Weekly Update: August 20, 2017

Have a fantastic weekend!

Staff Meeting:

We DO meet as a staff this week. Thank you for your survey responses. Conferring was the most popular response followed closely by small group work. This Wednesday, members of the Learning and Innovation team will visit our staff meeting and provide professional development on both of these topics.

Please bring the following items to our meeting:

Primary Teachers (TK-2)

  • Reading Workshop Unit they are currently teaching
  • F & P- The Continuum of Literacy Learning

 Upper Grade Teachers (3-6)

  • Reading Workshop Unit they are currently teaching
  • Students’ pre-assessment/data
  • Narrative Reading Learning Progression/Reading Pathways (gr 2-6)

TOSA (Teacher of Special Assignment) Request:

If you or your grade level team would like support from a teacher on special assignment, please let me know. TOSA’s have visited our campus to support with Fountas and Pinnell administration, planning for math workshop, reading workshop, small groups and more. I must submit the official request, so please let me know if you’re interested.


Fountas and Pinnell:

Below you will find an excerpt from page 8 of the assessment document linked here. In the Reading Assessment Section you will find the following:

“Fountas and Pinnell suggest to start with student choice of genre for each assessment session. Alternate fiction/non-fiction within the session. Next round, allow for student choice again and alternate.”

I imagine that many of you are doing it this way, but it was long forgotten information for me. If you have already begun assessing your students differently, don’t worry or go back, but as you move forward with your assessments, please alternate fiction and non-fiction. If you are unclear about what this means, please let me know.

  • Reading Assessment input– Please use the Fountas and Pinnell or DRA 1st administration assessments labeled “2017-18 SBUSD Fountas & Pinnell 1st Administration” or “2017-18 SBUSD DRA Assessment- 1st Administration”. DO NOT TYPE IN THE ENTIRE TITLE. Clear your filters, then in the search bar type “fountas” or “DRA” then click Search and choose the 2017-18

As a reminder, grades 1-6 must complete Fountas and Pinnell assessments by Friday, September 1st.

Eclipse Day- Monday August 21:

As you probably have seen, read or heard about there is going to a partial eclipse visible here in San Diego on Monday, August 21st. The partial eclipse is supposed to begin at 9:07 and conclude by 11:46.

Information from the District

While the eclipse isn’t dangerous, looking at the sun without proper protection is always harmful. The primary safety issue during an eclipse is that curiosity regarding the phenomena makes it more likely people, especially children, will try to glimpse the eclipse without proper eye protection. The risk is great. People who look at an eclipse without proper protection, even glimpses, are likely to suffer burns which damage the light sensitive cells that give them the ability to see. People with these burns don’t notice an immediate loss of vision. They generally experience a loss of vision the next day, which looks to them like a black hole in the center of their sight. In some cases, people regain some of their vision over a period of several months, but in many cases the loss is permanent. Please discourage students from looking at, or attempting to look at, the sun.  If classes wish to view the eclipse use the NASA live stream on the website.

Emory Safety Protocols

1)We will have rainy day morning recess on Monday.

2)Use the hallways to walk to lunch and for your students to visit the bathrooms

3)Grade 3/4 ELD is canceled

4)K2 should walk through K1 and under the walkways to the cafeteria

5)The students will eat inside the cafeteria until 11:46, at that time they will be released to eat and play outside.

6)Lunch schedule is normal

7)Talk to your students about eye safety and why they must not look at the sun.

8)Attempt to minimize visits to the bathroom.

9)Speech will escort students to and from therapy

Please let me know ASAP if you have any other safety protocol suggestions.

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.

Student Council:

Thanks to Holli, Dave and Sharon for leading Student Council this year. See email from Holli with more specific information. There will be an informational meeting for students in grades 4, 5 and 6 on Friday, August 25th at 12:35 in room 20. Please tell your students and encourage them to consider taking on a leadership role for our school.

Military Family Roundtable:

Beginning this Monday, August 21st at 1:15 in room 11, Mr. David McGue or Military Family Life Counselor will be hosting a Military Family Roundtable for our families. They will meet again on Aug 28th, then again after fall break.

Williams Safety Protocols:

Some South Bay Schools were visited this week to assess their compliance with Williams legislation. Please note that the Williams Legislation applies to ALL SBUSD schools, regardless of whether or not you are visited.

Below I have shared reminders provided by the District.

-Hand sanitizer AND handi-wipes that say “keep out of reach of children” must be stored high or in a locked cabinet – we learned that many red emergency backpacks had them in the Ziploc baggies containing gloves and bandaids

-Many hand lotions have the same wording and must be stored accordingly

White board cleaning spray and Liquid Paper also say “keep out of reach of children” on the label– and cannot be left out on teacher desk

-The portable potty (white bucket with black lid) provided to each classroom for use in a disaster or lockdown contains a few items that have similar wording and should be stored high on a cabinet, not under a sink or desk

-Cleaning products must be stored in a locked cabinet – under the sink cabinet that does not lock is not sufficient

-Extension cords cannot be plugged into addition extension cords or power strips (we learned the “technical” term for this – daisy chain)

-Teacher offices and/or supply rooms must have closed/locked doors if any materials or supplies are piled higher than the height of students

-Mini lights strung on classroom walls can be considered a fire hazard due to the heat they emit

Drapes, curtains, and other long pieces of material can be considered hazards– both a fire hazard and obstructing the path to exit during emergencies

-If 75% of classroom walls are covered, it can be considered a fire hazard

The Williams Team did actually score a couple classrooms lower for room environment related to clutter, walls being covered, electrical panels being obstructed (they require 3 feet of clearance all the way around them).



Playground Balls:

Please do not send students to lunch with classroom balls/p.e. equipment. If students bring equipment from home, please do not allow it out at lunch time. 

Book Club Details:

Book Club meets again on October 25thAll 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.

Genius Hour:

Thinking about Genius Hour in your classroom? Check out some of these articles from the author of Launch, A.J. Juliani, about how to get started and how the entire school community can benefit from Genius Hour.

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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