Weekly Update: January 29, 2018

Happy Weekend!!

Fountas and Pinnell data entered by Feb 2:

I hope that you enjoying seeing the growth that your students have made. Fountas and Pinnell Data must be entered by 2/2/18- Remember to clear your filters, then type in ONLY “fountas” and click search. The 2017-18 2nd Administration should be in the list.

Site Shared Leadership:

Site Shared Leadership meets on Jan 30th 2:45-3:45. Teachers who attend will receive out of contract pay. Agenda to include budget 2018-19 school year.

 

 

Optional Thrively Training:

Join us Wednesday, Jan 31 from 2:00-3:00 in Room 23 to learn more about using thrively with your students.

http://www.thrively.com/classroom

Critical Mentor Text Survey- due Feb 2:

We discovered this week that there are a few critical mentor texts at upper grade levels (perhaps primary, too). Please spend time at PLC next week (Jan 29-Feb 2) and identify any mentor texts which you would prefer that lower grade levels not read. We will share this information with all grade levels and ask that you refrain from sharing these texts with you students. The nice thing about this is that there are many fantastic books in the world!! Please email me your grade level list by Feb 2.

Stand Up To Bullying/Kindness Week:

Thank you Holli, Dave and Student Council for coordinating Stand Up To Bullying Week/Kindness Challenge. We will be celebrating a week of kindness and anti-bullying the week of January 29th.  Studies have shown that the most effective way to reduce bullying in schools is to promote kindness and teach kids to be kind citizens.

We’ll have spirit days each day to help embrace kindness. That flyer is attached, but the gist of it is:

Mon. 1/29       Team Up Against Bullying- Jersey Day

Tues. 1/30       Round-Up Kindness- Country Western Wear

Wed. 1/31       Peace, Love, and Kindness- Hippie Day

Thurs. 2/1        Ride the Wave of Kindness- Surfer/Beach Day

Fri. 2/2            We Stand United against Bullying- Emory T-shirts/colors

The classes (one primary/one upper) with the highest percentage of participants each day will receive a Rock ‘N Roll Recess Friday afternoon. Please send me the number of students participating in spirit days along with the total number of students in your class so that I can calculate the percentage. For example: 23/30

Also included for this week, students are encouraged to participate in a kindness challenge. The Kindness Checklist is linked, but I will place a hard copy in your box so that you may make copies for your students. Once a student completes at least 30 of the 50 challenges, collect the paper and they will earn a kindness coin (more details to come).

During lunch, students will sign committing to make Emory a kind place.

Classroom Library Book Order- due Feb 7:

Once again the District has provided money to support the growth of classroom libraries. Some of you need books more desperately than others. Feel free to decline the resource if you feel like your library is sufficient. Each grade level has a budget of $750. By Feb 7, please email me details about your requested books. You may identify shelves of books which you would like from the Heinemann (link below), you may decline the books, or you may request specific types of books (example-non-fiction levels k-l, or fiction level r-t fantasy etc).

Heinemann Library Shelves

https://www.heinemann.com/calkinslibraries/shelves.aspx

Brain Pop:

Brain Pop will continue.

Discovery Education Alternatives:

Thanks Erin for sharing the resources below….

The two options for replacing Discovery Education are CCC Streaming (http://cccstreaming.com/) and the Digital Content Portal (https://dcportal.sdcoe.net/).  The links will get people to a page where they can do a free trial.

 

District On- Demand Writing Assessment:

On Tuesday, March 6th, you will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August.

Critical Mentor Text Survey- due Feb 2:

We discovered this week that there are a few critical mentor texts at upper grade levels (perhaps primary, too). Please spend time at PLC next week (Jan 29-Feb 2) and identify any mentor texts which you would prefer that lower grade levels not read. We will share this information with all grade levels and ask that you refrain from sharing these texts with you students. The nice thing about this is that there are many fantastic books in the world!! Please email me your grade level list by Feb 2.

Math in Practice:

Math in Practice Cohort 1 DATES
TK-1st (Jan 23 & Feb 6)
2nd Grade (Feb 6 & March 6)
3rd-5th Grades (April 19, April 24, May 22)

Check out the resource here. 
In order to receive resource, manipulatives and math books, the commitment is to attend all sessions associated with their grade level. We will be opening up Math in Practice Cohort 2 next school year

Safety at Dismissal Time:

Please remind your students that they are not allowed to walk through the warehouse parking lot. If you have PE at the end of the day, please make sure your students are with you at all times and not dismissed before the bell rings.  We are responsible for the safety of our students.

Fire Drill Protocols:

FYI-any time a student is not with their homeroom teacher (upper grade science rotations, ELD, lunch etc) students should line up for a fire drill with their home room teachers. Please be sure to communicate this to your students regularly.

SEIS Open Lab:

Monday, January 29th is the next voluntary SEIS Open Lab in Conference Room 4. The lab is open to all specialists and general education teachers! Please join us for support in writing IEP goals, reviewing data, or navigating through SEIS. Click on the link below to sign up. https://goo.gl/forms/5lrNODxZrjmHHId32

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: January 22, 2017

Get ready for an exciting and fun week at Emory!!

No Flag Salute:

Due to the Teachers College visit, we will NOT have flag salute on Monday morning.

Teachers College Visit:

See the schedule(s) below for our 3rd-6th grade TC Coach, Christine Ilkin’s visit next week.

As a reminder please bring the following:

  • current reading unit of study
  • Guide to Reading Workshop
  • Reading Pathways
  • performance assessments for current reading unit (for Tuesday)

 

Grade Mon Jan 22 Tues Jan 23 Wed Jan 24 Host
3 10:05-11:50 10:05-11:50 12:35-1:45 RoseAnn Hernandez
4 8:00-9:45 8:00-9:45 10:05-11:50 Erika Pehrson
5/6 1:05-2:40 1:05-2:40 8:00-9:45 Erin Major/Dave Benson

 

8:00-8:45           Pre-meeting

8:45-9:30           Labsite/Classroom

9:30-9:45           Debrief

 

10:05-10:45       Pre-meeting

10:45-11:30       Labsite/Classroom

11:30-11:50       Debrief

 

1:05-1:40           Pre-meeting

1:40-2:20           Labsite/Classroom

2:20-2:30           Debrief

 

**12:35-1:45

12:35-12:50       Pre-meeting

12:50-1:25         Labsite/Classroom

1:25-1:45           Debrief

Math in Practice TK-1 Cohort:

Tuesday: January 23 from (3:30-5:30p.m.) in Conference Rm 4 at the Ed Center

You will get out of contract pay! The focus for our 1st session will be on “Counting & Cardinality”.

BONUS!

If you commit to becoming  a part of our Math in Practice – Cohort 1 & attend BOTH  professional development sessions this year (Jan 23 & Feb 6) you will receive the following AFTER you have attended the Feb 6 session:

Math in Practice Resource , Manipulatives & Children’s books related to math

SIGN UP by clicking the link below: 

https://goo.gl/forms/unqmQCawyWyVUFAf1

Site Shared Leadership:

Site Shared Leadership meets on Jan 30th 2:45-3:45. Teachers who attend will receive out of contract pay. Agenda to include budget 2018-19 school year. 

Book Club:

Book Club meets Wednesday, Jan 24 from 1:45-2:45. Please be prepared to discuss the Guide to Writing Workshop Chapters 5-7

 

ELPAC:

Mark your calendars….. Staff PD Feb 21 for grades 2-6

ELPAC release question training with Lisa Celaya on Feb 9 during school day. Let me know if you are interested in attending.

                                 ELPAC grade 3-6 assessment March 5-9

                                 ELPAC grade TK-2 assessment May 14-18

District On- Demand Writing Assessment:

On Tuesday, March 6th, you will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August. 

Optional Thrively Training:

Join us Wednesday, Jan 31 from 2:00-3:00 in Room 23 to learn more about using thrively with your students.

http://www.thrively.com/classroom

 

Stand Up To Bullying/Kindness Week:

Save the Date– Stand Up To Bullying/Kindness Week is Jan 29-Feb 2

Classroom Library Book Order- due Feb 7:

Once again the District has provided money to support the growth of classroom libraries. Some of you need books more desperately than others. Feel free to decline the resource if you feel like your library is sufficient. Each grade level has a budget of $750. By Feb 7, please email me details about your requested books. You may identify shelves of books which you would like from the Heinemann (link below), you may decline the books, or you may request specific types of books (example-non-fiction levels k-l, or fiction level r-t fantasy etc).

Heinemann Library Shelves

https://www.heinemann.com/calkinslibraries/shelves.aspx

Brain Pop:

Brain Pop will continue.

Discovery Education Alternatives:

Thanks Erin for sharing the resources below….

The two options for replacing Discovery Education are CCC Streaming (http://cccstreaming.com/) and the Digital Content Portal (https://dcportal.sdcoe.net/).  The links will get people to a page where they can do a free trial.

Benchmark Assessments:

from Jennifer Oliveira’s email…

Which one should we give? 

Depending on your current unit of study in reading and/or writing, as well as past units, you and your team can decide which SBUSD performance task seems appropriate to give- narrative, informative, or opinion/argument. 3-6th grade can also choose to give the CAASPP Interim Assessment IAB, or block assessments.

When do we have to give it?

According to our Assessment Calendar, you can administer the Performance Task between January and Spring Break. 

In TK-2, will we receive copies?

Since you and your team are making the decision about which assessment you’ll give, you’ll need to make whatever copies you’ll need. NO

Where can we find the resources? 

All of the resources are in Illuminate labeled “Optional [grade level] ELA Performance Task”. You can clear your filters and search for “optional”, “opinion”, “narrative”, or “informational”. Then click Download Materials.

How are scores reported?

You will not have to input any scores into Illuminate but do take the time to score the work, or work with your students to determine their progress. You can use the TC Writing Progressions to score the writing portion, but use the scoring guides in the directions to score constructed responses. If you are giving the CAASPP Interim Assessments, hand score any items, discuss with your team, and feel free to share with students.

Reading Assessment Data due 2/2/18- Remember to clear your filters, then type in ONLY “fountas” or “DRA” and click search. The 2017-18 2nd Administration should be in the list.

Report card window opens 2/5/18

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: Jan 16, 2018

It still feels weird to write 2018!! Hope that your weekends were relaxing and fun. FYI- if you haven’t had it- you don’t want the flu. Thanks for your help taking care of things in my absence.

Staff PD:

We DO meet as a staff this week. Please bring your laptop to room 23 at 1:45. Brenda Robles will be back to provide more information about the NGSS (we will not be simulating hurricanes) but will learn in greater detail about the engineering practices.

Stand Up To Bullying/Kindness Week:

Save the Date– Stand Up To Bullying/Kindness Week is Jan 29-Feb 2

Classroom Library Book Order- due Feb 7:

Once again the District has provided money to support the growth of classroom libraries. Some of you need books more desperately than others. Feel free to decline the resource if you feel like your library is sufficient. Each grade level has a budget of $750. By Feb 7, please email me details about your requested books. You may identify shelves of books which you would like from the Heinemann (link below), you may decline the books, or you may request specific types of books (example-non-fiction levels k-l, or fiction level r-t fantasy etc).

Heinemann Library Shelves

https://www.heinemann.com/calkinslibraries/shelves.aspx

Teachers College visits Emory for grades 3-6:

Christine Ikin will visit Emory to provide PD via a labsite format on Jan 22-24. I will finalize and share the schedule on Tuesday.

The staff developers will return:

Grades TK-2        March 5-7

Grades 3-6           April 12/16

Fountas and Pinnell Data entered Feb 2:
Our next Fountas and Pinnell data must be entered by Friday, Feb 2nd. Let me know if you need assistance.
ILT:
Thank you to Karina, Laura, Jeanne, Leslie, Holli, Angelica and Shelly for representing Emory at Thursday’s traditional ILT meeting. Click here to view the presentation.
Eagle Pride Reward T-shirt:
Thank you for your hard work developing criteria for your team’s reward t-shirt. You should have already shared this information with your students and families. Cindy Pillado has the t-shirts and will be your point of contact to obtain them for your students. Here is a letter which you may wish to share as well. Emory Eagles School letter 

 

ST Math:

The research shows students who use ST Math consistently and adhere to the recommended minutes gain a greater understanding of conceptual concepts. For K-1 students the recommended time is 60 minutes per week and for 2-8th grade students 90 minutes per week, all in no less than 20 minute increments. Additionally, unless suggested by the data within ST Math, students will use their grade level content, rather than a lower grade level, including students on IEPs.

Leveled Library Bins:

Teresa finished organizing the Below Level Classroom Libraries.  They are by grade level against the East wall in Room 23.  A few containers had to go on the shelf when you enter the classroom because she ran out of room.

Read aloud templates:

Below is a link to read aloud templates for the ELD libraries that were ordered last year for the Systematic ELD Units.  Lisa Celaya read all the books for 3rd – 6th grade in Intermediate and Early Advanced/Advanced and wrote read aloud templates for most of the books. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GzH_NAEV9nUDwPNiwOkCrgAuR9BAvqFL

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: January 8, 2018

2018!! Wow!! Happy New Year. Welcome back!! I hope you return relaxed, refreshed and ready for an amazing second half to our school year.

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff. This is a PLC Wednesday. It might be a good time to check in with your grade level team about your R/W calendars and plan forward, review or calibrate for the F&P assessment administration, plan for the Interim Assessment Block administration. The best part about our jobs is that there is always good work to be done.

Stand Up To Bullying/Kindness Week:

Save the Date– Stand Up To Bullying/Kindness Week is Jan 29-Feb 2

Updated LLI groups:

Thank you to Heather, Jen and the primary grade teams for revising the LLI intervention groups. The new groups will meet beginning Monday, Jan 8.

Classroom Library Book Order- due Feb 7:

Once again the District has provided money to support the growth of classroom libraries. Some of you need books more desperately than others. Feel free to decline the resource if you feel like your library is sufficient. Each grade level has a budget of $750. By Feb 7, please email me details about your requested books. You may identify shelves of books which you would like from the Heinemann (link below), you may decline the books, or you may request specific types of books (example-non-fiction levels k-l, or fiction level r-t fantasy etc).

Heinemann Library Shelves

https://www.heinemann.com/calkinslibraries/shelves.aspx

Teachers College visits Emory for grades 3-6:

We (our primary grade teachers) enjoyed our visit with Beth Hickey. Christine Ikin will visit Emory to provide PD via a labsite format on Jan 22-24. Schedule to follow.

The staff developers will return:

Grades TK-2        March 5-7

Grades 3-6           April 12/16

Impact Staffing Change:

Mayra Gomez and Jennifer Hurtado traded positions. Jennifer will teach our STEM elective rotation and Mayra will support ELD and LLI. Please support them in their new roles and let me know if you have any questions.

Fountas and Pinnell Data entered Feb 2:
Our next Fountas and Pinnell data must be entered by Friday, Feb 2nd. Let me know if you need assistance getting started.
ILT:
Thank you, in advance, to Karina, Laura, Jeanne, Leslie, K.C., Angelica and Erin for representing Emory at Thursday’s traditional ILT meeting. 
Eagle Pride Reward T-shirt:
Thank you for your hard work developing criteria for your team’s reward t-shirt. You should have already shared this information with your students and families. Cindy Pillado has the t-shirts and will be your point of contact to obtain them for your students. Here is a letter which you may wish to share as well. Emory Eagles School letter 

 

ST MATH OPTIONAL OPEN LABS:
Consider attending the ST Math Open Lab Monday: January 8th from 2:30-3:10pm at the Ed Center. ST Math Open Labs are OPTIONAL/voluntary basis/NO OUT OF CONTRACT PAY since it is within contract hours

Conference Room #1 at Ed Center
Topic: Setting students up for ST Math (getting them started & logged in)

Conference Room #2 at Ed Center
Topic: ST Math Overview & Reports

Teachers will need to bring their laptops.

There is no set presentation. Teachers can stop by within the above time frame & we will happily answer any ST Math questions on the topic listed above.

ST Math:

In the recent reports you received from Mind Research, you’ll notice the amount of time on task per grade level. The research shows students who use ST Math consistently and adhere to the recommended minutes gain a greater understanding of conceptual concepts. For K-1 students the recommended time is 60 minutes per week and for 2-8th grade students 90 minutes per week, all in no less than 20 minute increments. Additionally, unless suggested by the data within ST Math, students will use their grade level content, rather than a lower grade level, including students on IEPs.

Leveled Library Bins:

Teresa finished organizing the Below Level Classroom Libraries.  They are by grade level against the East wall in Room 23.  A few containers had to go on the shelf when you enter the classroom because she ran out of room.

Read aloud templates:

Below is a link to read aloud templates for the ELD libraries that were ordered last year for the Systematic ELD Units.  Lisa Celaya read all the books for 3rd – 6th grade in Intermediate and Early Advanced/Advanced and wrote read aloud templates for most of the books. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GzH_NAEV9nUDwPNiwOkCrgAuR9BAvqFL

 

Quote of the Week:

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