proceed VERY cautiously if you decide to pursue this avenue and please let me know your plans if you have interest.

CyberSmarts Week:

  • Please remember that the District-wide “CyberSmarts Week,” with its digital safety and digital literacy awareness focus for all students, is scheduled to be celebrated by all teachers in District schools and classrooms during the week of August 21-252017. Please take some time to review your grade level content at the posted CyberSmarts agenda website at http://tinyurl.com/becybersmart  for your classroom instructional planning.
    • Just click the tab for your grade level at the top of the CyberSmarts Week page; The 3 – 5 core “mini-lessons of the week” for each grade level are in folders at the bottom of each grade level tab.
    • Teacher Agenda page is provided with some simple steps to prepare for CyberSmarts Week.

Bikes for Kids:

I encourage you to look for a deserving child in your classroom to nominate for the Salvation Army Bikes for Kids program. Please see the email I sent with specific details. Let me know if you have any questions.

ST Math:

ST Math is up and running! If you feel like you need a refresher, there are “self-guided” courses that are broken down into learning modules in ST Math that explain the research, structure, resources etc…of the program.
The following are the steps to accessing the learning modules:
·      Click – login
·      Click – teacher login
·      Enter your username & password
·      Click on PD at the top of the screen
·      Click on “Self-Guided”
·      The courses are under “Core Training”
ID Badges:

Our Human Resources Department is excited to announce the launching of employee ID badges. If you are new to our district or are in need of an updated ID, please come visit us at any of our satellite locations or district location convenient to you.

Satellite Locations:

Mendoza School    August 22nd        2-4pm 

Nicoloff School      August 24th         2-4pm

Central School       August 29th         2-4pm

 Education Center (HR Department – Building H)

  • Walk-ins – Monday & Wednesdays 2-4pm starting August 28th, 2016

Quote of the Week:

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