Weekly Update: October 9, 2017

I hope that you are enjoying a fantastic weekend. For those of you who were wondering…… the sprinklers DID NOT turn on during the campout! Success!

Flag Salute:

Our outdoor sound system is on its last legs. Therefore, we will be doing flag salute old school style. We will meet on the playground, but lead the flag salute from the office. A new system has been ordered. Fingers crossed that it will meet our needs.

Site Shared Leadership:
Site Shared Leadership will meet on Tuesday, October 10th. All are welcome and will be compensated for attendance. Please let me know if you have ideas for the agenda.

Teacher’s College Visits to Emory:

Thanks to your hard work and investment in teaching the Units of Study for Reading (and now Writing), we were selected to be a Teacher’s College Affiliate School. You may be thinking, what does this mean? A staff developer from Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York will visit our school meet with us, demonstrate for us and answer our questions. The model will be similar to the Learning and Innovation Labsite from last year.
Our Labsite week with Learning and Innovation schedule for Nov 6-10 has been cancelled and may or may not be re-scheduled depending upon their availability.
Grades TK-2 Visit Dates- we share our staff developer with Berry Elem  Staff Developer Beth Hickey
December 7,8 and March 5, 6, 7
Grades 3-6 Visit Dates- we share our staff developer with Sunnyslope Staff Developer Christine Ikin
January 22-24 and April 12 and 13
As the dates approach, I will develop a schedule for the time of day that you will be out of your classroom. Also, rather than meet with grade level bands, you will meet as a grade level team with the developer.
You may click here Staff Developer Bios and find our staff developers’ names on the list to learn a bit about who is coming to work with us.
Please look at any scheduled field trips/events etc and re-schedule ASAP. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


We are excited to have our ELA Teacher On Special Assignment, Elma, in PLC this week Oct 9th-13th.

Arts Assembly Friday, Oct 13: 

We are so excited to have Matthew Schwartz of Cold War Kids (and Karen Tomlinson’s son) perform for us Friday afternoon (10/13).
Matthew will share a bit about his love of reading and writing while a student and perform for the students. He has another engagement shortly after our assemblies. Following the show, please return to your classrooms with your students so that we can allow Matthew to leave immediately after he finishes with our kids.
When: Friday October 13th
Where: Cafeteria
Why: To help our students make the connection that reading and writing helps rock starts be successful. To enjoy beautiful music and lyrics.
Grades 3-6
South Bay Education Foundation Gala:
Gather your friends and share an evening of food, music, dancing and celebrating all the great work you do for South Bay.  
SBUSD Education Foundation Stars Under the Stars Roaring 20’s Gala.
The site with the best attendance at the gala will receive 5 opportunity tickets for each attendee. Fill up a table or two. 
You can pay using PayPal at sbusdef.org .  Just click the Donate button.  Reservation information can be emailed to sbusdef@yahoo.com.

Book Club Details:

Book Club meets 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.

Nominate Someone Today!

Superintendent Katie McNamara is excited to honor District Champions. These quarterly awards recognize students, parents/guardians, staff, teams, organizations, and community members that demonstrate outstanding work, dedication to the District’s mission and goals, commitment to our community, and strong support for the South Bay Union School District. The 2017-2018 District Champions will be honored at evening events on October 13, December 8, March 9, and June 1.  Please use the Nomination Form and help us honor and recognize team members and partners that champion our work, our community, and our District.

Grant Opportunity:
Classroom Projects
North Island Credit Union has a Teacher Grant Program, which provides $500 to educators for special classroom projects and innovative learning opportunities.  Applications must be submitted online by October 20, 2017.
New Resources from Learning and Innovation:
Podcasts are a great way to learn new things! Here are some podcasts that Learning and Innovation is listening to:
Thinking about becoming a Google Certified Teacher? National University and the Educational Technology Team are offering Level I Google Certification in December.

Assessment Document- Revisions:

Upcoming Events/Updates:

Oct 10                Site Shared Leadership

Oct 11                Dr. McNamara visits Emory 11:30-1:15

Oct 13                Matthew Schwartz from Cold War Kids Assemblies (thanks Karen T)

Oct 27                Fall Carnival/Soaring to Success Awards

Nov 6-9              Labsite week at EMORY CANCELLED

Nov 9                 Emory Board Presentation

Nov 14               SBUSD Board of Trustees visits Emory

Quote of the Week:

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